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Saturday, February 28, 2009

South Beach Diet Day 12

Sort of a short post today, I've got lots to do to get ready for the AA banquet that we are attending tonight. It's an 1.5 hour drive and we're heading up with friends so we have to leave 3:00CT. I have no idea what I'm going to wear yet and won't for at least another hour.

Yesterday's menu was good. For breakfast was the standard egg, veggie mix that I make every morning. Lunch consisted of leftover white bean chili and that was also dinner. So no cooking after breakfast yesterday so that was good. I weighed myself this morning, um, a 1 pound gain? now I finally get the point as to why we are not supposed to weigh ourselves daily, ugh, but I am not depressed over it, I aim to get through this and what I think that pound is basically um, roughage so to speak that hasn't left the body yet.

After reading a post from Annette (love her and her blog) yesterday, I decided to get out my exercise DVD's, you see I haven't been working out at all. Which is not good, exercise is part of the South Beach Plan and that means I'm not following it to a tee afterall.

Before I got married and I was a slim trim sexy bitch I use to own 80 exercise DVD's, but I met my husband and gave up everything to move away with him so I started with squat. But I'm remedied it a bit and have bought the odd DVD here and there and this is what I currently own:

I'm going Leslie all the way and in the past I loved Yoga Just My Size. These two will be started tomorrow on Sunday in the morning or else I won't do it. I know me. That along with walking my dog I should speed up all weight loss results and start toning up.

Once I get the courage I will post my real picture, because I see all of you beautiful women who are so honest showing your true selves and I'm hiding behind a cartoon character. Just doesn't seem fair.

I am committed to sticking to the plan while at the banquet, as I mentioned yesterday I think, I know what I am allowed to eat and I know what I'm not, I will drink tons of water there and maybe the occasional diet pop (shhh don't tell Faye my cousin).

So I must get ready to pretty myself up and go.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 27, 2009

Anoher Fine day on plan with a life hiccup!

Another great day on plan! We had a huge snowstorm yesterday, I live on a beautiful farm in the Midwest where we got 8 inches of snow, the drifts have the hubby and I snowed in and yet we still managed to take his pick up truck and go to an AA meeting.

All day long I wanted to go to the meeting but knew the snow might deter us from going as luck (good or bad) would have it, one of the men that lives in the house below us has started drinking again, his relapse is typical they are always planned ahead subconsciously or consciously. So that was plenty of motivation for hubby and I to brave the snowstorm and get to a meeting. It was a great meeting on the 11th Step.

Now back to The South Beach...

Breakfast was the usual egg, spinach, onions, garlic, cheese, mushroom thing that I make every day. Some days I fry them, others days it's an omelet and then there's my famous scrambled :)

Lunch was a T-Bone steak, this time I cut the fat off first (hubby kept his) it was good, I had it with a salad, mushrooms, garlic and onions oh and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Dinner was my version of White Bean Chili, I replaced the chicken with ground turkey and added some more veggies. I have found the more veggies I add, the more satisfied I am with my meals, plus it keeps me regular :).

Tomorrow is the AA event, we're supposed to dress "nice" which is hard on both my budget and with what I already have in the closet. I'll make due, I'm thinking though of washing the grey (there's not too much) out of my hair, straightening my hair (it's long now) and some fresh makeup (I can be quite pretty) and some dark clothes (got plenty of that) and voila!

Have I mentioned that I've been taking these pills called Optivite PMT they are for those of us who suffer greatly from PMS (that's me!) that with some Omega-3 fish oil tablets and my healthy food choices, I've never felt better. I'm PMS'ing as I write this and don't feel anything other then a bit of sadness for our friend who is now out there drinking.

That's all for now and thanks for coming by!


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another great day on The South Beach Diet!

So yesterday was sort of off kilter for hubby and I, our schedule was way off, due to a visit from my lovely stepdaughter and grandson (he's 16 months old). So our meals were eaten later then intended but they were eaten and followed to a tee.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything I put in my mouth yesterday, it was all delicious. Breakfast consisted of an omelet, I put peppers (green, red, orange, yellow) onions, garlic, spinach, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, shallots and a quarter cup of cheddar cheese (no fat or sugar in this cheese), I put water instead of milk and had a glass of V-8 juice. It was good eaten LOL!

Now for lunch I was hesitant I don't normally like salmon unless it's either breaded or covered with mayonnaise or some other sauce. But hubby was getting restless with my menu (he doesn't grasp the concept that money helps with creativity in the menu department)so I took out the salmon and spiced it up (I'm not rich in spices) I put Montreal Chicken Seasoning on it (what kills me is I saw Montreal Fish Seasoning the other day and didn't buy it for a $1.00) and a ton of garlic powder. Hubby chopped some fresh garlic and put it around and the smell was wonderful. I served it with veggies and salad and it was soooo good I could have eaten it again for dinner but hubby would have none of that.

