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Day 254 – 3rd (and final) day of mini attack

Morning weigh-in 93.3kgs

  • Daily GAIN 0.3kg / 0.66lbs
  • Total lost 19.0kg/ 41.80lbs

Watercheck – 1.6l

Breakfast

Morning snack

  • Mug of tea on arriving at work

Lunch

  • 400g grilled chicken thigh
  • home made chocolate pudding

Afternoon snack

  • Muller light vanilla

Dinner

  • 2x beef burgers with “interesting” flavouring: the normal onion & garlic, with a little goats cheese, dried chives, Jamaican curry mix and some Skippy smooth peanut butter.  Not Dukan friendly, but totally yum!
  • The very last of the Shapes Delight chocolate puds.  I’m not buying them again.

After dinner snack (post publishing update)

  • A Baileys with ice. Blame J, he put the spark of an idea into my head.

Exercise

  • 25 min cycle to and from work
  • 20 mins on the cross trainer
  • 20 mins walking to the shops and back.

So it’s “that time of the month” again.  That means inevitable cramps, bloating and a peak on the scales, along with odd cravings.  Hence the peanut butter in the burgers this evening.  They were seriously tasty.  Pierre Dukan would be tsk tsking though, I’m sure.

Despite it all though, I’m feeling at least a little proud that a) I even left the house to go to the gym, despite the fact that I only spent 20 mins on the cross trainer, and b) I looked at the chocolate pud pile at the supermarket this evening and whispered “Remember Paris” to myself, and proceeded to NOT buy any.  I did, however, eat the last one in the fridge.  So sue me, I’m a girl and Aunt Flo is visiting.

Blarg.

Day 243 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh-in 92.3kgs

  • Daily LOSS 0.7kg/ 1.54lbs
  • Total lost 20.0kg/ 44.0lbs

Watercheck –3l (incl 6 cans of diet coke in the place of alcohol)

Brunch

Afternoon grazing

  • some cheddar cheese
  • Mug of tea
  • 2x chocolate puds
  • 3x microwaved eggs with a little light cheddar cheese straight after my walk and weights session

Dinner

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • nibbling on tiny crumbs of flapjacks
  • 2 chicken bajis & 2 vegetarian bajis

Exercise

  • 60 mins walking around the Meadows and to a friend’s place
  • short weights session at the gym – deadlifts and bench presses

We went to help a friend warm their new flat across the water in Dunfermline this evening, and my course of antibiotics means that I need to strictly stay away from booze – hence the 6 cans of diet coke over the evening.  Totally forgot that my friend’s a vegetarian, and she’d cooked a curry with lots of potato and other carbs, so we popped down to their local store and grabbed some chicken breast, which I then cooked under the grill in place of the curry.  Lots of comments around the table that she and I mustn’t ever get too close to each other, else we’d be like anti-matter and matter colliding and explode – “I EAT NO MEAT!” “I EAT ONLY MEAT!!!”

Lots of lolling. 😉

I did feel a little bad for cooking up a dead animal in a vegatarian household though.  My friend was very understanding, bless her.

Staying sober around people who are all tipsy is fun for the first wee while, but it gets old, doesn’t it? At least I can console myself with the fact that I’ve stayed almost totally on track today, apart from the baji and flapjack crumbs…

 

Day 227 – Cruise, PP

Morning weigh-in 92.7kgs – sickness weight

  • Total lost 19.6kg/ 43.12lbs

Watercheck – 2.5

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • 4 lean bacon rashers
  • 4 slices of smoked ham, both dipped in:
  • a couple of tablespoons of xtra light philly with garlic and onion seasoning added in

Lunch

  • All-beef stew (with a bit of onion.)  Very salty, but tasty! Won’t help with water retention, however.

Afternoon snack

  • Fat free sugar free chocolate pudding

Dinner

  • Chicken dry fried in the skillet with Nandos piri piri dressing

After dinner snack

  • Fat free sugar free chocolate pudding x2
  • A few pieces of mini flapjack bites (left over from when I was sick)
  • A Drifter chocolate bar

Exercise

  • 25 mins walk to work
  • 25 mins walk home from work

Gah. “Bounce bounce bounce,” say the scales.  It was to be expected from the amount of comfort food that I ate while I was sick.  I was a bad Dukanneer. BAD Dukaneer! No cookie!

