South Beach Diet - Starting out around 200 lbs?

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05-05-2009, 01:35 PM
Ugh. Typing out the title to this thread really bites.

Anyway, I'd like to connect with some others who are starting South Beach this week (I started yesterday May 4) around 200ish lbs. I don't know about you, but it would certainly help me to see what other people are doing, especially if they are in the same situation as me. No offense to the smaller women, but I just can't relate to someone who only has 10 lbs to lose, or who wants to fit into a size 2 by next month. My goal is to eventually get down to 140, but anything is good for now.

05-05-2009, 01:42 PM
Welcome Kathy! I started out at 228 originally, 215 when I started SBD. You can do this! You have to be ready and willing to change your eating permanently though, this isn't a short term fix. Trust me when I tell you that you will feel so much better once that weight starts coming off! I feel like I got my life back.

I'm sure you will hear from some of the new Chicks and check out the Phase 1 thread. It's a great place for just what you are looking for - support and menu ideas.

05-05-2009, 01:43 PM
:welcome: Hop into the Phase I Thread where Phase I folks share, encourage and ask questions.

05-05-2009, 01:44 PM
Hey! I just started yesterday for the first time too. I'm not 200ish, but I am 300 lbs, so I think I can relate. :) My first goal is 269 because I haven't been under 270 in 8 years and then I'll go from there, baby steps for me!

05-05-2009, 02:02 PM
Welcome to SB Kathy! :welcome2: You're gonna love it here. This group is very supportive and provides you with a lot of information. The more you visit, the better.

05-05-2009, 03:45 PM
hello, and welcome! i started sbd last may, and weighted 212 at the time. just recently re-started, with today being my first p2 day. when i re-started, i was 182. I can totally relate to your not wanting to hear a bunch of skinny girls whining about their weight. I've found that this site is not like that (at least not the south beach section of it). I just want to wear my size 10's and still breathe! ;)

05-05-2009, 03:58 PM
:welcome: Kathy!!!!!!

I started at 230 and did so 4 days ago. I've been on the program 3 other times. The first time I was on, I lost 12 pounds and then never made the switch to Phase 2 and dumped it altogether. The second time I tried, I lost 7 but in the 2nd week of Phase 1, I got really sick with a GI issue and was off plan for over a year. The third time was December 08-March 09 and I lost 25 pounds. BUT -- I went off for a wedding for almost 2 months but I am back now and on Day 5.

My first goal is to get back into ONEderland. I haven't seen a 1 on the scale in about 4 years. Then it's to get to 189 -- my lowest weight for as long as I can remember.

I love this plan. It's easy, and it's forgiving. As long as you are on yourself and work and try and do what needs to be done, I think you'll love it too. Please post with us on the Phase 1 thread so we can get a feel for what you are eating and such.

Good luck!

05-05-2009, 04:28 PM
:welcome3: Kathy! Hon, I would have LOVED to be only 200 pounds when I started. Heck, I'd love to be 200 pounds now! :lol: But I can totally relate to having a lot to lose. When I started SBD, I was 328+ lbs. (the last time I'd weighed in, 2 months before, I was 328. I couldn't use my scale at home because it didn't go above 300...I used a scale at the university health center for my first two weigh-ins until I got below 300...). My goal is 175, and though I got close (198-205 ish) and stayed there for almost a year and a half, I managed to regain 40 a couple years ago and am still working on getting it off.

You're in good company here...most of us have far more than 10 lbs to lose.

However, be aware that those of us who have a lot to lose are blessed with much quicker weightloss than those with a small amount. So there are pros and cons. :)

:welcome: back, Jenn! I always miss you when you're gone. Glad things are going so well, and especially glad to know that you're healthy enough to do this plan again! :hug:

05-05-2009, 07:04 PM
:welcome3: to The Beach, Kathy! You have the right attitude and enthusiasm to make this way of eating a big success for you! I'm excited for you and will be eagerly watching your progress as you get closer and closer to your goal. :)

05-05-2009, 10:57 PM
Hi Kathy,

I started at 200 and am on my way down -- slow and steady, mostly. :) Where are you in Alabama?

05-05-2009, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I think I've found the place for me. I like forums and really need a place to check in often. I have a pretty serious addiction to junk food and the temptation is with me pretty much all day long. I usually can't make it through lunchtime on the first day without doing something really stupid. I finished day 2 without cheating. Here's hoping I can get through tomorrow too!

Chelby- I'm about a 20 minute drive south of Birmingham.

05-06-2009, 01:03 AM
Kathy -- I am a potato chip-holic!!!!

Laurie -- Thank you :hug:

05-12-2009, 09:24 PM
I'm once again getting on the bandwagon!! I saw your post about the amount of weight to lose and I feel the same way. I'm walking, running in spurts, and doing some spot exercises. I'd like to weigh in weekly and be accountable to post our weight loss/gain!! So I'm here too!!:cheer2:

05-12-2009, 10:26 PM
Although I am not starting I am around 200- and slow goes it with me... I am in it for the long haul though! even if it takes a year! or more!

