Wednesday, April 04, 2012
As you know, my first day was brilliant.
Yesterday (Day 2) was a little tough. I got a wicked sugar withdrawal headache and was hungry for a lot of the day. Because of my headache and hunger, I felt very weak and a little out of it yesterday. I texted my Pastor's wife and she also had a headache, so we both knew that at least it was normal. Haha. I went online and did a Google search about "South Beach Diet Day 2 Headache" and found that many people have experienced the same thing and promised it would pass and that I'd feel wonderful in a day or so. They also mentioned that the types of proteins you eat are important in Phase 1, so I found a can of chickpeas and rinsed and drained them. Then, I roasted them with a spray of canola oil for about an hour, knowing that they would be my high-protein snack today. I think I conked out at about 10pm last night, which is pretty early for me.
I was worried today would be more of the same, but I woke up feeling SPECTACULAR and I have felt wonderful all day. I had my typical 2 eggs with 1/c cup of veggies and 1/2 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt breakfast. Then, for snacks I ate the chickpeas both snack times and they were just SO DELICIOUS and filling! I wasn't even that hungry at lunch time, but I made myself some tuna and green beans and celery. I'm not kidding...I am still forcing myself to eat dinner. I'm SO FULL. I ate a bag of frozen veggies and I'm not hungry at all, but I know I'm going to need some protein to get me through the night...so I will probably have a hard-boiled egg in a bit...just to keep my body happy.
All of this seems a bit complicated and takes so much planning, but I am really loving the way I am feeling about myself and my body. I even managed to squeeze in the SparkPeople 11-minute Seated Cardio Workout (ankle is still injured, so I can't go out walking) and the 12-minute Seated Core Workout. Good stuff!!! I was so excited to find those!
And, after just 3 days of hardcore vigilance on this South Beach Diet, I have finally reached my first goal of 10 lbs lost! I am SO HAPPY about this!!! The craziest part is...I was sparking for about 5 weeks before South Beach and I had only lost about 3 lbs total. The remaining 7 lbs. of weight loss has literally come off in the past 2 days. Are you freakin' kidding me??!
I feel healthy and I feel great! And I'm not hungry or deprived!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Last week, I posted a blog about changing my daughters' lunchbox fare. I am happy to say that things have been going well in that area, because I went shopping specifically looking for healthy options that my kids will actually eat and like. I scored big time with the following lunch:
Laughing Cow Lite Swiss Cheese Wedge
My 6 year old came home and said, "Mommy!!! I LOOOOVE that cheese and those crackers! I want some more right now!"
So, Laughing Cow is pricey...but Laughing Cow it is!!!
And another new development on the Healthy Kids front:
My 4 yr old boy watches me prepare all my lunches and dinners. Two nights in a row, he's been curious about different veggies I was chopping. The first night, he saw me chopping celery and said, "What's that? Can I taste it?" He tentatively chewed a little bite and exclaimed, "I like it!" He asked me for 4 more pieces of celery before he went to bed.
Then, last night, he saw me cutting up cucumbers for my salad. He said, "Mommy, you eating leaves?" Pretty much, kid. He tasted one, but didn't care for it. But then he asked to try the cucumber. That kid ate an entire half of a cucumber last night! The funniest part was when he had tried the first piece, then said, "Can I have more of that?" And I said, "Yes." And he exclaimed, "Mommy, you say YES?!?!" Oh man...do I say "no" ALL the time?! Haha.
Healthy Mommy, Healthy Family. I'm really starting to believe that!
Monday, April 02, 2012
Well, I made it through the first day of the strict Phase 1. It's basically lean protein, a TON of veggies and absolutely no processed sugar or carbs or alcohol for 2 weeks. This is to pretty much purge the body of its sugar and bad carb cravings. 3 meals, two snacks and one dessert. Here is what I had today:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 tsp, 1/2 c. green pepper & onion. 1/2 c. fat free vanilla yogurt
(Literally, almost TOO much food!)
Snack 1: 3 Tbsp (1 oz) sunflower seeds (more than you'd expect!)
Lunch: 1/2 can of tuna, 1 tsp mayo, diced onion. Tomato (sliced), green peppers, celery. Diet Dr. Pepper
Snack 2: String cheese
Dinner: Grilled chicken breast with lemon, grilled asparagus, salad with vinegar and olive oil, 1.5 cups skim milk.
Dessert: Orange Jello
All the food I ate today was RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. And the best part is that I experienced genuine hunger right on schedule. I'd get full from a meal, then start to feel hungry...only to realize that it was snack time. And so on. Very cool!
Overall, a decent day! Excited for tomorrow!
Toughest part of the day was watching a movie with my hubby while he sat there eating a bowl of my FAVORITE Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
OK, so tonight I was at my very last Made To Crave Bible Study meeting. My Pastor's wife (and good friend) struggles with sugar cravings, in particular cookies and it's been a BIG problem for her for years actually. She announced tonight that she was going to start Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet tomorrow because it is going to take something drastic like that for her to rid her body of the intense sugar cravings that always seem to undermine her healthy diet plans. She expressed a lot of worry about how difficult it was going to be for her and how much extra support she is going to need for the next two weeks and, even though I didn't know a thing about the South Beach Diet, I said, "If you want me to do it with you so you don't have to do it all alone, I will." She was overjoyed. I left there an hour later thinking, "I wonder what I got myself into?" Haha.
Luckily, came home and did quite a bit or research and it looks like a sound and healthy plan. It's actually kind of exciting. Thankfully, I've already made a lot of changes to my diet over the past 4-5 weeks, so I kind of have a head start on my friend....I don't expect that this 2 week period will be AS difficult for me as it will be for her. Thank God for that. But, I also don't expect it to be a cool breeze and totally simple either. There are some things I LOVE that I won't be able to have for two weeks. But, you know...two weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of life. And the idea that I'm doing something to support my dear friend and help her become healthy is very encouraging. Not to mention the health benefits it will bring to me as well.
Another cool thing is that I told my husband how I'd volunteered to help our friend and he said he'd do it with us!!! And then there were three.
So, we will see how this pans out! Anyone ever had success with South Beach? I hate to say South Beach Diet b/c I really don't like to do fad diets. However, from what I've read, it seems to be less a "diet plan" and more a "set you up for healthy eating for life" kind of plan.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I always feel bad when I log something on accident and get credit for it, then I delete it...but I still have the SparkPoints or Fitness Minutes. Like...sometimes I will be SURE that I'm going to do my workout video when I get home...so I log it in my Fitness Tracker (like I did today) before I leave work. That way, all my Spark logging is done for the day and I don't have to get back on the computer later on or mess with my phone (which is not as SMART as it claims to be). The Fitness Minutes and SparkPoints are credited to my totals...but then, as is the case today, I get home and decide that my ankle is really bothering me and I don't feel it's wise to aggravate it this evening, especially since I'm OK on calories today. So, I delete it...but the points and minutes don't get taken away.
I mean, it's no big deal. But...I just didn't know if anyone else has figured out a way to adjust totals or fix this issue?
UPDATE: OK, I just noticed that the Fitness Minutes DO get adjusted....but the points stay. So, I guess...just more points for me. Lol. Not a HUGE problem!
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