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Day 347 – Attack day 3 of 7

Morning weigh-in: 94.8kg – I’d call that a whoosh

  • Daily LOSS 1.2kg / 2.64lbs
  • Total lost 17.5kg /38.5lbs

Watercheck – Lots of liquid, but too much of it was alcohol

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • Scrambled eggs
  • 2 gluten free sausages
  • Mug of coffee
Morning snack
  • Mug of coffee

Dinner

  • Wedding food.  Eek.  They had NOTHING low carb on offer, unfortunately, so I danced off the excess…

Exercise

  • Lots of Ceilidh dancing at a wedding
Yep, that’s definitely a whoosh – this is why I love Attack, you get results FAST.
I drank far too much champagne at the wedding, and had naughty things like potatoes and later on, a bacon roll on white bread, and also some wedding cake.  I blame the dancing.  I did dance my little feet off though.
Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Day 346 – Attack day 2 of 7

Morning weigh-in: 96kg – EEK!!

  • Total lost 16.3kg/35.86lbs

Watercheck – 3.6l – tea, coffee, water and vodka with pineapple.

Breakfast

  • Oatbran & flaxseed toast
  • Mug of tea
Morning snack
  • Mug of coffee with milk
  • 5 pieces of grilled chicken bites

Lunch

  • 2x small grilled venison burgers
  • 2x gluten free cumberland sausages (yes, I know, they’re pork, but they’re low carb!)
  • grilled chicken bites

Afternoon snack

  • Vanilla Muller Light (Tolerated #1)

Dinner

  • 2x small grilled venison burgers (the Highland Game type)
  • Some vodka with pineapple juice.  I never said I was perfect.

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
I can definitely feel myself shedding excess water today.  Especially if the trips to the toilet all day were any indication – then again, I did end up drinking almost 4 litres of liquid, and 1.5l of that was plain ol’ water with no low-cal cordial added, which is a good thing.
I ended up not going for my walk today, cause a friend had asked me to help re-hem a shirt of hers to make it shorter, so my evening was a bit chewed up.  We did manage to create a much more wearable dress (my friend is practically hobbit-sized…)
Anyway, further in and further up! 🙂

Day 345 – Attack 1 of 7

Weight: Too scared to check, after the frightful/delightful time I had in Paris, food-wise.  I’ll weigh in tomorrow, and I might even tell you. 🙂

Watercheck – 2.8l

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea
  • 4 slices of ham

Lunch

  • 2 chicken breasts dry fried with jamaican curry seasoning
Afternoon snack
  • Onken fat free natural yoghurt with a little bit of sweetener

Dinner

  • 1 grilled venison burger with a thin slice of emmental cheese melted on top
  • Chicken breast dry fried with jamaican curry seasoning and low fat yoghurt

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 30 mins walk around the Meadows

Starting Dukan again today, after a terribly naughty time in Paris.  Paris was brilliant though.  Oh, and guess what? J AND I GOT ENGAGED!!!!

So, this has pretty much given me the kick up the arse to jump back on Dukan properly again – I want to look fantastic for our wedding (which, at this point, looks like it won’t be for a while, so I have time!)  I did my walk.  I ate practically flawlessly (though I slipped up and forgot that I’m not allowed to have Emmental.  I won’t do that again.) And I drank stacks of water.

All in all a good day. 🙂

Oh, and the other thing? Today marks the 100,000 visit to this blog! Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by, taking part, and I’m glad that others out there are starting up their own diaries to track their paths – it’s such a great thing to do.

Day 336 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh-in: 94.7kg

  • Total lost 17.6kg/38.72lbs

Watercheck – 1.5l – tea, water and low calorie cordial.

Breakfast

  • 3x microwaved eggs
  • Mug of tea

Lunch

  • Leafy green salad (forgot the chicken!)

Afternoon snack

  • Chocolate shapers pudding
  • Lemon muffin. I wish it was of the oatbran variety, but it wasn’t.

