The South Beach diet book doesn’t make it clear that the daily recipes are just suggestions. This morning, after it took me over an hour to prepare and cook spinach quiche (Day 1 breakfast), I realized I was not going to be able to do this diet. I simply don’t have that much time for food preparation. I ended up cooking/preparing everything on the Day One menu, but felt disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to continue.
Tonight, I looked at the book more closely, and it appears you can create your own recipes if you basically just stick to the Phase 1,2,3 guidelines. That was a relief. For phase 1, there is no bread, rice, potatos, pasta or sugars. Okay. I can deal with that for a couple weeks.
I feel good about starting out. My daughter is doing the diet with me, although I caught her eating goldfish in the afternoon (sheesh, teenagers). All-in-all a good first day. Will try to report tomorrow.
My daughter came home today and is going to share the experience of the first 14 days on the South Beach diet with me. The diet is taxing in its prescribed recipes, but we’re going to give it a go. I’m a little anxious, frankly, but I will attempt to blog every day to express my thoughts.
I bought the South Beach diet book today. As I mentioned, I’m so inspired by PastaQueen‘s story, I’m going to try and follow closely everything she did. While I was sitting at Barnes & Noble I made a list of everything I needed for the first few days of the diet. It was fairly exhaustive. One of my challenges with weight loss is I don’t know how to cook, really. I tend to throw stuff together that is easy. Nearly every ingredient for the first two days’ recipes was not in my fridge or my spice cabinet. It’s also a little expensive to buy all those things at once, but I realize I’ll be using them so hoping I can amortize the expense over the year. I spent $125 today and that only covers the first two days of the diet. I’ll buy the rest in similar short trips to the store.
I spoke to my daughter on the phone about my new venture into serious weight loss. My daughter is 17 and could probably afford to lose about 10, maybe 15 pounds, but she is obsessed with body image. She was happy to hear I’m going to try to lose weight and said she’d do the diet with me. She was not happy, however, that I started a blog to chart my progress. Her reaction: “Can anyone tell it’s you?” She expressed her fear of embarrassment for me (and her) if it were discovered I’m writing this blog. As I mentioned in my previous post, I want to conceal my identity as well at first. The reason why this is significant is I have a fairly high profile position in my industry which revolves around the social web. I have over 10000 followers on Twitter and hundreds of people read my industry blog. I’ve been transparent about my weight before on Twitter and on my personal blog, but it’s another thing to be so completely vulnerable- exposing the severity of the issues with weight loss for a morbidly obese person. I hope in time I can break that artificial separation between my professional self and this tortured inner (and outer) self character
I started a Twitter id too today. I chose Bulbasaur for my avatar because when my son was really small, he told me I looked like Bulbasaur– a Pokemon character. We thought it was funny at the time, but, ya know. It’s not really funny.