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Old 06-05-2011, 05:13 AM   #1  
A chocoholic on a diet!
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Hi girls!
Let me briefly introduce myself and my goals
I am Tina, I am 33, mom of 5 1/2 year old twins. I was (all my life) a lean girl until at age 24 we started trying for a baby and I did 3 years of various infertility treatments, pills, shots, pretty much anything my doctor(s) could get their hands on... Eventually, I got pregnant but at that poing had gained 100lbs!! I went from a size 12 to a size 22!!!

Then I had a super stressful and difficult pregnancy, lost one of my triplets, my boys were preemies, one suffered brain damage and then the road to getting John to his feet started...I never lost the weight (I only gained 26lbs during my pregnancy which I lost the minute the boys were out of me).

For a few years it was at the back of my mind but I am a very active mom, although I am married, my husband works two jobs (I also work) so I am all alone in everything, I am on my feet almost all day. I do not exercise other than walking for 30 minutes every day vigorously.

I think the wake up call came for me, when we decided we want another baby. NO way I am getting pregnant weighing this much.
I now weigh 266lbs and I am 5' 7". Quantity wise I do not eat that much but after reading the South Beach diet book I came to realize I was eating ALL THE WRONG THINGS!!! (except white bread lol).

I have been on P1 losely for a week but strictly only for 3 days and I have already lost more than 4lbs!! I am SO determined this time mainly because it is SO easy. I haven't been hungry, I went to a Christening yesterday and at the party afterwards I ate until I wasn't hungry anymore and everything in my plate was on the South Beach food list (lean meat, salad and low fat cheese).
I even had a cup of coffee later (I bring my own sugra substitute and low fat milk) and a glass of Diet Cola.

For a moment I wanted to grab some fresh cherries and strawberries as I am a huge fruit eater but every time I had a "pang" for fruit I got up and put some more salad and meat in my plate until I wasn't hungry anymore.
Another trick I do is, I always go for the small, dessert plates rather than the huge dinner plates. That makes get up and go through the line again if I am hungry and forces me to think about what and how much I am eating.

I am also adding swimming to my regimen, twice a week but we will probably do more than that now that it is summer. We live in Athens, Greece and any beach is about 20 minutes away from where I live.

I am a bit scared of messing up the diet but my best friend is also on a diet (the Duncan diet) so we are spurring each on. She was the first person I called this morning to tell her I've lost 4lbs already and the first few days I was loose about it lol

Ok so that's it for now
Keeping my fingers crossed
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:12 AM   #2  
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Hi Tina and welcome. So sorry about your difficult road. I give you props for going for another kid - I'm overwhelmed with one and can't imagine more. My son also had some developmental delays as a young child (resolved now) so I know how stressful that can be, both emotionally and tactically in terms of getting services, etc. Anyway, South Beach is great and yes, I also find it easy to eat the SB way when out at parties or a restaurant. Welcome and post here each day on the on plan thread and daily really helps to keep focused.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:33 AM   #3  
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to The Beach, Tina! I, too, am sorry about your difficulties and hope the future is looking brighter.

You sound like you have your head in the right place and are prepared and determined to make this lifestyle change a big success, and I wish you luck.

Checking in here every day will help to keep you motivated and on-track, and we look forward to getting to know you!
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:53 AM   #4  
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I started my lifestyle change at about the same weight as you are now. I didn't start with South Beach but just by making better choices. It worked for awhile but then I found I needed to have a more structured plan. When I decided to start SBD, I found, too, that in many cases I was still eating the wrong foods. I can say from experience that the last 40 pounds came off much easier following SBD than the first 40 did following "my own plan."

You said, "I am a bit scared of messing up the diet..." From my experience, it is pretty easy to stay on track with SBD. You proved that at your Christening. You made good choices for the phase that you are on. Just keep up the good work and you will find it gets easier and easier.

When you have an off day on any plan the best thing to do is get right back on track. I have found that by making a daily committment here that it is so much easier to get right back OP. Having a diet buddy like you do helps so much.

You have really excelled through lots of difficult life events. You have the strength you need to start losing weight and then keeping it off for good!

Best wishes!
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:26 PM   #5  
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Welcome! I find that if I post what I am eating on the "On plan thread" that is helps in stay on my plan. It is also a great place to find out some other ideas of things to eat.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:12 AM   #6  
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Welcome, Tina. Nice to meet you.
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