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170. Great. That's an official 10 lbs in the first two weeks of South Beach Diet. Now I'm allowed bread (whole grain) and fruit. Yay! To celebrate I had a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 bread with coconut oil spread on it this morning. I also got tipsy at my mum and stepdad's last night.

I did cheat though because I went out with husband's work friends who were in town for a convention. Martini on Wednesday, glass of wine on Thursday.

Anyway, now that the first part is over, weight loss moves into slow and steady mode. I haven't been working out at all- except for a 10K last month, I have been a slug. I think it would be in my best interests to get back to the gym. I was going to start this morning but ya, I'm slightly hungover. Ugh.

Opening day at the Ballpark today! Gettin off early to go with husband, brother-in-law and Betsy. Woot! Today is the start of a winning season- this is the year our dreams will come true!

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Back where I was when Bert died. That's 8 lbs in 8 days on the South Beach Diet. I confessed to a friend this weekend what I was doing. She said she has a "friend who was doing SBD (and here's where I gulp- about to hear a horrible story about SBD- and SBD is a whole way of eating not a diet you stop doing once you reach your ideal weight) and she got super skinny doing it."

Oh. Good.

Well, I don't want to get super skinny- I know what my ideal weight is, I've been there before. But I do like hearing success stories.

Saturday and Sunday evenings proved to be the firewalking part of the program so far. Saturday night we went to Cheesecake Factory, Sunday we went to Breadwinners. With friends. Who wondered why I didn't partake of any fine alcoholic beverages or of the nummy bread sitting warmly in its basket and with a blush in my cheeks, I announced to the whole table that I am on the South Beach Diet. And I am in the induction phase (Phase I) and can have no grains, starches or wine or sugar for two weeks.

After a few comparisons to a low carb diet (ie Atkins), I briefly explained the differences and was relieved and pleased when Mark ended the conversation with, "Sounds good and we'll support you in everything you do."

I had really hoped to spend these two weeks without much if any socialising, hoping to keep my dieting shame a secret. The rest of the eating plan after the first two weeks looks much more normal to others.

I had black coffee for the first time in my life on Saturday and Sunday morning. It wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. Saturay's was much better because it was made with better coffee- I even enjoyed it. Sunday's coffee was stronger, more bitter. I drank 3/4 of the cup.

Looking forward to next Monday's weigh-in and adding some whole grains and wine to the diet.

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Apathy didn't go right away. I stopped minding my eating habits and I stopped working out and when I weighed this past Sunday I was back up to 180 lbs.

But after the week off in Georgia, it's only to be expected that I'd gain weight. Still it's time to do something- maybe something drastic. Maybe it's time to start a -gasp- DIET.

God I hate that word. Diet should just mean a way of eating- not just a way to lose weight. But this diet even has a title so that makes it a diet diet. It's the South Beach Diet.

I read up on it and found it made sense, the 8-14 pounds lost during the two-week induction phase (phase I) made it appealing. Sure, it's mostly water weight, but a quick start is motivating. The idea is to keep insulin from spiking and to lose your craving for sweets and carboydrates. So no grains whatsoever- no bread, rice, oatmeal, potatoes or other starchy foods. No fruit either- because fruit sugar will spike your blood sugar levels too. And no alcohol. Lean proteins, low-fat dairy, many but not all vegetables- as many as you like, nuts, eggs. It promotes "healthy fats". Unlike Atkins, you don't enter a state of ketosis for all the carbs found in vegetables and you can't eat bacon and beef all higgledy piggledy.

In phase II- and this lasts until you reach your desired weight- you slowly reintroduce carbohydrates in the form of whole grains. Start with a little sprouted grain toast here, steel-cut oatmeal there, whole grain pasta and brown rice. You can also start having some red wine. Weight loss should slow down to 1/2 to 1 pound a week, a marked contrast to the weight that was shed in Phase I, but you should still lose steadily. If not, cut back on your carbs- it's sounds like a rather slow process but essentially you're learning how to eat again from scratch.

Once you get down to your ideal weight, you start phase III and that's the maintenance stage. You can have the occasional treat- emphasis on occasional. Birthday cake, pizza, ice cream- but, christ, not every few days occasional. More like once a month occasional.

I went ahead and registered with South Beach Diet online. It's pricey and I don't know if I'll continue to use it- I can't read the forums at work- but I like the recipes. Will I cancel before the 7 day free trial ends? Or should I wait and have a month's worth at $20? Or go ahead a dish out the $65 every 13 weeks? We'll see how it goes.

So far it's going like this:

I started the SBD on Sunday so today is my fourth day in and although it's not my regular weigh-day, I had to sneak a peek.

175 lbs. That's 5 lbs down from Sunday. If I get to 169 or below by the end of my two week induction phase, I will call this diet Successful For Me and stick with it- moving to Phase II on April 5th.


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