South Beach Diet - Phase I Starters

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01-06-2011, 04:01 AM
Hello All, I'm getting off my butt and starting phase one tomorrow. :) Anyone else doing the same? I figured we could help each other get through those first couple days/weeks :)

01-07-2011, 11:06 AM
Good morning! I started Phase 1 yesterday (Jan 6th). Doing pretty good so far. No cravings for the 'bad stuff' and not hungry! Woo hoo. How are you doing?

01-07-2011, 04:51 PM
I started yesterday as well. So far so good! Did you get the book, sbd supercharged?
I got several recipes from there. the chalk-full-of-veggies chili is amazing! I cant wait to make the lemon ricotta for dessert.

01-09-2011, 01:32 AM
Hi everyone, I just started my diet Jan. 7th. I felt a little hungry yesterday but today went alot smoother. It will be great to be able to come here and see how everyone else is doing.

01-09-2011, 08:53 AM
I just finished Phase 1 yesterday and just wanted to give you some encouragment that you can do it :)

01-09-2011, 02:32 PM
Just starting Phase I today...and it's just crazy how I've never thought so much about having a piece of toast with my eggs before! :dizzy: Once I know I'm not "allowed" to have something, it becomes foremost in my mind. That's an obstacle for me...not to think so much about it all. I can definitely live with the food choices for 2 weeks...just have to take my mind off of it. Just spent a little time doing the Obstacle Course on the Wii with my son Ben...that worked!! :jig: Oh, yes, and I'm also new to this site...trying to figure out the ins & outs of it...any hints? Thanks!

01-09-2011, 03:59 PM
:welcome: to all you Newbies!

You all seem to be doing pretty well, and each day will be a lot easier. Be sure to check out our entire forum for lots of hints and suggestions in the FAQ section, and some great recipes in our recipe section for both meals and snacks on each Phase.

Good luck to all of you, and hang in there!

01-10-2011, 02:05 AM
Hello Everyone, Sorry for the lack/delay in posting! I officially started phase one at 10am on hours ago? :P

If any of you are having sugar cravings I highly recommend taking a look at you milk intake, I found that the days that I drink my two glasses of LF milk I overall felt more energetic and better overall. I haven't had any beans in my menus for the past couple days, but I'm going to try and include a 1/2 cup with supper tomorrow night and see how that helps.

Also some advice: I've found my cravings are insane when I haven't eaten the right amount or veggies, or skimp on water (like today :P).

Meal wise I've been doing a variety of egg cups (I believe the sausage and cheese ones are in one of the cookbooks?) for breakfast with a iced latte (SF syrup, milk, coffee). Lunch has been a variety of things from veggies w/ cheese to greek salad south beach friendly style. Dinner has been veggies w/ almond crusted fish (I've been a little bit loose with my nut allotment :P). Snacks have been veggies, peanuts, yogurt (plain, sweetened with my SF syrup) and the like. I highly recommend the egg cups for those "on the go gals" like myself.

01-10-2011, 10:23 AM
Welcome welcome!! I just finished my first full week (yes, this is going to be in a lot of my posts today :D
and I'm feeling so much better than I did last week. Hang in there..those cravings will subside.

I don't know if it is useful, but the last time I did this plan, I had desserts as recommended. This time I did not have anything but a little SF jello the one night I was dying for sugar, and I have fewer cravings than last time. Of course, I already knew I was totally addicted to sugar, so anything similar does tend to set my cravings off.
I'm planning on adding SBD Ph 1 desserts in this week, so we'll see if there is an appreciable difference :dizzy:

01-10-2011, 10:31 AM
I am just thinking of starting Phase I again. I have been on SMD for one year and lost 20 pounds, but all of it in the first half of last year and have been stuck ever since. I dread it tho--I hate Phase I. I just joined this website today, altho I have been lurking for recipes etc off and on.

Can I lurk on this thread while I decide?

01-10-2011, 02:43 PM
I was very upset after the holidays. This is the most I have ever weighed and I don't want it to get out of control. I started last Monday (the 3rd) and have been doing well. No sweets or cheating so far. I find that I am really full almost all the time. I have to make myself eat dinner. I need to start exercising more. I go to Zumba once a week. That is the only time I can go the three times it is offered. I love it! I have did SBD before and lost 10 lbs. in a month. I did start before the Holidays and that wasn't the best time for me. So here I go again!

01-11-2011, 06:25 AM
Lurking is more then welcome :)

I need to start exercising again as well. Getting through the cravings for the first few days was work enough though :P

AmyKitKat - I've had the same experience as you, in general the days that I've avoid the "Sweet treat" category I've been less "hungry" then days where I did have the 75-100 calories of allowed treats.

