Cruise day 76 – PP

Morning weigh-in: 95.7kgs

  • Daily GAIN 0.4kg/0.88lbs
  • Total lost 16.6kg/36.52lbs

Watercheck โ€“ 1.4l


  • oatbran porridge
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Onken Fat Free strawberry yoghurt (nutritional comparison places it slightly less “bad” than Muller light, and it comes in 500g tubs so I don’t have to eat the whole tub)

Late Lunch

  • Chicken strips with fajita seasoning
  • Mini babybel light
  • 1 stick of celery
  • numerous spoons-full of vegetable soup – I had to check whether it needed more seasoning! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Moist vanilla muffins x2


  • 40 mins walk into town & back to do a little shopping (counting only the solid walking time, not the shopping time where my pace was slower)
  • 65 mins walk around the Meadows

Back up again today, as expected with a PV day yesterday. ย I’m not fussed, cause I’m bang on track. ย Today wasn’t a strict Pure Protein day, cause I made some chicken & vegetable soup (about twice as much as last time – the last batch was a hit with the fellah and disappeared quickly from the freezer, so more is needed this time!) But you can’t make soup without testing to find out if it needs more pepper, now, can you? The recipe is incoming.

So I tried the moist vanilla muffins – yum! ย Thanks, fellow bloggers, for the heads up – cinnamon is definitely the go. I’m tempted to try this recipe with some strawberry yoghurt next time, or maybe squeeze in some lemon or lime juice for a bit of extra bling. ย J’s comment was that they were a bit bland – but I loved em!

In other cinnamon news, I also took a bit of inspiration from Simon’s Fajita Recipe, and tried some chicken seasoned with cinnamon, salt & lime (maybe I should have put some tequila in it too?) Basically I just squeezed some lime over some chicken, sprinkled on some cinnamon, salt & a teensy bit of cayenne pepper, and chucked it on a piping hot George for about 4 minutes.

OMG wow – yum!

I think I’m going to try his full fajita recipe this week too, minus the pancake-as-tortilla bit. I like the idea of marinading it overnight for added flavour – in fact, that’s what I’m going to do before I go to bed tonight – marinate some chicken, Simon-style! ๐Ÿ™‚

12 responses to this post.

  1. Hehe love it how we’re all on the moist vanilla muffin bandwagon!


  2. Posted by Emma on August 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Charlotte
    Really useful blog. On day 2of attack, finding it hard and have had to have 3 portions of yoghurt one in a sauce for fish. Do you find that you don’t loose if you have too many yoghurts. I know the book says not more than 2, but noticed that you seem to not have much. You are brilliant to do so much exercise, I was knackered after my walk today!!


  3. Posted by Emma on August 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Charlotte
    Excellent blog, really useful
    On day 2, have had to include yoghurt in my diet, notice you try not to. Do you find it impacts on your weight loss?
    Feel really positive after reading your blog, got 2stone to loose!


    • Hiya Emma!

      Thanks for the lovely comments.

      On a good day, I’ll have no more than 1 low-fat yoghurt. I actually don’t have much dairy at all on this diet, though some people do and still experience good losses. That’s one of the reasons I started keeping this blog – so that I could match up what I ate with how my weightloss progressed, over the long term.

      However, I think according to the book, so long as you have low-fat, sugar-free yoghurt, Dr Dukan says you can have up to 1 litre of dairy per day. Personally, if I had anywhere NEAR this much, I’d explode like … like something big and explody! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      So long as the natural yoghurt you use is low-fat, you’re ok to have 3 servings. I only recently started having fruit yoghurts, which you’re allowed as a tolerated food (ie no more than 2 of ANY tolerated food per day) and I have found that my weight loss is much more erratic now – if you look on the graph on the About Me page, you’ll see that what was a relatively even and predictable line in the middle of the diet, has since become more spikey. The overall trend has remained the same though, but if I was stronger, I’d cut out the fruit yoghurts altogether. Maybe I’ll try that as a Challenge for next week… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The only reason I don’t eat much natural yoghurt is that I don’t really like it, not because I try not to. I’ll quite happily use it in various recipes. Quark is also brilliant – it’s virtually fat free. Generally speaking, try to trust the diet in the beginning stages, and keep some sort of note of food eaten and weigh-ins. Soon you’ll start to notice a pattern, and you can start to adjust the diet accordingly – Cruise phase is pretty liberal with the sort of things you can eat.

      Keep going with the exercise, your body will get used to it! The first two weeks were a bit tiring for me, even just doing 20-30 minutes. Nowadays, for the most part, I really enjoy my hour-long brisk walks. I use it as a chance to have my own private meditation time. And with the right music, it means that I can strut along in time with the beat, and pretend I’m really cool and tough… ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Posted by Emma on August 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Sorry for repeat! Using New iPad thing. Not sure what I’m doing!!! Lol


  5. Posted by Emma on August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Wow you are brilliant. I’ve never used one of these chat forums before and am so pleased vie started.
    Thanks for advice. Maybe I’ll try to cut down on the yoghurts as I get more used to the diet!
    Btw made the Devine sauce from book -only had tarragon. With baked cod. Was yum and even my hubby enjoyed. Will make life easier if he’ll eat same as me. Never been one for making sauces, so think he’ll be pleasantly pleased! Can t see how I can do in long term without sauce!, gonna go get the old el paso flavourings as you recommended.
    Thanks for speedy response, was just reading the gentle monkey blog, she has some fab recipes.
    Ps better attempt on iPad!!


    • Just a caveat on the Ol El Paso flavourings – they’re actually surprisingly high in carbs. Have a look on the back of the pack if you don’t believe me. I usually end up using maybe a third of a pack these days, though even that might be too much. This is why I get so much exercise, cause I’m probably getting too many carbs on the fajita flavouring, so I need to offset all that. I really need to come up with an alternative.

      Glad you’re getting hubby on board with what you’re eating – J and I went through a phase where we were eating different stuff every night, and it was really annoying. We’re back on track now, mostly eating the same stuff, and it makes SUCH a difference. He loves my soup… ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Posted by Emma on September 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

        Ah .. OK will park the old el paso for a while. Thanks for the tip .. plenty of other food to eat in meantime.
        Am really happy as lost 4.5lbs in 2 days on diet .. had a bit of an excess 7lbs put on on hols. But so chuffed. Was starving first 2 days .. but been fine today and can see why you sometimes say ‘need to eat more calories’ – easy to not eat enough and whole point of this diet is to keep metabolism up I guess.
        Am also drinking Tava tea .. so not sure if that’s helping. Do you include your tea/coffee in your water intake .. so hard to drink that much water otherwise!

      • Hi Emma,

        I definitely include tea and coffee in my fluid intake, as well as diet coke. Have you bought the book yet? I found it incredibly useful, definitely a recommended read for anyone doing this diet! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Posted by Emma on September 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

        Yes have read book, but maybe need to re-read.

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