South Beach Diet - WELCOME Jenskihere!!!!

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08-16-2008, 12:29 PM
OK, I FOUND THIS LURKER IN THE PCOS SECTION OF 3FC... she was looking for a diet to try, is currently doing (gasp) weight watchers...

I've been talking with her about the benefits of SB...

Would you all pls help me welcome her over here to our little beach?????

08-16-2008, 12:38 PM
Imagine my surprise when I saw my screen name on the main page under new posts!! :-)
Thanks for the welcome. I was just going thru the posts on the FAQ page for SB. Trying to get an action plan together!!

OK, so here is my story.
I am 31, I have 2 children, a 6 year old son who is starting 1st grade in a few days ( :-( another story for another time!) and a 3 year old daughter who is starting preschool (again another :( )

I have done WW more times than I can count. I lose 15 lbs or so in 6-8 months, by that time I am so tried of trying so hard and not seeing results that I give up until I gain those 15 lbs back and then need to start WW again to lose it!!

I started working out 4-5 days a week in March, loving it, except the scale isn't moving! I am losing inches... so I know something is working, but my weight either stays the same or goes up a few pounds!! So I started WW again in July, lost 5 lbs and already getting tired of the scale going up and down so darn much!

Willing to try SB. Scared of giving up fruit, especially now that peaches are in season!

Thanks for the welcome!

08-16-2008, 12:41 PM
Jens, while I highly encourage you to follow P1 as it's recommended, there have been people that didn't want to give up one thing or another and still have success... however, the fructose in the peaches might thwart anything p1 is gonna accomplish. Besides, trust me on this, you wont crave them after a few days!

08-16-2008, 12:43 PM
I'll try it without peaches! Just not happy about it! ha

08-16-2008, 12:46 PM
Hi Jen, I did phase I during strawberry season last year. Very poor planning. I just froze a bunch and had them in my oatmeal when I hit Ph2. Not the same, but just remember, it's only for two weeks!

08-16-2008, 12:57 PM
:welcome3: to The Beach, Jenny! We're happy you decided to lay out your towel on our sand. :) I'm glad you are checking out our FAQ section, and make sure you get a copy of the book, too, to learn exactly how this plan works. Doing a clean Phase 1 is important so you can kick all your cravings for sugar and unhealthy carbs, and you'll find it really does work. ;) It's only for two weeks, and it goes by quickly and you'll have plenty of things to eat so you shouldn't go hungry. In Phase 2, you'll gradually re-introduce "good" carbs back, along with fruit and a wider variety of vegetables. I think you'll find this plan is pretty easy to follow, good luck!

08-16-2008, 01:17 PM
Do any of you work out in the morning? Do you eat a pre-workout snack? I work out now first thing in the morning, and I typically don't eat a prework snack, at times I'll eat a banana (which I'll cut out now). Just wondering if it was important to eat a snack before working out if that workout is first thing in the AM.

08-16-2008, 01:30 PM
It was mango season when I started phase 1... I sliced mangos laid them on cookie sheets, froze them then put them in ziplock bags...did this with peaches too... Now the mangos are gone from the markets and I'm enjoying them in my oatmeal and with yogurt. Yummy!!! It's only 2 weeks, no sweat! :welcome:

08-16-2008, 01:47 PM
I did P1 while preparing bushels of apples for drying. Talk about great planning :)
I am hypoglycemic so always have a snack before morning workouts. How about a few veggies and hummus during P1 or grape tomatoes and cottage cheese?


08-16-2008, 01:52 PM
First off Welcome!

I do work out in the morning, I do about 45 minutes of yoga and no I do not eat a snack first, but I am up at 5 am and that is just way to early for my body to think of food.

I think you are just going to have to see what works for you, and don't push yourself to hard during the first few days.

08-16-2008, 02:14 PM
Hi there Jenski and :welcome: to the Beach! Thanks to Loriann for "reeling you in"! Spread you Beach towel and feel right at home. There's lots of info and support in this Forum.

08-16-2008, 03:20 PM
Do any of you work out in the morning? Do you eat a pre-workout snack? I work out now first thing in the morning, and I typically don't eat a prework snack, at times I'll eat a banana (which I'll cut out now). Just wondering if it was important to eat a snack before working out if that workout is first thing in the AM.

Welcome! I work out in the a.m. Bootcamp at 5:15 a.m. 3x/week. When I'm not doing that, my typical was spinning 2-3x/week for an hour at 5:45 a.m. Very rarely do I eat before I go. I normally have some almonds or a S.B. bar or something in my car just in case I really "need" something before I can get home and shower and cook something. I ate about 1/2 a bar one day b/c I felt like my blood sugar was a little low. But normally I just wait until I get home and cook some eggs or oatmeal after my workout.

08-16-2008, 04:06 PM
Hi Jenny, I'm a lifetimer at WW. I had used WW for many years to lose weight over & over & over again. Always gained it back. Recently, WW wasn't even working anymore for me. SB is so much easier for me and I've lost way more weight than I even planned, lowered my cholesterol too. I really like eating this way and it's healthier for my family. You'll love it here. Make sure to read the book. The recipes here are fantastic!