Dinner came around and it was getting late, no need to fill our tummies too much when it's now past 7:30pm so I grilled some chicken with my famous Montreal Chicken Seasoning and we had a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing.

It was all delicious. I'm not much of a cook, I don't have a passion for it like hubby does but the reason why I don't let him cook is because he will secretly add ingredients like butter without me seeing and then I'll wonder why the plan isn't working for me. So this is better, I have total control over what is going in my body.

Now, I know I'm only supposed to weigh myself once a week but I couldn't help myself, I had to this morning and I was down another 3 pounds!!!! so that's 14 pounds since I started this plan on the 17th. Not too bad, I guess this is the only advantage of being morbidly obese, you lose weight faster in the beginning. I haven't weighed 285 in a long time, in a year I think so that's good. But I'm not settling for that no way, I want my goal of 150 (140 if all goes well).

I live in a 2 story farm house on the top floor with my hubby and pets, below us are 2 gentlemen that live there (but they are not a couple) and one of them works at an organic health food store and he can get me my fresh veggies for $1.00 a bag. So that's great! That'll save me and hubby a ton of money. Sometimes I even get freebies, I got 10 Roma tomatoes the other day for free, no they weren't perfect looking but they were still good and free so we've been eating them in salads and such.

I promise not to weigh myself before Saturday morning because I have an event Saturday night so I'll want to see at what weight I'm going in at so I can compare it on Tuesday (if I don't weight myself Sunday that is). At first I was a little scared about going to an event (AA banquet) but with the South Beach Diet I know what I'm allowed to eat and what I'm not, so I should be more then OK. I'll concentrate on protein, veggies and salad (watch the dressing) and no bread, no fats, no potatoes, no pasta etc. I can and will follow the plan and thank you God because I'm not craving sugar!

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The South Beach Diet Week 2

Ok, I've lost 11 pounds this week!

I am seriously loving the South Beach Diet. Not only because of the weight I've lost but because of the good food, I feel better, I smell better and believe it or not it's brought me and hubby closer together because he's doing it with me! That was my first surprise when I started this program, hubby joined in with me and I didn't even have to twist his arm. He has in my opinion a minimal amount to lose, he was 265 +/- he's 6 foot tall and I think perfect (I like a man with presence) he may have a gut (it's still smaller then mine) but I love him that way. Anyway, he's already down to 252, we don't know what his exact starting weight was because he was on the rode for a week and he hadn't weighed himself in months we just know his biggest weight was 265.

Now enough about him, this is my blog. :)

I started at 299 on Tuesday the 17th of February, today I weigh 288. That is progress and I'm so pleased because really the SBD is easy to follow and I think I was only hungry once so far (not too bad) and I had a snack and was just fine. My sugar cravings are gone.

Now the side of the SBD that I don't like is the preparation and my need to be creative because I'm cooking for 2 people and I don't want to get bored with the menu. I also dislike that I have a ton of dishes to wash everyday and I don't have running water nor a sink so I have to bring my dishes to the neighbors to wash them (it's not as bad as it sounds) they live downstairs from us we share a huge 2 story farm house. I will get my own sink this spring (Goal May 1st are you listening hubby) but in the meantime this is what I have to do. So the negatives are the preparation, my lack of creativity and no sink to be able to regularly wash veggies and dishes at my own whim.

Now, I found ways to combat this negatives, there are millions (I'm sure it's in the millions) of sites with Recipes for all 3 phases of the SBD. I will post some links to the best sites I have found so far. I mean really the recipes people have out there are amazing and delicious. So no excuses about having no creativity. As for my dishes, the solution is to cook and immediately bring the dishes downstairs and wash immediately (see that was easy).

I have found many SBD support groups on the web and I have joined two of them (again I will post links).

The reason I haven't posted my menu thus far is simple, my life has been busy and I've now added cooking 3 meals a day (no complaints just reality) so I haven't taken the time to start writing my day to day experience with the plan. I guess I set myself up to have to write these long posts about my day when in reality I just need to write about what I ate and what I felt/learned/saw during the day, no biggie really. I will try to post more often it does me good.

I'm on day 4 of a bad cold that hubby brought back with him from his rode trip but it hasn't done me too much damage, only a stuffed head, cough and fever. I am a woman so this is nothing, I just go to bed early, no meds involved. When hubby had it, he had to sleep 3 days, take antibiotics and I had to constantly baby him. Men can be such babies when they are sick, actually I shouldn't generalize like that, I should say My man can be such a baby! LOL!

That is it for now! I hope to be back tomorrow!

"This blog is so much more then writing about my weight loss journey it has become an extension in helping me know who I am and who I can be."