Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 34 ~ Cruise PV

Ouch major migrain today. Not fun.

Sugar cravings are back... I had to do something today so I made some Coconut Macaroons... (egg white, splenda, coconut). Now I know coconut isn't strictly allowed on Dukan, but I figured it was better than hoeing into a chocolate bar or packet of lollies. And I only ate two.

I've done some light weights training 4x this week. I'm so impressed. I've got my dumbbells in the lounge so I try to do something while I watch tv and it's working. Now if I can just step up the cardio a bit. Only 2 walks this week. If I was getting more sleep with my baby I'd get up early in the mornings, but usually at that time of day I'm totally dead in bed :-(

I'm very happy it's the weekend. Hubby will be home and we can do some family things. Roll on tomorrow.

SYL

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 33 ~ Cruise PV

Oops it's been a few days since I've posted. I've had a rather busy week! I have managed to stick with the diet though, so am feeling very proud. I even baked a yummy cake on Tuesday that I couldn't eat for a meeting.

Little Miss 5 months has been waking lots in the night and I've been absolutely exhausted, so brain has turned to slush. When I get this tired I have a constant headache and that's no fun. But in spite of that, I've also done some exercise and am feeling happy and like I'm on my way towards being fit again. I can't wait.

I wonder if it's actually possible to tone a flabby baby tummy to be tight again?

Have been reading a lot about Tosca Reno's 'eating clean' lifestyle and it makes a lot of sense and something I'd like to do after I've finished Dukaning. It sounds like a good way to live life and to bring up my family. The last thing I want is for my kids to have a messed up view of eating and dieting. Already Mr 3 is asking why mummy is eating different to him.

Just over a week til we're off on a holiday to my Aunties Bach, with our best friends and their two kidlets. Can't wait! Will be interesting to see how I cope with food there. I will be onto week 7 of this way of eating so hopefully it's engrained enough by now.

House to do ;-)
SYL

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 29 ~ Cruise PV

Beginning of week 5. I haven't lasted this long on a diet in quite a while. I'm feeling very proud of myself. I've been indulging in quite a bit of dairy this week but my baby is suffering so it's back to no dairy again - very sad about that.

I'm working on toning my arms for summer. I pulled out my weights tonight. Also did some ab work on my swiss ball. Now if I could just get my walking sorted. Actually I would love to be a runner. That will be my goal for next year.

Scary thought... Christmas is 3 months away!

SYL

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 28 ~ Cruise PV

700g (1.5lbs) lost this week :-)
Slowly the weight is coming off. Not quite at Goal one yet... hoping for next week!

Went to a kids birthday party today and took along carrot sticks and pineapple/frank/cheese on sticks. Although the healthiest, my plate was the most popular there - yay! I munched on carrot sticks and wasn't even tempted by cake.

Really really going to try making exercise a priority this week. Hopefully the weather stays nice. Daylight savings starts tomorrow so our mornings get dark again (hoping the kids will start sleeping in again) and the nights get lighter. Bring on BBQ season.

SYL

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 27 ~ Cruise PV

Fitting into small clothes again rocks! I know I still have a long way to go, but each time I fit into my smaller clothes, even when I can squeeze into them, it gives me a small buzz and is a huge encouragement.

Typically the next few months (the quick slide to Christmas) are my worst months and I stack on the pounds. And end up being porky over Christmas and Summer (southern hemisphere). But not this year. This year I'm going to somehow jump all those hurdles and proudly show off my new bod this summer. I have a few pairs of summer shorts that I'm itching to be able to fit again. And I'd love to have a pretty summer dress this year.

Christmas day I'll be taking off the diet though. One day or at least one meal in the grand scheme of things isn't going to be the end of the world! Also another thing to look forward to.
Does anyone reward themselves after reaching goals and what do you do?

We went for a dingy row at the beach this afternoon, it was absolutely gorgeous, the water was still and the sun was beating down.... Spring is awesome!

