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Jewish Seder Tonight - the opposite of South Beach, Phase 1!

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.

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LDRICHEL 4/6/2012 10:43PM

    UPDATE: Absolutely beautiful Seder meal! SO glad we got to experience that! The food was wonderful.

But let me just tell/warn you. Do you know what happens when you eat nothing but 1200 calories of lean protein and veggies for 5 days, then drink 4 glasses of wine and eat carbs all at once? emoticon,

Ummm...let's just say I'm not so worried about my weight! Ugh. So embarrassing! emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/6/2012 7:35PM

    Practice moderation, and you'll be just fine through this one meal, even if it does require 4 glasses of wine. LOL


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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/6/2012 4:40PM

    I think you're absolutely right - it's a lifestyle, not a diet, and you will have to be able to incorporate holidays and special occasion foods in the future. Honestly, I think the idea of changing your blood chemistry is probably bogus, or at least not precisely accurate. With eating plans like the South Beach diet, my understanding is that you're just trying to keep your blood sugar stable. Eating foods that make it spike for one evening is not going to do anything to ruin/change your blood. But I'm not a doctor, so I can't swear to that.

Anyways, I doubt you'd even gain multiple pounds out of this. They say it takes 3500 to burn off or put on a pound. So unless you eat like 10,000 extra calories at this dinner, I think you're good. :) You might see a temporary increase in your weight, but it's just from water retention due to increased sodium intake, or from the food weight itself (lots of food can get backed up in your system, if you know what I mean). Don't even sweat a few pounds on the scale if you see them; it's not a real gain.

Have fun! I've never been to any Jewish ceremonies, but I'd love to sometime. I bet they're fascinating and beautiful. I just need to find some Jewish friends! :)

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I Feel AMAZING Today!

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!

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IAMFRANSGIRL 4/6/2012 2:17PM


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KO1215 4/6/2012 10:53AM

    Awesome! Way to go!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/5/2012 12:58PM

    Congratulations!!! I always used to think losing the weight would be impossible, but seeing that number on the scale go down really does something to your mental state, doesn't it? You CAN do this!! It's totally possible! I'm so glad you've crossed that barrier and realized what you are capable of doing, and you might find that you'll end up being capable of even more (in terms of physical ability and eating healthy) than you think now! :)

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KENDRACARROLL 4/5/2012 11:10AM

    Those are the days that make it all worth it!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/5/2012 10:40AM

    Congrats! Sounds like you're making some great progress. And I LOVE your attitude. emoticon

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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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