I'm new too - though I've done South Beach before. The first two weeks *are* really tough, particularly breakfast. Luckily, I like eggs enough to choke them down for the first couple of weeks until I can get to more interesting choices.
I like the science of how it all works. It just makes sense - I love that it's not counting carbs or "low-carb". It's just "smart carb" and that's a good fit for my body/situation. I hope you find that continuing on the beach is a reasonable lifestyle change for you, too. Phase 2 makes that a LOT easier.
And I'm right here with you - tomorrow marks Day 1 on the beach for me. Again. (Fell COMPLETELY off the wagon after losing my dad and brother, but hopping back on...)
We can do it!!