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South Beach Diet Phase 1, Day 3 (out of 14)

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!

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PIPPAMOUSE 4/6/2012 11:07PM

    Im glad you are feeling so much better.You will continue to feel better. I think you will even find that in a few weeks, sugar and sweets will be way too sweet for you.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/4/2012 11:03PM

    That's awesome!! I also lost weight quickly early on when I was doing a low GI diet - I think these kinds of diets let you drop a bunch of unnecessary water weight VERY quickly, which is nice because it gives you a good boost. :) I'm glad things are going so well for you!

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The Natives are Coming Around

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
6 Triscuits
Fresh Raspberries
Baby Carrots
Capri Sun

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!


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IAMFRANSGIRL 4/4/2012 9:30AM

    Yay you! What a great influence you are for your kids!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/3/2012 10:36PM

    That's great!! LOL I love your son asking for more celery and cucumber. Too funny.

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MARVEEME 4/3/2012 9:06PM


Get used to it!

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ADJQUILTER 4/3/2012 2:27PM

    My DH and I love Laughing Cow cheese! You are a real blessing to your family by providing an example.
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LLROBINETT 4/3/2012 1:38PM

    Good for you (and for the kids!). I find that I have to do that for myself, too - give in and buy things that I like instead of just what I know I should eat. Willpower is a real weakness of mine! At the grocery store this week, my daughter (16) begged for "Cuties". I gave in, even though I thought they were way overpriced. To my surprise, we're all eating them! $$ well spent! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 4/3/2012 12:38PM

    keep going, it can be like trying to burn green wood, just keep applying heat and be patient. :)

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MPRILL 4/3/2012 11:47AM

    I love your daughter and the reaction to the laughing cow cheese!

Glad your kids are starting to discover new good for them foods and liking them.

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South Beach, Phase 1, Day 1

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.

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MARVEEME 4/3/2012 7:09AM

    Interesting! Keep us posted!

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EBLOOMING 4/3/2012 1:39AM

    Sounds like a very healthy plan!! Good job. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/2/2012 11:59PM

    Awesome! I'm glad it went so well today! Sounds like some tasty food. :)

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LUV2DIVE 4/2/2012 10:46PM

    Good job! It is amazing how important the first 2 or 3 weeks of any new eating plan is. It is also a fun time of discovery.

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South Beach Diet?

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. emoticon

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.

Thoughts? Tips?

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PIPPAMOUSE 4/3/2012 9:15AM

    I have done the SB plan. I have PCOS, so my body doesn't metabolize or respond to carbs the same way other people do. For me, it is amazing the difference it makes, not only in my weight, but how I feel. I still allow myself to have occasional carbs, I just avoid processed and simple carbs in favor of complex carbs. The first phase can be totally tough. How wonderful you are supporting a friend in such a tremendous way!

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EBLOOMING 4/3/2012 1:49AM

    I have a friend on another team that is doing the SBD and she likes it very much. I think it sounds like a basically good healthy way to eat.
I do agree with FLORIDAJOE that SP has a good healthy approach by following along as you track your food unde " My Nutritional". There we can choose a type of plan as I did. I am trying to stick to a Healthy Heart food plan.

I think it is great that you are encouraging your friend. You are the best!! emoticon emoticon
What a great dh you have that he will also go on the SBD plan. emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/2/2012 6:00AM

    Good for you! Go for it!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/1/2012 10:13PM

    Never tried South Beach, but my impression is that it's essentially a low carb/low sugar diet, right? When I was eating a doctor-recommended low GI diet, my instructions basically said I could have anything labeled as a South Beach diet food, I think. So I think it's actually one of the healthy ones. I mean, I think there's a gimmick aspect to it (isn't there always for these brand-name diets? with the South Beach brand pre-packaged foods you can buy at the store and so forth), but I think it also emphasizes fresh produce and lean proteins, and you can't really go too wrong with that. (If anything about the diet strikes you as off, though, I'd trust your own judgment about whether to continue with it.) Anyways, a low carb sort of diet can produce fast initial results, but then you might find that you kind of stall out, progress-wise. At that point, I think I'd revert back to eating a less restricted diet and just count calories instead. But I think South Beach could give you a little boost. Good luck with it! :)

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FLORIDAJOE1 4/1/2012 8:46PM

    I have never ever been on a diet. I just do the SparkPeople thing and I've lost 35 pounds and I'm getting really close to my goal. If your friend needs this diet to get off of sugar, that's fine but a sustainable diet (like we practice in SP) is what you really want so that you can develop and keep good habits for life. That's what I hope to do anyway.
As for getting off of sugar, I did it in college by not buying anymore food with processed sugar in it and just ate what I had until it was gone to wean myself off of it. I also made sure to eat fruit to satisfy that desire for sugar.
I wish you and your friend the best of success. God bless you both.

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A Blip in the SparkPeople System

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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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/30/2012 11:48PM

    I always feel kind of bad that I still get credit in the form of points, so I just wait until after I'm done with everything for the day before logging my fitness minutes. That means I spend a good amount of time on the computer on SP right before bed though, which I know isn't for everyone. I don't think you can adjust your spark points to reflect changes like that, but I'm glad SP does at least change your fitness minutes appropriately! Good enough. :)

And good for you, for listening to your body and not trying to push through an injury! That can be really hard to do.

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MOMMA2X6 3/30/2012 10:13PM

    I fuss with stuff like that too. I want to "earn" my points.

Hope your ankle feels better. I've been off my exercise because my shoulder has been bothering me. . . . . I hope next week that we are both back on track!

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UMMSULAYM_NOVA 3/30/2012 9:42PM

    You know I never even noticed they don't take back the points because that happens to me too sometimes especially with logging my meals. And yeah its not really a huge deal :) I hope your ankle gets better soon!

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