Yesterday was to be Day 1 of Phase 1 of the South Beach diet in my household.
3 chocolates & 2 bottles of porter later… not off to such a great start. I’ve been suffering for two weeks with a nasty flu. My birthday is in a few days and I’ve had several invites to go out for dinner with friends. Great time to start a diet. I think I set myself up to fail before I began.
A couple of years ago we did the South Beach diet for a few months with great results. Lost a bit of weight but more importantly gained some energy. We vowed it wasn’t a diet it was a lifestyle change. Mmhmm.. within 4 months we were back to the pasta, breads, & rice as regular parts of our daily meals and the SB diet lifestyle was forgotten again.
The problem is that pasta, bread, rice, and similar foods are easy. They’re fast. Avoiding these foods is a lot of work. I can walk past a carton of ice cream or a bag of cookies every day and not bat an eye. But when I’m tired (or lazy!) it’s a lot easier to cook some pasta and throw some sauce on it then it is to cook vegetables & protein. When I think of comfort foods I think mac & cheese, pizza, mashed potatoes not scrambled eggs & steamed spinach.
So today’s question is… Do I do a sort of half-assed version of SB for the next week or so and still go out for birthday dinners out with friends and order as I wish? Do I just say fukkit to the SB diet until the birthday outings are over? Or do I buckle down, try to stick to Phase 1 as I’m supposed to making life uncomfortable for both myself and those who’ve invited me to dinner?