January 2. Day 2 of the South Beach Diet. Five years ago, before kids, we did Atkins to drop those excess college pounds, and I lost about 25 extra lbs. The Narrator picked up the South Beach book earlier this week and eagerly agreed to do it with me. Really, he doesn’t need to lose anything, he’s just being a great supportive husband. So now, here I am looking at extra baby fat that I can’t really claim as baby fat since T-Rex is now two! It’s just been laziness. These first 2 weeks are the most painful. I NEED CHOCOLATE!! And there’s half a bag of Dove dark chocolates in the pantry calling my name. So for dessert tonight, I made a cocoa-nut mousse that was in the book. Hopefully it will be just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. These kinds of low carb diets work for me because I am terribly terribly addicted to baked goods and bread and rice and sweets in general. These first 2 weeks break my cravings. I have to say that 2 days into it, I’m feeling pretty good – mostly because I feel good exercising my will power and resisting the urge to unhealthily and mindlessly snack.
And in a continuation of the New Year’s Resolutions, the kids and I went to our new library today. We have a shiny, new library with a million dollars worth of new books just a couple miles from our house. It is BEAUTIFUL! The kids area has beautiful paintings and gorgeous tables and rows and rows and rows of brand new books, that I’m almost afraid to let T-Rex touch. We’re most likely the first people to read the stack we brought home. So after paying my $12.80 fine (oops!) we came home and devoured a stack of books. And for me? I found a book containing ALL the novels of Jane Austen. After flipping through the book – I settled on Sense and Sensibility since it is the first book in the volume, and I have a thing about doing things in order. PLUS I promised myself to watch the movie after I read it. From there I’ll see how many of them I can read before I have expired my options to renew the book. I’ve read just a few chapters, but I already feel smarter just reading her words. My vocabulary is going to be richer after reading her novels. I can sense it already! 🙂
And now, I’m going to make a chili chock full of veggies!!
We did south beach last year, and I lost 15 pounds in about 6 weeks. My wife didn’t lose anything at all. 🙁 She was very bitter.
Congrats on your great start to the new year! Let me know what you think of Jane Austen. I intend to read more classics this year, too. I even have a book review blog now!
By the way, please pray for us. Don no longer has a job as of this past Tuesday. ):
Story Girl says
OH, ouch Topher. I wouldn’t be surprised is she was STILL bitter about that!!
Heather, I will definitely let you know what I think of Jane’s books. Can youp lease send me the link to your book review blog? And I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s job. I will certainly be praying. Keep me posted.
Mandy Powell says
Congrats on your new diet ….I can’t do “south beach” because I too love carbs and sweets 🙂 That is why WW works so well for me …everything in moderation and “portion control” but everyone is different ..and if it works for ya ..than go for it! Best of luck! Also ..we too LOVE the new Library…Lexie really liked the computers in the kids area 🙂 Maybe we will see you guys there ..we plan on being there alot too 🙂 Happy New Year!
My book review blog is linked to my name on these comments, only there I go by Page Turner. I’m more comfortable being anonymous.
Mandy – WW is most definitely working for you. You look fabulous!! We will definitely see you at the library. Did you pick up the schedule of events for January? Crafternoon on Monday!! And the magician coming in on the 10th is excellent – we saw him last summer!
Heather – I will check it out, thanks!!
I remember the soy vanilla rice pudding with cashews you made after one of your cleanses years ago (in the little blue house) that was just delicious. Probably not Atkins, but still healthy-ish and delicious! I, also, have some bad habits to work on breaking and some good ones to work on adding (like walking with my *new* ipod shuffle 😉 All the Jane Austen books are good. Definitely rich in vocabulary and I adore the wit in conversational interactions between characters.
We’ve chosen the Wii fit for our new years pounds off. BTW we have a mii with your name on it now so if you ever get here again to try it out you have a person. You may not like your looks but you can change them. At least Dad made you tall and skinny! 🙂 lol We have our whole family of miis.
Jenna that is just too funny that you remember that!! I’m going to have to pull that book out and see if I can find that recipe. I need to add in the exercise habits too. I have yet to find a routine that works with kids, but no excuse!!
Mom, you made miis for all of us? THAT is hilarious!!! Can’t wait to see the new you, and tell Dad thanks for making me tall and skinny. lol!
Marla Taviano says
I’ve been meaning to read Jane Austen forever.
You’d like it Marla!