South Beach Diet - New Beach mama coming in!!

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06-30-2004, 06:19 PM
Hi everybody!! Although I have already posted, I would like to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Elissa, I'm 34 yrs. old and I am a working single mom to three kids. Before getting married (no longer married now) and having my last two children, I would naturally weigh between 120 and 130 lbs. (I am 5' 2 1/2"). Since getting married and having two more babies, I reached a high of 180 lbs!! Last year I went on weight watchers and lost 20 lbs. Then, I kinda sorta stopped and gained back 5 bringing me to a whopping 165 pounds! I started SBD 2 weeks ago and to my dissapointment didn't lose any weight. After reading some of the boards here I realized that cheating was a BIG no no in phase I. SO, I have started all over, going hard core this time, and today I am on day 2 of phase I. If anybody has any suggestions, ideas, recipes, or menu plans they found works, I seriously welcome them! Thanks for having me and good luck to all of you!!

06-30-2004, 06:31 PM
Welcome! Look in the recipe section for a ton of great recipes for Phase 1. The Taco Bake recipe that is under Phase 1 Entrees is one that can be eaten easily as Phase 1 but you can serve to your kids with tortillas at the same time. I know I find it much easier when I can get my son to eat the same thing that I am eating. Do you have the SBD Cookbook? I think that is where I got the Eggplant Pizzetta's that were good. I topped the eggplant with the pizza stuff for me (canadian bacon, mushrooms, onions, lowfat cheese) and used a tortilla for my son. Your kids can use whatever toppings they like.

06-30-2004, 07:01 PM
Hi Barb! Yep...I've had the eggplant pizzettas too....isn't it gooood? My kids eat ALMOST the same as what I eat. OCCASIONALLY I'll make some rice or potatoes for them but it goes w/the meat, veggie and salad on their plate too! I didn't buy the cookbook but I have found a ton of good recipes online and I haven't tried the taco bake yet but that is a recipe I printed out to definately try. Can I ask you...what did you eat on an average day in phase I? (Since I see you've lost a ton of weight you obviously know what you're doing! Congratulations!!!!)

06-30-2004, 07:04 PM
Hi, Elissa....Nice to meet you! I'm new too and trying to learn everyone's names on here :) It takes a while to sort thru all the different personalities.

I'm probably about the same size as you. I'm 5'4.5" and started at 202.5. This is my highest weight ever and I'm completely mortified. I'm so ready to do whatever it takes at this point to get it off.

So far, I'm liking the plan and all the good food I can eat. It's quite different for me as I've never done anything but counting calories and fats. Being able to eat good fats feels very, very alien to me. I'm always feeling like I'm cheating eating nuts and cheeses.

Oh well, the proof will be in the weigh in after 2 weeks.

I'll be watching for your updates. Oh, I have to cook for a family too. They have been eating much healthier these past few days.

Phase 1, Day 4

06-30-2004, 07:08 PM
Hello Coolflowers! I know what you's like you have to re-train your thinking of what you can eat. When I switched from Weight Watchers to SBD it was the same thing for me. I have a phase I can we have Ranch dressing (the plain, not low or non fat, ranch?)

06-30-2004, 08:51 PM
Welcome to the beach, ebplus3!
Yes, you CAN have Ranch dressing, and any other, as long as it has LESS than 3 grams of sugar.

06-30-2004, 11:35 PM
Hi Elissa, nice to meet you. Welcome to the beach, I think everyone has given you great answers so I'm here to say hi!

06-30-2004, 11:40 PM
you'll love it here.............there are a few rowdy people, but for the most part we behave. :D

07-01-2004, 12:27 AM
Welcome, Elissa! :wave: Beautiful name!

Good idea to start again. SBD is really flexible in Phases 2 and 3 and can accomodate cheats, but they don't work well in Phase 1. I'm sure you'll do great! If you have time, the Hidden Valley Ranch packets made from scratch will make great SBD friendly dressing. Just make sure you don't use full fat milk. You'll know what to do after reading the book. I like Pfeiffer brand ranch and bleu cheese dressings. They are great and only have 1g sugar. Yum! :T

07-01-2004, 05:27 AM
Hi Ellissa :wave:

rnmom, waddya mean, rowdy??? We are all :cool: as cucumbers, in spite of too much :coffee: now and again..........and over use of :flow1: :hyper: :dancer: :twirly: :coach: :rofl: icons


07-01-2004, 08:42 AM
Rowdy? Would you be referring to me?

Welcome to the Beach, eb!

07-01-2004, 09:14 AM
Elissa, welcome! :hat: Good for you for getting back on track!!

07-01-2004, 10:44 AM

07-01-2004, 10:56 AM
Elissa - I'm so glad you are here! The people here are nice, and I suspect that by the time you finish Phase 1 you will know most quite well!


