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Dat 111: Restaurant Week

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Tue, 08/15/2006 - 12:11pm.

It is Restaurant Week here in Dallas.  This is where most of the four and five star restaurants create a fabulous menu (appetizer, entree, dessert) for a fixed price and most of this cost is donated to the local food bank.  This is a great way to check out new restaurants for a reduced rate and for a good cause.  Reservations usually fill up one month in advance.  We were lucky to get a few for this week.  Last night, we ate at a fabulous Steak/Seafood restaurant.  I admit that since this was not a regular dining out, I felt no guilt about what I ordered. 

Day 110: Always get a to-go box

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 08/14/2006 - 12:11pm.

After church yesterday, I had lunch with my parents at one of our favorite Italian restaurants.  I successfully overcame my cravings for Penne Alfredo and had a fabulous lunch portioned salad instead.  To further reduce fat, I ordered the vinagrette salad dressing on the side.  I even skipped the bread.  Sonoma Dieters be proud!  As usual, I ordered water.  My family and friends have noticed that instead of always ordering a soft drink when we eat out as I had done for years, I now only order water.  This is healthier and it is free.  When ordering an entree, I try very hard to always

Day 107: Vacation booked. Eek! That means bikini time!

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 08/11/2006 - 12:01pm.

I’m starting to feel like a blob again.  We have had 12 straight days of 100+ degree weather so I admit that I have not been running in weeks.  It is very hard to be motiviated to go outside when it is still 96 degrees at 10pm.  However, I am afraid that despite the intense heat I really have to get off my butt and go work out.  We finally booked our vacation (yea!) for a cruise to the Bahamas this fall for our first anniversary.  I was so excited.  Then it hit me: cruise equals bikini.  Yikes!  Nothing like being 1.5 months away from the Carribbean to motivate me to eat even healthi

Day 105: Celery & Caffine

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 12:00pm.

I have made several advances on my Sonoma Diet by eating healthier and trying new foods.  I have discovered that I really enjoy healthy foods that before I honestly never would have tried.  However, I still do not like celery.  I have given it numerous tries but I think it still tastes funny.  I wish I could like to eat it since it is quite healthy.  My husband loves chips and salsa but figured out that he can substitute the celery for chips as a much healthier snack option.  He likes it since it still has that crunchy feeling.  Even covered in spicy salsa though, I can still taste that yucky celery.

Day 103: Familiar Surroundings

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 08/07/2006 - 12:00pm.

All that water I drink at work is really affecting me.  I have about 3-4 bottles each work day.  As soon as I walk in the door each morning, I head straight to the kitchen & grab a water.  As a result, I have noticed that on the weekends, I am craving water.  We do not have bottled water at our house so each time requires me to go to the sink & fill up a new glass.

Day 100: Vacationing from Goldfish

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 08/04/2006 - 11:59am.

One of the ways the Sonoma Diet has helped me is by encouraging me to watch my snacking.  I have gotten so much better about not snacking at work.  This week, I have been the only person on my floor as most are on vacation.  You would think I would not be worried about snacking since nobody would really know, but I have only had my trusty water bottle sitting on my desk.  If I do have a strong snack urge that water cannot fix, I reach for the dried mangoes I  have in my desk.  With no fat and only 160 calories/serving, it is a healthier option.  My second favorite are dried apricots.  I even made a small step at getting my family to eat healthier by introducing this item to them.  Amazingly enough, they loved them and are snacking on this instead of bowls of ice cream.  The natural sweetness in the fruit satisfies any sweet tooth. 

Day 99: Results!

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Thu, 08/03/2006 - 7:39pm.

I look skinnier and my clothes fit better!  My belly is slowly flattening out.  This is the big boost I needed.  I am motivated by results, even small ones.  I just got back from one week visiting my grandmother in Alabama.  I really watched what I ate last week and had much smaller portions.  For instance, instead of my usual one full bowl of macaroni, I had half for dinner and reheated the other half for breakfast.  Still not completely healthy, but it is a good start.  Last night was the big step and I definitely earned a big gold star.  We went to my favorite mexican food restaura

Day 91: Autopilot Eating

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 7:13pm.

I’ve found that I sometimes simply forget that I’m on the Sonoma Diet and eat things as if I’m on auto-pilot.  Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation, but it’s not until afterwards that I realize I ate an unhealthy food.  It is easier for me to eat healthier at home since we have cleaned out our pantry.  It’s when I’m away at other people’s homes, like this past weekend, that I find myself talking to friends and munching on a chocolate chip cookie.  The cookie isn’t even that good, but I’m eating it.  I caught myself once this weekend and threw away the remainder of the cookie.  A small start.

Day 90: House Cleaning

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Tue, 07/25/2006 - 7:13pm.

The Sonoma Diet encourages lots of fruits and veggies in the second wave.  To go along with this, I picked up some more bags of dried fruit this weekend as a feeble attempt at pennance for my weekend debauchery.  I have these in my desk at work as a healthier snack option.  Love the dried mangoes!  I tend to not have a typical lunch as I work straight through this time, but rather I snack every few hours.  I have found that I tend to eat less since I eat just a few bites to satisfy that craving then stop.  The potential downfall to this is that if I don’t stop, then I could graze uncon

Day 89: Floatin the River

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 3:35pm.

We had our annual float trip this weekend which meant no sleep, little exercise, and a lot of eating out.  For all you non-Texans, “floatin the river” means driving a few hours down I-35 to the Comal River (or the Guadalupe) in New Braunsfels near San Antonio, sitting in an inner tube, relaxing/drinking/burning, and floating for a few hours.  At the end, you get out, walk up the stairs, and a bus takes you back to the beginning to do it all over again.  Since we went on a Saturday in July, it was packed.  Very fun times had by all, but basically all I did Saturday was sit in a tube & get a little burned.