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Friday, October 28, 2011

Day #86 - Father Dukan, it's been one week since my last transgression

Weight: 162.0
Daily GAIN: .2
Mood: Frustrated

Breakfast: 2 eggs
Snack: slice of Dukan Key Lime Moist Cake
Lunch: Skinless rotisserie chicken
Dinner: Salmon sashimi
Snack: FFSF Pudding

In the last few days when I haven't blogged, I lost most of the water weight from last weekend's bachelorette party (blueberry muffin, pizza, etc) however I am STILL 1.2 up from this time last week. Sad panda :-(  I have been great this week, working out, eating well, no cheats, tried out a few new recipes, continued with the upped water intake. Bubkus. Grrrr.  I've been determined to continue living my life normally despite doing Dukan, but days like this make me want to become a shut-in (minus the cats and hoarding) and just ignore all social outings and invitations. I can't believe it will take me more than a week at this point to lose that weight. That pizza was so not worth it. Blueberry muffin is debatable. No, nothing is worth more than a week's worth of penance. It's that TOM and hoping that has something to do with me holding onto this water weight. Time will tell. I still never get used to seeing random gains when you're not cheating. Sigh. Okay, Lady, time to think of the more unfortunate people in this world who have way bogger problems than a .2 gain.

Tomorrow evening we are hosting our annual Halloween party, and I just realized that a menu I created is totally non-Dukan friendly. What the hell was I thinking?! Well actually, when I spend all day cooking, I am never interested in eating said food when it gets down to it. Nonetheless, I'll eat before everyone comes to avoid temptation. Fingers crossed this weight comes off soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day #83 - Dukan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Weight: 163.4
Daily GAIN: 2.6 (haven't weighed since Friday morning)

Well the bachelorette party this weekend was decidedly not Dukan friendly. I didn't have a total to-hell0-with0it blow out, but I could have been better I suppose. We went to an Italian restaurant on Friday night and I managed to ignore the warm bread and olive oil, but then had half a margherita pizza. Saturday morning I had some ciabatta bread on an egg sandwich and a blueberry muffin, but managed to only have a few sips of wine on an all-day wine tasting tour. I didn't weigh on Saturday or Sunday, so no clue what the damage was, but as of this morning, it was a 2.6 gain. Hopefully the scale gets rid of most of this water weight in the next couple days and I shall continue on the yellow brick road to consolidation.

I had some free time yesterday and decided I need to start trying some new Dukan recipes, and I prefer to bake so the Dukan Chocolate Cake was the winner of the day.  I found this recipe on Fitness Treats and gave it a whirl.

Preheat oven to 400, prepare a loaf pan with nonstick spray

- 6 tablespoons oat flour
- 5 eggs
- 3 tablespoons fat free Greek yogurt
- 6 tablespoons powdered milk
- 4 tablespoons artificial sweetener (the recipe calls for 2, but I thought the batter wasn't sweet at all, so I increased time I would add more)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons fat reduced cocoa
- drops of flavoring of your choice: vanilla, almond, hazelnut, chestnut flavoring  (I used a tsp. of vanilla)
Mix everything together and bake for 30 min. 
My verdict: Meh.
It is pretty dense, and despite my efforts to sweeten it up, it still wasn't very sweet at all. I'd maybe add some cinnamon or other extract next time to try and give it more flavor.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day #78 - 6 pounds to go!

Weight: 161.0
Daily loss: .8

Breakfast: 2 eggs
Lunch: Salad with chicken and balsamic vinegar
Dinner:  A different salad with lots of veg and chicken and balsamic vinegar.
Snack: 2  Dukan cupcakes

