Thirty Six hours and 12 minutes. Roughly.

May 12, 2006

#Weght Loss and Body Image

That’s how long I lasted on the “South Beach Diet”.  I am currently blogging a teeny weeny itty bitty bit tipsy since I just downed my two glasses of wine “per week” tonight.

See, they put this “Lose the Belly Fat Fast!” right on the front of the book. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? Ok, not you, but me? I’ll take something, anything, to get rid of the thing I used to call my ab muscles that can only be described now as “water-bed.” ‘Cept they didn’t put on their promotion “no sugar! no chocolate! no bread!”

I probably wouldn’t have signed up.


  1. Urgggg, diets.  Yuck.  I’m on one.  Mandated by the doctor.  I hate my doctor.

    By Melissa on 2006 05 13

  2. This is why I can’t diet! No chocolate? No sugar? No bread? No way! And I’m with you on the belly flab. I need to lose about 7 pounds to get to my pre-prego weight, which is not bad at all, but my abs. Ugh. I have actually started doing those “bicycle” crunchie things. Inbetween the Coke, coffee, and chocolate. Mwwaa haaa haa.

    By Jamie on 2006 05 13

  3. I’m signing up at weight watchers when school gets out.  Last year when I “did” the WW diet with the 5 other girls I teach with, we lost a total of 180lbs. (my contrabution was 34 lbs.).  This year?  I lack all self control.  Don’t feel bad, chick.

    By Charla on 2006 05 13

  4. OK…I just weighed..more like almost 10 pounds I need to lose. BLECH

    By Jamie on 2006 05 13

  5. Yeah, I tried South Beach and it was not a fit!  The no carb people are NUTS.  Who can live without carbs?  NOT ME.  That’s who!  I’m not a huge chocolate person, but yeah…I hate being told I CAN’T have something. No matter what, you just become obsessed with what you can’t have.  There has to be a happy medium!

    By Marjorie on 2006 05 13

  6. I would so not live without caffine.  Good luck to you!

    By ^starshine on 2006 05 13

  7. Ya, I agree that carbs are OK and GOOD. They just have the first 14 days of no fruits or bread. You do get meat, cheese, milk and vegetables. After that you can have fruit, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, yogurt, etc. Just no cookies, chocolate, scones, etc.

    I mean, really, if it kicks my ass into being a little healthier that’s great and all. But I’m not sitting at starbucks where a scone is yelling my name through the display case “MRRRFFSSS PPHHLLIINNGGAAHHH” Muffled, see.

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2006 05 13

  8. My Mom did the whole South Beach diet thing… it worked for her, at least when she stuck to it.  Me?  There’s just no way I could down that many almonds.  YECK!!  ANd I don’t understand the apple thing, either.  IT’s FRUIT!  That’s supposed to be good for yOU!  No, cheese isn’t dessert… I could see them saying fruit is dessert, but if you can’t have that to begin with, then I guess the next best thing IS cheese!!

    By Holly on 2006 05 13

  9. I love food too much to have ever gone on a diet, but when I have been most successful at food control is when I have not deprived myself, but chosen to add new (healthier) elements to my nutrition.

    The way it works is that you choose one thing each week that you’re going to add to your current eating plan. The first week, it’s usually “I will drink an extra 4 glasses of water per day.”

    After you’ve successfully added “drinking more water” to your routine, you add something else. Say, “I will add two more servings of fruit or vegetables each day” or “I will take a walk around the block every evening.”

    By the time you’ve added all these healthy things, the unhealthy things start getting crowded out. You’ve managed to renovate your health habits without ever saying “No” to the stuff you (let’s face it) will never give up anyway.

    Once you’re drinking lots of water, eating more healthfully and getting more exercise, you either won’t have room for the scones or they’re not going to have a marked effect on your figure thanks to your uber-healthy new lifestyle.

    My goal for next week is to add the gym - it’s time to get my arms into tank-top shape for the summer!

    By laura on 2006 05 14

  10. oh HON…sigh. I think your experience with the SBD is the main reason behind that adage that diets don’t work. period. Diets tend to overlook the whole mind/body connection…and you can’t overlook it, because damn…the chocolate or martini LUST is real…it’s just REAL. hugs and happy late mother’s day!

    By texasbelle on 2006 05 15

  11. K i LOVE The south beach diet. How the hell do you think I didn’t gain weight during my pregnancy? Yeah, best diet ever. I have fallen off the wagon since Keaters was born though. But I am getting back on it. Phase one sucks. But when you get to phase two its a sinch. I mean I lost almost 40lbs now on it. So I swear it rocks!
    And you can have bread, just whole wheat. And you can have chocolate, just sugar free. Which I know of all the good brands so if you stick with it I will fill you in on all the good foods.

    By Rachael on 2006 05 15

  12. Yeah I’d last a second on this one.  So 4 days is pretty darn good!  In fact, a reason to celebrate w/another cookie!  I know, I’m no help.

    By Mama C-ta on 2006 05 15

  13. Laura, I like that idea a lot. This week I’m also adding weights at the gym (I’ve been slacking a bit on that) because it’s really warming up now and I can see my arms need a bit of work. I do great with water, though, usually which is helpful. But your plan is fabulous for the lifestyle change, which is what it really is all about.

    And Rach, Ya, I think once we (uh.. Mr. Flinger at this point) finished phase one I’ll be ALL OVER phase 2. It actually is just a nice menu plan at that point. Healthy eating with recipes, which is what I need.

    Anne, if I NEVER got a cocktail I’d die. One glass of wine a night is allowed on the “diet” so he’s not all crazy!

    And Mama-C-Ta, that’s cause you don’t NEED to diet, woman! Raur. grin

    By Mrs. FLinger on 2006 05 15

  14. I hope you enjoyed your cookie! Sometimes a girl needs to treat herself!

    By denise on 2006 05 15

  15. I hear that diet works well though! Or you can try the vegetarian diet, lol. Just nix the meat and follow by nixing the soda and sugary drinks. Guaranteed to lose fat fast, the only catch?
    It’s a decision, not a diet.
    I don’t know. I think you have to not feel like you’re depriving yourself, right? Maybe start with one thing at a time. Make the chocolate the last to go, lol

    By candice on 2006 05 15

  16. I’m no help here…I say EVERYTHING in moderation, with exercise (of course my legs don’t look like your graphic above!)
    Hang in there!

    By Amy_M on 2006 05 15

  17. On the topic of chocolate in moderation, have you seen Hershey’s Sticks?  They come in regular milk chocolate, mint chocolate and chocolate with carmel.  I got the mint and carmel ones for Mother’s Day.  I had never seen them before, but they are normal chocolate, just a smaller serving.  Only 60 calories per stick.  The sticks are about the length of a candy bar, but just super skinny.  It’s not alot of chocolate, but yet you somehow feel like you just had a candy bar.  YMMMmmmmmmmmmm.

    By Holly on 2006 05 16

  18. Weight Watchers has chocolate bars, and they are pretty good.  They also have shakes, and cookbooks.  Another problem is in this country we eat so freakin fast bc we are always in a hurry- which means we eat too much bc there isnt enough time for it to register with your brain that your full.  Your stomach is only about the size of your fist.  You can do WW online, if your not crazy about the meetings.  My mom lost 60 pounds.

    By sara on 2006 05 19