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Thursday, July 07, 2011

I'm positive I'm starting over again today for the umpteenth millioneth time. That's what it is all about isn't it? One day at a time? Yesterday I had a good eating day, sticking to a healthy plan until I got to the klondike bar last night. Oh, well, oh, well. At least I'm admitting it. But my plate is full of veggies and healthy fruits so I can't complain too much.
I'm positive I will get on with a healthy plan and include lots of veggies. It is easy to do in the summer with nature's abundant bounty of green and yellow and red at the grocery store!
I restarted the Sonoma Diet this week. They have such good recipes and such a good progrm but their message boards really lack. I try to participate but can't seem to get others motivated. That is what is so wonderful about Spark, so many friends.
What I really need to do is get some sort of exercise in but I'm such an exercise slug. I hate it. Toying with the idea of attending a yoga class this morning but I have to get some ordering in for my clients before hand.
Business is good. Last year, the BP oil spill nearly put everyone on the Gulf Coast of Florida out of business. It was reallly stagnant around here but now, visitors are back and the traffic is bumper to bumper. The locals here used to complain about the traffic but after last years demise when no one visited because they feared oily beaches, this year the naysayers are quiet! I love all the visitors and hope they keep coming. That means the condos are full and the locals are enjoying profits.
My poor lady who makes draperies for me was really in bad shape last year with no work. Now I've got lots of drapery work for her and I'm so happy about it! I love doing draperies as they add so much to a home! Keep positive and keep on! Later

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ELLIE381 7/8/2011 9:49AM

    Way to go! You can do it! I had some pie yesterday and need to get rid of the rest. LOL No matter how well we do we end up somewhere along the line starting again. emoticon

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FITB4-40 7/7/2011 8:56PM

    Starting again is so much better than giving up! You never know when everything we learn along this journey will finally click into place! emoticon

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JENNY888 7/7/2011 5:24PM

    I wish you the best on your new start. Stay positive!

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ANDI571 7/7/2011 9:23AM

    I don't know if it is that we start over, or just continue the journey, but I am right there with you. I am so glad that the sun comes up each day so I can start a new day.

I keep asking myself "How bad do you want it?" Some days I don't think I want it very bad, because I go ahead and eat. Other days, I think what I am putting in my mouth definitely isn't worth it.

Good luck on the Sonoma. Any diet is going to work when we put our minds to it. Attitude! Keep a good one. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/7/2011 9:17AM

    When it comes to dieting, I think in some ways it's like falling off a horse or a bicycle: you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on again, lol... And you're right about the fresh produce of summer - a big help, fer sher!
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New Doctor Update and Progress

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

I got a new doc recently who changed my meds for depression and today he wanted to know how I was doing on Pristiq and had my appetitite changed. NOOOOOO. Well maybe when I think about it I am not as hungry and the last med I was on caused weight gain, Lovely. Anyway, I realize I have to change my habits and eat less so I am striving to do that but I know it will be slow. The other thing we talked about was my snoring as hubby complains and so he is sending me for a sleep study. I didn't think I had a problem sleeping but maybe I do, thus taking naps in the afternoon nearly every day, etc. He said that depression and anxiety and being tired were indications of sleep apnea. Who knows.
I'm progressing along trying to make healthy choices and eating more fruits and veggies. There aren't any parties or holidays coming up that I know of so nothing to create havoc with a healthy diet. So here goes. Later.

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DAP1313 7/8/2011 8:21AM

    I hope you get the sleep study done soon. I have sleep apnea and am using a CPAP and it's made a huge difference! Not getting a good night's sleep does make your body tend to gain weight.

Good Luck!

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EDITOR 7/7/2011 5:37AM

    Great that the doctor is proactive and willing to work the issues.

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FITB4-40 7/6/2011 9:46PM

    It's a great great idea to have the sleep study. A good night's sleep has tons of health benefits emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/6/2011 7:54PM

    I hope your doctor can help you with being so tired after getting your test results back. Have you also been checked for vitamin deficiencies? I hope you notice a difference soon with the Pristiq. I have saw the ad for Abilify that you add with your antidepressant if you need additional help, you might want to talk to your doctor about that if it has been longer than 6 weeks or if you have had several adjustments. I hope you start feeling better soon. The fruits and veggies sound great, I always feel better when I eat right.

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KASEYCOFF 7/6/2011 3:10PM

    It's great if the new med is at least curbing your appetite a bit - might be just the nudge that'll help!