So I lost .8 over night after an inexplicable gain of .4 on Day #77. I have no idea how I could possibly have water weight, given how much water (4L) I have been drinking, but that's the only explanation after a  perfect day on Wednesday. It came off this morning, and fingers crossed the losses continue tomorrow.  I am a bit nervous for this weekend as I leave for a weekend-long bachelorette party....complete with winery tours. I am not a big drinker at all, but social pressure, and already-paid-for wine tastings probably  = me having some wine. I am hoping I can stick to Dukan relatively easily on Friday night, but I know Saturday we're ordering pizza. Pizza, my nemesis (shakes fist!) I think the hotel should have a scale in the fitness room, so I am hoping to weigh in to satisfy my own curiosity although I will conveniently ignore the scale if things get out of control this weekend.  I just want to keep the losses coming, I am so close! 6 pounds to consolidation and 2 pounds to the 50s. Woohoo!  This shall be my inner mantra this weekend.  Everyone at this bachelorette party is about a size 4 and has a Bar Method body (read: toned and dancer-like) and I know we are doing a Bar Method class on Saturday morning, so at least I'll get a workout in. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day #76 - Eyes on the Prize

Weight: 161.4
Daily Loss: 1.4 (holla!)
Mood: Motivated

I decided I should add what I eat to give people ideas as to what others are eating, but also to track any correlation between certain foods and my weight.

Today's Menu:

Breakfast - 2 fried eggs (in cooking spray, not butter, natch), coffee with nonfat French Vanilla Creamer

Lunch: Potbelly Farmhouse salad with nonfat dressing

Snack: FFSF Jello (Strawberry)

Dinner: Spaghetti squash with chicken tossed in and a bit of what you non-Italians call pasta sauce (it has just the tiniest bit of olive oil in it)

Snack: 2 Dukan Cupcakes

Like the Dead Sea, I am at my lowest point. Yet again. Let's hope I continue to see a few more losses this week. Still continuing on with upped water of 4L and am really trying to watch my portion control on tolerated foods. I feel really motivated to just get to consolidation already. I  have 6.5lb to go. It seems like so far away considering it's taken me a month to lose the last 6.5. Even if it does take another month (which I hope it doesn't) it'll all be worth it, right? Mmmmmmm, pancakes. Sorry my mind wandered off fantasizing about celebration meals.  Anyway, I am already under what my personal goal was, which was my wedding weight, so anything more I lose is really just gravy. I can't imagine myself in the 150s. I really can't. I am so close I can taste it, though! Speaking of -has anyone heard of these Dukan flavors found here on the Dukan Site? I just stumbled across this, and think I might try a couple. Namely the butter flavoring and possibly the blueberry. I need some sort of blueberry-ness in my life. It's been 76 days without blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, or just plain old blueberries. Pretty sure they even give prisoners blueberries in the Russian gulags. Just sayin' Pierre. Just sayin'.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day #74 - A Joyful Funeral

Weight: 162.4
Daily Loss: .8 GAIN

So today marks what should have been the day I move on to Phase 3: Consolidation. That didn't happen,

I missed a couple of days, so let me fill you in on what transpired since my last post. I had a loss on Friday - Day 72, back to where I was after the inexplicable minor gain. Then that night I went to my sister's for an Octoberfest party. I learned 2 things that night: 1) crows do not have the largest brains of the bird species yet they are the smartest  2) Popcorn is a gateway food, leading to other naughty, naughty (delicious) food.

Confession: I am a closet Dukaner. I have not come out to 99% of people because I don't want to hear the judgment on the insanity of living a carb-free life. This became a problem at this party when all of my  Judge Judy sisters were in the same room, eyeing me like a hawk, commenting on why I wasn't eating.  Aside from Bratwurst, it was CarbFest 300 (soft pretzels, popcorn, apple pie, etc) Normally, I can take a bite of something and then walk away. I thought I was in a good place, that I could handle a couple kernels of freshly popped (non-microwave) popcorn. I was so, so very wrong. A couple kernels turned into a handful. Then came the social pressure to try the homemade soft pretzels. I gave in. At this point my PV day was shot to hell, and of course I didn't have the good sense to stop it in its tracks. I decided to lean into this shitshow, and flash forward to me eating not 1 but 2 slices of Papa Johns pizza at 1am. I know - leave this page in protest and disgust.

