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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.

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ANDI571 10/21/2011 10:50AM

    I have been making soup and freezing it in canning jars. I have been trying to get my husband off of so much sodium (and lunch meat). He just takes a jar out at night and has it for lunch the next day.

I have found that soy milk also helps my sweet tooth. I like the original better than the vanilla. I have been taking some soy milk, yogurt, equal, and ice and putting it in my smoothie maker. It makes it thick like a milk shake and is so good. Are you allowed yogurt on the Sonoma diet?

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KASEYCOFF 10/20/2011 4:07PM

    Homemade soup: I make what I call a soup 'base.' For example, if I make chicken soup, I make my own broth with the chicken bones, carrots, celery, onion... strain it... Cut up the chicken and freeze the chicken with broth in one-cup portions. If I'm making soup for that day (or the next day) I leave out one or two portions. One day I might add peas, corn and beans, plus chopped up tomatoes and (if needed) make up a little hot 'instant' broth if it needs more liquid. The second day, I might add pasta and leftover mixed veggies from the freezer... or potatoes, carrots and green beans... or perhaps some rice, Thai or Chinese seasoning, and a little cornstarch. You can do a hundred different varieties, plus have the homemade base already to hand so you know it doesn't have unwanted fat, salt, or additives.

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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.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/19/2011 12:44PM

    Keep it up!

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KASEYCOFF 10/19/2011 10:57AM

    The soup sounds delicious - I love a bowl of soup when the weather turns. I use cannellini beans a good bit, and sometimes throw barley into soups as well.

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ANDI571 10/19/2011 10:01AM

    Sounds like you are back on track! emoticon

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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.
Fill with
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.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/19/2011 12:42PM

    Sounds like a great eating plan. Learning portions is so important, isn't it?

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ELLIE381 10/19/2011 8:12AM

    Good luck! Let us know how it is working for you.

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TIRED49 10/19/2011 12:05AM

    Good Luck! You can do it!

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KASEYCOFF 10/18/2011 12:25PM

    I love Fiber One and can't get it here - makes wonderful crumbs for things like baked chicken or fish, too.

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Never better!

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!

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KASEYCOFF 10/15/2011 11:55AM

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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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NADINEL 10/14/2011 10:12PM

    I know what you mean. They don't do it on purpose. But why do they (and we) seem to get sick at vacation time?
PS: I am currently on vacation. LOL. And my throat is getting scratchy. Aaaarghh!

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BUGGYS 10/14/2011 7:31AM

    I am chuckling a bit because when my MIL was still living, I swear she got sick the moment we even mentioned a trip. I remember taking my kids to camp for a week and my DH and I had planned to travel to northern Wisconsin to spend some time on a favorite lake. The minute we got home from dropping the kids off ( we were packing up our car to leave) the phone rang and it was the nursing home telling us that she had passed away! Of course we felt terribly guilty but still laugh because she did it to us again!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/13/2011 12:32PM

    Awwwwww, no fair. Poor you. Maybe next time if you just don't tell mil it will be alright?
Can you go in the trip and DH stay and take care of his mother?
that way you don't both miss out.

Comment edited on: 10/13/2011 12:34:30 PM

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