Monday, March 21, 2011
Yesterday, before church, I decided to go through a box and a bag full of stuff that came out of our old roll top desk. I was able to throw much of it out but I ran across some pictures that really got my attention and my first WW attendance Book. There was a picture of me on the beach in Delaware fresh out of college in July 1970. Boy, was I ever thin, probably about 135 or less. I was also in love having met a wonderful man in June. Our relationship was progressing and I had just realized that I truly did love this man and would have spent the rest of my life with him. However, it was not to be. He was in the Air Force and while TDy, was killed in an automobile accident. I was devastated. It was a long while before I smiled again. I did meet the man of my life a few years later in my husband and there was a picture of us in 1984 right before I started my business. I was still thin, about the same weight and he was too. Of course we were both much younger. My WW lifetime mbrship was from 1980. I went from 147 pounds to 135 pounds. I kept that weight off for 4 years because I was into aerobic dance but then the instructor left the spa and I got busy with my business and stopped exercising, gradually gaining myself up to 185+ pounds. While I was in the Air Force Reserve, until 1996, I had to keep my weight down but after that, it just crept up.
If you had told me in 1980 that I would eventually weigh 50 pounds more, I would have been horrified. The thought of being that much heavier was awful! And it is! I took those pictures and they are now on my bulletin board next to my desk along with the WW record. They will be a constant reminder for me. I always viewed myself as a fat person, even when I was thin. Those pictures prove to me I WAS A THIN PERSON! And I can be a thin person again.
So in church, I said my prayers and asked God to help me find a diet plan that I could stick to and help me get to my goal of 160 pounds. I don't even want to be 135 again, at my age I would be all wrinkled and saggy. I'm shooting for 160 as I have been the last year and a half until I gave up.
I'm going to resort to the only diet plan that had been successful for me that I was able to stick to and lost 18 pounds on 3+ years ago. Then I quit and gained it back. This is The Sonoma Diet which is based on a mediterranean diet and plate size. Your 9" lunch and dinner plate should hold 50% vegetables,25% whole grains and 25% protein. Limit yourself to 2 fruits a day and a glass of wine and no sugar. IT wasn't a difficult diet and there are lists of preferred tier 1 fruits and veggies of which you are unlimited and tier2 which you are limited to one per day. Lean protein and only whole grains of which there are numerous varieties and you can eat well and lose.
Why I gave it up is the same reason I give up every diet. I got to a certain point when it took months and months of not losing, of staying the same, of getting frustrated and just giving up. I got down to 176 at one point and it took 10 months or so to get there. 18 pounds. Then I gained it back. Now I am going to try again with the help of these pics in front of me and my spark friends.
I don't think there is a Sonoma Diet or Mediterranean Diet team on here. Maybe I should start one. Developed by a Doctor and they have a website but it isn't well supported or wasn't. I've dropped my online WW mbrship. I think WW gives me too much permission to eat more. And I abuse the privilege. I have 3 paid visits so I might go for those. I'm sticking to Sparkpeople for their help. And I'm going to follow the plate plan and eat more veggies. So much easier than logging and counting.
Alcohol is out through Lent. We haven't had a beer and wine doesn't interest me so it is diet coke when I'm out or water. Yesterday at lunch, I had 3 glasses of water. Waitress couldn't keep up with me. So that is that and I need to start my week! Later.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The only thing I wanted for a gift was to see my grandkids and they and their parents are all sick. So that isn't going to happen. So we are taking the cake and ice cream over to Grammie's and having it there, while I fix her pills for the week. It is a lovely day and I cleaned up my sewing room and have worked on s ome quilt strips for my bargello. Never done one before and there sure are a lot of little squares that have to be sewn together. Have 3 more strips to do and then I can start sewing them together. I'm just enjoying not doing much of anything and I have dinner in the crockpot so that is that.
Have a lovely day!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Yesterday, I started out with the idea that I would post my food for the first time in a long long time. Started out pretty good. Then, as usual, we had a ribbon cutting at a local restaurant with wine choices and fancy snacks. Then afterward, we went directly to the business mixer at the local bottle club. Fell into the potato chips and could not stop. I just can't concentrate on being on a diet and I need to as I look fat again. tonight we always go to the Yacht Club where they have food and at least I am not drinking beer for lent. And I don't want any wine either. So won't be drinking much. And tomorrow is my birthday so I know we will have cake and I love cake. My lifestyle is just not into dieting. I haven't tried Jenny Craig and they have one here. Maybe I should. I really think that WW gives me permission to eat too much so that didn't work.
Just at a loss for words and what to do. Doomed to be 188 for the rest of my life. Later.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Well, I've been off and delivered some pics this morning to a client and went and got flowers for my mother-in-law. They were beautiful and just the pick me up she needed. So we all feel better. Now, I had a replacement shake with milk, strawberries and protein powder in it and a small mandarin orange for b reakfast. For lunch I am going to eat leftover stuffed green pepper stuffed with beef, onion, garlic, pepper and couscou. I always add a little chopped jalapeno pepper to things like this to avoid using too much salt. Didn'teven add salt but it was fine to my taste. So if I can just pare my food down to items like this, I could start losing agin. And leave off the sweets. Happy St. Pat's. No green beer for me.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Well, after only one week, I had to resume my intake of the little blue pill. I guess I am smart enough to realize that when I get a pain in my right eyebrow,next to my nose, it's not going to work. So I just went right back to the normal dose. If I want to eliminate a pill, it will have to be another one. Why add tylenol when you are trying not to medicate? And there is too much turmoil in my life right now.
My mother-in-law is 92 in June and she has been having a sciatic nerve problem with pain in her left leg and hip. We've been to the emergency room and been given pain meds and then Tuesday a.m., she fell and the ambulance had to come to help her up. We had a scheduled Doctor appmt on Tuesday afternoon and that took 3 hours while we waited, saw the nurse, and then had to get x-rays. The x-rays showed what we already knew, arthritis in the back. So there is nothing to be done except press on. We did have a medical massage therapist go to see her Wed morning and she felt better afterward. Then last night, while she was getting ready for bed, she fell again and another ambulance visit. My husband went over and got her into bed but she is very upset and of course, I had said something to her on Tuesday that upset her and she was mad about that. Sometimes you can't say anything right.
Hopefully today she will be better and not fall down. I will go over and take flowers. AS to dieting, what? I guess I just don't want to make the effort. And that's the truth. Effort would mean counting calories and I don't want to. So I am thinking about revisiting the mediterranean diet but that entails looking for the book again. Actually, I've cooked a couple of reasonable meals this week which is the first in a while. Tongiht is pig out again. A ribbon cutting at a restaurant and a business mixer.
Last night was my quilting Block of the Month meeting and I picked up blocks 5 and 6 of Patriots in Petticoats. And I'm working on my Bargello and I just ordered and received a quilt panel to make for 2 grandsons. It features a road traveling around stores and a school and I think they will love it with their cars. Now I've got too many projects and I have to complete one before I start another. At least the top part anyway. I've been looking for that road panel so when I found it online, it was on sale and of course had to get it.
Happy St. Patrick's Day1
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