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I'VE DECIDED...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

After reading Tired's blog today, I realize that with my lifestyle and social activities, that a regimented weight loss plan doesn't seem to work for me. I don't have time to log my calories or attend a WW meeting or count points or go to some other weight loss thing. I'd rather be quilting or doing something I want to do. I lost weight a few years ago on the Sonoma Diet and I am trying to get back to that. It is so simple, just use the right size plate and eat the right foods, no sugar, no white food products, etc. I lost 18 pounds and kept it off for a while until I decided to go off and do something else because I wasn't losing fast enough. Even last year, I lost 8 pounds kind of doing that diet and haphazardly counting calories and logging in.
As soon as I started back with WW, I started gaining agin. I think I have permission to eat a lot and I did. So now I am back to veggies and whole grains and we will see. you have to know what you can do and want to do. I still want to lose weight. I still want to be thinner so I will work on it. And I'm not going to get frustrated when weight loss stalls and the scale doesn't move because I'm reasonably certain this will happen. Haven't had a beer since Lent started and not much wine either so that ought to help.
Saturday is ridiculous. We have a birthday party at 3:00, a cocktail party at 4:00, a wedding at 5:00 and a Big party with lots of food starting at 6:00. Something has to go. We have to attend the latter 2 so the first two, forget it.

I had my teeth cleaned this morning and then had an appointment with a prior client. Instead of working on her project, I came home and started sewing. Then I just got back from picking up the dog from the vet. She is evidently experiencing anxiety as she pants all the time so we came home with meds. Great, two of us on meds. Tonight I am attending a Facebook Education class at the Chamber at 5:30 so I stopped at subway and got a healthy BMT with oil and vinegar. I'll have to do the project tomorrow. Later.

  
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EDITOR 3/25/2011 5:02AM

    Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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TIRED49 3/24/2011 11:25PM

    'Find what works for you' is so true. I am finding myself less stressed now that I am not keeping up with challenge points, etc. But for some people that may be the motivation they need.
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Have a great day tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 3/24/2011 8:20PM

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JENNY888 3/24/2011 5:44PM

    We all have to find out what works for us and do it. I have noticed that wanting to lose weight fast is often the downfall of those trying. If something is working stick with it and continue to as long as it is getting the desired effect. It is much easier to go with the habits you already have. Why spoil a good thing? Just my 2 cents worth based on my observations.

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BOBINVA 3/24/2011 4:40PM

    My wife does not like the new WW plan. She is back on the old one.
Giving up alcohol for lent is big. Wow! What a commitment. I gave up sweets.
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BOBINVA 3/24/2011 4:38PM

    My wife does not like the new WW plan. She is back on the old one.
Giving up alcohol for lent is big. Wow! What a commitment. I gave up sweets.
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I COULDN'T SLEEP AT ALL LAST NIGHT, DOO, DOO, DOO, DOO

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I could not go to sleep last night and can not figure out why. Usually I am snoring right off. I just laid there and tossed and turned even though I took a tylenol PM. We were out at the Yacht Club last night and I didn't eat any dinner as I had a huge salad at lunch. Had one glass of wine and a klondike bar when I got home. Guess no dinner and all that sugar did it. That was a no no , that klondike bar. I'll do better today. And the dog was panting all night. Maybe it was too hot for everyone. Guess I'll take a nap later.

About 9:30 I went into my sewing room and started cutting out 3" squares of fabric to make a handbag. It was relaxing to me, getting so creative. I can't wait to get in there and start sewing on it. Later.

  
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CAZ5346 3/24/2011 5:07PM

    Your blog caught my eye as it was scrolling across my computer and I had to read it.
I guess it reminded me of an old song. Hope you get a good nights sleep tonight. I have found if I can't sleep I put on an audio book and it lulls me to sleep.

Take care

Carol

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TIRED49 3/23/2011 10:40PM

    Sorry you couldn't sleep. That happens to me a lot. If I don't take my neurotin every night I have leg pain. And like you I wish I didn't have to take these pills.

Would love to see your purse. I am so jealous that you are a quilter. My mother and grandmother quilted. I have many of their beautiful quilts. You should post pictures.

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TURTLETALK 3/23/2011 3:49PM

    I had the opposite problem. I came home from work at noon, not feeling well. I went to bed and slept until 5:30 got up and watched tv until 9:00 went back to bed and slept until 7:00. I feel much better today.

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ALMMOM 3/23/2011 12:00PM

    I found myself eating little yesterday. I grazed last night watching the Laker game. Not the right type of grazing!!!

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WALLAHALLA 3/23/2011 11:29AM

    I didn't sleep either. No reason. No excuse. Talk about boring! And I had to be quiet so as not to disturb others who were blissfully asleep. Hopefully tonight will be better for both of us.

