As for the diet I have decided I have 2 hurdles to overcome:
1) redefining the word treat not to be associated with food but rather beauty treatments so when I have a craving for something sweet I can going to try whitening my teeth or getting a pedicure.
2) Portion control. I am blessed to have a friend who is a personal trainer. We were chatting on facebook and he asked if he could send me some materials. I welcome all the help I can get. He asked me to do a nutrition journal. I thought it was pointless on this diet but it does show that I consider a portion to be 2 cups. When I have soup or salad it is always 2 cups. I would really like to get my stomach down to 1 cup.