Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 3: South Beach Diet, Phase 1

Ok, I know I joked about my body wanting a cookie on Monday, but as of today, my body is actively screaming at me, "BITCH! GIVE ME A FUCKING COOKIE!!!" It's hard to describe, so I suggest you try doing this diet yourself so you can understand. I like an empathetic audience. It makes me feel so much closer to you all.

The thing is, it's not like I ate cookies all the fucking time before. I'd have them now and then. Back when I was working out a lot, and planning the wedding, I was on a daily diet of cookies after lunch, but I'd moved past that in recent months. So WTF, body? WTF?

Here's what I'm eating today...

Breakfast: chopped KC strip leftover from V-Day dinner (appx 3 oz), mushrooms, white beans (appx 1/8 of a cup), and cherry tomatoes tossed together in a quick pan saute in olive oil and worcestershire sauce, served with 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese drizzled in balsamic vinegar. (I like to eat weird shit for breakfast. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but in case you're new here, that's the deal. I don't like sweet, sugary pancakey/cerealy/waffley breakfasts...I like leftover sushi, some sort of meat, loose egg yolks, potatoes, rice...that sort of thing.)

Mid-morning Snack: Appx 3 oz of turkey cutlet

Lunch: Cobb Salad from Elephant Bar (chopped lettuce, bacon, egg, tomato, grilled chicken, blue cheese, avocado, and mushrooms - all in the perfect serving sizes, I might add): balsamic vinegar for dressing

Mid-afternoon Snack: Handful of pistachio nuts; tuna and black-eyed pea "salad" (with balsamic, lemon, and olive oil)

Dinner: Pecan-encrusted Halibut w/ red bean mash (literally, you take a can of kidney beans, drain and rinse it, and then mash it up. I can't remember what goes with it. Olive oil, definitely.) and collard greens

So far, I'm doing pretty well. I'm not hungry at all. I had to force myself to remember to eat my mid-morning snack today, which isn't totally unheard of for me, but it's a little odd. Usually, only stress/busyness makes me forget to eat, and I was neither of those things. I was just typing my earlier post.

I have had a light, persistent headache, though. Not due to a lack of caffeine...I'm still drinking iced tea and Diet Coke every day. I'm thinking it's my body's way of adjusting to the lack of sugar. From what I've read, that seems to be a possibility.

Last night, I got a HORRIBLE stomach ache after dinner. I wasn't too hungry for dinner after my afternoon snack, but I ate it anyway. (It was delicious! A bison burger - no bun - served with lettuce, pickle, tomato, mustard, and lowfat provolone cheese, with a side of roasted cauliflower...YUM!) It turned out to be a mistake. I think I've been having too much dairy, and mixed with the protein in the meat and beans, my body is NOT happy 100% of the time. (However, I am super-regular. I don't understand that, but I'll certainly take it! Sorry for the TMI, but it's a post about's bound to pop up somewhere. That should be the end of it.)
I drank some peppermint tea, and sat with a heating pad on my tummy for a good 30 minutes, but nothing helped until I took some Alka-Seltzer. Sometimes that stuff is a God send, and sometimes, it does absolutely nothing, so I usually forget about it until I've had the stomach ache for a while. I'm glad I remembered it. After about 30 mins, my tummy ache was gone, I was able to get to sleep, and I feel much better today. I'm eating less dairy, though.

We're going to the gym tonight, which I'm looking forward to. I feel lethargic and sluglike, for some reason, and really want to move around a bit. But due to the construction in the house, and the way it's been cutting into Leo's cooking time for dinner, we haven't been able to make it in yet this week. So I'm happy we can get in there today. I don't know that I'll do the exact exercise regimine that the book recommends, but I might incorporate their interval walking/elliptical training they suggest. I like intervals. Should be fun.

So that's it so far. I weighed myself on Monday, and was back up to 217. Just for the hell of it, I weighed myself again on Tuesday, and I was at 214.5. This has been my standard weight fluctuation over the past few months. So we'll see if I can break it. I'll weigh in again on Monday next week, and I'll let you know if it comes down.

Let me know if you have any questions at all. I'm having fun with this bit of newness thus far. Not sure if I'll still feel so gung-ho about it next week, but we'll see!


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