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Kim_Star060404
03-17-2008, 10:38 AM
Heya everyone! I'll be moving on to P2 in 5 days, so a P2 chat would be great to keep the support and motivation going that we have in the "Marching Into Phase I" chat. Have a great day!


KayL17
03-17-2008, 11:24 AM
Hello Kim


I know there once was a thread for Phase II ers :) Since coming back from vacation I haven't seen it. Maybe its buried in the long ago threads, no one is posting there anymore?

I'd be glad to have some new phase IIers to chat with. I went on vacation one wee after starting Phase II and more or less did well. I didn't loose but I didn't gain either. Last week I have been ill, That is sick spelled SICK. I ate whatever someone else made. Mostly I drank diet ginger ale.

Today is Monday and I am back at this. I had my whole wheat toast for breakfast, ( with egg and turkey bacon.)and will have fruit for lunch with my salad. Dinner is fish and veggies. If it weren't for the fresh fruit in the fridge I might easily go back to Phase I, it was almost easier.but strawberries are calling my name.

Kay

murphmitch
03-17-2008, 11:39 AM
I agree with the strawberries. I have sooo been enjoying them. I had oatmeal with Almond Breeze milk and ground almonds this morning. Will have a salad with turkey and mozarella for lunch, with berries and greek yogurt for a snack. I haven't decided on supper yet.

I think my weight loss has plateaued because I'm close to my goal weight. On the other hand if I'm just maintaining at this weight on phase II, how would I jump to phase III? If I add more in, will I gain? I would really like to lose a few more pounds though. I have been on the treadmill 3 times a week. My inner voice is telling me that unless I do some sort of resistance training, this is the weight I am stuck with. :?:


uscarchie
03-17-2008, 01:44 PM
Kim, thanks for starting this thread!

So today's breakfast was 1/4 c steel cut oatmeal with 2 strawberries, some almond slivers, and a little blue agave nectar. Snack was a cheese stick, lunch is a salad, with a whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with chicken salad (made at home so it's got good stuff in it). Snack will be some celery and a LC cheese wedge, and dinner will be leftover lemon chicken with steamed spinach and brocoli. We went to the gym this morning and did 1/2 hour on the eliptical. :) I feel like I'm doing good!

Anyway, today is a hectic, crazy day at work. We'll see how I cope with the frenzy.

lbug
03-17-2008, 03:52 PM
Hi Ladies,

I would love to join you in a this chat. I started phase 2 a few days ago, but in nervous to start any starches, so I just added a little fruit right now. The first apple I ate was a little piece of heaven! I'm going to work out tonight, will have chicken and spinach tonight. Drinking tons of green tea, also.


Kim- I was also thinking of starting a Phase 2 thread- thanks!
Anne- you are doing great on SB! Could you incline a notch on the treadmill?
Kay - welcome back from VA-K!
USCARCHIE- your doing great!Hope you get some R&R.


Lisa

Stinger
03-17-2008, 03:56 PM
Hey

I restarted SB after being off for about 6 mo. I am past PH 1 now and on to PH 2. I have not been able to weigh myself yet so I don't know how much I lost. I did forget and ate fruit some days so we shall see how it goes on the scale.

ThinAgainBeginAgain
03-17-2008, 05:26 PM
I agree with the strawberries. I have sooo been enjoying them. I had oatmeal with Almond Breeze milk and ground almonds this morning. Will have a salad with turkey and mozarella for lunch, with berries and greek yogurt for a snack. I haven't decided on supper yet.

I think my weight loss has plateaued because I'm close to my goal weight. On the other hand if I'm just maintaining at this weight on phase II, how would I jump to phase III? If I add more in, will I gain? I would really like to lose a few more pounds though. I have been on the treadmill 3 times a week. My inner voice is telling me that unless I do some sort of resistance training, this is the weight I am stuck with. :?:

Anne,

Wow, too weird. I too was at a plateau 3 pounds ago, it was a long one, or at least it felt that way to me after such fast weight loss along the rest of my journey. This weekend 3 pounds decided to take a walk, thank Goodness! Looks like we're both sitting at a 30 lb loss! Yay for us! I too have a few more to go to get to my 'goal'. I will re-evaluate that goal when I see myself at that weight though.

I do think that we're both putting off what is inevitable, we need to add in some resistance training... maybe it's cuz I'm a bit older now, but, my parts are not as firm as I remember them! I've got some wobbly bits on my arms for the first time ever (at this weight). Ugh! I guess I should pick up the free weights and firm them up....

One thing I'm impressed about though, is that I was able to drop the weight (in my 40's) without the resistance training by using SB. I do a fair amount
of working out on the treadmill, but not running, only high-incline walking.

Good luck w/ the rest of your journey. Hopefully we'll both be posting soon in the Goals thread!!:carrot::carrot::carrot::hug:

jandaman
03-18-2008, 05:25 AM
just time for a quick howdy everybody!

am stoked about a phase 2 thread:) great idea! will def post more when i am on vacation... looking forward to getting to know everybody. enjoy your tuesday

cheers!

jan

murphmitch
03-18-2008, 11:02 AM
Anne,

Wow, too weird. I too was at a plateau 3 pounds ago, it was a long one, or at least it felt that way to me after such fast weight loss along the rest of my journey. This weekend 3 pounds decided to take a walk, thank Goodness! Looks like we're both sitting at a 30 lb loss! Yay for us! I too have a few more to go to get to my 'goal'. I will re-evaluate that goal when I see myself at that weight though.

