South Beach Diet - First Day of Phase 2 (1.5) - opinions needed

05-31-2011, 01:01 PM
Good morning everyone,

Today is my first day of Phase 2, which really is going to be 1.5. Slow and steady wins the race, right? To be honest I'm in a depressed funk this morning, as I weighed in and lost NOTHING this past week. :( I started two weeks ago, lost 4 lbs the first week, and nothing the second week (my goal for Phase 1 was 7 lbs). It is that TOM, and I didn't drink nearly as much water as a should have over the weekend, but still. Arrrgg.

Of course I had the conversation in my head this morning:
"Maybe I should stay on Phase 1 for one more week, just to drop the last few of those 7 lbs, then start Phase 2"
But the 3FC voice of reason (internal voice cultivated by reading all of the past threads of people in similar situation to me) responded: "No, go ahead and move into Phase 2. Phase 2 is the weight loss phase. If you're not having cravings, then you've achieved what Phase 1 was supposed to do. But just take it easy and go slow."

So, here is my plan moving forward for this week: 4 days out of 7 (every other day), I'm going to add blueberries for dessert. They're a delicious superfruit and I do not anticipate them nor the time of day I add them to cause any cravings.

Here are my questions:
1) What do you think of this plan? Too aggressive? Too conservative?
2) Should I still focus on those last 3 lbs? Or just let it go and let the scale do its own thing?
3) Typically I try to visualize the goal weight I'm trying to achieve (for example, I close my eyes and picture "169" floating in space), does anyone else do this? Do you think this is putting too much pressure on a number and not on how I'm feeling or my physique? I go back and forth on this issue.

Thanks so much in advance for your opinions - the words of wisdom from those who have been where I'm at really helps.

05-31-2011, 03:08 PM
You will probably see those 3 lbs drop once TOM leaves. I think you're plan is right on. I have a feeling its how we all transitioned. Verrrrryyyy sllllooowwwwlyyy. And yes, start the transition, don't stay on P1. You're right on track, in my opinion.

05-31-2011, 03:09 PM
Okay, I'm feeling less hopeless and powerless now. I've reached the mentality that since I'm going to be working at this for a very long time (the rest of my life, if I know my body), then I need to just relax and march on forward. Maybe I need to focus more on my actions (staying on plan) rather than getting bogged down by not reaching my # goals.

Thank you so much, YeahYeah! =)

05-31-2011, 03:11 PM
I'm right there with you! I too have to remember its a slow process, its with me forever, and not to be discouraged by the scale. We can do it.