South Beach Diet Review

So this is Week 2 of Phase 1 for me.  The diet consists of three phases: Phase 1 has you remove all carbs from your diet.  This includes grains, pasta, cereals and alcohols for two weeks.    Phase 2 introduces you slowly back to carbs by incorporating a few at a time to your daily intake.  You stay on this until you've reached your weight loss goals.  Phase 3 is maintenance.

I started a week ago yesterday and did experience cravings for sugar and refined carbs during the first few days.  The book said that would happen.  Today is Day 8 and I'm no longer craving these things.  The whole purpose of taking these items out of the diet for two weeks is to get the body to healthy blood sugar level. 

I did some research on this diet recently and found that really only people with diabetic conditions would be the ones to benefit from this phase of the regime.  Regardless, going this route has helped me see that I really do consume way too many carbs on a regular basis.  Prior to this weight loss plan, I was doing Weight Watchers.  I could still consume lots of carbs while sticking within my points range.  I can really see why I most likely plateaued on this plan for 5 weeks before trying out the South Beach Diet.

After the first week of South Beach I was down 6 lbs.  The book claims that participants will lose 8-12 lbs. during Phase 1.  Although it was great to see that number on the scale, I have to admit that I haven't felt all that well.  During my weekly Wednesday hikes, I didn't have that 'oomph' that I usually have.  I felt lethargic and on a couple of mornings I've had a very strange taste in my mouth.  My Mom and Step-Dad absolutely swear by this plan and have made it a life commitment.  I wrote to my Mom to ask if she felt strange during the first couple of days.  She wrote back and said yes, that it was part of my body regulating itself and that this would soon pass.  Well, I'm on Day 8 today and I still feel strange.  In addition to being lethargic, I just feel…well…wierd.  I can't really describe it.  Withdrawals? 

The foods are great though.  There are lots of nuts, low-fat dairy, lean cuts of meats, and tons and tons of veggies to include each day, which I do.  So why is it I feel like this?  I'm not sure if this plan is really meant for active people.  I did a search yesterday on this plan and read the reviews other folks had given it.  Most were positive.  The only negative ones I read were either people complaining about the expense of the foods required (which is stuff we should be eating anyways) or that they found the diet too restrictive.  The only thing really restricted of course are the carbs which I can see can be tough.  Many people said they were exercising regularly.  How is that when I feel like I don't even have the energy to walk the dog in the morning?  I'm not sure if I am doing something wrong here or not.  Am I not eating enough?

As far as the recipes go, we've had more hits than misses.  We've tried the Ginger-Dijon pork loin, Morrocan chicken (which made the whole house smell wonderful), and the Homestyle meatloaf.  The meatloaf would have probably been okay if it weren't for the can of Northern beans it called for.  This probably could have been substituted for another vegetable.  My husband has also enjoyed the recipes.  Where he is a diabetic these have been great for him.  We even tried the recipe for the Almond-Maple flan which was absolutely delicious.  Most of these recipes we will be incorporating into our regular meals.

For me Phase 1 has been tough.  My body just does not seem to be happy with it.  I will most likely end Phase 1 early and start Phase 2.  Although this has helped me break my plateau, I can't help but wonder if part of the reason I feel like crapola is for the simple fact that the human body is not meant to lose more than 1-2 lbs per week (Duh!). 

Although the recipes have been wonderful and I have really gotten an opportunity to see how many carbs I really had been eating, I'm not sure this plan is for me.  We'll see how things go with Phase 2.  I'd be interested in hearing about anyone else's results on this plan.  Did it work for you?  Did you feel as strange as I did during Phase 1?  I'd be curious to hear.   

 

 

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Rome Wasn’t Built In a Day – Week 5

Last night's weigh in was very discouraging.  I somehow managed to gain back 1.4 lbs.  I'm not sure how that happened.  Was it the half a shot of tequila Saturday night?  I think the culprit may be the fact that I didn't drink as much water as I should have.  Last night my rings were really tight.  I hope that's all it is.  I mean I ran Saturday morning and I was very careful about food choices at the barbecue.  What gives? 

Anyways, I'll be slamming the water today and every day going forward.  Last night I was getting ready to get on the elevator when I noticed a bunch of folks exiting through the staircase.  Don't ask me why I didn't think of that.  I'm only on the third floor but still –every little bit helps.

The 10 lbs mark may not be as in close of reach as I had hoped however, I've changed my goal reward.  Originally I said I would treat myself to some cosmetics but getting a new pair of running shoes just seems to be a better reward.  My knee has been sore since running on Saturday.  I was trying to remember when I purchased my current pair and I can't remember.  They may have been purchased back in Boston.  Have I mentioned that I've lived in Arizona for almost 9 years????  Yes, it's way beyond time!

So my goal for this week is to slam the water.

 

Here's today's breakfast.  It's a slice of Trader Joes low-fat french toast with sugar-free syrup and bananas.  I like this because I can keep the french toast in the freezer at work and then heat it up in the toaster oven.  Easy & yummy! 

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Another Week, Another Tale From The Scale (4)

It's Tuesday so I'll cut right to the chase and get to my stats for the week:

 

This week: 1.6 lbs.

Total Lost: 7 lbs.

To go: 13 lbs.

Finally I feel like I'm getting somewhere.  I can see a change in my face a little bit and also in my arms.  I've heard it been said that weightloss starts in the upper body first. 

Yesterday morning I started to feel a little strange.  I felt slightly nauseous and just blah.  It was very similar to how I feel after a deep tissue massage or a really heavy workout.  Ruben told me yesterday that he had felt the same way off and on.  We've really changed our diet so that we are eating a lot more organic foods and a lot less of processed foods.  Maybe we are going through some kind of chemical withdrawal.  I don't know.  It did pass though.  We are slamming the water so hopefully that'll help flush any remaining toxins out.