I do think that we're both putting off what is inevitable, we need to add in some resistance training... maybe it's cuz I'm a bit older now, but, my parts are not as firm as I remember them! I've got some wobbly bits on my arms for the first time ever (at this weight). Ugh! I guess I should pick up the free weights and firm them up....

One thing I'm impressed about though, is that I was able to drop the weight (in my 40's) without the resistance training by using SB. I do a fair amount
of working out on the treadmill, but not running, only high-incline walking.

Good luck w/ the rest of your journey. Hopefully we'll both be posting soon in the Goals thread!!:carrot::carrot::carrot::hug:

Well, I upped the incline on the treadmill yesterday a little & actually used the weight machines for a good workout. My abs & legs are quite strong but by upper body has always been weak. I do notice more flabbiness than years before when I would drop weight, expecially in the tummy and back of the arms. I'm in my early 50's now (Wow, I don't like saying that!). If I got serious with using the weights I think I could correct that. It's just that I hate them so much. I am thinking about a session with a personal trainer to get me motivated.


I have no problem staying on plan. In fact, I'm quite proud to say that in the last 10 weeks, I have not cheated once. I may have a planned cheat on Easter Sunday though. I have to say that South Beach is the easiest way of eating healthy that I have found.

uscarchie
03-18-2008, 11:21 AM
Today's going to be a stressful day for me: And I worry about this because I've always been a stress/boredom eater- which is why I was so heavy. So I have a hard boiled egg and 3/4 oz cheese on my desk, which I'm not hungry for, and I left for a snack later on, since it was good protein and all. And just now I opened up the cheese. I'm not hungry, I'm just stressed. Didn't even think about it.

I looked at the cheese and had a "what are you doing?!?" moment. I put the cheese to the side, and I will eat it for my snack, but around 10am, not 15 minutes after I finished my breakfast.

I'm sure it wouldn't have hurt me too much, but it's thoughts like that that I need to be wary of and be watchful of. :) I guess I also think "what would the girls at 3FC say????" Not that I'm worried about your judgment but I feel that you would have good advice for me.

Last night I had some No Sugar added chocolate pudding. I thought when I bought it it was sugar free, but I guess not. I looked in the ingredients, but didn't see anything that might be considered sugary. It didn't taste very sweet.

Barb0522
03-18-2008, 12:07 PM
uscarchie - You won't find sugarfree pudding because the dairy adds lactose. I like to make mine from the box because I then know that I have used skim milk with it but I think there may be some of the pudding cups that are no sugar added fat free. I'm just not sure.

KayL17
03-18-2008, 12:34 PM
good morning all


I am looking forward to talking about my 30 lb loss! :) I also need to learn how to put the scale at the bottom of my thread. Heck I haven't figured out how to change my stats in my profile....................The computer and I have issues, and I am not feeling well yet, I will tackle the computer when the rest of the bronchitis is resolved.

I had an extra carb and fat last night. Son made Popcorn..........I ate my amount but it was such a nice thought and sometimes we don't tell those we love " no cause I am dieting and...................." we say Thankyou

The Tai Chi instructor wouldn't let me stay for the class, can't breath, can't exercise is her motto. I read about gyms and resistant training and wonder where my energy has gone. Its hard to be patient and take this one step at a time.

Uscarchie you are my inspiration today . Plan, stay with the plan

Todays plan

Breakfast 1 egg, turkey bacon, WW toast
S 1/2 pear
Lunch mixed green salad with turkey ham
S 1/2 Pear with one piece of cheese
D pork loin, mixed veggies and strawberries for dessert.

Kay

uscarchie
03-18-2008, 01:02 PM
The cheese tasted good at 10am. :) It was worth the wait, and now I won't be hungry until lunch, when I go for my walk up the hill of death. And KayL17, you can't apparently have the ticker until you've been here for 30 days and 30 posts? So stick it out, and you'll be able to figure it out soon.

I'm worried about your breathlessness Kay... Don't exercise until you're feeling better, or go for *very* easy walks. You need to get better before you get back into the swing of things. Continue to eat well, and don't worry about the popcorn. :)

Heidelitos
03-18-2008, 03:18 PM
Well, I'm starting week four of SB, so that's one whole week of Phase II. But, alas, I will admit to a pig our session of Chili Pablanos (deep fried hot pepper stuffed with melty cheese) fattening refried beans, all scooped up with tortilla chips. Not to make it sound like a good thing, though, cuz I gained back a few pounds right away and now am stalled.

But I'm sticking to it and working out extra to make up for my mistake!! The husband and I have a week trip to Vegas planned in 1 1/2 weeks, so I plan to not cheat at all til then.

KayL17
03-18-2008, 03:43 PM
Hi again

Glad you made it until snack time ascarchie. You arn't the only one worried about the wheeze.............

