Cruise day 63 – Supplemental PP

Morning weigh-in: 97.9

  • Daily LOSS 1.0kg/2.2lbs
  • Total lost 14.4kg/31.68lb

Watercheck – 2.0l by 23.00pm incl water, tea & diet coke


  • 2x microwaved egg
  • oatbran porridge
  • cup of tea


  • Beef frying steak
  • Pork tenderloins, all fat removed

Afternoon snack

  • Muller Light Vanilla
  • Mini babybel light


  • Pork tenderloin cooked on the George


  • 25min cycle to and from work
  • 30 min walk to and from Book Festival event in Edinburgh

Well there it is: the oft-repeated proof.  Proof that if you continue following the plan, and don’t get discouraged, you’ll get your results.  I sure got mine – a whole KILO lost today (mostly water weight following 2 days on attack, I know) I’m dead chuffed.  And I’m down in the 97s.

In order to stay on track to getting to 75kg by Christmas, I need to be down to 97.1 by Friday.  I’m not sure how achievable it is, but I can but try! 🙂

Something else I did today – I went to see the doctor about my diet.  I’ve been using Alli intermittently to mitigate any particularly fatty foods (so long as they’re not TOO fatty) but it is GHASTLY expensive.  In fact, that’s pretty much the only real objection that Dr Dukan has to it, according to what I’ve read.  I’m paraphrasing here, but I remember a question he answered on one of the live chats about it – he said, “Alli – aah yes, it’s our old friend Orlistat again.  It’s too expensive, you should be dieting using natural foods and not buying very expensive weight-loss pills.”

Now, I know that Alli, combined with diet and exercise, can help reduce the amount of fat your body takes in.  The proof is in the toilet bowl.  But I’m not willing to pay £60 for a month’s worth of pills, it’s just insane.  So. I went to the doctor, armed with my spreadsheet and ready to argue my case for him to prescribe me Xenical, which is the prescription strength version of Alli – twice the strength.

I was ready for a bit of resistance, but the moment I showed him my spreadsheet, he got all excited – said that it was very abnormal for a patient to come in, asking for Xenical, who had such a strong idea of what they wanted, why, and how they were going to achieve it.  We talked for a while about what sort of things I was eating on the Dukan Diet, and he was nodding the whole way through in agreement – despite the lack of fruit and carbs, as far as he’s concerned, it’s a “balanced diet.”  Go Dr Dukan, you’ve got the approval of NHS doctors! (or at least, one of them.)

He gave me a two month supply of Xenical (which cost me just £3 through the NHS prescription system – 97.5% saving on High Street prices for a stronger product – NICE!) and I don’t think I’ve ever had a doctor be so delighted to give out a prescription…

So, I’m going to start taking my (lovely cheap) Xenical every day as an extra supplement to the Dukan Diet, and see what comes of it.  If a meal is totally fat-free, then I’ll refrain from taking it (cause it does no good unless there’s fat content in the gut) but even with my morning porridge, I’ll pop a pill.

The one other thing I’ll do extra is start taking a multivitamin before bed – recommended with Alli, so I’d say probably even more so on Xenical.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Hurrah i’ve just found your blog, can’t believe how well you’ve done – it’s so encouraging to see great results! I’ve just started blogging my dukan experience here: so it’s nice to see someone a lot further down the track than me still sticking at it. Congrats on your loss so far!


  2. Posted by Dobsessed on August 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Xenical is like $120 for a box here! So unfair!


    • Yeah, it’s pretty pricey – you can’t even get Xenical without a prescription in the UK, though Alli, the half-strength version, is available over the counter for about AUD$120 or so.

      Crazy thing is, once NHS prescriptions go down to not costing anything next year, I’ll be able to get Xenical for FREE from my pharmacist, with a prescription from my GP.

      I very much got the impression from the Doc that he gets people coming in asking for Xenical, who see it as a wonder-miracle pill, thinking that they don’t need to change their diet or anything. That’s why I was all prepared with my spreadsheet over the last 10 weeks, and ready to discuss how my diet and exercise patterns had changed since starting Dukan. He was 100% behind everything I’d been doing – another weapon for my arsenal against the Dukan Doubters who say that the diet is dangerous.

      He even said that if I needed Xenical to maintain the weight once I’d reached my target, he’d be happy to prescribe it to me then as well! Crazy! I guess a dose of Xenical 3 times a day is cheaper than the long-term costs of obesity…


  3. Posted by Jeanette on August 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Wow u r doing so well. I have been following your blog and it is so encouraging. I am sort of going it alone apart from journalling my food and how the day went. Thanks for posting all your daily details – they are helpful.
    Keep it up!!!


    • Hey Jeanette! Thanks for the lovely comment, that’s so kind of you! I totally agree that journalling in some way is the best way to go – whether it’s privately in a notebook or online on a blog.

      Good luck with your journey! Check in from time to time and let us know how you’re going! 🙂

      Charlotte xx


  4. Wow! A whole kilo in one day…that’s awesome!! Well done…I’m waiting for that tomorrow, I hope we have one of those synchronised losses again!

    I’ve never considered having those pills before, because they are so expensive here 😦


    • Here’s to syncronicity! I’ll be looking out for the update tonight or tomorrow morning (my time!)

      I can’t remember how it works in Oz, it’s been that long since I left – do different medicines cost different amounts depending on what they are, even if you have a prescription?

      Gotta love the NHS! 😉


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