Originally Posted by ckb1432003
I'm supposed to start Phase II today - after being on Phase I for 2 weeks. I've considered staying on Phase I for 4 weeks. How did it go for you?
Well, this is my second time doing South Beach. the first was in 2004 before Hurricane Ivan. I can honestly tell you that eating MRE's IS a diet disaster! Those things are designed for soldiers on the battlefield carrying 20 pound packs and tons of equipment, so they have a million calories each meal!
I didn't intend to stay on phase 1 for so long, but I allowed myself to get hungry and wound up eating a bag of prok rinds. I discovered that low carb foods are not necessarily legal on South Beach. So, I did another 2 weeks on phase 1. I was a little more careful.
The first time I transitioned into phase 2, back in 2004, I discovered that I needed to count my calories. FitDay will give you an estimate of your caloric needs. Since I will be on the road in outside sales, I will need to keep a paper journal - I don't have a laptop or Blackberry or anything like that! I also learned that keeping a food diary keeps you "honest." Even before I discovered South Beach, I was less likely to eat something naughty if I knew I had to write it down - especially if someone else was going to read it! I considered using the journals here on 3FC, but I don't know that I'll have the time.
Besides that, I think the best advice is taking it slowly when adding the good carbs.
Oh, I can also recommend something I picked up from the sales training I am reading. Buy yourself a spiral notebook and write out your goals (don't type them in the computer - write them out longhand on paper). Rewrite your goals EVERY DAY! The physical act of writing connects your mind and your body to your goals, and doing it daily keeps your goals in your consciousness! This is good for any type of goal: weight loss goals, financial goals, professional goals, educational goals, whatever.