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Yay! Week One of Facing Fifty and Wanting to Change has been highly successful!

I have officially lost 6 pounds (*6*) this first week on the South Beach-like eating plan (notice I avoided diet, because I can eat as much as I want of many things, until full, and it feels more like an *avoidance* plan rather than a diet plan--just avoid most simple carbs like bread, pasta, rice, etc, including high-carb veggies (basically high glycemic-index foods) unless consciously worked into the day/week plan.) It's comfortable and easy to stick to, and just like they've always said, this plan is self-supportive--it's pretty damn easy to stick to, because by the very nature of the eating, I've not really felt hungry or had the "munchies" much at all. It really does work.

And on another make-over note, my hair is growing in, well...not leaps and bounds, but perhaps maybe spurts. It's copper red-blond and gaining length, so that's certainly a huge divergence from the past however many years' norm!

I plan within one year, no one will immediately recognize me...or perhaps they'll mistake me for someone famous. *g*


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Aug. 3rd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! Coincidentally, I started South Beach as well, and you're right that it does feel easy to follow. Go you on your weight loss and plan for change!
Aug. 3rd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well go you too! You know, after years of attempting to stick to Weight Watchers (in one incarnation or another) and struggling with feeling *hungry* or rabid munchies, I'm really amazed at how different this approach makes me feel. The science behind it is solid and easily understood, but until you actually DO it, it's just abstract. Now I wonder why I never tried it before. (no, not really...I guess I just wasn't really ready to lose the weight before, simple as that.)

I don't do huge cardio like you do on the bike (yowsers!) but am doing simple aerobics for 30 min 3-5 times per week. That alone feels good, but this eating style is amazing.

You shall have to post your own progress reports! Yay to the new, less-is-more us!
Aug. 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
yay, you! (and wickedwords too!) and me!
breakfast this morning: spray pan with light coating of olive oil, stir fry "organic mix" (cabbage, pea pods, broccoli, celery, kale), add 2 eggs, some crumbled goat cheese, and a slice of swiss. Delicious and very, very satisfying. Hi protein, low carb, keeps me full till well into lunch time. 5 pounds since I started 4 weeks ago, and that's WITH Mom's birthday dinner which involved some *cough* risotto, with absolutely no sense of deprivation (other than some wistful looks at summer fruit).
Aug. 3rd, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
*does the happy dance times three*

Yay us! LOL I had eggs with cheese this morning (too lazy and sleepy to bother chopping veggies, oh well) and a v-8 juice. Then later I bounced for 30 min and sweated. LOL

I cheated the other day and had a bowl of watermelon chunks that I'd chopped up (a whole watermelon, sitting there calling my name!) It was gooooood. But I won't do that for a good few days or more again. You know, cottage cheese tastes like candy to me now. Mmmm.
Aug. 3rd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome, my friend!!!
Much love and positive energy flowing to and through you.
Aug. 3rd, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! And back atcha! How's things in Ventura? How's the adjusting going? My god, have you had to go and buy new clothes so they don't fall off yet??
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