I slept over at my sisters, and didn't inquire as to whether or not she owns a scale. Okay, fine - I was also avoiding it, knowing no good news would come from my blow-out. I am trying to just put it aside as a big mistake and learn from it, but I am coming to the realization that I have had a couple slip-ups in the last few weeks. I was near perfect for 2 months, and now I am starting to slip a bit. Granted it's only been once a week or so, but still. I shouldn't be having celebration meals until I hit Consolidation, and I won't hit it if I keep up these slip-ups.  Game face is back on for the coming week!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Day #71: Why is my scale bi-polar?

Weight: 162.2
Daily Loss: .8 lb GAIN
Mood: Sad panda

An inexplicable weight gain today. I wish I was smart enough to realize that there's obviously a random up and down-ness to Dukan within a week, but I am not. And I was really hoping that my upped water intake and abstinence of tolerated foods would make me a consistent loser this week. Foiled!  

As a pick me up  - I purchased this Michael Stars feather fedora in the brown herringbone. Not quite convinced I can pull it off, but I do love it. The weight loss from Dukan has been great on its own, but it has been fantastic buying new fall essentials in a size (or sometimes 2) smaller!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day #70 - Dukan Cupcake Recipe (modified Chocolate Oat Bran recipe)

Weight: 161.4
Daily Loss: .4 lb

The losses continue! I am on a roll (and glad this one isn't on my stomach)  This is the 3rd day in a row, and I am hoping this isn't just a fluke but my conscientiousness is paying off. Cravings for tolerated foods has subsided quite a bit, which is both great and annoying. Great because I am not constantly thinking about my delicious chocolate oat bran muffins, and annoying because it means that all those science nerds are right: having sweet things makes you crave sweet things. Booooo. PS - I use the term "science nerds" affectionately - L.A.D.Y is an anti-bullying zone)

Speaking of  Chocolate Oat Bran muffins- I first read about these on Charlotte's Blog however I have no idea where they originally came from - maybe from Charlotte, I dunno. I tried about 12 batches and they were good, kept making them, but they were spongy/healthy/weird consistency muffins. Great for a carb free diet, but would probably not eat them if I wasn't on the Dukan't So I futzed with the recipe a bit and converted it to "American" measurements and alas, it's an actual cupcake! I've passed this out to a few friends on Dukan't and even my nieces and nephews like them. Delicious and nutritious!

Here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350, line muffin tin with baking cups. 

FYI - This recipe makes 12 full size cupcakes, if you want 6 full size, just cut it in half. Two cupcakes give you your daily oat bran requirement

Mix (preferably in a blender or kitchenaid, not by hand) the following:
1 c. of splenda (it's best to get the bag of it, so you don't have to open a ton of packets)
1c. Oat bran
4 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 c. cocoa powder (less if you want them less chocolaty, but I'd try this recipe first, and then futz to your liking)
4 eggs
1 c. fat free milk
1 tbsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cinnamon (or more or less, or omit, depending on your love of cinnamon)

Mix until well blended, making sure the oat bran hasn't settled at the bottom.

Pour into the muffin tins. When pouring, make sure you use a spatula to pull the oat bran from the bottom of the bowl out the spout, sort of dragging out the oat bran,otherwise some of your muffins will have no oat bran, and the last few will be all oat bran. Make sense?

Bake for 27-30 minutes, depending on how soft you like 'em. Let cool for 5 minutes, then remove from muffin tin and  let cool completely before storing. Loosely cover to store. They get a little tacky as the days go by, but that's normal, just like regular cupcakes. 

THEY ARE SERVED BEST RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN! But obviously, this only happens when you make them, so I heat each muffin in the microwave for like 12 seconds, cause I like everything warm. Yum.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day #69 - "The Whoosh" Came!

Weight: 161.8
Daily Loss: 1.2 
Mood: Fan-freaking-tastic

I have been in a holding pattern for 2 1/2 weeks, not budging within 1/2 pound of 163, so today's downward movement is amazing!

During the last couple of weeks I found Solothea's Blog and she had a post about her stagnation and how after 2 weeks she just lost 2 pounds overnight - like a big "Whoosh."  I read that wondering why the hell it wasn't happening to me, but  it finally did! Perseverance definitely paid off, fingers crossed it stays that way and I don't jump back up tomorrow.

