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Phase 1, Take 2

I’m back on Phase 1 this week after a month and a half of going on Phase 2.  I was losing weight steadily, but I felt like I needed a bit of a jumpstart to really keep things going. So far so good.

I actually think Phase 1 is easier because there’s no guess work.  The hardest part about Phase 2 for me is trying to figure out how much is too much as far as carbs.  If I eat oatmeal for breakfast, should I really have those sweet potatoes at dinner?  Or what about brown rice or whole wheat pasta?  I know it says to incorporate carbs back in slowly, but it’s kind of nebulous.

I know that Phase 1 isn’t something I could stick with longterm, but I do like the flexibility of being able to go back to it when I need to really focus on my weight loss or I want to get over a certain weight loss hurdle.

Oh, SBD, how do I love thee?


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I started Phase 2 on Saturday and have been enjoying having a morning bowl of oatmeal, especially since the weather has been cold and dreary lately. Other than protein, oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts for staying full ’till it’s time for the morning snack.

I went to the grocery store tonight and picked up some other SBD carb friendly items: apples, whole wheat wraps (tortillas), whole wheat English muffins, and a few SBD frozen meals. I got a few other things, as well, but all of those were Phase 1 foods, so not worth mentioning.

I’m very happy to be able to incorporate more types of food into my diet, but I have to admit that I am a bit worried about moving into Phase 2. Especially since I only lost .8 on my 2nd week of Phase 1. I’m hoping that I can continue to lose a decent amount of weight each week.

I know that part of this is going to come from working out — I have such a slow metabolism that I have to keep moving so that I can increase it.

The cool thing is, beside seeing results on the scale, I’ve had a few NSVs (non-scale victories):

  • clothes are fitting looser
  • my appetite is decreasing/it takes less food to make me feel full
  • I feel more energetic

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Weigh-in Day

Today marked the 2nd weigh in, and I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I stuck to the program completely. Even when tempted with chocolate, spinach dip, etc., I didn’t give in.

Why did I only lose .8? Maybe because I had such a huge week last week, and my body is still recovering from the shock of this new eating program? I know I can’t lose 7.7 lbs each week, but was hoping for at least a few more pounds.

It’s ok though, because I lost 8.5 lbs in two weeks, which is still amazing. I’m proud of myself for avoiding temptation and for maintaining my willpower.

I’m very happy that today I begin Phase 2, and the first order on the agenda is to have some oatmeal for breakfast. I am a bit worried about incorporating more carbs back into my diet, but I know that I can’t live on protein and veggies forever. I’d get too bored and go way off plan. I figure that if I slowly incorporate carbs back in… maybe one a day, that will be good for my system.

I also need to get back on the workout track. I haven’t worked out at all for the last two weeks because I’ve been crazy busy, but hopefully I’ll find the time this week to put in at least 3 workouts. That should help with the transition back to carbs.

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