Losing my fat 40-something weight is rough, but I’ve got a plan!
Girl, it happens to the best of us. The season changes and you naively and (rather thoughtlessly) reach for your favorite pair of jeans only to find…THEY DON’T FIT ANYMORE!!!! Ugh!
After you’ve screamed at the top of your lungs, the temporary – yet, all too necessary -melt-down begins. Losing my fat 40-something butt is just plain hard. But, losing weight after 40 fast is even harder.
Your mind races in panic as you think:
“How did this happen so quickly????” *You know how. *
“I’ll begin an intense workout regimen!!!! *Yeah, right.*
No, I’ll try SlimFast. *That stuff is a gas producer! My friend used to call it “Fart-Fast”*
Nevermind, I’ll just eat salad every day…lots of salad. *AAAAAAH!!!!!*
Then, you slowly peel yourself from the floor and realistically and logically begin to brainstorm practical ways to get rid of those extra pounds.
The juice cleanses are all the rage right now, but that seems too much like physical and emotional torture.
Then there is the Whole 30 program that nixes all the sugars, grains, dairy and beans from your [all too short] life. “Strip them from your diet completely” they say on the Whole20.com website.
What the…. no, that’s not for me either.
So, I decided to go with the South Beach Diet. It’s a 3 phase approach to weight loss that actually changes the way you think about food. Losing weight after 40 fast is difficult, but possible when you cut the bad carbs.
I’ve done a version of this diet for years and had great results.
Whenever I needed to shed a few unwelcome pounds, I’d turn to the South Beach Diet. My friend, Deth (promounced “Date”) lost tons of weight on it and being the copy cat I was (and still am), I did it too.
Truthfully, in those days, I was usually a size 8 in danger of becoming a size 10 (the good old days). Hence, I would do phase 1 for a week and then BAM! back to my size 8 again. *Sigh*… the 30-something metabolism.
Honey, this time is different. I’m a middle-aged, perimenopausal mama in her forties. This go around, I knew when I started this process, I was in for the long haul – a full two weeks of phase 1 and then a full steam ahead approach to phase 2.
About Phase 1 on the South Beach Diet
Phase 1 is the strictest stage of the process. You eliminate (that sounds better than “strip”) high-glycemic carbs (the breads, noodles and cereals made with white flour) for two weeks. No cheating.
Sure, you lose lots of water during this time and although you think you’re going to die of sugar deprivation, you don’t. But, the results are fast, fast fast – which makes it worth it. In fact, if you can make it through that difficult first week, your cravings diminish and you don’t even want the bad stuff anymore. Honestly! For example, my treats became cherry tomatoes. When you’re weaned from the yucky sugar, you can really taste the natural sugars in tomatoes. They became something of an indulgence for me. Who would have thought it? Can you relate?
My Rocky Progression to Phase 2
I’m now on a morphed version of phase 2. Done properly, this is where you begin to add whole grains and good carbs back into your daily intake.
I’m struggling a bit. I’m such an “all or nothing” person. Telling me I can have a little something requires discipline muscles I’m not sure I have. If I can have 1 sweet potato, why can’t I have two? This is my logic, so I struggle.
I’m keeping a close eye on my weight loss to see if I’ve stalled tremendously, or worse, gained. If so, I’ll return to the safety and comfort of phase 1 for a week.
But, the very pair of jeans that wouldn’t zip a few weeks ago are now pretty loose. Can you tell in this pic? Not sure I’ll ever do a full before and after picture, so this is as good as it gets.
I tossed the mushrooms in olive oil, minced garlic and baked for about 20 minutes. Yummy!
You can’t go wrong with baked tilapia and a salad. I’m not a big salad dressing person. Balsamic vinegar is my “go to” to dress my salads.
Simplicity rules. Mixed greens and shrimp. Ok? Ok.
Stuffed peppers don’t need rice – especially if you’re on South Beach Phase 1. I did add black beans for extra fiber. This was so good. Let me know if you want the actual recipe. I’m happy to jot it down.
I would also have a little Cool Whip (sugar-free) and those fudge popsicles with “no added sugar”. Oh yes, I’d also have a sugar-free Jolly Rancher or Werthers from time to time.
So, there it is. I’m sorry the pictures aren’t clearer. I’m still learning.
Have you ever tried low-carb as a lifestyle? What are your thoughts? Tips? Tricks? Losing my fat 40-something butt is possible because of it; I’m eager to hear your thoughts!Sugar and white flour as silent killers. Best way to lose weight and stay healthy is to limit… Click To Tweet