I was up bright and early this morning though, feeling vastly better.  I was even up in enough time to be ready and out the door earlier than usual, so I decided to walk to and from work today rather than cycle (which really is the lazy option, my bike is so zippy.)

**After dinner**

Dammit.  I’m really not doing well.  I considered not admitting to the fact that I ate junk food after dinner.  I almost hid it from sight in shame, almost hit the publish button. But this blog is for me, not you.  And I shouldn’t be lying to myself.

*sigh*

How was I so dedicated to this diet in July/August, but now I just can’t seem to stop myself from stuffing junk food into my mouth?  All I can think of is that back when I was getting my evening walk, I’d kinda use that hour time period to re-connect myself with my commitment, a kind of meditatory me-time.

I’ve not had that so much over the winter.  If I go to the gym, I take some telly to watch on the iPad – anything to stave off the boredom of the gym.  But walking forces me to go inside my own head for an hour. When I did my Dukan walks, I’m not trying to get somewhere, I’m just keeping pace with the music, and thinking about how I’m committed to Dukan.

The sun’s coming back.  Once sunset’s late enough, I’ll get that walking back.

Rock on, March 16th!!

Cruise day 156 – PP (should have been PV but didn’t work out that way)

Morning weigh-in 88.9kgs

  • Daily LOSS – 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs.
  • Total lost 23.4kg/ 51.48lbs

Watercheck – 2l incl tea, coffee & water

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • Fat free natural activia yoghurt with half a teaspoon of raw cocoa and a drop of orange essence
  • Mug of coffee

Lunch

  • Chicken fajita pieces
  • Shapers Delish chocolate pud

Afternoon snack

  • 1 segment of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.  Absolute bliss.

Dinner

  • 5x chipolata sausages (mostly carb free, and with a lot of the fat grilled out of them.)

Exercise

  • 25 minute cycle to and from work
  • 1 hour & 40 mins on cross trainer – about 900 calories! My feet hurt!

Mostly a good day, and absolutely defined by the almost 2 hours I spent on the cross trainer.  I could have stayed on there for another 20 minutes, made it a round 2 hours, but it was getting late and I didn’t want J to start worrying about me!!  Cool thing is – I weighed myself before I left, and then again when I got back, and had shed an ENTIRE kilogram!  Not surprising, given how sweaty I was… 😉

I know there was the transgression with the segment of chocolate orange.  A work colleague bought it for me, and I got her to promise to lock it up in her drawer, and give me one segment every day if I need it.  It’ll be my 3pm treat, cause I’m really struggling otherwise.

Cruise day 155 – PV

Morning weigh-in 89.0

  • Daily LOSS – 0.5kgs / 1.1bs.
  • Total lost 23.3kg/ 51.26lbs

Watercheck – 1.5 incl tea, coffee & water

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • Fat free natural activia yoghurt with half a teaspoon of raw cocoa and a drop of orange essence (thanks Bella!)
  • Mug of tea

Lunch (this was a seriously tasty lunch!)

  • Chicken fajita pieces
  • 15cm of cucumber cut into strips
  • 1 carrot, cut into sticks
  • 1.5 tablespoons of extra light philly with cracked black pepper

Afternoon snack

  • Small chunk of light Cathedral City cheese.
  • 10 mini chicken satay sticks

Dinner

  • Chicken salad
  • Chocolate pudding – the fat free low sugar stuff

Exercise

  • 25 minute cycle to and from work – in GALE force winds!!

There was a board meeting at work today.  Lots of leftover biccies.

But guess what? I didnae touch em.  They were in the cupboard, calling to me.  I even got little chills when I think about them.  Just shows that a little bit of processed sugar every day is enough to keep the addiction alive.

Even a packet of satay sticks wasn’t enough to quell the hunger. But then I realised – I’d barely made a dent in my water bottle all day!! Glug glug glug, and 500ml later, the hunger was pretty much taken care of.

I didn’t manage to get to the gym this evening – I had a weirdly funny tummy… Dunno what that was about.

