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.
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.
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.
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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