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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You can buy THE NEW SONOMA DIET book at Amazon for $11.95 and when you spend $25, shipping is free! I received my book last night and I'm newly remotivated with this diet which helped me to lose 18 lbs in 2006. Will this time be different? I hope so. I can say that SD is the most flavorful and easy diet lifestyle in the world. There are no points, no counting calories and no stringent requirements. Just flavorful food and recipes that make your mouth water! SD is based on mediterranean foods and plate size. Whole grains are the norm, nothing white in the grain category. And a bounty of recipes for veggies that will make you crave them!
The diet and the book were developed and written by Dr. Connie Gutterson, RD, PhD and she knows her stuff. I've been semi-following this plan although not religiously since the first of June. Even though yesterdays blog was berating myself for ice cream and pizza, the scale is on the desired side of 190! For some reason yesterday, after weighing, my mindset kicked in and I diligently watched my portions and food I ate. I had no snacks and no alcohol last night. Not even the klondike bar beckoned from the fridge. It was simply the idea that I wasn't hungry so did not want anything to eat. I hope this feeling continues.
I rejoined SD online but their message boards are distinctly lacking! People just are not participating and helpful like they are on Spark so after my initial payment runs out, I will cancel my subscription and just refer to the book and the recipe book I had previously. And stay on Spark.
Here are a few of the recipe offerings: California Chicken Salad, Chicken and Black Bean Wrap, Roasted Pork Tacos with Peach Salsa, Broccoli Salad with dried figs, walnuts, and mint, Grain Medley with Mediterranean Seasonings and much much more. Isn't your mouth watering and you are wanting to try these recipes.
In addition, Dr. Gutterson gives so many tips and information about food and where to buy it and how to identify whole grains and reading labels. It's like a science class.

I like to cook and I'm very creative so maybe that is why I like the recipes offered. They are flavorful and already portion controlled. OH, here's another one that sounds really really good; Baby Greens with apples chicken and walnuts. Later.

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    I like the idea of this diet. I just pickedup the book from the library and have the old cookbook from the library as well. I really love the recipes.

Did you find the website was helpful for providing easier access to info including recipes and daily menu ideas to help you get started? I understand that the community will not be as active as SP. Have you thought of starting a group on SP to support the Sonoma Diet and ideas?


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DAP1313 7/16/2011 5:05PM

    It sounds like my kind of diet. It's too bad no action on the online Sonoma Diet, but maybe there is a group here on SparkPeople?

One of the things I've been trying is to eat slowly and give my body time to tell me it's full which is something I've gotten away from. Seems to be working.


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OOLALA53 7/14/2011 4:19PM

    It really is important to think our meals are delicious, although we can't be too hard on ourselves if we have to find a way to work in small portions of luscious foods we love that don't meet the standards. This sounds like a good path. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/13/2011 2:58PM

    I think you're on the right track: the more you can simplify, like not having to weigh, count, record points, etc - the easier it is get into a routine of healthier eating. One of my personal 'rules of thumb' for a long time is No White Food - no white rice, no white bread, no white potatoes, no white pasta, no white sugar... you get the idea. The other night I had some pasta with tomato sauce and thought, oh, I bet my BG will be sky-high. Well, it was wholewheat pasta, and it went over better than even something like corn or some cereals! Numbers were well down in the normal range, and very stable.


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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/13/2011 11:51AM

    I'm so glad you found even more motivation from the scale moving and getting your new book.

I hope you enjoy the good sounding recipes. I loved the last book I bought and cooking for the family and wrote in pencil what my husband and son thought so I knew how often to make it; it was so much fun trying new things and I love to experiment.

I wish you the best.

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WILLBSKINNY2 7/13/2011 10:59AM

    I agree with the concept of trying something--anything, new or tried and true. The recipes sound like what you can stick with. I have to comment on 2 things on your page. First is your lovely yard of azaleas! Wow! Gorgeous bushes! I have some large, established purple bushes that produce triple blooms. Second thing I noticed --your beautiful Border collie. My favorite dog was the smartest Border collie. She would round up the horse when it was dinner time. She anticipated what I was thinking. I bet your dog is like a little person.

