The South Beach Diet Continues
As promised, here’s an update on my progress using the South Beach diet. Phase 2 allows you to add back in whole grain carbohydrates, fruit, and alcohol. I was still skipping the alcohol until we had company. Our friend brought us a bottle of Gallo Pinot Noir for us to try. We now buy a small bottle for the weekend, have one glass on Friday with Friday night steaks and one glass on Sunday with the leftovers. I’m still going low-key on carbs, eating Udi whole wheat (gluten free) bread once a week and Wheat Chex for my afternoon snack. After two months, I have lost and kept off over 10 pounds and can wear some of my jeans/pants again. Last week I added one day of interval walking. My immediate exercise goal is to continue with Silver Sneakers twice a week, add one day of The South Beach Diet Total Body Workout and do interval walking on alternate days until I have six days exercise each week. I went above and beyond the minimum for the interval walking because it was such a nice day out and I knew I could handle it but this was the suggestion for Day 1:
Warm-up: 5-minute walk at easy pace
Walk for 15-seconds at moderate pace
Walk for 60-seconds at easy pace
Repeat 6 times
Cooldown: 2-minute walk at easy pace
I took my walk on the Bentonville Trail by Lake Bella Vista. I noticed that there are about 3000 (more or less) newly-planted bulbs on part of the trail. The front area of the trail (facing Hwy 71) tends to flood and there is a lot of new dirt added here–not sure what else they’ll be doing to help this situation. We are in the rainy season which means sometimes we get too much rain in too short a time. My bonus for the day was seeing both herons on different parts of the trail as well as a huge variety of dogs walking their owners.
Here is the love lock bridge and the low water level; one of the resident herons.
So far there is no danger of bridge collapse from too many love locks.
There is a controversy playing out here over whether to replace the flood-damaged dam (there are FEMA funds now available) or to take out the dam and let the Sugar Creek run free. The water level has been lowered to relieve the stress on the dam area and make the bridge safer. It was closed off for awhile, but people kept walking around the barriers.
Just a postscript on dieting. I never had to watch my diet or my weight until after I reached 45. I’m not a good dieter. Right now, I have no appetite for food at all and have to force myself to eat but I’m determined to stick with this and at least make sure I consume healthy foods 99% of the time. I’ve learned that there is life after white potatoes. After all, I have a really cute wardrobe waiting for me to wear! Till next time, may good things happen in your life. Every day.