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Friday, November 18, 2011

Did you know there was a section on Spark with quizzes on nutrition and wellness and other things? All of a sudden, the healthy spark is talking about portions and today there is a quiz you could take about portions. I did pretty well although I missed 5. Actually the five I missed came down to this or that and I usually pick wrong when I'm taking a multiple choice quiz. In retrospect I could say I did know the correct answers in those cases except maybe one. So I feel pretty good about it. After I got my spark points, I couldn't figure out how to go back and look over my answers again. If there a place for that? I would like to review my wrong answers so I don't get them wrong again.

Anyway, if you don't know your portions you need to definitely take the quiz as it is an eye opener.

There is something to be said about stress and eating. Lately, I've been so busy with my job and other family type things that I haven't had a home cooked meal this week except when I went to my sisters on Wed for her birthday. ANd she had to cook it. Off to a busy day. Later.

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GAILRUU 11/21/2011 10:27AM

    You can go back to the quiz by clicking on the tab under spark points and look for that quiz again. It won't show your old answers but you can review the quiz again. You can also reset your quizzes again under accounts on the home page since you will get through them rather quickly.

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LHLADY517 11/18/2011 1:11PM

    Portion control seems to be difficult to learn and maintain. It requires constant vigilance.

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BUGGYS 11/18/2011 11:45AM

    I had a somewhat stressful afternoon yesterday and instead of going in the kitchen to find something sweet, I drank a glass of water and grabbed some grapes instead...I actually stepped back and didn't give into my wants but rather what was good for me!!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Why do we keep eating when we are full? Why don't we know we are full until it is too late and food has passed our lips? I know that I eat too fast because quite often I am finished before others have finished their meals. I find myself looking at others plates and gauging my eating so I won't finish too early. Why am I doing this? Because I don't want to be embarrassed sitting there with an empty plate when others are still moving through their plates?

The Sonoma DIet uses a 9 inch plate for meals and fills it with 1/2 veggies and fruit, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grain. When we fill our plates at Thanksgiving, go for the veggies and the turkey first. Then finish with the stuffing and potatoes. Maybe you will have less room on the plate for the stuffing and potatoes. And don't go for seconds.

I am going to my nephews for Thanksgiving and my sister is making the pies. She doesn't make very good pies so I don't have to look forward to them. My mother-in-law was the pie baker. ALways a flaky crust and the right amount of sugar. I have to take something so I am going to come up with lots of veggie ideas. Not sure what yet. My sister suggested coleslaw which I'm not all that fond of for Thanksgiving. But the Sonoma Diet cookbook has a good recipe for Asian Slaw with apples and that sounds like it would fit in with Thanksgiving. Might have to alter it a bit as it uses korean chili paste and if it is too spicy, they might not like it. However, a little bit of spice added to an otherwise bland dinner might be good.

Watch your portions! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Where did 2011 go to?

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BUGGYS 11/17/2011 12:13PM

    I am learning portion control and eating slowly...having run a daycare in the past, I usually had to gulp my food down and I like my food hot...I recently bought some measuring spoons at WW so I don't have to eyeball anything any more. I agree that I am only going to eat the foods that I really want at Thanksgiving...my DIL makes roasted veggies to bring to our house...you can eat them hot or at room temp...how about doing that?

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LJCANNON 11/17/2011 7:18AM

    emoticonBeing Mindful and Aware of what you are eating will help. And a nice long walk after your meal would be a fun way to burn off some stuffing!!

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LHLADY517 11/16/2011 5:48PM

    portion control really does take learning. But it is essential.

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ANDI571 11/16/2011 11:41AM

    I too have been trying to think of recipes that will be a healthy option, and to satisfy the taste buds.

We are going to my nieces. I am planning to take deviled eggs, which I always make with low fat Miracle Whip anyway. I also have pulled out a sugar free dessert. Most of my family is diabetic, so that is a good option. The only thing to top me over is I am taking a chicken/stuffing dish. If I bought low fat cream of celery soup, it would help.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/16/2011 9:21AM

    UGH! No, I cannot believe Thanksgiving is a week away (and a day, but who's counting, right!) Thank you for the portion control guide . . . I have a reminder @ my place @ the table and it helps and we do the 9 in. plate . . . that REALLY helps!Your cole slaw sounds delish. Can't say I'd have thought of that for Thanksgiving, but whatever works!!

Yes, the Korean chili paste IS hot. A little dab will do ya. I use it a lot, actually, as my kids (adopted from Korea) like it. Tried my hand @ making kim chi, but neither of them like it. I don't blame 'em!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Including myself. I served 20 years, 2 months and 21 days on active and reserve duty with the USAF retiring as a LTC. My husband did as well and so we have a nice retirement check coming each month. What a gift and I'm so proud to have stayed and made a difference. Congratulations to all other veterans out there.

Today is also a special day because it is my grandson's birthday, 2 years old! He'll always remember his birthday as a big celebration with parades, etc. Its nice to have Veterans day fall on a Friday for a long weekend.

Tomorrow is FSU vs Miami football day and we have season tickets. I wish hubby had a friend to go with him instead of me but it isn't likely. Its a 3 hour drive each way plus the football game so its a long day. But don't mind it too much as the team is winning games so more fun to watch.

Have a great weekend and choose your food wisely. Later

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/11/2011 7:28PM

    Enjoy your sport, Dog!

