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South Beach Diet

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Well, I am starting the "South Beach Diet" tomorrow. I got a job as a waitress at a local diner and will be busy during a period of time now, so hope that will keep me from mindlessly munching.

I read/skimmed the book. My mind is racing, can't sleep. Have to work early tomorrow. I made my egg white omelet in advance according to the book's recipe (plus some extra veggies). I also pre-made a tuna, onion, and green pepper concoction and have that ready to take with me tomorrow. Add that to a sugar free jello cup, and I should be flying high on my new low-carb lifestyle.

Phase 1 consists of no starches whatsoever. No potatoes, rice, wheat, what-have-you. No carrots. No fruit.

I can eat a limited amount of foods, which has worked well for me before. I have a very varied diet, which is good nutrition-wise (usually), but it is mostly high-carb and low in fat. I eat nuts often, and on this diet I can consume 15 almonds or pecans daily, or 2 tbsp. peanut (or, I assume, almond) butter. That, and lean meat (think chicken. fish, or round steak) and vegetables, as well as low-fat or fat-free dairy (cheese, cottage cheese, milk, and plain fat-free yogurt). Pretty excited to get started. The book claims the average weight loss for this first two weeks of Phase 1 is "8 to 13 pounds." Wish me luck.

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QUAILONE 11/4/2011 4:24PM

  Just started South Beach this week. Have lost 2 lbs so far. emoticon

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REDNECK-COWGIRL 11/4/2011 11:57AM

    Good luck and don't forget to introduce yourself to the team. I lost 12 lbs on my induction period so the claims are true and don't forget your water. emoticon

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KTBDAY 11/4/2011 4:11AM

    Sounds like you're getting on track. Best of luck with your new approach and I hope you get great, healthy results!


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Highest Weight Ever

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I have officially reached my highest morning weight ever. I haven't been this heavy in years. I was always between 5 snd 10 lb. lower than this even after gaining 20 lb. I have gained 25 lb. and ten lb. in the past month and a half or two.

How discouraging.

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AURORA629 11/2/2011 11:13AM

    I agree with the others. Take this as a wake up call and start turning this around. I know the holiday season presents more challenges, but nothing you can not handle. Best wishes and best of luck.

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ESMILTON 11/2/2011 10:54AM

    You can still turn it around, one step at a time. One healthy choice at a time.


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JONESINGAL 11/2/2011 10:09AM

    Use this as a turning point! I told myself I would never get above 140lbs and one day I weighed 145! It was a wake-up call to get my booty in gear! Since that day I have lost 10 lbs and feel a million times better.

Don't get discouraged, use this as an opportunity!

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THERESAPHILBY 11/2/2011 6:29AM

    I reached my heaviest yesterday as well. We just need to stay focused and know we can do this. emoticon

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BRANDISMARG 11/2/2011 5:48AM

  emoticon Maybe you could try weight watchers for the group support. Remind yourself that you are special and worth being healthy. emoticon

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Eating right.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I am starting again today, weighing in at 139.0. Again. I am renewing my challenge goal to lose 20 lb. by Christmas. Started off today with a healthy breakfast, and I plan to keep it up.

I owe it to myself to see this through.

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CRYSTAL8488 10/28/2011 11:35AM


You CAN do anything you set your mind to! emoticon

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CATANTIGO 10/28/2011 9:50AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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Taking a break, for tonight, at least.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Well, after my depressing blog today I got a lot of great feedback. I just feel disheartened, because I already (for my whole life) have eaten the light dressing, I don't drink pop, I eat somewhat healthy things, whole wheat everything pretty much. I like bacon, and meat, and fat, and cheese, though, so I think maybe I am eating too much of those things, too. I just eat TOO MUCH in general. I have done the small changes so much that I just can't take it anymore. Maybe I just need to take a week off and re-evaluate. It could be the pain from my surgery talking. I can't eat salads or anything hard since Friday, so I have gummed down pizza and other fattening things (think: ice cream, but the "double churned" light kind). I already eat sugar free everything, so I feel jipped. I eat a lot of stuff that is healthy, so why am I not healthy?

I am going to relax and try and take some of your advice. I appreciate the encouragement. Thanks, again!

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FIREWORK20 10/31/2011 6:10PM

    Hey!! How are you doing now?

Have you tried eating small meals every 3-4 hours? That way, you don't have very long until your meals and you don't have time to get super hungry. It isn't very convenient, but it might help!

You also might try eating a bigger breakfast. I used to skip breakfast all the time and then I realized it just made me hungrier and I always ate too much later on to make up for it. When I eat breakfast (and I still have trouble making myself!) I'm less likely to snack. One thing that really helps me is having a spoonful of peanut butter in the morning. Sounds crazy, but it really helps me stay full until lunch and I tend to not snack as much. I think it's something about the fat and protein that helps keep me longer! I think I actually read somewhere that eating a spoonful of peanut butter in the morning helped people on a diet!

