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.
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.
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
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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