Morning weigh in: 108kgs
Of which fat is 51.1kgs

Daily GAIN 0.1kgs
Total loss: 3.4kgs
Daily fat LOSS: 0.8kgs
Total fat loss: 2.8kgs

Today’s menu: PV

Watercheck: l
Breakfast

  • mug of coffee with milk
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 2x chicken skewers from Morrisons
  • mixed leaf salad with 3 cherry tomatoes, some peppers and some onion, and a dressing made up of three spoonfuls of fromage frais with a tablespoon of grated parmesan mixed in

Dinner

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 20 mins walking at lunchtime

Eek. Too much cheese today, bad Charlotte, no cookie (well, not that I was having the cookie anyway). I will do better tomorrow.

On a different note – see how my total weight went up this morning? But by tracking my body fat percent, it turns out my body fat has gone significantly DOWN today.

And on an ENTIRELY different note – I’m super excited, because I’m planning on making my own winter coat this year. I have been looking for ages for something that swings out at the waist and goes all the way down to my knees, but I can’t find it anywhere. So I’ve decided it’s time to expand my skillset from easy jersey dresses, to a coat with lining! I’ve bought the pattern, which has rave reviews from all the sewing blogs – I’ll post more details as I go. :)

 

Morning weigh in: 107.9kgs
Of which fat is 51.9kgs

Daily LOSS: 0.2kgs / 0.44lbs
Total loss: 3.5kgs / 7.7lbs
Total fat loss: 1.46kgs

Today’s menu: PP

Watercheck: 1.3l
Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 5 tablespoons of cottage cheese with chilli and red peppers
  • Half a pack (about 65g) of smoked salmon flakes
  • 10 smoked almonds

Dinner

  • Dinner item

Exercise

  • 20 mins walking to and from the post office

Not much to report today. I had a quiet day, pottered around the house, popped out in the morning to pick up some packages from the post office (new fabric, yay! I make almost all of my dresses these days)

Weight down a little, and the body fat content has been steadily dropping in step with that – hooray!

All you people who are restarting – sound off! How are you all going?

 

Morning weigh in: 108.1kgs
Of which fat is 52.1kgs

Daily LOSS: 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs
Total loss: 3.3kgs / 7.26lbs
Total fat loss: 1.3kgs

Today’s menu: PV

Watercheck: 1.5l – not enough!

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • a pint of diet coke down at the beach – kinda forgot lunch

Afternoon snack

  • 13 smoked almonds (yes I counted them)
  • 3 thin slices of cheddar cheese

Dinner

  • “Fajita salad” as we call it – 90g bag of mixed lettuce, 5 cherry tomatoes, a fillet of chicken cut into small pieces and fried with home made fajita spice, 3 large teaspoons of fromage frais, 2 teaspoons of salsa, 2 teaspoons of guacamole, all mixed together. The condiments make for a great low(ish) fat salad dressing – ok, strictly speaking the guacamole isn’t Dukan friendly, but I’m going to see what happens with this. This salad is amazing, but once it was all put together, it sure looked like a LOT of food. Josh didn’t finish his – though he puts tortilla chips into his to make it less low-carby – but I was still hungry at the end. Though given that I’d pretty much skipped lunch, I think I’m allowed to still feel hungry. I didn’t eat anything else after dinner though.

Exercise

  • 40 mins cycling around Portobello, attacking portals for Ingress. And I hit Level 7, yay! One more level to go before the highest level possible.
  • 15 mins walking around hitting portals

Well, I’ve certainly hit the floor in terms of what Attack can give me by way of weight loss. But this is not the time to start wailing and saying “oh noes, my weight loss has slowed right down” – this is the time to start saying “HOORAY! I’ve stopped using up loose glycerides [ugh, not glycerides, glycogens] – and now the bulk of any weight loss I experience will be fat loss, not water loss”. For the first time since starting any kind of diet, I’m seeing this slower rate phase as a much more productive process. :)

 

Morning weigh in: 108.2kgs
Of which 52kgs is bodyfat – down 1.3kgs since Day 1

Daily LOSS: 0.7kgs / 1.54lbs
Total loss: 3.2kgs

Today’s menu: PP

Watercheck: 1.6l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 2x chicken breast skewers

Dinner

  • 7 M&S Chipolata sausages (0.6g or carbs per sausage)

Exercise

  • 20 hour cycling to and from work

Oooh, I’m loving this “count the kilos of fat” thing. I’m now down 1.2kgs of fat, not just water – not a bad way to end the week. It has been a crazy couple of days at work so I didn’t get the chance to go out at lunchtime for my walk, but I plan on toddling down to the beach tomorrow (we live a 10 minute walk from there) and promenading along the promenade.

See, now I think is the time to tell you about my Secret Walking Weapons. I have two of them:

Secret Weapon #1 is my FitBit Flex – a wrist-worn pedometer which stays with me all day, tracking everything from my sleep to the number of steps I’ve taken every day. It syncs with the FitBit website so I can compare my daily progress against Josh’s. I’ll be honest, he generally beats me on number of steps per day – he walks to and from his bus, while I cycle to and from my train for our daily commutes. Anyway, the FitBit is great in giving me a graphical representation of how active I’ve been each day.

