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Thursday, June 23, 2011

I rejoined the Sonoma Diet plan online but find their message boards to be extremely lacking so I'm keeping up with Spark because the people here are so friendly and helpful! I like Sonoma very much and have already lost 3 lbs from water weight I guess.

Just going back to a healthy plan is enough to lose a few. I have been totally satisfied at every meal. I found myself wanting to snack prior to lunch and dinner yesteday and because of the no snacking rules of NO S, I talked myself out of it both times. So 3 squares using SD principles!

We did go out last night after dinnerand have McDonald's ice cream. So I'm wondering how it fits into all of this. It definitely isn't part of the NO Snacking or sweets part of NO S. But I look at the ice cream as a milk product and if I'm going to have it, it might as well be McDonald's ice cream.

Whatever works. Two facts are I'm not willing to give up beer twice a week on Tuesday and Friday but limit myself to one miller light. And I'm going to have that occasional ice cream so I'll stick to McDonald's. I hate to count calories and track food so phooey with that. I will make the healthy choice when eating out.

My friend Pat's mother did pass on Tuesday so maybe she and I can get back into a walking routine. It went by the way side the last few months. We went to see her on Sunday. On Monday morning she called Pat and asked her to bring her a dress because she wanted to look good. She was ready to go and passed on Tuesday afternoon. What an amazing woman she was.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Well, read a blog this morning about the NO S diet, and never heard of it before. Premise is to eat healthy and no sugar, no snacks, and no seconds except on days that start with S. Interesting so I'll give it a shot. I've been struggling to return to some semblance of eating healthy and this struck a nerve with me. I guess I need some sort of gimick to lose. Anyway, I had rejoined the Sonoma Diet online program and have been dissappointed with the participation on their message boards. There is basically no participation so today I went on and made the public announcement that I was going to check in daily with some motivaiton and revelation. I had thought I might drop out and go back to WW but honestly, the Sonoma Diet really worked for me several years back and I lost 18 lbs. However, I lose so slowly, I give up on any diet and go back to numbskull eating.
One of the reasons I liked the SD diet was the recipes provided. They are so tasty and use fresh herbs and spices to rev things up. Yesterday I printed off a recipe for Turkey-Sausage-Garbanzo Bean Soup and since I had the ingredients, I made it for lunch yesterday. It was delicious so I am going to go ahead and post it on line here. We had it for dinner last night and it was filling and tasty. And healthy. That kind of cemented in me the idea of going back to the SD diet. Then when I read about the NO S diet here on Spark and even joined the team, I thought the combo of the two made sense.

Some facts about me.

I am not willing to give up drinking beer. But I can limit myself to 1 beer. On SD, you can have a glass of wine so I am substituting beer for wine. You can also have beer on WW by just counting the points but I don't like counting points so fooey with that. We go to our local Yacht Club onTuesday and Friday nights so I will 1 beer and the rest diet coke or water.

I like the Sonoma Diet because it advocates whole grains, plenty of veggies and eating by plate size and portions. It makes so much sense. AFter my bowl of soup last night, I remembered that the food was filling as well because it included plenty of fiber.

I hate tracking my food and calories. ALways have. You don't have to do that with SD. There is one woman who is still a member of SD that lost 85 pounds simply by following the plate size and portions. She works in a bakery and has her hands in flour and sugar all day long. She never even licked her fingers or ate a donut the whole time she was losing.

I ordered the New Sonoma Diet book and cookbook from Amazon today. I already have the previous 2 books but I wanted something new to read with new ideas so that's what I'm getting.

If you are reading this you are probably thinking, here she goes again. Another diet plan. ANd you would be right. But I am returning to a plan that worked for me in the past and worked well. I was always satisfied and when I went to restaurants I would peruse the menu and pick the items that would fall into the SD guidelines. You can have a baked sweet potato, just leave off the butter and after a while of no sugar, that sweet potato flavor really comes through.

So here I am yet again. At least I can say that by constantly returning to some sort of diet program over the years has kept me from ballooning up to 300 lbs. Wish me luck!

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EDITOR 6/22/2011 4:44AM

    Find what works and best wishes!

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OOLALA53 6/21/2011 3:36PM

    The No S Diet, which I've been using for 17 months, limits ONLY sweets, and only on weekdays. It doesn't prescribe any other foods, meaning you don't HAVE to choose "healthy" foods for your meals until you start preferring them. Author Reinhard Engels does talk about some of the problems with processed foods, and artificial ingredients, as well as offering Michael Pollan's books on his website, so you can tell he has a bit of a bias, but he insists that it is very important in the beginning to allow free choice for weekday meals and weekends. He thinks a lot of people need a period of time to get over "diet head." The limit comes in how much you can eat at any one time--one plate. And that has been an honored limit for hundreds, even thousands, of years all over the world. Reinhard even calls it the Grandma diet. He admits he didn't think of it; he's just the new promoter.

That being said, many members do choose to have some eating guidelines for their meals on weekdays, such as the Sonoma Diet. Some members are vegans, some low-carbers, but just about everybody says relaxing the rules so that you can get comfortable taking or leaving "forbidden" foods on the weekends is also crucial. Without these little periodic lessons in eating more freely, after the honeymoon of easy adherence to food-type limits, many fall off the wagon, as we've seen in many programs.