I will be seeing the Doc at 5 pm. I kept thinking the longer I am up and moving the better I'll feel....... and I do! My nose has quite running, my glands don't hurt my throat is only a little sore from post nasal drip. How so ever My friend on the phone said. " Good Lord I can hear you wheeze on the phone, get thy self to the doctor!"

I'll let you know the dreaded news tomorrow. Probably something else that is happening to me cause I'm old now :) Every time I see her she mentions how common this or that problem is in post menopausal women.

Kay

jandaman
03-19-2008, 07:42 AM
aloha chicas!

time to vent: i received some v irritating news today..i am currently working on my master's thesis and was just informed that i will have to go back and retake some grad and even some undergrad courses!! as the people here were not able to figure out my us transcripts. now, seeing as how i am

1. a 35 year old adult student with future plans
2. working full-time next to writing on my thesis
3. this predicament sets me back at least 6 months if not an entire year

i am just so frustrated and depressed and being a comfort eater i just feel like tackling some cheesecake to make me feel better. and there is absolutely nothing i can do! i tried rationale, i cajoled and pleaded. all to no avail. *huge sigh*
thanks so much for letting me get this out of my system..i should probalby put my anger to good use and do some exercise.
but my first instinct is to give up, can you believe it?

hope all the rest of you have a great day! cu later

dejected jan ;(

KayL17
03-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Morning


Hang in there Jandaman! My Daughter had similar problems with some of her over sea classes. Can you challenge any of them, take the test not the class?
Talk yourself through the eating. Your angry , upset and stressed. Will the cheese cake make you feel better or add just another stress and anger component? If it really will make you feel better, have it. Food does comfort us a lot...........and there are times when that is what we need.

The Doctor says no exercise for me for at least a week. I'm full of steroids now. And a new inhaler. I never had asthma but I guess I do now. People calling me on the phone today ( and it has rung off the hook) are noticing I don't wheeze. I can breath without coughing. I am on the mend.

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with veggies, Canadian bacon , WW toast (1 slice no butter
Lunch : Soup if I get it made, if not a salad. ( Mushroom Barley soup ) strawberries or 1/2 pear
Snack: cheese stick
Dinner: Salmon with veggies
Snack : Pear or strawberries. Maybe with yogurt or cottage cheese.

Kay

Kim_Star060404
03-19-2008, 11:15 AM
The Doctor says no exercise for me for at least a week. I'm full of steroids now. And a new inhaler. I never had asthma but I guess I do now. People calling me on the phone today ( and it has rung off the hook) are noticing I don't wheeze. I can breath without coughing. I am on the mend.




:hug: I'm glad you're getting better - those meds really help. I've had asthma since I was 18 months old. In December 2005-January 2006 I was in the hospital for a week because of it. I haven't been in the hospital since then. This is the longest it's been my whole life. Anywho - back to you! ;) You can get through this and a great workout is possible once you get everything under control. I'm not going to act like I never take my inhaler, but being active has definitely helped to strengthen my lungs.

uscarchie
03-19-2008, 11:44 AM
Jan, that thesis thing stinks! But... it's one of those things that you'll have to deal with. I guess that I wouldn't mind taking more classes, as long as they were things I was interested in. See if you can test out of them. That, and you get to stay in Germany. I hope that the cost doesn't get out of control, though, because I know that studying outside of the US can be prohibitively expensive.

Kay, 1 week is not bad, and at least you now have the inhaler. I too have asthma and having the inhaler helps me out immensely. I've also been using the advair, and that helps me control my asthma. I'll start allergy shots this friday and that'll help control my asthma triggers, I hope.

Kim, thanks for being there for us! :)

Today I have a meeting with the most horrid architect in the world. (At least, that I've met so far.) Otherwise, week 1 on P2 seems to be going good and I'm glad that I transitioned rather than hanging on in P1 for a while longer. :) I'm trying to convince my Dad that he needs to try this diet too, because I'm really doing well on it.

uscarchie
03-19-2008, 04:26 PM
I heard on the radio that an unfortunate side effect of chewing too much gum is flatulence. EGADS!!!! This is what I do to save me from the snack closet of doom....

Any truth to this? Do I even care anymore? Le sigh.

Barb0522
03-19-2008, 04:36 PM
That is a side affect of too much sugar alcohols. You'll get it a lot faster with sugarfree candy that has sugar alcohols but I imagine you could chew enough gum to have a problem.

murphmitch
03-19-2008, 09:55 PM
I always chew gum & drink diet pop. I used to have a lot of "gas" problems but since being on SBD I have had hardly any. Others on this site have told me the same thing about little gas anymore. I think it was all the bad carbs I was eating, because I eat a lot of beans now & don't have a problem. My husband is very thankful. :o

uscarchie
03-20-2008, 11:56 AM
I've noticed the same thing... I guess I really was eating very badly before, even though I didn't think so.

A nutritionist once gave me guidelines on what to eat- and when I did eat that way, I lost weight. Of course, I started to cheat, eat all the cookies I could find, and then gained back the weight I lost. :( The SBD is very similar to what the nutritionist had recommended, and I'm doing really well on this. So, this is my life, this is my chance not to have heart disease and a heart attack or a blood clot at the young age of 27... I'm seeing such great results on this diet, and my blood pressure has improved enormously- I'm getting good readings now.

