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mustangheidi
06-09-2010, 11:09 PM
I'm a former Weight Watchers girl...I've been on a plateau for awhile now and am having the hardest time breaking out of it and keeping consant, so I decided to start south beach. I really think carbs were a big problem. I'm hoping South beach will teach me to lean more on fresh vegetables and stop grabbing fruit all day !! Did good on day one which also include getting new foods from the store !


Lexxiss
06-09-2010, 11:43 PM
Welcome!

cottagebythesea
06-10-2010, 06:51 AM
:welcome: to The Beach, mustangheidi! We're happy to have you joining us here and hope you find this way of eating works well for you.


WaistingTime
06-10-2010, 08:54 AM
:welcome2: I've done WW too. That is actually when I first learned of 3FC.

tarheelchick
06-10-2010, 09:22 AM
Welcome, Heidi. Congrats on your weight loss thus far. Hopefully, the change up will help you lose those stubborn last pounds.

Heidi58
06-10-2010, 01:26 PM
:welcome2:
I hope you find that SBD will do just what you're hoping for!

(Awesome name by the way. :D)

murphmitch
06-10-2010, 07:32 PM
Welcome to SB! I still weigh in once a month at WW as a Lifetime member, but have been eating SB for 2 1/2 years now. Love not counting and measuring! The lady at weigh-in was so impressed with my loss, she asked me what I was doing & I told her SB. I've lost well with WW before, but never was able to maintain. I've maintained my loss for 2 years now on SB. For me it was all about the carbs, but also not being afraid to add good fats on SB.

Mmckellen
06-11-2010, 10:15 AM
I am also a WW refugee. I found that being on the point system just left me eating a lot of junky food that I could fit in because of the point value. I am much more comfortable with SB (and even was with Atkins when I did it a couple of years ago) because I do need to know that certain things are off limits and others you can eat to your satisfaction.

grneyedmustang
06-11-2010, 02:54 PM
I am also a WW refugee. I found that being on the point system just left me eating a lot of junky food that I could fit in because of the point value. I am much more comfortable with SB (and even was with Atkins when I did it a couple of years ago) because I do need to know that certain things are off limits and others you can eat to your satisfaction.

I am a former "Weight Watcher" as well. This was the reason I stopped doing it. I may try it again with only SB foods though and see what happens :)

And I like your name (and car) too!!! :carrot:

kcchubbygirl
06-11-2010, 10:14 PM
I tried mixing SB w/Weight watchers (by habit)...meaning, if I ate something bad, I would always sya, well it's only 3 pts....it's not bad...

BIG MISTAKE...

I love SB simly it's less confusing and made me try new foods!

Gumby007
06-19-2010, 01:17 AM
welcome! I lost 30 LBS on WW about 7 years ago. I kept almost all of it off even through a secound pregnancy. But when I quit smoking and gained 30 lbs back WW no longer cut it for me. I realized my body just didnt like all the crap I was allowed to eat on WW. After almost a month of re trying WW I didnt lose a pound and it was time for a change.

I started SB at the end of November 09 and reached my goal about a month ago. I actually must have hit a platue because I am losing again. I feel great a have realized this is a WOL my body loves. I feel much better on SB too then I ever did on WW. You will do fine!

guttersnipe
06-20-2010, 11:08 PM
I am also a former WW member. On my last try I became so resentful of points - sometimes healthier options have more points. I needed a change. I am on the first day of my second week on SBD and I like it a lot.

murphmitch
06-20-2010, 11:37 PM
On my last try I became so resentful of points - sometimes healthier options have more points.
So true!

guttersnipe
07-02-2010, 02:15 PM
I was in the 18 to 20 point range while on WW and even with the extra 35 flex points and using activity points I often felt hungry. I have always been a regular exerciser and exercise makes me hungry. I would hoard those 35 points for the weekend and save points so that I could have a larger evening meal with my husband. Being on SB for almost 3 weeks now, I feel very satisfied and I am definitely eating more quantity-wise, yet I have had a good loss so far.

zeffryn
07-02-2010, 03:44 PM
I am a current WW'er using SB principles. It has really worked well for me. I follow a phase 1.5 (basically phase 1, but with fruits and limited grains) - phase 2.

My basic meal plan looks like this:

B: fruit smoothie (1-2 types of fruit, 1 scoop whey protein, almond milk) or scrambled egg whites and spinach (if I'm working out after breakfast, it is a fruit smoothie)
L: (my kids eat an early lunch, so I just eat with them) lettuce wraps with 4-6 oz. of protein (usually chicken or vegetarian black bean patties), lots of veggies (2-3 servings of whatever fresh veg. I have on hand - carrots, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, etc.)
S: If I'm working out in the late afternoon, I usually have a banana or some triscuits.
D: 1 serving of grains (brown rice, whole wheat cous cous, whole wheat pasta, etc.), 4-6 oz. lean protein, 2-3 servings vegetable

I've been doing WW for 3.5 months now and was doing SB for a year previous. It took combining the two to really spark my weight loss....well, that and getting back to the gym. I needed the accountability of WW, but the good healthy food choices of SB. Combining them is perfect for me!

Good luck, and I hope you find the success you're looking for!

guttersnipe
07-02-2010, 06:00 PM
Interesting that you are combining the two plans.