Last week I had to go to the doctors.  He was the first person that has ever referred to me as 'middle aged'.  It took me a second or two to realize he was talking to me. I almost looked behind me.  And I thought the first time I was referred to as 'ma'am' rather than 'miss' was bad!  Eh.  The same doctor said I shouldn't bother taking that Benecol stuff and that it was just junk.  Well, I've already ordered it so we'll see.

My goal for the week is to just keep on doing what I'm doing.  When I hit the 10 lbs mark I'm going to treat myself to a few MAC cosmetics.  They have the best things.  I'm guessing that will take another 2-3 weeks.

I wanted to include a picture of my lunch today.  I made the same thing yesterday and it was absolutely delicious.  It's 2 tablespoons of spicy hummus on whole grain bread with shredded carrots and thinly sliced cucumbers.  I knew it would be good but it was even better than I thought.  I think the extra spice in the hummus made the difference.

 

  Here's to a happy healthy week!

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Tales From The Scale – Week 3

Yesterday was Monday so I went up to get weighed in and was pleasantly surprised to be down another few pounds.  So far this hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be to stay on a weightloss plan.  I was in Tucson over the weekend and still splurged on a tamale and a steaming bowl of menudo served with a bolillo roll.  Here are my stats for the week:

Lost: 2.8 lbs

Total Lost: 5.4 lbs

To go: 14.6 lbs

One of my goals from last week was to increase the exercise.  Well, over Saturday and Sunday I walked over 10 miles.  A girlfriend and I were going to sign up for a race in Sabino Canyon late Saturday afternoon.  Although we didn't actually sign up for it, we just showed and walked it.  It was quite hilly in areas, especially at the end.  I was completely out of breath and didn't think I'd be able to make it.  However I kept pushing forward.  It really is mind over matter.  Sabino Canyon was 3.5 miles in and 3.5 miles out.  We did a smaller hike on Sunday on flat ground and that was a little over three miles. 

Clothes are starting to feel looser already.  I love that!  In addition to having clothes just fit better, I want my cholesterol to be at a normal level.  I get these emails from the hungrygirl.com website that feature recipes and other little tips.  Someone had sent in a question regarding high cholesterol.  The response was that the person had used an item called Benecol to lower their cholesterol.  I guess it contains plant sterols.  I figured, what the heck, I'll give it a try.  I don't have medical insurance and I'm not fond of placing chemicals in my body to control things so this may work.  I ordered it online because the local CVS didn't carry it.  I'll post how it works in a few months.  They are caramel flavored so maybe I'll feel like I'm getting a treat.  Hope they're not nasty.  Has anybody ever tried these before?  I'd be interested in hearing.

 

I haven't thought up a goal for this week yet but I'm sure I'll think of one.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

*Disclaimer: I don't endorse the product in the picture.  I've never tried it.  I apologize if this came off like an infomercial or worse yet, spam (ick!).

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Tales From The Scale – Week 2

Last night was weigh in at Weight Watchers.  In all honesty I wasn't expecting to have lost that much.  My fingers were swollen and I just didn't feel any different.  I was surprised to see that I was down some.  Here are my results:

 

     -2.6 lbs

     17.4 lbs to go!

I guess that is a good start.  I won't complain.  It's not like I'm a contestant on the Biggest Loser or something.  This stuff is going to take time so I will celebrate these accomplishments each week no matter how small.  After weigh in there is a half hour meeting.  In all honesty I figured I'd be bored but I really did learn some things from the other members. 

We did a major grocery shop over the weekend.  There is a local dollar store that sells produce and frozen items.  I was able to get quite a bit of fruit & veggies there.  They also had Lean Cuisine frozen meals for a buck.  Those are usually quite expensive in a regular grocery store.  I also hit up Trader Joes which has a variety of things that are lower in sugar, which is great for my diabetic husband.  We stocked up on whole wheat pasta, turkey meatballs, edamame (I love that with a little bit of sea salt), whole wheat english muffins and almond butter.  I think part of being successful at eating healthier is variety.

My goal for this week is to increase the exercise.  I went out and ran/walked on Saturday, but that was it for the whole week.  Time to step it up.

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Tales from the Scale – Take 1

After much deliberation I decided to commit myself to a weightloss program.  My sister is getting married on the 4th of July so that gives me approximately a little less than three months to lose 20 lbs.  I think this is a realistic goal.  Also, a few weeks back I had my cholesterol checked.  Although it was down 32 points, it is still well over 200.  Yikes!  I suppose its like getting a D- on a test after getting a series of F's.  It's better but not great.

My weightloss program of choice is Weight Watchers.  I was not thrilled about joining them in all honesty.  A few years back I lost 32 lbs on that program and truth be told I am so darn sick of counting points! However, I have a husband that likes to cook and Weight Watchers still allows me to eat what he makes –but in moderation.  I believe their tag line included 'there are no forbidden foods.'  I do like that.  So I'm sucking it up and making the effort.  And no, I don't work for them or anything of the sort.  They just happen to be the easiest and cheapest.  I started Monday.  So far so good.  I tried on a pair of jeans this morning that were growing a bit snug after my weekend visit to Boston a few weeks ago, and they are definitely a bit looser.  Can't complain there!

Today I also started a new group on Vox called 'Losin' It'.  I noticed how few groups there were on the subject and thought, what the heck.  I'll start my own.  I hope in time that it will filled with contributing members.  I'm sure we'd all have a lot to learn from each other.

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