Friday, April 29, 2011

Dukan Day 8

Wow!!!  I dropped my TOM weight (4.2 pounds) and I am only 2 days in, so that means I am losing very well!  I am absolutely over the top...

I did get in 1 hour of horseback riding too so that may have helped push a little weight off.  I am so pleased!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dukan Day 7

Yuck!  I gained 1.4 pounds after starting the Cruise phase yesterday and I know that it is to be expected but still hard to see on the scale.  It is also TOM too so I suspect that I gained 5 from that as I usually so I am actually down but it is just being camouflaged right now :-(

I went ahead and signed up for the Dukan coaching too which I am rather excited about and will start that tomorrow, I filled in the questionnaire this morning.  The only issue is that I have already completed the Attack Phase and they have me starting that so I guess I can go back?  Liz, any thoughts on that?

Menu for the day:

Oat Bran Porridge with 2T of Oat Bran, 1/2 t of Splenda and some Vanilla
2 Hard Boiled Eggs

4 oz of sliced turkey breast
4 oz of sliced deli roast beef
3 cups of salad
3T of Balsamic vinegar

3 cups of steamed Broccoli
6 oz of steamed Salmon

I am actually looking forward to the Salmon tonight.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dukan Day 6

Today is the last day of the Attack Phase (Phase 1) and I have lost 8 pounds.  I will start gaining water weight though tomorrow (read between the lines here without me saying why).  tomorrow I start the Cruise Phase and will be doing the 1/1 method which is one day of just protein and then the next day protein and veggies and alternating thereafter.

Menu for the day:

1 egg white omelette (Egg Beaters) with 3 slices of Canadian Bacon
2 Dukan Oat Bran Muffins

4 slices of deli roast beef
4 slices of deli turkey
3T of non fat cream cheese with varied spices as a spread

6oz of Wild Salmon with fat free yogurt dill sauce

I am feeling an amazing amount of energy today and feel absolutely wonderful!

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dukan Day 5

After getting through not feeling very well Sunday and feeling rather lethargic yesterday despite some good ol sunshine, I am feeling better today.  Feeling lots of energy this morning and also rewarded with a .8 pound loss from yesterday.

Today marks day 5 and 2 more days of the pure protein and then onto the Cruise Phase which is incorporating veggies to my menu, I miss my veggies.  I have lost 6.8 pounds in 5 days and have broken the barrier of the plateau.  I have now lost a total of 28.8 pounds.

Yesterday's menu consisted of:

Veggie Burger
2 Oat Bran Muffins

1 hard boiled egg
3 slices of turkey breast
1 nonfat vanilla yogurt

4 oz of turkey meat balls (I purchased the Jennie-O brand and had to force them down as I used to work there and despised it!)

I have not been hungry in the least and been making sure to drink 1.5 liters of water and I have not one hunger pang and after 4 days of craving carbs that is now gone too.  5 days with no sugar and no processed food of any sort.  Yay me!

The girls have been asking for Jimmy John's (sub shop in the US) and I complied and stopped there last night.  They opened the window of the drive through and I was hit with the most delicious aroma and it was Heaven, and that was enough.  I never even craved what everyone was eating as I worked on my turkey meatballs.  Amazing!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Since there are only a handful of people that read this blog I am going to apologize now as I will be reporting on my success with the Dukan diet and that will be the focus for a bit.

Here we go:

As of February 2011 I had embarked on the Weight Watchers plan to try and drop the last of this weight that I gained since the tornado.  A bit of history first though, I used to weigh 320 pounds and successfully got down to 170 pounds as of 2007, then the tornado in 2008 and I gained 80 pounds back from being forced to live in a hotel and having to eat out for all meals.  Looking back it was just an excuse, I could have made better choices but I was an emotional wreck and it wasn't going to happen.

I just allowed it to sit there and then in March I was ready to get healthy again, as I said, I joined Weight Watchers and lost 18.5 pounds and as of April 12th I was stuck, no loss at all and I knew immediately what was going on.  Too many carbs, my body hangs on to any extra weight if I go above 50% carbs in my daily intake which is what was recommended.

I lost the weight previously by following my own plan which consisted of only whole foods and nothing that came out of a box or a bag, including salad.  I began to track my Weight Watchers consumption and found that I was leaning on processed foods and my body just said "nope, not gonna work it this way".  So I stayed stuck for 3 weeks.....  Becoming more and more frustrated.

My practical side then took over and the scientist and developer in me did some analysis and my typical diet consisted of the following:

1 Weight Watchers yogurt
1 slice of Whole Wheat Bread
1 Egg

1/2 cup cottage cheese
12 almonds
3 slices of turkey breast
1 pouch Weight Watchers Multigrain Crackers

Generally a Weight Watchers meal of some sort, I wasn't ready to go back to whole foods apparently, it is a rather tough thing to do.  Alot of processed foods here which means alot of sodium and a lot of carbs.

I then discoverd the Dukan diet which prescribed to pretty much the way I ate when I lost over 170 pounds.

I did some research and bought the book and have lost 5 pounds in 5 days.  My typical diet in the first phase (The Attack Phase) is:

Hot Oat Bran Porridge - 3T oat bran, 1/3 c skim milk and dash of Splenda
1 non fat yogurt
1 Hard Boiled Egg

Homemade Oat Bran Muffin (3 eggs, 9T Oat Bran, 9T non fat yogurt, 3t Baking soda, 3t vanilla extract)
3 Slices Turkey Breast

4oz of fish (generally, Halibut, Shrimp, Salmon)
1 C Cottage Cheese

I will be continuing the Attack Phase for another 5 pounds and then onto the Cruise Phase.  I will be reporting here my finding and feelings during my journey to lose the last remaining 60 pounds.

As of day 4 I am feeling really good although I didn't feel so well yesterday and I recognized it as detox so rested most of the day preserving my energy and I am feeling really good this morning.  This phase is very hard for those that consume a lot of sugar or processed foods but I found it very easy and very familiar and began to recognize changes in my body that were for the positive.

Enjoy the journey...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I have always adored the gentle breezes of the ocean and the breezes that come with the Spring and the beautiful pink sky sunrise that greets us during the Spring months.  I have started doing some more jewelry and I was inspired by yesterday's sunrise to assemble this beautiful bracelet.

It is comprise of AAA Rhodochrosite beads and oxidized chain with bright silver wire work for contrast.  You can find more details here