Cruise day 17 – PV

Morning weigh-in: 106.7

  • Daily loss 1.4 kg/6.08lbs
  • Total lost 5.6kg/12.32lbs

Watercheck –


  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2 microwaved eggs
  • 150ml low-fat yoghurt

Morning snack

  • 6 peices of beef jerkey


  • Magnificent caesar salad – less than 500calories, but complete with low fat dressing, lean bacon and leftover chicken on skewers

Afternoon snack

  • tub of Muller light, as per Simon’s recommendation. Seriously tasty.


  • Chicken breasts with 0% fat quark, and a tablespoon of red pesto baked in the oven with
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes and
  • a handful of green runner beans


  • 10 minute cycle to work
  • 15 minute cycle home (more up-hills on the way home, puff puff puff)
  • 30 minute dukan-prescribed walk around park

Ooooh yeah, feeling pretty chuffed about the weigh-in this morning! My scales can be a tad inconsistent, I always weigh myself at least 3 times, with each reading differing by as much as .5kg.  Finally, no matter how many different times I weigh, the scales settle down and make a decision, and this time, the decision was in my favour.

At this point, I guess it’s important, if you’re like me and feel the need to do daily weigh-ins to monitor what’s going on, to talk about consistancy of scales.  My scales give a different readout depending on whereabouts on the (fairly uneven Edinburgh tenement flat) floor I’ve placed it, and can also give a slightly different reading depending on where on the scales I put my feet.

So in order to get a totally consistent reading, I have to make sure that my scales are on the same place on the floor every morning, and that my feet are always in the same place on the scales, and that my weight is distributed evenly on both legs (not an easy thing to do just after my accident.)

Today I upped my calorie intake by about 100% on past days, though I stuck 100% to what I’m allowed to have on a PV day.  Most of that doubling in calories came from the caesar salad, which was not as filling as I’d hoped, and once I actually did the sums and carefully added up the calorie content of all the bits, was a bit disappointed that, although my salad is about half the calories of a normal caesar, it’s still three times the calorie value of my normal lunch.  I’m just not sure that a very low calorie diet is good for me, you see, and today’s my tester.

I also fear that all the progress I’ve made lately will be wiped out by my friend’s wedding this weekend – the one where I’m expected to drink.  It’s a ceilidh wedding though, with a ceilidh band and all, so I’ve decided – for every drink I have, I must dance two or three dances, depending on how my knee is feeling.  We’ll just have to see how that one goes.  I totally love ceilidh dancing, though it can be pretty exhausting. I’ll let you know how it went, when I get back on Sunday.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Hello again Charlotte,
    I am just curious as to why you bother to count calories? For me the whole point of the Dukan diet is not counting calories as long as you stick to the diet. I guess it would be interesting to know but I’d probubly just make myself worry!

    Using dancing to counter balance drinking sounds like a great idea!

    Best wishes Kathie.


    • Hi Kathie,

      You’re quite right, calorie counting is not what Dukan is all about. These days I don’t really count the calories at all, except for those that I expend at the gym – even Dukan talks about exercise calories in his book, though he mostly dismisses food intake calories.

      If you’re going to drink, make sure you make it low-carb drink like spirits, mixed with diet soda. It definitely knocks you out of ketosis, but it doesn’t do as much harm as beer, wine or alcopops. (says she who has had 2 or 3 glasses of wine this week!!) 😉


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