SYL

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 26 ~ Cruise PV

My parents actually noticed I'd lost some weight today. My bestie and I were talking and both our parents usually say 'you don't need to lose weight' when we mention dieting. . . but recently, neither of our parents argued when we told them of our plans. . . our response "we really must look fat!!" BUT not for much longer!!

Headache today :-( so have been very uninspired with eating, but have stuck to protein, not much veges though. Hopefully feeling better tomorrow, but for now my bed is calling.

SYL

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 25 ~ Cruise PV

I felt like I ate all my meals before midday today. Was soooo hungry this morning. You definitely have to be organised doing Dukan, if there is no protein out of the freezer you are stuffed (unless you want to live on eggs all day). I'm thinking tomorrow I'll make up a large amount of patties to grab and eat on the run. I'm getting a little tired of cold chicken and boiled eggs.

What do you guys make in advance to eat?

SYL

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 23 ~ Cruise PV

Another day closer to my goal. Not much to report..... except I was craving chocolate so badly I had an atkins sugar free choc bar. Probably will make my little girl a bit unhappy with the dairy content, but I needed something.

SYL

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 22 ~ Cruise PV

Aren't my shoes pretty!
The weather isn't looking so great this week - stink! So I'll have to use the treadmill instead of pounding the pavement. I also want to use my dumbells to do a bit of arm work, and while I'm at it, do some ab work to tone up my tummy after baby 2.

Feeling a little hungry again today. Good thing it's shopping day tomorrow, time to stock up on more protein. I'm pleased to report though most of my cravings from a week or so ago have gone. It's just hunger I feel now.

Oh and two exciting things: 1. I can fit my rings again. 2. I fitted into my pre-preggy jeans (they are tight but they are on), now I just need to get into my pre-pre-preggy jeans (before baby 1). That will be a pretty awesome day.

SYL

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 21 ~ Cruise PV

Weight loss of 800g (1.7 lbs) this week. I'll take it. Anything is better than nothing :-)
I wonder if I try to do lots of exercise this week if I can meet my first goal next week. That would be a dream. Fitting in the exercise will be the challenge with my busy week and 1 sick kiddie :-(

Have pulled out my old fitness magazines to motivate me! Plus I have my new 'shape up' shoes which I LOVE.

Time to plan meals for the week again! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

SYL

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 20 ~ Cruise PV

I feel I might turn into an egg today.... lost count of how many I've eaten. I'm having a very hungry day. Have a roast beef in the oven and it smells divine! Can't wait to delve into that!

We've had 4 seasons in 1 day today. Hard to know what to wear and whether to put washing out or not. . . Typically spring in New Zealand is quite wet (well especially where I live), so I'm hanging out for summer.

Weigh in day tomorrow. Hoping for another loss.

SYL

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 19 ~ Cruise PV

This is my motivation for getting myself sorted with food and exercise, before I pass on my warped ideas/habits onto her.

Got to hang out with my bestie today, so much fun. She is my female soul mate, I just wished we lived closer. We had mince patties with coleslaw for lunch - yum. Nice to be cooked for too ~ thanks Bliss!

Better go clean the kitchen, dishes everywhere.

SYL

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 18 ~ Cruise PV

I thought it was time for a change of background :-) I do this with my house every month too, nothing stays in the same place very long. If I could move the kitchen, I would ;-)

Have to get sorted for tomorrow as going to visit my bestie and want to have my food all sorted. She's not exactly dieting but eating healthily as well, which is really great as we can support each other and understand when we just need to 'cheat'.

My husband gave me a compliment on how I looked in jeans yesterday, that made me feel good! I must be starting to look somewhat decent again. I don't know how many of you have read the 'love languages' book but mine is 'words of affirmation' so any compliments people give me, totally boost my confidence and encourage me with my diet.

