• 20Oct

    Aaahhhh!  I didn’t know oatmeal could taste soooo goood!  Yes, I was able to have oatmeal for breakfast because I started Phase 2 of the SBS.  Yes, I only did Phase 1 for one week but I want to be able to give you a better view of the overall diet.  Since I am trying each diet for two weeks, I decided to move on to the second phase.  Dr. Agatston states  you either love Phase 1 or you hate it…I wouldn’t say I hate it but I am really tired of eggs!  The addition of a little bread and fruit in Phase 2  today has been a huge bonus!  Of course it doesn’t appear that my favorite breakfast food will ever be added to the book – frosted maple donuts!  YUM YUM Life without donuts….what’s your weakness?

  • 19Oct

    I feel better today after  I recovered from the little altercation with the chips.  I am really tired of eggs!  Before anyone thinks I don’t like eggs…I do…I am just on egg overload.  They are staple on the breakfast menu in the SBS.  Yes, they try to dish them up many different ways BUT they are still eggs. I am looking ahead today to see if in Phase Two I can add some new breakfast goodies.  The eggs have been good on the fight against morning munchie madness.   I am enjoying the exercise program with this diet.  I like the combo of cardio and core strengthening.

  • 18Oct

    I completely blew it!  It was not even a moment of being willpowerlessness!  I sat down with my kids to watch “I Love Lucy” and picked up a bag of chips they had been eating. I was blindsided by a bag of rogue salt and vinegar chips!!!  I DIDN’T even think and just started eating the chips!!!  Aaaaagh!  Not having any processed/refined food for this past week, I can feel the difference this morning!  The additional salt has me retaining water, my rings are tight and my face is puffy.  Now a week ago I would not have noticed what this “food group” was doing to me BUT after not eating salty chips for six days…I see the effect of those rogue chips!!!!  I was really worried what would happen on the scale this morning but I still lost two pounds(^v^v^v^v^v^ this is jumping up and down on a computer)…maybe it will be more after I get rid of some of the bloat from the salt…we’ll see!   I will  be much more careful in my “senior moments” with rogue food attacks…

  • 16Oct

    Pants are feeling looser but I haven’t stepped on the scales.  I weighed on Sunday and will weigh again on this coming Sunday.  I have heard  the whole gamut of weigh once a week, weigh daily and don’t weigh yourself.  For the sake of  collecting information on the different diets and how effective they are/were for me, I will weigh once a week.  The cravings for all the “good foods” (donuts, chips, cookies, cakes) is really diminished but I don’t find myself longing for a cucumber yet!

  • 15Oct

    Yes, it is getting easier!!!!  My extreme cravings for sugar and junk food are not so extreme!  Woooohoooo!!!  The exercise program that accompanies the SBS diet is not to difficult and is not a big time consumer.  The exercise program usually takes me about 40-45 min.  That is quite doable.  All in all the diet is getting a little bit easier, although I still adapt meals to my family.  Next week two of my kids will be with their grandparents and while they are gone I will do more of the fish recipes!!  Today is my afternoon to wander around…it has also been a time for me to indulge while the kids are in a homeschool class!  My indulgence today will have to be a Chick Fil A iced tea…it is always on my fav list!!!  Unsweetened of course!!!  See you tomorrow.

  • 14Oct

    UGH, this diet is a littler harder than I thought…well, I guess ALL diets are harder when you actually do them!!!  HA.  I am having problems with the artificial sugar substitutes…I don’t use  them.  This is just my personal preference, plus I don’t like the taste!  In the “Beach” diet regular sugar is pretty much banned and sugar substitutes are the norm. As I have been reading ahead, I have not found regular sugar to be re-introduced in this diet.  This does make sense, since we are working on controlling our blood sugar.  Dr. Agatston believes if your blood sugar is stable then you will have fewer cravings and blood sugar drops.  I do find I feel better and am sleeping better!!!! 🙂  I have slipped off the dock, (my Beach term for falling off the wagon) I HAD a small piece of apple (they are sooo good this time of year) and five dark chocolate covered almonds…I really miss sugar AND bread AND  donuts AND candy…I hoping at the end of this two weeks…these cravings are better..

  • 13Oct

    Well, after the waffle incidence, I have been on track with the “Beach.”  I have substituted a few different veggies for the ones that were recommended for ones my family likes but they were still on the approved list.  I did the 20 minutes of cardio that were in the program.  All in all, I like the “Beach” but I am really missing bread.  Since I am only doing this for two weeks…I will miss out on adding bread back into my meal plan.  UGH.  Although, if things are going well, say I’m losing weight, I may consider doing another two weeks. 🙂  Like I said about this diet before, I am adapting the meals to my family’s taste by using the approved foods listed in the book.  I think his meal plans are definitely geared toward adult taste or kids who have “refined dining” tastes…I have not taken bread out of my kids meals…I’m looking forward to sharing with you tomorrow..

  • 12Oct

    A cat with a blog…our cat Jack has his travel blog up and running.  Please visit him at www.jackthetravelingcat.com.

  • 11Oct

    Oh, dear!  I forgot about our traditional waffle Sunday!  Every Sunday we have waffles.  It is our family tradition!  We like making waffles because  it can be just our family or we can have 20 people.  But this doesn’t fit well into the “Beach” diet…in fact I don’t think it would fit in any diet!  I was doing quite well with the diet until this!  Our waffles are heavenly.  In fact they are so good, I’m going to include my recipe…just know this is not a South Beach Diet recipe, it is from Donna’s family recipe file…but if you’re looking for taste…these fit the bill.

    Donna’s Rich Basic Waffles a.k.a. Dieters Nightmare Waffles

    4 eggs (beat until fluffy)

    2 cups flour

    1 tsp. baking soda

    1 tsp. baking powder

    2 cups buttermilk

    1 cup melted butter

    salt to taste

    Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.   Alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk to beaten eggs, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Add melted butter and salt mix thoroughly.  Bake in preheated waffle iron.  Makes 4 4-piece waffles.  Serve with real maple syrup.

    There you have it…the dieters nightmare waffles

  • 10Oct

    We are off and running with the South Beach Supercharged diet!  So far so good but I have a small concern with how well the food choices will be received by some of the family members.  Namely, my kiddos have some aversions to some of the recommended food choices…we won’t go into all they don’t like!  With that being said, I realize that any diet I do needs to be family friendly.  This means meals that we ALL can eat, as I am not into preparing several different meals at each meal.  UGH!  Plus I am hoping to benefit the whole family by learning to choose wisely when we eat…you know lifetime patterns. So we might be tweaking a few of the diet menus or replacing them with a meal from another day….