South Beach Diet - The On-Plan Thread for week of 1/11-1/17

01-11-2010, 07:44 AM
Phase 1
Today will be
B-romaine lettuce with 1 laughing cow light wedge and roasted chicken
S-cottage cheese with caponata
L-salad with avocado, grilled chicken and goddess dressing
S-15 almonds
S-nonfat plain greek yogurt
D-spagetti squash bake with mushrooms, tomatoes and ham

01-11-2010, 08:17 AM
It's time for a new week of talking On-Plan!

* Anyone, from any phase (1, 1.5, 2, 3, etc.) can post, and those who are new to 3FC are especially encouraged to do so!
* This thread is for questions, sharing advice and strategies, and encouraging each other to stay on plan. It is not for chatting about daily life unrelated to this topic. Members have indicated that they would like to have chatting remain in the Daily Thread, so any posts that are off topic or chatty will be moved by the mods to the Daily.
* Because people from different parts of the plan are posting here, it'll help everyone if you indicate what phase you're in when you post. Thanks!
* While you may certainly find, from time to time, the need to ask for help after going off plan, remember that this thread is about staying on plan. When you share details of off plan foods you've eaten, it can upset, tempt, and otherwise frustrate other members, so please keep these details to a minimum.

So, share with us: How are you staying on plan this week?

01-11-2010, 08:24 AM
Phase 1.5

B. Oatmeal soaked in almond milk w/ chopped mango & walnuts
L. Taco Bake over bed of romaine, yogurt
S. clementine
D. Pumpkin Cannelini Butternut Squash soup
S. SF chocolate mousse

01-11-2010, 11:23 AM
I cannot believe it is 1/11 already.

Phase 1

Breakfast: egg, green chili and tomato casserole; coffee; water
Lunch: (if my MIL doesn't want to go out) leftover spaghetti squash with parmesan and pepper; salad
Snack: yogurt pie
Dinner:Chicken cheesesteak saute, sauteed garlic spinach, salad; milk
snack: "peanut butter cup"

01-11-2010, 11:23 AM
1.5 modified for elimintation diet (1 more week!)

B: veggie chili & poached egg
S: dried cinnamon apples, tea
L: leftover dal with brown rice & sauteed greens
S: hummus & carrots
D: veggie scramble, refried beans, baked apple

exercise: 30m Wii yoga & strength, 45 minutes bike/elliptical, 10 minute arms

01-11-2010, 11:59 AM
Ph 1 (only 2 more days!) and modified since my DW is not meeting me for lunch and I messed up with my breakfast. Luckily, I have my emergency stash (which now needs to be replenished)!

B: Cheese stick and yogurt
S: Coffee, heh
L: Salad with a can of tuna (luckily in my stash)!
S: Turkey Pepperoni
D: Salsa burgers (95% lean beef in patty form topped with salsa, 100 cal pack of guacamole and some 2% RF cheddar!) with green beans

01-11-2010, 02:37 PM
Hi, I'm a NewB, but super excited to have stumbled upon this board!

Phase 1 (day 8)

B: sausage/egg cups (3FC recipe)
S: 15 almonds w/1 C ff milk
L: grilled chick salad w/ cucumber, r. pepp, lo sugar dress. Celery stix w/ 2 T hummus
S: mozz stick
D: foil baked salmon (kalyn's kitchen)
Dessert: SBD PB Cup- oh, that's GOOOOODDDDD.......

20 min: 30 day Shred DVD

01-11-2010, 07:20 PM
And now a SBD PSA

A reminder for all the newbies and some of us not so newbies - we aim for 4.5 cups of veggies every day and that's not all salad greens. Even as a vegetarian it was a lot of rethinking for me to get my veggie servings in early on. The better you get at adding high density (filling) vegetables into your diet the easier the weight will come off.

as you were ;)

01-11-2010, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the great reminder Cyndi!

Today I had
B: coffee with rice milk
S: grapes, falafel balls(baked)
L/D: about 8 kinds of vegetable and veggie salads hot and cold from whole foods, I think I took a spoonful of everything! LOL

I didn't remember to eat lunch till I got there and was very hungry. so I may have a snack later of the quinoa tabouli :)

01-12-2010, 12:03 AM
The 4.5 cups of veggies was the most challenging part of SB for me when I started, but also one of the reasons I'm rarely hungry on the WOE.

