Sunday, July 24, 2011
My husband and I never got into the Harry Potter phase. Read a bit of the first book and sat halfway through the movie but that was it. With the last movie coming out, I saw that there was a made for TV movie about JK Rowling and her life prior to Harry and how she wrote the book. On a whim I decided to record it to watch when nothing else was on. Last night Hubby and I sat down to watch it and also noted that the first Harry Potter movie was also on. As a result, we watched both of them simultaneously. When Harry had a commercial we switched to the Rowling move and then back to Harry. It made it so interesting because there were many things she used in the book that she had also experienced as a child playing in t he woods with a cape and witch hat and magic wand. I guess we are hooked now, finally and will be watching for the reruns of the various moves. How many were there? I wonder. Later.
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.
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