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Monday, November 21, 2011

Less than 1lb to Consolidation!

Weight: 155.8
Daily Loss: -2.0 (literally .9lb away from consolidation! Woohoo!)
Mood: Ecstatic/Impatient


Such a roller-coaster of the last few days both in my life and on the scale, but we're back on track (knock on wood) I was a bridesmaid in a wedding over the weekend which means I was faced with non-Dukanified food for a total of 4 wedding related activities. Beauty Day at the spa where Crumbs' cupcakes were present (denied) Rehearsal Dinner at one of my fave Italian restaurants in the city( refused the bread, tiny bites of the rigatoni with vodka sauce), Wedding Day Breakfast (scram, donut holes) The Reception (I succumbed to about 35 of the most amazing tortilla chips and guacamole - but said no to the wedding cake, and had 1 glass of champers) . I felt pretty good about it. The scale had other plans. I had a +1 gain after the rehearsal, a whopping +3.2 gain after the wedding, and then -5 loss during the next 2 days. Crazy, but glad I ended up on the losing end. Terrified that carbalicious tortilla chips resulted in a 3lb gain overnight. Yikes!

Anyway, I was in need of some comfort food after the wedding (I was exhausted and had a tons of grad school work to do) and so I Dukanified McDonald's McGriddle. PS - I have never eaten a McGriddle because while I like the concept in theory, McDonald's grosses me out, except for those glorious fries...mmm....fries....  Anyway, here's the Dukan McGriddle:


The recipe is super basic - Just make my Dukan Heavenly Fluffy Pancakes WITHOUT Greek Yogurt, fry/scramble 2 eggs, and add a couple pieces of bacon. Add FFSF syrup if your heart desires. If your heart does indeed desire this, I would recommend dipping the top pancake's bottom in some syrup, and doing the same for the top of the bottom pancake, if that makes sense. That way you could pick it up if you wanted to without getting it all over. Lady, and ladies everywhere, however use a fork. www.duh.com  Enjoy!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Salty Sweet Pancakes (mmm...bacon)

I've publicly stated my love of pancakes before, but I decided to take Lady's Dukan Fluffy Heavenly Pancake recipe to the next level, and add some bacon up in there.

This should surprise no one, but I love brunch. I love all breakfast food and I love eating it later in the morning so you can still sleep in. Hence, brunch is my thang. A few of my fave brunch spots here in Chicago offer a Salty Sweet Pancake option, which i basically pancakes with crispy bacon added into the batter. Genius!  Let's Duakn-ify it.

Fry up some bacon. For 2 pancakes, I'd use 2 slices. Whatever bacon you like, I try to use the center cut, lower sodium kind. Make it as crispy as you like it, and then break it into small pieces.

Then just take my recipe for the Fluffy Heavenly Pancake, which is this:

2 tbsp. of oat bran (daily req)
1 tbsp. of nonfat powdered milk( it's essential, don't use regular milk)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp of splenda
1/4 tsp. of baking powder

Mix ingredients together.  Add in bacon pieces and pour out pancakes.  When done cooking, spray with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and add 1 tbsp or so of Sugar Free Syrup.  The bacon gives it a slight salty taste combined with the sweetness of the pancake and syrup. Delish.  Bacon lovers, rejoice.

Dukan Chocolate Truffles

Weight: 157.8 (still...grrrr)
Daily loss: +.4
Mood: Antsy

Well, 4 days later and its been up .2, down .4, up .4, etc. Still trying to get back to a new lowest ever aka the Dead Sea Weight (patent pending), It'll come, I know, and this is not new for me, but I am getting antsy waiting for it.  Oh sweet consolidation, you are going to be so worth it.

Anyway, some awesome news today.  I am a bridesmaid in a wedding this coming Friday, and originally ordered a size 12 from J Crew. Lost some weight on Dukan, natch, and returned the 12 for a 10. Tried the dress on a couple weeks ago and it was a tad big. Could have taken it to get altered....but I decided to be bold and order an 8. It came over night (nothing like waiting to the last minute, Lady) and the 8 fits perfectly! I cannot believe it.  I wear an 8....at J Crew of all places. Maybe I'll post a pic of me at the wedding.

Anyway, I tried the recipe for the Dukan Chocolate Truffles that is in his French cookbook, but was translated and re-posted on Fitness Treats.  Here it is:

Ingredients:

- 4 teaspoons of fat-reduced cocoa powder + some extra cocoa to roll the truffles
- 1 tablespoon of fat free Greek yogurt
- 5 tablespoons of powdered skim milk (essential, don't use liquid)
- 2 egg yolks
- 5 drops of butter flavor extract (doesn't come with an eye dropper, so I tried to do 5 quick tiny pours)
- 3 teaspoons of artificial sweetener

Directions:
Mix everything together. Add extra powdered skim milk if necessary until the paste reaches a firm consistency. Put aside in the fridge for a few hours (according t the recipe) but honestly, I think the batter hardened up within 30 minutes.  Before serving them, roll the balls in cocoa powder. They get a tad soft as you roll them, but I would put in the freezer to firm up for a few minutes, or just put back in the refrigerator to keep. Makes 4 good size truffles.




