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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back from Africa (with my tail between my legs)

Daily Weight: 163.1
Mood: Annoyed at myself, but choosing to use this as motivation!

Hello bleaders! I returned from Zambia & South Africa just over 2 weeks ago and I have been OFF THE RAILS since then. When I returned from my trip, I stepped on the scale and had gained 2 pounds. Who's got two thumbs and GAINS weight eating African food? This girl. I was totally planning on losing a couple pounds from the holidays while on this trip, but the food was pretty good and I ate chips (fries for those of us who speak American) a few times and indulged in a few non-diet Cokes. Yikes.  Anyway, the shitshow did not stop there. I continued eating too many carbs. One day I would have pizza, telling myself it's my celebration meal - I am in consolidation, I've earned it. Then the next day I was eating a cheeseburger with a bun, telling myself the exact same lie, and that tomorrow would be the day I returned to the Dukan Way.  Then I had a root canal and could only eat soft food for a few days -flash forward to Lady eating milkshakes and ice creams once a day for 3 days. Amidst this insanity, my scale broke. I swear! It was great timing though...allowed me to ignore the scale for a few days until I bought a new one.

Wash, rinse, and repeat for the last 2 weeks - and you get my drift. In my delicious meltdown, I also neglected this blog, and my apologies for that. You all keep me honest, and I remember how I felt when I would read people's blogs and then they disappeared after consolidation. Hated that. So, I vow to continue to write as often as I can about the good, bad, and the fugly of consolidation.  I bought a new scale yesterday, stepped on it first thing this morning, and that sad, sad number of 163.1 popped up. That's 8 pounds over my True Weight. Although I am trying to be realistic and mentally healthy -so I am totally fine with my weight being anywhere below 159.9.

My plan is to eat consolidation style perfectly for the next few days, and hopefully this water weight will come off and I will stabilize again. I am not shocked that I did better with the strict attack and cruise phases. Give me an inch and I will take 127 miles. Structure and I are besties, and the loosey-goosey style of consolidation is tripping me up. Sigh. Minor setback, but I am getting back on track.

Onto more pleasant topics, here's some of my fave pics from my trip!  I did a mini-safari, walked with lions and did shark cage diving when I wasn't working. Amazing!






Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Greetings from Zambia!

Weight: no clue i am in freaking Zambia!

I am sorry I haven't posted in forever! With the holidays and then leaving for Africa right after, it's been difficult to find time to post or fiddle with new recipes. First off I was on consolidation for almost 2 weeks before I left and it was going well. I lived having celebration meals for the holidays and I may have indulged a bit too much and before I left my weight was 158.0 (3.5lbs more than my TW) but I felt like it was well deserved and with going to Zambia I assumed I would lose a couple pounds since I will not be eating my usual fair- but theres no temptations here either. that being said I have had some carbs I shouldn't have simply because fruits and veggies are off limits here due to the water they are washed with being undrinkable therefore making those items a no no unless you want intestinal issues. Yuck. So I have tried for mainly protein but you gotta do what ya gotta do, right? Hence the chips that I have eaten several times that I shouldn't have. I was hungry and not eating veggies has been really hard!

Upon my return next week I really want to hunker down and get serious about consolidation. I can see how it could get really out of control and understand how some people gain it all back. I am determined not to so to be fair I think I may start consolidation at day 1 when I return just to be fair and do the full 100 days I am supposed to. I look and feel better than I have since high school and I don't want to lose that. Hope you all had great holidays and continue on your path of a better you in 2012!