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MIMIDOT 7/13/2011 9:09AM

    Never heard of the SD diet. The recipes sound good, but I think I'll stick to SP. They give me what I need. Good luck to you.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yesterday in the afternoon, even though I had planned a nice dinner and an evening watching my favorite shows, I wound up in the emergency room with my 92 year old mother-in-law. I was so irritated with her for doing this to us! So IRRITATED! I just knew it was nothing but sciatic nerve but there we were, sitting and waiting for the doctor to determine it was sciatic nerve and not a blood clot. We had gone through this in March, same thing. The doc gave her a pain shot which knocked her out and we were a little concerned about her being alone and falling down but she went to sleep in her chair and was fine. I think she realized finally that she could have taken a pain pill when the pain began instead of causing such a ruckous.
She refuses to take anything except tylenol but maybe next time, she will rethink it.

Now, I need to berate myself for being irritated. One day she won't be with us and I will regret my actions. I do love her very much and she has been my mother longer than my mother was. My mom died when I was 30 and I am 63 now. I never knew her so my mother-in-law has filled the bill. We get along fine mostly but I do get irritated, especially when she grits her teeth and insists on keeping quiet when she doesn't feel well. If she would just take the pain meds when she starts feeling bad instead of trying to live with it! I guess it could be worse. She has fallen quite a bit and we are lucky she never broke anything. She lives in a retirement home but by herself and pretty much takes care of herself. I fix her pills for her and I'm taking her to the doctor tomorrow afternoon for a medication check up. I do a lot for her so I shouldn't be too hard on myself for being irritated. I just hate going to the emergency room, especially when I think it is nothing. How do you know though?

So we ended up with 3 slices of pizza and an ice cream bar for dinner and then I snacked on peanuts which I didn't need. This morning I got up and weighed and it looks like I actually lost a pound of two, I guess over the month but I'm not counting it. Have to get through the day and keep a healthy plan.

I am so fat and so hating it. I am an exercise slug. Don't move except to get up from the sewing machine to iron a seam. I just am not into exercise, never have been except to take exercise dance classes when I was in my 30's. Loved that because I was always learning a new step. My massage therapist is opening a new center and has hired a yoga instructor. I am going to try and sign up for that class as I do like yoga. And I know the stretching will help my sciatic nerve problem.

So today I am beating myself up but Ii'll get over it. Hubby and I are going to a luncheon today to learn about marketing in today's climate. You can't just put an ad in the newspaper and expect a call anymore. Internet is taking over. Later.

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EDITOR 7/13/2011 7:20AM

    DO NOT beat yourself up. There is always a long line of others waiting first to do that!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/13/2011 12:08AM

    I do understand the mother in the hospital thing. I get to take mom when she is sick. My sister can, but she is always too busy. Once in a blue moon, she will, but it is usually my job.

The exercise thing is hard. I take my walk in the morning before I sit down to the computer or sewing machine. If I don't, I can't get to it. Setting a timer and doing something for 15 minutes after every hour of sewing can also help. It may make you a little more effective when you rest your eyes and hands as well.

I have a series of exercises, walking, some upper body, some lower body (Spark has some good suggestions) and I do a few sets of them SLOWLY so I get maximum muscle build and flexibility. Don't always do this. Never have been perfect or even all that great, but I know I feel better when I set the timer and do something every hour or so.

You may want to get a FItbit. It tracks your activity during the day and gives you feedback. If you get up hourly and move a little, you get a better score than sitting for long periods.

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KASEYCOFF 7/12/2011 3:54PM

    p.s. And while I was surfing the 'net this afternoon, look what I found:


Real little cheerer-upper that is. *sigh*

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JENNY888 7/12/2011 12:47PM

    Knowing is the first step in changing. My thoughts are with you.

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KASEYCOFF 7/12/2011 9:26AM

    I hear you about the not-wanting-to-exercise. In my case I sit in front of the computer too much, rather than a sewing machine, but of course it amounts to the same thing: too darned much sitting--! Wonder what would motivate me to get up 'n' move? lol...

You're right. Nothing wrong with a reboot: today is a new day.

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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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