To Cruise or Attack?

Morning weigh in: 108.3kg

  • Daily loss : 0.6kg / 1.32lbs
  • Total loss: 4.0kg / 8.8lbs

Watercheck – 2l by 17.00


  • Oatbran porridge

Morning Snack

  • 100gm yoghurt with canderel
  • 3 slices mustard ham


  • 2x burger patties
  • 1/2 turkey breast
  • 2 microwaved eggs

Afternoon Snack

  • Nothing!


  • 2x chicken breasts from a small tesco roast chicken

Exercise: long bike ride with a work friend

OK, so today is supposed to be my first day of Cruise, but due to lack of prep time, all I had in the fridge was attack stuff, and I had no time to pop into the supermarket before work to grab something.  So my day has essentially been a PP day, and I’m half tempted to leave it that way and start Cruise tomorrow, and start it properly.  I’ll discuss it with J tonight – I know that he’s expecting to have a meal together whereby we’re essentially eating the same thing.

There was a big event in the office today, and there were LOTS of yummies left over – sandwiches, tray bakes, chips (really really NICE chips.) I managed to resist them all, with the thought that with just one slip up, I’d ruin all my hard work.

My next dilemma – the work friend I’m going cycling with is getting married in a few weeks time, and my colleagues can’t believe that I’d be going to a wedding and plan to tee-total it.  I don’t want to be a party pooper, and it’s shaping up to be a CRACKING wedding, but my question is this: how damaging will a night on the grog be to my diet? Will I have to start again on Attack for five to seven days? Or can I just go back into Cruise again? Help!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JO on June 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    My advice would be to go for it. Stick to the eating plan as much as poss and have a drink. I just had my birthday, went for a meal and tried my hardest and drank shed loads of wine – even had some chocolates. Didnt weigh myself – did 2 days of excellent PP and now weigh the same as before my birthday. you gotta enjoy urself and special occasions allow this surely?
    ALSO – dont get hung up on weighing urself. i do it once a week. we vary so much with water retention, its silly to keep doing it – u will get disheartened if you gain – i dont do anything other than half pounds ie., i dont do ounces……so 13st 10lbs.!!! keep at it and enjoy the wedding when it comes!!


    • I work in an office that has cakes and left-over sandwiches (from meetings etc) — they even have beers (for Friday nights) and bowls of peanuts everywhere! But then again, they’re all stick-thin (inexplicably).

      The office is slap bang in the middle of the city, all gastro pubs and places for office lunchers.

      This bothered me for a while, but not now; every time I do not have a cake, every time I decline a biscuit or beer, I give myself a mental pat on the back imagining how much weight I was putting on by accepting all offers of food.

      It really frees you up when you realise that they are not in the slightest upset when you refuse (I used to kid myself on that it was rude to refuse, and I was being polite).

      What I find difficult is lunchtimes — everything is bread with fillings (sandwiches, bagels, baguettes, torpedoes, burgers, kebabs, and rolls), or filled pastries (cakes, pies, sausage rolls, bridies etc).

      Nowhere can I buy a boiled egg; city supermarkets are small, more expensive versions of their out-of-town stores, and have no butcher or deli, meaning there’s no cooked chickens. There are no fat free vanilla yoghurts such as Activia’s (of which you can eat as many as you like — even on a PP day) they only stock a few fruit ones (one a day for us Dukaneers).

      I bought a microwave egg poacher and walk from the car carrying a heavy bag containing things like jars of beetroot, uncooked eggs, big bottles of Diet Coke (1 kcal — the lowest), and Activia or Onken fat free vanilla yogurts, cooked BBQ chicken strips or Tikka Chicken strip, peppered roast beef slices and knock lunch together as best I can, McDonalds don’t always have salads (and it’s quit a walk just to find that out), so I am buying a supermarket made-up salad for Cruise days.

      Still, I wish I had more options; I may as well work in the country for all the good the shops do me.

      I must say that you are hardly eating! I am eating far more (and far more often) on the Dukan that I used to.


      • Hi Dave,

        I’ve totally become Tupperware Woman. I make my porridge in three-day batches, make enough burger patties for at least 2 days, put raw eggs still in shells in my lunchbox and cook them in the microwave at work for brekkie. I only explode them occasionally by accident…

        I also weigh out my day’s worth of yoghurt the night before and have most of my meat ready to go before I go to bed, which saves me plenty of time in the morning.

        I was a bit shocked by the carb content in the bbq chicken strips I got from the Coop, so I’ve kinda gone off supermarket pre-cooked poultry. Love the tiny sainsbury’s ham packages though!

        In terms of how much I’m eating, for yesterday’s entry (ie this one!) I forgot to put in that I had two breasts of chicken for dinner… 🙂

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