Verdict: 



Very good!  Very rich! 


I ate 2 right away, and saved the other 2 for the next day and kept in the fridge. The powdered milk doesn't really dissolve, hence the tiny spots of white in this photo. Next time I will try mixing in my Kitchenaid, and see if it dissolves better.  Highly recommend for the truffle lovers out there. I wouldn't skip the butter extract because it seems essential to the taste.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

100th Day!

Weight: 157.8
Daily GAIN: 1.0
Mood: Bring it, Pierre!

I knew this would happen. I called it in the air. 4 days of loss, followed by a 1lb gain. Seriously, Pierre, be more predictable. Does anyone else blame Pierre for weight gain? Anyone? Bueller? But unlike the 16 other peaks, valleys, and stagnation periods I've experienced in the last 3 months - I am not freaking out. This too shall pass. Could it be that Lady has found bliss? Let's be serious, I took a Xanax. Kidding.

For some reason, this is my process. It'll come off in a day or 2 or 5, but it will, and soon enough I'll be at consolidation! I am still feeling motivated, and I feel fantastic. I've bought a lot of new clothes since nothing fit me, and I am just feeling really toned and healthy. Working out is just as much of a help in that department as mon ami, Pierre.

Also,  due to my hair falling out like crazy, and considering I am entering my 100th day tomorrow, I thought it best to see the doc and just get a check up and check my cholesterol due to the insane amount of eggs I eat.

I'd also like to say hello to my new bleeders (blog readers)! I've seen my stats and L.A.D.Y is now being read in 14 countries around the world!  So if you're reading this, leave a comment and say hello!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dukan Pumpkin Moist Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Verdict:  Yummy! I like pumpkin, but I don't love it, so I would use less pumpkin next time (maybe only 1/4 c.) Will make again this fall.

Preheat oven to 350 and use nonstick spray to grease a loaf pan 
* 6 tbsp Oat Bran
* 6 tbsp Powdered Skim Milk
* 3 Egg Whites
* 1 Whole Egg
* 3/4 c. of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
* 6 tbsp Sweetener (I use Splenda)
* 1 tsp Baking Powder
* 1tsp Vanilla Extract
* 1 tsp. of Cinnamon 

* 1/2 c. pumpkin filling

* Dash of nutmeg (these last 3 ingredients can be omitted, and are just according to taste)
* Dash of Clove
* Dash of Allspice

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan.
2. Mix Yoghurt, Egg White and Egg in your Kitchenaid
3. Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
4. Pour into greased pan.
5. Bake for a total of 50 minutes, but I'd check on it depending on your oven after 30 minutes. Mine was jiggly still up until 50 minutes.
6. Cool for 10 min

7. Spread on icing

Icing Recipe:
2 oz. FF Cream Cheese  (Use more if you want more icing, I would double the recipe, I will next time!)
1 tbsp vanilla  (more or less to taste)

Dash of cinnamon to taste)
3 Tbsp sugar substitute (or to taste) 


Dukan Fluffy Heavenly Pancake Recipe w/o Greek Yogurt (honest)

I love pancakes. Any topping, wheat or buttermilk, I love 'em. I miss them dearly.  I know, I know, the Dukan Galette aka the Dukan pancake is supposed to help with that. It doesn't.  I love Greek yogurt, but I don't like my "pancakes" to taste like it. And they do with Pierre's recipe, so I set out to change that. It randomly dawned on me one day that - gasp  -why haven't I taken a simple pancake recipe, and Dukan-ified it?  I give you the best ever Dukan friendly pancake recipe. Seriously, my husband didn't know these were Dukan. They taste just as good as whole wheat pancakes. They are lighter and fluffier than the galette. Okay, enough chit chat, let's get to the 'cakes.



2 tbsp. of oat bran (daily req)
1 tbsp. of nonfat powdered milk( it's essential, don't use regular milk)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp of splenda
1/4 tsp. of baking powder

Mix ingredients together. I hope you know how to heat a pan for pancakes, so I won't include how to do that :-)

It makes 2 decent size pancakes. I spray with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and add 1 tbsp or so of Sugar Free Syrup. For those of you who are straight edge Dukan, don't get your panties in a bunch - there's less than 5 carbs in a 1/4 cup, and I only use a tbsp. But these are good enough to eat without it. Seriously. Maybe try it with a cream cheese frosting if you don't want to do syrup.Yum!

