Hi everyone...welcome to my journal.
It really hit me that I needed to lose weight when on August 25, 2007 I had to be measured to be a bridesmaid in my friend Alison's wedding (which is not until September 2008). On 8/25/07, my measurements were: 36"/33"/46"--not quite the 36"/24"/36" measurements Sir MixAlot raps about!!
Anyway, I came home crying my eyes out to my DBF and swore off food forever!
Then, I started thinking rationally and on September 11, 2007 I had an appointment with my doctor to discuss my dramatic weight gain over the past year (30-35lbs). On 9/11/07 I weighed 174lbs at the doctor's office. I am female and only 5'2" so that is definitely on the chunky side! My doctor highly encouraged trying the South Beach diet and so I did. I started SB on September 14, 2007, weighing in on my scale at home at 171lbs (I pre-started SB right after my doctor appointment on the 11th, but officially started on the 14th after I was able to make a grocery store run.
The first phase of SB went pretty well for me, though I secretly hoped I would lose more! I lost a total of 4lbs during those first two weeks, BUT that is a 10% weight loss since the total number of pounds I hope to lose is 41lbs. My goal weight is 130lbs and I HOPE I can reach it by July of 2008 because I am the maid of honor in my best friend's wedding! Sooner than July would be better, but I am not putting crazy expectations on myself because that would likely just be setting myself up for defeat!
Today is October 10th. I am in my second week of phase 2. I am a bit concerned because as of this morning, the scale has gone up about a pound and a half from my last weigh in which was Friday, October 7th. I'm not sure if I am eating too many beans (have to re-check the bean allowance in the FAQs) or if it is because I didn't eat dinner until almost 8pm last night, OR if it is because yesterday I added 1/2 cup of peaches, packed in their natural juices only and I just realized today that this is a very limited item according to my SBD Good Fats Good Carbs Guide. Probably will try to avoid those until I lose at least 10 pounds or so.
Starting today I am going to document (hopefully daily) what my menu is. I'll write for the day before. So, here goes:
Menu - 10/9/07
B - 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 boca sausage links & 1/2 cup canned peaches packed in only their natural juices AND homemade nonfat SF cafe latte (8oz 1/2% milk, 3Tbs SF coffee syrup and 1/2 cup strong coffee)
S - celery with 1 wedge laughing cow cheese
L - salad with chicken, chick peas, green onion, reduced fat feta, 1 hard boiled egg and topped with an olive oil vinagrette. Then I had 1/2 cup sf chocolate pudding
S - edamame and a nonfat, plain yogurt (around 2:30pm)
S - 1/4 cup soy nuts (around 5:30pm prior to going to jazzercise class at 6:15pm)
D - turkey burger (made from Extra Lean ground turkey meat), topped with a slice of 2% Kraft swiss cheese, red onion, lettuce and 1Tbs Ranch. Also, with dinner had 1 whole can of green beans (I was HUNGRY after my jazzercise workout!!)
D - PB Cup dessert (from Phase I recipe)
Exercise - 10/9/07
Jazzercise from 6:15-7:15pm
OK, I'll be back tomorrow...or at least I'll try to keep up with this daily--for my own good!!