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Saturday, November 2, 2013

On the yellow brick road...

Hey everyone! It's been awhile since my last post, and I am still on Dukan!  Since my last post, life has quieted down. I started Dukan Take 2 in April......and stopped shortly thereafter. I went back on Weight Watchers, wanting less rigidity than Dukan. I dropped the tiniest bit of weight. I started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred every day before work at 5am. Still nothing. In fact, I was gaining weight. Not just a little....about 10 pounds! In case you're wondering, this is about 10 pounds MORE than where I was when I STARTED Dukan in 2011. 

I know what you're thinking: 'how is that possible? Lady, you are a big fat liar, and were cheating.' To say I was frustrated is along the same lines as saying that a hurricane is just a spot of rain. After 10 pounds, immeasurable amounts of frustration and buckets of tears, I realized that in all of the chaos of this spring and early summer, I had somehow stopped taking my thyroid medication. We moved, my prescription ran out, I changed jobs and insurance, and that all equaled me not renewing my prescription and completely forgetting about it. Finally got to a doctor, and I am back on my meds.

I've managed to lose the 10 pounds I put on due to my thyroid issue.  I got on the meds in September, and have lost 10 pounds in the last 7 weeks. Woohoo! That being said, I am back to where I started in 2011, but hey - gotta start somewhere, right?

Now that I am back on my thyroid medication, I have been doing a Dukan Redux. It's been going pretty well, however  have noticed that I am not nearly as regimented as I was when I did it the first time. I never cheated before. Ever. Now I have a couple almonds, a handful of 97% fat free popcorn when my husband has it, etc. I definitely see the impact on the scale.

While I am glad I am (mostly) back on track -I've been fartin' around with these little cheats, I haven't been losing as quickly as I should be. So apparently I need the rigidity and structure that Dukan provides. I can't have the little cheats that (I feel) don't matter in the long run. I need to be all in. No more dipping toes in the water. And I need to get my ass movin' with exercise.

I need to fit into my "thin clothes" I bought after I lost all that weight in early 2012. Plus I am a bridesmaid in a wedding this coming May. I have motivation. I just need to do it. I'm not punishing myself for past mistakes, I am just looking forward. I saw this pic on Pinterest and it really resonated with me.

So let's do it people. Whether you're new to Dukan, losing weight fast and furious, struggling in a Take 2, 3 (or 12) - we can only start from where we're at, and move forward. 

Ready. Set. Go!

Monday, April 1, 2013

She Lives! Lady is back!

A lot has happened in the 10 months since I posted. I finished writing my thesis, I'm about to finish grad school in 2 months, and am about to change careers (finally)! But most importantly, and definitely, crushingly disappointing....I have GAINED back ALL of the weight I lost on Dukan. All of it. Every. Single. Pound.

For those of you who just found this page, let me recap for you. I started my Dukan adventure in July of 2011 I believe, lost 25 pounds, kept it off (within 5 pounds) for about 6 months. Then I added a 20 hour internship to my already hectic schedule of a full-time job, evening graduate classes, a husband, and some semblance of a life. As one wold expect, I was/am highly stressed and anxious 24/7, which led me to start taking 2 anti-anxiety medications prescribed by my doc - which, coincidentally include weight gain as a possible side effect. I'll let you guess as to whether or not I was a lucky recipient of that side effect. Long story short - working out ceased happening, time became shorter and shorter and I had less time to plan healthy meals. I know, this is a list of excuses.

While I noticed the scale going up, my clothes still fit, and I would have spurts of doing a Jillian Michaels video at home and eating really well for a week or so, then it would end. Repeat that cycle for about 3 months. Then I noticed my clothes getting tighter,m and worse - things just not fitting me anymore. At. All. So I got serious, without a structured 'diet' and just add what I knew to be healthy, and due to budget issues (my husband was recently laid off) we have not been eating out at all which definitely helps with eating healthy. Spoiler alert: after a month, nothing has changed on the scale or in my clothing.

As one can imagine I am frustrated and so upset about this. Someone left a comment on my blog which I had neglected for so long, and I decided to share my travails with anyone who comes across this. I know I loved the structure and rigidity of Dukan, but I also know that I need moderation in the long run. Part of me knows that this was a lot of stress and emotionally eating. The other part of my knows that I am on medications with a weight gain side effect, and I am leading a super-stressful lifestyle which can spike cortisol and weight gain. Because of this, I get really frustrated and upset when I try really hard, like this last month, and nothing happens.