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KASEYCOFF 3/23/2011 10:40AM

    I think doing something creative is one of the best hobbies you can have - engages the brain and satisfies some intrinsic need to use your imagination - thinks me!

As for not sleeping... I've had the occasional night like that. Not sure there's much that helps, tho I don't think I've had any sleepless spells since I started drinking a cup of chamomile tea every night before bed. I can't say for sure it works, but it can't hurt, I guess, so next time you find yourself tossing and turning, give it a shot and see if it does the trick.
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Moving along!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Finished the last of the birthday cake yesterday so no more sweets for sure. Doing somewhat well on getting back into the Sonoma Style eating way. More veggies, etc. I just need to be mindful of every meal I eat and the choices I make. Eating enough is another thing. Didn't have much to offer yesterday for lunch so I had steamed broccoli with grated cheese melted on top. I was famished later and succumbed to bread with peanut butter and a couple of cookies that we've had since Christmas. I think I need to get in the kitchen and clean out the refrigerator and go shopping. Today I'm going to a luncheon and they always have a salad option.

I made a crockpot dish called Chicken Merlot with Mushrooms from Taste of HOme and it was delicious. I will post in recipes. Later.

  
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CHBADILLO 3/22/2011 2:12PM

    CLEAN out that kitchen! Cookies from Cmas! LOL buy good stuff so you're tempted.

Can't for the recipie for the chicken, sounds yummy :)
Christie

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KASEYCOFF 3/22/2011 11:07AM

    I agree: the crockpot chicken recipe does sound good! Let me know when you post it.
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BARABOODAN1 3/22/2011 9:19AM

    wow that recipe sounds good. Please send to me when you post it. I love cooking

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LOOKING BACK HELPS!

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.

  
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EDITOR 3/22/2011 9:58AM

    You poured out your heart to us! Thank you and I pray that our beloved Savior will show you the way to lasting weight loss. Like that knock on the door, perhaps we have to listen more intently because our hearing dims with age?




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CO-CREATOR 3/22/2011 8:08AM

    I am sorry for what you went through, losing someone that you loved. I think starting a team is a great idea. Best wishes for your success.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/21/2011 10:49PM

    I think it's really important for you to find something that you can live with for the rest of your life. Even when you're not losing weight, if you're not gaining, you're at least halfway successful. It's easy to get discouraged, but there's a lot to be said for just plugging along. I've been living my new lifestyle for 19 months. That averages out to slightly more than .6 pounds per week. Hang in there. Success is on its way.

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TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!

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!

  
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HISTORYKEYS 3/22/2011 10:16AM

  Happy Birthday, a bit late! Hope the family has recuperated and you all can celebrate together. emoticon

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GAILRUU 3/20/2011 11:07AM

    I hope you enjoy the day and the coming year gives you many opportunities to spend time with your grandkids.

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ILLINITEACHER52 3/20/2011 7:56AM

  Belated Happy Birthday! Celebrate again when everyone is well!

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REJ7777 3/20/2011 7:11AM

    I'm sorry you didn't get to see your grandchildren. I hope that you'll get to see them very soon! And I hope that the coming year will be a year of health and fitness for you!

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EDITOR 3/20/2011 6:58AM

    Made it to your birthday and God bless you richly!

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LIVELONGANDWELL 3/19/2011 11:41PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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COURAGETOMOVE 3/19/2011 8:16PM

    Happy Birthday!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/19/2011 8:14PM

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Happy Birthday! How nice to have your birthday on National Quilting Day. Hope you enjoyed it, even if you didn't get to see the grands.

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JANET1012 3/19/2011 7:43PM

    Happy Birthday and Happy National Quilting Day!! Sounds like you've had a good day, though it wasn't exactly as planned. Best wishes for many more fun birthdays!

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NAJENA 3/19/2011 6:55PM

  Happy Birthday!!!!

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JOLETTE 3/19/2011 4:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am thinking spring but do want to wish you A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. emoticon

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MIZKAREN 3/19/2011 4:28PM

    Have a terrific birthday.

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TIRED49 3/19/2011 4:00PM

    Happy Birthday ! Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 3/19/2011 3:43PM

  Happy Birthday!

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ROSES4UN4ME 3/19/2011 3:33PM

    well happy birthday and we ll make you a birthday party
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 U HAPPY B-DAY HAPPY 2 U HAPPY B-DAY DEAR SPARKERS HAPPY B-DAY 2 U AND MANNNNNNNNNY MORRRRREEEEE

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JMW615 3/19/2011 3:31PM

  Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/19/2011 3:24PM

    My brother is 63 today--so you share a birthday with some guy you don't even know! LOL! Have a great birthday--sorry those plans you made can't come true, maybe next year! Enjoy Grammie's, and don't eat too much cake & ice cream.

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MRSSCHENCK 3/19/2011 3:23PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!

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