05-13-2009, 09:33 AM
Ack! I could kick myself! I started out at 210, made it down to 204.4 and then because it was Mother's Day weekend, I decided to go off the diet for "just 2 days" Ha! I should have known better, lol!

It is now Wednesday and I'm finally starting again. Guess I'll stay on phase 1 for awhile longer, lol!

I don't even want to weigh myself today.

Is there a way to start a small group here? Can we start a new thread each week for the over 200lbers and weigh in every Monday? I would go ahead and do it, but I'm not sure if it's allowed to form subgroups within this forum and since I'm new here, the last thing I want to do is step on any toes.

05-13-2009, 10:27 AM
Kathy, as you have discovered, there will be a Mother's Day, 4th of July, someone's birthday, anniversary, wedding, Christmas, Easter coming along all the time to de-rail you. Better to come up with strategies to meet these challenges than to use them as excuses to treat - it's a slippery slope as I well know!

We are actually a pretty small core group here, and although we have different amounts of weight to lose and are at different places in our journey, that rarely seems to be an issue - there is lots of support and help here for everyone. If you start posting on the daily chat (maybe you already have), you'll get to know us all, and be sure to post any questions you have in a separate thread - you'll probably get more answers than you want!

I don't know what the policy is for sub-groups here, I'm sure Ruth will answer your question, but there is also a 100-lb club forum for those who have a lot to lose (and that is a loose definition, I think you'll find every forum here very welcoming). I post there too because my goal is to lose 100 lbs total.

05-13-2009, 02:50 PM
I actually chose Mother's Day to be good to myself and restart. We were changing up the routine, so it was a great time to start SB with the help of my spouse. I'm sure it will be easier for him, so I'm happy to find you all while I was searching the web for Phase 1 recipes. Found both, recipes and support. Hello everyone! Hello Thread Starter! Let's do this.

05-14-2009, 09:21 AM
I'm just starting too! My HW was 205, but I was 196.5 this morning, and I'm hoping to get to 140 before my birthday (december).

05-14-2009, 12:10 PM
I am starting as soon as I get to the grocery store, which will be this weekend. I have already been adjusting some of my eating, as I am finishing reading the book, and big thing is cleaning out the pantry and the fridge. My husband has even agreed to eat the same things as me, so that will make cooking much easier. I am currently 220 (hurts to say), and my husband is about the same. My nurse practitioner (she is my main health care provider) and me have decided that the best thing for me will be to make "baby goals" we call it that because I am trying to lose weight to help with my fertility issues. Baby Goals will be smaller goals than my overall goal which is 140. I get discouraged saying that so my first goal will be 199lbs, below 200. Attainable and it will be a huge encouragement.

05-14-2009, 03:55 PM
I have "baby goals" too, otherwise I get overwhelmed. Mine is 269 and then I'll go from there and keep making small ones until I reach my ultimate goal! We can do it!!

katie m a r i e
05-14-2009, 07:45 PM
I know I'm only 166, but I kinda know where your coming from. I'm in highschool, so EVERYONE calls themselves fat. If a skinny girl does, I honestly say 'Yes, you are very fat.' Normally makes them whine that I'm a liar. ;] 'Then why did you say it, hun?' Oh well. Girls will be girls. :3

But for some reason, temptation hasn't been around on Phase One for me. Calorie counting was total failure. I was like 'Oh I can eat this, I've only had 700 calories...' And would binge forever. Saying I can and can't eat something makes me stay on track more. Switching to Phase 2 is gonna be hard though.

Anyway, I hope you are feeling alright. You can totally do this. :]

05-14-2009, 07:59 PM
Snazzy, You have the right idea. Start good habits while you're smart and young, before you're grown (old) and still grappling with it. I have yo-yo'd for years and never "fixed" my junk food addiction, mostly sweets.

It has been easy during Phase 1, which should be a HUGE hint to me that keeping processed foods to a minimum is a very, big deal.

05-15-2009, 06:40 AM
:welcome: to all the new chickies and good for you in changing to a healthy lifestyle.
Check out and join the Phase I Chickie thread for more support and ideas.

05-16-2009, 05:26 AM
Hi Kathy:sunny:
I am at 224 right now. I started 3 years ago at 275, and had come slowly down(which was ok with me). Last fall my low was 212, it had been a great summer for me. It started in the fall-Thanksgiving turned into Christmas turned into Valentines turned into birthdays turned into Easter turned into gaining back 18 pounds. I watched the scale go back up but didn't make the change needed to get back on track.

So, I am starting day 11 of phase 1. I feel better about myself, even though I know that right now no one else can tell the difference. I am certainly still "missing" my junk foods right now, but what I really learned this last time, is like Cyndi said, it is a lifestyle change.

