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Old February 15th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #21
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Aw thanks, I haven't cooked for ages. I was not feeling well and then DH cooked or we ate out a lot and I just got lazy after a while. I am going to go back to cooking regularly as soon as DH gets home.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #22
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Ok I will be honest. I strayed yesterday and ate dinner at my parents house. That consisted of 2 glasses of red wine, Roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans (she cooked them with some bacon pieces...), French dinner rolls, and Red Velvet chocolate cake with rasberry sauce she made from some frozen rasberries she picked from their bushes last summer. Oh and 2 chocolate truffles. sigh...

This used to make me feel so bad when I would cheat in the past and I would hang it up. Today I feel like going back to my diet and adding an extra day to phase I. I ate one egg cooked in a little olive oil and a glass of low sodium V8 juice. I will get back on track.

The food was good last night but not as good as I imagined it would be. The cake was great but I have no desire for more and although she packed half of it for us to take home I don't really care for more. Mark and the kids will finish it up. Maybe if I eat healthy foods and start working out the weight will come off and if I eat an occasional no no food. (like peanut donuts..) I will be ok and feel more motivated.

That's what I love about South Beach, Morningstar. If you have a special occasion (or a bingey day), the next day you just pick up where you left off and start again and as long as you don't let a "day off" cause you to return to old eating habits, no harm done!
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Old February 15th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #23
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Do you think I should go on the South Beach diet. I just did something that I never did in my entire life. I bought a pint of Ben and Jerry ice cream and sat down and ate that for dinner.


I am one of those people who have to have meat and two kinds of veggies and rice or something for dinner. I have to have juice and breakfast foods at breakfast and sandwich or soup or salads for lunch. It's blasphemous to veer off that course. I don't eat junk foods instead of meals, however today, all the kids are out but one and I bought him a frozen TV dinner and some ice cream for dinner and then bought myself my own pint of ice cream and just ate that. I can't believe I did that.

Specially since I am so anal about "proper meals". Well it felt sinful and good but I have to get my head screwed on straight. I suspect I will come to my senses when DH comes home but in the meantime. I have lost my mind.

Anyway, what I started out saying was this, I have to work my way back up to exercise slowly now and can't do any heavy duty exercise so I have to adjust my eating habits in the meantime. I think I would really like to try this diet. I have not been on special diets before, other than those of my own making, cutting back foods or eliminating certain foods.

I do need some kind of kick start. I'm going to buy the book this week. I hope I can someday go back to Body For Life though. When I can exercise regularly.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #24
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Hi Tessa, I would recomend looking at this book first before buying to make sure you want to do this thing. I think it has good information in it regarding heart disease and diabetes. If these run in your family it may be useful.
The first two weeks are hard...IMO. You will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks + dessert. You will not eat for the first two weeks: Bread, potatoes, rice, fruit, fruit juice or any grains and some veggies with sugar in them are No No's like carrots and peas , oh and no wine.
What is left? Eggs, egg beaters, low fat cheese (I eat a piece of Mozzerella, Almonds, chicken breasts, fish, sirloin steak, canadian bacon, lettuce, peppers, onions, cabbage, cukes, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, (probably some more but I can't think) hummas dip and lots of water..heh he and coffee and tea with non sugar sweetener. Desserts are made with ricotta cheese and other ingredients and I have not made one of them but had sugar free jello and pudding.
The whole theory is that you need to clean out your blood with removing the sugars and then keeping them out for 2 weeks as your chemistry changes. Then you add the good carbs back slowly and keep losing your weight until your goal eating phase II foods. Then you go to a phase III and that is for life (perhaps more like body for life?) I feel better now although it is a bear in the begining. It is also hard when you are cooking for others that do not need to eat the way you are. Let me know what you think.
I have eaten a pint of ice cream by my self before. Haigendaz (I know I butchered that spelling) coffee ice cream....mmmm gosh now I am thinking about it.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #25
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Thanks for that info Morningstar, that was very informative. It sounds doable. I will miss fruits and grains in the beginning but as long as I can add them back in to some degree, I'll be okay. I am really interested in looking into this book and buying it.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 09:32 AM   #26
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I know you can do it Tessa. You are one of the motivating factors that made me get it together. I have been overweight now for 10 years. I thought I could just lose it when I felt like it. I thought I gave up on myself. I pretended I didn't care what I looked like. Four years ago I started to care about lots of things and in particular health. Now 4 years later I am doing it in a way that makes sense to me.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #27
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Tessa, please let me chime in and say that you can do it! I was 20+ pounds heavier before South Beach, but I took it off and have kept it off with South Beach and exercise. It's been off for several years now and I'm on Phase III. I eat all my favorite fruits and veggies - yes, I even eat potatoes in moderation. If I over do it for a while I go back to Phase I for a week to get back on track. I seldom have to do that though. One day "off" for a special occasion/holiday food, etc., doesn't seem to ruin anything as long as I go back to eating healthy the next day. And I'll tell you the truth, I don't seem to even want the refined carbs and sugars like I used to.