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Friday, July 01, 2011

I'm not going to go into why I am stressing out but it is for the usual reasons, family issues and money. My husband and I went through life with enough money usually with periods of things being really tight. We learned to deal with it and when you own a buisness, you get used to the ups and downs of money in and out. It seems like our grown sons are always needing help. My other friends say the same thing about their kids. Is this the way of the world anymore where you'll have to help your children financially for the rest of their lives?
Anyway, my anxiety level is through the roof and I feel like I am having a relapse of my depression as a result. I just want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head. Thankfully, I have an appmt with my new doctor on Wed so it is just in time. i take meds for anxiety as well so took an extra one this afternoon. This is crazy.
I also had the wall paper stripped in my bathroom this week and the walls painted. It was 3 days and I hate having people in my house. Today was the fourth day and they were hooking things back up. Now the light switch in my vanity area and the garage light aren't working. So there must be an electrical problem somewhere that we can't see. They are on the same circuit and we've turned the breaker on an off. Thank goodness it isn't the refrigerator or the washer and dryer. Also, the drains are slow in the tub and my vanity area. This is an indication that there is paper that went down them and we will be having the toilets overflowing for the July 4th weekend with company coming. Why do things like that always happen on a holiday weekend with company? OH, please I hope the toilets don't overflow but when you have an old house and the roots are growing into the pipes, it happens.

We've had 2 dear friends pass this week and 2 funerals. Another stressor. Life happens. Later

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EDITOR 7/6/2011 8:59AM

    You are surely going through difficulties. I reckon they don't quit until we reach heaven. Something to strive for and thanks for visiting Revive me!

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    You've listed several of the stressors that are listed on "life's top ten stresses", hope you can still enjoy the holiday.

For financial, I am debt free with Dave Ramsey and recommend you, your husband, and children all go to personal finance classes, they are 13 weeks long, usually held in churches at night, and are very inexpensive with life-long membership - if you buy the kit through the church it's less than $100 per couple (or per single if your sons are single, for example). I went thru 3 times, only paying once of course, and was debt free 1/2 way through the 3rd class. His system has worked and is working for millions of people. If you want a link to the find-a-class, let me know I'll sparkmail it to you.

Since becoming debt free I've went back thru 2 more times, free of course, just because I love Dave, and his classes, it is so edifying and uplifting.

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OOLALA53 7/3/2011 10:12AM

    I am so sorry for all these things not going your way. You deserve a break! And don't eat over them.

I don't know what you mean about your grown children needing money, but I hope you do whatever you can to let them know they are on their own. (Unless there are health issues. Those can impair anyone's ability to pay bills and move forward, as Jibbie's example shows.) I do admit that my parents helped me with a car purchase (I paid them back) and with my education. I am grateful that they stuck to their guns with me and encouraged me not to spend money I didn't have. I never thought they would bail me out. I know times are tough, and I don't know how bad it is, but I also know that people expect to have a lot of things that I did without for years because I did not have the money. I affirm that you will know what will best support your children's true needs in growth in their life.

Hang in there! Take care of what you can today, and then try to put it to rest and enjoy the day that is given. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 7/2/2011 1:49AM

    My oldest son has an Industrial Engineering degree from Columbia U. in NYC & an MBA from UCLA, so he has always had a high paying job & we haven't had to "help" him out. The company he went to work for paid his student loan off after he was there a year, and then they paid for the 2 years he went to school full time to get his MBA & he worked on Friday at the company.
My second son has an Biomedical Engineering degree from Columbia U. in NYC, but then he got Testicular Cancer & had to have surgery and 4 rounds of Chemotherapy. He'd applied to medical school & was interviewed at the U. of Florida but he didn't get in, as they put him on the "Wait List." We know it was because of his health issue. The navy won't take him as an officer until he is cancer free for five years. So, right now he is at home living with us. He starts an Internship at an orthopedic center in September, but it doesn't pay, but he needs it for a reference and experience.
So, I'm happy any day he doesn't find out that his Cancer has returned. That is all I care about. That stress I don't want.

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BEVPRESLEY 7/1/2011 7:46PM

    I certainly feel your pain. These economic times are very difficult, especially on our children who have never had to be careful with their finances. Perhaps pointing them in the direction of some financial adviser would help.

I am so sorry for the loss of your friends. It certainly adds to the stress in your life.

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    Hang in there. I'm particularly identifying with the flush program. Our house was built in the 30's, got indoor plumbing a bit later, and currently our septic system is fighting a losing battle with a huge oak tree. DH says we need to cut it, breaks my heart to think about it. I think we're all in the same boat worrying about grown children too. My single son is pretty financially secure, but he is working a job he hates. DS #2 has a beautiful family and is constantly dealing with the threat of budget cuts, layoff, etc. Try and have a good weekend anyway,

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2011 6:15PM

    You have my sympathy, hon. I can identify with the stress problem only too well. I had to go back on blood pressure medicine this week. *sigh*

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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/1/2011 5:45PM

    I am so sorry that your life is stressful right now. I hope you like your new doctor and you can find something that works for you. I'm glad you have extra pills to help you in the meantime but sorry that you need them.

Unfortunately, a lot of children do need help in this awful economy and it doesn't appear to be changing soon.

