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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Consolidation Reached! - Xmas came early!


Goooooaaaaaalllllllll!!!!!!!!! Considering it's taken me the last 6 weeks to get rid of the last nagging 3 pounds - I kind of never thought this day would come. I knew I'd get close and all, but it just wasn't happening, and quite honestly, I was getting ready to throw in the towel. Mai non, mon cherie. Today I stepped on that equally glorious and tortuous device known as the scale and saw this:

That's right, folks - technically .3 lb lower than my True Weight according to Dukan! I was totally contemplating continuing on in Cruise, despite reaching m True Weight - just for a buffer - but now that I am here. I don't think I will. I've read some people who have continued to lose weight in Consolidation. I don't necessarily think that will happen to me, but fingers crossed it does! I am anticipating gaining a couple during the water weight up and downs of the holidays - however I am hoping to lose that when I go to Zambia. Something tells me there won't be too many opportunities to get my carb on in Zambia. Plus I always lose weight when on vacation/volunteering.

Anyway, I made it. You can too. I never, ever, in a million year thought I would be back to my high school size, but here I am for real. It's insane. If you're reading this, you're probably a Dukanista, and at some point have strayed or are starting to look at chicken as though you want to bludgeon it to a second death. I know, I've been there. I might be there again some day, but hopefully not, if Pierre's theory works out. Keep going, people. It's worth it. And if y'all think I am not going to be live-blogging my first piece of fruit and first celebration meal you are out of your minds! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Finally - A Whoosh!

Weight: 155.2
Daily Loss -2lb
Mood: Proud/relieved


Consolidation, you are tease with your annoying game of playing hard to get. It's not appreciated, and frankly it's immature and beneath you. I've finally re-lost the weight I put on during Thanksgiving. It took forever, but I do love a whoosh versus tiny increments over 2 weeks. I kept waiting to write another post until I had good news to share because really - how many posts can one write about "almost" being to consolidation. I just need to get there. And now I am .3lbs away! Cannot wait!

Now to bust out the crazy: I have been contemplating continuing on in cruise if and when I hit my true weight. Thoughts? That's insane, right? I know that mon ami Pierre says not to do that, but there's also a fair number of people who have. I am loving how I look, so happy with it, but I am concerned about gaining a good 4-5 back during consolidation (which appears to be the norm) and so I am thinking if I go a bit lower, I'll have a buffer.  That being said - it's taken me roughly 2 months longer than Pierre said it would for me to get to Consolidation, and frankly, I am ready to cut a fool for a piece of fruit. So maybe thinking I could continue on past my True Weight is the carb-withdrawal delirium rearing it's ugly head?

No new recipes to share this post, but I am finally finished with my semester so I'll no longer have grad school to preoccupy my time - just work and the holidays -so I anticipate some major baking over the next couple of weeks. I am thinking we need to Dukanify some of my holidays faves. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Dark Days of Post-Thanksgiving

Today's Weight: 156.8
Daily loss: .2
Mood: Frustrated and antsy

First off, happy holidays everyone! I love the holiday season and for me, December 1 kicks it off officially. Anyway, back to the holiday that we just experienced: Thanksgiving. Overall, I was really pleased with myself. While I had a goal to be in consolidation before Turkey Day, therefore able to make it a "celebration meal" - I missed that goal, but still told myself to enjoy the day. I used to watch Oprah and see people on their explaining why they are really eating, and I would think - not me, I just like food. It's delicious. About 4 months on Dukan and I now realize that I am totally an emotional eater! For this reason, I was nervous for the holiday.

We flew to the East Coast to be with my husband's family, which entailed several family dinners at restaurants and airport food, in addition to the actual Thanksgiving meal. I was really proud of myself that I had a lot of self -control. Stuck really well to Dukan, but allowed myself a fair amount of mashed potatoes and a small slice of pecan pie, and a sliver of pumpkin cheesecake.  Quite happy when I came home and the scale said I only gained 2 pounds. Knew it was water weight, and went on my merry way. One week later, and I am still trying to get off that last pound I gain, plus the .9 I have to reach (trumpets please) my True Weight.

Anyway, I had some time to bake last night, and I tried a new cheesecake recipe. Yum!  If you like cheesecake, this is for you. I've tried other Dukan recipes before and it just wasn't a good consistency. This one is. Really light and fluffy - plus it has no oat bran, so you don't blow your daily req on it! Totally PP day friendly! Enjoy!

         NOTE: THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN UPDATED AND IMPROVED AS OF 2/17/12!

Dukan Classic Cheesecake Recipe


*Preheat oven to 325
*Prepare pan with cooking spray (I used a 10"springform pan like I do for cheesecakes, but will use a pie plate next time to make the cheesecake have more depth )



                 NOTE: THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN UPDATED AND IMPROVED AS OF 2/17/12!


Ingredients:

1 package of FF Cream Cheese
6 tbsp of greek yogurt
1/2 cup of FF Sour cream
1/2 c. of Splenda (or sweetener) or to taste if you want it more or less sweet.
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice (fresh or in the bottle)

2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp cornstarch

I've found that omitting the cottage cheese and adding in sour cream and more greek yogurt makes this cheesecake MUCH creamier and more cheesecake like - hence the reason for the changes. And definitely use a regular pie plat or cake pan - as it's thicker and much more like real cheesecake. Try it out and let me know which you like better!

Mix everything together in your Kitchenaid EXCEPT for the egg whites and cornstarch. Mix other ingredients for awhile, until the cottage cheese texture is more smoothed out (maybe 3 minutes or so on a high number) Set aside, or move batter into another bowl if you want to use your kitchenaid to beat egg whites.

Beat the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the cornstarch.  Gently fold in the egg white mixture to the rest of the batter, and move to prepared pan. Bake until fluffy and lightly golden, approximately 40 minutes, but depending on your oven, check on it at 30-35.

The cheesecake is probably good on its own, however I added some cream cheese frosting that I've used for other Dukan recipes, and added a bit of lemon zest. It was a little too lemony, and I think next time I won't use the lemon zest. Enjoy!