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Monday, June 06, 2011

I had good plans and a filled fridge but a birthday party threw me askew! Oh, well, today is another day and plenty of healthy food in the fridge so I'm starting again! And throwing out the cake!

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KASEYCOFF 6/6/2011 11:03AM

    That's what I do, too - if there's a temptation I can't resist (and cake would definitely be on the list) then I get rid of it. I can't see the percentage in fighting something that much when I can get rid of the struggle altogether - I agree, keep the healthy stuff and just toss what ain't, lol...

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Yesterday I cleaned out the fridge before going to the commissary. It felt so good to toss old bottles and half empty ones and wipe out the crumbs and spills! My husband didn't recognize it as our refridgerator. Then we went grocery shopping and stocked up on healthy foods, lots of veggies and fruits and just plan basics. After binging for about 9 months and eating and drinking what I pleased, it is time to regress and get back on the diet track. I rejoined the Sonoma Diet online and printed out their food shopping list and menus. I really like that way of eating and had been successful previously. There is no calorie counting. You eat by plate and bowl size and it is similar to the Mediterranean Way. You don't have to count points either. Your dinner plate consists of half veggies, 1/4 of protein and 1/4 of whole grains. Snacks are scheduled and healthy as well. Their shopping list included all the ingredients for a weeks worth of planned menus which makes things easy.

I like many others, have tried every diet on the face of the earth. I realize, once again, that I have to eat less junk food and more healthy food. If I hadn't been diligent in trying out different diets over the years, I would probably weigh over 300 lbs. But at least I kept rejoining and being successful in different endeavours. My problem is not being patient enough when the pounds don't come off. After months of eating right and nothing moves, it gets real frustrating. Thus, giving up and binging.

I have a little hope in that I have changed medications and gotten rid of the nasty one that causes weight gain and probably kept weight on me for so many years. But I realize, just making that change isnt' going to majically help me lose weight. I have to participate in the program. Yesterday, I bought fresh Georgia peaches and tomatoes. Yummy! The peach I had last night was so juicy and sweet! Better than ice cream. Have a great Sunday. Later.

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EDITOR 6/5/2011 1:18PM

    You are trying and doing a wonderful job at keeping at it. A novel idea on cleaning out the fridge. I have to try it soon.

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KASEYCOFF 6/5/2011 11:42AM

    Wow, fresh peaches! I couldn't tell you how long it's been since I had a right-off-the-tree peach - TOO long, lol...

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Point of no return, SIGH!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

After a tumultuous couple of months with med changes and vacation and busy with work (yea) I got on the scale and it wasn't pretty. It's time to get serious about weigh loss and healthy eating and exercise, once again. YO YO YO! I've gained back the eight pounds I struggled to lose plus 2. It is June 1 and seems to be the right day to restart the effort. Searching for a game plan, I checked out the Sonoma Diet again. They are calling it the New Sonoma Diet so I tried to rejoin and some computer glitch would not let me in. It is a great diet and I lost 18 lbs in 2008. Then gave up because it was so slow and managed to gain it all back. Wont' I ever learn? Anyway, I did pretty well yesterday paring down.
My new doc says that 80% of his patients lose weight on Pristiq, which is my new med. I see him again in July so I have to show some progress or be really embarrassed. And summer is the time for fresh veggies and fruit!! Seems like setting a goal from June 1 to Sept 1 is reasonable. My goal would be to adopt a healthy diet and stick to it and hopefully lose to be in the 170's at least. Please let this work. Later!

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KASEYCOFF 6/1/2011 2:50PM

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Thank you Judy, Delta Stewardess; a Memorial Day Tale!

Monday, May 30, 2011

I've been busy with work and gone for the last week! I went to Phoenix last Sunday for our anuual Decorating Den conference and then hubby flew out on Wed and we went to Sedona for 4 nights! What a fabulous trip! Weather was beautiful and sights were fantastic! Yesterday, on our Delta flight home, hubby wore his American Flag shirt in honor of memorial day! Judy, our hostess, asked him if he was military and of course both of us are retired from the Air Force. Then she offered us free meals! What a surprise that was but we graciously accepted. Then at the end of the flight, she requested that everyone stay seated and let all the retired military and active duty get off first! I was truly humbled and hubby especially because when he came back from Southeast ASia in 1973, he did not receive the same respect. As we made our way off the plane and through the business class, I passed a man who said, "and now some are taking advantage". I turned right around and informed him that I was retired from the Air Force and he sheepishly thanked me for my service. I guess I didn't look the part in my pink jacket, flowered pink shirt and white crops! It was an experience I'll never forget, never mind him.
There was a young Navy sailor onboard and we figured he was fresh from bootcamp. We talked with him and thanked him for serving. He said he was on the way to Norfolk to serve as a beach master for the marines. They are the ones who land on the beach first and tell everyone else where to go and what to do. Sean Connery did that in D-Day.
There is so much I need to catch up on and hopefully I can get some of my readers back! I am gearing myself up to go on a healthy eating plan and hopefully lose some weight this summer. Meds have kicked in and I'm feeling better but that is another blog! Later.