So I guess the moral of my little story here is that I've seen the light, and that I'm pretty dedicated to eating the right way from here on out. :) I think that if a side effect is less flatulence, I'm happy!

I wonder, is my body getting better at digesting the food and absorbing the nutrients from it? Is it just that I'm eating more nutrient rich food and avoiding the empty carbs? I'm still not as regular as I would like, but I'm not feeling uncomfortable. I think I may do as the good Dr. A recommends, and start taking the metamucil before meals, so I get more fiber for sure in my diet.

uscarchie
03-20-2008, 12:08 PM
You know, just as a check to make sure my meal planning is okay today:

B: 2 egg omlette with l.f. mozzerella, onion, tomato, and 1/2 of a turkey/chicken sausage, plus some edamame which my cat tried to steal and then realized that the edamame wasn't good kitten food.
S: l.f mozerella stick.
L: 2 c salad greens, 1 cut up chicken breast, balsamic vinaigrettes, an apple or a nsa chocolate pudding cup if I feel still hungry.
S: 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
D: Tofu stirfry with brown basmati rice, some kidney beans, and a spinach side salad.

KayL17
03-21-2008, 11:48 AM
H Chickies

I tried to post and it went to cyber space.
I worked yesterday....felt like an amoeba crawling home. Thank goodness I work only part time. Stayed on plan though, didn't eat my way through it.

My blood sugar this morning is back where it should be, very encouraging. Makes it tempting to step on the scale, however if I am doing well there, I will think I can splurge a little over Easter. If its not well, I'll be disappointed and am apt to fall into a " who cares" attitude. So off the scale until Monday

Today:
BKF scrambled egg beaters with veggies, canadian bacon, 1 slice WW toast with FF cream cheese
Snack: Fruit
Lunch: Mushroom Barley Soup. Has lots of veggies in it.
Snack: Depends on if I need one, may be cheese and fruit, or just cheese.
Dinner: Minute steaks with veggies

Dessert: Stawberries, black berries and blueberries, on SF and FF angel food cake with LF cool whip.

Angle food cake is probably a no no, but I'll only eat a little, Makes the berries so gooooood

Kay

lbug
03-21-2008, 05:48 PM
Hi Jan--
Just wanted to give you some encouragement- don't give up! I know 6 months seems like a long time, but if this is career path you really want, think of how many years of satisfaction you'll get- we spend so much time at our job, we might as well do what our calling is. I started graduate school 12 years ago, got through my first year (full time) , than decided to take a break, and never returned. I really regret that now. I have a husband, house, $ two teen boys who will hopefully be in and college soon, so timing is not right for me. I want to be at the boys sports games, but still have a strong desire for a Masters. I'll start over in a few years.
Question-Is there any way you could have your transcripts translated privately? I know this would cost $$$, but it may save tuition costs and your time. Hope your back on track with SB!
Take care,
Lisa

phxsunflower
03-21-2008, 10:08 PM
Hi all,
Been on phase 2 for awhile found some Basmati brown rice is this something that is SB?

uscarchie
03-24-2008, 11:02 AM
Brown Basmati rice is SBD approved, and it's got a nice nutty taste to it.

So, my P2 friends, I'm stalled out. I've lost 1 lb this week, after having lost 12 through P1. I frankly expected myself to do better.

I'm confused, because I don't think that I'm over doing it on the carbs, I have 1 to 2 servings a day (and I'm being really strict about measuring out how much I have so that it *is* one serving) and then I've had maybe 1 serving of fruit a day. This is only the 1st week for me on P2, I'm on my 2nd week starting today.

Is this normal?

Should I cut back on the fruit/grains again? One a day? Back to P1 level of strictness?

Something I'm wondering about: I've been using the blue agave nectar for my sweetener, and it's delicious. Maybe about 1 Tbs between my coffee and my steel cut oatmeal. Which makes me think that that's what's slowing me? Also, I've been having caffeinated coffee in the morning, while waiting for my decaf to be delivered.

Kim_Star060404
03-24-2008, 11:40 AM
uscarchie: You're doing great!! Keep at it. Remember that all that P1 weight loss is usually just water weight. A lot of people lose nothing or gain their first week of P2. Healthy weight loss is typically 0.5 to 2 lbs a week. Anything more than that, and you're setting yourself up for disaster. Anything over 2 lbs of loss per week after P1 typically means you're losing muscle. Losing muscle is BAD, BAD, BAD! Muscle burns more cals at rest than fat does, so we want to build lean muscle. More than 2 lbs a week (post P1) means you're depriving your body and that it is having to burn up your muscle to survive. 1-2 lbs a week should be most people's goal when they move into P2. You're right on track!

uscarchie
03-24-2008, 12:33 PM
Thank god. I was worried I was doing something wrong, eating too much starch or something.

