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Sunday, November 06, 2011

If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses.

- Dan Sullivan, business coach

There was an excellent article today from Spark on Healthy Reflections. The premise is to not dwell so much on things you need to improve on but to maximize your strengths, doing what you are good at!

I've been playing a lot on my strengths lately. I guess being a leader is one of those strengths as I've become a co-leader on the Organized Life Team and the leader on the Sonoma Diet Team. I'm not good at either one of those things, being organized or staying focused on the Sonoma Diet. But I am a good leader and I can motivate and encourage others to get things done. So I figured that if I became the leader in those 2 areas, that it would also force me to be better at those 2 tasks as well.

So far it seems to be working. I focus daily on cleaning up and putting away piles of stuff in my home and keeping up with my clients and business. And each day, I strive to attempt to follow the guidelines of Sonoma Diet. Don't always win but if I keep trying in both of those areas, I might see some success.

So I've committed to being a leader and once committed, can't quit. I am retired from the Air Force Reserve as a LTC and I have run a successful business for 27 years with employees so I'm definitely the boss and not the hired help.

Yesterday we talked about the top ten Sonoma Power Foods and I'm going to continue on in that thread. Blueberries have powerful anti-oxidants that help with inflammation in the body. They have also been proven to help with memory loss. They are a beautiful color and they taste yummy eaten on cereal or frozen and popped into your mouth. So consider blueberries when adding a fruit to your diet!

Until next time, maximize what you are good at! Later.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANDI571 11/6/2011 4:06PM

    I love blueberries, but rarely buy them Hmm? I wonder why I don't.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/6/2011 3:24PM

  I like blueberries in smoothies, or on oatmeal or cooked quinoa flakes.

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RUNNER4LYFE 11/6/2011 2:04PM

    Such a good perspective. I never thought of it that way. Many ppl say to work on ur weaknesses but yeah, what abt the strengths!? Loved the blog!

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

"The success of The Sonoma Diet is based on eating good foods, not avoiding them." Quote from the New Sonoma DIet Book! The Sonoma Diet was developed by Dr. Connie Gusterson, Registered dietician and PHD! What better diet guru than someone who knows about food! Sonoma eating is a way of life, not a short term diet where you have to eliminate half your favorite foods! Learn to eat them in a healthy way.

I've been talking about The Sonoma Diet since I've been on Spark and now I have returned to it and intend to achieve success! I started The Sonoma DIet Team here on Spark and I"m the team leader. We have 3 fledgling and excited members but I'm sure we will have more as people discover the benefits of flavorful eating! In order to help myself and to help my team, I'll be sharing SD information on my blogs! Together we can do this!

SD has a list of 12 Power Foods that are wonderful for your health in different ways!
They are: Almonds, Beans, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Broccoli, Citrus, Grapes, Olive Oil, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Whole Grains!

Today I'm going to talk about Almonds! 11 almonds is a great snack on any diet! Did you know that in the United States, almonds are grown exclusively in California? I didn't. Almonds are relatively high in calories but the fat in almonds is primarily heart healthy monosaturated fat. This is the same fat found in olive oil, avocados and other nuts! According to SD, eating a handful of almonds daily can reduce LDL cholesterol, the bad stuff!

I love almonds and one of my favorite candies is Almond Joy. Of course I need to stay away from that but, almonds and dark chocolate are a great health food combo, both containing antioxidant flavonoids!

Have you ever tried EMERALD Cocoa Roast Almonds? Emerald nuts are sold in supermarkets. I found them originally in Sam's Club. 1 oz of cocoa roast almonds has 150 calories, 120 from the good fat, and they have 3 g of fiber and only 1 g of sugar. They have a sweet chocolate taste and a handful after dinner, can help to satisfy a craving for sweets! They are dry roasted and coated with a sprinkling of cocoa.

So look to almonds when you crave a crunch snack! I hope my readers enjoy learning about SD! Later.

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ENNAID2 11/6/2011 6:44PM

  I had never tried almonds before. They are not too many but not very tasty, or crunchy. I love crunchy snacks.

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ANDI571 11/6/2011 4:04PM

    I have found lately that almonds will help me get through the afternoon snack attack. I am like LJ, I will look forward to learning more.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/6/2011 3:26PM

  Woo Hoo! I just finished a 100 calorie pack of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds - a GREAT snack!

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SUNNYDAZE9 11/5/2011 9:33PM

    Thank you for sharing the information.

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LJCANNON 11/5/2011 10:11AM

    I think I eat all 12 of those Foods on a regular basis. The "Diet" sounds intriguing and I will be watching your Blogs to learn more.
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Friday, November 04, 2011

So I got a haircut yesterday and my stylist said I looked as if I've lost weight! ME? But my jeans and shirt were a bit baggy. So I got on the scale this morning and still had lost the 5 lbs I lost earlier and not gained it back. So I thought, there is hope for me yet in spite of not being vigilant in the diet department.

