Monday, February 9, 2009

No sand in my shoes!

This South Beach plan seems to be working. Duh. It's worked for so many others, why wouldn’t it work for me, if I work at it?

Of course, it’s only been four days for real, not counting the almost-two-week trial period I was on in January. Four days of no sugar, no bread, no crackers, no starchy vegetables …

or, to put it another way, four days of taking care of myself.

I haven’t felt particularly hungry and by yesterday my energy level was much improved. I thought I might keel over before the sun set Saturday, but I think I just need to remember to eat before I go for a two-hour walk.

My husband and I took his mother out for a birthday lunch yesterday at a local state park which offers a sumptuous Sunday brunch buffet – a dieter’s delight, lemme tell you. I managed to eat only salad, roast beef au jus, sautéed squash and green beans, passing up quite an array of food porn which I won’t even describe here. The only sugar-free dessert they offered was Jell-O. I passed.

I’m now down six pounds in 20 days – I've almost, almost, shed all the weight I’ve gained since Election Night. (Since we had a big party with tons o’ food – and tons o’ leftovers – I count that as the beginning of the holiday season.) Only a pound and a half to go and I’ll be back to where I’d been maintaining since late summer. Which was still too fat, but at least I wasn’t gaining.

This has been a difficult winter, in more ways than just weight gain. But the weight gain has contributed to a general feeling of “why bother,” “what’s the use,” and “let’s eat!” I hesitate to declare that I’ve turned a corner, but it kind of feels like I have.

Pop over to the photo blog to see the great new seasoning I found Saturday at Tiny Kroger. TK still doesn’t have cilantro, but this stuff probably doesn’t spoil the way unfamiliar produce does.

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the weight loss Debbi!

    And that sounds like a great walk - 2 hours!

    I'm trying to get back into eating the South Beach way (I had just started when all that bruhaha started last summer).

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  2. Hungry Girl had some new product -- baconaise -- bacon with mayonnaise but a) it's low calorie and b) vegetarian.

    Good job with the South Beach! That's also a great walk -- wasn't it nice weather this weekend?

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  3. Good job taking care of yourself in the last few days :)

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  4. You gotta love something called "Salt" that's also subtitled "low sodium" - looks good. I'll have to look for it.

    And, I'll add my congrats on your success - 6 lbs in 20 days is wonderful. What I wouldn't give for that...oh yeah, I guess what I wouldn't give is putting in the effort to eat right and exercise. ;-)

    One of these days soon.

    You're an inspiration.

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