Oh how I wish I was at this beach right now!
(this photo is a text from my parents who are vacationing and making me very jealous of the sun)
The South Beach I am referring to is of course the South Beach Diet.
Chubby Hubby and I have both reached epic proportions and have hit rock bottom in regard to our weight being the highest it has ever been. I can say that the past year has been quite stressful and our bodies took a hit. Now that life is calming down (a little) we are faced with chubbier versions of our already chubby selves. We came to an agreement that now was the time to stop fooling around and do something about our weight because it affecting more than just the ability to button our jeans. Our health is in jeopardy. He has sleep apnea and is snoring excessively WITH the CPAP mask. My extra junk in the trunk is wreaking havoc on my ability to run and making me breath heavy walking up a flight of stairs. I purchased the South Beach Diet book several years ago, skimmed through it, and then let it collect dust. I pulled this book out and thought this would be the perfect way for us to jump start our weight loss and clean up our diet or at the very least put a fire in our belly to start.
The jump start is working. If my scale was correct this morning, I have lost 6lbs in two days (I know it is all water). We are half way through day 3 of phase 1 and I am not in a whole lot of pain. I have found it easy to follow when I am prepared and I am not hungry throughout the day. Oh....but I miss my carbs! The bakery case at Starbucks has my nose imprints on it because I was drooling over the breakfast pastries. Monday, we took a long walk for lunch and I said no to these:
These are some of the best cupcakes in the whole wide world and I said NO!!!!!
My goal with South Beach Diet is to break my addiction to sugar and eat cleaner most of the time. I don't know that I will be able to 100% embrace the South Beach lifestyle for life, but I do want to adopt a lot of the program. I have found that it is very similar Core program that Weight Watchers had several years ago. The Core Program is how I lost all my weight in 2006. I thrived on it but never regained my Mojo to go back to eating cleaner after Baby Diva was born.
I have only noticed a few negative side effects but I am sure that they will pass. I am tired!!!! I mean dragging ass tired! I ran on Monday and had a few issues but yesterday all I could do was bike for 20 minutes. If I were to self diagnose, I would think that it because my diet has changed 180 degrees literally overnight (duh). I am a little moody (okay maybe more than "a little" considering my morning greeting to Chubby Hubby was a middle finger). Perhaps if I read the book, they would go over these side effects.....but true to Carly form, I jumped right in.
One non-side effect issue is breakfast meals are harder for me to deal with. I have been having some sort of egg and I am at the point where I am gagging trying to get them down the hatch. This could be trouble because we are only on day three. The only other negative is there is NO ALCOHOL in phase 1! You may as well cut off my air supply. Kidding!!! Oh well, I was going to
sober up cut back on alcohol during marathon training anyway. I am looking at it as a pre-training detox. I am chipper now, but we will see how I am in a few days.
Who has tried the South Beach Diet? Care to share an experience?
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