South Beach Diet - Getting Started - Phase I - March 5

03-06-2006, 09:17 PM
I am just starting today. I tried South Beach a couple of years ago, but didn't make it through Phase 1. I really believe that I am more motivated this time.

hunters mom
03-06-2006, 10:27 PM
I just started SB today, too. I just wanted to say "hi" Hope your first day went really well. Mine went fine for the first day. I just have to get back to drinking enough water again. Take care.

03-07-2006, 07:20 AM
Star10over and huntersmom -

03-07-2006, 09:29 AM
Hi there. I just started again yesterday. This will be the first time with the support of the fine people of this site. I decided to give up all flour products for Lent to support my child in giving up his playstation. Then it occurred to me that this would be the best time to start phase 1 of the plan!! Problem is that we are supposed to be going to a PIZZA PARTY for his basket ball team tonight. I'll be eating before we go! Hopefully I maybe able to skip it and ask DH to go alone, so I can stay home with the 22 month old. That is the plan. Hahaha. Wish me luck.

03-07-2006, 09:39 AM
:welcome: to The Beach. I am going to convert this thread into a Phase I Starters on March 5 so we can share ideas,

hunters mom
03-07-2006, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone. Just a question. I have read so many things the past few days - I thought my book said if you work out with SB that you could start/should start on phase 2? Is this correct & how much exercise are we talking about? Too, I think I cheated unintentionally this morn. I had a cup serving of the South Beach Cereal & 2% milk. I don't miss the grains but had already bought it & was in a hurry. I should wait, huh? Thanks for the help.

03-07-2006, 04:00 PM
Yup, wait for Phase II to eat grains.
Do you have a page number for the statement on Phase II if exercising? I don't seem able to find it - not that I'm working out! :shrug:

hunters mom
03-07-2006, 05:03 PM
I have read so many things lately :dizzy: (boards, my book, anything I can find to do this correctly) I must have confused one thing with another. I looked a little bit ago and can't remember. Anyway, if you all haven't heard of it I'm sure it's my mistake - just reading too much getting confused. Thanks for the help - I am just going to start over tomorrow. Thanks for the help. :)

03-07-2006, 05:08 PM
Hi ladies,

I am starting SB tomorrow, good luck and hopefully se can all benefit from this website and SB's. I am so happy I found a place where everyone is struggling like me and I can just work on my weight.

03-07-2006, 05:35 PM
Welcome Nd2lose and hunters mom! :wave:

I've been on SB for about 3 weeks now and I'm down 9 lbs. It's a slow and hard process - but I know you will find this site useful - at least I know that I have. :carrot:

hunters mom
03-07-2006, 07:05 PM
Hi everyone. Today went ok other than I have decided to start over tomorrow for my slip with the cereal. Other than that everything has gone well. I need to set some goals for exercise. May do that tonight, it's been a long day. I hope everyone's day went well.

Britmum - I love the idea of doing this with Lent - I hadn't thought of that - good luck with the pizza party.

Thanks for the warm welcomes :):wave:

03-07-2006, 08:24 PM
Hi everyone,
I decided to start the SBD on 2/26 based solely on the info I got here but since I didn't have the book at the time I'm sure I wasn't following it accurately. But you guys are very informative! I'm still reading the book and following phase 2. I really needed to get over my carb addiction. I'm finding the book soooo informative. It's really got me thinking about my kids' diet with all the bread and cereal they eat!

I feel like I'm doing very well and I feel good too. I love to exercise, which I usually do 5-6x a week...usually Tae-bo or The Firm. I'm hoping to have a more sculpted bod by summer! Good luck everyone!

03-08-2006, 12:52 AM
Hi everyone!!

Today was my 2nd day in Phase 1. Went well except I definitely am realizing I have a caffeine addiction..the stuff:devil: is hard to do without. I had 2 regular cups of coffee to get me over the hump at work and a regular diet Coke with lunch. Is it such a big deal if we have 3 caffeinated beverages per day? I've also been drinking lots of water between 64 & 70ozs plus diet 7Up with dinner. Food is going good..need to search out a few more recipes especially make-ahead breakfast ones. And as for exercise, I did get to Curves today. Tomorrow may use elliptical trainer just to shake up routine a bit.

Sue :)

hunters mom
03-08-2006, 11:24 AM
Ok I thought I would show you all my menu & see what you think. This is for today:

B: 2% cottage cheese & tomatoes

S: String Cheese

L: Taco chicken (got it from the menus here) & cucumbers w/tomatoes

S: 30 pistachios

D: Probably left over taco chicken & a salad
D: Fudge Pop - whatever those things are called

& my goal is 120 oz. water a day

Exercise::carrot: Still working on a plan - what do you think does that sound ok? Oh ya & I need to eat some beans - I will eat some Northern beans with dinner.

03-08-2006, 02:03 PM
Well, today is day three and boy am I having a hard time. I did miss the pizza party!! Hahaha. That made it easy. But today is tough. I can do without the bread (lent guilt makes it easy), but I just want to eat my body weight in dark chocolate. Especially the dark chocolate esspresso truffles by Choxi at Target. Oh sorry there I go dreaming again.
Anyone has having a tough third day? How did you get through it? It's only 1pm, I have all day to go!!!!!!!!!

03-09-2006, 02:54 PM
Today is day 4 and starting to get over the cravings. Which is great, but I am so thirsty. I have absolutley no problem filling my water quota. Is anyone else having this problem? plus a slight headache, but that is expected.

