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Can I get some rice???

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 10 on the South Beach Diet.

I may turn into a cow from all the dairy I've been eating. And since dairy isn't the most agreeable thing to my system, I'm looking into ways to power my car with the byproducts of this diet change.

Let me stress how insane doing South Beach is when you're vegetarian, I've looked at the recipes, they are complex and weird, my diet is mostly starch so this is a huge change for me. I'm glad that I'm not eating the crap and for the most part the cravings are gone, but I'm feeling like if I don't get some freaking rice or potatoes soon, I'm going to jump off a cliff. If I have to eat bean soup one more time.....

But I'm still losing weight, I did cheat on Sunday and had less than half of a white bun with my black bean burger, a few potato wedges (with cheese, which apparently is better for you than just the white potato) and beer. I gained a pound after that day, took me two days to take it back off, but the scale finally went down today, which brings total weight loss to 7 pounds in 10 days.

I'm thinking about this long term, cause I just can't sustain this long term. I mean think about it, what in the world would I eat if we went out? (Note: I haven't gotten to that chapter in the book yet.) No one serves whole wheat bread mainstream, or brown rice, or whole wheat pasta! Normally at a restaurant they have one vegetarian dish, and its usually white pasta in a heavy cream sauce with cheese.
So thinking about this long term....after this weekend when I can start adding back carbs, I'm going to start tracking calories again, which I am never successful with long term because I'm a working mom of three kids, its everything I can do to cook a meal and fit in gym time, adding in figuring out the calories in the dish I just made is hard. But I'm going to try. If I can try to eat the good carbs, still eat on the lower end of those carbs, and add in exercise, I think this could work.

I've found a running buddy and we're meeting Monday morning at 815 to run/walk, we're both starting back up after injuries, I hope that we're at the same level and can motivate each other.

My final thought that I'll leave you with is this.
Dieting sucks. Lifestyle change is the way to go. My hope is that the 2 week cleanse with South Beach will be the jump start to getting back on track and with the new tricks I've learned I can use these to help make that lifestyle change. Because low/no carb is not sustainable as a lifestyle change, at least not for me.

  
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FRUITYFUL 10/22/2014 10:38AM

    I've tried low carb too. In fact, my physical therapist said that I had to eat low carb to reduce the inflammation in my back. The minute he said it, I thought, "Well, I'd better have the surgery then because I cannot do low carb." However, I did attempt to, and I do believe that most days I eat less carbs than I used to, but it is still not a low carb diet by any means. I just could not live like that.

Good for you for doing this to jump start your program. Congrats on 7 lbs in 10 days! I envy you having a walking/jogging buddy. It makes it much more interesting when you have someone to motivate you and to talk to.

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LANCER1984 10/22/2014 9:48AM

    WOW! I could never do what you are doing. I joined Spark for the exact reasons you are talking about - I wanted a program were I could eat normal but healthy food most of the time. I could still have the foods I liked but in moderation. When I'm told I cannot have a food I want it more. I have been craving french fries lately. So what I do is go to BK and get a small satisfries. It satisfies the craving and does not kill my calorie count. I wish you all the luck with what your trying to do and I am here for you = just be careful you are not setting yourself up for failure.

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An unexpected side effect

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today is day 4 of the South Beach diet, and I woke up this morning with an unexpected side effect. I was more alert. My eyes popped open right before my alarm went off, I didn't feel groggy or sleepy, I felt refreshed and ready to start the day, I don't want to go all the way to "energized", because I didn't feel like running around or exercise or anything CRAZY like that LOL but I felt alert, awake, ready to face the day. I got up, make Will's lunch for school, went through his homework assignments, got him out the door and went right into the shower and took it from there, going from one task to the other. Which may sound completely normal to everyone, but I'm not a morning person, I don't move quickly, I'm groggy and foggy in the mornings. So that was unexpected, I hope it stays with me!

