Yes, it's been a while....went COMPLETELY off track and just kept inhaling food!! Not sure why exactly, just was, and feeling frustrated and pathetic. I ballooned up to nearly 83kg, and only had two pairs of trousers that would fit, and those ones only just. I knew I had to kickstart myself. A friend of mine told me about the South Beach Diet, and that she'd lost 6kg in two weeks!!! I checked it out and found it to be do-able and sensible nutritionally, so I bought the book and started at the beginning of last week. For those not familiar with it, it's two weeks of being very strict - basically all refined carbs/flour/rice/bread and sugar/fruit are OUT, and then you ease back into low-GI whole grain carbs/basmati rice and small amounts of fruit. So lots of veges (no potato or sweet things like corn) and lean protein and legumes.
The main reason that I decided to do it, apart from a kickstart, is that the first two weeks is designed to break the sugar/carb cravings that so many of us get. I started easing myself into it a bit the week before I started officially, by cutting down on bread and pasta, and then had two sandwiches in a row after no bread for four days - boy, did I regret that!! I was bloated and had stomach pains about four hours later, which lasted for the rest of the evening
It's actually been pretty easy, apart from lack of choices for breakfast - mostly eggs, although I did have leftover vege moussaka the other morning. I've been making some really yummy Best thing - a week and a half in, and I've lost 3.7kg!!!!!!! I feel so much better too - jeans are starting to get loose, my boobs are shrinking (thank goodness!!) and my stomach is receding. I've done a bit of exercise, which after doing virtually nothing for ages, is good (not as much as I would like, but it's a time factor thing).
I haven't been missing sugar too much, and have even managed to start enjoying my skinny decaf lattes without sugar (caffeine makes me feel quite ill, but I still enjoy the coffee ritual).
Looking forward to Phase 2 next week - a few different things for breakfast will be good!
Will catch up on everyone's threads soon - it's nice to be back here and feel motivated again after time away!!
Cheers, Lisa xx