Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Want To Get Healthy

1. I love food too much

I don’t understand this one. I know, you love food. I think the problem here is that you either don’t consider healthy food ‘food’ or that you associate dieting with starving yourself. I have said it 100 times and will say it again, I eat SO MUCH. Too much, but you can still eat really reasonable portions and lose weight, in fact you should never be hungry while dieting, ever. You don’t lose weight on an empty stomach, you lose weight by eating a lot of healthy foods.

Also, healthy food is food. Some of the best meals I have ever had I have made for myself while following Dukan. Stir fries, mini quiches, butternut squash soups, my mustard chickens on the bbq… mmmmm. I have never eaten better in my life, and I have lost 110 lbs! You can eat delicious meals while dieting and being healthy. You don’t even need to be that creative about it.

2. I don’t have the time

Now this would be more for hitting the gym, prepping meals, that kind of thing.
I was one of you, for the longest time when it came to hitting the gym. I know you have heard it before, but seriously, there are so many websites just filled with instructional videos on home workouts, and they are free. Buy a wii for you and your kids and do that, go for a half hour walk, hit the gym. You don’t need to spend an hour in there, just get a run out of the way and there you go. You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of time at the gym every day to be active or healthy.

Now, I understand that prepping meals, as well as cooking, it’s difficult. I can imagine it is even more difficult if you have to also make your families meals, clean up after them, workout, work, as many of my gorgeous readers have to do.

I’ll suggest to you to make your lunches the night before, prep meals in bulk, and use the slow cooker to it’s full advantage.

Also, how much time does it take to season chicken breasts and throw them on the bbq or in the oven? You do have options, even with your busy lives.

3. I don’t want to diet, I want a lifestyle change

Oh yes this one, I have ranted about this before. Especially with regards to the Dukan Diet.

I think the problem is that people need immediate results. Well I’m sorry honey, but they don’t always come and if all you are looking for is immediate results without the want to keep some of your newly developed good habits for the rest of your life, stop. You will just gain all the weight back.

With something like the Dukan Diet, you are looking at a lifestyle change. You can’t just eat an entire pizza for dinner every night and assume you wont gain any weight, even if you are on Phase 4 of the Dukan Diet. I really feel that this diet especially has taught me the life skills I need to go on with my life making healthy choices throughout, do you know what that is… a lifestyle change.

& Although I am an advocate for Dukan, you should treat any diet this way, as a way to boost your life back on the healthy track and not as instant results that you can not learn anything from and go back to eating McDonalds every night once the weight is off without any consequences.

4. I have tried so many diets before, none of them work

Another peeve of mine. DON’T GIVE UP! Try again, and then try again! If I had said, oh boy, I tried all these diets and none of them worked, I wont bother trying the Dukan Diet, I would have never lost 110 lbs! Are you kidding me?

It’s so ridiculous, people that give up like that. You always have to keep trying, as long as you make sure every time you are trying a little bit of a different approach, then you are guaranteed to eventually find something that works!

If Dukan had not worked for me I would have tried something else, and eventually something would have clicked and worked for me.

I was thinking about this with regards to working out. There is no way that if I try something new every few months for the rest of my life and don’t give up that within my lifetime I would not find a way to get myself to stick with the gym. No way.

Then guess what I did, found something that worked for me. Yes!

5. Too expensive

If you want to follow a diet, and the diet is too expensive to follow… don’t follow that diet.

There are so many different diets out there, you will never be stuck with an option that is out of a comfortable price range, in fact, there are SO many diets that don’t have a registration fee or weekly food costs, you just have to get the book so you can be informed on the diet, or you could look it up online.

You will never be forced to pay money into a diet, and if you can’t afford it, then just walk away and find something that works for you in every aspect.

Food costs is another expensive part of any diet, because you always have to eat, right? If you are looking at a diet that has imported seafood as mandatory breakfast, lunch, and supper courses… maybe you are looking at the wrong diet.

In my mind Dukan, or any other healthy diet revolved around eating natural wholesome foods that don’t need to be organic, is an inexpensive diet. Just because how terribly I was eating prior, the restaurant costs, the late night snacking. I mean, a bag of chips every day ontop of dinner, dessert… what does that add up to in a year? Much more expensive than my chicken breasts with broccoli, eggs, steaks, any Dukan food really.

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St Louis – Dieting On Vacation

Now I wrote out a few posts throughout my trip in March to Florida about traveling while on the Dukan Diet. This trip to St Louis has opened my eyes to how easy I had it traveling with my grandparents and how difficult following a strict diet while on vacation can really be.

Now I am following a “modified phase 2” since I am training to compete in a Fitness Competition (just beginning to train, barely any results, definitely not bikini ready… but I digress.) In this modified version of phase 2 I eat fruit, no dairy, no bread, but still eat my celebration meal.

