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HIDDEN SUGARS and Halloween Fun!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Do you read the labels on packaged products that you buy? I make an effort to read them and look for items with less than 7 grams of sugar in them. Note the cereal you buy and how many grams of sugar is in that cereal! Raisin bran is a good example. It seems like it would be a healthy choice but most raising brans have sugar encrusted raisins which spike up the sugar content dramatically.

When I lost weight on the Sonoma Diet, I got into the habit of really reading those labels. Sodium is another spike ingredient that can go off the charts in packaged products. Look for fiber of at least 7 grams to be included. Helps with what ails us!

We went to a Halloween party Saturday night and I dressed as a Queen, wearing a dress I had made out of drapery fabric. It was a lot snugger than it was the last time I wore it. It was so snug, I didn't want to eat or drink anything which was a good thing I guess. When we got in the car to come home, I had my husband unzip the thing. What a relief!

There was a scary dessert contest and I had made a chocolate fudge peanut butter cake and put "tombstones" on it using Pepperidge farm milano cookies. I won the prize of a bottle of wine! Thankfully, I didn't eat any as I couldn't take a chance of splitting the dress.

We bought some candy at the store yesterday and got the bag of toostsie rolls and DOTS. Stuff we don't particularly like so I won't be tempted. At least if I eat a tootsie roll, it takes a while and not that many calories in one tootsie roll. Lots of sugar though. We don't have many kids come to the door so we'll probably be left with most of it.

Have a great week!

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FORME551 10/31/2011 10:18AM

    I do that too...I buy Candy I hate so that I don't eat it. We don't get many trick or treaters though. Hubby is bad for buying bags of candy but I tell myself that is "his" food and i can't touch it.
I am all for reducing sugar, but I would love to be able to incorporate a square of dark chocolate in my diet down the road at some point. And of course the wine! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAILRUU 10/31/2011 9:35AM

    One year I bought little Almond Joy bars since I don't like coconut. We get very rare trick or treaters here but I wanted to be prepared. I ate one and discovered I really loved them! I finished off the bag and bought more and of course ate those when Halloween was over. Now I just stock sugarless gum and bags of microwave popcorn. If I have any leftovers I can use them and not feel guilty about it!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Okay, we have season tickets to the FSU football games in Tallahassee. It's about a 2.5 hour drive and then watch the game and drive back. I enjoy going to the games and I've been to 3 home games and one in North Carolina this year. I was scheduled to go today but I've been so busy, I just wanted to stay home today. So hubby asked a friend and he said YES!!!!. They just left and I'm left to my own devices! Yea!!! A day alone to do whatever I want to do! It will probably have something to do with quilting and I need to catch up on some of those UFO's I've got. It's a cool October day, just great for throwing open the windows and airing out the house! Have a great day!

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TIRED49 10/31/2011 11:16PM

    Don't you just love a Home Alone day every once in awhile?

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IGOALOT 10/29/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great day today. Hope it is all you want it to be and more. Fantastic! emoticon

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NOW2DAY 10/29/2011 9:00AM

    Have a great day. If I opened a window I would get wet and cold.

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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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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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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.

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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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