So, if I may, from my experience, I 'd say go ahead and use the Sonoma Diet meals during the week, but allow yourself more leeway on the weekends. Don't make the mistake of saying, well, I'll stick to Sonoma until I lose the weight, and then I'll get more free. Many have tried and lived to tell about the "disaster".

My meals now often look exactly like diet meals to others because I do have unusual veggies and grains with my meat, but I eat that way because those are the meals that taste delicious and leave me feeling good the longest. I did a lot of experimenting over the years even before I got to No S, but many members say the same thing. No one counts calories, and everyone chooses what they want, but you should see how little some people eat after months or a year, and yet feel their meals are sumptuous and very satisfying! And by a year into it, people aren't eating much junk food, even if they started out with plates of full fat sausage, Cheetos, and French fries! No one told them to change, though. After awhile, they did.

I see you are on the Spark No S Diet team. We're tiny and we'd like to be mighty, but at this point, the official site (nosdiet.com) is still pretty important to consult often, since there are people there who have been following the program for 3,4, even 5 years. And a very nice, supportive crowd, like Spark. I do both.

AAck,I'm hijacking! Thanks. Enjoy every bite! emoticon emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 6/21/2011 11:52AM

    I agree with Kasey, it is great you are putting in the effort to find what works for you. Good luck!

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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2011 9:39AM

    No reason not to give it a shot, hon - if you don't keep trying, you won't find out what works, what doesn't, what you can live with, what will lead you to real progress and a healthier you. IMHO!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Do you know when you are going to die? My friends mom is in the hospital. At 88 she is probably not going to recover from a twisted bowel and no food for the last month. This morning she called my friend and asked her to bring her a dress. She told Pat she just wanted to look good! She's been talking to her deceased relatives who are preparing the way I guess. We went to see her yesterday and I'm so glad we did. I told Pat that she was fortunate to have been able to spend this time with her and go through the process. My own mother died at 60 in a far away hospital with no family around. I was so young at 30, I didn't have a clue what was going on. If we believe, we dont have to fear death and Pat's mother is the example I want to be when the time comes.

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AMBERLEIGHM1 6/20/2011 10:00AM

    I will keep your friend, her mom, and the family, and loved ones in my thoughts.

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KASEYCOFF 6/20/2011 9:51AM

    Sorry to hear about what your friend is going thru - it's always so difficult and sad, even when the person is kind of prepared and has lived a long life.

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Trying to get my groove back

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I was on a roll last year and had lots of followers and friends on Spark. Then I veered off into lala land and can't seem to regroup. Stuff happens and a lot of stuff is happening around here. Hubby lost his job on April 1 but now has another part time one that he likes so that is a blessing. Business is good. But my oldest son decided to leave his good but stressful job to attend EMS school. Now, we are having to cough up money to pay their bills as money they anticipated to live on hasn't come through. Sigh. Does it ever end? Do your grown up kids always come back? They have 2 beautiful children and of course I would do anything for them. This too shall pass and things will work out but when and how long?

On the bright side, my other sons wife has been hired by Weight Watchers, part time initially but likely to move into something full time. She is a life member, twice losing baby weight. She also has a degree in Nutrition from FSU. Worked for Yankee Candle for many years and seems this Opportunity with WW could turn into something good. WW is looking to open a retail location where she lives and she has the perfect resume! Maybe I can get inspired to delve into WW with someone in the family to help! Haven't stepped on the scale so don't have a clue where I am.

This morning I will be babysitting 2 toddlers and an almost 10 year old. Whew. A lot for a grandmother. Later.

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DAP1313 6/20/2011 3:39PM

    Just take a deep breath, and relax for a few minutes. I've had to regroup lots of times. Each time I've done a bit better, and so can you. Look at it this way, how many times does a baby fall down and keep getting up before he/she starts walking?

My DD still lives with us, but at least she has a job. So it's happening to a lot of us. It is just the times I guess.

Hang in there!

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/18/2011 9:36AM

  Have fun with your grandchildren today! What a blessing to be a grandparent!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I logged onto the Quilts of Valor website, dont' know why. Got drawn through an online fabric store or something. ANyway, I discovered that QOV was established by a Catherine Roberts in Seaford, Del in 2003. I graduated from Seaford HS in 1966. QOV makes quilts for those who work at Dover AFB in the mortuary and for wounded soldiers. I was the lifeguard at the Dover AFB swimming pool for 3 summers. When I was called to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, I was assigned to Mortuary AFFairs in Panama City, Fl. I helped families with their funeral arrangments. We have close ties to the military here where I live. Two large military bases and an AF Reserve BAse, and 2 Army locations. Lots and lots of connections. Half the population is retired military.
Last night as I was finishing up a quilt top, one of four that are finished ready to be quilted, I wondered what I was going to do with all of them. So maybe this is what I need to be doing, making quilts for Quilts of Valor. Who knew. Later.

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/15/2011 10:04PM

  Wonderful idea!

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KASEYCOFF 6/15/2011 5:59PM

    That sounds like a great idea, a worthy project and a chance to indulge in your hobby to your heart's content!

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