Anyways, this is hard! The most difficult part I think is that I don’t have someone that is following Dukan on my side this entire trip, but you know what, seriously, the women I have traveled here with are so amazing and supportive <3 I’m very happy.

So there was the issue of the 13 hour trip here… We drove to Syracuse and then flew through Washington to make it to St. Louis. Number one, I am exhausted. We all are. Number 2… I didn’t pack nearly enough food for myself this time. I don’t know what I was thinking.

During the 2 hour drive to Syracuse (at 3am) I ate cauliflower, broccoli and baby carrots (while my friends at croissants and muffins… ugh. We have all been there.)

Then once at the airport in Syracuse (waiting, waiting, waiting…) my friends gave me the fruit cups that came with their sandwiches.

Once in Washington (3-4 hour layover) I became really hungry, and then so hungry I was not really hungry. We looked all over the place for something Dukan friendly and after walking all over the airport and me giving up, my friends forced me to continue searching and we found a Subway where I bought an oven roasted chicken breast salad and DEVOURED it.

I had boiled chicken breasts for the trip, really underestimating how many I would eat during the 4 days in St Louis, they were, however, checked in the plane.

Once we finally metro-ed down to our Hotel, which is quite lovely, checked in and found our hotel room, I basically ripped through 1/3 of the chicken breasts I brought because I was so hungry. Terrible.

WE DID END UP GETTING A FRIDGE! Lovely. Generally they are available on request and might cost extra depending. But if you are traveling I strongly recommend doing the fridge thing or bringing a small cooler to fill with ice from the hotel. We went out and did some groceries, I had brought a can opener so I got green beans, tuna. I bought veggies to snack on as well as fruit for breakfast.

I think I will make it and have enough food for the trip. Will be having my celebration meal tonight since we are going out for dinner. I think we are going to a burger and shake place. Yummm.

I feel kindof left out of their food, they all did their groceries together and will be eating all the same meals, not me. We will probably go out to dinner again on Sunday, if I can’t have anything where we go I might just end up eating once we get home, but you know, my friends have been super welcoming and not going to places where I can’t eat. I love them, this is awesome.

I’ll let you know if anything exciting happens.

xoxo

When You Have It All Figured Out

I know I have said this before but I’m not sure if I posted it here, do you know what is cool about finally finding a diet that works for you, as well as dropping all the weight you need to drop?

The fact that I don’t buy magazines anymore!

I still catch myself looking at them, and I know it’s goofy, but what graces the cover of every magazine?

‘Drop 10 lbs in a week!’
‘Look fabulous by New Years!’

‘Get your body bikini ready!’

There are always so many different weight loss articles, and it makes me smile but I don’t need to leaf through the magazine to read what they are anymore.

15 new superfoods you can’t live without? No thanks, I’ve got Dukan.

How did Jennifer get her body beach ready? Don’t care, I did Dukan.

It’s hilarious!

Not only do I not need to lose any weight (or so they say) but if I did I know exactly what I would do, a mini attack phase and The Dukan Diet, because I have finally found the diet that works and clicks for me, so why would I need to try anything else?

I know how to lose weight and be healthy, all the secrets I need are right in my handy light blue covered book.

It’s such a weird, relieving feeling, for me as well as for my wallet.

Just a thought, enjoy your day. Make GREAT choices!

xoxo

The Importance of Portion Control & Prawns Progress (Finally!)

OOH MAAAAH GOODNESS! Finally, finally FINALLY after a very long and excruciating 3 month long plateau, yes, 3 months of weighing himself day in and day out The Prawn has broken his plateau.
Not only that… k wait, I need to say this again… PRAWN HAS BROKEN HIS PLATEAU!

My little discouraged partner, finally! I’m so relieved.

Not only that, he not only broke it, but he has finally caught up to me at 110 lbs lost! Oh no! Soon he will beat me! That bugger.

The determination of my Prawn impresses even me, he weighs himself every day you know?

Now I can guarantee you he doesn’t cheat on the diet. That isn’t to say he wasn’t doing anything wrong, the whole point of this post is a little thing I like to call “Portion Control”.

This is so important, especially if you have been following the Dukan Diet for a long time. I find your body gets used to your new way of eating and it stops the weight loss completely. You need to do something different. It isn’t enough to cut out the sugar and carbs, you need to also cut down on your portions, switch it up a little so your body can remember it’s supposed to be losing weight.

Now Prawn hit his first 2 month plateau around month 7 of us following Dukan, I hit my 1 month plateau around the same time. What got me out of my plateau and through to my target weight? I cut down on my portions and cut out dairy.