I am finding that the upped water intake is starting to curb my tolerated foods cravings too.  Bottom line: I think when we hit stagnation, we really just need to change it up and figure out what's going to work for us as individuals. This *appears* to be working, but I'd like to continue testing it for the full week before I go having a parade.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day #68 - Back to normal

Weight: 163.0
Daily Loss: 1.6 
Anxiety Level: Solid green, baby

Woot! I am relieved that the Cheeseburger and lobster bisque are now a fond memory and off my thighs thanks to the insane amount of water I am drinking.  Not sure if it's that or the lack of tolerated foods, or both, but either way, I am a happy camper to be back to where I was. I am still the same weight as I was 2 1/2 weeks ago which is *very* frustrating, but at least I am not up anymore.

Definitely think the tolerated foods are a big thing for me. I am craving those oat bran muffins at night, and desperately want something sweet. I think the no tolerated foods thing is working for me, hence today's loss. That being said, I seriously view tolerated foods as the sole keeper of my sanity.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day #67 - Happy Birthday to Me

Weight: 164.6
Daily loss: .8 GAIN
Anxiety Level: RED

Not a fun birthday surprise waking up and discovering this news.  Silver lining: lesson learned to not cross Dr. Dukan. He is a vengeful lover. I am not shocked, considering I ate lobster bisque and a McDonald's cheeseburger. After more frantic google searches about what exactly to do now that my attack was an epic fail, I finally found some news at what could be the problem on this forum

I decided to regroup, and figure out what the culprit is. Be systematic and isolate the problem. I don't keep a food diary because I can get crazy pills with those, but I did some thinking and realized that maybe I am eating too many "tolerated foods."  

Here's my tolerated foods that I eat normally:

1) Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins that I found on Charlotte's Dukan Blog which have a bit of cocoa in them. I modify this recipe, and will post soon.

2) Low fat string cheese (it's a godsend for people who work out of their car and have no access to a fridge)

3) Fat free sugar free Hot chocolate with nonfat milk

4) Fat Free Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding with a bit of Fat Free Cool Whip

I'll have a string cheese almost every day, as well as the oat bran muffins (since they give me my oat bran allotment) and then I'll have a sweet treat like the hot chocolate OR the pudding at night. Never more than one treat a day.But maybe my portion sizes are off?

 So in addition to cutting my tolerated foods, except the string cheese -a life without string cheese is a life I don't want to live -  I am going to up my water intake. I have about 3 liters per day, pre -Dukan and now, which seems like too much already. But nonetheless, I am upping it to 4 liters. If anyone's looking for me, I'll probably be in the bathroom. Fingers crossed!

Day #66 - Wedding Bells and Dukan Blues

Weight: 163.8
Daily loss: .6 lb GAIN
Anxiety Level: Orange

Holy hell.I just completed 5 full days of attack and in addition to the .6 I actually gained while on attack, my bod decided to throw in an extra .6 lb for good measure - just to show me who's boss.

I had a friend's wedding last night and I was digging really deep to not feast on 17 slices of wedding cake after the world's most frustrating couple of weeks. While I tried to eat before the wedding to prevent any temptation, I was still hungry by the time we sat down to dinner. Does anybody feel social pressure when eating out with people while on Dukan? And by pressure I mean, not wanting to feel like "that girl" who's on a special diet and feels the need to tell everyone at her table about it. So you kinda feel like you need to eat "normally" so you don't look like you have some sort of bizarre eating disorder? I totally have this issue. Usually, I just eat out with my friend Thrillcat who is also on Dukan't (as we affectionately call it) but here I was at a table of almost strangers. I was hungry, I was at a low point, and then they served lobster bisque. 