B: Scrambled eggs, salsa, V8
S: RF cheese stick
L: Veggie salad with salmon
S: Tall skinny hazelnut latte
D: Turkey chili with RF grated cheese and dollop or RF sour cream
S: Almond butter

01-12-2010, 07:06 AM
Phase 1 plan for Tuesday:
S-upon awakening - rf cheese stick
B-egg salad on lettuce with rf bacon bits
S-non fat yogurt
L-turkey pickle roll ups w/lowfat mayo, celery stalk stuffed with 1 wedge Laughing Cow lowfat cheese and 2 thin slices salami; 1 yellow pepper sliced up; fat free large cappucino
S-15 almonds
S-small portion refried beans with salsa
S-D-turkey piccatta with broccoli and butter/garlic sauce

01-12-2010, 08:32 AM
1.5 modified.....

B: sauteed cole slaw mix with 1 egg (egg foo SBD??), refried beans
S: orange, if I need one
L: dal with brown rice, steamed greens
S: veggie soup
D: was just reminded that DW will not be home for dinner, that means leftover bean something or other :)

exercise - 30m Wii yoga/strength (done!), 60m cardio, maybe bike & elliptical, 10m core if PT okays, more Wii aerobic

01-12-2010, 09:02 AM
Phase 2

B. oatmeal soaked in almond milk w/chopped mango & walnuts
L. vegetarian taco bake over shredded romaine
S. 2 clementines
D. Paneer Tikka Masala, roasted green beans
S. SBD peanutbutter cup dessert

01-12-2010, 09:20 AM
p2modified for gf

B: coffee with rice milk
S: hummus with tomatoes and carrots
L: sprouted quinoa tabouli, 1/2 avocado
S: zuchinni salsa
D: layered mexican dip over lettuce... beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado, black olives, green onions, sour cream- I may decide to do this baked depending on my calories for the day I may add cheese.

01-12-2010, 09:40 AM
Cyndi - I *wish* I could eat that many veggies. But thanks for the reminder!!!

B: V8, yogurt, almonds, coffee
S: cheese
L: leftover salsa burger and a salad
S: peppers and cucumbers (no time to make the tzatiki dip this am)
D: chili and cornbread (

01-12-2010, 09:43 AM
jenne- be sure to let us know how that cornbread turns out! I myself cant see how it would possibly taste like cornbread! lol seems like it would me a mexicanstyle- bean brownie type thing!

01-12-2010, 09:56 AM
Day 4 of phase 1

SF caramel latte, eggs with leftover roasted veggies (squash, zucchini, artichokes, and onions)
Snacks nuts maybe a yogurt
Lunch Leftover steak, roasted veggies, and broiled tomatoes with parm
Snack maybe a SF van latte to get in second cup of milk
Dinner Baked chicken with artichokes, green beans, and squash.

Does this look ok?


01-12-2010, 10:21 AM
Rikki - Will do! I can't imagine it either but I need a dippie so I will try it!

01-12-2010, 10:29 AM
My focus today is going to be on getting more water. I've been forgetting about it lately.


B: egg, green chili, tomato casserole; coffee
L: leftover chicken cheesesteak saute (YUM!!); salad
S: cucumbers and hummus
D: Mexican chicken soup; i might try the cornbread recipe that Jenn posted.

01-12-2010, 11:08 AM
phase 2

b - oatmeal with almond milk and half banana
l - split pea soup
s - celery with hummus
s - boneless pork chop grilled, quinoa, salad and broccoli
s - don't know yet

01-12-2010, 01:09 PM
Tammy- I think your menu looks great! But maybe someone else could double check- been a while since I did p1!

01-12-2010, 01:28 PM

What's in the SF Latte? Is it something you are making yourself? For some chickies, caffeine creates cravings (for me, it pacifies my hunger when talking about coffee at least!). Instead of the second one, maybe some cottage cheese or a cheese stick? Seems like you are on track for your 4.5 cups of veggies. What about working in some beans??

