On the 9th Day

   I hate diets. I am not good at them. I haven't really tried any because I normally cheat after like one hour. Another reason I don't do this for new years resolutions. But that being said, Joe has asked that I participate with him in his "Biggest Loser" competition at school- to lose some unwanted weight. Then he told me he wants to try Dr. Oz's 7-day crash diet. Guess what? It starts today.  So in about 2 hours when I am finally ready for Breakfast, I have to choke down a bowl of oatmeal with fruit on it.  I know that to some of you, that doesn't sound that bad. But for me, who is used to eating cereal or waffles or toast with jam.... this is a real game changer.  I have never liked oatmeal. It's a texture thing with me, so when I say "choke it down", I am pretty sure I'll be reverted back to age 6, when I sat at the dinner table and my father screamed at me to eat that goddamned dinner on my plate or I wasn't getting up, and I sat and cried, and gagged on every bite.

Update: Here is proof. I tried the oatmeal. And have never in my life felt more like I was eating a bowl of vomit. I ate 4 bites and ditched the rest. blech





The rest of the diet doesn't look too bad. No salt. Lots of beans. Lots of veggies and fruit. No meats. Lunch is a big bowl of veggie chili which we made up last night. Has everything but the kitchen sink in it, plus 3 types of beans, so I'm hoping I feel nice and full. Dinner is some bean and cheese enchiladas. there is basically 3 or 4 meals that must be repeated a few times to get through the 7 days. The promise is, 10lbs in 7 days. Yea, we'll see. 10lbs is a lot and I actually would love to lose 10 lbs. Heck I'd like to lose 50 bs.
But I can see from here, the bag of Christmas cookies my Momma sent me home with on the counter in the kitchen. It pains me to have to throw those away.

Ok in all seriousness, I would love some moral support here. I already have such huge doubts but if I could get some real hand-holding, maybe I can do it without killing someone at the end of 7 days. :)



On to the swap stuff.....

On the 9th day of Christmas, Karen Totten  (Starry Road Studio) of Group 1, gifted me some of her handmade ceramic beads!  Beautiful glazed connectors and a small strand of her beads mixed with some African beads and glass.  Love the colors in these! I imagine I'll use them all in one piece!  The beads were wrapped in some gorgeous fabric and I always love to recycled stuff like this so I am showing you the batik she included too!



Melissa Trudinger, our 1 International participant from the UK, sent along a beautiful handcrafted ornament that features a pretty chandelier crystal! That is going to be a gorgeous addition to my tree!! There is also a sweet snowflake pendant! It looks like its porcelain! Beautiful!! thank you!