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MittenNKim
07-03-2004, 06:02 PM
So, I started on Phase 2 one week ago. I wasn't feeling very good about it, I had only lost one pound on my final week of Ph1 and I was certain that adding carbs was going to see me stall out altogether.

I was so discouraged, in fact, that I had a beer and some chips and pretzels on Phase 2, Day 1. But, I decided to stick it out. I promised a friend who is also doing SBD, that I would give it one more week and re-evaluate.

So, I added one starch per day (no fruit, as I'm not a big fan of fruit anyway and I didn't feel like wasting my carbs on fruit that I won't even enjoy... give me a bowl of plain oatmeal, that hits the spot.) I had a couple of small cheats, like a sip of my boyfriend's beer the other night when he was over for dinner. I also had an Atkins Endulge chocolate bar one day, and a couple of bite-sized pieces of pastry that were being offered as samples at Starbucks. I also had more than just my 2 cups of milk -- I'm a milk fiend, I would drink it all day if I could. Those were my cheats. (Oh, and I know that I went over my 75 sweet treat calories a couple of days by having an extra s/f fudgesicle after dinner.) I did have three solid exercise sessions (2 soccer games, and one attempt at going for a run by myself -- only managed two five minute stints with 15 minutes walking in between), but it wasn't much.

This morning, I got up and got on the scale... and...

I AM DOWN THREE MORE POUNDS!!!!!!! (Nine in total since starting.)

Hold me, baby, I'm gonna faint! I could hardly BELIEVE IT! I'm completely rejuvinated and, while I have a stagette to go to tonight, I'm not even thinking about what I'll be missing by not having beers with the girls. We're going to The Keg for a steak dinner beforehand, and I'm just looking forward to the delicious sirloin and the caesar salad I'll have -- I'm not sad about missing the Keg's rice pilaf (my FAVORITE) or the delicious warm bread they serve with the meal. I am so excited to be able to say that I'm down nine pounds in total! The saying is true: Nothing tastes as good as I feel right now!

Yes, I'm still 20 lbs away from my goal... but the progress is exhilarating.

So, for all the women out there who are feeling discouraged and down: please, just give it your all and you will see results! This plan is hard work, no doubt about it. Your options may seem limited. I feel some days like I am -- I would love to have a piece of Banana Bread for breakfast with my coffee every morning like I used to, but instead I have to figure something out with eggs, which I don't really like but know it's a necessity.

That said, being able to put on a top that didn't fit 9 pounds ago today, was the best feeling. :D

Thanks to everyone for your support on here. Having questions answered when I've been in a funk or worried that I'm not doing this right, that's been so helpful, I can hardly tell you! Thanks, thanks thanks. :lol: Laughing for joy!


chick_on_the_beach
07-03-2004, 06:08 PM
Isn't it weird how you can suddenly drop a few pounds like that. I have a friend on ww who totally stalled, tried cutting her points, exercising more, nothing worked!. Then she went on holiday and ate out a few days in a row and went completely over her points and lost weight! Must've been her metabolism finally kicking in.

coolflowers914
07-03-2004, 06:15 PM
GRRRRRRRREAT!!! Thanks for posting ...my daughter who is doing this with me, really needed to see this!

Enjoy the feeling today!

Lisa


MittenNKim
07-03-2004, 06:16 PM
Isn't it weird how you can suddenly drop a few pounds like that. I have a friend on ww who totally stalled, tried cutting her points, exercising more, nothing worked!. Then she went on holiday and ate out a few days in a row and went completely over her points and lost weight! Must've been her metabolism finally kicking in.

Actually, Chick... what I believe it might be... there's a common theory that I'm surprised isn't included in this plan at all, that when you get into fat-burning mode like this, your body sometimes needs to be reminded that it IS getting enough calories. So, a lot of fitness professionals (and I'm not talking body-builders or those types, I'm talking dieticians and such) suggest that one day a week should be a "cheat day". Not a binge-all-day thing, but a day where you have a few treats -- regardless of whether they're "On Plan" or legal or allowed on your diet or however you want to put it. I fully believe in that, and I'm thinking of incorporating it into my own routine on SBD.