Great job!!! :broc:

01-12-2010, 01:38 PM
Yes, The Sugar Free latte is what I make at home. I don't like cottage cheese. Well I like it in small doeses but I have a hard time eating it. The latte because of the milk seems to fill me up.
The latte also fills the need for something sweet in the afternoon.
There is a mini coffee shop here in my office area. They use fat free milk and sugar free syrup. The kind I use at home. Since I have watched and looked at each thing she puts in sometime I get them here at work too.
I realized after I created my list for today I left off the beans. I am going to take my roasted veggies and steak and add some lettuce to make a salad I will throw some beans into that.

Thanks For the critic.


01-12-2010, 02:55 PM
Phase 1 day 9:

B: Belgian waffles w/ SF syrup (3FC recipe); coffee; V8 (BLECH!! I have to hold my nose getting this down. I know I need the extra veggies, so it's a must. I usually do eggs in the AM w/veggies, but for a bfast like today, I do V8).

S: celery w/hummus
L: leftover foil baked salmon w/tomato slices; brocc/cuc/tom/bean salad w/ Lite Annie's Naturals Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing (2 T)
S: SBD cereal bar
D: chicken/spinach casserole (3FC recipe), raw red/yellow pepper slices

60 min running (training for 1/2 marathon w/running class)

BTW- the Belgian waffle recipe is AMAZING!!! I was so craving any bread like item, and this tricked me into thinking I was eating a real waffle. Yum!!! Check it out- Phase 1 bfast ideas on recipe board.

01-12-2010, 03:35 PM
Phase 1: first day!
Phase 1
Today will be
B-2 boiled eggs and celery
S-almonds (5)
L-salad with cucumber, peppers, celery, tomatoes and romaine. Non fat string cheese.
S-10 almonds
S-nonfat yogurt

01-12-2010, 06:07 PM
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Ph 2.

B: Forgot. Dang.
S: Almonds
L: Large salad with tomatoes, red peppers, mushrooms; cup of black bean veggie soup.
S: 1 oz mozz cheese
D: Caprese, mixed vegetables, some sort of meatless burger (haven't checked to see if I have ww buns,) pickle spear.

01-12-2010, 06:27 PM
Wow, some nice Phase 1 menus there :)

Jenn - if caffeine caused cravings for me I'd be 500 lbs ;) It is my one and only vice left (red wine is for health purposes ;) )

Scrappy - It's not totally "by the book" but if I had the waffles for breakfast and hated vegetable juice I would just make sure to have larger veggie snacks to get my daily total in the right place. Not perfect but might make your morning more pleasant (I hate starting the day with yucky food!).

ajowens - were you hungry today? That looks like a pretty small amount of food. How about some protein with your salad. One of the best things, for me, about this WOE is that I was never hungry (and therefore cranky!).

Tammie - great menu! Don't you love good coffee shops :)

and Zeff - I'm just going to live at your house ;)

01-12-2010, 06:44 PM
Zeff I agree with Cyndi I am moving in too. Will you post the recipes for the tomato casserole, Mexican chicken soup and chicken cheesesteak saute. I will do a search tonight and see if they are already posted. I am at work and should not be on here. OOPS!!!

Caffeine doesn't make me hungry. That is also my one and only vice.

Thanks Cyndi, Rdw1, and Jenne for the critic.

01-12-2010, 07:51 PM
I wish I only had one vice :lol:

Going to try making dinner now that DW is off the phone with the boss...and I can make noise.

01-12-2010, 11:02 PM
p2 modified for gluten free

Well, I stayed OP today but not on the planned out plan! LOL
I ended up having a couple baked falafel balls for breakfast, spinach and polenta for lunch(part of my gf plan), some avocado salsa, and dinner was tofu and stirfry... I work tomorrow so I will have to stay on plan, I can't take the fridge to work with me! lol

B: coffee with rice milk
S: grapes, hummus with veggies
L: leftover stirfry
D: mexican layer meal, refer back to my last post ;0)

LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER! Will at least walk 30 minutes at lunch if nothing else... have to go to the hospital to visit my friend after work so no time for the gym...