Prawn was getting incredibly discouraged with this latest weight stagnation. Was considering going into an altered phase 3 where he could enjoy daily cheese and a weekly celebration meal. Just getting desperate for either weight loss or some overall change. I told him I would prepare his meals for a week, and that if he cut down on his portion size for that week he would lose.

Would you look at that, as usual I was right. He really should start listening to me. :P

So congratulations Prawn! Keep up the great effort, you know what works now so keep losing!

To all of you having followed Dukan for a long period of time, who have stopped losing, before considering moving onto Consolidation you should try doing what I got Prawn to try, it worked for both of us. Now remember, we were on Dukan eating A LOT of food for 7 months before our first plateau. We are currently at just under 11 months following Dukan.

Prawn also lost 100 lbs before his first plateau and I had lost about 90 lbs. We are both in our very early twenties so take all this into consideration, your results might not be the same as ours.

Also, by cutting down on portion sizes I am ABSOLUTELY NOT condoning starving yourself or ever being hungry. Be reasonable, and most certainly do not give up!

xoxo

Craic in St. Louis, On the Road Again!

Thursday morning I’m leaving on another trip! All sorts of exciting.

This time I’m not going somewhere tropical, like the Florida trip I came back from mid-March, sadly I must say. I am going to St. Louis, visiting yet another State I have never been to, Missouri!

I’m pumped for this trip, feels like I have been thinking about it for ages and I can’t believe I’m leaving so soon. Once again I have not packed yet. Ugh.

Now I wont be staying in the comfort of my grandmamans home this time… so I’m stressing out about food. Since I have made the decision that I want to train for a bodybuilding competition, I have gotten a lot stricter with what I eat and I’m not sure if our hotel room will have a fridge. It has to have a mini fridge right? I don’t want to be stuck eating only fresh vegetables and canned green beans for the entire trip, right? I’ll die, seriously.

I would want to boil some chicken breasts and bring them in my suitcase, as horrendous as that sounds. Totally stressing about the fridge situation.

Any of my readers live in St. Louis? Can you check it out for me? :P Just scope out my hotel room?
Kidding of course, but if you are from St. Louis, speak up! What is there exciting to do in your lovely city?
I will be travelling with friends from my hometown University Celtic Club, two of those girls are long-time best friends of mine whom I have travelled with before, to France actually. I’m seriously looking forward to this trip.

Why in the world are we travelling to St. Louis? We will be attending an Irish Convention. I got into Irish dancing through one of the ladies I am travelling with, started doing group dancing (called Ceilis) probably 4 years ago? & have attended the monthly Ceilis for about 2-3 years now.

So I’ll be dancing for hours, learning how to play tin whistle, speaking Irish. Just engrossing myself in that culture from Thursday night through Sunday.

I have gone to one of these ‘meetings’ or ‘conventions’ before, but it was a much smaller one several hours from where I live. It was also in Canada, and long time readers should know, I love travelling out of the country and visiting new States. It’s on my bucket list to visit every U.S State and so far I have not made a big dent….

Although to be honest so far this year I have scratched 5 off the list and will be scratching off another veeeery soon.

So in this community we have a word that replaces ‘fun’ basically. It’s ‘craic’ (pronounced ‘crack’). There is your Irish language mini lesson for the day. So go out and have come craic with your diet today! Make something new and Dukan friendly. I’ll be here probably losing my passport, not packing, and stressing about food. Absolutely no craic to be found here! Ooooh goodness.

xoxo

Being Bullied While Following a Diet

I truly love my readers and I want to share an experience that happened to me while following Dukan with you all.

Now I’m in my very early twenties, so I don’t have a family of my own and friends mean a lot to me, let me tell you, when I talk about Fat Friends (a few posts down) I truly mean it, I know what I am talking about.

In the very beginning of the Dukan Diet, up to about 50 lbs lost I had this entire group of fat friends I hung out with. I was really treated badly by them though the entirety of our friendship, and until I cut them out completely from my life. Terrible people.

Anyways.

It started off with the comments, the comments I get from everyone who hears about the diet. That it wont work, that I will gain all the weight back once I get off it (so far not true… I would like to point out, at almost 80 days through Consolidation), that it’s an unhealthy diet, etc. I’m sure you have all heard the comments. They come innocently from the friends who care for you, and judgementally from those who don’t.

The bullying progressed. I once had one of the girls from this group tell me that she could never see me as not fat, that no matter how much weight I lost I would always be the fat friend and she could never see me as thinner than her.

In comparison, one of my best friends in the entire world who was definitely NEVER a terrible fat friend, has told me recently, after seeing one of my ‘before’ pictures, that she was really shocked and surprised to see it because she never saw me that fat. She always saw me like I am now, even though we have known each other for years and years and years.

