Monday, March 31, 2008

Day 2 - SBD

I'm already bored with this diet. One way to combat this is to take advantage of the ethnic flavors that food in LA has to to offer. It helps keep things interesting.

Breakfast - Hard-boiled egg, plain yogurt, coffee
Snack - cucumber slices
Lunch - kimchee (Korean spicy cabbage) baked chicken, salad
Snack - Stir-fried octopus with vegetables
Dinner - Chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, tea

I miss chocolate. It's a wistful sort of feeling more than a craving, but it's there.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

One Week - South Beach Diet

That's how long 604,800 seconds is.
So that's what I'm committing to, because I'm not sure my discipline can hold out for much longer than that.
Basically, I like to try new things. I like to see how things turn out. I figured a blog on whatever I'm trying out could help me keep track of the results and also help keep me on track in the first place.
I'll try something for one week, as much as I can. If I fall short, then I'll be honest about it, but heck, it's only a week. I think I can hang in there for that long. If I like the results, I might keep at whatever new thing I've tried.
For this week, it's going to be the South Beach Diet, the infamous carb-restrictive Phase 1. I have to confess never having gone on a diet before. I'm reasonably healthy, and I try to eat well, but I've never followed any food rules or counted calories - other than in a general estimating form. Like most people, I've a few pounds I'd like to lose.
My friend Rachel was the specific impetus behind this week's experiment. She wanted a buddy to try the diet with and I agreed to participate - for a limited time. I also didn't invest in buying the big official South Beach Diet book. I just looked up some info on the web. Rachel has actually tried the diet before and says it works. We grocery shopped yesterday. My fridge has a lot more vegetables now. Rachel and I both ate a final cookie. "Goodbye, carbs!"
Day 1 - Weight 128 lbs
Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, sliced tomato.
Snack - Celery with peanut butter
Lunch - Beef stew (beef and veggies, no potatoes)
Snack - Plain yogurt
Dinner - Chicken, vegetable frittata, salad, one serving Sugar-Free Jello
Carb craving - moderate. I do want corn chips, but it's not a painful urge.