Day 16 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 96.8kg

Daily LOSS: 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs
Total loss: 3.0kgs / 6.6lbs

Watercheck:  1.7l 


  • Mug of coffee
  • 3 microwaved eggs with low fat cheese
  • Oatbran porridge with cinnamon


  • Chicken vegetable soup

Afternoon snack

  • Fat free fromage frais with 2 drops of liquid sucralose, and a few drops of lemon essence


  • chicken salad
  • Fat free fromage frais with 2 drops of liquid sucralose, and a few drops of raspberry essence


  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 45 min walk around the Meadows
  • 10 lunges each leg
  • 16 squats

So I’m testing a theory today. Dukan recommends lots of dairy in his plan, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of yoghurts. I’ll force down fromage frais if I have to. But I have this weird feeling that the weight loss is actually improved by having a bit of yoghurt. Today is my experiment. Some fromage frais for afternoon tea, and some as dessert with dinner. I’ll have two servings every day for the next week or so, and then none next week (or at least for a part of next week, depending on how the experiment goes) and see how we go.

Also, today marks 16 days without touching junk food. Unless you count that cheese on Sunday (nom!)  On about days 2 and 3, I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, but I think I’m just about over the worst of the cravings. In fact, I’d say that’s the absolute hardest part of the Dukan Diet for me – getting over those initial physical yearnings for sugar and processed carbohydrates. Chocolate, chips, pastries, donuts, cakes – all of these have less hold over me now than they did 2 weeks ago.

I guess that’s one of the reasons why the Attack phase is so powerful – you need the initial quick results to help bolster your self-control in the face of all those carb withdrawals.

Exercise-wise, I think I’m finally back in the swing of things. I’m feeling slightly behind the curve in terms of weight loss for these past 16 days (just look at Yee-Shin and Lauren‘s progress over the last week or so) and I think the real issue has been lack of exercise.

I’ve got my walking playlist sorted now, and I’m back to walking in the evenings. And it feels great. 🙂

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sue on August 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Charlotte, I follow your blog everyday and thank you for helping me through this! I am impressed with your activity, much more than me,
    I notice you are using liquid sucralose? can you tell me where i can buy this in the uk as i have only seen it abroad. Thanks and keep up good work!


    • Hi Sue!

      Thanks for the lovely words! 🙂 I’m in the UK too, and had a helluva time finding liquid sucralose. In the end I ordered it from eBay – this is the stuff I used. It’s a really small wee bottle, but pretty potent. I’m going to see how long this one lasts me, and then do a bigger order next time. 🙂

      Keep in touch!
      Charlotte xx


  2. Posted by Rob on August 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hi there Charlotte!

    Keep up the good work!! Stay foused!!

    I’ve just started today after seeing a BIG 92kg’s on my scale yesterday 😦
    Weight has always been my “story” but I had it in control for 8 years until I fell pregnant and gave birth to my gorgeous son. He’s now 6 months old and I weigh the same as when I went into labour…NOT GOOD!!!
    Can’t take this extra weight ANYMORE!!!
    Thanks for taking the time to keep us all so motivated!!

    You’re doing great!!!!!

    Robs x


    • Hi Robs!

      It’s really interesting, that point at which we reach “threshold” – when the weight we’ve gained suddenly becomes too much. It could be a pair of jeans that used to fit but don’t anymore. It could be a dreaded number on the Scales of Woe. It could be catching a glimpse of yourself in a window or a particularly bad photo that you’ve had to untag on Facebook.

      I find the whole threshold idea fascinating. A vague desire to lose weight isn’t usually enough – we have to have a shock to our systems to really make that desire real and tangible enough to make it past the first couple of days.

      What I’m trying to say is – yay! You found your threshold! The best motivator in the world. 🙂

      I think we need to expand on the idea of threshold – how to actually reach threshold in a positive way rather than via some negative impetus.

      Charlotte xx


  3. Posted by Sarah on August 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Really interesting to hear about your Yoghurt Experiment! I have recently started having zero fat greek yoghurt and adding in my own flavouring, and I think it’s made a difference. It helps me to feel fuller for longer and stops me from craving sweet things, but I’ve also noticed that over the last two weeks I’ve lost on average 1 1/2 pounds more than the weeks when I’ve not been eating yoghurt. I think that because it’s high in protein and low in everything else, that using it instead of other less proteiny snacks it’s probably much more beneficial for the Dukan Diet, and of course having snacks in between meals helps with metabolism. Anyway it ill be very interested to see how your experiment pans out! X


    • The zero fat yoghurt is pretty handy, isn’t it? I’m probably more of a fan of Tesco’s fat free fromage frais, myself – it’s a little bit less thick. Though the zero greek yoghurt is great as a sour cream replacement. 🙂



  4. Just downing my first serving of yog today – Total 0% greek Yog with rasberry sugar free jelly mix in it and 1tbsp oat bran. Its good, not great but good. My colleague watched me in facination while I created this mixture this morning!! I’m gonna try at least one a day now since Total comes in a 170g pot which is lunch-box perfect. The jelly mix additon was a tip from one of your readers, Sarah – so thanks for that!!!


    • Hehe… I had the same experience this morning as I was putting cocoa into my yoghurt – colleagues looking on in fascination.

      One of my workmates has actually started Dukan herself! I’ve been sending her lots of recipes (though haven’t directed her towards the blog, just for privacy reasons…)

      And yay for recipe sharing! Thanks Sarah! 😉



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