Day 223 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh-in 91.5kgs

  • Daily LOSS 0.2kgs/ 0.44lbs
  • Total lost 20.8kg/ 45.76lbs

Watercheck – 1.5l  with NO ALCOHOL!! 😉


  • Oatbran Porridge
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • Mug of Tea

Afternoon grazing

  • Vanilla Activia
  • 1 fat free sugar free chocolate pudding


  • Pure beef casserole
  • 1 stirfried chicken breast with 2 lean slices of bacon, seasoned with Chinese 5 Spice


  • 45 minutes brisk walk around the Meadows, to the Homebase & back, for to buy the equipment I need to make a cat ladder for Link!

A Very Good Day today.  Life is SO much easier without those horrid chocolates glaring at me from the kitchen (they’re now behind J’s desk, where I cannot get to them.)

Today’s our second PP day to make up for two PV days in a row on Thursday/Friday, and I’m very much looking forward to going back to vege tomorrow…  I’ve made the best lunch, savoury beef mince with broccoli and celery, and chinese five spice (can you tell I’ve recently rediscovered it?)

Also, today I’ve been experimenting with Xanthan gum – a low carb thickening agent which is often used to thicken things like yoghurts and sauces, and to make icecream creamier.  I’m really not sure on how to use it yet, but I’m working on it.  I’d really like to be able to make my old chocolate custard without all the custard mix or cornflour, to lower the carb count.  If anyone has any suggestions, I’m very open to hearing all about it! 🙂

In other news, I have successfully created a cat ladder based on my mum’s design, to help Link the Cat climb up on top of the kitchen cabinets without hurting himself.  Am feeling very smug.  The screws are countersunk and all… Many thanks to my mother for the design tips, they made for a much easier process!

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sara on January 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I hope/am sure Link will enjoy the cat ladder. May be a little hard on your nerves though.


    • He’s using it like a natural now! Not so much in the going down department, but he uses it quite confidently to go up! It’s attached to the cabinet top with a couple of Polymorph plastic brackets which I moulded to exactly the shape needed, and then screwed to the cabinets themselves (out of sight, of course.)

      Much better for our nerves than him trying to scale the kitchen door!!


  2. Cliff hangers… Did you get your snow crampon shoe thingies, and if you did, are they any good? And those exercise shoes — any good? Oh, and whatever happened to the ice cream maker? Is it better with a diet buddy? Do you walk together/ weigh together? LOL.
    (nice to see you back)


  3. Posted by Sian on January 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Hi, just read your entire blog ( well almost!) you’ve been so honest about slip ups etc it’s very refreshing! I’ve been low carbing on/off for ages now with on off results as I find the rules too vague. This whole Dukan thing seems more structured so I’m def gonna give it a go. Can u tell me where you got the xanthan from? I can’t find it anywhere. Keep going cos I’d love to keep Reading!


    • Hi Sian!

      Thanks for the lovely comments – yes, it helps to keep me aware of what I’m eating, to be honest about the slip-ups. I sometimes worry that they might not be too inspirational for other people – I am not always a model Dukaneer, but then I have to remind myself that I started this blog for me, to help me keep an eye on what I was eating. I made it public so as to try and keep myself accountable. It doesn’t always work – for example, the past two days I’ve been off work sick and haven’t eaten anything like a model Dukaneer should have. I’m not gonna blog all that though, other than to say that I went totally off piste.

      Dukan is definitely the way to go though – make sure you don’t follow my example of late around exercise – even just a 30 minute brisk walk per day makes SUCH a difference. When I was doing best on the diet, I was getting in a solid hour’s walk every evening, and plan to again once the sun starts making an appearance after 6pm! 🙂

      Good luck Sian, and keep in touch! 🙂

      Charlotte xx


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