That being said, work was incredibly stressful last week and I didn't exercise as much as I should have, so today I'll go for my walk during lunch and tackle the big hill of death. :)

jandaman
03-24-2008, 12:51 PM
hi usarchie!

ditto what kim_star said;) last time i did P1 i lost exactly nada, nix nyente! and i didn't start actually shedding pounds on P2 until about three months into it. i ended up losing 36 pounds so don't stress! i am sure it also has something to do with how you metabolize (strange and mysterious workings of the body*grin*)
i haven't been around much this easter weekend (had company over etc.)and have to admit i cheated. i had 3 pieces of cheesecake total this weekend (instead of tea-time germans have coffee and cake time)--so i don't want to go anywhere near my scale! it's back to P1 tomorrow for a coupla days until things pan out.
anyways how did all you chicas withstand the easter time temptations?

jandaman
03-24-2008, 12:53 PM
oh, by the by..thanks for the support re: my university situation. i actually pushed thru and went jogging in the snow...unthinkable only a month ago!

uscarchie
03-24-2008, 01:31 PM
I made a SBD modified lemon blueberry cheesecake, and had a very small piece. :) I did make lamb, but ate a ton of veggies with it, so I'm okay. I did cheat and have 2 small nachos at the basketball game I went to on Saturday. :( But no cravings, so okay.

Jan, I love the German tradition of coffee and cake in the afternoon. The food in Germany tastes sooo good and fresh, and milche kaffe is my most favorite thing ever. Which means I shouldn't move to Germany until I am at my maintenance weight... Otherwise I'd be doomed.

I've been thinking about a flourless chocolate cake... if I could just figure out the sugar then I'd have an SBD junkfood option. Although I guess I should be more like Ruthxxx and avoid the worthless nutrient free desserts.

Something about my past conditioning makes me think that a person can't live without desserts. I don't know if I can get through that mental block to make it so that I can appreciate one every once in a while, and not think that they're a necessity for life.

I'm not craving them, though, so maybe that's step one.

lbug
03-24-2008, 03:33 PM
Hello ladies,
I did OK with Easter, but could have been a lot better! I had a piece of zucchini bread, lots of munchies, and two glasses of wine, so I'm thinking of a little phase 1 myself. I'm so glad to be back on track today..hopefully I can bring myself to participate in some much needed exercise.
I made sugar-free cream cheese frosting this weekend, it would be great with flourless cake!

uscarchie
03-24-2008, 05:26 PM
Augh, today is trying. I did go on a good walk, up the hill o' doom, and now I've hit the afternoon doldrums. I'm feeling really tired, and really uninterested in working.

What I am interested in is munching on my hummus and bell peppers, even though I'm not hungry! I'm just bored. This is terrible. I've opened them up 3 times since lunch.

I need to wait until at least 3 before I snack, and since I had a HUGE salad for lunch, I probably will wait until 4, when I should start to feel a little hungry.

And there are no good coffee options at my office- it's all caffeinated with those terrible for you creamers.

Starbucks run? If it didn't take half an hour...

KayL17
03-24-2008, 06:14 PM
Hi everyone

I made it through the Easter Week!! No chocolate bunnies, no cadbury eggs, no jelly beans. I planned to eat one dessert somewhere. Wasn't sure what or when and had a very ( I mean very small) small piece of pecan pie.

I can start exercising a little tomorrow, and that will help with my feeling like a stuffed bunny. I lost 1.5 pounds! Not sure how that happened, but I am taking it!!!

With all the collected Turkey carcasses, ( I didn't cook this year, everyone else did!) I am making a big ol pot of turkey and rice soup. Wild rice. It sure smells good!

Today

BKF: egg, 1 ww toast, 1/2 pear
Lunch: Mushroom Barley soup
Snack FF, SF pudding with 4 chopped pecans
Dinner Anitpasto Salad
Snack............fruit

Kay

murphmitch
03-24-2008, 06:23 PM
Well I had a ton of food yesterday! Ate ham, potatoes, cheesecake, homemade bread and Easter candies. I think I got that out of my system though (I haven't cheated in 11 weeks). I'm back on plan today. I actually feel better as I had a stomach ache last night. I'll probably skip weighing myself this week since it wouldn't be good anyway. I think if I plan to cheat in advance, it's not as "bad" as doing it on the spur of the moment. :devil:

jandaman
03-25-2008, 09:04 AM
ooooooh! i am so relieved that i was not alone in my indulging ;) strangely enough my tummy also acted up and seems to appreciate being back on track.
did have a peek at my scale..haven't gained *phew* i have a nice leisurely day planned (or more specifically not planned)-- thanks to easter break i can enjoy a respite from teaching for an entire glorious week!
i really should exercise, tho..maybe some yoga and a bit of pilates. but first i'll enjoy watching biggest loser for inspiration .

i hope all you chicks enjoy your tuesday as much as i will!:carrot:

uscarchie
03-25-2008, 11:02 AM
Some of us don't get spring break anymore. :(

But, that being said, it's all going okay. I've booked my trip to Seattle next week. I'll be gone for 2 nights. I think I can eat out in restaurants pretty safely, but anyone have good ideas for snacks that I can pack to take with me so that I can still have a regular eating schedule? I figure I can take some of those baby bell cheeses, I can cut up a ton of celery, and some almonds.

It's tough figuring out what I can and can't take on a plane these days. I need to make sure I set myself up for success and not failure, since I'm worried about my business trips.

