Summerlake, one of the first and most important lessons to learn as you follow the South Beach program, is PATIENCE! The weight isn't going to melt off overnight but if you stick to it, it will come off and you will be so much more healthy. I was one that did do phase one a little longer but eventually did move on to what I consider phase 1.5. Looking back, I don't think it did me a lick of good staying on phase one longer than the two weeks. If I were you, I would follow the book and SLOWLY move on. Wishing you success whichever way you go.
I will remain on plan for one full year without giving up no matter what!
One for every ten pounds lost
1st goal by 01/01/11 - 270 met 12 31 10!
2nd goal by 03/19/11 - 250 lbs met 03 16 11
3rd goal - 242 lbs Oops - have to work on this one again.
4th goal - 212 lbs when I will move from being obese to just overweight