So, drastic times come for drastic measures, and I am going to re-join Dukan. I'm officially back. I am hoping that writing this post will give me the kick in the pants I need. In typical Lady fashion of piling more and more onto my proverbial plate (pun intended) - we're moving at the end of the month. So, I am painting/renovating the new place and of course pack up the old place, and interviewing for a new job that I may start sooner than later - all by the end of April. I do this to myself, but for some reason with me, when it rains it pours. Sigh.

Sorry for the sad sack post. It's good to come clean, though! Okay, here I go on Dukan, Take 2. Wish me luck.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Decisions, decisions....

So it's been 6 weeks since my last post. Oops. Life gets busy. I've been on a 4 week break from grad school, so that means I've had just my full time job, husband, and the rest of my life to worry about. Even though that's a lot, I am constantly amazed at how much free time I have when I'm not reading or writing papers. I've been doing a lot of DIY projects around the house and stalking Pinterest - living' the dream. 

Anyway, I have been putting off writing a post because I was trying to decide what to do/what to write about. Last I left it - I was still Dukan-ifying Weight Watchers. Well Week 2 was successful, as was Week 3 and by the time a full month came around - I was down 7 pounds and eating more and more carbs and less protein. Decidedly not-Dukan. But I was losing! It took some time for me to grasp the concept that carbs aren't the worst thing ever for weight loss because I was losing while eating them. Mind you - this was after I had gained weight while I was still 100% Dukan. 

I am still above my TW of 154. I have been bouncing between 160.5 and 162 for a couple weeks -but I feel great about it. I am not obsessing. I am working out, and feeling really healthy and strong. I am not obsessing about carbs, or veggies, or fruit. I am just eating what I want when I want it - and counting my WW points. It's working, and while I would love to say I'm in the 50's again....if I don't get back to it (shrugs) oh well. I feel great and have spent so much less mental energy on my weight as of late - it's been positively delightful.

So I am unsure as to what I want to do with this blog. I don't know how much more I have to say on this topic since I am pretty much off Dukan, and it feels weird writing a blog about something that I am no longer doing, and therefore not creating recipes for either. But I do love the idea of people who are in the thick of Dukan and using those recipes and reading about my trials and triumphs.  

Perhaps I'll continue to post occasionally. Maybe not. Time will tell.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Week 1 of Dukanifying Weight Watchers - Success!

I love when I am right (well, who doesn't really?)! First week of Getting my Dukan on all over Weight Watchers and I lost 4 pounds! Woohoo!

I know you're supposed to only weigh in once a week on WW, however Dukan has made me fall in love with daily weigh ins to keep me on track - and so I have been continuing daily weigh ins, and every day this week- it went down. Every. Single. Day.  No random 2 pounds gain overnight for no explicable reason, no telling myself I am just retaining water. It was nice. A much needed respite.

Anyway, back to me being right....I think my body just needed some re-booting after hitting a plateau. And if I learned anything this week, it's that I was eating too much on Straight Dukan...because I could. By counting my points, it's helped me to see how much I should healthfully be eating, without going overboard just because I can. 

I also saw an uptick in my fruits and veggies since they are 0 points. I know I should only have 1 piece of fruit a day, but I am done drinking that Kool Aid. Fruits are not my enemy. 

Dukan clearly worked for me, but I am trying to embrace a more long-term healthy way of eating. In my time on consolidation I am learning that I am in danger of gaining it all back, and so something has to give. I am hoping this hybrid approach works for me and not just because it's something new to my body.  Fingers crossed for an overall loss for Week 2!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dukanifying Weight Watchers

Daily Weight: 168.4 (Yeah, you read that right...HOLY HELL)

I have put on about half of the weight I lost on Dukan. HALF. To be fair, about 2 - 2.5 pounds of this is most likely water weight, as I had a tough workout yesterday, didn't drink enough water, and ate 1 slice extra of bread.

