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04-04-2011, 12:15 AM
Hi Everyone!
My name is Mary and I started SB one week ago. This forum has been so helpful. Any question I have I just search and find an answer, its awesome!

I don't know how I became 270 lbs. I've fought diets because I believed I ate quite healthy and resented the fact that I ate better than most skinny chicks I knew- yet still had weight problems. I recently found out I have Hashimoto's and learned the hard reality that if I didn't do something soon, I'd just keep gaining. I never weighed myself, chocked bad pics up to bad angles, and use a long mirror that is very forgiving. I really didn't know I was that far gone until I saw myself on the TV news (charity work, not a mug shot!). I ran to the mirror and yelled to my boyfriend "That is not what I see in the mirror!!!" It was HORRIFYING!! That coupled with Hashimoto's, finding out my weight at the doc and watching my mom suffer from multiple strokes (that the docs said her daughters were now prone for if we didn't watch it) checked my reality quite effectively. I'm NOT going down that road!
All has gone well except I sadly just noticed my soy milk has sugar in it, which really took the wind out of my sails for a minute- a big "you gotta be kidding me..." moment, since it did a good job replacing 1/2&1/2 in my coffee, but I'm over it. Skim milk for me. I'm starting P1 again tomorrow. It is important to me to have a clean P1.
I'm finding that I like the rigidity! This was unexpected since I'm (obviously) the defiant type, but I like that the decision is made for me and I don't have to worry about what to eat. Ironically, it has taken the stress out of eating. I thought it would totally be the opposite. I dreaded starting because I knew I would be on P2 for at least a year, and it felt like I was saying goodbye to my life as I knew it. But, all is going great and I'm incredibly excited for the outcome.
The sudden fiber overload made me really ill for a day, for which lots of water helped. I went to a party sober for the first time and I had a blast! (Who knew you don't need alcohol to have a good time? I didn't!)
I'm hopeful and happy and very glad to have fellow SBers to relate to. You've all been a lifesaver so far. Here's to a new life!

04-04-2011, 03:30 AM
Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you're bound and determined to be successful! Good luck on your journey and I look forward to getting to know you!

04-04-2011, 06:44 AM

04-04-2011, 07:15 AM
Hey, Yeah Yeah! I too like the structure of this diet. I find it incredibly helpful to lay out what I will eat each day on paper. It takes the guess work out of things for me. This time around I also started counting points because I needed to get a grip on my portions and that helps too. That part sort of fell apart in February/April, and my weight was bouncing up and down all over the place, so I'm back to it now.

You can get unsweetened soy milk, and I think you might even be able to get fat free half and half. Personally I use whole milk in my coffee and don't look back. All my other dairy products are low fat/reduced fat except for some full fat cheeses I occasionally allow myself.

What kind of treatment are you under for the Hashimoto's? That should also boost your weight loss.

04-04-2011, 07:21 AM
:welcome: to the Beach, YeahYeah! It sounds like you have your mind in the right place and are ready to do this. And having a clean Phase 1 is the very best way to pave the way for a success and getting to your goal.
Good luck, and we look forward to getting to know you.

04-04-2011, 08:03 AM
Welcome to the beach!

04-04-2011, 08:09 AM

04-04-2011, 08:22 AM
:wel3fc: You certainly seem to have your head together and are off to a good start. Please stick around and join in the daily chat and any of the other threads.

04-04-2011, 08:59 AM
Welcome! I've gotten almond milk with no sugar before as an alternative. Expensive though.

04-04-2011, 10:55 AM
Hi Mary :wave: and welcome!

04-04-2011, 01:18 PM
Yeah I'm excited to also try boxed soymilk on the shelves, as per another thread I found on the subject (which made me look at the sugar content on the kind I had and resulted in :mad:).
Thanks for all the welcomes!
(I'm taking the cheap version of synthroid for Hashimoto's. We're still trying to find my perfect dose...takes awhile. Hopefully it helps ALOT lol.)

Also- my sister went to a nutritionist who recommended South Beach as the best diet. Love the validation!!

04-04-2011, 04:57 PM
Welcome to SB!

04-04-2011, 06:27 PM
:welcome: to our beach! Spread your blanket and stay awhile. There are some very experienced folks here who are more than willing to help in any way so don't hesitate to ask for help when you have the need.

04-05-2011, 03:43 PM
Welcome! I just started Phase 1 again too and I said the same thing, my highest was 281 almost a year ago and I was like, "How did this happen??" I said the same thing when I just gained 18 lbs back from my first try. LOL.

I too love Soy Milk but I've found that Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk is great... so is Unsweetened Vanilla Soy, but it's not sweet enough for me so I stick with the Almond. I love ff half and half for coffee.

04-08-2011, 09:54 PM
Hi! Nice to have met you here on the Beach! I'm also new, I'm on day 7 and I'm totally surprised that I'm losing cravings for bread and sweets. I didn't think it was ever possible, and I still have a hard time believing it! I'm loving Phase 1 so far and also appreciate all the guess work is gone. So much easier and less stressful to follow!

04-09-2011, 02:38 AM
Yay!! It's amazing the energy you get!
One lil gripe- I feel like I am a very creative cook and knew SB would work well with what I usually play around with, but for some reason I'm stumped... or blocked. I know the fog will lift and soon the possibilities will be endless, but as of right now I'm just going through the motions, unable to conjure up anything fun. The recipe's here have saved my butt!
If I don't prepare in advance or have leftovers for lunch, my lunches have been deli meat wrapped in romaine with string cheese. So boring, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to wake up earlier to put in the work! Wish there was a solution to unprepared/last minute lunches-to-go that are wicked delicious. I feel like I'm not missing bread or sweets, just yummy yummy food. Its a terrible fog!!

04-09-2011, 08:13 AM
Hi you!
I've 6 days in and I agree with all you said and have pretty much experienced the same. Pictures FREAK me out and well, I hate to admit that I've lost control :)

If you are looking for a newbie partner..I'm here.