Cruise day 54 – PP

Morning weigh-in: 99.4

  • Daily loss 0.4kg/0.88lbs
  • Total lost 12.9kg/28.38lb

Watercheck – 3l by 20.35 – incl tea, diet coke and sugar free Ribena


  • 2x lean beef sausages
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • oatbran porridge
  • cup of tea


  • 1x lean beef sausage

Afternoon snack

  • a few pieces of chicken kebab skewers


  • Chicken kebab skewers
  • 1x lean beef sausage


  • 20 mins gentle walking to the shop and back

Oh yeah! that’s another mini goal down – I’m now officially past the 2 stone point! Hurrah! 🙂

In less encouraging news, I seem to have hurt my ankle somehow – not sure if it’s the switch to a different pair of trainers or what, cause I definitely did NOT have any sort of accident to injure it.  It’s the opposite ankle to the sore foot the other day.  Very wierd.  Anyway, that’s the reason for my lack of solid exercise today.  To make up for it, I’m not having any tolerated foods – no mini babybel light and no Muller light.

I also had difficulty getting enough water today – I ended up tipping some “light” Ribena into my litre bottle, and before I knew it, it was all gone.  It’s a little higher in calories than recommended – more like 4 cal per glass vs 1 cal, and 5g of carbs in the litre, but I decided to make a judgement call – without the babybel light and muller yoghurt today, my carb intake is still lower for the day, and I get a full 3l of liquid into me.

I should emphasise to anyone out there who’s starting out, or thinking of trying this – Ribena Light is not strictly allowed.  Although it’s “no added sugar” there’s still sugar in the blackcurrants themselves.  Don’t drink Ribena Light unless you’re willing to sacrifice some other of your carb intake for the day! 🙂  We’ll also see what kind of result it has tomorrow on the scales (though it’s not a fair challenge, because I missed out on my proper exercise today too.)

8 responses to this post.

  1. 😦 That’s no good about your ankle! I hope it gets better soon chicky

    Question….How do you make your porridge? I’m gonna give it a go.


    • Oh….I looooove ribena, so I must stay away 😛


    • Mmmm, porridge.

      OK, here’s the mix:

      2tbsp oatbran
      150ml milk
      pinch of salt
      sweetener to taste.

      I make it in 3 day batches, so the oatbran/milk mix is more like:

      6tbsp oatbran
      450ml skimmed milk

      Combine everything, stick over the stove in a saucepan on high heat, stir until boiling. Turn down heat and continue to stir for a while longer, till it thickens a little. Add sweetener to taste. Divide into tupperware containers while still hot and easily pourable. The mix will continue to thicken over the next couple of days, don’t worry if it’s a bit runny (though it shouldn’t be watery)

      I went out and bought 3 lovely small tupperware containers, 180 ml each – just perfect for a serving of OB Porridge.

      Enjoy! 🙂


  2. Posted by JO on August 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

    charlotte. your porridge sounds like hard work compared to my 2minute effort in the microwave each morning!!

    water: instead of ribena why not try a flavoured still water. i drink a 1.5l bottle of Tesco still spring water with a taste of strawberry. its yum, easy to get down and has 1cal per 250ml. its sweetened with sucralose. currently 60p per 1.5l bottle. i’ve been guzzling this for months and its had no adverse effects on my weight loss. xx


    • Oooh, good plan on the flavoured still water – I’ll give that a try! I’m back on the Evian today, no added Ribena. I guess what I could always do is reduce the amount of Ribena I put in, cause I probably don’t need the recommended dilution amount.

      I’ll taste the Tesco stuff, if I can get hold of it. 🙂 Thanks for the tip Jo!

      Remind me, how does your porridge work? I used to do porridge in the microwave, but paradoxically, I’ve found its easier to clean a non-stick saucepan than it is to clean a pyrex or plastic porridge bowl…


      • Posted by JO on August 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

        porridge – i use 3tbsp of oatbran in a small microwaveable bowl (type with the handle?) – slosh the skimmed milk in (i dont measure) stir – microwave one minute – in this time it usually boils up so keep an eye on it and stop before it boils and messes ur microwave up!! stir lots and put back in till it boils up again – take out, stir in sweetener and then in the time it takes for me to make a coffee its gone nice and firm so i drizzle a bit of xtra milk, take to the lounge and eat out of the micro bowl – easy!! good luck….x

      • An equally valid way of making porridge imho. Myself, I’ve had too many upsets of porridge boiling over, so I prefer to make it in a pot in the evenings so that I’m not tempted to walk away… 😉 And that way, the following days, I don’t have to do anything but re-heat – I usually take it to to work and eat it there, cause mornings are always a rush for me!

  3. Sweetener? In porridge? How DARE you! LOL!

    Being Scottish, I have scoffed metric tonnes of porridge over the years, and it is officially good for you: Also, Porridge is a super-food: along with spinach, chocolate, cinnamon, fish and broadbeans (of all things)!

    Not only are there health benefits, it is very filling and will do you until lunchtime easily. But the best thing about porridge is that it makes you SHARP WITTED. Oh yes, and there’s a study to prove it:

    The study showed that children who had a simple carbohydrate meal were reacting at levels normally associated with someone of 70, three and a half hours after eating.

    Porridge should be mandatory! No wonder the morning commute is so bad!

    A wee bit of salt and the top of the milk is the correct way, although my father used to tell of how all the students at Glasgow University used to pour it into a lined top drawer of a chest of drawers to set hard and grow cold — they would open the drawer and cut a slice of porridge for breakfast or as a snack believe it or not. Mind you he was completely mad, and would have shouted “You’re a Big Jessie” if you put sugar, honey or fruit in the same room as some porridge.

    For Dukan, no drawers, no sweet stuff, use oat bran and just a wee bit of salt to bring out the flavour, and skimmed milk to take the edge off the heat as porridge has the insulating properties of mineral wool. Spoon from the edge of the bowl where the heat is less, but still watch out — or it’ll weld your falsies to yer gums!

    och aye and hugs
    Dave and Ruth


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