I started walking again two Saturdays ago. Last Monday I went on the South Beach Diet. The first week I lost 4 pounds just from walking. I weighed myself yesterday and I was down another 6 pounds. That’s 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Wow.
I suppose the one good thing about being morbidly obese is that you start dumping excess pounds right away.
I’m surprised by how much weight I’ve lost and just a tiniest bit worried. It’s nice to have such stunning results up front, but it will make it easier for me to be disappointed when I start losing only a pound or two a week. Endurance is the hardest part of weight loss.
Even if I were to keep up this amazing weight loss rate (which I doubt I will), it would take me 40 weeks to hit my target weight. 10 months. Thinking of it that way is depressing. I want results now! But I’m getting older anyway, right? Might as well lose the weight while my cells keep dying.
Also, I think the South Beach Diet is making me feel kind of sick. I’ve felt a bit off the past couple days, but I think I just haven’t been eating enough. I haven’t had any cravings though, which is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (Try running that through the spell checker. MS Word actually has it in the dictionary!)
By far the toughest part of this diet is the preparation. You have to predict that your blood sugar is going to drop after lunch tomorrow afternoon and pack some cheese sticks or cashews to fend off the cravings. If you don’t, you’re screwed. The vending machines sure don’t serve almonds.
I’ve also had to start cooking more, which is not my favorite past time. My feet always start to hurt and my family’s kitchen is a mess. No matter how much you clean, there are always dirty dishes lying around. Plus you’d have to launch a 3-man excavation team to find anything in the refrigerator.
But I’m still with it and I’m still dedicated to staying on it, though I sure will be happy when I get to Phase 2 and can start adding some carbs back in.
And look at me, I’ve become one of those annoying people who prattle on about their diets. Somebody smack me.