FF: Going to South Beach

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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.

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19 thoughts on “FF: Going to South Beach

  1. I feel you, man. I haven’t had pasta in nine months and it is absolutely killing me, although I’m not doing it strictly for weight loss. Much to my dismay of all the things I used to eat pasta will absolutely destroy my blood sugar, so rather than toy with whole wheat pasta or pastas made of something other than semolina I just avoid it all together. Good luck to you and MJ, after our vacation my weight loss stalled. I need to get back on the wagon.

  2. Hey, if it works, it works. More power to ya. My current weight loss plan? Whenever I get hungry, I picture Fran Drescher naked. The nausea always kills my appetite.

  3. I checked out the South Beach diet once upon a time. I just couldn’t deal with the no pasta or bread thing. My greatest success losing weight came though a contest at work. I lost about 25 pounds and won $300. Best motivator so far. I’ve only gained about 7 of those pounds back. Good luck to you two!

  4. WOW, so cool..best wishes on getting the weight off…another suggestion, if you dont mind, it worked for me…28 lbs in a month ;-)

    Tony Horton P90X…the start, a six day “fat burner” will get you going…AND even with a kid in tow, I was able to stick with it…

  5. Look at the bright side: you’re doing great with your plans and you can make it work.

    I leave the house while everyone is asleep, which means preparing ANYthing for breakfast that doesn’t involve a bowl and a spoon is pretty much out of the question.

  6. What’s up, man? Been under a rock with my own life and haven’t been able to get over here at all in the last month or so. Good luck, I know that going without sugar (the bread and carbs) is a killer. Do you best to stay focused when you get angry or feel like you’re going to pass out. Hopefully this won’t happen. Best of luck to ya. Stick with it. Good luck to you both!

  7. Thanks for the support and the helpful hints everybody, I appreciate it.

    And Paul, my goal is to get in the top 3 of the list. Then and only then will I have a true sense of accomplishment!

  8. Sex and a trampoline. All the diet I really need. But not, like, together, because I can’t desecrate my children’s out door toys like that. Ok, I probably could but our fence is way too low to pull that off and the springs squeak really loudly. Not that I’ve put thought into it or anything. :/

  9. Good luck with the diet. When I lost weight I created my own diet which had no carbs at supper time. But at lunch I had to eat a turkey sandwich. I refuse to believe that two slices of wheat bread will make me fat. Anyway I lost 30 pounds. I think running every day was the biggest factor rather than diet.

  10. Oh, now I feel so guilty after my incredible pasta dinner and the nice wine buzz I’ve got going. Not really, but it sounds sympathetic, right? My neighbor lost a ton of weight on that diet, but you really, really have to get into the working out routine or it’s very hard to maintain and be happy. Great jumpstart, though. Good luck to both of you!!!

  11. Good Luck! I did South Beach once, felt like a heroin addict going through withdrawls until I ate an english muffin, so to make it day 5 is pretty good. Keep it up! :o)

  12. I’ve done the South Beach before. I usually lose too much weight the first 2 weeks to go further. BUT…..I actually glow. You are going to feel fantastic and look great too! I kept red wine in the diet myself, had on glass at night. That I just couldn’t cut out….

    The damn diet is expensive – I bet you’ve already figured that one out! And it seems you eat all day long but the food is so good for you!

    Keep us posted!

  13. Good luck to you. Losing weight is the hardest thing to do. I’m glad you and MJ are doing it together. It seems more fun this way, even with a bit of competition thrown in. Just think you can eat a sandwich with bread accompanied by a beer in just two weeks! Won’t that taste good!

  14. We did the South Beach a couple of years ago and I think I lost 12 pounds in the first 10 days or something like that (have since gained it back :( ). It’s a great program because it re-teaches you how to make food choices. My advice? Don’t get over excited with your great success already and stay on Phase 1 for longer than recommended; it’s just meant to be a jump-start. Gradually add your Phase 2 foods in when it’s time and remember to think before you eat; you’ll be fine.

    I would love to do another 2 weeks of Phase 1, but in the past two years we’ve not really had the time in our schedule to chop all of those veggies and make all of those salads and such; it’s very time-consuming to be strict about it!

    I’m looking forward to your next report on this. Good luck!

  15. That’s great! My wife has lost 80 pounds since September(Weight Watchers), and I’ve lost 17 pounds since March, just from exercising. Best of luck on South Beach!

  16. I did South Beach after having my 3rd child. I dropped the 50 lbs I gained while pregnant plus an additional 35 in like 5 months doing the SBD. It was great and I really didn’t mind it at all. It forced me to cook and get creative with recipies. Check out George Stella and Stella Style. Really great story and lots of great recipies.

    Unfortunately I gained it all back with my next pregnancy. I know I should do it again, just haven’t mustered up the motivation. Maybe you will help motivate me!

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