01-12-2011, 12:47 AM
Hey All! I started Phase I on 1/2/11 and am down 8 pounds so far! It isn't easy but it is manageable! I still have cravings for sweets from time to time but eating some jello or a piece of sugar free candy usually does the job! The only way I get really hungry is if I've went to long without eating!

01-12-2011, 04:53 PM
I weighed myself on Day 5 of Phase 1 and lost almost 7lbs!! The hardest thing is preparation! The one day I was tempted to cheat was because I couldn't eat my prepared lunch, but I stayed strong! The veggie chili recipe in the book is amazing! Beans definitely are a great addition. The desserts arent fabulous but I like that I can have "dessert" so I dont feel deprived. I really feel like I can stick to this diet! I want to stay with Phase 1 for 4 weeks and hope to finally get below 200!!!!!!!!!

01-12-2011, 07:14 PM
What a great thread! I was going to start on Friday, but I'm starting phase 1 tomorrow (Thursday 1/13).

I got some great tips from this thread. Thank you very much.

01-15-2011, 01:22 AM
Hello all!

Hope everyone is still doing well. Since I started I lost about 10lb from my "gain due to the holidays) but 6lbs from my before holidays weight.

I got a cold two days ago. So, it's a struggle to not just say "meh chicken noodle soup!!" but the inch and weight loss makes me hold on :)

01-15-2011, 10:06 PM
Hi everyone...

I'm brand new to the site, and very new to SBD. I "loaded up" on yummy foods while on a cruise from Jan 6-10, and then promptly started my lifestyle change (notice I didn't say "diet") on Jan 11. So after 4 days, I've lost 6 pounds. YAY!!

So I have what I think is probably a unique situation:
I am allergic to all fresh fruits and veggies. Yes, I'm serious. I can eat canned, and I can eat frozen if cooked very, very well done. I'm finding that the difficulties I am faced with are 1) snacks and 2)lunches. While many of the meal plans and suggestions include fresh veggies such as celery sticks, salads, etc., I cannot eat those things and am having difficulty finding substitutes.

I'll be returning to the workforce after a 3-month hiatus and I'm worried that I won't be able to stick to the SBD while at work (snacks/lunch).

Any suggestions??? :?:

01-16-2011, 08:12 AM
:wel3fc: forkinbeans! And what a cute username, BTW. :)

Your situations does present some challenges. What have you been eating since you started this plan to be so successful? Are you getting a wide variety of foods? Since you can have canned and well-cooked veggies, I'd just keep eating them that way. And roasted vegetables make a delicious salad, along with beans and maybe some lowfat cheese.
As for snacks, there is always plain, NF yogurt that you could flavor with Crystal Light or SF jam, nuts, string cheese, roasted chickpeas, etc. There are other alternatives besides snacking on raw veggies. Check out our recipe section for some ideas, too, and get creative.

I hope this helps!

01-16-2011, 11:21 AM
To be honest, the snacks I've had have been several cold shrimp, an occasional spoonful of FF whipped topping, 4-5 mixed nuts. Of course, I spread that randomly throughout the day. I've perused the Breakfast section in the forum because I'm getting tired of eggs. LOL.

My boyfriend has started the plan with me. He's also seen early success. Our favorite meal so far is buffalo chicken with broccoli and cauliflower and ranch dressing. He found the recipe online. With the margarine and hot pepper sauce, and then the added ranch dressing, I'm sure that takes us over the daily allotment of 2T of fats and oils, so we should probably limit that, of course. But I'm trying to keep in mind that if it's working for us so far, then it can't be all that bad, right? Better to be satisfied and lose weight steadily than to be too strict and give up.

All salads are out because I cannot eat any lettuce. :nono:

I start work tomorrow, so I'm figuring that I'll just make extra of whatever we have for dinner, and take leftovers for lunch, at least for now. I'd rather have variety, but whatever works, I'll try.

Thanks for the input!

01-16-2011, 09:27 PM
Good luck looks like you'll have to be even more creative than the rest of us!! :)

I find it much harder at home than at work...but that may be because at work I have specific foods I've brought to choose from, whereas at home there are cupboards, freezers and a refrigerator full of lots of OTHER food!! :dizzy:

If you have access to a fridge at work, my advice is to plan your lunch & snack foods for the day, and bring them to work at the beginning of the week so you're not tempted to slip up at the vending machine, cafeteria, fast food etc. because you got hungry.

Tomorrow will be beginning of week 2 in phase 1...and I've lost 5.5 lbs. as of this morning!!! I slipped with wine once, and two whole wheat crackers! :o But got right back on...NOT GIVING UP JUST 'CAUSE OF A SLIP!!

WE CAN DO IT!! :carrot: