South Beach Diet - New and looking for a beach buddy

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07-08-2004, 12:54 PM
Hi there...New to SBD....3rd day in and not too bad. I am finding lots of great ideas and recipes on the sight. My boyfriend is doing it with me and we both could certainly used to lose some weight. I would be happy with losing 30lbs and be able to get into to a closet full of clothes that no longer fit me. I am not a huge exerciser, but am trying to walk at lunch and swim some afterwork. The walking is getting hard because it's so darn hot here in VA, so I think it's going to be more swimming for the time being.

I would love a buddy to help support and give encouragement to as well as share ideas with. I am a 35 year old woman with no kids who LOVES to eat and could certainly use a little support myself. Looking forward to meeting others on SBD.

Happy dieting!

07-08-2004, 03:01 PM
Hi, Sheila! Welcome! :wave:

I think you'll find this board very supportive and informative! I think there is a "Buddy Up" forum that might have more information on getting a buddy, or you can just private message the person you want to work with.

07-08-2004, 03:17 PM
Thanks Beachgal. I saw the buddy up forum, but that looked more like for general weight loss buddies. I would love someone who is specifically on SB that's why I posted it here. Any thoughts?

07-08-2004, 03:35 PM
Welcome to the beach :wave: we're all kind of buddies here a big group of people supporting people :) Stick around to get to know us :)


07-08-2004, 03:49 PM
Good answer, Michelle! That's just what I was thinking. :D

If you would like to work with someone specific, try PMing them to see if they are interested. I think that might be your best bet.

Michelle, I just noticed your chickie...CONGRATS on the 30 pound loss! WOW! :high: :cp: :cheer: :cp:

sweet tooth
07-08-2004, 03:53 PM
Sand is white, water is warm...come share a blanket or two.

07-08-2004, 04:27 PM
Thanks ladies...I will certainly stick around. It's great site and will let my friends.

Peggy.....I would love to join you on beach....:cb: Hwo long have you been on SB?

07-08-2004, 04:42 PM
Ya know, there are alot of folks from Virginia on this forum! I am from Northern Virginia and I just wanted to welcome you to the beach as well :)

07-08-2004, 04:51 PM
Hi Wendyjo....NoVA is a good place to be from! :) Thanks for the welcome! Are you on SB too? How long have you been on it?

sweet tooth
07-08-2004, 04:55 PM
Hi Shequila,

I haven't been on SBD very long...I started May 14, so that is about 2 months ago. I have lost about 20 pounds since I started.

I had been on WW a couple of years ago and lost a tremendous amount of weight, but through a combination of the dr. putting me on hormones, and realizing that I was starving all the time, I abandoned the program. I had to go to the dr. in May (I had been avoiding him since the weight gain) for a medical prior to some surgery. My worst fears were realized - he weighed me and gave me a hard time about the weight gain (about 30 - 40 pounds).

When I told him that I started to gain because of the hormones, he told me to stop if I was able to cope without. I stopped right away. He discussed the issue of dropping carbs and sugar out of the diet and suggested that I try it for a month to see what happened. When I went home, DH was telling me that a number of his staff were on this SBD thing, so I did some research and decided that it was similar to what the dr. had suggested - other than Phase 1 was 2 weeks and the dr. suggested a month. Since the surgery was coming up, I decided to do Phase 1 until after the surgery - that was 5 1/2 weeks.

In all honesty, I am amazed at the difference between the feelings of hunger/satiation on this program and the way I was feeling, at the same weight, on WW. I find that I am seldom hungry, and when I am hungry I can go to the fridge and grab a cheese stick. Now, I also have to admit that I am not a carboholic. The only carb that I really would have difficulty giving up is pasta, and I enjoy the odd rich dessert on special occasions. Consequently, I don't suffer with the cravings that many of the ladies here encounter. I am more likely to snack on cheese, or leftover meat than I am to snack on bread or cakes and cookies. I have started adding the pasta back into my diet (on Phase II), but limit myself to a once per week as a special treat.

Some of the other ladies may be able to comment more on their cravings and how to overcome if that is a problem for you. Hope everything goes well for both you and your boyfriend. Take care.

07-08-2004, 05:43 PM
Hi Peggy.
I too tried WW and Somersize diets and lost 17-27 respecitively. The problem is sticking with it. With both I was hungry all the time and always seemed to be over my points with WW. This seems to be great diet that doesn't let you be hungry. I've only lost 2, but feel pretty good. I was getting to the point where my body just wasn't used to the extra weight I place ached that didn't before and I just didn't feel myself. Still not the same, but not as bad either. It can only get better right??

It's the snacking that I am missing, not so much food specifically. I have not been tempted eat anything that I am not supposed to...not yet at least. I have discovered Wendy's spring salads and just made the balsamic chicken from the book. It's fabulous. I had to get the reduced fat ranch because I keep forgetting to make dressing at home. Tonight we are trying the marinated london broil. Oh definitely love the "mashed potoatoe". Even Tim liked them and he's not a big fan of cauliflour either.

20 Pounds.....Great job. :cp: Are you exercising as well?


sweet tooth
07-08-2004, 06:57 PM
Great to hear that you are trying different recipes. I haven't been doing that much, but haven't really felt much like eating since I had the surgery 3 weeks ago. I think the not eating has actually stalled my weight loss. I am in a bit of a funk right now, but the weight has gone down 2 pounds this week, so far.

I started to exercise 2 weeks ago - I do a 30 - 35 minute power walk at lunch time. We have an indoor and outdoor track where I work. The indoor track is around the ice arena, so I opt to walk there because it is cooler when you start to work up a sweat. People driving by can't see you, either. :D I went once 2 weeks ago, once last week, then committed to every lunch break from now until the end of next week - we leave for Puerto Vallarta at the end of next week. The exercise has gone really well this week, but the pounds are not coming off as quickly as I expected they would when I started to exercise. However, they are still dropping a bit.

I guess the most important part is to be patient, keep with the program and you will eventually see the results.

little chick
07-08-2004, 09:11 PM
Welcome to the have found yourself a bunch of great buddies. This is the best group of chicks you will get lots of support and great info.

07-12-2004, 09:51 AM
Well it's almost a week into SB and am down 5.5 lbs. I was getting frustrated at first, because I didn't see anything happening at first, but today I did. I am getting tired of eating eggs and salads every day. I am not a big egg person so eating them every morning is an issue. I eat them, but can't wait for next Tuesday when I can introduce something new foods back into my diet.

Happy dieting!

07-12-2004, 10:06 AM
Shequila, welcome to the Beach!! :wave:
WOW, you're doing so well, hon! Keep it up! :hat:

07-12-2004, 11:03 AM
Congratulations on the weightloss, Shequila! :cp: :high: :cp:

There are lots of things you can eat besides eggs and salad! There are several posts in this forum on those topics, and great recipes in the recipe forum for more ideas. Try eating leftovers for breakfast and lunch of the dinner from the day before. Yum! :T

sweet tooth
07-12-2004, 11:04 AM
WTG. I knew that, being patient, would be successful. I get a little down once in a while, too, especially when I am following the plan perfectly and then gain. :o

I had a bad week last week, but when I weighed this morning, I was down 2.6 pounds. :dancer:

Have a great week. Take care.

07-12-2004, 12:01 PM
Thanks Ellis....It's great to have such support here! :cb:

07-12-2004, 12:04 PM
Great job Peggy. That's great. I know what you mean about following the plan can get boring after a while, especially in phase1. I have been trying hard to find different things to eat to spice things up a little. So far so good.

Keep up the good work! Happy dieting!


07-12-2004, 12:07 PM
Thank you for your kind words. I have found some great recipes here, and will certainly look for more. Leftovers are a great idea. I usually end up eating the leftover chicken or steak on my salads.

07-28-2004, 12:42 PM
hi Shequila, i'm just starting ph1 7/28 day 2, haven't lost yet, also 35, no kids, skinny boyfriend, need to loose 25 pounds, how's it going so far? thanks, kikilai

07-28-2004, 01:58 PM
Hi Kikilai...congratulations on starting SB. Once you get further along into Phase 1 you will find it's so easy. I think it's a great diet to be on. I am rarely hungry and if I am it's because I have gone too long without food. I just started my 4th week and have lost 9.5lbs and down a size. :cheer: I definitely finding myself more organized grocery shopping and planning out meals. Also spending more each time I shop, but that's ok it's because I am buying better foods.

What made you decide to start the SBD? How have you found the last 2 days to be? If you can definitely stick it out thourgh Phase 1, you'll find it worth it. This site is a great reference for me. The recipes are for the most part wonderful and the people are so great at keeping motivation going. And don't be afraid to ask any question on the boards...pretty much anything goes.

My boyfriend is also doing it with me which makes it easier...especially come meal time. though he eats more fish and seafood than I do. I am allergic. but the rest of the meals we can both eat.

Glad your on the beach! The water and sand it just right!
Good Luck!

07-28-2004, 04:17 PM
Hi Sheila, thanks for the encouragement! [9.5lbs and down a size]
- It sounds like you're rocking!

[I definitely finding myself more organized grocery shopping and planning out meals. Also spending more each time I shop, but that's ok it's because I am buying better foods.]
- Do you make detailed shopping lists? I was bringing the book to the store.

[What made you decide to start the SBD? How have you found the last 2 days to be? If you can definitely stick it out thourgh Phase 1, you'll find it worth it.]
- the diet sounds sensible and my friend is doing WW i can't imagine counting points, but she lost 21 lbs! So I hope some good momentum from loss in Phase 1 will get me encouraged to stick with it down to my goal, i'm a little lacking energy, which I wasn't expecting.

- thanks so much for the cheering on!