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Saturday, November 2, 2013

On the yellow brick road...

Hey everyone! It's been awhile since my last post, and I am still on Dukan!  Since my last post, life has quieted down. I started Dukan Take 2 in April......and stopped shortly thereafter. I went back on Weight Watchers, wanting less rigidity than Dukan. I dropped the tiniest bit of weight. I started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred every day before work at 5am. Still nothing. In fact, I was gaining weight. Not just a little....about 10 pounds! In case you're wondering, this is about 10 pounds MORE than where I was when I STARTED Dukan in 2011. 

I know what you're thinking: 'how is that possible? Lady, you are a big fat liar, and were cheating.' To say I was frustrated is along the same lines as saying that a hurricane is just a spot of rain. After 10 pounds, immeasurable amounts of frustration and buckets of tears, I realized that in all of the chaos of this spring and early summer, I had somehow stopped taking my thyroid medication. We moved, my prescription ran out, I changed jobs and insurance, and that all equaled me not renewing my prescription and completely forgetting about it. Finally got to a doctor, and I am back on my meds.

I've managed to lose the 10 pounds I put on due to my thyroid issue.  I got on the meds in September, and have lost 10 pounds in the last 7 weeks. Woohoo! That being said, I am back to where I started in 2011, but hey - gotta start somewhere, right?

Now that I am back on my thyroid medication, I have been doing a Dukan Redux. It's been going pretty well, however  have noticed that I am not nearly as regimented as I was when I did it the first time. I never cheated before. Ever. Now I have a couple almonds, a handful of 97% fat free popcorn when my husband has it, etc. I definitely see the impact on the scale.

While I am glad I am (mostly) back on track -I've been fartin' around with these little cheats, I haven't been losing as quickly as I should be. So apparently I need the rigidity and structure that Dukan provides. I can't have the little cheats that (I feel) don't matter in the long run. I need to be all in. No more dipping toes in the water. And I need to get my ass movin' with exercise.

I need to fit into my "thin clothes" I bought after I lost all that weight in early 2012. Plus I am a bridesmaid in a wedding this coming May. I have motivation. I just need to do it. I'm not punishing myself for past mistakes, I am just looking forward. I saw this pic on Pinterest and it really resonated with me.

So let's do it people. Whether you're new to Dukan, losing weight fast and furious, struggling in a Take 2, 3 (or 12) - we can only start from where we're at, and move forward. 

Ready. Set. Go!

Monday, April 1, 2013

She Lives! Lady is back!

A lot has happened in the 10 months since I posted. I finished writing my thesis, I'm about to finish grad school in 2 months, and am about to change careers (finally)! But most importantly, and definitely, crushingly disappointing....I have GAINED back ALL of the weight I lost on Dukan. All of it. Every. Single. Pound.

For those of you who just found this page, let me recap for you. I started my Dukan adventure in July of 2011 I believe, lost 25 pounds, kept it off (within 5 pounds) for about 6 months. Then I added a 20 hour internship to my already hectic schedule of a full-time job, evening graduate classes, a husband, and some semblance of a life. As one wold expect, I was/am highly stressed and anxious 24/7, which led me to start taking 2 anti-anxiety medications prescribed by my doc - which, coincidentally include weight gain as a possible side effect. I'll let you guess as to whether or not I was a lucky recipient of that side effect. Long story short - working out ceased happening, time became shorter and shorter and I had less time to plan healthy meals. I know, this is a list of excuses.

While I noticed the scale going up, my clothes still fit, and I would have spurts of doing a Jillian Michaels video at home and eating really well for a week or so, then it would end. Repeat that cycle for about 3 months. Then I noticed my clothes getting tighter,m and worse - things just not fitting me anymore. At. All. So I got serious, without a structured 'diet' and just add what I knew to be healthy, and due to budget issues (my husband was recently laid off) we have not been eating out at all which definitely helps with eating healthy. Spoiler alert: after a month, nothing has changed on the scale or in my clothing.

As one can imagine I am frustrated and so upset about this. Someone left a comment on my blog which I had neglected for so long, and I decided to share my travails with anyone who comes across this. I know I loved the structure and rigidity of Dukan, but I also know that I need moderation in the long run. Part of me knows that this was a lot of stress and emotionally eating. The other part of my knows that I am on medications with a weight gain side effect, and I am leading a super-stressful lifestyle which can spike cortisol and weight gain. Because of this, I get really frustrated and upset when I try really hard, like this last month, and nothing happens.

So, drastic times come for drastic measures, and I am going to re-join Dukan. I'm officially back. I am hoping that writing this post will give me the kick in the pants I need. In typical Lady fashion of piling more and more onto my proverbial plate (pun intended) - we're moving at the end of the month. So, I am painting/renovating the new place and of course pack up the old place, and interviewing for a new job that I may start sooner than later - all by the end of April. I do this to myself, but for some reason with me, when it rains it pours. Sigh.

Sorry for the sad sack post. It's good to come clean, though! Okay, here I go on Dukan, Take 2. Wish me luck.