Hi everyone! I am a newbie to this board and I came here because I am really struggling with Phase 1. I am in the middle of week 2 and am having a hard time keeping motivated. I canít believe that Iím the only out there that is having so much trouble on the SBD. I chose this plan because Iíve heard itís not TOO restrictive, you lose weight quickly and really learn how to eat healthy.
First off, I have a good 17lbs to lose. I lost 3.5lbs the first week. I weighed this morning and have lost another 1.5 lbs bringing my total up to 5lbs lost. I usually only weigh myself once a week but I cheated yesterday and just needed to see where I am for motivation. I cheated badlyÖÖ.terrible. I had m&ms!!!!
I feel sooo guilty. It wasnít that I was craving something sweet itís that Iím SOOO hungry. And Iím sooooo sick of celery sticks with LLC, cucumbers, cheese sticks, etc. I think Iím going to start clucking if I eat any more eggs. I am not a big fan of eggs to begin with (no matter how they are cooked or what I try to disguise them with) I AM SICK OF EGGS! I have eaten more eggs in the past week and a half than I have all year. That said, I still feel guilty about those m&ms so I dutifully got up this morning and made myself eggs and turkey bacon. Since I cheated do I have to start the whole Phase 1 over or can I just keep moving forward?
About the hunger thing, I know Iím eating reasonable portions. Not too small but normal. Is it just that my appetite is maybe Ďgetting used toí the smaller more normal sized portions? I go to bed hungry almost every night and usually feel hungry about an hour after I eat. I feel like Iím eating plenty and that I shouldnít want more. Yes, I eat salad and vegetables. Plenty of them. I drink plenty of water, that (thankfully) is not a problem for me. I have been putting some Caffeine Free, Calorie Free artificially flavored sparkling water in my regular water. (Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate and Potassium Benzoate, malic acid, natural and artifical flavor, sucralose (splenda), acesulfame, potassium, neotame). Iím assuming this is ok as it canít be any worse than a diet soda. I just use a splash to give my water some flavor when I get sick of drinking Ďjust water.í I do eat snacks but I am totally sick of my choices. I like cheese but am really starting to get burnt out on it, same with celery and cucumbers. I eat nuts but have a hard time sticking to the allowed amount. In fact, last week I didnít even realize there was any kind of restriction so I ate WAY more than was allowed. When I realized this I backed off. I did go out and by some sugar free Jell-O. I really donít like Jell-O. Itís not the taste, but the feeling of it. Itís just soÖÖweird. But I am going to give it a shot. I was surprised that Sugar Free Cool Whip is so yummy. I had a hard time finding SF fudgsicles. I havenít even had one yet. I bought some over the weekend (Carb something) but then yesterday looked at the ingredients and it has Cocoa in it (plus a zillion other unpronounceable things) so thatís a no-no, right? They also have 100 calories each and weíre supposed to only eat 75 calories of that stuff a day. It was the only brand my local store had. I stopped at another store (slightly out of the way going to work) and they had the Popsicle brand SF Fudgicles so I got those. I hope those are ok because otherwise Iím at a loss.
I have the SBD book with all the recipes. I really have never cooked; I hate it and am not good at it. I also work 2 jobs and have a 2yo so donít have a lot of time to cook. The weekends are just as busy as the weekdays so itís not like I can spend all day Sunday cooking. I would rather stick a red-hot poker in my eye. Iíve been trying to find diet friendly FAST meals. Does anyone really have time to cook all those (seemingly Ė to me anyway) complicated meals that include so many things that I donít have on hand? I have had to resort to a few frozen SBD meals due to lack of time but they are expensive and not very tasty anyway. I just bought them so I wouldnít run to fast food.
Other inadvertent mistakes Iíve made: the ĎLiteí salad dressing that Iíve been using has sugar in it (didnít realize it until yesterday), I was eating Virginia Baked ham and not boiled ham (ummm, I didnít see anything called Ďboiledí ham at the deli), Iíve been eating turkey breast from the deli (shaved) but it doesnít say Ďlow fatí (is it naturally low fat or does it have to SAY low fat to be allowed?). So now I have a bunch of lunch meat in my refrigerator that I donít think I can eat. Oh and I canít find turkey sausage either. I can find the kind that is like turkey Italian sausage but not the ground breakfast kind. I made the egg cups with sausage (Jimmy Dean 50% less fat) and reduced fat cheese but now realize that I canít have it b/c of the sausage. I will try to make them with turkey bacon. It still has eggs though.
Is anyone else finding that they spend a fortune on food? Or at least way more than you used to? I am on a tight budget and am pretty frugal. I could eat very inexpensively (and poorly I guess) by matching coupons and sales. I could get things pretty cheaply and would stock up on things. Now I have a pantry full of soup, instant potatoes, rice dishes, pasta, etc. that I canít eat. I will donate some of it to a local food bank but still, itís a lot of food! I have probably spent more on food in the past week and a half than I did all last month! Yikes!!
I would like to try to stick to this because it obviously works but between the cost, the time it takes to prepare all these complicated foods and the restrictiveness I am really struggling. I am not a big Ďcarbí eater, I really donít miss the bread or pasta or potatoes at all. The only thing I miss is microwave popcorn. I donít really care about anything else. I just feel like Iím eating the same things over and over and over.
I am going to try those ricotta pancake things though since I canít bear the thought of another egg. Of course I have to go buy some ricotta cheese and hope that my grocery store has ďLiteĒ or part-skim (Iíve never seen that particular phrase before). Iím not sure if I like ricotta cheese. Is that the stuff that some people put in lasagna? If so I might have a problem with it. Hopefully it takes on a different consistency in the pancakes. I did find some SF syrup, itís not Davinci brand (couldnít find it) but Roddenberryís Northwoods. I didnít see anything bad in the ingredients list but Iím new to this so I hope itís ok.
I swear, Iím almost done but I have a couple more questions. On P49 of the book, he says that mayonnaise is ok, as long as you donít overdo it. ĎRemember to use the regular kind, not the low fat.í Is that just for Phase 2 and beyond or is it ok for Phase 1? The recipe for Cilantro Mayonnaise (P179) uses reduced-fat mayonnaise. Is mayonnaise ok or not? Real or low fat? Iíve been eating my lunch meat plain because I donít know if I can have mayonnaise.
Iím sorry for the novel and thank you if you made it this far. I guess Iím just looking for some support/advice/motivation to keep going. I was SOOO frustrated last night after realizing that my salad dressing was a no-no and then when I went to go heat my Bumble Bee tuna steak (vacuum packed) I realized there was some sugar in the marinade it was in. I think it was Lemon cracked pepper tuna or something like that. The ingredients listed 0 sugars but the ingredients showed some sugar in the sauce. That sent me over the edge. I had to eat it (with a salad of course) because itís all I had in the house to eat and I was not dragging my 2yo out to the store. I only ate half though because it was pretty nasty anyway. But I was just feeling like I couldnít eat ANYTHING. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!!