The problem is (and maybe this is why it's not included) -- too many people say, "Cheat day? RIGHT ON" and go hog-wild on Krispy Kreme and McDonalds and Pizza Hut. That's not the point of a "cheat day" but too many people stretch the definition and go all out. Then they either have a total problem getting back on plan, or they gain because they actually exceeded the number of calories they burned that entire week. (I think it's the getting back on-plan that makes it impossible for so many people.)

I've stated my opinion on cravings -- I don't believe they go away, at least they haven't for me -- so it doesn't make life worse for me either way. I'm going to want the bad stuff whether I have it or not.

So there you go. I'm going to likely have a lite beer tonight with my steak dinner -- just like I did last week! Just one, that's it. But I think it'll be enough of a cheat that my body will know, yep, it's getting enough calories so it can keep on burning!

MittenNKim
07-03-2004, 06:19 PM
GRRRRRRRREAT!!! Thanks for posting ...my daughter who is doing this with me, really needed to see this!

Enjoy the feeling today!

Lisa

Thank you! I will! And tell your daughter, especially if she's got relatively little to lose like me... sometimes it does take that extra exercise or whatever, and certainly an iron will to steer clear of the pastry cooler at Starbucks, but a small cheat isn't going to kill you as long as you get back on plan AND... sticking with it is the only way to see results.

So, I'm going to be sticking to it tonight! :coffee:

sweet tooth
07-03-2004, 07:39 PM
I am glad this thread came up. I was feeling really guilty because I had a rocky road cake yesterday and knew that it was not OP. I just felt that I needed it at the moment and had been stalling at the same weight for the past week.

This morning, I was down an extra pound. I think you are right when you say that you body sometimes needs to be reminded that it is in fat burning mode. It seems to work that way with me.

Thanks for all the good comments.

chick_on_the_beach
07-03-2004, 10:21 PM
I understand 'fit for life' has a cheat day built in. I emailed this friend on ww the article on the wendy principle that was posted on this site. She told me she wasn't going to do it because she was losing weight but once she stalled and this happened she is convinced that you need to have a few splurges once in awhile to continue to lose weight. I wonder if that is why those last 10 pounds are always hard to lose. Maybe you need to 'take a break' making sure you don't regain any weight then start on the dieting again. Just a theory.

satchel
07-04-2004, 12:01 AM
I have been wondering if you are going to cheat if it is better in a lower carb sense to cheat with regular fat cheese that a bread/ cake product. or eating some higher fat meat like a regular bratwurst or something. I see it as leaning towards the Atkins plan on occasion. I like blue cheese and regular fat cheese sometimes.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

chick_on_the_beach
07-04-2004, 05:30 AM
It's probably a lot better for you than a cream bun!

ellis
07-04-2004, 08:27 AM
Kim, I am SO happy for you!! :dance:

satchel
07-04-2004, 10:45 AM
what is a cream bun?

VTprop
07-05-2004, 10:41 AM
Thank you for posting this. I needed the boost and I'm sure all the other chickies are tired of hearing about my bouts with cheating. It's so hard sometimes because I equate enjoying food with enjoying life since it is such a big part of who I am. I have to think though, is the food worth my self esteem? That's my mantra for the second week of Phase II.
:-)
VT

RNMOM
07-05-2004, 01:05 PM
I'm so happy for you. I love when the scales give surprises.

I haven't cheated and am thinking maybe I should have, maybe I would loose faster! :dizzy:

I'm 6 pounds from my goal and I'm going SOOOO slow!

I'm proud of you! Way to go!!!! ;)

MittenNKim
07-05-2004, 02:04 PM
I haven't cheated and am thinking maybe I should have, maybe I would loose faster! :dizzy:

I'm 6 pounds from my goal and I'm going SOOOO slow!


RN -- Maybe you DO need a cheat day! I mean, I'm not advocating cheating in a general sense. If you wanna lose weight, you've got to pick a plan and be strict with yourself and consistent or it's just not going to work. Hut you're so close, and maybe you need to give your body a shock. Because, keep in mind... once our bodies become accustomed to one thing, they'll go with it. Sorta like how you can hit an exercise plateau. You have to challenge your body or it won't change.

