Holiday Eating Tips

haybaleMy Dad grew up working on a farm, and if you have ever heard of “farmboy” strength, you know that he was a strong dude! He used to tell me stories of hoisting a bale of hay in each hand and throwing them into the barn loft – that’s strong!

He was fast too. When I was about 15 we were doing some roofing on the big chicken house, about 20 feet up a ladder. For some stupid reason I smarted off to my mother and headed as fast as I could down the ladder. He was on me so fast I didn’t know what hit me. So much for being stronger and faster (or evidently smarter) then the old man. Ahhh, good times!

So anyway he sent this list on holiday eating tips, so having wised up a bit, I figured I would share them with you too.

Thanks Dad!

  • Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a Christmas buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit.. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

  • Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It’s rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

  • If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

  • As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

  • Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

  • Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

  • If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

  • Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

  • Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. Unless it’s been soaked in rum for a year. (My mother’s recipe)

One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Have a great holiday season!!
Merry Christmas


Old Man “If” Is Still With Us…

I read a blog post this morning that I just had to share with you…NOW!

It reminded me how often we are all prone to making excuses for what we do or do not have.

The blog highlighted a passage from the Napoleon Hill class “Think and Grow Rich”, and no matter what you think about the book or it’s premise, this is still VERY relevant for the mindset that many of us can dwell on and wallow in.

Thanks to Bedros for the great reminder!


–  Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.

“People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and have what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement.

A character analyst compiled a list of the most commonly used alibis. As you read the list, examine yourself carefully, and determine how many of these alibis, if any, are your own property. Remember, too, the philosophy presented in this book makes every one of these alibis obsolete.

IF I didn’t have a wife and family . . .

IF I had enough “pull” . . .

IF I had money . . .

IF I had a good education . . .

IF I could get a job . . .

IF I had good health . . .

IF I only had time . . .

IF times were better . . .

IF other people understood me . . .

IF conditions around me were only different . . .

IF I could live my life over again . . .

IF I did not fear what “THEY” would say . . .

IF I had been given a chance . . .

IF I now had a chance . . .

IF other people didn’t “have it in for me” . . .

IF nothing happens to stop me . . .

IF I were only younger . . .

IF I could only do what I want . . .

IF I had been born rich . . .

IF I could meet “the right people” . . .

IF I had the talent that some people have . . .

IF I dared assert myself . . .

IF I only had embraced past opportunities . . .

IF people didn’t get on my nerves . . .

IF I didn’t have to keep house and look after the children. . .

IF I could save some money . . .

IF the boss only appreciated me . . .

IF I only had somebody to help me . . .

IF my family understood me . . .

IF I lived in a big city . . .

IF I could just get started . . .

IF I were only FREE . . .

IF I had the personality of some people . . .

IF I were not so fat . . .

IF my talents were known . . .

IF I could just get a “break” . . .

IF I could only get out of debt . . .

IF I hadn’t failed  . . .

IF I only knew how . . .

IF everybody didn’t oppose me . . .

IF I didn’t have so many worries . . .

IF I could marry the right person . . .

IF people weren’t so dumb . . .

IF my family were not so extravagant . . .

IF I were sure of myself . . .

IF luck were not against me . . .

IF I had not been born under the wrong star . . .

IF it were not true that “what is to be will be” . . .

IF I did not have to work so hard . . .

IF I hadn’t lost my money . . .

IF I lived in a different neighborhood . . .

IF I didn’t have a “past” . . .

IF I only had a business of my own . . .

IF other people would only listen to me . . .

IF (PAY ATTENTION) I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others, for I know that there is something WRONG with me, or I would now be where I WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I had spent more time analyzing my weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.”


Making Happy: Life Instructions by Chris Glass
Making Happy: Life Instructions by Chris Glass

Surviving Santa Is Back!

Holiday parties…

ChristmasCookies1Cookies at the office…

Egg Nog (love it)…

Christmas Dinner…


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Jingle Bell Run 2009

You guys really made it happen today! We talked with Patti of the Arthritis Foundation, and she said had checked and as far as anyone knew the “For Carrie’s Kids” team was the biggest team the Arthritis Foundation had ever seen for the Jingle Bell Run – NATIONWIDE!!!  Great job! Your team is set to be the focal point of the Arthritis Foundations annual NE Regional Meeting in Connecticut next Wednesday. I am proud of you all!

Congratulations to everyone who ran, walked or crawled (that would be me). You did a wonderful thing today, and I know the Green family and the Arthritis Foundation are grateful for your efforts, as are we.

It was great to meet many of your spouse’s and significant others for the first time, as well as reacquaint with those we have not seen in awhile. Thank-you for being a part of our lives.

Congratulations to Diedre Romeo, who raised the 3rd most money as an individual for the Arthritis Foundation, and won this really cool computer mouse as result. Nice job!

Jere Smith brought his prize winning puppy Kita, who won first prize in the pet costume category. Good Dog!

Big congrats go to Hannah Orzechowski for taking 3rd place in her age group. Hannah is the daughter of our own Anne Laforce and Ray Orzechowski. Ray had an awesome time as well!

Let’s do it again next year!