Before I knew what was happening I had eaten almost the whole cup. It was delicious. I felt a pang of guilt, as I am not a cheater, but I was hungry. I managed to ignore the warm basket of bread in front of me, as well as the waiters constantly dropping by to fill everyone's glasses with champagne. I love champers. But I had none. Flash forward to midnight when I was the only sober person in a room of 300 (the WORST) and they are serving McDonald's cheeseburgers.  Clarification for people who are wondering what kind of backwoods wedding I am at that serves both lobster bisque and McDonald's: McDonalds corporate headquarters is just outside of Chicago and they have ballrooms for events like weddings and corporate gigs on their campus. As a fun midnight snack, they serve fresh McDonald's. Despite one's feeling about the faux food that is McDonald's, at the headquarters, the burgers are actually good, and resemble actual meat.  You see where this is going. I downed one, and it was pretty, pretty good, as Larry David would say. I knew I would pay for it, but it was the first time in 60 something days that I cheated on Dr. Dukan.  Was it a super hot, totally worth it, passionate affair? No. But a 6 hour wedding with nothing to eat but lobster bisque, a small salad, and some chicken - a girl's gotta take what she can get. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

In case you were wondering...

Welcome to my first ever blog post! I started this blog because I have been doing the Dukan Diet for just over 2 months and and nearing the promise land - consolidation. I cannot wait to have a piece of fruit and some high fiber bread up in here! But I digress. I noticed that a lot of people whose blog I either followed or occasionally saw in my google searches seemed to peter out and there are not many left in consolidation or beyond.

I had been cruising along (pun intended) just fine, at a slow and gradual pace which I much prefer over losing it fast and furious. But then something happened. I just stopped losing. I maintained for 4 days, so I re-booted and went back on attack. After 3 full days on Attack I had only lost .6lb. The next day, on the final day of Attack, I GAINED .6LB. I was horrified. What was happening?!

I immediately went to the batmobile (Google) and furiously started searching key phrases like "what happens when your re-boot of attack doesn't work?" "2 week stagnation - wtf?" and I found very few blogs/people who were going through this same experience. And if I did find them, they repeated what Dukan says, keep the faith, up your water, up your walking, etc. I was doing all of that, and it wasn't working. I needed help and fast, dammit.

This made me have a crisis of faith. I am currently at my lowest ever in my adult life, however Dr. Dukan says my True Weight is 8lb less than that! Equal parts thrilled and terrified at that prospect. This 2 week stagnation/gain made me consider that maybe Dukan is wrong, maybe this is as low as Lady can go. And if so, that's fine. But call me crazy, or just a woman, but there's no way one can dangle a loss of 8lbs in front of you and not go for it, right?

So I decided to start my own blog for regular Dukan people who may be going through the same thing, and perhaps I'll come up in your crazed 3am google searches. I am a bit concerned as to how much info reader(s) need to know about me, and I feel kinda weird having my weight and pics out there for god knows who in Yugoslavia to see. That being said, I love seeing all of this on other people's blogs and getting a sense of who they are. I mean, really, what good is it that I know you lost 20 pounds if I don't know your goals/body type. Or if you are 6'1" and 400lb or 5'1"and 100lb. PS - if the latter -stop dieting, and eat something. So here's some info on me:

Height: 5'4

Weight (at start of Dukan): 176.6

Weight loss (as of today): 14.8

True Weight: 155

Normal size: 12/14 depending

Current size: 10-12 depending

I am someone who has struggled with my weight my whole life. I have never been "thin" and commonly described as "solid" - ugh - super flattering, right? I am very athletic. I swam for my most of my life, I run, I do triathlons, all in the name of trying to lose the weight that makes me look way unhealthier than I actually am. I have a lot of muscle on me and I am in good shape. That being said, I don't LOOK like I am, and it drives me crazy. It's that "fit but fat" phenomenon. I am a highly motivated, goal-oriented person. If I commit to something, I do it. I am not a cheater on a diet, and I am not someone who overestimates how much they work out. I roll my eyes at naturally thin people who couldn't point out an elliptical if it bit bit them in the ass, and insist it's all about calories in versus calories out. NOT. FOR. EVERYONE. Sigh. Anyway, that's me. Dukan has worked well for me, since I like structure and I have insane willpower. That's also why this stagnation crap is killing me, because I am not doing anything "wrong." Stay tuned...