Hello…I’ve been lurking around for about 6 weeks & finally decide to join, I figured it couldn’t hurt; I need all the help I can get.
I did the SBD about 3 years ago and lost about 50lbs. I did it all wrong (even after I read the book) I was determined to lose weight, I didn’t care how…well that bit me in the a** BIG time. I stayed on phase 1 for 6 months; I ate nothing but salad w/oil & vinegar, eggs & cheese…that’s it! Needless to say I lost 50lbs in 6 months, I went off the diet (because it was Christmas time) and after that I couldn’t get my act together to get back on it (looking back I’m grateful I didn’t get back on it) in about a year and a half’s time I gained it all back, plus I think about 10 extra pounds on top of it.
I started South Beach (this time) on March 3rd, 2008 and so far things are going very well. The last time I weighed myself was 10 days ago (I try to only weigh in every few weeks) and I was down 16.5 lbs. which I am very happy about, it also gives me the motivation to continue. The problem I seem to be having at this point is that I may be over doing it on fruit. I can’t help it, I love fruit! Being a vegetarian, not necessarily a proper one - since I do eat some fish – I have always lived on a lot of fruits and veggies. When I first switched to phase 2 I did ok with the fruit, my first fruit addition was ½ a granny smith apple with peanut butter, I was very content & happy with that…now I am addicted to it, I eat a whole apple with peanut better almost every single day. Is that bad? But I also eat a small about of fruit in my steel cut oats that I eat for breakfast every morning (not much, when making it I usually put ½ C. of dried fruit, if even that much or a whole apple chopped up) a 2 qrt. crock pot lasts for almost a week (I don’t eat it all, I do share it with one of the ladies I work with) so I’m figuring that it’s not that much fruit for breakfast in the long run. I also will occasionally make a parfait type thing with yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and sometimes a little SB granola and eat it as my morning snack or eat a variety of berries and a cheese stick for a snack – usually my morning snack. Over about the last week I have begun cutting out my morning snack, I just don’t feel hungry or feel that I need to eat the snack. If I do decide to eat something it’s been something small, like a cheese stick.
My normal routine is:
Approx. ¾ C. Steel cut oats (mixed with fruit & nuts) and ½ C. 1% milk
1 hard boiled egg (no yolk – I throw that part away…YUCK!)
1 glass of Hot & Spicy V8
2 cups coffee w/ equal and 1% milk
Parfait – as described above (totals about 1C.) OR
Mixed berries (about ¾ - 1C.) & a cheese stick OR
5 slices of Cracker Barrel 2% cheese w/ yellow mustard OR
SBD snack bar (love the nut ones)
Salad (lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, zucchini, olives, chick peas, tomatoes, celery, red onions, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, chopped egg, cheese, sun flower seeds…anything else I can find) with Walden Farms or SDB dressing
PM Snack (usually around 5:30 – I try to grab a snack before I head to my 2nd job)
Apple with PB (sometimes this is my dessert) OR
2 pickle spears & a cheese stick OR
7 Trader Joe’s “triscuits” OR
SBD snack bar OR
1 piece of Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Grain Fiber Bread (6 grams of fiber per slice) toasted with peanut butter
Dinner (occasionally a SBD meal replacement bar – if I get home from work really late)
Veggies – lots & lots
Some type of fish or meat substitute
Dessert (only eaten maybe twice a week)
Apple w/ PB
SB snack bar
I made a loaf of banana bread last week – twice I had a slice of that for a snack/dessert
That’s about it. I also try to drink 4 or 5 bottles of water a day.
The one thing I miss the most…Kraft Macaroni & Cheese…the cheap stuff with the powdered cheese…ok, I have to stop talking about it now… I use to eat a ton of pasta, any kind, since I don’t eat meat, I always turned to pasta. Growing up as a kid and even until I started this diet, I would eat pasta at least 4 times a week…that’s what you do when you are Italian.
I have to admit; at this point I do not exercise. In all honesty I can not fit it into my schedule. I work 2 jobs & go to college – that doesn’t leave any time for exercising (or anything else for that matter). I have told myself that once this semester is over I will try to start walking the days that I do not have to go to my second job. I am not buying a gym membership…I know that would be a big waste of money.
Anyways…that’s me…I hope I didn’t ramble on to much, I have a tendency to do that.
Last but not least I have a few questions:
I am not a fan of tofu, I’ve only tried it a couple of times but I still haven’t found a way to cook it that I can actually enjoy. Does anyone have any recipes for it that are good?
I absolutely love the Snap Pea Crisps from Trader Joes’s. Are they ok for phase 2?
The ingredients are: green peas, corn oil, rice, salt, calcium carbonate, ascorbic acid
Serving Size – 1oz, 3.3 servings per bag
Calories from fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g
Sat. Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbs 14g
Dietary Fiber 2g
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these are ok…because I just ate ½ a bag…oh the shame…I told myself not to buy them when I was at Trader Joe’s today!!!
What type of fruit yogurt am I allowed to eat? I can’t figure that out for the life of me. Could some one please tell me what brand/kind they buy?
Thanks for your help and best of luck!