I hope your weekend goes smoothly and the plumbing works well so there aren't any problems and you can enjoy your guests and mingle without worrying. I hope you are still enjoying your new diet plan and the new cookbook you got, have a very blessed holiday, you will be in my thoughts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I was asked about the guidelines of the Sonoma Diet so I thought I would share a few and maybe it would help me remember what they are. I lost 18 lbs on this diet/lifestyle a few years back and then gave up as I lose so slowly I got frustrated and Christmas was coming and then I thought I could do it myself, etc etc. But their message boards are really lacking and you don't get much help. I did rejoin the online program but won't be on the boards much.
The premise is to follow a mediterranean style diet eating only whole grains like brown rice, whole Wheat pasta and bread, etc. No white stuff. You can have a sweet potato also. Olive oil is the way of life here and lots of veggies and lean protein. Making sense? You can have 2 fruits a day and 2 snacks including peanut butter on whole wheat toast. There is no counting points or calories, etc.
Your food portions are based on plate size, 9" for dinner and lunch. Half the plate would be veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grain. Breakfast is cereal and milk or egg and toast. So when you look at this, it is a completely healthy eating plan and if you fill up on the foods you can eat, you are not going to be hungry.

I restarted the plan in the beginning of June but have not been earnest or diligent. However, I am coming around and have lost about 3 lbs and I feel better not having all that sugar and junk food. You can also have a glass of wine.

There are 3 waves, Wave 1 lasting 10 days which is the strictest and meant to get sugar and junk out of your system. Then wave 2 is learning to make the best food choices within the guidelines. Never got to Wave 3 which is maintainance. I know this works. The first time around, I lost 10 pounds in the first 10 days. Then it took me about 6 months to lose 8 lbs. Just when I was getting the hang of it, I quit. I am going back and sticking to it.

Sonoma is not so much of a diet as a lifestyle. I have the first Sonoma book and cookbook. I have just ordered the newest version with updates and the new cookbook. The recipes are great in that they use herbs and spices for flavor. Here is a sample of a recipe.

Turkey Sausage-Garbanzo Bean Soup with Pasta

1 lb uncooked italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
2/3 c chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsps chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 tsp dried sage, crushed
4 tsps chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
2 14-oz cans chicken broth
1 c canned garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
1/2 c water
1/4 c tomato paste ( I used tomato sauce and added a can of diced tomatoes)
1 c elbow whole wheat pasta (barilla Plus
ground back pepper to taste
(I always add a bit of chopped jalapeno to dishes like this to spice it up)

Cook sausage, onion and garlic over med heat until browned. (In olive oil to keep from sticking if needed). Stir in sage and rosemary and cook over low heat for 1 min. Stir in broth, beans, water and tomato paste or sauce and stir until boiling. Add pasta and simmer for 9 to 11 min until pasta is tender. Season with pepper.

Serves 6

Enjoy, very filling and you know you are getting enough veggies and protein in this dish.

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    Never heard of Sonoma Diet. I do use healthy oils, and do a low glycemic version of the divided plate version you described, in conjunction with the No S Diet. I get 3 fruit and 6 veggies a day, automatically.

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DEBRABUF 6/29/2011 7:05AM

    Thanks, I'll have to try out your recipe! I do pretty much eat all whole wheat stuff, but perhaps I need to incorporate some olive oil..I use it but not enough for any health benefits.

And congrats on the 3lbs loss.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/29/2011 5:34AM

    Thanks for sharing. I try and follow a similar plan. Unfortunately I let myself get side-tracked at the least little upset. Good luck and congrats on the loss.

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OOLALA53 6/28/2011 9:54PM

    Huh, I actually eat pretty similarly to that most days. I never knew the Sonoma Diet used the plate division. emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 6/28/2011 9:59AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss, you are off to a great start.

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KASEYCOFF 6/28/2011 9:11AM

    Sounds like a healthy plan, and a doable one!

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Hunkering Down!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm hunkering down and concentrating on eating right and following the Sonoma Diet plan today. I say today because one day at a time. I've done fairly well getting back into eating more veggies but I do need to do better. I have found that eating more veggies definitely fills you up. This morning I had 2 scrambled eggs and 1 slice of health nut toast. Tasted good and I know it will hold me over for quite a while. We've got company coming this weekend so I know we will be eating out and I need to plan for that. I've got a lot to do around the house to get ready. Finally decided to go ahead and hire someone to take down the wallpaper in my bathroom, patch the holes, scrape the ceiling and paint. Not looking forward to the mess but it is something that needs to be done. I also need to attend to work. I'd rather be quilting than cleaning and working. Oh, well, has to be done. Later.

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EBETH13 6/28/2011 9:08PM

    and the song, One day at a time, might help too. that's all we can ask for....one day at a time.

I quite smoking one day at a time, I'm with you, I'll lose weight one day at a time.!!

Thanks for sharing

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EDITOR 6/28/2011 3:42AM

    I almost dread the weekend's out with a friend meal wise. I just don't have that type of control that I need yet.

Hope you do well!

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KASEYCOFF 6/27/2011 5:57PM

    For what it's worth, I read something the other day that said protein - healthy protein, not the fast-food burger kind, lol - is the keystone to good diet control. Bet something like scrambled eggs is exactly what they meant!

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JENNY888 6/27/2011 11:55AM

    I wish for you persistence to stay with your plan. You can do it.

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