I am brand new to the site, and after browsing around, decided that joining looked great... A quick intro: I'm 25, live in DC working at a think tank (not exactly a hotbed of physical activity, unless you count wandering to the library every now and again to pick up back-issues of the American Economic Review), and (obviously) need to lose weight. I'm aiming for 80 lbs. I like to golf (little opportunity, sadly), read, watch snarky British tv programs and tend to be a bit sarcastic.
I just ordered the South Beach Diet (I just turned 25, and writing that number down, as well as certain other less-than-desirable numbers (read: weight), made me realize it was time to take some action.
I read various articles, and I like the idea of structure--I can justify a lot of things if I am allowed too much leeway to cheat. I have a few concerns, though...
One: Caffeine. I am a diet soda addict... I probably drink at least three cans a day (on average--depending on what I am going it could be more.) I don't know if I can get rid of all diet soda--the idea scares me. I know water is healthier, and I am going to up my intake, but I don't think I can get rid of all soda.
Two: Booze. I'm young and single in a city and, well, I like to drink every now and again. I don't think the two weeks will be a problem, but am I supposed to swear off all alcohol forever? Brr... Sometimes a girl needs a vodka tonic or a mimosa or what-have-you...
Those are the big two, though I have a few other questions. Is there anything about smoking (yes, I know I should quit, but I can't cut everything pleasurable-but-horrible-for-me out of my life at one time because while I may be healthy, I'll also be insane)? It doesn't affect the glycemic index or metabolism or anything all that much does it (physiology is not my strong suit)?
Oh, also, vegetables. I really don't like vegetables. Not "I prefer not to eat them" but "the taste of cooked broccoli triggers my gag reflex." From what I've seen on the menus, I think I should be okay, but how vegetable-dependent is this diet? I might try and force myself to try a few more, but I know my limitations and they don't extend to green beans.
Despite all of my complaining, I am really motivated to start. I looked over the plan, and it seems pretty doable. I've also found an exercise buddy to keep me motivated to go to the gym.
This looks like a great forum, and I hope to learn a lot more by hanging around. I apologize for the length of the post but I'm both chatty and curious... Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks, and nice to "meet" you all!