I made a protein pizza tonight :-) I know I'm not strictly allowed cheese, but I put a bit on top as a treat. The base is egg and on top is mince, bacon, sausage, onion, tomato. YUM!

Watching biggest loser on tv... another motivator! Amazing how many of the losers gain all their weight back again. They need to do some sort of consolidation after the show!

Happy dukaning everyone!

SYL

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 17 ~ Cruise PV

I had lots of veges with dinner tonight! Made up for the lack of them the rest of the day. I haven't done any exercise in days though. . . Things are just so busy at home that it hasn't fitted in and to be honest I haven't tried really hard to find another time to do it. Once I get a few things off my 'to do list' and have passed this week, it might be a bit easier again.

That's it from me tonight. Yawn.

SYL

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 16 ~ Cruise PV

I'm beginning to think I'm not eating enough (although I'm eating all day it seems) as I'm sooooo hungry at night and hunt the cupboard for things to eat, which of course I can't eat anything, so then head to the fridge.

Yesterday I was out and hadn't packed enough food. I indulged in a burger at McD's but didn't eat the buns, I was quite proud of myself. I didn't even order fries!! People gave me funny looks though for pulling out the inside and not eating the carbs. . . heh heh

The thing I'm finding quite hard when I'm worn out and tired from life (children and all) is preparing veges... by the time I've prepared my protein I'm too tired to do veges, so often leave them out. Oops! I know I could prepare them ahead of time, but with doing Mr 3s lunches, dinners for everyone, getting up in the night to Miss 4 months etc, I'm just too tired. And that's not even including house work etc... wish I could afford a house keeper or nanny :-) or even better, a cook!!!

Am hoping for more sleep tonight.

SYL

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 14 ~ Cruise PV

Hoped on the scales this morning and have lost 1.1kg (2.4lb) this week. Pretty happy with that. If I can keep that up for 2 more weeks I'll reach my first goal.

I ordered a book from the library called 1001 low-carb recipes and it's given me a few more ideas for meals this week! Baking for myself and the family without doing two meals is always a bit tricky and rather boring for my family who probably miss foods like Mac 'n' cheese etc... a lot. I make them pizza once a week and this week I think I'll make myself one by using an egg omlet as my pizza base, lots of protein/vege and a bit of cheese on top (even though I'm not supposed to have dairy... but I need a little this week or I'll go insane).

Doing this diet without dairy is really really hard, but hopefully it will only be for a month or so more.

Had a delicious dinner of scrambled eggs with salmon and parsley - yum!
Goal for next week is to get my walk done daily not just every second day and to add a few more resistant exercises into my day, AND to be prepared and plan all my weekly evening meals before I go shopping Monday!

SYL

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 13 ~ Cruise PV

Rugby World Cup fever has taken over New Zealand. . . I'm watching the opening game while I update my blog. This morning Miss 4 months woke just before 6am, and it's fairly impossible to get back to sleep if she is crying, so I dragged my butt out of bed and went for a long walk with her in the pram. 50 minutes thank you very much!!!! How do you like that Dr Dukan!

Not too many sugar cravings today but that's probably mental as it's weigh-in day tomorrow. I'm scared already. What will that dreaded piece of machinery show tomorrow and will it send me spinning high or low? My wedding ring (which has been stuck on my finger for months) is still pretty tight but my jeans feel a tad looser. My imagination???

I'm not good at patience with diets. I want to lose weight NOW and quick but it's not a speed race it's a slow steady one. I must remember that.

SYL

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 12 ~ Cruise PV

Walked my two kiddies in the double pram today and going up the first hill nearly killed me. 15kg son, 6kg daughter and 13kg pram. . . whew. . . I feel better for exercising though!

I did something rather embarrassing today... I was craving sugary food so much that I cut off a bit of lolly cake, chewed it, then spat it out. How lame! But it killed my cravings today.

I'm watching a funny show about the 80's. Interesting thing is, when I see the fashions this spring, it's the 80s all over again. Let's hope the mullet and big hair stay in the past though. Ugh.

