Saturday, October 20, 2007

The South Beach Diet

So my day has been OK I had my usual breakfast which consists of a bowl of cereal, two slices of toast with flora (butter substitute) and a glass of orange juice. Then for lunch I had some chicken nuggets 7 to be exact, a packet of leek cheese and ham pasta and sauce, a whole baguette with flora, and two glasses of sparkling wine. For dinner we went out I got fajitas (they don't do justice to actual fajitas this is England). It came with a salad no dressing some tortilla chips and guacamole (not very many tortilla chips). I had a glass of water and a vodka and coke.

As recommended to me by who is also doing the south beach diet and has had fantastic results I might add. I thought I'd give it a go. So i picked up the books and have had a quick read through so far It doesn't sound like it will kill me (maybe for the first two weeks eek no bread)! I have never had veg in the morning and other than bacon and maybe sausage I have never had meet in the morning either. It will definitely be interesting it would be great if i had a good result for the first two weeks. I need to read the book a bit more and pick up some stuff at the store. I am not looking forward to the fish part of it as I hate hate hate seafood.

My husband and I went out to eat today with some people we don't really know. We parked at the bottom of a small hill lucky me! I started walking ahead of everyone else because I know I'm slow and they would catch up with me eventually also I knew i would be out of breath and didn't want to embarrass myself. I was still a little ways ahead so when I got to the top of the hill I stopped so they wouldn't think i was being rude. After the restaurant yet again I have to walk up a small hill I guess my husband would call it a slope as it isn't very steep. I had to have him go slower as the incline was killing my knee and ankle and also I couldn't breath. I had a tightness in my chest and a very bad burning sensation. Does that happen to anyone else the burning sensation? My husband says "It's sad you can't even walk up that little hill". By that point i was irked to say the least. I said 'not only do I have an injured ankle but I'm caring 300 pounds you try it'. Obviously this made way for a retort "well if you didn't weigh 300 pounds" and then i of course said 'well if I didn't get married I wouldn't have gained the weight'. Lol I know it's not really his fault he didn't put the food in my mouth I did. He knows I'm trying to loose the weight. So I kindly ask if he can encourage me next time and say "GOOD JOB LIZ YOU MADE IT UP THE HILL". Seeing as I did make it up the damn hill. I do my best to avoid hills at all costs.

Then when we got to the restaurant i had to make my husband switch chairs with me as I had the one with arms on it. I needed a chair without arms so ...
1. I don't get stuck
2. So I'm not Uncomfortable
3. So my fat doesn't spill out of the bars of the chair
4. So people can't see that their is no room left in the chair

The only bad part of sitting in an Open chair is that you can see my ass spills over the side. At least I can still manage to sit in chairs and not break them. That's something right. Don't even get me started on airplane seats. I could barley close the buckle when i was 30 pounds lighter i can just imagine now i would need a seat belt extension. Also those damn little trays don't fold all the way down my stomach is in the way. I'm constantly being hit by the person with the cart, Because i have to sit in the isle so my body doesn't hit everyone when i try and get out of the seat to use the toilet.

OK that's enough for tonight. I'm going to go eat my two biscuits and drink the rest of my bottle of wine and call it a day. Tomorrow is a New Day where I will attempt to begin not a diet but a life change (so my mother says). Goodnight and Don't dream of food!


a.m. said...

I don't follow the diet word for word but my eating is very close to it. The first few days are the hardest as your body is trying to get rid of the sugar/bad carbs in your system... it's almost like withdrawal. But stick with it and cravings will go away. If you follow Phase 1 like it says in the book, you should definitely drop a nice little chunk of weight in the first 2 weeks.

Lynn said...

Hey - just got your comment on my blog and have been catching up on yours!

I'm following Weight Watcher's flex points plan and I exercise 4 times/week for 40 mins - the majority of the time I just end up going for a brisk walk but sometimes I do a kickboxing DVD etc.

I will defiantly add you to my blog roll! I wish you the best of luck on your journey and remember, it IS a journey to a healthy lifestyle and NOT a diet.

For someone who had TONS of success w/ the South Beach-type diet, visit

SarahA said...

I could never follow the South Beach diet but I can follow what Dr. Phil advises in his book the Ultimate Weight Solutions. I don't have to cut out anything from my diet but of course I do have to eat less of the not so great things. I had tried all of the "restriction" diets in the past and just could never stick to them. Just wanted to share that thought in case youfind SB isn't for you since you seem to already dread having to add fish into your diet when you really hate it. (I don't eat anything I hate or even dislike. I do try new things in case my tastes have changed but what's the point of eating if you don't like it?)

His book has been key in my weight loss. (I've blogged all about it)and I highley recomend it.

I also know what you mean about seats in restaurants. I started out at 301 and would constantly have to play musical chairs or even tables in order to get something I was comfortable in. Many times I'd have to sit on the edge of a chair all evening and end up with a tremendous backache at the end of what was supposed to be a fun night out. It's a horrible feeling. The first time that you go somewhere where you didn't used to "fit" and you slide in comfortably is an amazing feeling. You'll get there!

Good luck on your weight loss!

Scale Junkie said...

I'm so glad you found my blog! I hope you stop back often.

I understand how brutal those hills can be. I walk over a mile every day and when I was in the mountains of North Carolina, there was a sign that said "water fall 1 mile" it was a hiking trail and I said "no problem I can walk a mile" The problem was it was straight up hill LOL...I made it, the most beautiful waterfall I've ever seen in my life. When you were talking about walking up hill to the restaurant I knew how you felt {{{Hugs}}}

Incidentally, if you are ever in Cambridge or Essex there is an American restaurant called Chilis that has awesome fajitas, I would make pilgrimages there every so often when I was homesick.

You asked what diet I was following. Its actually a combo of several diets. I use portion control and count calories (log them into I follow the principles of You on A Diet and Best Life Diet as far as eliminating foods that just aren't good for our bodies. I eat lean meats, lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy and healthy fats. I throw in a few pieces of dark chocolate every now and again but the biggest change for me is to stop looking at this process as a diet. This is a lifestyle change that includes exercise and modifying my diet. I never tell myself any food is off limits because that just makes me want it more, rather I make myself wait a few days and then if I really want it still, I can have it. I hope this makes sense LOL

I really wish you luck in your journey, I credit South Beach Diet with fixing my blood chemistry after I messed it up on Low Carb. Any plan will work if you work it and can follow it for a lifetime.

Donna Miller said...

Hi Sweetie. I'm so glad you've discovered the Dr. Phil ultimate weight loss plan. You need to "get real." The most important part of the eating plan is controling carbs. Stop having 2 slices of toast. Cut it down to only 1. And try to eliminate all alcohol. It might be hard, but it's worth it. I followed the Body for Life plan and got down to 20% body fat in no time. I know you can do it!