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Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:30 pm

I'll start by saying "Greetings". I'm not sure if others read this, or if it's just for me to keep track of my progress... I'm an old man with new technology!

I've decided to do the SBD, not because my weight is so out of control (But it is way too high. I'm 5'9, and weigh 200 pounds), but my blood work is TERRIBLE! (Triglycerides: 541 Total Cholesterol: 305). With numbers like that, I'm blessed to be alive! I had a stent placed in my LAD about a year ago. After that, one would think I'd really work hard at getting my blood numbers in line, but the truth is just as the SBD book shows... As I eat my usual foods, I get even more hungry.

Now, after 3 days on SBD, I find that I'm never hungry! The things I've eaten taste wonderful, and just minutes after eating, I feel pleasantly full, and see no reason to eat any more. I'm now concerned about not eating enough calories! My wife isn't going on the SBD with me, and since I'm not hungry, I just don't eat as much as the book tells me to. Today, I ate a good breakfast (2egg omelette with NF Mozarella cheese). Had a cup of coffee with it. Had a FF string cheese for a snack, and stuffed bell pepper for dinner. (Not sure if it's okay for a newbie like me to post a link to the recipe. Better safe than sorry!)

The first two days on SBD, I felt great! Energetic, and not hungry. Today I have a sore throat, and am dizzy, but that can't be related to the change in diet.
Last edited by Geo on Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:35 pm, edited 2 times in total.
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
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Re: Geo's SBD Logbook day's 1~3

Postby Magna » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:48 am

Welcome, and glad to hear it is working well for you so far! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post in the Phase 1, South Beach Diet, or General Discussion areas.

The journal area is mostly for whoever's journal it is, but others do sometimes comment. It can be helpful just posting publicly.
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Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:00 pm

This is the start of my 4th day on SBD, and I woke up feeling good. The sore throat and dizziness from yesterday are mostly gone, and I'm looking forward to a great day! My goal for today is to eat more, but keep it within Phase 1 guidelines. I enjoy salads, so I'll probably have a salad with romaine, tomatoes slices, lean chicken breast chunks, and FF cottage cheese. With the cottage cheese on it, I don't need salad dressing!

I don't plan to post here daily, but only as I feel moved. My goal in writing is to be able to look back and see my progress. If there are others who are new and want to share their journey with me, I'd be glad to follow your posts.
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
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Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:44 am

I'm now at the end of day 4 on SBD. As happened yesterday, I got dizzy and sleepy. In doing a search on the internet, I immediately found a post to this forum. Here's the link...
http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43327
The post talks about the South Beach Diet ""Flu"". Symptoms include being tired and light-headed! So... I have a probable cause for my dizziness. The post also states two solutions... Drink Skim Milk, and eat more beans. I'm so very thankful for those that took their SBD journey before me, and recorded their problems & solutions. I plan to get some Skim Milk tomorrow, and also make some chili.
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:13 am

Three days of SBD flu, and now at the end of day 5, it appears that I'm finally over the dizziness & sleepiness! It's terrible to realize that I was so addicted to something that was destroying my health! It kinda reminds me of when I had to stop drinking a certain diet drink that has lots of caffeine... The headaches from caffeine withdrawal were so bad that I thought my head was going to explode! Once I recovered from that, I never drank another soda like that. With carbs, however, I will always have to have some. I hope I can stick with ones that are low on the Glycemic Index Scale. I used to eat a lot of grapes, cookies, cake & ice cream, along with salty snacks before bed. No wonder my blood numbers were so bad! I am so very grateful to Dr. Agatston and his SBD. I haven't weighed myself yet (I've decided to do that weekly), but I'm confident that there will be a big improvement in my blood work when I have it checked in a few months. Any weight loss wll be a side benefit.

Today I ate 3 light meals, 2 string cheese as snacks, and had a piece of Phase 1 lemon pie for dessert. Never felt hungry, and in fact, I ate at times just because the program specifies it! Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Magna » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:02 am

Sounds like you made it through the worst of it! Congratulations on your progress!

In my experience, as you move out of phase 1 into phase 2 (and eventually phase 3), you can eat higher-glycemic foods a little more, but very moderately. And most of your diet will be lower-glycemic foods. One advantage of SBD is that you probably won't crave the old foods anyway. And another is that you will have learned to enjoy a lot of healthier foods. So healthier eating will be much more of a habit and something you enjoy.
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Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:29 am

Thanks for your reply, Magna. I was beginning to think that I was the only one on this message board. If there are others reading this, I'd enjoy communicating, or reading your posts.