01-13-2010, 12:14 AM
Phase II

B: Oatmeal with almond butter and unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, V8
L: Deli turkey, RF cheese stick, prunes, Greek yogurt
D: Chicken, sauteed onion, mushrooms, zucchini with some RF grated cheese
S: Mocha ricotta creme with almond butter

01-13-2010, 06:37 AM
1.5 modified

B: Kalyn's guac & salsa omelet, refried beans
S: dried apple slices
L: leftover dal, brown rice, steamed greens
S: veggie soup
D: spaghetti squash & loaded veggie sauce, maybe some white beans in mine for protein

exercise: 45m bike, 30m Wii yoga, 10m arms

01-13-2010, 06:41 AM
Phase 2

B - V8 and a cheese stick
S - yogurt
L - broccoli cheese soup
S - red pepper strips and hommus
(SF cocoa after snowshoeing)
D - Deep Dish Italian Pie
(a milky beverage this evening)

01-13-2010, 07:32 AM
Phase 2

B. oatmeal soaked in almond milk w/chopped mango & walnuts
L. vegetarian taco bake over romaine
S. 2 clementines
D. "pasta" primavera, made with shirataki noodles, topped with melted mozzarella
S. Greek yogurt w/toasted almonds and agave nectar

01-13-2010, 07:39 AM
Phase 1
S-(I've been starving when I wake up)-RF cheese stick
B-egg salad on lettuce with RF bacon bits, ff cafe au lait
S-15 almonds
L-leftover turkey piccatta with broccoli
S-non fat greek yogurt with 1/4 avocado and hot sauce, sliced red pepper
D-vegetable curry(spinach, tomato and mushroom) with grilled chicken breasts (used half a can of lite coconut milk in the whole recipe).

01-13-2010, 09:20 AM
MMC- My dietician states that if your starving in the morning you didn't eat enought the night before. You should be hungry but not starving. You shouldn't be full or stuffed either. If you full or stuffed you ate to much the night before. Just my two cents.
Phase 1 Day 5

So my plan for today

B- SF caramel latte( I think mine made at home is almost as good as the one from the coffee shop) Omelet with roasted veggies and black beans
S- cheese and celery and red pepper hummus
L- chicken and salad with almonds and cheese
S- cherry tomatoes and some type of protein
D- Pork roast, zucchini, green beans.
D- "milkshake" FF yogurt and FF milk with some cocoa and splenda

Here is my plan! Now to stick to it.

01-13-2010, 10:29 AM
Last day of Phase 1 for me :broc:
B: Yogurt with SF Jello mix (berry), coffee and water
S: almonds
L: leftover chili (with RF cheese) and cornbread, SF Jello
S: salad with veggies
D: taco bake

01-13-2010, 10:40 AM
Phase II

B: Oatmeal with almond butter and unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, V8
L: Huge veggie salad with salmon, RF cheese, Greek yogurt, some fruit
S: Skinny hazelnut latte
D: Turkey chili, carrots
S: Not sure yet

01-13-2010, 11:12 AM
Hi Tammie,
I know. I usually have a snack when I get home from work because I'm starving, and then dinner an hour or so later, but I think the snack is too big because I'm just not that hungry for dinner so end up eating a small portion. Plus right now I'm fighting a head cold so I don't feel hungry most times. I'm going to make sure I eat more for dinner.

01-13-2010, 12:11 PM
Phase 1

B: 2 eggs, 1 breakfast cheesecake "muffin"; coffee
L: leftover mexican chicken soup; skim milk
S: cheesestick
D: curry peanut meatballs, stir-fried veggies, shredded cabbage instead of rice
S: cheesecake muffin or PB cup

01-13-2010, 02:30 PM
Phase 1:

B: Turkey saus/egg/mushroom/pepper/onion cups topped w/salsa; V8; coffee
S: almonds, H2O
L: leftover spinach/casserole, raw cauliflower, brocc; H2O
S: SBD cereal bar w/ 8 oz FF milk
D: Mexican Chick Soup W/ black beans; side salad w/veggies; H2O

Exercise: 20 minutes Wii Fit - punching bags & abs today

01-13-2010, 02:40 PM
B: 1 egg and celery with pb, Tea
L: Salad; romaine, peppers, cheese, cucumber. Rotis. Chicken 1 cup
S: amonds (15)
D: Spag. Squash (first time) with sauce and garlic olive oil with salad
S: pbutter and cheese stick

Yesterday was day 1 of phase 1 and it was my first cheat free day in over 4 months!!

