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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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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.

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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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BRITT831 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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