BUT, Chick On The Beach is right: Body For Life (aka: Fit For Life) does include a cheat day, once a week. MIND you, the difference there is that Body/Fit for Life is a program that is HEAVY HEAVY on exercise. It's not strictly a diet, it'a complete eating and exercise plan. (And it's HARD. I tried it and couldn't keep up to what he demands of you for exercise. Plus, you eat enormous amounts of protien to feed those muscles.)

SO, if you're not exercising regularily, a heavy cheat day could see you put on weight on SBD. And, as I mentioend before, it also could undermine your success if you stretch a cheat day into 3 or 4 days off plan.

***I'm adding this: Dr.A wrote this plan WITHOUT a cheat day in it. That's for a reason. So please, don't anyone thing I'm advocating cheating as part of this plan. I am absolutely NOT. I was just sharing my experiences of what happened after I cheated, and why I thought I may have lost weight. Just wanted to make that clear! Cheating is not part of this plan, until Ph3, and even then it's meant to be sensible. If you start cheating on a regular basis, you won't see results -- that much I think I can say with a lot of confidence.

chick_on_the_beach
07-05-2004, 04:57 PM
what is a cream bun?
A cream bun is like a long donut without a hole in it filled with fresh whipped cream and usually a blob of raspberry jam.

Carol28
07-06-2004, 08:11 AM
I have been wondering if you are going to cheat if it is better in a lower carb sense to cheat with regular fat cheese that a bread/ cake product. or eating some higher fat meat like a regular bratwurst or something. I see it as leaning towards the Atkins plan on occasion. I like blue cheese and regular fat cheese sometimes.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


Blue cheese? that's in the Crab Cobb Salad for Phase 1? Why is blue cheese cheating if it is in a recipe in the original book. And the salad is FABULOUS!

I'm glad I read this thread as I'm feeling stalled, but maybe not! And I have not cheated, unless the blue cheese is cheating.

Ruthxxx
07-06-2004, 08:22 AM
Well, all cheeses are to be low fat or fat free. there are some goofs in the recipes but we are to assume all the cheeses are LF or FF. (I adore blue cheese!)

beachgal
07-06-2004, 03:27 PM
Kim, :bravo:

So glad that you are making it work for you.

I am one that can't handle cheats, so I just stick with the plan and try to endulge in things that I know I like and are OP. Not endulge by eating too much of them, but by including those as part of my daily plan rather than forcing myself to eat something I know I don't like.

That said, we all know how totally fickle that darn scale is, so remember that when it all comes down to it, how do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are you tired? Are you back on the up/down blood sugar cycle due to your cheats? I think these are the most important questions, though I do understand the exhileration of stepping on that scale and seeing it down! :dance:

beachgal
07-06-2004, 03:34 PM
Bleu Cheese is not cheating, but it has a lot of fat, so check your amount and make sure it's small! See the amount listed in the book for recipes to get an idea, and make sure to divide it by the portion size (i.e. if the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp., but the salad has four servings, you would need to eat 1/2 of a Tbsp. for one serving).

There was a daily dish recently (you can get these e-mailed to you free from the SBD website) that said you need to find cheese that has less than 6 g. fat per ounce. Here's the text of that Daily Dish:

Shopping for Dairy

This Daily Dish is part of a series on how to read nutrition labels

Buying milk, yogurt, and cheese is not as challenging as finding the perfect loaf of whole-grain bread. That's because dairy products are fairly well labeled for fat and sugar content. Still, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the nutrition label to better understand why a product is considered low-fat, fat-free, or sugar-free.

Low-fat and fat-free dairy products do not contain large amounts of saturated fat. That's why you can use fat-free half-and-half in place of regular half-and-half on The South Beach Diet(TM). The nutrition facts on the back of the package will tell you exactly how much fat the product contains. With cheese you need only look for a product containing 6 grams or less of total fat per ounce to know it is South Beach Diet(TM)-friendly.

The sugar content will also be listed in the nutrients panel. Keep in mind that milk contains a natural sugar called lactose, which will account for some of the sugar grams. The presence of lactose also means that even sugar-free dairy products will contain some sugar grams. The ones you need to watch out for, though, are the high-glycemic added sugars; check for these in the ingredients list.