Hi! I've been browsing through the posts all morning, so I thought I'd give myself a formal introduction.
I'm 26 years old and I've never worried about my weight much, I've always been a little heavy, but it didn't concern me too much. My family has a history of heart troubles, high blood pressure, diabetes, the works, and I was attracted to the SBD because of its healthy properties. I haven't started experiencing any of those problems yet, and I don't want to!
My sister and a friend both started the SBD earlier this month, and I was flipping through her copy and thought it seemed like a healthy way to eat. So I started incorporating the recommendations into my normal diet. Then I went to the doctor and learned I was only about 10 pounds away from the high end of my "ideal" weight, so I decided I might as well go for it!
I started Phase 1 yesterday morning. It's been a little harder than I expected, I got a terrible sugar-withdrawal headache last night, but I'm optimistic and I keep reminding myself that it will go away. It'll be nice to not NEED sugar all the time.
My boyfriend was a little wary of the whole idea, he had visions of tofu and raw broccoli 24/7, I imagine. He got over it once I showed him all the delicious food in the cookbook (the cookbook's really what won me over on this diet!), and now he's jumped on the SB bandwagon, too!
What I'm most excited about is getting into the habit of eating healthy food and fitting into my old clothes. :-) I'm also looking forward to finishing Phase 1 so I can start eating oatmeal for breakfast. Eggs first thing in the morning is tough on someone not used to eating breakfast in the first place. ;-)
Anyhow, it's been great reading all of your posts! This is a great forum and I look forward to hanging around here often!
Current Weight (8/19/04): 163lbs
Goal Weight: 140lbs