Regardless, I have been struggling to lose the 5 -6 pounds I have put on above my own personal goal weight (Dukan has me at a TW of 155 - hogwash). After entirely too much time and lost sleep racking my brain trying to figure this out, I have decided that my body is plateauing and then making it that much more difficult to lose the slight gains. In addition, I do Bar Method for my work out, which I know I have referenced on here, but I am unsure of how many people know what it is. It's a total body & ballet-inspired workout done at a barre and basically requires you to hold certain positions until your muscles literally shake and quake from exhaustion. You feel the burn...everywhere. It gets your heart rate up for cardio, but also lengthens and tones your body. Here's more info:

It definitely has lengthened my thighs and given me more toned arms than ever before, however I was wondering if this could be a partial culprit for my weight gain.  One of my friends is not only an instructor but an owner of a franchise, and she said that it's common for people who take classes 4-5 times per week (like I do) to put on weight and clothes to feel tighter because you are building muscle on top of muscle, but after a couple months a transformation starts to happen where your body changes. Fingers crossed!

I think that happened to me in October/November last year. I was doing Dukan, but I was stagnating and not losing, so frustrating, and I was taking my Bar Method classes about 3-4 times /week. Then one day, I went down 1 size in a week, followed by another size a week later, but the scale only moved like 3 pounds.  Then life got busy with school and work, the holidays and Africa, and I fell off my classes. Coming back into it now 4-5/week , makes me wonder if she's right, and that the same thing is happening.

Anyway, I digress. I feel fairly certain that I need to shake things up, and my body is begging for something different. So....I am going back to Weight Watchers! I decided to take a look at what I was eating in a given day, and then add up the points (I did WW for years prior to Dukan) In a given day I ate  36 points, when I should have had only 26!  I realize it's a different system and a different way of thinking than Dukan, but still, it made me think that maybe I am eating too much on Dukan since I am still pretty restricted.

So, I thought I'll be a genius and basically do Dukan, but within the WW points system. Fingers crossed this experiment sees a tipping of the scales! I have had a perfectly Dukan day today, and still have half my points left. Stay tuned.....

Friday, March 30, 2012

Stuck in a Weight Rut

Daily weight: 164.6
Mood: Frustrated

I cannot shake this weight that I put on, and perhaps even more maddeningly, I don't understand why I am at my heaviest, when I am have been doing my best, and not even enjoying all the foods that I technically can in Consolidation.  Sigh.

Let me catch you up...Ever since I landed in consolidation around the holidays, then went to Africa, I have put on about 5 pounds from my True Weight. Then I went OFF THE RAILS. Gained a few more pounds (now I was into the low 160s) Buckled down, and a bit of it came off. Started working out again, really started eating Cruise phase style, and have managed to gain weight, and now maintain the gained weight. I am 10 POUNDS above my True Weight, and I. CANNOT. SHAKE. IT.  So frustrating, and I am sorry if I sound like a broken record, I am  just really frustrated.

My husband started weight watchers (which I did for years and maintained my former weight) and I am reminded of how healthy weight watchers can be if you do it right. I am so desperately trying to get off the weight I put on, that I am not eating the fruit and whole grain bread that I worked so hard to enjoy. I tried an attack phase. No budging. I upped the water and tea. Nada.  I know I went through almost a month long period in Cruise with this frustration, but at least then I was losing, and just maintaining - this round I have gained and am unable to lose it.

And sadly, the blogosphere is not much help. Those who are in consolidation and still blogging haven't had this problem, and those who maybe have no longer seem to be blogging. It feels very depressing and lonely. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ham & Egg Cups

Weight: 164.6 (Yikes)
Mood: Struggling

Uggggghhhhhh. I'm stuck in a rut. I've been on a 3 day cycle for weeks now - 3 days of perfect Dukan, followed by 3 days of celebrations meals.  Due to this cycle I can't get past the hump of my post vacation gain. In an effort to just cut the crap and get back down to business, I am going to start eating more PP meals, and flushing myself out with green tea. Hopefully the weight loss from that will keep me motivated.

I even had traitorous thoughts about going to Weight Watchers.  I know. I told you I am not in a good place.  Well, my hell is your good fortune, and here's a new recipe for you - Pure Protein.  Is saw it on Pinterest via The Simple Delights Blog and I have no idea why I didn't think of this sooner. Delicious!

Ham and Egg Cups

Photo is not mine and is from

Preheat oven to 400
Spray a muffin tin (for however many you're going to make)
Place 1 piece of ham in a muffin tin, then crack and egg inside the "ham cup"
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Yolk is a tiny bit runny and the white is almost all set. Bake for more or less time depending on how well you like your eggs. I scrambled the eggs and then put them in the ham cups for my husband since he hates yolk. That takes around 13-14 minutes.

You can garnish with some cheese and scallions if you want. Enjoy!