I'm so excited to see everyone, too. Poor Pamela, it WAS getting lonely over on the Summer boards... Not that I should talk, I wasn't being talkative myself-- but I have an excuse!! I was figuring out the spreadsheet and now I've got that spreadsheet ready and waiting for everyone's weigh-ins next Friday (yaaayyy!). Anyway... I managed somehow to lose NO WEIGHT in the 6-7 weeks or so I was in the Summer challenge... travelling, not taking things seriously, only intermittant tracking... gah! The Fall is going to be no games--recipes in MyFitnessPal, back into the habit of cooking, ready to rumble. You all have inspired me with your stories and I know that being 1/2way to my goal is not good enough, I CAN make it all the way!! On a side note, what IS IT WITH PASTA??? I grew up eating it every day. My mom was an adherent to 80s/90s nutrition--high carbs!! I actually have a vivid memory one morning of her saying when I was in elementary school after learning about the food pyramid: "Most everyone eats too much protein, you could have two day's worth of protein in a serving of peanut butter" (I also recently found out from my dad that my family essentially went vegetarian because my mom doesn't like the mess of cooking with meat... so when someone asks, "oh, you're vegan because of health reasons? ethical reasons?" it's like, "Oh, no, it was my mom's OCD..." I would NEVER say that, but it's just funny... ) I LOVE my mother SO SO MUCH, btw, it's just funny to realize the odd reasons sometimes for how we got to be who we are! So pasta is my favorite food in the world and I'm sickeningly addicted. Every other food I make I manage to eat one serving and I'm happy. But PASTA??? I only make it once a week or every other week because I know I have this problem, but seriously every time I make it, no matter how much I've planned for it, I make a good, high-veggie, lower calorie recipe, and EVERY TIME I CAN'T STOP EATING IT. I made a GREAT pasta salad last night, and I somehow ate FOUR SERVINGS. I say somehow, I know HOW it happened... no excuses. But still!!! GAHHHH so BAD!!! From now on I told Matt that I am going to be serving out my serving, his serving, and then packing it up for lunch BEFORE WE EVEN SIT DOWN TO EAT. Sigh. Pasta.