DH is on Phase I (he goes to Phase II on Monday). It's not quite to the 2 week mark and he's lost 19 pounds (and I hope his high cholesteral is going down with the weight!).

If you Google South Beach Recipes there are quite a few links to South Beach cookbooks and recipes for free on the internet as well.

As I mentioned, my parents also have gotten their weight down on this diet. They've been on it for several years now at Phase III. They look great - their cholesteral and triglycerides have gone down to vastly improved levels. What they noticed and I noticed (and DH is already noticing) is that you lose inches fairly rapidly as compared to other diets. Already DH can feel the difference in his clothes. And I'm wearing a smaller clothing size than I've ever worn at the weight I'm at.

As you can tell, I'm a big fan of this diet. For good reason though - it works for me.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #28
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Oooooh Darian Moone, this sounds even better the more I hear about it. I am a fan of good eating and am not too fond of junk food, but I do eat too much sugar. I think this will be right up my alley. I'm very excited to go and get the book now. Thanks for the in depth info.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #29
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I started phase II a day early. I had a quarter cup of oatmeal this morning with a quater cup of blackberries, and a dash of cinnamon and splenda. It was great and so much better for me than the huge bowl I was eating with about a quarter cup of real maple syrup. I also ate some onions, green peppers cooked with one egg. This was breakfast and I was stuffed.
Tessa I love this diet cause it really forces you to eat the three meals plus the snacks are mandatory. You need to feel satisfied all day.
Darian I think it is great that your DH is on it too. He and I are at the same phase really. I think I really only lost 5 pounds total the first week but so much depends I think on water and waste in the system and IMO whether you are male or female. I am not sure though and am happy with myself so far.
I was able to have the strength to turn down a piece of birthday cake today when I took the girls to a party. I will try to not waste my sweet intake (if and when I do cheat) on store bought sheet cake with thick greasy frosting. Real French pastry though...yumm.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #30
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You're doing GREAT Morningstar! Men do lose weight far more quickly - at least on this diet they do. My dad lost more quickly than my mom also, but then my DH has so much more to lose than you do also. Percentage wise, I think you've lost more of the goal weight than he has. My DH starts Phase II tomorrow - he can't wait.

Jessie I hope my experiences with South Beach have helped. I really am an enthusiast because it's worked so well for me. I used to get so shakey if I didn't get sugar and carbs. I was truly a sugar/carb addict. My sugar numbers used to come back a little "off" (what's known as borderline hypoglycemic with a flat curve) when I went in for a fasting glucose tolerance test (the one that lasts all day - you go in fasting and they take blood, they give you glucose, wait, then take more blood - over and over all day. ). My sugar is fine now and I no longer get the hypoglycemic shakes while eating this way. Plus I find I'm eating so many more whole and organic foods. It's made me more health conscious all the way around.

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