5 Week Check In

I know I have been posting a lot, and a lot of random stuff. I am just trying to get back in the groove of blogging and since it’s been a few months I just have a lot to say.

So as of today both me and the hubby have lost over 10% of our start weight, which means we get to take our comparison pics in our underwear! He is photoshop wizarding them together in a collage right now and I’m really stoked with our results with only 10% lost!

This week we had a little competition which we called Team She-Hulk VS Team Navy. If I lost more than 5lbs I get a new ear piercing (I did it!) and if he lost more weight than me he get to buy a computer thingy, which… even with a cheat of banana cream pie, pizza and battered shrimp since he got 90% on a test in his military course… he still beat me and got!

So I want to share our stats so far in these past 5 weeks, I want to post the before and after pictures here as well for you guys to see, but it might take him a while to crop and edit and put together the pics, so like I said in a post yesterday, it might be at the end of the weekend, but I am so proud of our progress!!!

Constance: 

-23.2lbs
-12.11% of bodyweight
Start Weight: 207.6lbs
Current Weight: 184.4lbs
Total Weight Loss This Week: 8.8lbs

The Boyfriend: 

-30.4lbs
-11.15% of bodyweight
Start Weight: 296.6lbs
Current Weight: 266.2lbs
Total Weight Loss This Week: 9.8lbs

Hope you all have a good weekend! Boyfriend wanted to go out for sushi to celebrate but I was like uh-nah-uh buddy! I’m on a ROLL (no pun intended :P)!!!

-Constance

Playing Around w/ Collages

Playing Around w/ Collages

Here is a bit of a collage of some before and after pics. Feeling pretty motivated to continue on this journey today, you know?
So both me and my boyfriend took before pics of this time around, underwear pics. We wanted to take more at 10% lost (which I hit this past week!) I want to upload those as well, but will wait until after this weekend when I finally get the pics taken by him. Anyways, enjoy these for now, this is what 8 months on the Dukan Diet with no cheating can do for you! :) <3 xoxo

Is Dukan About Calories?

When I started Dukan, for about the 8 months it took me to drop the weight, I did not feel that the Dukan Diet had anything to do with calories. Although it had been shoved down my throat that weight loss was always due to burning more calories during the day then you ingest, to me, the Dukan Diet proved otherwise, and so I called bullshit.

After losing about 100lbs I hit a plateau. It took months for me to break this plateau, and I did it by cutting down on my portion sizes, although never really thought to attribute this to calories.

I mean, when you can lose 3lbs by eating over 5000cal of steak, chicken, salad, shrimp in a day… I think you can see where my skepticism started, considering I had been told a healthy maintaining caloric amount for a woman would be about 2000cal… how could I be dropping so much weight on 5000cal a day? So calorie counting is obvs false… or is it?

Since then I have learned that by digestion alone, we burn 40% of the calories in protein. Essentially it’s a tough macronutrient to break down in the body, and your body burns about 40% of the 130cal in 4oz of chicken breast you are eating for that meal. What? That’s crazy. The fat and carbs (being low in a keto diet such as Dukan) goes for energy to do things like exist and digest the large quantity of protein you are ingesting.

Protein which scientifically doesn’t do anything for your body, except help repair muscle tissue, if you are doing something like weight or resistance training. So essentially you are eating this protein, and it’s just passing through your urine, not providing energy, or anything of value.

So this is why you can eat so much in the beginning, and still drop, but everyone hits a plateau, and at this point it is probably best to drop your caloric intake, to continue losing the weight, because it IS all about calories. It has been proven through a study I heard about through Dr Layne Norton people have been proven to lose weight even on a high fat diet, as long as they watch their calories. The Dukan Diet works, and many people have found major success through it because if you are having problems with your weight, generally it’s because of the quantity of bad foods, and high fat/high carbs foods that you are eating. I know that was my problem. I couldn’t put myself on a restrictive diet in the beginning, I wouldn’t have found any success with something like weight watchers, where you limit the amount of food you eat. So switching lets say the 5000cal in junk food and high fat/high carb foods, for 5000cal in protein was easy, because I was still always stuffing my face. I was never hungry, and the results kept me from cheating.