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EDITOR 5/31/2011 5:17AM

    Wow, nice story and thank you for serving!

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REBECKY44 5/30/2011 11:01AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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KASEYCOFF 5/30/2011 10:56AM

    Really glad you spoke up to that rude man - bet he'll think twice next time before he opens his mouth, lol...

Glad you had a good time - but equally glad you're back: I missed you!

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GALSAL59 5/30/2011 10:46AM

    What a gracious thing that Flight Attendant did. I must say how glad I am that you spoke up to that Man making the snide remarks. Kudos to you!

Thanks to both your Spouse and Yourself for your service, from one Vet to another.


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USMAWIFE 5/30/2011 10:22AM

    Beautiful story.. wish all flight attendents would do that every day of the year.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

I commented on another member's blog about her smidge of a weight gain and I advised her to "pay attention". And I should "pay attention" as well, to what I'm eating, to stressors in life, to committing to exercise. I should pay attention to myself to keep healthy, etc. etc. etc. Where did that term come from anyway and what does it mean, to pay attention? It rolls off the tongue. You were told in class to pay attention, your spouse wants you to pay attention, in church you need to pay attention to the preacher. ??? So I googled it and got directed to www.usingenglish.com for the correct way to use, always preceded by "to". Or after.

I surmise that if I hadn't paid attention to losing weight for many years, I would have easily ballooned up to over 200 pounds. On and off diets we go, losing and gaining, losing and gaining.
None of those diets helped me achieve my ultimate weight loss goal. I gave up because it seemed like no matter what I did, the lbs did not budge. At least not fast enough. So now I have a new opportunity for experimentation into the diet realm. It wasn't the diets fault, I gave up, I didn't stick it out. We blame it on the diet plan, "that one didn't work for me". Or was it I didn't work with it long enough? Or I didn't pay enough attention to the plan for it to work for me?

So where am I now. Ballooned up again with a fat pouch at the stomach and a size bigger. Last year I bought a size 14 pair of crops that fit nicely. I never wore them and found them in the drawer with the tags still on. So I took them back to the store and exchanged them for a 16. Sigh! Here's the deal, I'm going on my yearly trip to my conference in Arizona and I need something to wear that fits! This happens every year, I want to lose weight before I go and that doesn't happen so I plan to go on a diet of some sort when I get back and that usually does happen. The best results I had was when I went on the Sonoma Diet right after conference about 4 years ago and lost 10 lbs in the first 10 days. Then it took me 6 more months to lose 8 lbs. By that time I was frustrated and stopped. Why don't I just keep it up? This year I will. My new doc says 80% of his patients lose weight on the med I started taking for my depression and I want to be in that 80%. I don't want to go back and see him in July with no weight loss. Too bad he didn't weigh me in.

I need to pay attention to a healthy diet and exercise. I can start today with a healthy diet. Maybe I won't lose but I can start on the track so that when I'm out in Arizona, I won't eat too many tacos. I can walk too. I CAN!

I have a busy day today with seeing 2 clients, a pedicure and going to Mom's to fill her pill box. I'll have to eat lunch prior to the first client or at least plan something. Later.

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SERENEMOM71 5/16/2011 2:48PM

  Mindfulness is so important. Start your day with a prayer, and try to keep praying throughout the day through. Join us in the fall with the book study 'Made to Crave' by Lysa TerKeurst which helps us with the "want-to' of weight loss not the usual "how-to" of usual weight loss books! It is excellent. Good luck and God bless! emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 5/15/2011 5:36AM

    emoticon Paying attention takes effort. You are on your journey-don't give in!

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REBECKY44 5/14/2011 12:31PM

    It's hard! We want to fall back into old habits. This is why we need to focus on a healthy lifestyle and make it 'ours' everyday not just when we have some place special to go. Habits are hard to break. Just keep it up. Everyday remind yourself that you are worth it!

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JENNY888 5/14/2011 12:05PM

    Paying attention sounds so simple but is so difficult. One can resolve to do so all day in the early hours of the morning and forget it immediately. I'm also working on keeping the mindfulness or attention on what I want to do. Enjoy your conference--but pay attention to so you don't have to pay attention after.

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