01-13-2010, 03:38 PM
scrappywyf - I'm not sure if you know this, or if I am missing this discussion elsewhere but the SBD cereal bars are not appropriate for phase 1. If I've missed something, I'm sorry, I just didn't want other Phase 1'ers to get the wrong idea.

01-13-2010, 04:05 PM
zeffryn- you are so right! I just looked at the back of the box and saw the little box that said Phases 2 & 3. Bummer!!

Well, change of plans for the next 4 days. Something to look forward to, I guess. Thanks for the heads up!!!!

01-13-2010, 06:21 PM
You're welcome! Try the "protein packed breakfast cheesecake," they are a great mid-afternoon snack for me!

01-13-2010, 08:39 PM

B- Smoothie made with plain yogurt, milk, peanut butter and SF kahlua syrup
S- V8, BabyBel
L- Leftover black beans, sauteed brussel sprouts, SF jell-o
S- String cheese, turkey slice
D- Cucumbers and Hummus, Chicken Divan, SF jell-o

01-13-2010, 11:33 PM
Phase II

B: Oatmeal with almond butter & almond milk, V8
L: Salmon, RF cheese stick, Large veggie salad, greek yogurt
S: Skinny hazelnut latte
D: Turkey chili
S: Mocha ricotta creme with almond butter

01-14-2010, 06:56 AM
1.5 modified

B: guac & salsa omelet with sauteed zucchini, refried beans
S: dried apples
L: dal, spinach & quinoa or rice
S: veggie soup
D: bean soup with veggies
S: wine & Sticks & Twigs (going pottery painting with "the girls")

exercise - 30m Wii yoga, 45m walk or treadmill

01-14-2010, 07:33 AM
Phase 1 (using up leftovers as we are going away for the weekend)
B-one egg made into egg salad on celery; small portion refried beans; ff cafe au lait
S-non fat yogurt
L-salad with chicken, rf cheese, bacon bits and 1/4 avocado with goddess dressing
S-15 almonds
S-rf cheese stick, pickle
D-cod in spicy tomato sauce over cabbage

01-14-2010, 07:35 AM
Phase 2

B - oatmeal, V8
S - yogurt
L - deep dish Italian pie
S - red pepper strips and hommus
D - grilled chicken and steamed veggies
Some sort of milky drink this afternoon or evening - I have to pick up some more SF syrup this weekend, I'm really liking those Italian cream sodas. :p

01-14-2010, 08:09 AM
B. Pea soup
S. sliced orange
L. Cheese sandwich on Weight Watchers bread ( 2 slices for 120 cals), baby carrots, grapes
S. SF yogurt with some raspberry Crystal light
D. BD dinner at Claire's which will be healthy except for the cake!

01-14-2010, 08:26 AM
Phase 2

B. oatmeal soaked in almond milk w/blueberries and walnuts
L. taco bake over bed of romaine
S. raw zucchini and baby carrots w/ hummus
D. we're probably eating out, but it WILL be something OP
S. SF chocolate mousse cup

01-14-2010, 09:37 AM
Phase 1 (supposed to be in 1.5 though but have no OP foods for it!)
B: hard boiled egg, cheese stick, V8
S: nuts
L: boca burger with refried beans, salsa and guac and SF Jello (well, non brand name)
S: cheese if I am hungry
D: probably taco bake or turkey bacon burgers with greens

01-14-2010, 11:01 AM
I had a bad night last night. It wasn't anything that I really even love and had to have. I think I am stress eating because of DS' surgery...any advice on that?

Here is to another day!

B: spinach frittata; coffee and 8 oz. milk
L: leftover mexican chicken soup
S: cucumbers and hummus
D: Chicken divan, green beans, salad
S: cheesecake cup

01-14-2010, 01:48 PM
phase 2

b - slice of pumpernickel bread, teasp of peanut butter and half a banana
l - bowl of split pea soup and rf cheese
s - celery and hummus
s - chicken breast, cauliflower, broccoli and 1/4 cup quinoa
s - ff yougurt

01-14-2010, 02:05 PM
Phase 1 (day 11):

B: Belgian waffles (3FC); V8; coffee
S: mozz stick; H2O
L: leftover Mexican Chick Soup; green salad w/veggies, H2O
S: trying out the Roasted Chick Peas; H2O
D: Kalyn's foil baked salmon; 2 C broccoli; milk

Exerc: 60 min run/walk

01-14-2010, 02:09 PM
Stress eating is tough. When I can't get eating out of my head, I change the scene. I either chew gum; brush my teeth; drink a huge glass of water; do laundry; organize 1 messy spot; or check a favorite blog. Or, even go to bed early with a book. One or the other usually works. I am an emotional eater as well, so I understand. Take it one hour at a time if need be. I know I do this more often than not.