Secret Weapon #2 is an Android game called Ingress. Ingress is basically a game which encourages sedentary gamers to get out of the house and make for prominent landmarks, sculptures, statues, interesting architecture and other places of interest in the world, called Portals in the game. The game is kinda a cross between capture-the-flag and geocaching, combined with a competitive element whereby two ideologically opposed factions vie for control of all the portals. It’s a world-wide game, but Edinburgh has quite an active community playing.

So down at the local beach there is quite a concentration of portals for me to go and interact with (via my app). Right now, the beach area is controlled predominantly by my opposing faction, but I’ve been collecting weapons all week and tomorrow I plan to walk down there and HULK SMASH the hell outta those darstardly “Enlighted” (I’m a member of the “Resistance”).

Such is the way of computer geeks, that in order to get us really excited about exercise, you need to gamify it. With Ingress and my FitBit, I’m pretty much sorted. :)

In other news, I’m quite excited about the prospect of eating vegetables tomorrow – I’m heading into Cruise. I plan on continuing with the small meals, but experimenting with things like Kale, while bringing back some old favorites like the old Vegetable Box With Dip that I used to do – remember this old photo?

I think there are some things that I will be foregoing this time around – no more Muller Lights (WAY too high in carbs) and no more 2-part breakfasts – I think porridge and eggs was probably excessive and slowed my weight loss before. Also, I always have breakfast before I leave the house these days, so I think just a serve of something like the mince (might make that this weekend) and the awesome looking box of celery, carrot and capsicum will do me just fine at work these days.

I’m quite excited about reviving the veggie boxes! :)

 

Morning weigh in: 108.9kgs
Of which 53kgs is bodyfat – down .3kgs since Day 1

Daily LOSS: 0.8kgs / 1.76lbs
Total loss: 2.5kgs 5.5lbs

Today’s menu: PP

Watercheck: 1.9l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 2 grilled chicken breast skewers from the Morrisons hot food counter

Dinner

  • 5 mini chicken breast fillets with a tiny bit of honey mustard sauce (the rest of the sauce when to Josh)

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 25 mins walking at lunchtime

I’d forgotten how easy Dukan is if you throw yourself into it whole-heartedly. I have no cravings for junk food, and it’s actually surprisingly easy to resist all the munchies which seem to pop up at my work. Someone offered me a slice of banana loaf (one of my favorite baked goods in the whole world) but the only regret I felt in turning it down was that I worried she thought I was being rude – she’s such a lovely lady, the one who offered me the loaf.

Anyway, as you can see I’ve started tracking bodyfat percentage, which means I can include a running tally of what is happening to my actual fat stores. Dukan’s great for that quick win when you first start eating protein only, but as my spreadsheet proves (and as most low-carbers should know) that first win is nothing but water loss as the body uses up its stores of glycerides. The real solid win is when the fat stores start going – which I’m hoping will start happening now that I’ve almost finished my five days of attack.

Winter does seem like an odd time to start Dukan with a vengeance, but I figure if I can do it now, then when Spring rolls around it’ll be just in time for when the fatigue really sets in, right?

 

Morning weigh in: 109.7kgs

Daily LOSS: 1kg / 2.2lbs
Total loss: 1.7kg / 3.74lbs

Today’s menu: PP

Watercheck: l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • 2x chicken breasts with salt and pepper
  • A tiny corner of a workmate’s “Protein bar” – before he told me there was oats (proper oats, not oatbran) and honey in it. But really, a bit smaller than the top section of your little finger
  • Mug of coffee x2 throughout the day

Dinner

  • 2x microwaved eggs

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 20 mins walking

Well this is good progress again. I know, however, that this is just fluid loss, not actual fat loss, because my (wonderful, amazing wifi) scales are telling me that my percentage body fat is going UP! Perhaps I should start tracking this on the blog too, might be useful to know, especially on days when I have a set-back. With the body fat percentage, I could work out approximately how much fat is on me, so if I have a cold, or am bloated or have a muscle injury that swells up, I’ll know that the extra weight is just water and not get annoyed.

Let me rhapsodise about our new bathroom scales for just a moment. J and I are total computer geeks and gadget lovers, so it was really only a matter of time before one of these gorgeous FitBit Aria Wifi scales made its way into our home.

Fitbit Aria

It’s a fab device, you create a profile (you can have loads – like 10+) and then sync it with your FitBit online account (more about our FitBits another day) and it automatically recognises who you are from previous readings, and beams your data – weight, body fat percentage etc – to the website. FitBit have a great developers API so you can then suck the data from the FitBit website onto Google Docs for further analysis. Nerd that I am, this pleases me inordinately.

