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Day 17- No more excuses

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 05/12/2006 - 1:37pm.

I still feel like I’m a bad Sonoma Dieter.  I could follow the plan for most breakfasts and lunches, but dinners and weekends were still getting the best of me.  This morning’s email was encouraging though.  Entitled ‘No More Excuses,” it advised me to write down a list of all the excuses I use to eat a little more than I should or not exercise or eat a bad meal.  Then, I’m to go through this list excuse by excuse and write a solution for each.  Granted writing a solution doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll change that behavior, but I think this will be good for me.  Writing everything down will force me to really think about what I’m doing (and not doing).

Day 15- Baby Steps

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Wed, 05/10/2006 - 7:15pm.

Nothing really new to report.  I had a lot going on at work today so I actually forgot to eat lunch.  I did have a cup of Goldfish this afternoon.  I have found that I usually don’t have an appetite when I get very busy and I often forget to eat.  This unfortunately leads to me eating larger portions later on in the day.  One interesting thing is the change in how quickly I consume my daily Dr. Pepper.  When I arrive at work, I head straight to the office kitchen and get my drink.  It used to be that I had finished it in about one hour.  Today, I got my drink when I arrived at work and 8 hours later, it’s still half full.  It’s hard for me to change habits, but I’ve slowly made progress.

Day 14- One fruit at a time

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Tue, 05/09/2006 - 6:50pm.

I enjoy that I can eat fruit in Wave 2 of my Sonoma Diet.  Since I’m consciously reducing my sugar intake, fruits are a delicious and healthy substitute.  Even though I haven’t been as dedicated to this diet as I should be, I have noticed that I have lost a little bit of weight.  Considering how I tend to fall off the wagon on weekends, this is actually encouraging.  Also consider that I have been stressed at work and not exercising.  I’m somewhat surprised I actually have lost weight.  I am proud of myself for sticking to my goal of one Dr. Pepper per day.  This may have been the biggest challenge for me.

Day 13- Am I ready to move to the next stage?

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 05/08/2006 - 6:48pm.

According to the Sonoma Diet website and email blasts, I have successfully completed Wave 1.  I should be noticing significant weight loss and no longer desire sugar.  I don’t feel as if I’m really out of Wave 1 based upon my real-world eating habits.  I have noticed that overall (but not completely), I have better eating habits, and I still have managed to have only one Dr. Pepper per day.  For lunch today, I went out with my coworker and ordered a house salad with a light dressing.  I was proud of myself for being healthy.  After a few bites, I saw a small, shriveled fly on the lettuce leaf.  Yuck.  This killed any appetite I had.  I ended up snacking on Goldfish the rest of the day (one cup worth).  I felt dumb- how could a little fly could deter me so much?!

Day 10- Emotional Eating

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 05/05/2006 - 6:10pm.

Yesterday was crazy.  I’m discovering how my emotions can greatly regulate my appetite.  For me, I lose my appetite when I’m stressed or receive shocking news.  I tend to snack when I’m bored.  The Sonoma Diet addresses snacking and taking time to savor your food, but I haven’t found where it directly addresses the emotional side of eating.

Day 8- Slowly shrinking

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Wed, 05/03/2006 - 7:48pm.

One of the things I like about the Sonoma Diet Program is the daily email I receive. The emails are informative, short, and provide my suggested daily meal plan. It’s like a quick encouragement to continue on towards my goal.

Day 7- Bad apples?

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Tue, 05/02/2006 - 7:01pm.

One part of the Sonoma Diet that I haven’t completely bought into is that in Wave 1, you are not supposed to eat fruit since this has natural sugar.  I know it’s just for the first ten days, but I’m wary of any diet that cuts out an entire food group, especially when it’s fruits!  I understand eliminating processed foods and sugars, but fruit? 

Day 6- Sugar detox doesn't work if you eat sugar!

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Mon, 05/01/2006 - 7:25pm.

This weekend was not good for my diet. Not only did I fall off the wagon, but the wagon also ran over me, backed up, and ran over me a second time. I ate out with friends Friday night and ordered every fried sea creature you could imagine along with French Fries. I hadn’t gone to the grocery store to purchase ingredients for my Sonoma Diet suggested dinners so I caved and decided eating out was simply easier. This was followed with pizza and ice cream for Saturday lunch. The good news is that I have stuck to my one Dr. Pepper per day rule. I even exercised on Sunday.

Day 3- Think the sugar detox is working

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 5:05pm.

 In Wave 1, I've found that I'm fairly limited on snacking options (mostly a handful of nuts or veggies and cheese).  I've honestly been very good with the breakfast and lunch meal suggestions.  Dinner has proven to be a more daunting task as I don't like cooking.  I'll try to take time to plan out all my meals for the next week and purchase all the ingredients.  Some of the advice on the website chat boards is to prepare as much as you can for the week on Sunday (ie: chop all the ingredients, etc).  This is supposed to save me a lot of time on dinenr prep. 

Day 2- Sugar detox

Submitted by BaylorBlondie on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 5:05pm.

The first wave of this diet (10 days) is to eliminate your dependency on sugar by substituting healthy grains, veggies, and lean meats in addition to decreasing the intake of processed foods.  I managed to follow the diet plan for breakfast: two eggs cooked with virgin olive oil instead of butter.  However, my atrocious cooking skills were again demonstrated as I burnt the eggs and turned sunny-side up into a fluffy yellow mess.  It tasted fine though.  A good thing about this diet is that you can have unlimited “flavor boosters.”  Tabasco really helped those eggs.  Beverages are also unlimited within reason.  So far I was doing great.  The Sonoma diet does allow coffee.  I don’t drink coffee but am addicted to Dr. Pepper.  I figured since it allowed caffeine, I could have my morning drink and simply limit myself to one, instead of the usual 3 daily Dr. Peppers.  That still decreases my sugar intake- just not going cold turkey.