South Beach Diet Recap

So it’s been a week since The Sexy Chef stopped delivering my SBD Phase One meals. How have I been? Pretty good, actually. So far, I’ve made myself proud for not totally slipping back to the way I was used to eating. First though, let’s have a recap of my two-week rations of South Beach Diet Phase One meals.

These are just a few of the meals I enjoyed for fifteen days (it’s supposed to be just fourteen but I was able to stretch it up to fifteen because of my irregular sleep patterns on the weekends). They rarely duplicated dishes, except for the shrimps which I loved, the breakfast omelets (that I did NOT like much), and the snack food. Most of the dishes were very tasty, and definitely filling. There usually is a meat or fish dish paired with either soup or a vegetable dish for lunch and dinner. There were times when the vegetable dish was a simple pack of greens (lettuce and very few cucumbers) but they did vary the dressing it came with. I loved the Asian dressing, but the balsamic vinaigrette surprised me; I loved it.

One of my favorite dishes is the Stuffed Sayote. It’s sayote stuffed with ground beef and some cheese. I would be lucky if I could reproduce that, and would appreciate anyone who can cook one up for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

I really appreciated the one dessert and two snack items per day that came with the meals. They were my go-to items whenever I had a craving, or was hungry before meal time. The chicken salad was a little too bland but not altogether that bad, while the tuna salad was usually too salty. Though very normal, and not so exciting, I actually liked the jello. For dessert they would also pack in some vanilla cream (not quite ice cream) and others like it. Not bad. For snacks, there would be kani, tuna or chicken salad, also a handful of plain peanuts or cashew nuts, and cheese wedges or strings. Sometimes though, munching on cheese got me more hungry than I was before opening the small package. ๐Ÿ˜€

But I know that, more than anything else, people are interested to know if I actually lost any weight. I did. It wasn’t as much as I hoped though. On the Sexy Chef website, they mention an 8-12 pound loss within the Phase One period of SBD. In my previous experience of doing SBD, that is accurate. This time though, I didn’t lose as much. I did lose 4 pounds, and I haven’t gained it back. ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s more important though is that I felt lighter a week into the program. My clothes also started to fit better. Oh, and I fit in a ready-to-wear dress that I bought in the department store. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the past week, though not strictly adhering to the SBD guidelines for Phase Two, I have managed to stay away from rice and bread. I had cake on my birthday, and again yesterday. But I don’t think I’ve had ice cream at all in the past three weeks. I have chosen to eat salad when possible. I am thankful that Kenny Rogers has healthy alternatives for people like me who need all the help they can get. How many times have I ordered this high protein meal? It comes with rice but Alfred takes care of that for me.

If I had money to spare, I would spend it on two more weeks of Sexy Chef deliveries. It’s just more convenient and I need not worry about avoiding unwanted food because I just focus on eating what they give me. Sadly, I do not have the funds for this. Being on the guided SBD has again given me the resolve to stay away from advertised top diet pills. I’m not saying they don’t work because there really are people who swear by them, but they’re just not for me. I think that diet pills only really work for people who don’t need to lose as much weight as I do. They can be more like maintenance pills, rather than the cure, if you know what I mean.

So this weekend will be spent planning the next two weeks: drawing up meal plans and listing what to get from the grocery or identifying where to dine when in the office or out and about elsewhere. This weekend too, I need to work more physical activity into my daily schedule. It’s the only way I can achieve my weight loss goals without completely starving myself. Besides, my recently bought comfy workout clothes are hardly getting worked out. Haha. ๐Ÿ™‚