No symptoms of the SBD flu today. Tomorrow, I weigh myself, but weight loss is a distant second in my reasons for following the SBD. The main reason I'm doing this is to improve my blood work, and hopefully live longer. I have a Dr. app't in June... The same Dr who said that when my cardiologist saw the results of my blood work, he'd have a heart attack! Hopefully, having been on the SBD for >3 months by then, my blood numbers will be MUCH improved. But even if they aren't as good as I hope, I'll keep working on improving until my health improves.
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 pm

I weighed myself this morning. Very pleased to see that I lost 5# in my first week. Seems like that is pretty typical for week1. I expect weight loss in week 2 to be less than that. I haven't been recording my meals, but rather just sticking to what I know to be on the SBD for Phase 1. Having both my wife and another man living here and eating the foods I used to eat hasn't been a problem at all! I notice the fruits and desserts, but haven't eaten any. Maybe that's because this is much more than a weight loss program for me. It's great to lose weight, but I'm after improvement in blood work numbers. I hope to see results in June.

Looking forward to another week on Phase 1, and especially to not feeling hungry all the time like I used to feel. I only felt hungry once this past week, and then I ate some Sea Salt & Vinegar nuts, and the hunger was gone in minutes.
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:22 pm

Day 8 went really well. We were away from home for a long time yesterday. By 2:00 my wife and the man who lives with were hungry. Thanks to Phase 1 and some almonds I remembered to bring along, I didn't feel hungry. Decided to stop at Chic-Fik-A. While they ate their fried foods and drank shakes, I had a side salad with grilled chicken. The restaurant was kind enough to make the salad with just romaine & grilled chicken. I'm very pleased with that. They had a Light Italian dressing that appeared to be in line with the SBD, so I used it sparingly. Had bottled water to drink, and felt satisfied. Hard to believe that a "side salad" would leave me satisfied, but thanks to the SBD, it did!
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:09 pm

Today is day nine of my SPD journey. Things are going so well that I actually forgot how many days I have been doing this! I got up from the breakfast table this morning after eating my 2 egg omelette with some low-fat cheese and a small glass of tomato juice, and felt full. I actually felt like I ate too much! I really like the way this diet enables me to get full without eating all the junk. And it's especially nice not to feel hungry mid-morning, but to know that I can have a cheese stick or something like that for a stack if I want. I remember that I used to crave food almost immediately after I left the table, and especially after eating something salty for a snack. The SPD is a godsend!
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Magna » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:10 pm

Glad it's working out so well for you! Not being hungry for junk is a great benefit of SBD. :)

Also, your asking Chik-fil-a to make the salad for you the way you wanted it was a great idea. Restaurants, even fast-food ones, will usually accommodate your requests if you ask them. I think that's something people forget sometimes - they just look at the menu and think that's all the choices they have. But there are usually ways to customize it. There are some places that can't or won't customize, but it never hurts to ask.
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Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:00 am

My attitude is such that if a restaurant can't /won't modify their menu to make it conform to my "diet", I should probably eat somewhere else!
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:59 am

Love this recipe for lemon pie. I fix it without nuts, and wii put some in a bowl and freeze it for about 30 minutes before eating. W O N D E R F U L!

http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93182
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Magna » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:21 am

Thanks for the recommendation. Good phase 1 desserts can be hard to find. (Lucky it lasts only a couple of weeks.)
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Re: Geo's SBD Journey

Postby Geo » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:12 pm

Was at a men's retreat at our church for the last two days. No problem saying "No" to all the food tables... Nothing was on the SBD Phase 1. I took some almonds with me, and they kept me feeling full. Since they are high in calories, I probably ate today many, but It DID keep me from eating junk! I may have actually gained weight... Won't know until I weigh myself on Monday... But weight loss isn't my reason for eating the SBD way. I've got to improve my blood work, or I won't be around to enjoy my grandkids.

And now my pet peeve... This is called a "diet", and when we think of "going on a diet", we normally think of losing weight. We even track our weight as though losing weight was the goal. I'll read the book again, but my understanding after readings the SBD book was that the original purpose of the SBD diet was to improve the bloodwork numbers of patients. I plan to continue posting my weight weekly, but weight loss is only a side effect of eating the SBD way. The real measure of the efficacy of the SBD diet, is measured by improvement in bloodwork tests. IMHO, when people track their weight and make weight-loss their goal, they are setting themselves up for frustration and failure. Losing weight is a difficult thing, and it involves more than reducing the amount we eat. It involves exercising and sleeping the right amount, stress we are under, controlling triggers that lead us to eat, and probably much more. So for the 100 or so people that view my journal each time I make a post, I'll continue to post my weight weekly. But my "Before & After Picture" will be the changes in my blood chemistry. My goal is to get a gold star or a high five from my cardiologist each time I visit him!
SD: 3/13/17
Triglycerides: 541
Cholesterol: 305

Progress:
3/13/17 SW 200
3/20/17 ...... 195
3/27/17 ...... 191
4/3/17 ....... 188
4/10/17 ...... 187
4/17/17 ...... 185
4/25/17 ...... 183
Geo
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:27 pm

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