Take care of YOU and you will be more readily available to take care of others!!! Best wishes...

01-14-2010, 08:00 PM
Phase II

B: Oatmeal with almond butter and almond milk, V8
L: Huge salad with boiled egg, chickpeas, Greek yogurt
S: Skinny hazelnut latte, carrots, hummus
D: Roast pork tenderloin, cauliflower & broccoli, sweet potato

01-15-2010, 10:52 AM
Phase 2

B - oatmeal with almond milk, half a banana
L - splitpea soup with rf cheese
s- yourgurt with walnuts
s - roasted veggies, baked tilapia and salad
s - wine and later some sort of protein

01-15-2010, 11:03 AM
Phase 1
B-egg salad with rf bacon bits on celery, plus some extra celery
S-non fat greek yogurt
L-hamburger with mushrooms and guacamole, salad w/blue cheese dressing
S-15 almonds
D-ordering in. cup of lentil soup, babaganoush with green beans, salad with a few bits of lamb

01-15-2010, 05:08 PM
Phase 1, day 12

B: Cinnamon omelet- um... YUM!!! (3FC recipe); V8; coffee
L: green salad w/chick, cuc, tomatoes, avocado & lite rasp vinag. dressing; diet Coke
S: 15 almonds; ff milk
D: something involving chicken breasts that I need to use up. Ideas or recipe recommendations?
S: SF Jello

Exercise: 45 min elliptical

01-15-2010, 05:21 PM
Phase 2

B. the usual - oatmeal soaked in almond milk with black raspberries
S. snack pac of nuts and dried fruit
L. 1/2 Kashi thin-crust spinach & mushroom pizza piled high with fresh baby spinach
S. Greek yogurt sprinkled with cocoa powder & a splash of SF caramel syrup
D. BBQ pulled "chicken" and roasted veggies over shirataki noodles
S. SBD friendly apple pie with a dollop of FF Cool Whip


A glass or two of red wine, just because it's Friday!

01-16-2010, 11:03 AM
phase 2

b - oatmeal soaked in almond milk (thanks cottage it is delicious) an orange
l - shrimp, avocado and tomato salad
s - yougurt with agave
s - steak, stir fry of onion, green pepper and mushrooms with leftover quinoa
s - saturday night glass of wine, a very small slice of 12 year old cheddar cheese

01-16-2010, 05:41 PM
Phase 1 (day 13):

B: cinnamon omelet; coffee, 2 pcs turkey bacon
L: leftover spaghetti squash deep dish pie- yummy!; diet coke
S: mozz stick
D: chicken something???
S: SF jello

Exercise: 6 mile run/walk

01-16-2010, 06:19 PM
Phase 2

B. Oatmeal soaked in almond milk w/black raspberries
L. veggie burger patty wrapped in baby spinach and a piece of string cheese
S. SBD friendly apple custard pie
D. braised kale and white beans with tomatoes and mushrooms
S. peanut butter cup dessert

01-17-2010, 09:32 AM
Yesterday was traveling mostly:
B-scrambled eggs, salad with avocado (trying to use up veggies in the house)
We were on the road so I mostly snacked until dinner. I had 3 cheese sticks, about 25 almonds, sliced yellow pepper and celery. Not great but I did the best I could
D-inside of a steak sandwich (i.e. a steak with some fried onions), no bread, and garlic spinach instead of the fries. A couple of glasses of wine.

