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Today I weighed in, and I’ve lost 7.7 lbs this first week! This is more than I’ve ever lost on any diet in one week, and I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it.

The toughest thing for me has been the breakfasts. I used to have an English muffin with peanut butter, a banana, and a yogurt almost every morning. It was a great way to start the day. Well, except for those nasty carbs, I guess. This week I ate egg muffins (mini quiche without the crust), and they weren’t terrible, but I didn’t look forward to eating them. I have loved drinking the V-8 each morning, and since it has loads of potassium, I’ve got to make sure to have plenty of it on hand. Two of the days I just couldn’t think about eating any more eggs, so I had two portions of string cheese. It didn’t hold me as well, but I liked the way it tasted better. I do think it led to some digestion problems that I had later in the week, though. So, the new goal for this upcoming week is to find some other options for breakfast. BeachGirly mentioned Jenny-O sausage links — that might be a good option. To be honest, I can’t wait until I can have oatmeal for breakfast in Phase 2. I love oatmeal, and it seems like a better way for me to start my day.

Lunches and dinners have been a breeze. I’ve been careful to buy and prepare it ahead of time so there would be no excuse to get fast food or make some other unhealthy choice. I had fun buying the food and thinking of ways to make it, although I will say that I most of the dinners were fairly boring in preparation. I didn’t use a ton of spices or other fun ingredients that might’ve added a bit of pep to the dish. Again, something to work on for this next week.

All in all, I’ve really enjoyed SBD. I don’t think it’s expensive — in fact, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the Dream Dinners I was doing before this. Veggies and “good for you foods” are more expensive than junk food, to be sure, but I think if you make them economically, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Plus, this is A LOT cheaper than Jenny Craig, and I like that it’s real food.

I am looking forward to Phase 2 when I’ll be able to incorporate more fruits and some whole grains back into my diet. Oh, and the occasional glass of wine. In fact, I was going to see if BeachGirly and CCLuv wanted to go to the wine bar not far from our houses to celebrate being in Phase 2 sometime the week after next. We’ll see.

I’m glad I made the decision to go on SB. It seems to be really working well for me, and I feel like it’s a program I can live with. No counting points, just eating the right combination of low glycemic foods and being mindful of the amount of carbs/sugars.

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I was a bit worried about starting SBD today, given the fact that I had to be up sooooo early to proctor the SAT. Luckily, I thought ahead, and made the egg muffins on Thursday night. Plus, BeachGirly and I went shopping at TJ’s to pick up plenty of food for the week, so I had provisions.

My stomach only grumbled once today, but man was it singing! I didn’t get to eat breakfast until after 10:30 because I woke up later than I should’ve at home, and didn’t want to chance being late by eating the mini-quiches at home. Still, when I heated them up and added the sugar-free hot sauce, they were really delicious. Maybe I can give eggs another shot after all.

Lunch was great — a salad of arugala, chicken breast, and crumbled goat cheese with Goddess dressing. I’m not sure what is in the dressing, but it was very low cal, low carb, and low sugar, and best of all, it tasted great.

Snacks for the day included a wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese with cucumbers (I hadn’t picked up celery yet) and 8 macadamia nuts. I also had a small, nonfat, sugar free hazelnut latte which was fantastic.

I had spent 6 hours working on a grad school presentation with CTLB, and I was hungry, even though it was after 8:30 pm. I decided that because I’m planning to stay up fairly late, I’d eat dinner. Knowing that I didn’t want to do a ton of cooking tonight (even though my fridge was stocked with lean, boneless pork chops, salmon patties, chicken breasts, and extra lean hamburger meat), so I stopped at Safeway to pick up a rotisserie chicken. I quickly cooked up some collard greens with chopped onion and garlic, and sauteed that with a bit of olive oil. I was so good! I had a small glass of V-8 that I was supposed to eat this morning, and now I feel so satisfied. Not overly stuffed, but definitely not hungry.

I have high hopes that SBD is going to work well for me and my current lifestyle. The key is going to be preparation and organization. The motivation is intrinsic in the program — if you follow the philosophy of eating, you’ll lose weight. My mom called me today and said that she had lost 5 pounds in her first week. This is exciting because my mom is very tiny, and only needs to lose 10 pounds to get back to 130, her goal weight. If she could lose that much in one week following a modified version of the plan, I know (hope) I’ll be successful following it a bit more strictly. Especially considering how much more I have to lose.

This is the start of a very successful weight loss journey, I just know it.

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