Day 294 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh-in: 94.8kg

  • Daily GAIN – 0.8kgs / 1.76lbs
  • Total lost 17.5kg/38.5lbs

Watercheck – 2.8l – tea, water and low calorie cordial.


  • Flaxseed bread with XL philly and vegemite
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea
  • 6 mini chipolata sausages


  • 6 mini quiches cooked last night (omg I can’t even begin to describe how tasty these are…)

Afternoon snack

  • 4 mini chipolata sausages
  • 150g Onken strawberry yoghurt
  • a slice of light Cathedral City cheese


  • Chicken salad with low fat mustard dressing, tomato, capsicum, rocket, and a little goats cheese and toasted sesame for flavour and texture… YUM!
  • a handful of walnuts – didn’t you see the article on the BBC this morning about how they were the highest antioxidant nut?
  • a chocolate shapers pudding


  • 30 mins walk to work
  • 1 hour cycle home from work, taking the Long Way Home which is pretty much up hill all the way.

Today I was lamenting the fact that Onken doens’t do natural fat free yoghurt.  One of my workmates told me I should write to them, so I thought “Yes. Yes I will – I’ll write to them.”

But I’m wary of coming across as an unthinking buffoon when I write to a company about something without actually checking online whether they do actually make what I want (I’ve been a fool before) so I checked online at Tesco – sure enough, it’s there as a “new” product.  So that’s what I’ll be having from now on.  I love the texture of Onken – it’s so thick and creamy.  I know they probably manage that through some sort of Carrageenan/gelatin wizardry, but hey, I’m cool with that.  More so if it’s carrageenan than gelatin though, if I’m honest.

Fun fact about carrageenan – it has almost identical chemical properties to gelatin, but is derived from seaweed.  Gelatin is derived from the hooves of dead animals, which is a little icky if you ask me. Not only can you use it in food, but you can also use it as a … personal lubricant – good for people with sensitivity to latex.  Not that I’d use the food grade stuff as a basis for that, but you get the picture.

I really enjoyed my cycle home this evening – I feel like I’ve had some solid exercise.  I refuse to be disheartened by the results on the scales this morning, and instead plan to up the exercise regime.  I’ve signed up for a trial class of British Military Fitness tomorrow – I’ll have to let you know how it goes! 🙂

Oh, and also? I don’t know if any of you out there are familiar with Graze boxes? Every week I look on with envy and irritation while my workmates receive their wee box of munchies in the post, and play swapsies, trading off various containers of nummyness like they were Pokemons.  Jealous, that’s what I get.  So today I wrote an email to Graze, asking if they were ever planning on putting out a low-carb take on their boxes.  Here’s what I got back:

“Hi Charlotte,

“Thanks for getting in touch and for your suggestion!

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our service and cater it to our grazers’ needs, so I’ve forwarded your email on to Ylva (our Swedish nutritionist) for consideration. We hope you’re able to give grazing a go soon! :)”

So c’mon, British Dukaneers! Get on the band wagon and email Holly at Graze! Here’s her email address:

6 responses to this post.

  1. I think you’ll love the British Military Fitness. I did a month of a similar bootcamp a few years ago, and just loved it. It was at 6am, three times a week – which was a killer – but I would completely do it again if I had the cash! Let us know how it goes!


    • Hurray! I can’t wait! 🙂 They have no early morning sessions, only evening ones, but that suits me much better, I’m much more an evening person…


  2. Posted by Sharon on March 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Well done on getting back on track Charlotte. I thought you might this recipe for Lemon Curd. Gorgeous in natural yoghurt 🙂

    1/3rd cup of fresh lemon juice
    rind of 1 lemon
    1 egg
    4 – 5 tbsps of sweetener

    …Warm the juice and rind in a pan
    Whisk the egg and sweetener in a bowl.
    Once the juice is warm – slowly (Very) drizzle the juice into the egg whisking all the time. Do this slowly or you will get scrambled egg!
    Whisk for 1 minute and then return to the pan.
    Heat the mixture stirring all the time until it thickens and coats the whisk.
    Put in an airtight container and store in the fridge (if it makes it there!!)See More


    • Oooh, thanks for that, Sharon. I’ll have to try it out on a day when I have a lot of patience – I went through a phase of making chocolate custard with egg yolks, and my head nearly exploded from concentrating so hard to stop the egg from scrambling.



  3. Yaaay! Loved the lemon curd recipe and will try it later on today (don’t know what a rind is yet, but will check on these online translation things).
    So, yes, I have been buying Onken fat free yoghurt for a few weeks now. It is nice, and I actually eat it with sweetner (before I would only use fat free yoghurts for cooking).

    Oh, and loved the tip about BMF… Just found one close to me in Chester and will definitely, definitely sign up!

    Lelya (DietMum)


    • Hehe… Unless you’re used to lots of running, and fairly non-stop heavy cardio, be prepared to be exceptionally sore the day after your first BMF session. Today I feel like I’ve been through the meat grinder – but I came out the other side intact, nothing broken (but a slightly bruised knee) and I’m definitely going again next week. I’ll work my way slowly up to three sessions a week, I think.

      Let us know how you go, Lelya! 🙂

      Charlotte xx


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