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Day 72 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 95.0kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.6kgs / 1.32lbs
Total loss: 4.9kgs /10.78lbs

Watercheck: 2.3l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran porridge with sweetener

Lunch

  • Chicken salad

Dinner

  • More chicken salad

Exercise

  • 40 mins cycling to and from work – to work with a fierce headwind, and from work with a glorious tailwind.

GRRR! Up again, that makes me irritated. Though I think that Sandi and I have agreed that there’s a temporary glitch in the laws of physics which have made it so that gravity is a bit heavier today – we were both up on our respective scales.

I’m politely ignoring this glitch though. It did, however, force me back on my bike because a) biking is easier than walking on this gimp leg and b) almost £20 round trip for a taxi to and from work is too wasteful to contemplate. Hopefully the added exercise will provide results on the scales in the morning.

Day 66 – Re-determination day. :)

OK, so I have no more excuses. The house, while still being not-very-unpacked, is now at a state where things are getting more manageable. J and I have finally sorted out our desks in the office (very important for a pair of computer geeks) so I feel like life is a bit more under control.

Also? I found a job! Yay! 🙂 It’s just about the perfect outcome – a nice redundancy payout, I get paid for my notice period but don’t have to work most of it (so get almost a month of pay to potter around the house and get my life in order) AND I walk straight into a new job with better pay and better development opportunities. It doesn’t really get much better than that.

So. I can’t use the excuse that I’m stressed out/looking for work/moving house. None of that washes now. And I really need to kick myself in the butt, because I have eaten mostly crap since I last blogged. We spent the evening erecting (*smarmy sniggering*) Ikea furniture, and had pizza to reward ourselves. Not good. It doesn’t help that the nearest shop is now a bit further away. The nearest shop is also one of Edinburgh’s biggest supermarkets, so nipping in for some chicken breasts is not a quick affair. Again, this is no excuse, it just means that I need to be more organised.

Last night, I had a Derby web committee meeting, and our lovely hostess made the most delish chicken and leek pie. I ate the crust, AND the potato. Bad Charlotte, no cookie. However, the filling was, I think very appropriate for Dukan. She shared the recipe with me, and I’m going to try it out with a few Dukan amendments, and see how we go. She’s also seen this blog and is determined to start Dukan tomorrow – another incentive for me to get back on the wagon. Hi Maul! 🙂

So. Weigh-in tomorrow, post-pizza. It’s not gonna be pretty, I can tell you that. But you’re not judging, right? 😉

Day 46 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh in: 94.8kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.1kgs /0.22lbs
Total loss: 5.1kgs /11.22lbs

Watercheck: 2.2l – tea, coffee, water and a sugarfree mojito

Breakfast

  • mug of tea
  • flaxseed & oatbran bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 2x baked salmon steaks with sweet chilli seasoning
  • a few slices of pepperoni with cheese

Dinner

  • Sirloin steak, with a bit of stirfried cabbage (nom!)

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work

I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for the past few days – rest assured this is not for any reason other than being super incredibly busy! My lovely parents arrived in town a couple of nights ago, and it’s been awesome having them stay, but has meant that my priority has been less on blogging and exercising, and more on hanging out with them. NOICE!

Tomorrow’s a very exciting day too – we’re picking up the keys to our new home! Can’t wait! Then the real effort begins – packing in earnest rather than packing a couple of boxes per evening, and then getting it all across to the new house. Eeek!

In other news, I found out yesterday that I didn’t get the job that I really wanted, the one I interviewed for on Tuesday. So disappointed. Apparently it was really close, but the other person had more management experience (I have no official management  experience, just lots of coaching, stepping up when required and general bossiness disguised as “being organised”.) I was really heartbroken, it was a really good interview, which I came out of super-enthused about the role and confident that I could help make a difference, while learning a bucket-load and being intellectually stimulated. They told me that I’d have been a really good fit for their team and if they had two roles, they’d have hired me too. And that they’re expanding rapidly so if another role comes up, they’ll keep me in mind. Small consolation though, with the Big “R” Word looming not far away. Miles to go though – I got another two job applications in today. Send me your best “you’re gonna find a job any second now” vibes, mmkay?

My family and friend, along with J, helped me drown my sorrows last night with a Chinese meal (much lower in carbs than the last one, and I had no rice at all).

Given this, the weigh-in this morning has remained remarkably steady, given the fact that I’ve not been exercising at all. But I’ve still not managed to get down past 94.7. Maybe tomorrow?

