Thursday, October 20, 2011
So far so good. Today I had fiber one and skim milk for breakfast and a bowl of minestrone soup which turned out delicious. There is so much soup and I don't like to freeze it and eat it. For some reason, once I put it in the freezer, it becomes unappealing to me. So I think I might just continue to have it for lunch everyday for the next few days. It's tasty, full of veggies and filling with fiber. And a good way to jump start some weight loss I hope. I always crave something sweet for dessert and I've stumbled onto something that seems to solve that problem. Vanilla Soy Milk. I love vanilla anything and tried the soy milk and I like it! 4 oz after a meal is almost like a milkshake and satisfies the sweet tooth. And only 50 calories!
After a few days of soup I"ll probably put it in serving bags and freeze individual servings. And an apple for a snack. So I'm good to go until dinner. So I"m keeping it up and drinking my water. Later.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Sonoma Diet brings out the cook in me. The recipes are so flavorful and use so many veggies I try them out. The key is to add plenty of herbs in the right amounts and you don't need salt! Last night we went to the Yacht CLub and I drank water. No beer or wine for 10 days. I went to Publix afterward and got plenty of fresh veggies and a roasted chicken.
Last night I made Minestrone, ala SD. I had a frozen ham bone so I cooked that in water with some onion, celery and some left over veggies. I cooled the broth in the fridge and removed all visible fat and I chopped up the ham that came off the bone. This soup is full of tomatoes, onion, cabbage, carrot, celery, garlic, cannellini beans, yellow squash, frozen italian green beans and 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta. And I threw in the ham for good measure. I'll be having it for lunch for the rest of the week I guess. I forgot the basil but the ham bone probably provided enough flavor. As the weather cools, a good soup is essential to warm the cockles of the heart.
So I did well yesterday and my belly feels good, slightly empty, not stuffed. Just had a bowl of shredded wheat and bran and skim milk.
October has been a good month for business. I'm booked up this week and into next week. Keeping busy is essential. Later.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Today I am publicly committing to the Sonoma Diet phase 1 for 10 days. This means I am going to quit talking about it and do it. Last night I pulled out my "New Sonoma Diet" book to prepare for the journey and found it to be a little more complicated than the original book so I resorted to the first. The premise is to use consistent bowls and plates, 7" for lunch and 9" plate for dinner and a bowl that holds 2 cups of water. I never measured my bowls so I'll be doing that this morning. The first ten days requires no sweets, no alcohol, and no fruit (one fruit if you are on the new plan) Veggies are also limited to a long list that doesn't include some more calorie laden veggies and whole grains are the norm. No white stuff. And of course the usual 8 cups of water.
I followed this plan several years ago and lost 18 lbs so I know it works. I even rejoined the online version but their message board stinks so I dropped it to stay with Sparkpeople which is so much more friendlier. I'll have to do some shopping today as we just got back from a long weekend away with little food in the house. The plan is easy once you learn it because it is based on plate size and portions and mostly veggies, and whole grains, lean meats, etc. The usual diet foods but the plate size makes it so easy to eat out and choose wisely.
Along the way here I'll be sharing what I learn and know already. One of the mainstays is the Sonoma Express Wrap for a quick meal.
1 low carb whole wheat tortilla
Spread with up to 1 T of favorite spread, black bean, garlic, etc.
2 c mixed greens or spinach leaves
1 c veggies, shopped
3 oz for lunch of lean cooked protein such as chicken, beef, or ham, 4 oz for dinner
2 oz mozzarella cheese, low-fat cream chees or goat cheese. About 2 T
Wrap and enjoy. So easy and filling and I'm not sure how you stuff all of that into a wrap but go for it.
One of the things I learned way back when was to read the ingredient labels on whatever I was buying. If it had more than 7 grams of sugar in it, it went back on the shelf. You can eliminate a lot of cereal by doing this but the low sugar choices are just as delicious.
Breakfast is 2 scrambled eggs with 1 slice whole grain toast or 1/2 cup of cereal with at least 8 grams of fiber in it and 1 cup slim milk. The new plan allows fruit but I'll save that for later. Look for plenty of fiber in your foods as well and I'll be having fiber-one cereal for breakfast. I'm looking forward to the journey and relearning the Sonoma Diet Lifestyle. One woman on the message boards on SD lost 88 lbs and she works in a bakery. Not once did she even lick her fingers. Amazing. Later.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Yesterday I went to the local quilt shop with my dil, the Yankee Candle store where she works, and Harris Teeter. what a great store! Hubby and son and grandsons cleaned up the backyard,raking and trimming trees. we roasted hotdogs and marshmallows making s,mores over the. Firepit and drank 2bottles of great wine! Oh, and I forgot, Brie cheese and crackers! The NC weather is gorgeous! today it's football! FSU vs Duke! FSU started the year off with such promise but injuries have derailed them. we are still fans! Later!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The reality is...
1. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat less food.
2. It helps if you exercise.
3. If you want to have a clean home, avoid creating piles of stuff.
4. Attack A PIle Today!
5. If you want to lose weight, you need to commit to a healthy plan.
6. If you are going on a trip, your mother-in-law will get sick so you can't go.
We are gong to see our younger son and his family tomorrow for 4 days. Looking forward to it, however,I took my mother-in-law to the doctor yesterday for a check up after a fall on Saturday. She has had a cold and cough also so after 3 hours of xrays and blood tests and picking up the anti-biotic, I finallly made it home. I have to take her back today and we leave at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. Sometimes I think the elderly do it on purpose, get sick that is when you are preparing for a trip. They don't consciously do it but I think they might be sick prior to the trip and stay quiet and hope it goes away.
Two years ago we had a trip planned to see the same son. We were at the airport all checked in when we got a call from Senior Home Health that she had been taken to the hospital. Got up, retireved our bags and left. No trip that year. Three or four years ago, we were getting ready to go to a conference and the same thing, hospitalization for a week. They put off telling us so that we can go on a trip but then things are bad, so they have to give in anyway. It's like waiting till Friday afternoon to complain of an illness so you have to go to the emergency room instead of getting a doctor's appmt.
So today I will get the results of the x-rays and see how she is doing. We ARE going on that trip. Later.
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