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LADYBUG1943 11/11/2011 5:35PM

    Our son, also a veteran, sent us a picture of his computer screen today with the time: 11:11:11 and date, 11/11/11. Pretty cool. Thank you for your service to our country. We have a whole family of Navy guys and one cousin (female) who retired from the Navy. A friend who recently died was in WWII (where he was a POW), the Korean war, Viet Nam, and was attached to the White House for a while. He was an impressive guy and we still miss him. So much sacrifice from our nation's strongest people.

I'm procrastinating my exercise right now. Thanks for the reminder about food, and why we are on this website. Hope you survive the football day. I would take knitting with me, my panacea for long stretches of time.


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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I've been labeled dangerously unhealthy by Dr. Oz! I was previously a member of weight watchers online so I get regular e-mails from them. Dr OZ has teamed up with WW to a program called Sharecare where you can enroll to lose weight and have a chance to win $1 million! I took the test and found that I'm dangerously unhealthy! I would enroll in the contest but the catch is you have to join WW and sign the contest rules. WW just isn't for me. So I guess I'm not going to win $1 million.

I can embrace the fact that I am dangerously unhealthy though!. Didn't think I was but maybe that is the first step to becoming a healthier person. I've re-embraced the Sonoma Diet so that is another step. However, I have been struggling but I WILL return and not give up.

I weighed this morning and I'm at 186, up 2 lbs. But there are some positive signs. I've allowed myself to cheat and not follow the guidelines of SD in a strict sense so I'm admitting that right now. Hubby and I went on a 2 day trip to Baton Rouge to a meeting and had a fab time. I found myself perusing the menus of the places we ate for something that fit the SD guidelines and plate size. So at least I was paying attention. So today we are home again until January when we go to DIsneyworld for the marathon weekend. By then I have a goal to be in the 170's. Now that is not an aggressive goal but it is a goal. I have to lose 7 lbs as of today to get there. I can do that. 7 lbs is achievable!

I"m also setting a goal to get outside and move. I'm ridiculously out of shape and need to move more. So outside I go. I had a breakfast of 1 slice of whole grain toast spread with one laughing cow cheese wedge and one scrambled egg. I cut the toast in half and made a sandwich. THis is really tasty and my cheese was the chipotle variety. Then I had a glass of skim milk. This was a legal SD meal and I'm already planning lunch and dinner so progress! Later. Got to go clean out my van and get ready for the day!

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ANDI571 11/16/2011 11:42AM

    Even though I have lost weight, I still feel unhealthy. I need to ramp it up some.

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COLEENCOLE 11/11/2011 10:31AM

    I needed to read this. Thanks.

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LORILEEPAGE 11/11/2011 8:35AM

    Way to go for embracing where you're at. That will go a long way to motivate you. YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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FORME551 11/10/2011 1:03PM

    Hmmm, I am going to have to go take the quiz now and find out how unhealthy I am! LOL....honesty to ousselves and others! emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 11/9/2011 7:49PM


Good look with your new goals!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/9/2011 1:01PM

Get moving, it's big fun!

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.

- Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French essayist

Sparks Healthy Reflections today says that our attention spans are short! I once had an employee who complained continually about not having enough time. We all have 24 hours in our day. It's how we attend to those 24 hours that makes us efficient or inefficient.

Yesterday I intended to spend time working on my business accounts because we are going to Baton Rouge for a meeting tomorrow and leaving this morning at 10:00. Well, did I work on my business? NOOOOO. I decided to sew an apron which turned out really cute and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing but there were other jobs in my home and my business that didn't get done. It wasn't because I didn't have enough time. I chose to use my time doing something frivolous instead of doing something I should have done.

Today's Spark article says, "Dont' Wait until Tomorrow!" Fill your day with meaningful activities and you won't have any trouble remembering what you did! Same goes with dieting. I'm been talking about the Sonoma Diet for 2 years and I'm still not following the principles like I need to. I conveniently "forget" what I'm supposed to eat or do and choose food or drink that is not going to help me lose weight! So today I'm starting again and will do my best to choose wisely when it comes to eating.

It is easy for me to say that we are going away for 2 days and eating out is so difficult when you are trying to diet. But that is a bunch of bologna! I can lose weight while eating out! I just have to make the right choices and lay off the beer or wine. I need to just quit making excuses for myself and get on with the plan. This is ridiculous. Two years of talk doesn't get results!

So today is another day in the diet arena and I am going to remember to be mindful and pay attention to what I am eating. If it is not SD friendly, it isn't going in my mouth! That includes no white bread or rice or potatoes! I don't need that garlic bread with dinner! I can do this! Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/9/2011 1:03PM

    Keep up the good work.

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JENNY888 11/8/2011 9:14AM

    This is a problem I struggle with also. The will is so much stronger when I wake up in the morning with great plans. Then as the day goes on I don't even think of it. I wish you the best with your plan. You can do it and so can I.

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RSTYLES6 11/7/2011 5:55PM

  Most people think they can lose a lot of weight by starving themselves, yes you can lose weight but it is very bad for your body. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat. Yes, that is not what you have been hearing your whole life. You were always told that eating a lot will make you fat but there a program that teaches you how to eat and lose weight. This program will teach you how to lose weight by EATING.


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WISLNDR 11/7/2011 7:40AM

    Good for you! Looking forward to hearing about your progress!!

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