Almost two years ago I weighed 164, and I started eating The South Beach Diet. Today, after the holidays -where I didn't full-on pig out, but definitely loosened up a bit - I weigh 144. So 20 pounds less. (I lost 15 pounds in 2007, and 5 to 7 in 2008.)
This 144 is a bit of a false bump as I've been weighing in at 142/143, so I'm sure tomorrow or the next day it would come down a little on its own once I moved on from the holidays. This is also with the addition of yoga, so the good news is that the number is holding while I gain muscle, which pleases me.
I also got the carb crash shakes yesterday, something I remember from all throughout my youth and young adult years, but which is completely non-existent when I eat South Beach.
But there's the little matter of wanting to get under 140.
When I came to L.A. I'd been doing Weight Watchers and working out multiple days a week and I'd glimpsed 128. I can't do that with my current lifestyle. I can't work out that much, and I can't diet the way I'd need to for that weight. I'd *love* to be able to exercise that much, OMG, but I like how I eat on South Beach. It makes me feel healthy and strong and fortified. And not hungry. And not craving things I don't really want to eat.
And with my figure, honestly, the size 7 jeans look just as good as the 5s I brought to Goodwill many years ago. Because of my curves, I'd have to be actress-thin to actually read as "thin" to L.A. eyes.
So my weight goal for 2009 is the entirely reasonable goal to get under 140 and stay there. And to get back on track with The South Beach Diet. And to get physically stronger with yoga and biking and hiking. And to eat primarily vegetarian, with an option to take the full plunge when it feels right.
To kick it off and cleanse from the way-too-much-bread-and-sugar holidays, I'm doing Phase One (14 days) again for the first time since the beginning. I was feeling kind of nervous, but I dug out every Phase One vegetarian recipe I could find yesterday, went to the store to stock up on the good stuff from the veggie department, and made the (totally key to success) "Quiche Cups." Phase One is all about the veggies and eggs and beans and nuts, etc. No sweets, No fruit, No bad carbs, No alcohol, etc.
I've had my breakfast, and I've got a bag of low-fat cheese sticks, raw almonds and V-8 to bring to work with me today. Plus, I'm going to start bringing my Sigg bottle full of water to encourage myself to skip the diet coke/additional caffeine before lunch.
It's my belief, particularly since I glimpsed 141 on the scale once towards the end of last year, that two weeks on Phase One will get me there and then I can work on maintaining for the rest of the year. If I'm not quite there after two weeks, I'll go 14 more days on Phase One, Liz Style.
That's where you add back the alcohol. ;)