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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving is over and it was a great holiday! We went to my nephew's and it was delicious but no leftovers! So today, when grocery shopping, Publix had some turkey breasts on sale! One was $3.27 and the other was $3.15 cents and both about 3 lbs each. They were partially thawed so had to be cooked today so they are in the oven right now. And I'm going to cook green beans and we have cranberry sauce! So to get back to the stuffing, I bought a package of Pepperidge
Farm Herb Stuffing mix which was what my mother always cooked. I chopped a celery stick and some onion and sauteed in a small pat of butter. Then I added 2 cups of stuffing mix, and about a cup of beef broth and a raw egg. Stirred everything together for a few minutes and then put it into a casserole to join the turkey. That's how my mother always made it and I've continued the tradition!
Now how can that be fattening? On the package it says the 3/4 cup prepared stuffing is 170 calories. It's just like a piece of bread and there isn't much butter in it and egg is protein and broth is calorie free. So why the bad rap?

I guess it is when we slather it with gravy and other things that make it fattening and the name, stuffing doesn't sound too thinning. Actually it is the portions that make us fat, not the ingredients. And second helpings.

Actually I'm encouraged. I weighed this morning at a solid 185. Seems like I've been there for 2 years. True story. But I am eating less and I'm trying to be cognizant of my portions like the Sonoma DIet suggests. I'll be sure and have a good helping of green beans for dinner. During the day, if I think I ought to be snacking on something, I think again. Most times I don't get anything at all. And the freezer is free of ice cream and klondike bars or I would for sure get some of that.

We have a slew of holiday parties ahead. I don't know how we got so popular but we have half a dozen or so and always food. I made my famous fruit cake and will take it to the barbershop chorus Christmas gathering. It disappears quickly. I was thinking of offering to bake little loaves of it for $5 each. Fruit ingredients can get expensive. This is a Golden Fruitcake recipe I cut out of a magazine years and years ago. It is loaded with fruit and never comes out dry. Also, has a cup of some sort of rum or sherry. It calls for cream sherry but I never have any so this years version has rum and calvados in it. Drained those bottles.

Anyway, have a great evening and we will certainly enjoy our second Thanksgiving.

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KASEYCOFF 11/27/2011 6:10PM

    I do five mini-meals a day at about 300 cals each, and I carb-count - 170 calories on what's essentially bread would pretty much blow me out of the water, lol... Besides, I bet a lot of people have more than 3/4 c / serving, plus probably put more than just a simple pat of butter. Can really add up. The bread I eat (and it's sparingly, b'lieve me) is about 35 / 40 cals per slice. I don't do butter here because Himself has high cholesterol unless I keep him to a careful diet. (It's in the normal range now.)

And re the stuffing: yes, you're probably right about second helpings.

I didn't used to make fruitcake but since I've been here I do. The British Christmas cakes (as you probably already know) are basically fruit cakes - so are their traditional wedding cakes, for that matter. Kate 'n' Wills had a 'real' wedding cake, English-style.

I use Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. Well, you know, once a year and all that, lol... When I make cherry genoa cake (another British fruitcake) I add a bit of cherry kirsch too. Now that I think of it, maybe some Amaretto would be good in Dundee cake, which is a fruitcake with a lot of almonds.

I better get to bed before I get hungry, LOL!
p.s. I love Calvados - I make a French apple pie with that in. I don't eat it myself, y'understand, but that's how I make it - too many calories and refined carbs, YIKES!!!

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Coldwater Creek

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One of my favorite dress stores is Coldwater Creek. The new holiday catalog has just arrived and in it is a beautiful dress that is just my style, 30 lbs ago. It's a beautiful rose color with a diamond neckline with pleats. It has a draped waste with a rosette detail and draped. A light a-line and short. I have cut the picture out of the catalog and posted it on my bathroom mirror to inspire me. I never did a visual collage so this is a start. I would love to be able to wear it at New Years and I'm sure I could get into a 14 if I set my mind to it, even with the holidays coming.

For the past 3 days I've eaten modestly and no alcohol and no ice cream. I told hubby to keep the ice cream out of the house as that is my downfall. I am going to follow the Sonoma Diet faithfully, even with Thanksgiving tomorrow. My sister is cooking the pies and she doesn't do so well with them so I'll have a slice of pumpkin and nix the crust. I'm taking green beans and have 2 lovely bags of them so there will be plenty.

I have another good reason to lose weight. For the last 45 days I have been using a CPAP machine and have been sleeping soundly, no snoring and have more energy than ever. However, it was a loner and I had to give it back on Monday. My insurance won't pay for one because my sleep test wasn't bad enough but I know that it helped me. In addition, I had gained 3 pounds in that 45 days. So I left the office and vowed that I was going to lose the 30 lbs that has been dragging me down for years. Hopefully, that will also help with the snoring. To buy a CPAP, we are looking at $1000 and I'd rather buy new clothes with that money.