A few more days and I'll be at two weeks. Really hoping for some weight loss this week but know from past experience that the second week of a diet for me isn't always successful in that way. Must not let it get me down though.

SYL

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 11 ~ Cruise PV

Argghhhhhh sugar is taunting me. I'm not even hungry right now but my brain is hovering on the sugary treats of my husbands in the pantry and fridge. Perhaps the only reason I'm not diving into the kitchen right now is they also are full of dairy which I can't eat while breastfeeding my baby. Grrrrrrr this is hard!

I notice some of my fellow Dukaneers are having constipation problems. I had the same thing on Atkins until I discovered psyllium husk. It's a product that is indigestible by humans but also bulks up and holds a lot of water and I've found it brilliant for keeping me regular and not constipated (sorry TMI). I mix 2 teaspoons with a huge glass of water daily (leave it a few minutes to absorb a bit of water and it's much easier to swallow).

I found soy yoghurt the other day - blurkkk, that's pretty foul (sorry). I'll wait til I can have real dairy again. It's only going to be useful to me in baking, but not too much as it's flippin' expensive.

Didn't exercise today :-( too busy with little one and preschooler. Tomorrow will be the same as Mr 3 doesn't go to kindy, which means I have the little terror all day (he's going through a rough naughty patch).

I'm really impressed with people who can do this diet for months on end. I'm finding it restrictive already and I've not even completed 2 weeks. I wonder how many of you cheat from time to time. . .

SYL

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 10 - Cruise PV


Is it normal to be craving sugar and carbs badly at this stage. . . . I'm really struggling but have managed to obtain from cheating yet. I didn't have any diet coke in the house this week, perhaps that's my mistake?!?!

I keep thinking about how good I'll look when I've lost weight, that's whats keeping me on track right now, although I'll need to curb this sweet craving with something otherwise I'm bound to cheat at some stage. Perhaps I need to stuff my face full of some more protein tonight.

I've pulled out all my oxygen magazines to get me motivated with fitness. Oops better go give my baby some attention.

SYL

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 9 ~ Cruise PV

Does moving furniture around count as exercise? Didn't get my walk in today, I had soooo much to do in the short time my preschooler was at kindy and once he's home, going off to walk on the treadmill is impossible.

Food is going well. Got a whole lot more protein at the supermarket today. Even found some soy yoghurt which will hopefully mean I can try a few recipes I've found online. I'm keen to try these oatmeal biscuits everyone is making.

Hoping to do some exercise tomorrow, also have to fit in some painting.
Feeling hungry. . . time to raid the fridge.

SYL

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 8 - Cruise PV

Had two little potato wedges tonight - oops. Grocery shopping day tomorrow and time to stock up on a lot more food. Almost out of meat....

Had a few moments today where I questioned if I could do this diet.... It is my hubby's birthday and I made a lot of food I couldn't even eat. Now that was testing my resolve. Fortunately I passed - whew!

SYL

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 7 - Cruise PV

Well I couldn't resist and hopped on the scales today, 2kg loss (4.4 lb), Waaaahooo! That will just be the first week loss though I know it will slow down dramatically next week. But it's a good motivating start for me.

I'm a stay at home mum so it's pretty easy for me to access my food all day. Today we're going out so I'll have to be extra prepared and pack food, which will be a bit of a challenge as I cook most of my food. Might just have to be boiled eggs... hmmmmmm

SYL

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 5 - Cruise PV

First day of Spring over here in New Zealand! YAAAAY. It's probably my imagination but my jeans felt a teeny bit looser today.

I did a few lunges today; I'll probably regret that tomorrow. I enjoyed a walk on my treadmill (means I can watch a movie while I stride). And I made some delicious meatballs for dinner that I had on spinach instead of noodles, and you know, I didn't even miss the noodles.

Feeling great and excited to hop on the scales on Sunday morning.

SYL