Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage . . . They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
~Psalm 84:5

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Back to the Beach

South Beach that is.

I strayed away after I went to England. I tried to get back on Phase I when the school year started, but the stress of school and the breaking of the addictions gave me migraines everyday for a week and I just couldn't hang on. Thankfully I still had the SB principles and ate well 80% of the time.

But now I'm back with a vengeance! I'm not a goal-oriented person, so it's a little difficult. But I am a devoted friend, and I think that's what's going to help.

I'm doing it with my friend Melissa and she has major health problems, so compounded with being over weight, her body is basically shutting down. For her it's a matter of life and death. Thankfully, her family is being more supportive and have already started to notice an improvement in her. And, amazingly, her husband even said if it works for her he might need to do something too!

I would cringe every time I saw her wash down a bag of potato chips with a can of coke; not to mention all the fast food. Granted, I'm not one to judge, but still, I don't think I was that bad! So I told her I would make all the food for lunch if she would eat it as well as boiled eggs for breakfast.

We started Monday and she's already lost 6 pounds! I've lost about 4 (not too sure cause I forgot to weigh myself Monday so did it Tuesday). Next week we're going to start weighing in with the ladies over at One Weigh Or Another.

Wish us luck!


Brandi said...

I'm braying for you both and rooting you on! "Go, Debbie and Melissa!!!"

See ya at OWOA Monday!!!

Debbie said...

You're braying for me??? Wow! I'm so honored! I had NO idea you can bray!


Bird said...

Glad to have you fully on board. ;-)

Two thoughts:

1. Try not to get burned out cooking for this gal all the time. You may want to mix things up; her health is still her responsibility, despite the fact that she's your bud.

2. It's a good idea to get intense with this stuff. Even if you decide to drop everything and go to England again, you can still eat SB over there too! Brandi and I have gone through birthday parties, family gatherings, pizza parties, etc. -- all without cheating.

You can do it!

Brandi said...

hee-haw! just for you! ;-)

Debbie said...

Thanks for the thoughts and encouragement Birdo!

I know I can do SB in England -- I just didn't want to! I hadn't been in nearly 2 years and I wanted to eat the fish & chips, curry dinners, British sweets and everything else you can't get over here. But despite all the forbidden food, I didn't gain anything while I was over there.

I have no problem telling Melissa when I'm sick of cooking for us both. I don't mind it now cause having someone doing it with you here makes it sooo much easier. Plus, while I cook us lunch, she supplies the water, Coke Zero, snacks (celery, hummus, Laughing Cow, etc), so it kinda all works out.

And speaking of Melissa, she's already lost 10 pounds! Unbelievable!

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