Cruise day 154 – PP

Morning weigh-in 89.5 – could have been worse after yesterday

  • Daily GAIN – 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs.
  • Total lost 22.8kg/ 50.16lbs

Watercheck – 2.1l inc tea, water & diet coke

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • Sainsburys chicken satay sticks (very low carb, relatively low fat)
  • Mug of tea

Lunch

  • Leftover roast chicken from Sainsbury’s
  • half a Twix – someone bought it for me and I had to be polite (yes yes, I know, I’m doing whatever I can to justify)

Dinner

  • Grilled chicken thighs (no skin, and as much fat cut off as possible) with fajita seasoning

Exercise

  • 45 minutes walking to work and then to and from Gym
  • 20 minutes cycling home from work (where I’d left the bike yesterday)
  • 45 minutes on the cross trainer at the gym

Apart from the Twix, a good day.  My goal is to get to the gym every day this week, even if it’s only for half an hour.  And my other goal is to get below 88.9 consistently for a week – if I can do that, then chances are I won’t be going over that mark again. 🙂

Cruise day 153 – PP

Morning weigh-in 89.4 – post Birthday-Pizza weight

  • Daily GAIN – 0.9kgs / 1.98lbs.
  • Total lost 22.8kg/ 50.16lbs

Watercheck – 1.5l inc water & diet coke

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge

Lunch

  • Chicken from Sainsbury’s, and some naughty pastries.  Dammit!

Afternoon snack

  • Low fat chocolate pudding (Shapers Delish)

Dinner

  • A few bits of Sainsbury’s roast chicken

Exercise

  • 45 minutes walking around a massive retail park
  • 90 minutes on the cross trainer at the gym as penance for pastries

OK.  I know I said yesterday I was feeling super motivated, and I was.  But then this morning I had a bit of a weird experience – I got into work, my lunch all cooked and ready for my daily routine, to find everyone staring at me in surprise.  My boss cocked her head at me, and said “well hello! What are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be out in Straiton looking through storage boxes?”

It’s at that point that I realised that I was supposed to have been out at our archive storage facility, searching through for a particular object which may or may not have been put into storage.  Eeek!

So, my day was thrown severely off balance and routine.  I didn’t get the breakfast I should have done – fortunately my oatbran was still a little warm after having been cooked in bulk in the morning, so I begged a spoon from someone at the warehouse and gobbled it up.

But by the time lunchtime rolled around, I was hungry, cold and not a little cranky.  Hence the Naughty Pastries.

I tried to make up for it by spending 90 minutes this evening on the cross trainer, but after the pizza last night, I suspect that things won’t be rosy on the scales in the morning.  It’s just water, however. It’ll all sort itself out eventually… 😉

Still feeling motivated, now that I’m going back into my normal routine.

Cruise day 146 – PP

Morning weigh-in 89.5kgs

  • Daily GAIN– 0.2kgs / 0.44lbs.
  • Total lost 22.8kg/ 50.16lbs

Watercheck – 2.2l inc water, tea, coffee & diet coke

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2x scrambled eggs
  • Mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Shapers chocolate pudding (fat free, with sweetener and a bit of real sugar – oops, but YUM!)

Lunch

  • Chicken fajita pieces
  • 3x slices of Co-Op Brunswick Ham – the best ham in the world, I have discovered!

Afternoon snack

  • Skinny Cow fat-free sugar-free hot chocolate (I’m not sure I like it, but I wanted a warm bevvy)

Dinner

  • Spicy lean beef burgers with home made salsa and fat free fromage frais
  • fat free natural yoghurt with sweetener

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work
  • 30 mins on cross trainer

I don’t know if the hot chocolate today counted as a tolerated food – we’ll see what the results are on the scales tomorrow.

Oooh, and? I got my new burger press maker thingie today! It makes making burgers a breeze! All I need now are some plastic sheets or waxed paper to separate the burgers, and I’ll be making bulk loads for freezing.  The burgers were pretty good, too – I just threw in a stack of spices I had in the cupboard – paprika, smoked chipotle, garlic, onion powder, cumin etc.  Totally tasty.  J approved too.

Cruise day 142 – PV

Morning weigh-in 89.7kgs – AARG!

  • Daily GAIN– 0.3kgs / 0.66lbs.
  • Total lost 22.6kg/ 49.72lbs

Watercheck – 1.8l including coffee & water.