With the Sonoma DIet, when you learn to eat the healthy way with portion control and plate size, then you start making healthier choices at each meal. I am more aware of looking at the whole menu and making the best choice. Today I stopped at Hardee's to use the bathroom and decided to get a sandwich as it was lunch time. I looked over the menu carefully and selected the 1/4 lb thick cheese burger with added veggies and no onion and an unsweet tea to drink. Okay, that wasn't a bad choice. At least I had protein and veggies so I was happy with that.

That is what I liked about the Sonoma Diet before, the careful selection of what you ate. ANd if you eat enough, you won't be hungry. Last night I was home alone and the klondike bars were calling me from the freezer. However, I knew that I wasn't really hungry and if I ate one, it would be out of boredom and not hunger so I didn't eat one! That was a goodie.

Tonight we are going to dinner at the Yacht Club and I'm very familiar with their menu so I'll choose wisely. And I always have a salad with oil and vinegar anyway. So I guess I can say, I think I can do this. My new friend FORME55 has been reading the Sonoma Diet book so I have it next to my chair and I hope to start reading it more and applying the principles.

Can you belive that Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away? INcredible. Looking forward to the weekend. Later.

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AKELAZ 11/4/2011 1:46PM

    Sounds like you're doing well and staying focused emoticon

I'm waiting for the Sonoma book from Amazon - then I'll possibly have some questions though I saw on the Team site that you're possibly too busy to deal with that sort of thing - totally understand that! I'll be delving into the Team boards soon and in the meantime will keep in touch.

Have a good weekend emoticon

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

I guess I'm all talk and little action. But Im not giving up. I'm running from one appointment to another with not much time to prepare anything. Last night we went out to dinner and today it was pizza for lunch but this weekend I'm hoping to regroup and get back to Sonoma Diet Cooking.

I'm just grateful that my business has picked up and people want me! It's been dry for a few years. I guess people are just tired of looking at four walls in their homes and want to improve them. Lots of draperies! And I love draperies! I love fabric! I have such a fun job! Later.

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ANDI571 11/4/2011 9:38AM

    There is nothing wrong with eating out as I have said before. Just look at how you can eat what you want but lower the calories. Years ago pizza to me was a pan pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and extra cheese. Now is it a thin crust veggie lovers. We used to buy a large, and now we get a small. All foods can have there calories cut. Mustard instead of mayo. Stop by Subway instead of McDonald's. You can do it even being busy.

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LJCANNON 11/4/2011 9:19AM

    emoticonSome movement is better than no movement. No matter how small it is, every time you make a Good Choice you are making progress toward your Goals!!

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LATTELEE 11/3/2011 6:22PM

  Maybe when you have some time available you can make up bags of nutritious foods to grab when you are busy. Being prepared makes all the difference.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

This morning my e-mail was greeted with Spark's Top Ten Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters! I started to read it and gave up after the second one. All over Spark there are rules and regulations and top ten this and that. I can't handle more than one thing at a time! I used to be a multi-tasker but I'm not as sharp a tack as I used to be. I can't pull rabbits out of my hat at any given second nor do I want to. I WANT TO SLOW DOWN!

This morning I have an appointment with a client and I'm not ready. I should be working on that and not this but I need to dump. After I finish my blog, I'm getting up from this computer, getting ready and getting organized to go and help this client with her decorating! I'm not going to do anything else but that. She is my focus and I'm sticking to it!

So I'm taking one day at a time in the diet arena as well. I'm focusing on today and making the right choices. I started off with shredded wheat "n bran cereal and half a banana with skim milk. That was a very good start as that cereal has 8 g of fiber and less than 1 gram of sugar. Couldn't be much better to fill me up. I think I'll plan to stop at Wendy's for lunch and get their grilled chicken salad. The half portion. Plenty of it and very satisfying and beats what I have at home in the fridge. And tonight we are out at the Yacht Club and at their mercy on whatever they serve. It usually includes salad of some sort so that is good.

So I"m not going to top ten anything. Too much effort. Just give me the top one thing. I can handle that. Later.

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ANDI571 11/2/2011 3:54PM

    Not only one day at a time, but sometimes just one moment at a time. I too have noticed that I can't multi-task as I once did. That could be the reason I almost burned the hamburgers yesterday. I decided to check on some laundry, and forgot they needed turned, lol.

Here's to just dealing with the moment.

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REDBUD1 11/2/2011 8:17AM

    I can appreciate one thing at a time; I'm no good at multi-tasking anymore either. It's getting harder to handle one thing at a time, so I go at it slowly. Enjoyed reading your Blog and good luck with your client. emoticon

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SUNNYDAZE9 11/1/2011 10:27PM

    One day at a time-one thing to remember.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2011 9:24AM

    You rock!! Yup, one day-at-a-time, one step-at-a-time . . . that's how I have to do it too. when I do just one thing/day, it's not so overwhelming.

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LJCANNON 11/1/2011 9:18AM

    The Top One thing is usually the most important thing anyway, in my opinion!!
emoticonYour Plan for tackling one thing at a time today--starting with Breakfast--is a Great One!!

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