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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Before and After Pics: In Need of Motivation


Daily Weight 161.6
Mood: Erratic mood swings from total peace with where I am at to desperate to get back to my
           True Weight.

 I have been eating relatively well, with my celebration meals usually just once weekly, sometimes twice a week depending on the week's social activities, and I have been going to my beloved Bar Method classes, and am feeling really strong and healthy.....sometimes. After a bar method workout and a solid day or two of eating super Dukan, I feel like I am at peace with my weight, and maybe it's not realistic for me to think I could maintain my Dead Sea Weight aka True Weight of 155 - which (if any of you regular readers remembers - I have been suspicious of this entire Dukan Year.  Then the next day I eat a spoonful of peanut butter, sneak a few of my husband's fries, and chastise myself for these tiny cheats and remind myself of why I am not at my True Weight still.

Truth is, it's really hard to taste "normal" food once a week, and then just shut that part off of my brain for the rest of the week. I don't know if my body is capable of maintaining 155 - I don't think so, and I am sure it "is" but I don't think I want that life. I am in the same size of clothing (8 or 10, depending) as I was when I was at my True Weight, and that's what I care most about. Not my weight. Sigh. Trust me, I'll feel differently tomorrow!

Anyway, in an effort to give myself some more motivation for just eating really healthfully, in addition to Dukan (I think we all know that these two are not always the same thing- hello 4 string cheeses for lunch) I thought I'd post some before and after pics to remind myself where I've come from, and to not sweat the stupid 6 pounds.
This is me last Christmas (2010) size 12/14 approximately 180 pounds. A-line dresses were all I wore, hides the hips and thighs, ya know?



Amid my closet clean out of "fat clothes" in December 2011 approximately 156 pounds. These jeans were  size 14.


Yesterday (February 2012) - Dress is a size 8, approximately 161 pounds. Never used to wear form fitting dresses, now I love them.

I hope this helps not only me, but all of you who are trying to get back on track, or trying to find the willpower and motivation to keep going. It works, we know it, but life happens, and sometimes you have to cut yourself some slack, right? PS - I must say, I love me in this dress!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Introducing The Dukan Fro-Yo Popsicle

Weight: 162.2
Daily Gain: 1.2lb (grrrr)
Mood: Guilt

So I am a day late, posting a new sweet treat recipe. Sorry! I was too busy gorging on a bowl of 94% fat free popcorn. Yeah, you read that right. Blew a perfect Dukan Consolidation Day at 10:00pm. Ugh.  Oh well, tomorrow's another day. I know popcorn is straight carb,  but 1.2 pounds overnight? Kinda harsh.  Here's hoping that water weight comes whooshing off tomorrow.

Anyway, is there a person alive who is on Pinterest and doesn't love it? I doubt it. I was browsing around and saw this recipe for Greek Yogurt popsicles. Granted, it's freezing outside right now in February, but I haven't played with any new Dukan recipes in awhile and these looked like these could be easily Dukanified since the only problem ingredient was honey. And they were! Note: this has fruit in it since those of us in consolidation can have fruit daily, BUT this can easily be modified for Attack and Cruise. Also, I used popsicle molds, but you can use ice trays and toothpicks or lollipop sticks in a pinch. Here's the easy peezy recipe:

Makes 6 Dukan Fro-Yo Popsicle:

Ingredients:
2 cups of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 cup of Splenda (or to taste. Start with 1/2 c. and see if that's enough for you.)
1/2 cup of fruit of your choice (I used frozen mixed berries and chopped them for 10 seconds in my food processor, but that's just because I am chunk-averse)

Note: For Attack and Cruisers -  add in some vanilla and cinnamon to taste for a fruit- free Fro-Yo

Stir the Splenda into the Greek Yogurt, if using fruit, fold in. I chopped it up and stirred it up to create few chunks and have the berry taste all around. If you like fruit chunks, gently fold in.

Poor into the molds (or ice trays) leave at least 1/4" of space because they expand a bit. Freeze for at least 2 hours (I think 3 or more is preferred) and enjoy! Let the popsicle thaw for a few minutes before trying to remove the mold.

 If using ice trays and toothpicks, fill the ice trays and then add the toothpicks (duh) but I would think lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks would be easier. Popsicle molds can be bought for like $5 on Amazon, and then you never need to buy sticks.

Enjoy!





Monday, February 13, 2012

Consolidation Yo-Yo

Today's Weight: 161.0
Mood: Meh.

I have been trying to get back on track since the end of January when I returned from Africa and so far I've had a tiny bit of success.  I've taken off 2 pounds (yay) but I am still 6 pounds over my True Weight. According to Lady's Sane Weight  - that's what I am calling my weight I feel that I can healthily and readily maintain - I need to lose a couple more to get back into the sweet spot of the 150s.

I think my biggest issue with Consolidation is the sudden change to having more flexibility. The therapist in me knows that I crave, nay - need the structure of Attack and Cruise. This loosey-goosey style of Consolidation is throwing me. I need to better plan my celebration meals, and stick to a schedule that I can plan for ahead of time. Giving into an insane schedule and laziness in the kitchen on a Tuesday night results in ordering take out...despite knowing I have dinner plans on Saturday with friends that I should have reserved my celebration for.

So still feeling great and loving my new size, and half feeling annoyed that I added 6 pounds since mid December...knowing that 6 pounds is that much closer to adding it all back on. But then the other part of me is not wanting to be "that girl" crying in her Nonfat Greek Yogurt over  a measly 6 pounds.

Sigh. The struggle continues. Determined to get back to the 150s!  I am determined to post a new Dukan Dessert recipe tomorrow in honor of the "holiday" that seems intent on making all women feel that they need to gorge on chocolate. Fingers crossed I succeed so we can all just say no to boxed carbs.

Anyone having the same troubles in Consolidation?