Dinner

  • Chicken breasts dry fried with Jamaican Curry seasoning
  • Very very naughty – 2x Tunnock’s chocolate wafer bars. *sigh*

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 20 mins roller skating

I’m baaaack! Sorry for the terribly long time between posts, people.  I’d actually started writing a handful of  posts, but never got around to finishing them.  Life has been buuuussssy! Plus (as some people have rightly guessed) I have not been Doing The Dukan very well recently – I’ve kinda been all over the place, as today’s food diary shows.

I have been totally getting into sewing recently – making a whole stack of new clothes, because I’m a big fan of wrap dresses and there are NONE in stores right now.  Plus I hate the colours that are on the racks this season.  I must post some photos with my new outfits, all of which I will be wearing in Paris NEXT WEEKEND!  I have been, in fact, kinda obsessed with making new clothes.  It came to my attention recently that everything in my wardrobe was either too big for me, or was falling apart/getting worn through.  Even if I could afford new clothes, there’s just NOTHING in the stores that makes me happy, but the dresses I’ve been making for myself have been just SO satisfying.  Plus, I love the fact that when (and it will happen, eventually) I am back on a proper weight-loss downwards slope, I’ll have the skills to a) alter my own clothes to fit and b) make more! 🙂

The other thing that’s been drawing my attention away from this diet (because it is a very high-maintenance  diet if you ask me) is that I’ve also been going a bit mental around Roller Derby.  If you know nothing about Roller Derby, go rent the Drew Barrymore film, Whip It.  Anyway, I’m in training to join my local league – they have a 14-week “Fresh Meat” course to try and teach people all the things they need to know in order to actually be eligible to join the league.

Oh. My. God.  My first Fresh Meat session was two Sundays ago, and it was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever had to do.  I’ve not skated since I was about 12, and my centre of gravity has definitely shifted upwards since then. I fell SO many times.  On my arse. On my hips.  On my knees & hands (though those falls were supposedly controlled, we were practising them.) Fortunately a lot of protective gear is compulsory – all the way up to the mouthguard.  I was bruised.  I was shaken. I wasn’t sure I had it in me to be a Roller Girl.

The day after Fresh Meat, I could barely walk for two days.

But then I put my skates back on every day and practiced.  I went to an informal training night almost a week later, and suddenly realised that I could skate without the deathly fear of falling over.

Now I’m loving it.  I’m starting to be able to skate a bit better, and though my muscles are sore after every training session, I know that each time, I can do a little bit more.  I never thought I could sweat that much either though.  When I finally take my helmet off at the end of a training session, my hair feels like I’ve just got out of the shower, and my elbow and knee pads come off with a sodden “slurp” – ugh.

One thing I really love about it is the people – all these awesome, daring, independent women (Roller Derby is an all-female sport) who aren’t afraid to be different, and to whom the word “weird” or “geek” have no meaning.  I feel totally at home with them.  I dunno, maybe it’s the camaraderie that goes with joining a team sport – I’ve never done team sports before. About the closest I’ve been to being in a team has been being in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra throughout my teens, and then various rock bands after that through my 20s.

Anyway, I’d better stop rambling, or I’ll never publish this post.  J is telling me off for staying up too late – g’night! 🙂

More updates soon – maybe after Paris.

Boo Tesco! Yay Highland Game!

Very disappointed in Tesco right now.  They’ve stopped stocking my favourite product – Highland Game venison burgers: probably the lowest fat, lowest carb, tastiest meaty food out there.

I sent Highland Game an email asking, “what gives?” and they came back to say that Tesco were trying to drive the price down too much (greedy so-and-sos) and so they’d been forced to stop selling their product to them.

But then they also offered me some free samples from their online store, of their “Scottish slimmers” venison sausages (low fat, low carb sausagey goodness…)

So I’m driven to blog about it – yay Highland Game! Down with Tesco!