I don't blame WW - that was just what I found myself doing which I don't think was a good thing. WW did teach me a lot about portion sizes and basic nutrition that I was lacking. I just needed a change and am feeling good with the change.

zeffryn
07-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Good for you! :) You really have to do what works for you, no one plan is best suited for everyone. There are so many available to fit everyone's needs. The most important part is just doing one!

I agree about portion sizes. That was probably the biggest thing I learned from WW. I've been measuring and weighing since I started and I was so surprised just how off I was on portions! It was so easy to go overboard on meats, grains (especially grains!) and fruits. The only thing I don't check into the proper portion first is non-starchy veggies! I always make sure to have plenty of cut veggies available for when the snack monster hits.

Also, what has really worked for me is quitting the evening snacking. I make sure to eat enough during the day so that I'm not actually hungry in the evening, and if I feel like snacking, I drink water or do something that takes my mind off the snacking. It hasn't been easy at all.

Restypines
07-14-2010, 05:46 PM
I tried WW at first too. I was only allowed 20pts a day. That's nuts. My favorite eat out meal was chipotle. One meal was 17pts. I don't think WW gave me the tools to figure out how best to eat and distribute them. I LOVE sb for simple removal of certain foods and a list of approved foods to eat until I'm not hungry. How easy is that? I hated counting points.

A co-worker of mine already lost 40lbs on WW. She loves it. She lives on her lean cuisines. I just couldn't do that. SB introduced me to SO many new veggies. I was a veggie hater before. Now, i'll eat a lot more of them than I used to.

Like one of the other posters said, whatever works for you. WW didn't work at all for me....I was always starving!

Oh yeah, as long as i remove the rice, I can still have my full on chipotle meal, I just eat half at a time. And I still lose. SB is definitely the diet for me!

zeffryn
07-14-2010, 06:06 PM
Resty, a chipotle burrito sans rice is only 10 points. plus, the extra 35 points you get every week are there for that exact reason.

I think that finding healthful foods regardless of what plan you're following is key. Lean Cuisines work in a pinch, but hello! sodium. There isn't much that can beat healthy, whole foods and those can be incorporated into any plan.

Restypines
07-14-2010, 08:40 PM
Resty, a chipotle burrito sans rice is only 10 points. plus, the extra 35 points you get every week are there for that exact reason.

I think that finding healthful foods regardless of what plan you're following is key. Lean Cuisines work in a pinch, but hello! sodium. There isn't much that can beat healthy, whole foods and those can be incorporated into any plan.

Funny, I don't even eat the burrito. I eat the bowl. I love tortillas but they're huge there! I just didn't find WW very helpful in finding healthy alternatives to what I liked to eat. I could always eat my go-to meals, cottage cheese....chicken...but I get bored really easily and ate out a lot. Even at the WW meetings they never said, stop eating out so much. They said plan for it, count your points...blah. Really, I understand it works for a lot of people. But, people like me, that seriously, ate a muffin or candy bar or both a day and could eat out up to 2 times a day, it just didn't work for me.

Maybe I wasn't as ready when I did WW as I was when I started SB to lose the weight but those 35 points didn't do me well either. I think I'd still be over my points the way I eat on SB and I still lose. I got tired of counting them. I even got tired of doing my food journal on SB but as long as I stick to the principles I lose, can't say the same for WW.

Oh yeah, and I know people like lean cuisines and the like but I seriously detest the things. I don't like frozen dinners of any kind unless it's pizza. I cook every night now(some of the recipes on this board!) and I love it. I was raised on some cooking but a lot of frozen foods....yuck.

Jlyne327
07-17-2010, 12:59 AM
I lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers when I was 16. My highest back then was 148. My lowest was 108. Everyone thought I was anorexic or something but my metabolism just kicked in. It was amazing. The weight just melted off.

I drifted up to 130 and maintained that until I moved onto campus during college (20ish years old). Around the same time I also went on anti-depressants. Lethal combination, let me tell you. Within the next four years, I've slowly drifted up to a high of 198.

In between I've tried weight watchers and the 400 calorie meals. I had lost six pounds in 17 days with calorie counting, but for some reason, I was not able to stick with it.

Basically I wanted to try SB because it seems to make sense. Carbs are always a pit fall for me. I love carrots but I always want more food if I have them for a snack. That totally makes sense.

Well, wish me luck. :)

Restypines
07-19-2010, 12:17 PM
I lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers when I was 16. My highest back then was 148. My lowest was 108. Everyone thought I was anorexic or something but my metabolism just kicked in. It was amazing. The weight just melted off.

I drifted up to 130 and maintained that until I moved onto campus during college (20ish years old). Around the same time I also went on anti-depressants. Lethal combination, let me tell you. Within the next four years, I've slowly drifted up to a high of 198.

In between I've tried weight watchers and the 400 calorie meals. I had lost six pounds in 17 days with calorie counting, but for some reason, I was not able to stick with it.

Basically I wanted to try SB because it seems to make sense. Carbs are always a pit fall for me. I love carrots but I always want more food if I have them for a snack. That totally makes sense.

Well, wish me luck. :)

Good luck! You'll lose those 6lbs in the first two weeks. That was pretty motivating for me to stop carbs for those two weeks and restrict them from now on. It's good to see it so quick in the beginning. It really helps keep me on track. I am a break\cookie\cake\sweets lover! It wasn't easy but the lbs are motivating. You'll do it!