Also- ordering breakfast in a restaurant in the morning- will they look at me weird if I ask for 2 eggs over easy and some steamed broccoli? Any suggestions for things that would be easy to order in a typical breakfast setting?

lbug
03-25-2008, 11:33 AM
Hello uscarchie-

It is challenge to travel while sticking to a plan, but it sounds like you are planning ahead- which will be helpful. How about cottage cheese & strawberries or non-fat yogurt to order for breakfast? To take with you on the plane- how about a trail mix- peanuts, sunflower seeds, cut up apricots, dried cherries, & some high fiber cereal (maybe a small amount of dark chocolate cut up small for flavor)? Or peanut butter and whole wheat pita/or those washi high fiber crackers? apple? I've seen small portable peanut butters in the grocery store. Hope it helps, and have a safe trip!

Lisa

Schmoodle
03-25-2008, 11:56 AM
uscarchie, I just saw your post about business travels. I travel quite a bit and have developed a few strategies: pack food, go grocery shopping, go-to meals.
I usually take hard boiled eggs, cheese, small packs of tuna, raw veggies, nuts, packs of NSA hot cocoa...
LOL I often wonder what the x-ray folks think when they see what's in my bag. It's really nice to have some of these things in your purse if you are stuck somewhere with nothing but a vending machine or the usual food provided at meetings.
Don't rely on hotel breakfasts, there is usually NOTHING there beach-friendly. When I get to my destination, I check out the room to see if I have microwave or fridge, and then hit the grocery and plan out my meals just like if I was home. The more meals I can eat in my room the better. If I have to eat out, I know I can usually find a Wendy's and get a side salad and a chili. Or Outback Steakhouse has a nice salmon and steamed veggie dinner.
For ordering breakfasts, most places will make you an omelet with veggies, or you can have oatmeal. Hope this helps and have a good trip!

uscarchie
03-26-2008, 10:55 AM
Aaacckkk! So I learned my lesson about obsessively checking the scale every morning! Yesterday, I was 231, and today I was back at 235! All of that means nothing, weight fluctuation is normal and I'm doomed to be a different weight every day, just as long as the scale shows a downward trend...

I'll keep the 231 on my ticker to make me feel better about myself (I know, it's just a lousy number, maybe I should post my blood pressure which is showing GREAT improvement) and I won't weigh myself until Sunday, which is what I should be doing! Once a week check ins to make sure I'm not starting an upward trend.

I was sooo scared of what the scale told me before the SBD, and how ironic is it that now I'm checking it every day?

Back away from the scale......

jandaman
03-26-2008, 11:54 AM
hi chicas!

am feeling a bit downtrodden today as i can't seem to shake the cheesecake habit i acquired over easter....was only half a piece so i probably shouldn't sweat it:( but *siighhh*

usarchie: have also developed a v close relationship (maybe unhealthy;) ) to my scale even tho i know weight can fluctuate up to 6-7lbs. go figure! i hope you've been able to come up with a sbd safe food plan while ur traveling

props to all the rest of youse gals!:wave:

murphmitch
03-29-2008, 11:08 AM
Not much conversation going on in this thread so I think I'll post today.

Went for a college visit with my son yesterday and went to their cafeteria for lunch. The choices were mind boggling. :dizzy: So much different than when I went to college. And they can eat as much as they want with their meal ticket. Boy, you could sure gain a lot of weight. I remember gaining like 25# in college, mostly from pop (Machine on our dorm floor) and pizza.

They did have a lot of healthy choices too. Had a wonderful salad bar and fruit. Also tried the edamame from the Asian food bar. It was fantastic! Didn't gain any weight from my Easter pig out. Don't know if I can lose anymore either though. Close to my goal and I know it can be difficult. At my age it isn't getting any easier either. At least the weather is finally looking up here and I may be able to start walking outside more. :sunny:

uscarchie
03-31-2008, 10:47 AM
I was a size 14 when I went to college. And then I met the "make your own Belgian waffle corner." I think I lost a potential beau due to that corner! By the end of college I had gone on a rollercoaster ride of jean sizes... I think I ended up a heavy 16, an 18 in denial.

Thanks, college!

Oh my goodness, this thursday I had a business trip up to San Francisco- to a williams sonoma store. 1.) It is incredibly difficult to deny airport cravings. I wanted EVERY candy and ice cream I saw. I fought really hard, snacking on my protein bar even though i wasn't hungry. And thank god for gum!
2.) It is hard to work at a williams sonoma store and not think about cooking delicious foods. I want a nice set of knives that I can't afford.

But I'm at 230 today, and I'm hoping that's where I stay.

murphmitch
03-31-2008, 11:32 AM
I was a size 14 when I went to college. And then I met the "make your own Belgian waffle corner." I think I lost a potential beau due to that corner! By the end of college I had gone on a rollercoaster ride of jean sizes... I think I ended up a heavy 16, an 18 in denial.


Yup, I saw one of those wafflemakers there. Good thing my son is a stick and needs to put on a little weight.