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Mo’ Money

Just wanted to update you on the latest Referral Rewards… Thank-you to everyone who spreads the word – these members have made it pay off – as in $50 bills!

Erica & KerrieErica and Kerrie for referring Natalie

Victoria and KimVictoria for referring Kim

Diane & MelaMela for referring Diane

Kathy and PattyPatty for referring Kathy

ElizabethElizabeth for referring Victor

Denise & DonDenise & Don for referring Stacy

Jessicaand Jessica earned $100 for referring Jane & Jodi!

Thank-you very much, and keep Making It Happen!!



November 21st- 23rd

November 21st

8:30 apple, spinach, hard boiled egg, ¾ cup steel cut oats

10:30 celery, almond butter

12:30 2 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced peppers, tomatoe, 2 ounces turkey

3:30 ¼ cup almond, cucumbers

5:30 1 slice chicken ranch calzone

8:00 chocolate protein pudding

November 22nd

7:30 UMP vanilla blueberry shake

11:30 3 slices roast beef, 1 wrap, lettuce, green and red peppers, red onion, 1 slice provolone

4:45 beef stew with onion, carrots, and celery

7:45 chocolate protein pudding

November 23rd

5AM UMP shake

7:45 green peppers, banana, 1 slice provolone cheese, 2 eggs

11;30 provolone cheese, cucumbers

12:15 zuchini lasagna- Fantastic, thanks Denise!

2:00  celery, cucumbers, 1/3 cup hummus

5:15  Thai ground beef

November 16th-20th

November 16th

5 AM UMP shake

7:35 3 hard boiled eggs, 1 apple scone, handful of spinach

10:40  green peppers, almond

12:40 5 ounces turkey, red peppers

2:45 slice of provolone cheese, romaine lettuce

5:30 stir fry beef with broccoli  about 41/2 ounces of beef

November 17th

5 AM UMP shake

7:45  4 eggs, spinach, and one apple  (still love it)

10:30 green peppers, ¼ cup of hummus

12:30 4 ounces of turkey, romaine lettuce, 1 Tablespoon of olive oil dressing

3 provolone cheese, and cucumbers

5:15 white chili, 13/4 cup

November 18th

8 AM 4 eggs, spinach, and one apple

10 ¼ cup of almonds, raisins, and celery

12:45 1 cup of white chili

2:30  hard boiled egg and carrots

5:40 4 ounces of turkey, spinach salad, 1 Tablespoon olive oil dressing

November 19th

5 AM  UMP shake

7:40 hard boiled egg, handful of spinach

10:45 provolone cheese, red peppers

12:30   3 ounces of beef, with broccoli, garlic, onion, and carrots

3:15 almond butter on celery

5:30 beef stew (about 3 ounces of beef), celery, onion, carrot, 1 whole wheat biscuit, spinach salad, 1 Tablespoon olive oil dressing

November 20, 2009

5AM  UMP shake

7:15 tacos—Thank you I.F.T. and Dan! They were great.

Beef, lettuce, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoe, cheese, 1 pita pocket, red, yellow, and green peppers

10:15 hard boiled egg, ½ banana, ½ slice of pumpkin bread

12 ½ pita sandwich (turkey, cheese, pickle, lettuce), hard boiled egg, apple

2:45 banana, spinach salad

My plans for the rest of the day include

5:15 Thai ground beef (burger, cabbage, carrots, onion, green peppers, peanut sauce)

8:30 UMP pudding (vanilla protein with ½ cup yogurt)

November 12-15th

November 12th

5AM UMP shake

8:30 4 eggs, 1 cup oatmeal, green peppers

10:30 celery with almond butter

12:30 1.75 cups of black beans and rice, lettuce salad with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil dressing

2:30 carrots and ¼ cup hummus

5:15 4 ounces of turkey, butternut squash, applesauce, sweet potatoe

November 13th

5 AM UMP shake

7:45 4 eggs, 1 apple, spinach

10:35 cucumber and ¼ cup hummus

12:30 4 slices turkey 4 slices of ham sandwich, with lettuce, 1 slice of bread, 2 slices of provolone cheese, brown mustard, carrot sticks, celery sticks, green peppers and red peppers

2:30 green and red peppers, cheese

5: 20  Shirataki noodles (Thanks Anna!), tomatoe sauce, and ground venison.

My favorite breakfast lately has been what I ate this AM. YUM! I mean fantastic! Really good. We passed it along awhile ago in a blog. You need to try it.

November 14th

7 AM hard boiled egg, UMP shake, 1 cup of coffee

11:30 3 slicesTurkey and 3 slices ham rolled up with 2 slices of provolone romaine lettuce and brown mustard.

1:30 apple with almond butter

3;30 green peppers, cucumbers ¼ cup hummus

5:30  5 ounces of turkey, acorn squash, spinach salad,

7:00  yogurt, ½ scoop UMP blueberries

November 15th

5AM UMP shake

7:30 4 eggs, apple, spinach

11:15 Taco salad  ground beef, salsa, lettuce, cheddar cheese

2:30  green peppers, ¼ cup hummus

5:15 4 ounces turkey, spinach 1 Tablespoon olive oil dressing, 1 hard boiled egg