Day 41 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 95.4kgs

Daily LOSS: 0.5kgs /1.1lbs
Total loss: 4.5kgs /9.9lbs

Watercheck: 1.8l – tea, low-cal cordial (with a little bacardi)

Brunch

  • Mug of tea
  • half a flaxseed & oatbran bread portion
  • 2 gluten free sausages
  • scrambled eggs

Dinner

  • Cauliflower “cous cous” with chicken, broccoli and onion
  • Fat free fromage frais with sweetener and cocoa

Exercise

  • 20 mins walking
  • Lots and lots of box packing
  • 41 squats

I feel like I’m finally almost back on track to where I was this time last week, before I got the Lurgie. My goal for this week is to solidly break through into the 94s and not bounce back up again. I’d really like to see the 93s before this time next week.

Today was an incredibly productive day – J and I managed to sort out a whole lot of house packing. I had another almost perfect day – aside from the bacardi in my low-cal cordial, that I drank with dinner and Doctor Who.

A couple of friends came round for Doctor Who, and they brought cheese & crackers, crisps, and some naughty toffee rice crispy slice. I felt so virtuous, I just had my fromage frais and did my best to ignore it. Moonday’s Philosophy was again incredibly useful – I really don’t regret not having eaten any of the Bad Things. Thanks again Moonday! 🙂

Also, J and I agreed that the “cauliflower rice” recipe that I’ve tried a few times now, more closely resembles cous cous than rice – aside from the fact that it needs to be cooked for a LOT longer than cous cous. It’s definitely a winner – just don’t add too much soy sauce or it’ll end up being far too salty. Also, have this with a pint of liquid and you’ll be full for a loooong time – I read somewhere that cauliflower absorbs water like nobody’s business, and it sure felt that way at dinner.

Day 40 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh in: 95.9kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.3kgs /0.66lbs
Total loss: 4.0kgs /8.8lbs

Watercheck: 1.9l – coffee, water and pepsi max

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • 3x microwaved eggs

Lunch

  • Chicken nuggety bites

Late afternoon snack

  • Oatbran & flaxseed bread with low fat cheese

Dinner

  • 2 beef burger patties
  • 3 gluten free sausages
  • 2 glasses red wine

Exercise

  • 1hr20mins brisk walking around town
  • 40 squats

An “almost perfect” day. I had red wine with dinner, which is not as big a deal as the oreos yesterday, I have to say. I was a bit disappointed with being up on the scales again this morning, but I’m not going to dwell on it. I have a really big fortnight coming up with the house move, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself – I’ll just try and avoid the processed sugars.

Day 39 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 95.6kgs

Total loss: 4.3kgs /9.46lbs

Watercheck: 1.5l – low cal cordial. Not including the glass of red with dinner. How very non-Dukan of me…

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • 2 burger patties
  • 4 low-carb cumberland sausages

Afternoon snack

  • *sigh* 3 Oreo biscuits. Dammit.

Dinner

  • Chicken salad

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 39 squats (all in one go!)

OK, so I didn’t manage my walk today. And I ate some processed sugar, in the form of some oreo cookies. I’m not proud of myself for that. Take heed, friends. The moment you allow processed sugar back into your life, your body tells you it’s just fine to have more, no matter what your brain tells you. Employ Moonday’s Philosophy liberally. Tomorrow I shall be doing the same. 🙂

But I did have a very productive evening. We get the keys to our new house in just 8 sleeps – SO EXCITING! So this evening was spent boxing up random stuff. J managed to procure some boxes on his way home from work yesterday from our local wholefoods store (who seem more willing than other businesses to donate boxes, especially if you use the magic word – “recycle”). So we packed boxes. We also protected boxes from the cat, who has a penchant for gnawing on the edges of the flaps. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that he tends to chew them to the point where they’re corrugated beyond usefulness – they tend to fall apart once he’s done with them.

I’m feeling positive about the future, job-wise. There are a few options on the horizon that are looking really exciting, so keep your fingers crossed for me over the next week or two. 🙂

For those lovely Dukaners who’ve got blogs on the go – I’m sorry I’ve not stopped by to comment recently, but I’ve been reading! You all seem to be doing so well, and I shall follow your excellent examples, and eschew the processed sugar in favour of Ketosis.

Grr…

I’m sorry, no weigh-ins or blogging these past few days. I’ve had the double whammy of being off work sick, and of course the inevitable lady times… This has lead to a bit of naughtiness, I’ll admit. J and I had an indian the other night, and I’ve had the odd cookie and chocolate over the past couple of days. Bad girl.