I love to taste samples at Williams-Sonoma. They always have something good cooking.

jandaman
04-02-2008, 08:29 AM
ahhhh. belgian waffles..how utterly sublime. i can see how u succumbed to that tempation usarchie, when i was on vacation in belgium last year that's pretty much all i ate;)
buti guess now it's time to say bye to waffles and hello skinnyjeans. sacrifices. sacrifices

uscarchie
04-04-2008, 10:45 AM
I haven't had waffles in ages. I don't have a waffle maker, and I don't know how to make them without one. And I probably need to stay away.

I did have some delicious 6 carb cheesceake at the cheesecake factory on my trip, and it was really good. (It was probably terrible for me.)

I don't know how I'm going to make it through today. I'm tuckered out!

KayL17
04-04-2008, 02:09 PM
Hola' Chicas


I have been missing in action this week. I was so sick after Easter that I missed several days of work. Polite protocol is you make those days up...........and my paycheck liked me making them up too. However my usual 8 hour day turned into 12 hour days........I feel like a whipped noodle,limp rag, washed out , whatever :)

I did manage to stay with my plan sorta.......I ate to much of things that are ok to eat. Instead of one apple, two, instead of one egg, two, that kind of thing. I don't anticipate a loss, and am hoping for no gain.

Spring has sprung in Michigan. Robins are singing, toads and frogs are singing, and the redwing black birds are making nests. We are probably due for more snow......

Here are some positive choices for this week.

I like ff sour cream and salsa as a salad dressing. The chicken fajita strips one can buy already cooked are great on a salad too.

Western bagels with 7 grams of fiber are a little papery tasting, but a great treat.

I rinsed the beans enough that the bean soup didn't cause undo problems at work.

My new glasses have sparkles on them, makes me feel like I am back in the 60's

Kay

murphmitch
04-04-2008, 05:55 PM
I did manage to stay with my plan sorta.......I ate to much of things that are ok to eat. Instead of one apple, two, instead of one egg, two, that kind of thing. I don't anticipate a loss, and am hoping for no gain.

Spring has sprung in Michigan. Robins are singing, toads and frogs are singing, and the redwing black birds are making nests. We are probably due for more snow......

Here are some positive choices for this week.

I like ff sour cream and salsa as a salad dressing. The chicken fajita strips one can buy already cooked are great on a salad too.

Western bagels with 7 grams of fiber are a little papery tasting, but a great treat.

I rinsed the beans enough that the bean soup didn't cause undo problems at work.

My new glasses have sparkles on them, makes me feel like I am back in the 60's

Kay

We had snow Thursday and beautifully warm and sunny today close to 60. Crazy weather!

I love salsa on chicken, eggs, etc. but I like the taste of low fat sour cream better than the FF.

What kind of Western bagel are you eating? I have tried the Honey Wheat in the past but didn't think they were SBD friendly enough to eat anymore. Their hard to find around here. Taste OK when you're really craving a bagel.

SkinnyDogMom
04-04-2008, 10:12 PM
I was reading posts from a few days ago and someone was looking for a flourless cake recipe. I found this one here at 3FC and made it for valentine's day. It turned out delicious, but didn't look so good. I think making it a few more times and it might look better.

Warm Chocolate Cakes with Coffee Creme Anglaise

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I got this recipe from SELF magazine but it's really from Canyon Ranch spa. ***It does call for sugar but you can use Splenda I just don't know the coversion amounts so I am writing sugar and you need to make the substitutions

makes 4, 139 calories ea (based on using white sugar)

sauce
1/3 cup 2% milk ( I used skim)
4 tsp sugar*** (I used splenda, not the packets, the kind for baking)
1 1-inch piece of vanilla bean(may substitute tsp of vanilla extract in a pinch)
4 tsp brewed coffee
1 egg yolk

Bring first (4) ingredients to a simmer in a medium pan over medium heat, stirring continuously. remove vanilla bean; scrape seeds into sauce. Place egg yolk in bowl and mix in 2 tbl of hot milk mixture. Mix well and add back to pan. cook 1 minute. Stir. Remove from heat; cool. cover and refrigerate.

cakes

1 egg, separated
2 tbl sugar***(I used splenda)
1/4 chopped bittersweet chocolate or bittersweet chips
7 tsp of nonfat plain yogurt

Beat egg white in a bowl with electric mixer til foamy. Add 1/2 tsp sugar, continue beating on high, add (5) more 1/2 tsp increments of sugar until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat egg yolk with remaining 1 tbl suar until think. Melt choclate in double boiler or microwave. Remove from heat; stir in yogurt; add to egg yolk mixture. Fold in egg white mixture. Cover; refrigerate at least an hour. Heat oven to 325. Coat 4 molds in muffin tin with cooking spray; pour in batter. bake 12 min or until cake springs back when touched. Cool slightly.

Pour 2 tbl sauce on each of 4 plates; put 1 cake on top of each.

This comes out as a very rich fancy dessert, great for company and perfect b/c it only makes 4.