In the 150s!!! 3lbs to go!

Weight: 158.0
Daily loss: .8
Mood: Fan-freaking-tastic!

Finally, after almost 6 weeks of trying to bust out of the low 160's I have arrived (and in style) to the 150's and it feels every bit as amazing as I thought it would! Just when I thought I would step on the scale and get out of the 160's a horrid little 160.2 or, worst of all, the dreaded 160.0 would make an appearance. But finally, on a glorious Sunday morning, I basked in the glory of 159.6. I didn't believe it, so I took a picture.  Crazy? Maybe. What do you want people, it's been a long journey.



I have been drinking more green tea, trying to cut out tolerated foods that I have no self control with (cocoa) and continuing to work out. I think it's been working, but I always have a 3 day losing streak followed by minuscule up and downs for 2 weeks. No, not this time!  I am so close, feeling v. motivated to continue with the last 3 pounds until consolidation.

I've also tried out a few new recipes - quiche, pumpkin moist cake, and the best Dukan friendly pancakes you will ever have in your life. Yeah, I said it. It's truth, trust me.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dukan Key Lime Moist Cake w/ Icing Recipe

The other day I tried the recipe I found on Solothea's Blog for Vanilla Moist Cake. In an effort to say goodbye to summer and enjoy one last summery dessert, I changed around the extracts and made Key Lime Moist Cake. Delicious!



Here's the recipe (I made some modifications from Solothea's recipe) and it's easy to switch extracts or flavors to make your own:


Preheat oven to 350 and use nonstick spray to grease a loaf pan or cake pan. I used a cake pan.



* 6 tbsp Oat Bran
* 6 tbsp Powdered Skim Milk
* 3 Egg Whites
* 1 Whole Egg
* 3/4 c. of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
* 3 tbsp Sweetener (I use Splenda)
* 1 tsp Baking Powder
* 1tsp Vanilla Extract
* Dash of Cinnamon 

* 2 tbsp. of key lime juice (less or more depending on your love of key lime)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease or line a loaf pan.
2. Mix Yoghurt, Egg White and Egg in your Kitchenaid
3. Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
4. Pour into greased pan.
5. Bake for 25 minutes and then check (in a round cake pan).****NOTE: If making it in a loaf pan, I think you may need to adjust the time, after 25min in a loaf pan making it a 2nd time, it was still jiggly, so I baked for a total of 50 minutes.
6. Cool for 10 min

7. Spread on icing


Icing Recipe:
2 oz. FF Cream Cheese  (Use more if you want more icing, I would double the recipe, I will next time!)
1 tbsp key lime juice  (more or less to taste)
3 Tbsp sugar substitute (or to taste) 



It looked like it would be kinda spongey and airy and not in a good way when I took it out of the oven. But the oat bran sinks to the bottom to make a crust, and the egg mixture rises to the top, like a very moist cake.


With the icing it was soooo good. I would definitely almost double the recipe next time for the icing. On a round cake pan size, it's a thin cake, and the icing only covered as a thin layer. But it's so good, that doubling it will give it more of a frosting feel. The best part - it's basically 3 days worth of your oat bran requirement, so you can have a 1/3 of the whole cake in a day, which was about 3 slices. Amazing! Enjoy!

Day 90 - Another whoosh!

Weight: 160.2
Daily Loss: .6
Mood: Elated!

I am at a new Dead Sea weight!  Woohoo! I am praying that tomorrow is the day I finally reach the 50's, omg, I can't even think about it right now I am so excited at the mere thought of it!  To catch you up, I had my Halloween Party this  Saturday. I was a good little Dukanista and didn't cheat - no alcohol (easy) no pizza (very difficult) and none of the apple cider donut holes and Ganache Peanut Butter Balls that I made (painful). Total worth it when I stepped on the scale on Monday and again today. Had 4 days of gain, followed by a 2.4 "whoosh" on Monday, and another good loss today.

I am so anxious to get to Consolidation, or at least into the 50's that I have cut out my fat free/sugar free coffee creamer and switched to Green Tea with Splenda. I've also tried out a couple new things: Sugar Free Syrup to have with my Dukan Pancakes (Oat Bran Galette). I make them into 2 pancakes, which means they are a bit thinner, but I feel like it's more food. The brand is Vermont Sugar Free Low Calorie Syrup, and it is so good to feel like I am having carbalicious pancakes! It is fat free, made with splenda, and has 5 carbs per 1/4 cup. Now, I only use 2 tablespoons, so it's only a couple of carbs, but wow! So good to have a "carby" breakfast again!