Two weeks ago I decided it was time to take proper action with regards to my diet! I am usually a pretty determined person when I have to be and am pretty good at exercising my willpower when I believe – or think I believe, given my past mistakes! – in something strongly.
At the beginning of the year I really wasn’t where I wanted to be so come the summer I took action. I stopped drinking, ate well and went to the gym pretty much everyday. The Olympics inspired me immensely and I would spend an hour and a half at a time on the treadmill. I got down under 160lbs. However, this has gradually started to creep back up!
So, the weekend before last, I decided to investigate the Dukan Diet properly. I went on Amazon, looked at reviews, calculated my ideal weight on the Dukan website and after looking at a preview of the book ‘Dukan Diet Life Plan’, I bought it and sat down to read it. Before I start anything, buy anything or change anything I like to investigate it in full. You follow 4 phases: Attack – pure protein, Cruise – alternating between pure protein and protein and vegetables, Stabilisation – re-introducing various foods, and Consolidation – eating for the rest of your life. There is even an absolutely brilliant app for my iPhone which I downloaded. It helps you to keep track of where you are in the diet and reminds you what day you are on and how much weight you have lost. This was certainly the diet for me, and Ross has also decided to join me on the journey :).
The online advice suggested I did the Attack phase for two days. I decided to do it for four. I did want to do three but then realised that I would have a pure protein day on Christmas Day so worked it so that I can have vegetables as well!
On Monday morning it was time for a new start. I weighed myself. A total of 165.4lbs. A little disappointing, as around three weeks ago I weighed under 160lb, but I can’t dwell on that now. On the Attack phase we are only allowed pure protein so all meat barr lamb and pork, all fish and shellfish, eggs and fat-free dairy products. I arrived at the gym on Monday morning at 6.40am and did 25 minutes of exercise and did 30 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday morning then had Thursday as my rest day and intend to go back today. The great thing is we are allowed artificial sweetner so am curbing my chocolate cravings by the fact that I am still allowed Coke Zero! We are also having 2tbsps oat bran per day to make sure we are regular.
The Cruise phase has begun today. This means one day of pure protein and vegetables and then one day of just pure protein. This phase is going to last until 20th January and I am bloody determined! This evening I have made a cottage pie as a special treat. The mash topping is pureed cauliflower and virtually fat-free soft cheese and boy am I looking forward to it! (Never thought I would say that about vegetables!).
One of the main reasons I am on this diet is because I am going after some acting and presenting jobs and, as the screen puts extra pounds on you, I felt it was important to look slimmer and feel healthier. I also feel that by writing this post every week, I am committing myself to sticking to it. I like to say what I mean, and mean what I say!
You have to weigh yourself everyday and am accepting of the fact that at points I will plateau. Today I weighed 163lbs .
My aim is to get down to 145lbs, a total loss of 20.4lbs.
So to summarise for this week:
- Monday: weight was 165.4lbs
- Today: weight was 163.lbs
- Total loss: 2.4lbs
- Total to go: 18lbs
Bring it on!!