07-01-2004, 11:10 AM
I put together a detailed response and then the computer ate it! This time I'll post part and then come back and edit it. Here are some of the foods I ate on Phase 1:

Breakfast- scrambled eggs OR fried egg OR quiche OR SF FF vanilla yogurt

AM Snack- 20 peanuts OR cauliflower (with or without dip) OR meat and cheese rollup

Lunch- grilled chicken w/black beans and grilled vegetables OR sardines/lettuce/cheese OR grilled shrimp and asparagus OR Shrimp Tortilla soup (no tortillas and used lowfat cheese) OR steak w/zucchini/onions/mushrooms and avocado salsa OR pork chop w/brussel sprouts and cabbage

PM snack- 20 peanuts OR yogurt OR devilled egg OR cauliflower (depending on what I had in the morning)

Dinner- Italian Style Spaghetti Squash OR Eggplant Pizzettas OR bean and turkey soup OR Shrimp Creole OR Red Snapper Courtbouillon OR trout with Avocado Salsa OR steak w/tomatoes and green beans and broccoli OR pork chop with brussel sprouts and cabbage OR Spicy Chicken Bean Soup

Dessert- occasionally had a SF fudgecicle. Tried the fudgecicle/peanut butter/Cool Whip recipe and thought it was too rich but my son still has me make it for him.

Oh, I also sometimes added shredded cabbage to recipes that would normally be served with rice to bulk them up a bit. I think I did that to the Shrimp Creole and the Red Snapper Courtboullon.

Hope this helps!

07-01-2004, 01:35 PM
Wow...thank you all of you for your great welcomes! Beachgal...thank you for the compliment. Just reading all these responses pumps me up even more!!! Barb...your details of what you ate helps me ALOT. Thanks! I've read the book and I actually skim through it ALL the time just to burn it into my brain. Okay...I have a question...I'm on day 3 of phase I and just started that T.O.M. today. Do I just stick to the diet but not expect the scale to show any weight loss? I don't want to get discouraged again. Have a great day all!!!! :D

07-01-2004, 01:58 PM
In my case, I still continued to lose during my first TOM in the middle of Phase 1 (but I only lost 4 pounds during Phase 1). This TOM, I actually gained a half pound and haven't lost it yet. I keep following the plan and keep exercising (this time, I didn't exercise during Phase 1).

07-01-2004, 02:06 PM
Exercise....UGH!!! That's my BIG downfall. After getting home from work and dealing w/my three kids I am dead tired!!! Do you know of anybody on the board that has lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight on SBD? Like 30 or more pounds?

07-01-2004, 02:20 PM
I wasn't exercising at all before Phase 2. I kept saying I didn't have time but I have found that it is possible to squeeze in 30 minutes a day. I do it first thing when I get home from work unless dinner will cook for over 30 minutes and then I throw dinner in the oven and let it cook while I walk on the treadmill. Otherwise I walk and then cook dinner. My husband has been picking up our son from day care a little later so they get home about the time that I get off the treadmill.

Laurie announced earlier today that she has lost 46 pounds. That is great! I think there are others too. The ones who have the most to lose are the ones that lose the fastest. I'm more concerned with being able to lose at a healthy rate so I can keep it off than I am about how fast I lose.

07-01-2004, 02:32 PM
That works out perfect for you...your husband and son getting home right when you're done. Well, last night my daughter (she's 14) asked to use the treadmill so I told her tonight I would pull it out and set it up so maybe I can jump on it for 30 minutes or so. Actually...not maybe....I AM. :D You know how they say that you lose between 7 and 10 lbs. the first two weeks? I just don't want to stick to this and go at it gung ho and not lose again. That REALLY discourages me into wanting to switch to something different except that I really like this diet (the foods you can eat). It's 10:30 where I am (Los Angeles, CA) and so far I've had a cup of coffee w/Splenda and ff vanilla flavored cream and then I just finished two poached eggs, 3 slices of turkey bacon and a cup of decaf the the same sweeteners. What have you had so far?

07-01-2004, 02:46 PM
Actually my husband is out of work so he could pick up our son anytime. He COULD even watch him so we don't pay for day care but our son really likes the summer activities.

I'm in Central time. Remember I am in Phase 2 so my choices are different than yours.

Breakfast - SF FF vanilla yogurt with a glass of Metamucil
Snack - ham and cheese rollup
Lunch - leftover taco bake on a toasted whole wheat tortilla with avocado salsa on it. Also a little bit of leftover vegetarian chili.

Later I will have raw cauliflower for a snack. Dinner is ham jambalaya from my Louisiana Light cookbook. Recipe is SBD as it is written. I will serve it over basmati rice (Phase 2).

07-01-2004, 03:17 PM
My sister sent me this really good cookbook.
That's right...I forgot you were in phase II. And you've been on this since 5/22 right? And how much have you lost up until now?

07-01-2004, 03:27 PM
I've lost 10 pounds since 5/22 on this diet. I'm a slow loser and I don't let it worry me. Thanks for sending the link. The recipe file looks good. I'll save it off and take a look later,

07-01-2004, 03:49 PM
Well, like you lose it slow you have a better chance of keeping it off. I hope you like the recipes!

sweet tooth
07-01-2004, 06:05 PM

07-01-2004, 07:02 PM
Thank you Peggy. So, how much have you lost on SBD so far? I'm a little confused on how to read the weight/weight/weight