It started with a book. One day my boss and I were commiserating about how fat we were and how hard it is to lose weight. She was a few months into Weight Watcher’s at the time, and didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. I was just plain disgusted with my weight and had resolved for months that I would do something about it. She told me about this diet that she tried once, and that her biggest problem with it was that it involved too much cooking. Since I LOVE to cook, I was intrigued.
The next day, she brought in her copy of The Sonoma Diet, and when I read it I fell in love. This one was right up my alley. Then, one night shortly thereafter while was cooking a recipe from it, I spilled tomato sauce all over my boss’ book! Quickly resorting to my computer, I found that copies of this edition were now considered obsolete since the publication of The New Sonoma Diet, and that the original, now an overstock, was available from Barns and Noble for a dollar! I am not only overweight, but frugal, so I was all over that like brown on rice (no more white rice for me).
And thus on March 7, 203, my new eating lifestyle began. I did everything that the book suggested, including cleaning out my pantry and refrigerator of all manner of forbidden food.
Early on, while Googling one night, I discovered the wonderful forum, Three Fat Chicks on a Diet. Just about all of the Sonoma recipes were there, as well as a boatload of information for the neophyte dieter. It has been my go-to place for great healthy recipes ever since. No matter which diet you decide to follow, there is a forum and plenty of recipes to go with it.
Even though the precepts of The Sonoma Diet counsel against slavishly counting calories, I have found just the right balance of motivation and self-accountability at myfitnesspal (I’d link it here, but I can’t figure out how to make it NOT link to my personal info!). This is not only a food diary where you can view your nutritional data for every day, but you can also plan a day’s worth of meals to see how much fat, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, etc. that you plan on in-taking, but it gives the ability to make adjustments accordingly. For example, when I noticed that my sodium intake was higher than I wanted it to be over the course of a week, I cut my morning glass of V-8 juice from 7 oz to 4 oz, and this did the trick.
A book, a blog, and an app — these are three tools that have helped me so far. The search continues.
Tomorrow: Wave I of The Sonoma Diet and how I survived it.