I’ve been a bit of a slacker for the past couple of days because work has been insanely busy and the last thing I’ve felt like doing when I get home each night is turning on the computer. I spend all day staring at one, so my eyes are totally burned out by the end of the day. Especially during a no-lunch-break kind of week, like this one has been.
We’re still going strong on the South Beach Diet plan. I guess today would be our 6th day and I’ve had no sugar cravings whatsoever, which I find amazing. The first few days I felt a bit achey and tired but after a couple good nights of sleep, I’m feeling awesome. I’m actually finding this very easy, which I’m surprised about. If this is supposed to be the most restrictive phase of the diet, this will be no problem at all. I may even stay on the strict phase a week or two longer. You’re encouraged to move on to Phase 2 after two weeks but you can choose to stay on it a bit longer if you want. They give the two week limit because of the nutrients we are missing out on from fruits and whole grains, but we are eating a ridiculous amount of veggies, lean protein and low-fat dairy (though not much), so I don’t feel as though there are a lot of nutrients we’re missing. I’m being careful to take a multivitamin every day to supplement.
We donated blood yesterday…always a good time. There is always a somewhat desperate need for blood on the Rock because they have so many restrictions on who can donate and so, being prime candidates, my man and I try to donate every three months or so. However, I haven’t been able to donate since December of 2009 because some bloodwork came back showing very low iron levels. This time around, my hemoglobin measured in at the top end of
“normal”, which was a lovely surprise. But my blood pressure, which has been historically low to the point that my doctor always makes the “are you even alive?” joke when she checks it, was high for the first time. I know you can’t use one BP test because blood pressure fluctuates so much during the day, but it bothered me. It wasn’t high, but it was on the borderline between normal and high. So, that’s something I’ll be keeping an eye on.
Back to the SBD – here is what we’ve/I’ve been eating for the past week or so:
Breakfast: 2 eggs or 3 egg whites, scrambled with onions and spinach, topped with hot sauce OR, for my egg-hating guy, sauteed ground turkey with vegetables. Kind of an omelet without the egg. Whatever works.
Lunch: Leftover protein from the previous night’s dinner with either a huge salad or leftover vegetables. Easy.
Dinner: Big salads, chicken, fish, and lots of steamed broccoli and cauliflower because it seems as though I *might* have gone a bit wild at the market last weekend.
Not a lot of planning involved, which is nice, but the meals are satisfying and easy to put together. I do have the SBD cookbook which hasn’t been featured much this week…it will have it’s time to shine in the week to come. I’ve already flagged some winners.
While the lack of sugar cravings was the intention of this change in our eating style, I can’t help but be happy about the 3 pounds gone this week as well. I’m sure it’s mostly water, but when your pants feel a bit better, you feel a bit better.
OK, off to get ready for work. Have a great Friday!