When I was with this group of friends we would go out to eat, they would never make an effort to accommodate my diet and would always insist on me eating their Chinese food, or pizza or whatever not-Dukan allowed foods they were having that day. They would pressure me, but hey, I resisted.

The comment I would always receive from them, and that I have received from many people, is that ‘just one bite wont make you gain all the weight back’. Yes, but have you ever stopped to think maybe I don’t want to eat that one bite? That I’m not suffering and can make my own decisions as a grown adult about what I want to put in my mouth?

Once we were in the food court and after the ‘One fry! One fry wont make you gain 30 lbs back, this is why it’s impossible, etc etc’ comment one of them thought it would be a great idea to press that fry on my mouth. Not just waving it in my face but taking that extra step and putting it on my mouth. When you are craving fries, what could be worst?

Oh I’ll tell you what could be worst…

One time, after they convinced me to go to yet another restaurant I could not eat at, and ordered chocolate cake for me, even though I insisted they do not do that, because I would not eat it. They all bit into it telling me how absolutely delicious it was and the ‘mmmmss’ and ‘ooooh my goodnessss you need to have a bite of this, best chocolate cake I have ever eaten!’

Well after all that they then tried to fork it into my mouth, like with the fry. Taking the extra step of hiding behind me in turn trying to catch me off guard while I was talking. They ended up getting some in my hair and on my glasses. Fantastic.

Would you believe I didn’t drop them as friends at that point?

It took them starting to exclude me, not invite me to things because ‘why bother, she can’t eat with us anyways’ and I’m going to say, although it might sound egotistical, just out of jealousy, for me to stop all communication with them and move forward with my life.

And I haven’t looked back.

So if you are being put in situations that make you feel uncomfortable, don’t hate yourself, don’t think it must be your fault and second guess your decision to be healthy. I would never want a fat friend to progress into a fat bully for you. Keep your eyes open for terrible people, because they exist my dears.

Keep up the great work, all of you! Don’t cheat today, just work hard and get to your goals because that is the number one way you can rub your success in their faces. By making fabulous new friends and moving on with your life.

xoxo

Bodybuilding, My New Secret Passion?

Now if you have been following my fitness goals and fitness progress, you might know that I have hit the gym every day for 25 days now. After a month in total of daily gym visits (sometimes 2-a-days) I will calm down to 5 days a week minimum for 2 months.

Now when I hit the gym I don’t spend hours and hours there, working every body part, getting a super-solid workout under my belt.

I started off just doing my run, usually running between 15 minutes and half an hour at 6mph on the treadmill.
I then added bicep curls when I got more comfortable and moved up from exhausting myself at 10lbs to 20lbs in these past 25 days.

I will randomly do crunches, shoulder presses, and tricep extensions, but I really had no idea what I was doing, so I would stick to the easy stuff. I will sweat during these workouts, but I don’t spend an extremely long time at the gym. When I’m done, I’m done, and I’ll tell you, going every day is really exhausting.

I have been following the progress over the past few months of this girl I knew from high school. She is a total inspiration to me. She started off at 230lbs and over her months of dedication has gotten so fit and fabulous it’s crazy. She is into bodybuilding so through her I have kindof gotten an impression on the fitness world and the sport of bodybuilding and you know what? I’m digging it!

Now this is obviously a long term goal and dream of mine. I don’t care if it takes me 3 years of hitting the gym but I think I would love to compete in a competition for women! I was floundering, without a clear picture in mind of where I wanted to be, fitness-wise, or what my ideal physique would be. I now have a clear image in my head and I want to strive for it and put in the effort.

I think I can actually do this!

Now there are several different categories of competition, ranging from bikini to bodybuilding and my ideal body type would be bikini. It’s muscular but it’s a lean muscle and allows for a higher body fat percentage.
There are a few minor changes I will have to make to my diet, but it’s still all Dukan-friendly which is so important to me because I am really in love with this diet.

The differences I will have to make to my diet are so minor:

  1. Cut down on portion sizes (which I have been meaning to do anyways). 6 meals a day, including protein after my workouts.
  2. Protein and carbs in the morning, for breakfast. I do this anyways by making my gallette with egg whites and oat bran. So I’m all set.
  3. Only one serving of fruit, and eat it in the morning. This will actually be the most difficult thing to change since I have been so in love with fruit lately. But I can do it. And actually, this will be forcing me to be more Dukan, since in Consolidation I am only allowed a serving anyways.
  4. Can still eat a cheat meal.
  5. Cutting out all dairy.
  6. No alcohol. I was allowing myself a binge-drink a month, cutting it out will be sad for me, but not impossible.

I’ll of course be keeping you guys updated with my progress, hopefully a year and a half to 3 years from now we can all look back at this post as the one that started it all.

xoxo