Cruise day 162 – PP

Morning weigh-in 89.7kgs

  • Total lost 22.6kg/ 49.72lbs

Watercheck – 2.3l incl tea, water and diet coke


  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • Mug of coffee

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea
  • A piece of Swiss chocolate that a friend brought back from holiday


  • Chicken fajita pieces
  • 2 lean pork sausages

Afternoon snack

  • Chocolate delish pudding (fat free and low (but not zero) sugar)
  • Muller Light strawberry


  • Oh Noes! Chinese!


  • 25 minute cycle to and from work

I’ll admit it – I’m really struggling.  The carb monster has taken hold of me after being sick, and over the last few days I’ve been chowing down on carbs in spite of myself.  I’ve not had ANY motivation to get out there and do any exercise and the weather has turned awful cold – I think my brain wants to start hibernating.


It doesn’t help that yesterday was a big patch day for World of Warcraft.  The whole geography of the World (of Warcraft) has been torn asunder, and the World (of Warcraft) as we knew it will never be the same.  We had Chinese to celebrate. Bad bad bad.

I don’t know how to get back on this train, which I’m scared will leave the station without me.  It doesn’t help that now, along with the dark, it’s getting COLD! Daily highs of 2 degrees, forecasts of snow.  I love Edinburgh, except when I hate it for being like this in the winter.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Yetunde on November 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I have not lost any weight in the las few days, and I ask myself if its worth it to continue, but then I realise that even with the little i have lost I feel lighter, I have more energy. Motivation is hard at times especially when the weather isnt helping, but don’t look at the remaining pounds you want to lose, look at the achievement you have made so far (the weight that you have lost), that should be enough motivation


  2. Posted by Bee on November 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    We all go through these patches when we lose our way and wonder whether it is all worth it – but you know it is.

    You are such an inspiration to us all and ,as Yetunde says, look how far you have come.
    Onwards and upwards!


  3. Tomorrow is another day, and we refuse to leave the station without you!!!! Jump onboard!!

    I have a friend who lives in Boston – you know how cold that gets – anyway, she was telling me that in winter when it is too cold to walk, they all meet at the shopping mall in sneakers and walk indoors – I think she said they call it …….”malking”!!

    Just an idea if you are struggling with the cold and dark – maybe you could “malk” on the weekends.


  4. We have wondered about the psychology and support and all that. We did a summer of loss before consolidating — that;’s a quarter of a year or three months or about 100 days. The big question was could someone mentally cope with double that? Not sure that we could have.

    Look. You have lost a lot, and you are losing the plot now. Why not pause? Consolidate the loss and when you are ready do the exact same thing over again but from a different start point.

    Why would this be a bad thing?

    If you can consolidate your weight loss and get your head round the new you for a while (ie as long as it takes), and not put it all back on — then hey, job done!

    Declare the new slim you are the new fat you and start the Dukan over from scratch in the middle of next year and hit your all-time forever you goal target weight over the summer.

    Could that be a plan B?
    Hugs and sincere best wishes!


  5. Posted by Sara on November 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Ah the winter blues

    … ancient (northern european) (hu)man had to invent a string of festivals to cheer themselves up during the times of long dark night. Hallow e’en, Christmas, New Year, Candlemas etc. Cheer yourself up: eat-all-your-stores-before-they-go-rotten.
    Then, when the days were obviously lengthening, temperature rising and people were cliccccccking their heels in the air with joy, they invented a ‘pull your horns in and behave’ Lent-type season to bring everyone down to earth again, get planting and stop eating the newly-laid-eggs-before-they-could-hatch etc.

    Maybe all northern hemisphere Dukaners should move to Aus during the northern winter? Plenty of jobs harvesting grapes, tomatoes etc in the hot hot hot sun 😉


  6. Posted by JO MCCUE on November 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Girl…..winter is the problem …… theres a few of us on the other forum all doing naughty things which we wouldnt have dreamt of doing before – in the summer!!

    Having followed your blog, shared your ups and downs and finally MET you – i’m sure u can dust yourself off from this charlotte. u were such a focussed determined girl – i know you can be again….. easy.

    My motivation to stop being silly and making the wrong choices is Christmas, the parties, the outfits and the new me which i want to show off ………proudly……..i’ve spent alot of dosh on clothes now – theres an incentive to keep with the programme!!

    I want to log on in a weeks time and see the old Charlotte – start from scratch girl. ATTACK then go for it -We all want to enjoy it but we dont have to go mental do we??? we have all come so far, blowing it is NOT an option, so parking the diet is also NOT an option.

    I wish you well Mrs. I am doing a recce at a restaurant in EDI next weekend – maybe we could make that our Rendez Vous for our Jan get 2getha – good luck girl – i so know u can do it, i really do.

    Take care….Jo xxx


  7. Posted by Jeanette on November 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Yes – I am with you totally!!!
    What great advice from all our fellow Dukaners. The other thing is that even if this train leaves the station without you, there is an express coming through in just a little while. Maybe it is worth consolidating and then jump on that express again!
    Keep your chin up inspiring lady – you have helped me through many a hard time.
    I am glad and proud to know you – well Dukan pen pal anyway:-))


  8. Jump on the train girl, I know that you can do it !

    You and your blog were such a big part of my decision to start the Dukan diet and I can never ever thank you enough for the all the motivation 🙂 Please don´t give up, I agree with the others that have commented that it might be a good idea to do consolidation for a while and then attack the rest when you are ready.

    This time of year is hard for most people, I´ve been making naughty choises in the last week and so far I´d been the one who almost never cheated. But I think I´m back on trach now and I want you to be there as well !!!

    Sending you good thoughts over from Holland 🙂


  9. Hang in there Charlotte. It will come off and all at once.
    The body hits new stable weights and you tarry a while. Once it realises that you are persevering, it lets go.
    I had one such patch and it lasted about 3 weeks but in the last 2, nearly 8 lbs have come off.
    Keep at it. Don’t give up.
    Don’t keep beatingup yourself over what your body craves.
    frgive yourself and wake up with a new determination.
    This too will pass!


  10. saw this on
    and thought i should bring it to your attention.

    “by simky » 26 Nov 2010 20:53

    Hi flissa,

    Yes your right I have 3 kids, 7yrs, 4yrs and 15mths… They keep me busy and can drive me nuts but wouldn’t be without them.

    Although I am very fortunate as I have two mums that want to have them and a SIL also, lots of help.

    Finding time to do stuff is always a challenge but I feel so very blessed to help those less fortunate never seems like a chore.

    We all have alot to be grateful for, just need to be reminded thats all….. I know I need more reminding these days baby brain and all that LOL !

    Lindy: I feel you pain, stagnation is a very frustrating time and it can last a few weeks. It is part of the programe as you already know but it doesnt help to know that when you are going through. Try the simple things like extra cold water, step up your walks by another 20 mins, green tea, things like that. I know Dr D mentioned that some are tempted to break the plateau by cutting calories but that doesn’t help, the best way is to do it with exercise. I am sure you will start moving again very soon. Hang in there.”


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