I started the Sonoma Diet team here a few weeks ago. We now have 4 members and it is up to me to lead us to weight loss! I am going to do it.

On a good note, My found a decent job today! He left the best job he ever had in May to pursue a new career. He completed EMT school but failed the test. And has been underemployed ever since. He is retesting in Dec and studying with another fellow who also failed the test. And he will be starting work on Monday at a Greek restaurant as the asst manager. Thank goodness as we have been helping them financially. If he can pass the test, he can then find work as an EMT and still work the restaurant job. Life is good. I just need to be skinny.

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JENNYD97 11/30/2011 11:55PM

    I was just browsing their website and there is a lovely velvet blazer I love but don't have the money to buy but it is definitely inspiration :)

Good luck!

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QUILTINGBUDDY 11/30/2011 9:40PM

    I love Coldwater Creek! I'm glad you found what you need to inspire you! You go girl, all your Sparkies are in your corner!

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ANDI571 11/27/2011 5:01PM

    You can do it. You have a goal now and something worth fighting for.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/24/2011 9:24AM

  Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Blessings to you!

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LJCANNON 11/23/2011 7:47PM

    I can't wait to see you in that Dress on New Year's!! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 11/23/2011 5:54PM

    Sounds pretty - I don't think I can get their stuff here. I can get Land's End, but I think that's about it for American catalog retailers...

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's been three months since our dog Panda died and we weren't sure if we wanted to get another dog. But this week, hubby starting talking about it and I went on to Petfinder to look for dogs in our area. Panda was a border collie which we loved but I didn't find anything for a border collie rescue dog. So then I resorted to looking for dachshunds and up popped a cutie, Wally and 11 month old brown dachshund at the local Pet Welfare. We've had 4 dachshunds and always loved them so we decided to go and see Wally.
When we got there I asked the lady if they had any other dachshunds and it just so happened they had a mini named Daphne and she and Wally were in the same kennel and were good buddies. So now Daphne and Wally are home with us and settled right in. They are sitting here right with me as I type and very happy!
So we did our good deed yesterday and took home 2 lovely dachshunds that had been at this shelter since July. Daphne was a stray found walking on the highway and Wally was turned in by his owners because he didn't get along with their other dog. Now we have to make sure they stay skinny as they are now and don't get tablescraps. Now, Daphne is sitting on my lap. Later.

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CARLANNIE 11/23/2011 8:54AM

    How fun to take both of them home! They are lucky to have finally found their 'people'. emoticon

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BUGGYS 11/23/2011 7:48AM

    Rescuing dogs is the kindest thing anyone can do...I have two and wouldn't trade them for anything. I couldn't imagine not sharing a home with these furrbabies! Good for you for opening up your heart and home!!! Please post some pics!!! emoticon emoticon

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NOW2DAY 11/22/2011 7:29PM

    What a lucky day for your new members of the family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 11/21/2011 6:39AM

    Now you have plenty of "company." I am the same way but limit our bring home to just 1 new addition. My dh says when our Toby goes to doggie heaven, we will NOT have another but I keep telling him we will. Enjoy your new "children."

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ANDI571 11/20/2011 7:25PM

    Oh how sweet. I never got another dog after we had to have our long hair chihuahua put down. We do have our fat cat. I get in the mood sometimes, but I do enjoy sleeping in and not having to let a dog out. Can we say, lazy, lol.

We want pictures. I will check to see if you have already posted some and I missed them.

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QUILTINGBUDDY 11/20/2011 6:40PM

    So glad for you! I know you missed having a puppy or two to come home to. How can you beat a greeting such as a wagging tail?

Enjoy your Wally and Daphne. I'm sure they are happy to be there with you, and they will bring you much joy over the years. A growing family is always so fun LoL!

~Karla emoticon

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RICU1952 11/20/2011 2:21PM

    Too cute. Good for you and good for the doggies. I've got two bassets, Bogart and Bailey, 5 year old brother and sister and losing them would be very hard indeed.

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    Wow! That is so cool that you have new loved ones. I am glad you are concerned about their weight too. I think we should have a Sparkdog where we keep track of their weight, exercise, and treats. Join the dog lovers Group.

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KATRINAKRAUT 11/20/2011 1:58PM

    Awww-some! I grew up with wirehaired dachshunds and they keep you on your toes. How nice for the two of them to have each other as well. May they bring you great joy and companionship. Dogs certainly make us healthier all the way around. Congratulations!

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NGLOWEY 11/20/2011 1:56PM

    I am so glad you found two dogs to love and care for. Dogs certainly are your best friend. "Jazzy" (11 month Maltpoo) gets me off the sofa for walks that otherwise I wouldn't do. Enjoy those licks!! emoticon emoticon

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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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