So how is the diet going?
Well I have my good moments and bad moments, the mornings are always the easiest. Usually around 1 or 2 in the afternoon I start to crave junk food, I eat something with protein and fat in it, sometimes it helps take the edge off, and sometimes the craving goes away, only to return in 30 minutes. Tuesday was probably the worst day, which I expected, yesterday was easier. I'm hopeful today will be easier and it will be up from here.
I'm holding stead at a 6 pound loss after 3 full days.
Tonight I'm going to have to cheat slightly, we're going out to dinner for the husband's birthday, we're going to a Japanese steakhouse, I usually get the vegetables with tofu and fried rice. The tofu isn't really tofu, its some kind of fried coating thing, so I'm not going to get that and I won't eat the rice. So I'll have vegetables, but those will be cooked in a lot of butter and oil, and I'm sure not EVOO. But I figure its a compromise and I'm not having the mystery tofu or the rice.

Happy Thursday Friends!

  
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TRAVELGO 10/20/2014 9:27AM

  Thanks for blogging. Something that helps me in the afternoons is to drink at least 2 glasses of water when I get the hunger attack and then I can manage what I eat much better.

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FRUITYFUL 10/16/2014 12:19PM

    That's a nice side effect, I hope it stays with you! Good job on the 6 lb. loss!

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Hi, I'm alive!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Its been awhile, so hello, and I'm alive.

Been struggling with on again off again with exercise, trying to keep my head above water with life. I'm starting the south beach diet today, which should prove interesting since I'm vegetarian and the first two weeks are no starch, I understand the need, I want to do this so I can feel like food is no longer running my life, I don't want to deal with the cravings that cause me to make an entire tube of cinnamon rolls and eat them all myself, or the cravings that cause me to go to the store just to make two kinds of Chex mix so I can snack on them all day long. But that being said, taking away brown rice, whole wheat pasta and bread, corn, potatoes....that removes a lot of what I eat. But I've laid out all meals and snacks for the next week and this is doable. I've got a support system in a friend at work. I just hope the husband doesn't de-rail me. He's already told me he hates the diet and the not friendly person I'm going to become. Way to be supportive hunny.
Anyhoo, I'm behind on work and need to get cracking. I weighed and I'm HUGE, I'm taking measurements this evening when I change into gym clothes and will get some before pictures, tonight we're going to a good form running clinic at the gym.
Rock on ya'll.

  
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FRUITYFUL 10/13/2014 10:13AM

    Good to hear from you! I can totally relate to how you're feeling. Good luck with the South Beach Diet. Keep us posted on how it's going!

You've done this before, I know you can do it again. What's important is that you're still trying!

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Overwhelmed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

....that doesn't even begin to cover it.
I was off work last week, we had hoped to go on vacation but our plans fell through and my husband suggested that he use the time to remodel the main bathroom, he felt sure that by spending 100% of his time he would be able to get it done, with maybe a few little things left for this week.
And maybe he would have....except he started adding all these other projects, which took up so much time!
So in addition to a complete gut of our bathroom, down to the studs, tearing down the wall into my office to use the closet in that room to expand the bathroom, redoing all the plumbing and electrical and rebuilding....he...
1) replaced all the pipes in the entire house, all the plumbing to the bathroom that we're remodeling, all the plumbing going in the house from the city, new hot water heater, new plumbing to the kitchen sink and under the sink, new plumbing to the toilet in the garage and added a shower there, new plumbing to the washer and dryer and added a new drain, new plumbing to the utility sink and new faucet, new plumbing to all 3 outside water spigot and 3 new spigot, new plumbing to the bathroom on the 2nd floor and new faucet there.
2) since the closet was torn out of my office, we're going to add drywall (there was wood paneling there), so he hung drywall
3) since the drywall guys were going to come to do the finishing he wanted them to skim our master bathroom so the finish was smooth
NOTE: this has now displaced my office, the master bathroom and the main bathroom, which means its all in piles somewhere around my house
4) while doing the work in my office, he cut the lines to the internet which means when I went back to work yesterday I had to find somewhere else to work until tomorrow when someone can come fix it
5) My neck continues to be a problem (herniated disc) causing about 5 doctor visits a month
6) Jarred's anxiety is getting worse, he's now not sleeping, which means no one is sleeping, he's sleep walking, waking us up, waking up his siblings
7) middle school started for Will, back to school night, PTA events, forms to fill out, shopping for supplies and clothes
8) my car is a lemon, its only a 2010 and we've put thousands of dollars into repairs already and it needs about another $4000, so we're shopping for a new car
9) my friend is getting married, I co-hosted a bridal shower and the bachlorette party is coming up
10) Molly's birthday party is SATURDAY and I have 30+ people coming to the house including overnight guests
11) this party is also very elaborate with lots of food planned, decorations and games
12) lets not forget court over child support again, trying to gather paper work and get with the lawyer, mail in forms and checks and work around court dates

