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South Beach Day 31: Surviving PMS without a Gain

Friday, February 01, 2013      2 comments

I can't believe it's only been 6 days since I last posted. This has been one long week. A few weeks ago, we were still enjoying unseasonably warm winter weather (thank you, global warming). But then I had to go and state my claim that I was walk... Read more

South Beach Day 24

Friday, January 25, 2013      0 comments

First, it was arctic cold sweeping through town. Now, a layer of snow has fallen. And I can't forget the blizzard of work that has dropped on me this week. My number of steps on the Fitbit totally reflect all three issues. That said, I rea... Read more

South Beach Day 20: 1 Year SparkPeople Anniversary

Monday, January 21, 2013      2 comments

A year ago today I re-joined SparkPeople after a long hiatus. I used to be CarolineChicago--but decided to start completely over as ChicagoCaroline. Unfortunately, I had another hiatus from June through this Jan. 2. Life can really suck sometime... Read more

South Beach Day 17: Oops

Friday, January 18, 2013      3 comments

Today was the first time in 2013 that I blew my calories. No, it wasn't a disaster. I didn't even break 2,000. But I did go over my range. And after more than 2 weeks of 1,000 or less calorie days, it feels like quite a bit. I know what I did. I... Read more

South Beach Day 16: Phase 1.5

Thursday, January 17, 2013      3 comments

Well, I did decide to try my own Phase 1.5. Basically, I'm allowing myself either 1 serving of steel cut oatmeal in the morning or the warm Kashi GoLean cereal. Lots of fiber to bring down the net carbs. I'm also allowing myself one piece/servin... Read more

South Beach Day 13: Phase 1.5?

Monday, January 14, 2013      1 comments

So, 13 days into South Beach and I'm down 8 pounds. The important decision to mull over tomorrow is whether or not to begin Phase 2 on Wednesday. I am in no hurry to add any flour-based/wheat-based or simple carbs back into my life, and I have a... Read more

South Beach Day 11: Lobsterfest

Sunday, January 13, 2013      2 comments

Hey! Did anyone else know that lobster is very low in calories & carbs? Lobsterfest should be 365 days a year! Great dinner out tonight with DH and our best friends at a local seafood restaurant that is currently celebrating lobsterfest. L... Read more

South Beach Day 9: Hitting the Wall

Thursday, January 10, 2013      2 comments

I knew this is coming. I remember this from several years ago when I did South Beach. I've hit the wall. Ricotta Creme, almonds, cottage cheese, spinach, string cheese, eggs--I'm getting sick of them. But if I can make it through the next few da... Read more

South Beach Day 7

Tuesday, January 08, 2013      0 comments

A bit of weight loss again today--but didn't do an official weigh in. Will do so in the morning. Other than that, this was a seriously crappy day. I'm sure if anyone stumbles on this blog, they will immediately leave after that wonderfully ... Read more

South Beach Day 6

Monday, January 07, 2013      0 comments

Wow, this was a crapper of a day. At least I dropped .5 lbs. Could really use a drink but am settling for my vanilla ricotta creme. Pistachios, almonds, and ricotta. The South Beach trinity. We did have some nice flounder tonite. I also did not ... Read more

South Beach Day 4

Saturday, January 05, 2013      2 comments

No miraculous 4-pound loss over night. But am ready for day 4. Plan on a 30-minute walk before lunch. Struggling with what to have for breakfast. Probably a scrambled egg and spinach. Maybe a tomato, too. I've been analyzing my feedback at... Read more

South Beach Day 3

Friday, January 04, 2013      0 comments

9:45 am Scale says: 183! Yay! Got rid of the holiday bloat! Nothing like the scale showing downward movement to motivate me to continue through Day 3. Challenge today will be going out to eat with friends.... Read more

South Beach Day 2

Thursday, January 03, 2013      0 comments

I made it through the 2nd day without any problems. Am not missing the evening wine at all--yet. If I remember right, that happens next week. However, I am also trying to shake up my evening routine, as well. I do wish I could eat those baby car... Read more

South Beach Day 1

Wednesday, January 02, 2013      0 comments

Here I am again. Back to South Beach. It helped seven years ago. Let's see if it helps this time around. South Beach/Atkins/Calorie Counting. The combo is sure to do something. Today's goal is 1200 calories tops and to start Phase One of So... Read more

The Ripple Effect: Getting Healthy is Like Fixing a 60-Year-Old House

Saturday, May 19, 2012      4 comments

Our house is about to turn 60--and if you live in an older home, I'm sure you understand that dreaded ripple effect of either improving or fixing anything in your house. For instance, if you want to install recessed lighting, you may find yourse... Read more


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