I had been doing really well on the South Beach diet, but in the absence of seeing results, feeling under the weather, and not wanting to eat my leftovers, I succumbed to a weekend of junk food. Of course, I loved it. The Chinese food I had on Thursday hit the spot, I really enjoyed the trip to the local Mexican restaurant Friday, and Saturday I had a good meal at a beach hang-out. Add to that a strong chocolate craving not easily satisfied. My weekend plans really weren’t compatible with South Beach, though my backsliding could have been worse.

I am now throwing away my restaurant leftovers and crawling back on the wagon, trying not to toss my weight loss plans with my weekend binge. I think I might try a new direction. A problem I have with South Beach is that many of the meals are too expensive and time-consuming (like making eggs and bacon for breakfast). I think I am going to create my own low-cost, quick to prepare, effective diet that uses common foods and easy-to-find ingredients. I lost 40 pounds on the diet I created a few years ago, so I have succeeded before. Wish me luck!


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