My Diet Journey

Written by chanie on November 26th, 2011

With the chagim behind us, and a few extra pounds later, it’s time for me to face the music. All that honey-sweetened food was as satisfying as it was delicious, but it wasn’t as friendly to my figure. Not to mention the extra pregnancy weight I’ve been carrying around (did I mention my baby is almost 1?)…And so the time has come for me to take the diet plunge.

I’ve been dieting ever since I can remember. Weight watchers, Somersizing, Atkins, The Blood Type Diet…I’ve tried them all. The good news is that I’ve learnt which diets work for me and my body type and I pretty much have it down to a science.

To jump start my weight loss, I do PHASE 1 of the South Beach Diet. This is no easy feat. For two whole weeks, one cannot eat any bread, oatmeal, pasta, rice, cereal, fruit, certain veggies, and some dairy. This phase of the diet is a sort of cleanse, where you eliminate cravings and stabilize your blood sugar.

After completing PHASE 1, where I typically lose about 10 pounds, I move onto a low glycemic diet (which is more or less Phase 2 of the South Beach diet, but I don’t follow it by the book). Without getting into too much detail, I basically only eat foods that have a low GI value (this is a value assigned to all foods that contain carbs to indicate how fast and how high that food can raise your blood sugar level). On this phase, I typically lose about 2 pounds per week. The last time I did this, I lost 40 lbs. This time, I have my sights set on 50.

If I hit a plateau and I don’t seem to be losing any more weight, I just do Phase 1 of the South Beach diet again to jumpstart my weight loss.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is my diet plan in a nutshell.

So. Being the generous spirit that I am (jk!), I thought I’d make you guys an offer to follow along with me. If you’ve got weight to lose and you’ve been pushing it off, join me on my diet journey! I’ll lay down the rules and provide the meal plans and recipes. All you have to do is follow along! Don’t worry, non-dieters, my blog will continue to feature delicious recipes that you can use too!

I’ve created the following pages to help guide you. There are also handy shortcuts under the BIB Diet Tips (just below the categories).

Getting Started
Phase 1 Rules
Phase 1 Menu
Phase 2 Rules

If you have any additional dieting tips or recipes that you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Elie says:

    Wow, what a fitspiration! With that menu you make dieting exciting!

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you. You have a way of making it sound so simple and you’re offering to hold our hand, I might just jump on the bandwagon! When do we start?

  3. Linda says:

    Ok.I’ve printed out the menus. I’m going to stick it on my fridge and each time I’m stuck for what to eat/cook I willl choose something from your choices(good ones, too). I’m excited….

  4. RochieO says:

    Best of luck! Your menu looks great!

  5. Leah says:

    Whoops. I hit the send button too quickly by mistake. Do you have any more South Beach recipes that you can post?

  6. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the great spaghetti sauce recipe. It was so good over the squash. Just remember to leave the carrots out for phase one.

    Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    Thanks again

    • chanie says:

      Thanks Cindy! I used to have a note to leave out the carrots but then people would find the post (not related to The South Beach Diet) and they wouldn’t understand why, so I took it out :)

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