I have written Tesco a strongly worded email on the subject, and will strive to go to Sainsbury’s, Morrisons or the Co-op if I have the choice.

Day 318 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh-in: 95.1kg

  • Daily LOSS 0.3kg / 0.66lbs
  • Total lost 17.2kg/37.84lbs

Watercheck – 2.4l – water, tea and sugarfree squash

Breakfast

  • Oatbran & flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite
  • 2x scrambled eggs
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea
  • Mug of peppermint tea
  • small handful of cashews, walnuts and peanuts

Lunch

  • Chicken salad with capsicum, cherry tomatoes, spring onion and a little goats cheese

Afternoon snack

  • small handful of cashews, walnuts and peanuts

Dinner

  • Same chicken salad as lunchtime – NOM!
  • 1 scottish slimmers venison sausage
  • 3 mini pork sausages – low in fat and only trace carbs.
Exercise
  • 40 mins cycling around town
OK, so despite the fact that my evening weigh-in was really very high (higher numbers than I’ve seen in months and months, very demoralising) I still managed a .3kg loss on the scales this morning.  Score one for British Military Fitness.  I’m feeling ok today, compared to the day after my trial session, which I attribute to a) it being my second session and b) having a slightly kinder instructor last night who didn’t feel the need to punish us, but instead entertained us with games.
Seriously though, folks – if you have a BMF group (or international equivalent) anywhere nearby, I can’t recommend it enough.  I’m overweight.  Despite having lost 17kgs (and more than that, 4 months ago) I’d still consider myself seriously overweight.  I’m relatively fit for my build, but compared to the general population, I’m definitely on the unfit side.  BMF is a challenge for me, but not an unsurmountable one.  If I can do it – YOU can do it! 🙂

Day 316 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh-in: 95.4kg

  • Total lost 16.9kg/37.18lbs

Watercheck – 2.3l – water, tea and sugarfree squash

Breakfast

  • Oatbran & flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea

Lunch

  • 1.5 Tescos chicken breasts
  • 3 roast beef slices
  • 2 teaspoons of extra light philly

Afternoon snack

  • small handful of cashews, walnuts and peanuts (not so Dukan friendly, but if can avoid the cakes in the kitchen, then it’s a good compromise.)

Dinner

  • 1/2 a chicken breast
  • 100g natural activia yoghurt with a little splenda
  • 3x microwaved eggs
Exercise
  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 10 mins walk around the Meadows
  • 1 hour British Military Fitness session

Not such a good weekend.  However, yesterday and today have been better.  I’m officially signed up to British Military Fitness now, and went to another session tonight, and will be going every Tuesday and Thursday.  I got in a good hour long cycle (uphill!) yesterday, and (this is totally exciting) I have signed up for the local Women’s Roller Derby league, which practices every Sunday.  So we’re talking, enforced heavy exercise three times a week.

In terms of what I’m eating, well.  We ate steamed veggies with our chicken last night, and a simple, old school dinner for me tonight – back to basics, and natural yoghurt with no other flavouring than sweetener.  Activia is the best, but I’m going to try the Onken fat free natural this week.

I have also made a commitment to eat more vegetables on vege days.  No more of this multiple PP days to make up for a day’s indiscretion – it’s just too unhealthy. In fact, that’s the biggest criticism that healthcare experts have about Dukan, that people overcompensate for sins by piling on the PP days and not enough PV days.

THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING! Don’t do it! Don’t follow my bad example.  Get your vege every day, lots of leafy greens, or your hair will fall out. 😉 Here endeth the scary part of the blog.

When you do this diet *properly* (which I have not been doing since before Christmas, really) it should be well balanced and one should be getting enough nutrients to ensure a healthy diet.

In other news – there were lots of tray bakes, cakes, sandwiches and fruit left over from a meeting at work today, and you’ll be pleased to know that I avoided them all.  I even managed, after I got a little icing on my finger from packing away the leftover cake into a tupperware container, to wash the icing off my finger rather than lick it off – I know that once I got a taste for it, current habits mean that my resolve would have gone out the window.

