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So I’m going to South Beach. I’m taking MJ with me actually. And while I wish that meant vacation, alas, that is not the case at all.
MJ and I are on the South Beach Diet. Day 5 to be specific. Obviously the 30 by 30 challenge didn’t go so well because I haven’t posted anything for the last 5 weeks or so. I didn’t gain all the weight back, but I haven’t lost any either. Challenging myself was just not effective. I either need a partner or someone to compete against other than myself. Anyways, I didn’t want to start writing about my South Beach experience until I gave it a few days to decide whether or not it was something I liked and could stick to. And, I’m happy to report, I think it is.
It’s no picnic. During the first two weeks you pretty much eliminate carbs from your diet. Among other things, that means no bread, no alcohol, no pasta…pretty much all of my favorite things. But even though you’re limited as to what you can eat, it’s not that bad.
For breakfast we have these omelette type, things made with egg substitute, mushrooms and peppers. They’re actually pretty good. For lunch I have rolled up turkey, ham and cheese (with no bread obviously). I also have celery sticks with Laughing Cow cheese and string mozzarella cheese. Then at dinner it’s usually fish, chicken or steak with some veggies.
I’m starting Day 5 today and I’ve already lost 5 lbs. But even better than that, I feel better. I have more energy and my cravings really are diminished, which has helped my portion control because I’m not as hungry. If I had to diet, I’m glad I picked one where you’re encouraged to eat six times a day.
Do I miss some things? Absolutely. No beer or alcohol for two weeks. That’s a tall order. But even worse than that is the lack of bread. I can deal with no alcohol but I have wet dreams about bread. And pasta too. That’s been the hardest part by far.
So so far so good. MJ and I are both being good doobies and sticking to what the book says. If anyone reading has done South Beach before I wouldn’t mind any tips or helpful advice from someone who’s been there. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good weekend and drinks some beer for me.