It’s so funny how once you believe in something, and truly do… and then just do it, how you start seeing results.
You just need to give into ideas sometimes, take the plunge, that first step, and do it.
I followed The Dukan Diet for 8 months and lost 110lbs. I never cheated, I didn’t want to, I was taking the steps to becoming healthy and happy (and skinny!)… I fell in love with weight lifting and I thought I had to change my diet to fit with the ‘industry’s typical diet. I thought to myself, well yes, I have survived this long and seen results with no carbs and no fats… but everyone else is following the bodybuilder diet and seeing results so I have to.
After struggling (and you all know just how much I struggled!) with food for an entire month, gaining 20 pounds… I am so thankful that I finally smartened up and went back to my ‘roots’. I found something that works for ME, and no matter what the bodybuilders say about how my diet wont work in combination with the amount of exercise I am doing, about how I need to add carbs at least once a week… I don’t need to listen to them because I know what works for my body and Dukan is the way to go!
People who know me in person know how passionate I am about the Dukan Diet. I love it, I preach it, and when I follow it, I follow it. None of this ‘modified cruise phase’ junk I was doing. I follow the diet to a T and if is so effective (clearly!). Now I’m not saying The Dukan Diet works all the time for everyone… I’m just saying, if you find something that works for you, don’t change or take advice from people who just don’t have the same experience as you!
I would look at all these interviews online… every bodybuilder follows a similar diet. Well then I need to as well… WRONG! I need to follow a diet that works for me, and the same thing goes for you! Don’t listen to all the different outside influences and try to modify what you are doing if it’s working! Just listen to your body!
I was afraid my weight would not drop since I didn’t workout yesterday (day off, woooh!) but I watched my portions, and would you believe… I did drop and I feel absolutely amazing this morning.
I actually dropped so much that I upped my ‘average weight loss per day’ from 0.78lbs a day to 0.81lbs on average lost a day while following Dukan again.
I have lost 15.4lbs in the 19 days I have been back on the Dukan Diet, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down! 15lbs in not even 3 weeks! At this point I am incredibly confident in my ability to compete this November, since I have only 25lbs to lose in the next 2 months (pfft, easy!)
So, tomorrow is my ‘birthday’ the actual day I was born. I am going to make my mom happy and just ignore it, and to prevent any ‘feeling-the-blues-binges’ or ‘boredom-binges’ which I have so far not had ONCE (It’s a miracle!) I will be keeping incredibly busy all day.
- I’m thinking 8:30am training with my coach,
- Morning hangouts with my family and figuring out my competition suit with my mom,
- Afternoon bike riding with a friend,
- Evening dinner with a different friend and hanging out,
- Pub at night with my birthday twin and a few close friends.
I have no idea how I will squeeze all these into one very full day, but I think keeping busy will be key to my birthday not sucking and then I can have my ‘real birthday’ November 4th with my family where I can celebrate my victory at the competition (What? You haven’t heard? I’m winning 1st place!!! :D) as well as my 21st birthday with CAKE and pasta dish and ice cream… all mashed together, I don’t care! IT WILL BE DELICIOUS! J
So today I am eating my usual. I have been asked how I survive eating the same damn thing every day (or incredibly similar every day). Easily you guys, even when I wasn’t following Dukan as strictly I still ate very similarly day in and day out. Not only does it create an easy routine for me to follow which promotes not cheating, but it’s easy to cook the same thing every day. I cook all my protein in big batches that last me a few days, I switch up the spices (making sure they have no salt or sugar) every single day and otherwise… I just eat! I try not to make a big event out of my meals, just eat every 2-3 hours, my pre-planned, cooked and packaged meals. It makes dieting incredibly easy.
Protein pancake with ‘fruit crumble’ spice by Epicure. Yummy!
1 chicken thigh (I was feeling a little hungry)
Chicken thighs (2 or 3… they are kindof small) and an entire red pepper.
2:45pm & 5pm
Maybe one or two more chicken thighs
Sip on BCAAs
After Weight Training and Before Cardio 7:30pm
Protein Shake and Glutamine
90 min of Cardio (stairs)
Make good choices today! Have you reached all your August Goals? Have you taken the time to write out your September Goals and promises? I really thought hard about mine and I will be updating and changing them all throughout September (check out the new page above: September Goals). You should do the same! What are some of your goals for this next month? How will you achieve them, what steps are you taking? How will you reward yourself? J