Bad habits= BAD! Good habits, however, = GOOD!

We’re cookin’ with gas.

Day 311 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh-in: 95.0kg

  • Total lost 17.3kg/37.06lbs

Watercheck – 1.5l – not enough!

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of coffee
  • chocolate shapes delight pudding (the sugar & fat free kind)

Lunch

  • 2 large chicken breasts dry-fried with nandos piri piri marinade and a little jamaican curry seasoning
  • 2 weight watchers fruit yoghurts (lower in carbs than even plain yoghurt – how is that possible?)

Afternoon DISASTER

  • CHOCOLATE BISCUITS!! EEK!

Dinner

  • 2 rashers of grilled bacon without the fat
  • 3 mini chipolata sausages (the Co-op ones are lowest in carbs)
  • 3 mini chicken kebab skewer
  • 4 gin and slimline tonics

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
I feel like a total failure today.  I’ve been sick the past couple of days (again?! All sorts of nasty bugs are making their rounds of the office) and congested sinuses don’t make me the best Dukaneer the world has ever seen.  I was doing well all day (apart from the choc pudding which is a little high in carbs, but I was sick) and then I was left by myself in the office.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – solitude is an absolute trigger for me.  It had been a stressful, busy day at work where I felt like I was stretched thin (if only!) with the amount of people wanting some of my time –  and the triple whammy of being sick, being alone (so noone could witness my transgression) and feeling stressed, lead me to pig out on the biscuits in the cookie jar in the kitchen at work.
I’m not feeling up to walking this evening, even though it’s a gorgeous evening, which makes me feel even more like a failure.
Here is your cue to give me a kick up the arse.  Somebody, please, kick my butt for me! 😦

Day 308 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh-in: 94.8kg

  • Total lost 17.5kg/48.5lbs

Watercheck – 2.1l – tea, 1.5l of pure water, and a diet coke

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of Tea

Lunch

  • Chicken salad with capsicum, cherry tomato, capsicum, spring onion, goats cheese and a tiny bit of pine nuts

Afternoon snack

  • Shapers chocolate pud

Dinner

  • grilled chicken breast with Nandos piri piri &  Jamaican Curry seasoning.

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 50 min walk around the Meadows

Once again I’m back on the wagon. The sun has finally graced us with its presence here in Scotland, but now that we’ve had a glorious weekend in the *almost* 20s, our summer is probably over.  Not to worry – it’s cold out there still, but bright and crisp, perfect walking weather.  I’m kickstarting myself this week, with a commitment that if I do nothing else right, I’m going to walk around the Meadows every day.

So there. :-p

Day 303 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh-in: 94.8kg

  • Total lost 17.5kg/48.5lbs

Watercheck – 2.5l – tea, 1.5l of pure water, and a diet coke

Breakfast

  • 3x microwaved eggs
  • mug of coffee

Morning snack

  • Mug of coffee
  • 2 wafer thin slices of port salut cheese with 2 slices of cooperative Brunswick ham

Lunch

  • Taco mince with greek yoghurt and a little salsa
  • Moist lemon & poppy seed muffin (using the moist vanilla muffin mix, but with the zest of one lemon, the juice of half a lemon and some lemon essence, along with one teaspoon of poppyseeds – delicious!)

Afternoon snack

  • Shapers chocolate pud x2 (not good, but Aunt Flo just came to visit and I’m not feeling great)
  • 1x moist lemon & poppy seed muffin

Dinner

  • grilled chicken breast with Jamaican Curry seasoning.

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work

I’m still feeling a bit sore from BMF last week, if you can believe it.  I’ll be going back to it, possibly on the weekend.

Not going so great with the weight loss recently, and I’ve been looking at my long-term graph: I’m a bit concerned about the long term trend since December – it’s steadily been going up.

I need to up the exercise, I really do. 😦

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