My first goal is to get under 200. My word is "vigilant". The other night when I had a serious craving that I was about to act on I stopped, thought it through, and came up with my options. I ended up with a very small piece of reduced fat cheese. I ate it very slowly, and got through my "eat everything I can find" mode.

I read and post regularly, and try to stay busy. When I am bored, I want to eat.

Debbie R.

05-16-2009, 12:56 PM
I started at 204/5. I was 201, went to my b.i.l. for dinner and the next morning was 206. I am sure there must have been an enormous amount of sodium in the food because that just isn't normal. Anyway, I got down two pounds and then started SB. I seem to do well for a couple of days and then eat something I shouldn't is definitely better than eating things I shouldn't everyday so I am not being too hard on myself.

Have a great weekend all,


05-17-2009, 01:05 PM
I started on the Beach for the 5th or so time beginning of May myself. My start was close enough to 200 for my liking, and 10 lbs heavier than the LAST time I started South Beach.

I found that for me, this time it was about finally DOING this. MEANING it. And allowing for life and slip ups to happen. Before, when I ate something I shouldn't have, it was an excuse to eat EVERYthing I shouldn't have. My brain is in a different place this time and I'm allowing myself to be human and make mistakes. And it is working! Today is my last day of Phase 1 and I am very pleased with my progress as well as how much better I feel because I'm not eating all that junk anymore. I wish everyone else the same great results!

Thank goodness for this website and all the great people to help with support! I couldn't do it without the chicks! =)

05-19-2009, 04:09 AM
I started SB 3 or 4 weeks ago and lost 6lb, then life derailed me, but I'm determined to not let it stop me. I started WW 2 years ago and lost 100 (went from 300 to 200) but plateaued for over a year and then found out that with my PCOS WW may not be the plan for me so switched to SB.

It's a great plan if I follow it, lol. So I'm definitely back on it this week. I have had an ear infection too, so I've been feeling sorry for myself and eating bread, but then I just feel worse, so it's back to scratch for me. I'm off for a run after breakfast, it's gonna hurt after not exercising for 2 weeks, lol, but it will be worth it in the long run.

05-19-2009, 03:20 PM
Hi Kathy & All,
I'm starting back here, too. Since Christmas, when I started WW, I lost 10#, then have gained it back, and now started on the Beach on Saturday (May 16th). This diet is not my favorite, having done it before, but it works and works fast. That's what I need - momentum is what I need to get going again! Hope to hear from you for motivation and offer you the same. So far, I'm down 4.2# so nothing to complain about (except food boredom!)

05-20-2009, 03:45 PM
Has there been a Monday weigh in thread , if so Id like to join!! Can you point me in the right direction!
I started Sb (restarted -I lost 30lbs last yr while hubby was deployed to gain it all back +some with help from med changes and my evil love hate with chocolate ) So Im here and ready to WIN!!! I started on May16th -still in 14 days of detox!! Not bad I must say the cravings are not as bad as I had remembered. Im down to 211 and have a goal to walk 2-3 miles/5 days a week.

05-20-2009, 05:33 PM
Maybe we could do a Monday morning weigh in here. It would certainly keep me accountable.


05-20-2009, 08:05 PM
I started a weigh in thread were i put my current weigh in for this week .Hope to see ya there!

05-23-2009, 03:12 AM
Hi Kathy :) I'm also new here, and am beginning the SB way of life again. I currently weigh around 250lbs, and at my highest was near 300.

I've found that I need to be serious about this, and to look at it as a chance to enjoy all the wonderful healthy foods that are out there instead of all the processed junk that just weighs me down (and not just on the scale) and makes me feel icky.

This weekend is my planning and cooking weekend so I can begin phase 1 on either Monday or Tuesday. I'll also be working on walking regularly to get back into exercising.

05-23-2009, 11:15 PM
Okay! Did my two weeks of Phase 1 and was AMAZED that cravings were non-existent. I lost my 12 pounds and started Phase 2 today. It was EASY to eat only one serving of Whole-Grain Carb because I picked up whole-wheat tortillas with 7 grams of fiber. Tried very hard to make a breakfast burrito out of it, but it flaked and cracked. We thought it tasted very much like cardboard.

Now the strawberry was another story. Oooh ... oooh, was it good. So here's my question. Is the weight I lost going to slow to nada now. I'm eating MANY vegetables ... seriously trying to keep them up with the lean protien.

Any admonitions or things to look out for? I really want to keep up this good thing that is started.

05-24-2009, 06:17 AM
:welcome: to South Beach to everyone posting in this thread. A lot of us did start around 200 pounds so can certainly relate. If you are new, please post an introduction and join us on the Daily Chat. There's lots of information and mutual support in this forum.

I am closing this thread as the original poster has not been here since May 13th.

Come and join the group. :)