 

Morning weigh in: 110.7kgs

Daily LOSS: 0.7kgs / 1.54lbs
Total loss: 0.7kgs

Today’s menu: PP

Watercheck: 1.7l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • Grilled salmon fillet with a tiny bit of peppercorn sauce and three runner beans

Dinner

  • Chicken nuggety bites

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 40 mins brisk walking at lunchtime

Yep, I’m back on this. We had a team lunch out at a local restaurant today at work, and I was actually quite comfortable not having the burger and chips that all my workmates were having, and instead just ordering the grilled salmon “with no chips and no salad”. They still insisted on putting veggies on my plate, and it was all I could do to limit myself to three runner beans. I think I can forgive myself that. ;-)

It’s really helping that my friend next to me at work is doing the Paleo diet, so we’re chivvying each other along – the last time I was truly successful at Dukan was when there was someone else I worked with who had the same level of commitment as me.

 

Morning weigh in: 111.4kgs

Today’s menu: PP PV

Watercheck: 1.6l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread (just one slice) with extra light philly and vegemite

Lunch

  • Mexican chicken slices from the co-op
  • 5 slices of silverside beef

Dinner

  • Lean mince with spices

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work

Well. Here I find myself again. Back almost to where I started. I have been all around the houses when it comes to dieting. I tried “just eating more healthily”. Gained weight. I tried 2:5 fasting. Very good for eliminating cravings, but I didn’t LOSE any weight.

And now I’m back to almost my top ever weight, and have to face the fact that the only thing that’s every really worked for me is Dukan.

Coincidentally, this realisation came at almost exactly the same time as I got my renewal reminder from my web hosts for this website – and I was faced with a choice: let this website die, along with my resolve, or renew the website and at the same time renew my own flagging will.

The website is still here, so I think you know how I chose. :)

Today is day one of attack (again) so here’s me diving into it, but I hope to god that I don’t get any trolls (like I have done in the past) telling me superciliously that I’m “doing it wrong”. I’ll tell you now to just frack off – don’t tell me what to do, you’re not helping. Encouragement is great, by all means, but noone likes a bossy boots, and noone likes a condescending prat (I’m talking about the people whose comments I never publish – the rest of you know I love you, right?)

 

Morning weigh in: 106.1kgs

Total days since last transgression: 3

Daily LOSS: 0.1kgs / 0.22lbs
Total loss: 0.5kg / 1.1lbs

Today’s menu: PV

Watercheck: 3.5l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite
  • microwaved eggs

Lunch

  • 8 chicken wing pieces
  • 2 slices of tiny-cubed cheddar cheese
  • 3 sticks celery
  • half a red pepper

Afternoon snack

  • handful of mixed nuts – all chosen for their low-carb properties

Dinner

  • Grilled Sirloin steak
  • Leafy green salad with spring onion, tomato, low fat feta cheese and red pepper

Exercise

  • 20 hour cycling to and from work
  • 20 mins walking at lunch time
  • 20 minutes light gardening
  • 35 mins walking after dinner, down to Portobello boardwalk and back

I feel like I ate – and drank – a LOT today. Felt like I was grazing all day. I ate the handful of nuts and the celery and cheese very slowly (these last two were diced REALLY finely, and the celery tasted SO sweet – delish!)

However, I’m really not doing Dukan, with all these salad-y things every day. I’m just not sure I have the heart for a full-on pure protein attack.

Someone, talk me into it please!

 

Morning weigh in: 106.2kgs

Total days since last transgression: 1

Daily LOSS: 0.4kgs / 0.88lbs

Today’s menu: PP PV

Watercheck: 2.5l

Breakfast

  • mug of coffee
  • oatbran flaxseed bread with extra light philly and vegemite
  • microwaved eggs

Lunch

  • Smoked ham slices x2
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Half a red pepper
  • two slices of cheese cut into tiny cubes for flavour

Dinner

  • Chicken tikka marinated breast steaks, grilled
  • Leafy green salad with peppers, tomato, spring onion and low fat feta cheese
  • Handful of almonds
  • Glass of Prosecco to celebrate our one-month-iversary today.

Exercise

  • 20 mins cycling to and from work
  • 60 mins gardenning – I know I was working hard enough to be the equivalent of a half hour walk, cause I was sweating by the end!

I can tell how far I’ve fallen from Dukan Grace, when I’m faced with the challenge of crisps at work. There is a vending machine which stocks my very favorite flavour of chip, but I have been successfully resisting its call this week.

It’s also helped that as soon as I get home these days, I go straight out into the garden and continue the mammoth task of cleaning things up after the terrible neglect I subjected our poor garden to in the months running up to the wedding. No more evenings spent rolling paper flowers, making steampunk jewellery, making wedding dresses, hair ornaments or researching wedding bands. We can at last devote ourselves to our married lives together, rather than planning for a party on a single night.

I suppose at some point I should post up some photos from the wedding. Remind me! I was particularly proud of the wedding bouquet, and of the jewellery and hair ornaments that I made for myself and my bridesmaids, and of the buttonhole flowers and cufflinks I made for the gents. :)

However, I am mildly ashamed to say that, while not at my all time highest weight, I was by no means a skinny bride. ;-)

I have joined up to Renee Stephen’s Inside Out Weight Loss website (cheaper, more personalised and all round just BETTER than the Dukan website) – the weekly support phone calls with Renee are brilliant, and I like the fact that it’s encouraging me to really set my intention for the day. If I have time in the mornings before I get up, I’m going to try and quickly set my daily intention here on the blog, for the sake of keeping things together.

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