Cruise day 105 – PP

Morning weigh-in: 91.8kgs

  • Daily LOSS 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs
  • Total lost 20.5kg/ 45.1lbs

Watercheck –2.2l – tea, coffee and low-calorie cordial


  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of sweetened coffee
  • Fat-free caramel pudding


  • Lean savory pork mince with: onion, turmeric, chipotle powder, paprika, garam masala, garlic powder (ran outta fresh stuff) cumin, beef stock and a tiny bit of cornflour and water to thicken the mix.  I really need to post this up as a recipe, cause it’s devine.

Afternoon snack

  • handful of corn chips


  • 2 Beef patties with dried sage and cooked onion seasoning (yum!)
  • Fat free caramel pudding
  • slice of cheddar cheese


  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • Didn’t manage a walk today, cause I was running some training in the evening.

See, here’s the thing.  Here’s my trigger for eating bad food – it’s whenever I’m alone.  That’s the trigger.  If I’m alone, I suddenly have to work 100x harder to resist tempting foods, because of that ingrained habit I’ve had since I was young – “I must not let people see/know that I eat junkfood.”

This goes back to a few very particular childhood incidences, things people said to me as a youngster, but even now, after all this effort on the Dukan Diet, I still struggle with the compulsion to eat junkfood when I’m alone.

Until about 5.15pm today, I was a Model Dukaneer.  I’d not exceeded my tolerateds, I’d had an excellent PP day.  But sitting in the office, by myself, doing some extra work after everyone else has headed home, I hardly even thought about it – I went and got some corn chips that have been sitting in the kitchen for ages. One side of my brain knew I was acting idiotically, but the other side overruled me and sat down to munch the chips, and now I feel sick.

I think I need to do some long, hard thinking about my triggers, and what I can do to master them.  I think the first step is to be hyper aware of them.  Not just aware of them as I am now, but HYPER aware.


So, I’ve been re-reading over my old blog entries, and I think it’s time to go Back To Basics, and start recreating some of my food-days from back in the days of yore.  I packed tomorrow’s lunch this evening, which consisted of a snackbox with 3 slices of pastrami, 4 slices of ham and 2 slices of roast beef.  I cooked up some rissoles.  I’m not taking any fruit yoghurts with me tomorrow.  If I can resist the sweet, I’m going to eschew fruit yoghurts for a while, and also those deliciously evil pudding things.  I’ve got some chicken defrosting, some of which I will chop up tomorrow morning before work and make into some fajita-flavoured nuggets to stop me from straying just in case.

I bought 2l of milk and 1.5 dozen eggs, and as soon as I get some more cocoa powder tomorrow, I’m going to experiment with cornflour-free custard – if I can do that, then a serving of chocolate custard will be just one tolerated food – the cocoa (is that right?)

Anyway.  No matter what my weight tomorrow morning, I’m starting afresh, and I will remember that I need to be organised, and have things prepared to munch on throughout the day to stave off the carb cravings.  I know that some of you out there are with me – come prepare with me! 🙂

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeanette on September 29, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Hi Charlotte
    I had this sort of mini epiphany a while ago – I am an emotional eater and I also eat /ate junk food when I was alone because then no one would see. That is the wonderful thing about this diet – there is no excuse for being hungry – if you are, get yourself to the kitchen and have a slice of ham, a hard boiled egg etc. It takes a while to change the mindset of “I am on diet, I should not be eating”
    Anyway you have done SO well Charlotte – look back over your weight stats and you will be encouraged because you are doing so well.
    Again the key to resisting is what you and lauren always say – be prepared and have food ready and available.
    Thanks for your blog – it is so encouraging! have a good day!!


    • Aye, the “I should not be eating” is not how the Dukan diet works – if I’m hungry, I should just eat unlimited foods.

      You should see my meaty snackbox for today – I’ll post a photo of it in this evening’s entry.


  2. Hi C harlotte

    You are indeed doing well, and I am looking forward to trying your new fajita recipe as a substitute for the Old El Paso mix which you have me addicted to!

    The pork recipe sounds good too – please post it soon!!!

    Keep up the good work


    • Hey Bee!

      Please accept my sincerest apologies for getting you addicted to the Old El Paso mix. It is teh eebil.

      The thing that really sets off the fajita mix is the artificial sweetener – but I worked out from experience that too much means you have to offset with more salt. I’d make up a big batch, and test it on small bits of chicken until you get it with the right mix of ingredients – it’s not an exact science! I found the smoked chipotle powder made a stack of difference! 🙂

      I will post the pork recipe shortly!

      Charlotte x


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