08-16-2008, 08:08 PM
Welcome to our forum. This is a great place for suggestions, advice, support, and inspiration. I hope you use us as a sounding board.

As far as eating before workouts, I tend to eat right after, usually a protein shake, but I might also have almonds, Greek yogurt, or a hard boiled egg as well. Just a way to get my metabolism going.

Good luck on your journey!

08-17-2008, 09:38 AM
WoooOOOoWoooo! We love south beach! Welcome!

08-17-2008, 10:17 AM
Welcome Jenny! I eventually adapted SBD and WW together and that's what helped me lose the weight and keep it off. I just needed more structure because if I'm able to eat constantly, I will, and that doesn't do anything for me! Definitely do Phase 1 for 2 weeks (watch out for days 3-4.... they're doozies!) After that you can have your peaches! :D

08-17-2008, 04:51 PM
I got the book, I have been trying to read it the last few days.
Between the book, some searching online and the FAQ section here, I put together my "game plan" for tomorrow. I spent some time today cooking, cutting, bagging my foods for the next few days.
Here is my plan for tomorrow. Does this look OK? Do I need to add/remove anything??
Egg muffins (thanks Loriann for the recipe! I used tomatoes, onions and veggie sausage in there)
Small no sugar added yogurt cup

Celery w/PB

Salad w/cucs, tomatoes, hard boiled egg & 1/2 chicken breast
Oil dressing (SB recipe)
Small yogurt cup

String Cheese

Chicken Breast
Frozen veggies
small salad w/oil dressing
SF jello

SF Fudge popsicle


What am I missing?


08-17-2008, 05:49 PM
Welcome to the Beach! (I'm new to the site but not so much to the diet).

I'm not so good at analyzing menus, but I don't know if the SF jello *and* the SF fudgesicle goes over the limit for sweets in phase 1. Also make sure your yogurt is plain nonfat. Otherwise, it looks good to me.

Do you like legumes? You don't need them every day but they saved my life the first 2 weeks.

I work out in the morning, too, and I usually have a glass of V8 before my workout and breakfast afterward (without the V8).

It sounds like you're pretty prepared. That's definitely the way to go!

08-17-2008, 07:00 PM
I didn't even think about the fact that SF jello and SF fudge bar would be too much!!

I do like legumes. I was thinking of adding some in later in the week. I don't think I can repeat this daily meal plan too many days in a row!!

I have a few recipes printed out and ready to try for mid week.

Thanks for all the support everyone! I love how active this side of the site is!! :-)

08-18-2008, 11:07 AM
Hey, Jenny! :welcome3:

Your menu looks great! Just substitute plain (look at the ingredients to make sure there's no sugar) non-fat or low-fat yogurt for your yogurt cup. You can add SF syrup (meant for coffee) to it to flavor it. You can definitely have the fudgesicle and Jell-o. It doesn't go over the Sweet Treat limit. You might want to add some cherry tomatoes or bell pepper strips to your string cheese--veggies will help you feel more full and the carbs in peppers or tomatoes will help keep away some of the side effects of detoxing from sugar.

You'll want to include beans somewhere in there. I love refried beans (check to make sure they don't have lard or sugar) with some LF cheddar cheese and sugar-free salsa. It's SO decadent and "comfort food"-ish. :T You can also make homemade 3 bean salad (with Splenda or stevia), which will give you everything you need in P1--healthy oils, veggies, protein, fiber, beans, good carbs...etc.

Glad to have you with us! Check out the recipe forum for can try the Taco Bake and then have leftovers for lunch the next day. I like mine on a bed of angel-hair coleslaw (it comes in a bag under that name, but is just shredded cabbage) for crunch.

08-18-2008, 10:29 PM
Thanks for the additions to my diet. I dn'thave any bell peppers on hand. I have a small list of things I would like to run to the store for, I'll pick a few up. Your refried beans/LF cheese/SF salsa sounds AWESOME! Something I can eat for lunch! (or dinner). I had salad today and I can already see I need to shake it up or find more interesting salad combinations. I felt like I was forcing myself to eat it.

Well, it is the end of Day 1. I wish I could say that I did awesome. Out of habit when I was making the kids dinner, I threw a green grape in my mouth. It was so good! Of course before thinking of it, I reached in and grabbed a few more. :-( I feel horrible about it.

Dinner wasn't exactly as I had planned. We got home late, cooking chicken wasn't going to work, so I heated up leftover meatloaf and fed that to DH and the kids. I had a few bites of it because I was starving! I tried to fill up on broc with cheese, a salad and I ended up eating one of my egg muffins too. Not exactly 100% on plan.

Other than that, I think I did OK. I stuck to my meal plan for breakfast/snacks/lunch. This is going to be a daily struggle, at least in the beginning. It was emotionally harder than I thought this afternoon. It can only get better from here.

I drank A TON of water today. Every chance I got, I drank from a water bottle I carried everywhere with me.

Well, onto Day 2.
Thanks again for the support and ideas!