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EATING HEALTHY TAKES TIME AND LESS STRESS

Thursday, October 27, 2011

WEll yesterday, I was so slammed with appointments and things happening that I didn't eat well. I went through the drive through at McDonald's for a $1.00 McChicken sandwich and unsweet tea and later on, an ice cream cone. What happened to my healthy plan? STRESS!!! And too much to do. I can't and won't complain about having too much business. In August, my business was deader than dirt. Soooo slow I wondered if it would ever pick up again. September was better and now October is slamming and it proves to be even busier in November. You just have to take it when it comes and keep up.

But I must say, I felt completely stressed yesterday and that is what leads me to food and to eat something not quite right. No time to prepare and at night, who wants to do that? I'd rather veg in front of the TV or mindlessly pass fabric through the sewing machine. Thinking about the weekend with the football game on Saturday, I'm wishing my husband could find someone to take with him. I know I would enjoy it but I have so much to do, I just want to stay home and regroup.

I am an interior decorator and people are wanting to redecorate and now. Coming up with ideas sometimes is a challenge. I have to sleep on it.

I had been doing so well on the Sonoma Diet and fell off somewhat. But I'm not giving up. I'm going to try and make each meal and each day count. Today is another frantic day and I'm booked up through next Tuesday and people waiting for appointments! And I don't have any employees and I don't plan on getting any. I'll just hunker down and press on.

By the way, I'm loving it in spite of the stress. I told a client yesterday that I'm having more fun now than I've ever had. Credit card is paid down to half what it was at the start of the year. And I'm enjoying the job. I don't sound like it but I am just venting. I want to be good and I'm not feeling like I'm good. There, that feels better. I'm off to to the kitchen to make some oatmeal that will tide me over for a while. Later.

  
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ANDI571 10/27/2011 9:29AM

    From one who eats out all the time, just try to make better choices. McDonald's also has grilled chicken snack wraps, and grilled chicken sandwiches. Just a small hamburger is not so bad in calories. For the cone, when I get one, I ask them to make it small. If you aren't starved, then try and take the top bun off of the sandwich.

Truthfully, just getting a sandwich and not the fries is not so bad. I don't know if their chicken sandwich has mayo or not, but that saves around 100 calories by just not getting mayo put on a sandwich.

I need you around here to tell me how to arrange my furniture different. I like change and I have a long living room with a big dining room door on one side, a fireplace at one end, and the stairs at the other end. Also the kitchen door is on the same side as the dining room door. I feel like I just have my furniture lined up and down the walls. I never get to move things around.

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BLEW IT BUT GETTING BACK ON!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Well, last night I went to a food tasting and everything was so good I blew it. Ate too much and then some so today I'm back on track. Blowing it is a bad thing for dieters. We tend to think it is over and done with when we do such a thing. I don't want to regress and I totally want to keep telling myself that this is a lifelong journey and I've only gone a week. But it was a successful week on the Sonoma Diet. Today will be back to planned and healthy meals for the next 3 days.

Saturday is going to be a real challenge. We are going to the FSU vs NC State game in Tallahassee so will be leaving around 7:00 a.m to drive three hours. Somewhere in there will have to be lunch. Stadium food is not the best diet fare and then driving back after the game. At 7:00 Sat night we have a Halloween party to go to and there will be oodles of scary desserts there. ANd of course wine and beer. So that will be a tough day just to find something I can eat.

So here is to regrouping today. I've got some veggies that must be cooked or thrown out and leftover pork chile. I did go to a luncheon yesterday and had a grilled chicken salad with ranch dressing on the side. I don't think I ate even a T of dressing as I dipped my fork into it and then went after the salad with it. Then there was a white dinner roll which I ate a bite and then promptly dumped it into the dressing so I wouldn't be tempted to eat it all. Later.

  
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ANDI571 10/27/2011 9:35AM

    You can do it, just make good choices. If you get dessert, remember the first 3 bites are the best. Don't waste calories on things you don't really like. I should have paid more attention on the news a few weeks ago. They were telling the best stadium food to choose. You may do a search and find what is best to eat. I don't drink wine or beer, so at least I don't have that temptation.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/27/2011 2:25AM

    Ooohh I have some trepidation about my holiday next week, I will be travelling so there is less control. I am going to to take a cooler with me and make sure it has the Right Stuff in it for us to eat. So picnics instead of cafes. And be careful around dinners, I can buy stiff fromt he grocers and eat in the motel...
Hope I have your discipline during my break.

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WHY I LIKE THE SONOMA DIET.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First off, I've lost 5 lbs and can't figure out how to adjust my ticker. Anyone out there that can help? Secondlly, I've been talking about the Sonoma Diet for almost 2 years and have not ventured back to it until recently. I've tried everything else in the past 2 years with little success. So a week ago today, I decided once and for all that I would restart SD and stick to it. So far so good!!!!

I am a creative visual person and I like to cook. I like to try different recipes out on hubby who graciously eats them. On regular diets, we get steamed broccoli and green beans with little excitement. But on SD, the recipes provided are flavorful and cooked with imagination! Veggies are no longer plain and boring so I eat lots of them. And they fill me up and stick with me. With recipes like Roasted Zucchini or Baby greens with apples, chicken and walnut, whats not to like? Last not we had Pork chili with lefover pork tenderloin and beans over rice. All perfectly legal. It's the portion sizes and flavorful ingredients that make it so wonderful.

So I've finished one week with a 5 lb loss and trying to figure out how to fix my ticker. And also to stay motivated. I know that the weight loss will slow. The challenge is to stay motivated. With the holidays coming that is so important. But I can do it. THis is a lifelong journey and I hope to win the goal at the end. Later.