If you haven't already, you might try buying oatmeal--not the instant stuff!--but something like Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats. I make 1/2 cup dry oats, add water and cook in the microwave. What keeps me best is if I add a spoonful of peanut butter to it, but sometimes I'll add a chopped apple, blueberries, chopped banana... just try whatever you want! You can switch it up to make it more interesting!

I've heard that it's recommended to eat a bigger breakfast to keep from overeating later on in the day.

I wish I could help you out more... Can you call a friend when you feel like eating because of emotions? Go spend some time with someone, talk to them, or even come on the message boards and interact with people on here? I know there are SparkTeams for people struggling with emotional eating.

I hope you had a great start to your week! Hang in there!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Does anyone ever feel like giving up?Just accepting that I will always be this size or bigger and I can't stick to a diet? I can still exercise (a walk) each day, but I just can't diet. I suck at it, and it is really a blow to the self-esteem to fail every day for the past 10 years.

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WHITNEYLD 10/26/2011 3:19PM

    Thanks, all.

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CRYSTAL8488 10/26/2011 12:52PM

    I think sometimes we all feel this way at some point. Instead of using the term dieting, why not think of it is changing your habits or making healthier choices. When you go out to dinner, instead of choosing something high fat/high calorie..find a smarter more healther option. Just aim to drink more water and walk after dinner. Start with small steps and eventually you'll see big changes. I think your overwhelming yourself! Take a big deep breath and take small baby steps and you will get there. We are here for you and I believe in you, that you can do this! Don't give up! emoticon

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FIREWORK20 10/26/2011 11:36AM

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I think everyone feels like giving up sometimes. Don't dwell on it though! Don't think about the negatives--think about the positives!

I don't know what all your diet is like, but I would recommend starting out very small. Do you drink cokes? Try cutting back, or go completely off! Don't think "I'm not going to eat any junk food today" instead think "I'm going to eat veggies with every meal today". and then do it! Add some veggies to an egg in the morning. Add some to your lunch and your supper. Don't focus on what you can't eat, but instead think about the things that you CAN eat. Plan meals in advance! Don't think about it as a diet, but as a lifestyle change!
Start small though and as you gain confidence doing those things, it will give you confidence to try bigger things!
Skip the mayo for a week. Switch to light salad dressing instead of regular for two weeks. Eat dessert every night? Try only eating half of what you would normally eat instead!
Try using smaller plates for all your meals. It can help trick your brain! Decide that for the next week you will not eat in front of the tv.

What I'm saying is, don't make such drastic changes that you cannot keep up with it! You are changing habits that you've had for YEARS! It will take some time and it won't be easy, but the good news is that you can make it easier!
Make three small changes this week. That's it! Changes like:
1. drinking 8 glasses of water
2. walking every day
3. eat veggies with every meal

Do changes that you KNOW you can make! Don't set yourself up for failure!

You can do this! Don't give up! You don't have to settle for anything less than what YOU DESERVE and you DESERVE to live a healthy and happy life!

Don't say you can't either!!! Tell yourself that you CAN. Maybe you won't fully believe it at first, but keep repeating that to yourself and find some determination inside of you. Remind yourself WHY you want this and keep on reminding yourself! You can do this!

"whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right"

So just decide right now that you CAN and you WILL. It won't happen overnight, but it WILL happen if you decide to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

You can DO this! Let others on SparkPeople encourage you and help keep you going. Read some of the inspiring stories that other members have. ALL of them had periods that were rough, and they had setbacks and times that they felt like giving up. But they DID it and you can too!

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ANDYSGIRL73 10/26/2011 10:38AM

    Whitney - emoticon Yes, some days we all feel that way. But then you've got to look back at goals you've written down. You've got to look at the reasons you started this journey. Look at the fact that most likely you will never be happy just giving up. You just need a break. Rethink. Step back and replan. Think about what's been working and what hasn't. Think about things that have helped you be successful in the past and things that have sabatoged you. Make a list of reasons why you want to give up and reasons why you should press on. Just take a moment to take the pressure off of what you're going to eat today and put it on how you feel about yourself and your goals. Maybe if you just take a break and rethink you'll feel better about it.

Weight loss is a hard hard hard journey. I heard something early on in my weight loss journey that stuck with me. "It is very hard to lose weight and maintain the loss. It is very hard to be overweight. Which hard do you want?" Frankly, neither way is easy.

You know, take some time to write down all the totally awesome stuff about yourself that you and others love. Write down the stuff that rocks about you! Go do something fun with friends! Go do something you are great at!!! Get yourself out of the low self esteem rut and then you'll feel better about giving it another go.

I believe in you. Message me anytime if you need a boost. Yes, we all wanna give in at times. It's a normal part of the journey. There are ups and downs...don't get too discouraged...it's normal to feel like that. Hope some of this helps.

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