03-09-2006, 05:11 PM
Hello, :hug:
Everyone, I have already posted before, but this is going to be my first time to SBD and I am kind of excited. I started dieting on Monday originally, this was on my own. I have been trying to watch what I eat and have been doing tybo for 30 minutes a night. I have gotten very sore, so I know I am doing the right thing. I have been drinking alot of water. I even bought them slimquick tablets (fat burners for women). Well this morning before work, I made the mistake of getting on the scale and noticed that I have not lost 1 pound. Of course I came to work and was very discouraged and depressed. I talked to my Fiances step daughter and she told me about this website, so I got on and looked. I had been considering doing this diet and now, after reading. It makes me want to do this. I think the hardest thing for me is cutting the alcohal for 14 days. We have poker parties on the weekends, so this is going to be serious will power. I do need to go purchase the book, for a better perspective, but I have been looking at some of the recipes you all have posted and it really doesn't look that bad.

My goal isn't to extreme, I am a small girl to begin with, but I have gained a little weight over the winter. 13 pounds is what I want to lose. I am getting married May 19th and I pray to god I could accomplish this. IS THIS IMPOSSIBLE IN PHASE 1??? and all the other phases SB does??

Well thanks for all the wonderful info on this sight and I look forward to your responses.


03-09-2006, 10:26 PM
I just started SBD again on Monday. Lost 40 lbs. on it last spring and summer. Then there was Halloween,Thanksgiving,and Christmas. Needless to say, I have gained 30 lbs. back. Holidays should not be allowed!!!!
Anyway, I'm back into the swing of things. Good job to all of us!

03-09-2006, 11:06 PM
Just a question. I have read so many things the past few days - I thought my book said if you work out with SB that you could start/should start on phase 2? Is this correct & how much exercise are we talking about?

Hunter's mom, you may have gotten that info from reading various posts here... Some folks feel fatigued, lightheaded , weak and wonky when they begin on phase 1, so some opt to not introduce exercise during the intial phase or until they begin to feel like themselves again. If you are just starting to exercise try to start with 20 mins to 30 and work up from there. You might try walking first.. Some folks love the Walk away the pounds series by Denise Austin.. Check out the Fitness forum for info on good videos or exercises...!

Re: The daily menu posted-- just a build here.. aim for at least 4 cups of veggies a day

Broomy-- Is it such a big deal if we have 3 caffeinated beverages per day?

GOOD GAWD I hope not !!! I need 3 Cups of cawfee :coffee: just to get my heart started! I haven't had a problem with it..

Britmum Today is day 4 and starting to get over the cravings. Which is great, but I am so thirsty. I have absolutley no problem filling my water quota. Is anyone else having this problem? plus a slight headache, but that is expected.

Yes, some folks have noted that they do get more thirsty on phase 1..You might want to check the amount of Sodium you are consuming.. That was the culprit for me!

Sharis, I think I answered a part of your questions on another thread... for your size and frame and about 8 weeks till May 19.. it might be close to 13 pounds.. Some folks opt to stay on phase 1 for 3 weeks... others opt to do what we call phase 1.5.. We add back the good carbs slowly, and not many at once. For example, some will add just a sourdough or WW muffin in the morning and stay phase 1 the rest of the day.. You also might want to run your calories thru alot of weight loss is about calories in and calories out.. you can use the weight loss forcaster to determine how many cals you need to reduce in order to loose X pounds by X date...
Just loose weight safely and in a healthy way darlin' :hug:
Regarding thoses slim quick tablets... We have a thread called " Does it work" is a link to the discussion and good information on those pills...

Good Work everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grouphug:

hunters mom
03-10-2006, 01:11 AM
Thanks Schatzi

I haven't felt bad yet, maybe a bit sluggish in the morning but I have my coffee & that seems to do the trick. I have been walking some - we have a long road up to our house that's perfect, I have tried the yoga/pilates tape but with a 2 year old it works much better for him to get on his 4 wheeler & truck right along with me, otherwise he's try to jump on top of me & play because I'm in the floor.:dizzy: I will look for the tape you suggested - I am assuming this is something I can do indoors. That would be great for when we do have cold weather - not often but when we do. :) Texas is a strange place for weather - you wake up it's cold you get home it's hot lately. crazy...I need something for indoors.

We had a huge storm last night that knocked down part of the barn so that started a pretty stressful day - I had to call my husband to come home & fix it, then I went into work late & the day went down hill from there. Thankfully, I had prepared my food last night so I was able to stay on track.

I hope everyone's day went better than mine & thanks for all the great information & help. Take care.

03-10-2006, 08:43 AM
Just wanted to let you you all know that Walk Away the Pounds is Leslie Sansone. (not denise Austin, although she has good stuff too!) :)

I love Walk away the POunds. you can google it for her web site and you can find the tapes on ebay and too for cheaper probably!

03-10-2006, 08:54 AM
OOps! Thanks Debbie!!!:o

03-11-2006, 08:08 AM
Okay ladies, how have you done so far? Is the weekend daunting or what? I have to say that I cheated (treated as Dr A likes to say) last night. My family and I went to the neighbours and had cocktails while the kids played. She made Melontini's for the wives, they were FANTASTIC!!!! Not sickly either. Vodka, melon liquor and pinapple juice. But the best part, when I got up today I have lost 4lbs this week!! That's shocking! In a good way. I've NEVER done that before. So YEA to South Beach.

TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY. Even with the rotton weather we have coming.

03-11-2006, 08:13 AM
Hunters mom. How is the barn? I have a little guy who will turn 2 in May and he thinks its fun to climb all over mummy too when she is trying to exercise at home. It's hard to concentrate on your deep breathing when you have a hot wheel stuck up your nose!