Friday, April 06, 2012
So, I'm right in the middle of the 2-week Phase 1 portion of the South Beach Diet and tonight I promised my dear friend I would attend her Passover Seder. I am actually not Jewish, but I think it will be extremely interesting and enlightening to be a part of such a cool, cultural tradition. And I know she's very excited to be hosting, so it should be really great.
I am a little worried because she sent me a list of all the foods she is making and, well, I am not lying to you when I say that almost every single food is on the "DO NOT EAT" list for this phase of the South Beach Diet. Including 4 glasses of red wine, which are MANDATORY. Yikes! I calculate that alone to at least 510 calories.
But, truthfully, I'm not worried about calories, as I've been very far under calories this past week b/c of the South Beach Diet. And this actually brings me into my acceptable/normal calorie range. And I did a LOT of exercise yesterday so my body is feeling good. I guess I'm more worried about the fact that the author of South Beach Diet stresses again and again that the first phase is specifically to change your blood chemistry and clean out all the bad carbs and sugar. I am just worried I will undo all the hard work I've put in this week with one meal. Not that I'd gain 12 lbs back or anything...but that it would somehow screw up my blood chemistry.
When I talked to my husband, he said that was ridiculous. And I decided he's right. It is ridiculous. This is a holy weekend and a sacred holiday. It literally would be EXTREMELY rude of me to accept this invitation and then refuse to eat things from this ceremony. Also, I am learning a lifestyle here...not some crash diet. Things like religious holidays will happen quite regularly in life and we need to learn how to best plan for these things and recover afterwards!
The "worst" that could happen, weight-wise, is that I could gain a few pounds back and maybe I'll have to stay on this strict phase of the diet an extra week. That's not the end of the world...and it certainly is worth it if it means I get to celebrate with my family and friends in a way that is honoring to them. It's not a license to go nuts and binge...but it's permission to not be so self-absorbed and anxious about every single bite I put in my mouth.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Oh my goodness. I feel better and better every day! It is ridiculous how HUGE of an impact a healthy diet can have on how your body feels and how you feel about yourself!
I don't SEE any huge change in my body when I look in the mirror but...I don't know...EVERYTHING feels good!
Lost 0.8 more lbs yesterday. Total gone: 11.3 lbs. Only 88.7 lb to go!
Only about 14 more lbs to a 10% overall loss. That will be a big deal for me. For the first time ever, this doesn't feel impossible. I think I've crossed some invisible mental barrier and I just feel like a different person!
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.
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