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2x low fat pork sausages
  • Mug of coffee with sweetener
  • some raw veggies from my veggie munch box (carrot, celery, cucumber & capsicum sticks)

Morning snack

  • mug of coffee with sweetener

Lunch

  • Chicken fajita nuggets
  • Dukan friendly chocolate custard pudding
  • Raw veggies from veggie munch box

Afternoon snack

  • Mini Cathedral City cheddar cheese (not light)
  • Pepperami

Dinner

  • Spicy taco mince using lean beef, with a tablespoon of salsa and a tablespoon of fat free fromage frais

Exercise

  • 60 mins walking to and from work, and to and from the gym
  • 65 mins on the cross trainer at the gym

My god this diet takes up a lot of time.  Food prep. Exercise. Blogging. Nutritional values research. Shopping. More exercise. Cleaning out tupperware boxes. More food prep.  Then go to bed and start again.

I get up early in the morning to cook my chicken, chop my vege if I’m on a vege day.

I stop by the supermarket every other day to pick up fresh ingredients, and then when I get home, I have the choice of either going straight to the gym (or the walk, though it’s too dark to walk outside of an evening now) and coming home for a later dinner, or cooking dinner straight away and going to the gym on a full stomach. Or in tonight’s case, cooking dinner, then going to the gym, then eating dinner.

Decisions decisions.

And after a few days of Very Good Dieting, I’m up again on the scales this morning.  I know, vege days’ll do that to you. Plus no exercise yesterday cause I was getting sick of the amount of time this takes up in my life.  I’ve done no Nanowrimo since Nov 2nd. And it’s dark outside for most of the time I’m home, boo!! I hate this time of year, at least until Christmas season starts properly.  Once the German Market is up and running in Edinburgh and our Christmas decorations are up, then I’ll be able to cope with the darkness a little better.  Usually I have NaNo to keep my spirits up and keep me focussed in November, but this year I can’t quite cope with the split focus.

**later**

Sorry about that rant.  I was feeling a bit cheesed off in general, at how much effort I feel like I’m putting in, and how little progress I’ve made this month.  I’ve just come back from the gym and had a good session on the cross trainer, and I’ve had a bit of an epiphany.  See, all my other “low carb” friends are doing just that – very very low carb.  They don’t care about the fat, because at very low carb levels, fat doesn’t really get metabolised in the same way.

I have been seduced by their reasoning, and have been having more fat than I ought, really.  I’ve been having non-low-fat cheese and other dairy products, but that’s not what Dukan is about.  Dukan does allow a relatively higher level of carbs than most other “low carb” diets, and so you have to be more aware of fats.  Moreover, I’ve been forgetting that the idea of this diet is to get you used to low levels of fat in your food, almost creating a “fat taboo” so that when you start easing carbs back into your diet at Consolidation, you don’t start packing the weight back on.

So.  I’m going to give the cheese a rest for a few days, and up the exercise, and see if I can’t get myself at least into the low 88s by this time next week.

Are ya with me? 😉

Cruise day 140 – PP

Morning weigh-in 89.5kgs

  • Daily loss – 0.4kgs / 0.88lbs.
  • Total lost 22.9kg/ 50.16lbs

Watercheck – 2.4l including tea, coffee, diluting juice & water.

Breakfast

  • Oatbran porridge
  • 2x microwaved eggs
  • mug of tea

Morning snack

  • Mug of coffee with sweetener
  • 1x lean beef sausage

Lunch

  • 3x lean beef sausage
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts with fajita seasoning

Afternoon snack

  • Cheese crisp

Dinner

  • Chicken carbonara with Normandy fromage frais – not a huge success…
  • a glass of wine
  • bowl of fat free natural yoghurt

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycle to and from work
  • 30 mins on the cross trainer

Oh yay! Back to having some losses again.  About TIME!

Had a good day today, Dukan-wise.  Not so good from the point of view of NaNoWriMo.  I’ve not done anything…  Turns out that drawing pictures with a mouse is a LOT harder than writing stories.  Who’d have thought?  I’m sure that trying to get the back of the head right of the small child I’m trying to draw has taken me longer than it would have done to write 1000 words.

And on that note, I’m giving up and going to bed… 😉

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