This morning we had breakfast in our hotel room.
B-hard boiled egg, non fat greek yogurt, ff wet cappucino and glass of tomato juice
S-cheese stick
L-small hamburger with cheese and 2 slices bacon, salad
S-15 almonds and TJ's green bean snacks, wine
D-broiled crab cake with salad w/hot sauce and blue cheese dressing
S-15 almonds, wine (am on vacation)

01-17-2010, 01:37 PM
I'm sneaking back, if I may. I'd been dallying on the beach since I started Phase 2, back in August I think. I'd be on and off plan (some of my excuses really were valid :) ) I went back to WW in mid-December, full of recommitment, recipe ideas and determination to meet their healthy guidelines. Two days later we had a blizzard and I was snowed in -- literally -- with the Chrismas gifts from my students. I won't go into detail so as not to tempt the temptable. I did NOT eat all four tins of goodies, but I ate at least half (gave the rest to the security guards).

All of this, I could neatly fit into WW. If you eat zero point soup and 30 points of cookies, technically, your tracker is happy. I did track, and realized something. I first went on WW eons ago when they used the exchange program. It was about 1200 calories a day, very neatly prescribed: 2 servings bread, 2 milk, 6-7 protein, etc. I internalized that. It is, to me, A Diet. When I'm in diet mode, I go back to those exchanges. That leaves an extra 10 points of Whatever and I've never adapted to adding more healthful foods. I also eat too much bread when I'm on WW.

I realized that I needed a prescription, a program that set out, in general terms, what one should eat, and lo, I hadn't even taken the South Beach books off my coffee table. I'm meal planning today (and not eating junk) and will start again tomorrow. It's been great to have this thread to read -- helps the menu planning.

01-17-2010, 01:53 PM
Hi Xan!
I was thinking about you last night, and read your blog but didn't comment. I was going to PM you to say hi. It didn't sound like you were a happy WW camper. I'm glad to see you back.

01-17-2010, 02:05 PM
Xan - that's exactly the way I always dieted. My other favorite was total deprivation until I hit goal then big celebration and back to "normal" eating. I so need a logical structure to plan food choices in. Sorry about the challenges but glad to see you back :)

While I'm here:

1.5 modified for gluten free
B: black beans, spinach, egg, 1/2 serving rf feta, salsa, 1 sprouted corn tortilla (gluten free alternative, not SBD)
L: lemon grilled tempeh, veggie soup, homemade gluten free "rye" bread (no actual grain)
S: plain yogurt & frozen blueberry smoothie
D: crockpot curried veggies, black bean burgers, brown rice

exercise: 45m exercise bike, 30m yoga, 10m arms, 10m core

01-17-2010, 02:29 PM
:welcome2: back to The Beach, Xan! We even saved your beachtowel for you. :)

Phase 2 for me again today, since I want a piece of pie later. :s:

B. Kashi Go Lean with almond milk, slivered almonds & cranberries
L. leftover braised kale & white beans
S. Lite & Fit yogurt
D. split pea soup w/ string cheese "crackers" (I didn't feel like making the squash casserole, it's more of a soup day today)
S. SBD friendly apple custard pie w/ff Cool Whip

01-17-2010, 02:38 PM
Thank you so much, Debbie, Cyndi and Cottage! I found the towel :)

I got a Moosewood cookbook for Christmas and thought of you -- lots of beans and kale recipes :) ("Cooking for Health")

I think I'm ready to go this time. Nothing wrong with WW, and it works for thousands of people, but it doesn't tackle my personal demons. I keep going back to it because SB DOES tackle my personal demons, and they don't like being tackled. But I've put those demons in a closet and gotten a very strong lock :)

I'm sure there are a lot of new people starting -- good luck to everyone!

01-17-2010, 02:41 PM
Phase 1 day 9
Slept in til 9:45

B- Scramble eggs and turkey bacon V8
S-SF vanilla latte with full cup of milk
L- roasted veggies, my spicy shrimp salad(shrimp, bl beans, jalepenos, tomatoes, red and green peppers served over lettuce with a bit of ranch dressing.)
S-nuts and cheese
D- white bean and chicken chilli
D- making lemon cheesecake (I am attempting a cheesecake)

01-17-2010, 03:41 PM
Phase 1- final day!!! (Though I am scared of P2 a bit!!!! I enjoy the strict guidelines of P1 and P2 seems to me to open the flood gates for me. Strict menu planning involved here!!!!)

B: cinnamon omelet; V8; coffee
S: 15 almonds
L: leftover spag squash deep dish pie w/ green salad w/fixings
S: mozz stick
D: leftover salsa baked chicken w/brocc
S: SF jello

rest day for exercise