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Curious?

Posted in family, south beach diet with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by erin

I know you are all dying to know how the South Beach Diet is going. Right? I thought I would give your inquiring minds a little update. I’m pretty much on phase three of his plan, following his guidelines on how to take it into the rest of my life. I hardly have a sugar craving anymore and I feel so much better. I’m not sure if there has been a change in weight or inches in certain places yet but I’m hoping with continued healthy eating I will notice something.  I have noticed my muscles are slightly more pronounced.  That’s exciting.  I am eating a ton of veggies (even for snacks!) and lean protein. I bought a box of graham crackers last week and haven’t even opened the box! Not because I am restraining myself but because I don’t even think about them. I even noticed my digestive system seems to appreciate the change. I give myself one day a week to have a free for all and usually by the end of the day I feel so crappy I’m ready to get back on the wagon.

The best news is I talked to my mom about this diet and now she and my dad are in the throes of week one. My mom does not need to lose weight but she certainly needs to change her eating habits. She is even a worse sugar-aholic than I. But my dad. Yeah, he could stand to lose A LOT! He’s tried in the past and usually loses weight quickly but it piles back on just as quick. I really hope he can find something he can stick to and not just a diet but a life style, a change in eating forever. I’m so afraid he won’t be around to watch Petunia grow up. On top of his poor eating habits he gets zero exercise. He has bad knees and can hardly walk and now he needs a machine to help him sleep (sleep apnea). He’s in trouble. I pray something will open his eyes and drive him to take better care of himself. Maybe Mr. South Beach is just what he needs, that or getting on The Biggest Loser.

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Pass the veggies……

Posted in bathing suit season, eating healthy, famous people, flab flab and more flab, food, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 16, 2008 by erin

It’s not as bad as I thought. I did it. I stepped on the scale and I only need to drop about 10 lbs. (of pure flab). I even measured my waist, thighs and hips to see if I lose inches. I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool this summer with Petunia and I really don’t want to be concerned with my figure. I’m not looking for a figure like the MILF (not me, personally) Heidi Klum but if the Lord wants me to look like her I would not argue.

So I made the shopping list for the next week and guess what’s on there? A crap load of vegetables, meat, some cheese (low-fat) and eggs. That’s pretty much it.

Ever hear of a glycemic index? A food’s glycemix index is the amount that it increases your blood sugar compared to the amount that the same quantity of white bread would increase it. The foods with lower numbers will cause your blood sugar to rise then fall more slowly then the high numbers. Low-glycemic foods will satisfy your hunger longer and minimize your food cravings better. I took a peak at this glycemic index in the book. Um yeah, pretty much everything I eat has a really high GI. Like 95 and above. See, I told you I had a sugar problem.

So for now no fruit, no graham crackers, no angel food cake, no cookies and no Twizzlers. Even my beloved Cheerios isn’t a great choice. Wow, this Dr. is no fun at all.

My husband said he would do the SB diet with me and then everyday he comes up with another reason why it will be a challenge for him. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Guess he’s not as dedicated as I.

We’ll see how dedicated I’ll be come Monday evening, heck Monday morning for that matter. I do get ricotta cheese with a sugar substitute for dessert, I mean seriously, what’s better than that? Oh, and of course sugar-free jello.

I just keep thinking, it’s only two weeks. That’s nothing. Then of course I can’t go back to the way I ate before. No. That would undo all the good I did. I’ll have to lay off my favorites for a while and eat them sparingly. I think it’s a good eye opener to my poor eating habits. So thank you South Beach. And maybe this year I won’t hate myself in a bathing suit.

Chocolove

Posted in chocolate, eating healthy, flab flab and more flab, food, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 13, 2008 by erin

Here I am talking about The South Beach Diet in one post and chocolate in the very next. No wonder I have issues with pudge. I am addicted to chocolate, there’s no doubt about it. So I stopped at Vitamin Cottage today and picked up a bar of my fav. chocolate since in just a few days time I will no longer need this delicious dessert every day. But when the time comes for a treat this will always be my first pick: www.chocolove.com. I hope they sell it in your area so you can enjoy the decadence.

South Beach, I need help!

Posted in eating healthy, flab flab and more flab, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 12, 2008 by erin

I’m struggling with a weighty issue. Actually it is weight, too much of it in certain areas (not enough in others but that’s another post). My extra pounds rest around my hips, butt and thighs and it is really starting to bug me. I don’t want or need to lose a ton at the most 20. Should be pretty easy to accomplish but I’m struggling.

I exercise and I know about nutrition and healthy eating. I have a degree in Nutrition for Pete’s sake. I know. But do I put my knowledge into practice? No. We eat fairly healthy in our home but we could do better. More veggies, less cheese, more fruit, more lean protein, more whole grains and much less sugar (put down those Twizzlers!). I eat dessert every day and I don’t think that’s all bad-maybe (?). I feel if I deprive myself I would over indulge and I certainly don’t want that. I need help with motivation and inspiration.

I hate diets and refuse to “diet”. It’s not healthy or maintainable. But I again I need something to inspire me and to give me meal ideas: super healthy and packed with nutrition meal ideas. So I chose the South Beach Diet. To me it is the healthiest most realistic “diet” but really it teaches/reinforces healthy eating. My brain needs a refresher and it needs to know I can live without sugar.

The plan goes a little like this: Phase One (two weeks): no pasta, bread, rice, potatoes or baked goods (this is what I pretty much live on now no wonder I have a poundage issues) no sugar of course (yikes!) not even fruit. After the first couple of days “they” say the cravings should disappear. I sure hope so or life isn’t going to be so great around here. “They” say after this two week period I should be down 8-13 pounds with most of the weight coming off the midsection. Perfect. If this thing works I will be happy not only to have less flab hanging around but change the way my body thinks I should be eating aka craving sugar 24/7.

Phase two(until goal weight is reached) : introduce all the bread, pasta, rice, sugar and fruit back into meals but with moderation and I might find I don’t even want that sugar any more. Continue to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until the goal weight is reached. One to two pounds a week is a perfectly realistic weight loss goal for most and it sounds great to me.

Phase three is stage that lasts the rest of my life. Now my body chemistry is altered and doesn’t need those stinking Twizzlers every day. And maybe I won’t need dessert every night too, wouldn’t that be great!

Here’s the caveat. I just went grocery shopping today (of course) so I’m starting this……wait for it…..next Monday (or whenever I go back to the store sometime next week). Don’t all “diets” start on Monday? At least I’ll be able to finish those Twizzlers and the chocolate milk I got for free from our local dairy (scrumptous). I’ll keep you all posted. Oh, and I have to have the courage to step on the scale so I know where I’m starting from.