I'm sure I've forgotten something, but I'm running out of time....to write this.

so needless to say, exercise is very hard to fit in, I feel like I'm losing my mind! I'm trying, but that's about all I'm getting to right now.

  
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JULIA_211 8/20/2014 5:39AM

    When I get overwhelmed, I keep saying to myself, this will pass, nothing last forever. It helped me when I was going through my parents' sickness ordeal, two years ago. It does pass, hang in there, you have your dear husband and family, and you will all get through the tough times together. Do the best you can with your food choices. The exercise will come when you're able. emoticon

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FRUITYFUL 8/19/2014 5:54PM

    WOW, and I thought I was busy?!!? That is a lot on your plate. I agree with Wondergale, focus on your food and you'll go back to the exercise when your schedule allows. I'm impressed with how handy your husband is! It must stink to have the house in this current state of disrepair while he's doing these projects but how cool will it be when he's done! Hang in there, girl. It's been while since I've been on here and I love your background pic of your daughter. What a doll!

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WONDERGALE 8/19/2014 4:35PM

    Life is something, isn't it. Try to look at the bright side. When your husband finally finishes his projects, you will have a brand new home. And wow, you are getting a new car. Now that's something to smile about. And your friend is getting married, what a lovely occasion. I love weddings. Overnight guess for the birthday party, I'm pretty sure you could get them to help you out with the food, kids, etc. As for as the exercise goes, if you can mange to stay in your calorie range through all this excitement, it would be okay not to exercise every day. Just aim for maybe 2 or 3 times a week. emoticon emoticon

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Back on the horse

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Well camping was fun, a lot of work, exhausting, dirty, muddy, hot, sticky, wet, and crawly. We packed up so much to take with us on Friday, I swear we took less to the beach for a week long trip, we got there about 330 and had camp set up in about 2 hours. There was tons to do for the kids, pools, splash park, putt putt, a lake with a beach, water slides, fishing. We had a big area for our camp ground, so we were able to play baseball, cornhole, and badmitten (sp?). We came home Sunday morning after a massive thunderstorm came through, thankfully our tent didn't leak, but everything outside got soaked, so we had to pack up muddy and wet stuff and get it all home, then unpack and do a million loads of laundry! Exhausting!
I did not eat well, I can't say I overate, dinners were fine, I had two veggie hot dogs one night and veggie kabobs the next so not a lot of calories or fat. I just snacked a lot.
I have been fighting with a sore throat for two weeks, no other symptoms, no fever, cough, congestion, drainage, runny nose, blowing nose, stuffed up, nothing. Just this sore throat, it got really bad while we were camping and my neck was hurting a lot, combine that with NO sleep and Monday I was feeling AWFUL! I went to the doctor and he wasn't sure what was going on, but thought it might be a deep sinus infection, so I'm on antibiotics and steroids. I ate awful yesterday and didn't exercise.
But today I'm back on it, I've had a healthy breakfast, I just finished an hour of body pump and I'm about to go eat a super healthy lunch.
I also realized something this weekend, there are people in the world who don't think about food all the time, there can be sweet, salty, yummy, fried, food laying around, and they aren't tortured by the thought of it being there and not eating it, they really just aren't bothered, its just FOOD and they aren't hungry, or don't want it and so they don't eat it. That is SO CRAZY to me that people live like that! I wonder if that is something that will ever come over me....cause that would be the ultimate goal wouldn't it?

  
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SAIDTHEFAE 8/17/2014 1:45PM

    Oh to not be tortured by foood!!

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