I also added red raspberries. It did make it look prettier and tasted good as well.

jandaman
04-05-2008, 07:12 AM
spring has unsprung! cold winds, rain and snow flurries. ugh! hoping for sunshine...

skinnydogmom- thanks, that might've been me. was looking for something to spread the delish sounding cream-cheese frosting on;)

kay and murph mitch- it's great that you have been making such positive food choices..the western bagel sounds great..unfortunately i can't get them here..maybe i could make them myself? recipe, anyone?

anyways: one of my students brought back some american foodstuffs that you can't get here from her visit to boston. i know she had all the best intentions and so i did not have the heart to tell her to pack them reese's pieces and mac n cheese right back up. and last night i caverd and had the mac n cheese..i did use ww pasta. but still. and i ate the reese's, too. :(

murphmitch
04-05-2008, 01:43 PM
I lost my last two pounds today. I have to decide if I want to stay on Phase II and possibly lose more or add some foods in. I'm really quite satisfied on the amount of food I'm eating daily. It would be nice to splurge on an occasional treat. I'm always worried that will spell trouble for me. I'm much better off staying on plan pretty strictly.

I really need to pick up the exercise too to tone and tighten up, especially my tummy, but after three kids, I don't think it will change alot. Just bought me some size 4 jeans! :carrot:

jandaman
04-05-2008, 06:13 PM
:cheer: congrats murphmitch! you have got those skinny jeans! :cp:

uscarchie
04-07-2008, 10:26 AM
Congrats, Murphmitch! What a huge accomplishment!

I feel so stymied. I haven't really seen the scale move a whole lot. I'm not having cravings, and I feel like I'm eating well, so I guess I either need to cut back on the portion sizes or cut back on the 2 servings of whole wheat food stuffs a day. Maybe head towards a modified P1 for a week or so, see what happens then. 1 serving of whole wheat, 1 serving of fruit a day?

I know another option would be to up the exercise, but I only have my lunch hour with which to get some exercise done, and I'm walking up the hill of death during that. Maybe I'll try a little jogging.

Heidelitos
04-08-2008, 11:32 AM
It really is inspirational to see people on this site reaching their goals!! It makes me feel that if I keep it up...I can too.

I was out of town for 8 days last week and strayed a bit from the diet...but all in all I was pretty proud. I went to MI to visit my family and had a baby shower and a wedding. So I cheated. Then I went to Vegas with my hubby, and I cheated some more. But I stuck with it WAY more that I would have before so it was okay.

I gained three pound during the week, and today, they are gone. So I'm back to where I started before I left.

All of you who are doing great are making me want to keep it up!! Thanks.

pamatga
04-08-2008, 12:13 PM
This marks my thirteenth week on Phase 2.

I feel that it has become automatic for me. My kitchen is completely South Beach so I feel like I am in my own little protected cocoon. I do eat out but I feel fortunate that the two restaurants where we like to eat out (and did before I began SBD) are very SBD-friendly.

The only departure that I have done during the past thirteen weeks is that I decided that I wanted to count calories besides following this food plan. I am losing a consistent 1.5-3 lbs per week since I have been doing that. I just feel like if I were left to my "devices" following the food plan as it is written, I would still overeat, yes, even healthy foods. I need that little extra boundary--fence--to keep my eating within a specific limits. I try to aim for 2000 calories per day but it seems like it is more like 2300-2500 calories. I write everything down.

So, that is "my story" this week. Things are going well. I like this food plan and I make the same things for my Dh as I do myself. He is not a dessert guy so those are all no sugar or Splenda-ized.

P.S. That cake recipe sounds good. I made a Splenda sweetened gingerbread coffee cake with whole wheat flour and buttermilk that was very moist and looked really pretty too. It's in Marilyn Koch's Splenda cookbook. It is very good and freezes well. I immediately cut it up into individual servings, popped it in the freezer and then take one serving out, "nuke it" for 30-40 seconds and eat it warm. ;)

murphmitch
04-08-2008, 12:25 PM
This marks my thirteenth week on Phase 2.

The only departure that I have done during the past thirteen weeks is that I decided that I wanted to count calories besides following this food plan. I am losing a consistent 1.5-3 lbs per week since I have been doing that. I just feel like if I were left to my "devices" following the food plan as it is written, I would still overeat, yes, even healthy foods. I need that little extra boundary--fence--to keep my eating within a specific limits. I try to aim for 2000 calories per day but it seems like it is more like 2300-2500 calories. I write everything down.



I have been on SBD just over 13 weeks and lost 19#, about 1.5# per week. I just recently counted calories over a couple days. I found out I am eating about 1200-1400 calories per day. I was surprised as I felt like I was eating more than that. That's about what I was doing on Weight Watcher's flex plan but I seemed to feel more hungry all the time on it. I do feel like I can stay on this plan easier. I enjoy the fact that I'm not weighing, measuring and counting points!

uscarchie
04-10-2008, 11:46 AM
Maybe I ought to start counting calories, too, but I have such a hard time measuring portions, knowing how much of everything is in my food. I'll have to find a good cookbook and be really stringent about it all.

It's worth giving it a shot, I think.

I think I need to go back to P1 for a little bit- not to stop cravings, because I have none of those, but to retrain myself not to go crazy with the carbs. I didn't reintroduce the whole wheat and fruit correctly, I think I went too fast.

I'll do a whole P1 week next week, so I can prepare myself (and finish off my fruits in the house.)