  
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MROSE61 10/25/2011 12:39PM

    To change your weight, go to your Start page and click on the Measurement box on the left. Enter your new weight and other measurements if you want to tract those.
Good job on following the new eating plan.
Margie

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BUGGYS 10/25/2011 8:45AM

    Congrats o sticking with the SD! I am slowly going back to a low carb lifestyle, one that has worked for me in the past...we all have to do what works for us and stick with it to reach ours goals...we can do it!!!

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I'M SO EXCITED, SONOMA DIET DAY 6

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I got up this morning to a 5 lb weight loss and trying to figure out how to update on my ticker. That will have to weight, or wait. I restarted SD on Tuesday and already lost 5 lbs. Now I know that we always have early on losses when we start any diet but this has given me encouragement to stick it out. Notice how happy I am running to my goal in my new ticker background! I need to chart the 5 lb loss before it comes back!

If you like to cook and you like veggies and are bored with steaming your broccoli and boiling your peas, you need the Sonoma Diet recipes! They turn veggies into works of art!

Unfortunately, hubby doesn't agree. Why do husbands expect us to get them something to eat when they come home from the football game hungry at 9:00 p.m? Why didn't he just stop and get a hamburger and fries on the way home? I offered the last of the minestrone soup to him which he ate and complained that he didn't really like it. So today, I will plan a nice meal for dinner, pork loin, steamed cabbage and sweet potato. All SD friendly to eat and I can fill up on cabbage which I like anyway.

I've had a mild cold since returning from my trip and I guess that has helped with getting back on the diet as I didn't feel like eating much anyway.

I have a new friend! Sandyleedick! If you read my blog today, please post so I can add you as a friend! I lost you somehow.

Hubby had to get up 3 times this week in the middle of the night for his job. He works for a local funeral home so you can figure it out. They need more help so I hope they can find someone else to do it. So I've been up since 5:00.

Later, got to get ready for church and find something for breakfast.

  
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SKIPSIDE 10/25/2011 4:34PM

    Your ticker changes automatically when...
you enter a new weight value into sparks "measurements" page.

To get there, go to your START page. Next under "my trackers" click on the "Weight Tracker & measurements" button. When the page comes up just enter your new weight and save it.

Next time you see your ticker strip you should see that your wacky elf guy has moved.


emoticon What a great first week on the new plan! emoticon

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REVISITING THE SONOMA DIET, DAY 5

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm starting day 5 and so far so good. I'm carrying the book around with me to refer to sections to relearn the guidelines. There are 2 Waves. Wave 1 consists of 10 days that are a little more restricted on certain veggies and fruits to get you jump started in your weight loss. The first time I did Sonoma, back in 2006, it was relatively new and I lost 10 lbs in the first 10 days! Then I gradually lost 8 more but it took me so long to do so that I eventually gave up and slowly put the weight back on. I think my slow weight loss is due to medications I was taking rather than not being consistent on a diet. That happend last year. I had lost 8 lbs but it took me 10 months to do so and no matter what I tried, it wouldn't budge. Than I get frustrated and bored and give up. This time, I AM NOT GIVING UP! I think I can do this and after last night with dinner out, I know I can do this! I am now off the medicaiton that had a side effect of weight gain.

We had a busy week and hubby worked until after 7:00 last night so we planned a late dinner out at the Yacht Club. Using the Sonoma Diet guidelines, I had a tossed salad with oil and vinegar. I ordered the pork loin with madeira wine sauce and asparagus and sweet potato. I probably should have scraped the sauce off but I was comfortable in the portion size of the pork and ate it and the asparagus. I took the sweet potato home with me. Sweet potatoes are allowed on SD but not until Wave 2 and only 1/2 cup which is about 1/2 of a big potato. I cook one and hubby and I share it which is plenty. I did have a glass of red wine which isn't allowed until Wave 2 but I just wanted it so I had it. And I'm not beating myself up over it.

As I was perusing the menu and making my choices, I remembered how easy it was to follow this plan as you use the 9" plate size and section off your portions. THere is no counting points or calories and I don't have to write it down if I don't want to. Those are things I hate to do. I don't have time to write it down. Would rather work on my clients needs or quilting or something else all together. This morning I had a slice of whole grain Arnold health nut toast with 2 T peanut butter for breakfast. Perfectly allowed and I love peanut butter. You can also eat pb as a snack but use 1 T. I'll have a glass of milk or soy milk later this morning if I need it. I'm a little under the weather with a cold and don't feel like eating anyway so this is good.

WEight loss is a journey and the journey is finding what works for yourself. This plan worked for me before and I intend to stick with it and make it work for me again! Down to 160! I tried WW but I'm too busy to learn the point system and I hate to write it down. I also hate meetings because my business and my clients take precedence over any other attempt at getting me to go somewhere. I tried Sparks version of counting calories. I hate to write it down. Absolutly hate doing it so why bother? Last year I considered joining Curves again but someone here on Spark advised me that if I didn't go last time, what makes me think I would go this time?

On of t he advantage of SD is the wonderful wealth of recipes available to me through the 2 cookbooks I have and the 2 diet books. I love to cook and I love the creative way that SD advises cooking veggies. I pull recipes out of magazines that look as if they fit the SD diet guidelines and we eat like kings! With plenty of veggies! My creative juices get flowing when I read recipes. Imagine that.

I'll also be looking for help and encouragement from my spark friends as I go on this journey. Have a great Saturday!

  


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