But that all ends today. I’m back to being determined today. I had an OK day – I ate a good PP day, except for one stray Oreo biscuit. Back on things properly from tomorrow, including a good walk. 🙂

Day 32 – Cruise PP

Morning weigh in: 95.7kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.3kgs /0.66lbs
Total loss: 4.2kgs /9.24lbs

Watercheck: 1.9l – tea, coffee water and low-cal cordial

Breakfast

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

Morning snack

  • 1 carrot cake muffin

Lunch

  • Taco mince with Zero% Greek Yoghurt and a little salsa

Dinner

  • Ham and cheese omelette (I’m totally addicted to these now)

Exercise

  • 25 mins cycling to and from work (I’m getting tired pre-lady-times.)
  • 32 squats

Like I said, lady-times mean that all emotional reactions to weigh-ins are inadmissible. I used Moonday’s Philosophy again today to great effect – so many slices of brownie, caramel shortcake and rocky road left over from last night’s event, all sitting in the kitchen, all making come-to-bed eyes at me. I had to share Moonday’s Philosophy with my colleagues, and they all looked perplexed. It’s a bit of a twisted philosophy to get one’s head around, but it sure works!

Although, something happened this afternoon that made us all have a bit of a laugh in the office – at one point, there were stacks of cops milling around outside, and a police helicopter too. One of my workmates found out that a staff member at the bank across the road had been outside smoking a cigarette, and some guy had come up to her and said quietly, “something’s going to happen”. When we heard that in the office, there was a bit of nervous laughter, and someone said, “Oh Charlotte, maybe now you’re regretting not eating that traybake!”

I had to laugh. They didn’t mean it in a “you should have a tray bake” kind of way – if I actually make a move towards the sugary siren song in the kitchen, at least two of them would have rugby tackled me to the floor.  I love my workmates. 🙂

Day 31 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 95.4kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.2kgs /0.44lbs
Total loss: 4.5kgs /9.9lbs

Watercheck: 0.9l – tea, coffee and low-cal cordial – nowhere near enough water today

Breakfast

  • Mug of tea
  • Cheese & ham omelette

Lunch

  • Chicken salad

Afternoon snack

  • fromage frais with cocoa and sweetener
  • 2 carrot cake muffins
  • The cheese and ham fillings of a few sandwiches at a work event

Dinner

  • Chicken salad

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 31 squats

Not enough water today. Up on the scales. No walk. Not a great day really.

However, my lady-times are fast approaching, so I think it’s about time to ignore the scales for a week or so. I’ll still do my weigh-in for scientific purposes, but I won’t be upset by what I report.

I had a work event this evening which went until after dark, so I didn’t get my walk in. I’m going to have to get over that when the winter properly comes – I mustn’t stop the walking like I did last winter. But at least the difference will be that I’ll be cycling 4 times further every day once we move house – that should help balance things out a bit.

I need to make one more comment today, about what we shall all henceforth know as Moonday’s Philosophy. In one of her comments on this blog, she was talking about self control. She said that she never regrets not having eaten something bad, after having resisted it. She never looks back and says “gee, I really should have eaten that cookie/icecream/crisps/pizza.” But by the same token, she finds (as we all do!) that we look back with regret on the things that we DID eat that we maybe shouldn’t have.

So when faced with the choice of eating the cookie or not eating the cookie, she asks, “will I regret not eating this cookie?” – not “will I regret eating this cookie?” This is super-powerful – instead of dwelling on the negative of having future-regret for present action, she dwells on the positive effect of present action. It’s also more powerful than “will I feel good about myself for having resisted?” because that kinda implies a lost opportunity. I find lost opportunities to binge eat really frustrating, if I’m honest. At least, I do at the time. But after the fact, I don’t regret having not binged, if that makes sense.

Thank you Moonday! Your philosophy made resisting the incredible looking brownies at this evening’s work event that much easier. 🙂

Day 29 – Cruise PV

Morning weigh in: 95.6kgs

Daily GAIN: 0.2kgs /0.44lbs
Total loss: 4.3kgs /9.46lbs

Watercheck:  2.1l – tea, coffee, low cal cordial & water

Breakfast

  • Mug of tea
  • 3 microwaved eggs
  • Oatbran porridge with cinnamon

Lunch

  • Chicken salad

Afternoon snack

  • 3x Carrot cake muffins (I may have overshot my oatbran allowance for the day)

Dinner

  • Chicken salad again!!

Exercise

  • 20 min cycle to and from work
  • 30 min walk around the Meadows
  • 29 squats
  • 10 lunges each leg

A Very Good Day. Well, aside from the muffins and their excess oatbran index. Not to worry – aside from that I was a veritable angel all day.

I’ve been working on my CV all evening, so no time for nattering on the blog, I’m afraid. Up on the scales, but no biggie – I’m always up on a Monday, due to the early-ness of the weigh-in compared to the day before. I’m still down a kilo from where I was this time last week, so you’ll hear no complains from me.

Off to bed with me now… 🙂

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