He could have made a restrictive diet, but there are so many of those, because you can eat as much as you can of those 100 foods, it keeps most people on it, and most very obese people, like the one he mentions in his book (at least the very first edition, the one I own here in Canada… I know in different countries there are different informations provided in the book… I digress) find success with the diet, because of this non-restrictive, self-directed kind of diet… it’s genius really. I mean how many diets do you know out there that let you eat unlimited of certain foods and still have you lose weight? It’s because of the genius of the only or mostly low-fat protein options!

So yes, Dukan is about calories, but more about the calories you burn during digestion than about the calories you ingest. It’s about that secret caloric burning, and that’s why you don’t need to track, or worry, in the beginning. But if you hit a sticking point, try cutting back on your calories and see if that helps!

Hope this was somekind of informative. Comment if you disagree or have something to add!

-Constance

Broke My Streak! Gosh Darnit.

I was doing so good this week! Losing 1.6lbs one day, always losing, dropping 7lbs since Sunday.

Let me start off by saying I am not discouraged, I just didn’t go for my usual walk yesterday since the back of my ankle on one foot is just destroyed. The skin is completely ripped off because of socks I was wearing during a longer-than-usual walk at the beginning of this week.

Anyways, yesterday I ran out of bandages to wear overtop of it, and I was worried that it wasn’t healing at all since I had continue to be stubborn and go on my walks every day.

So yesterday was a lazy day, although I ate the same thing as if I had gone on my walk. I put on 0.2lbs.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, or boo on me for gaining weight. That’s a normal day to day fluctuation, and I’m like… oh whatever! But it just gets to me that I broke my streak! Oh well, back at it tomorrow, although it’s pooring rain here now, and the boyfriend comes home from course tonight so I doubt we’ll be going on any walks, although I’m sure we can find other ways to burn calories (can I put a wink here? I think my grandmaman reads my blogs… hi grandmaman! Oh geez)

;)

So whatever, something I’ll be doing when the boyfriend is home is making sure to keep on track of my portions. One of the things that surely helped with the weight gain once we started dating, was that when I would cook I would seperate our portions 50/50. But he’s a big dude, 6’3”, almost 300lbs at the time (although now he is getting under 260lbs… go Dukan Diet!), big barrel chest, and obviously would need more nutrition than me during the days. But I can think back to us sharing every single meal of the day 50/50 and then I was lamenting on my weight gain… well if we are both eating 3000 calories a day and he is losing and I’m gaining… when his metabolism is faster than mine naturally because he is a man and he is a giant… well what is wrong with me that I didn’t click into this sooner?

So this week I have been meticulous on measuring my portions and tracking. No more 50/50 for me! Let’s get back on my good streak of losing every day and get down to that goal weight, shall we!?

Oh man I’m so stoked for him to come hoooooomeeeeeee, only 6 hours. My little military man. Hoo. :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll try and blog but it might have to wait until he leaves on Canada Day.

-Constance

5 Month Anniversary Gift

5 Month Anniversary Gift

So my sweet boyfriend just bought me my beautiful flowers for our 5 month anniversary. <3
He's on course about 2 hours away and I only see him once a week until September… he couldn't make it out to see me today and so he sent me roses. <3 That sweetheart of mine.

Just wanted to share with you.
Life is good.
OMG I LOVE HIM!
<3

My End of Consolidation Date

If I had stuck to the Dukan program, and not gotten distracted by fancy bodybuilding diets, and the general consensus of everyone around me that I should start eating carbs, and then following this, my own justification and gunning out of control, then yoyo-ing, and lastly, giving up…

Wow that was a long run-on sentence, I digress:

If I had stuck with Dukan, my consolidation date would be August 10th 2013, which is coming up in a little over a month. This is the “last important Dukan date” in my mind. I am always being asked if I found the diet long. I started the Dukan Diet June 10th 2011. As everyone knows by now, I followed it for 8 months without cheating once and hit my TW, having lost 115lbs.

Did this seem long to me? No. The time honestly flew by. There were days I found particularly difficult. Weeks where I plateaued and the diet felt like it was taking FOREVER, I remember when I first looked at the Dukan website thing, where it says how long it would take to drop the weight I thought, omg, no way that is SO LONG. But when I think back to it the whole experience went by in a flash. I mean, whether or not you are dieting, life goes by quickly, and the days pass by.

I hit my target weight on February 6th 2012. I calculated my consolidation date meticulously and was very disappointed that with 5 days for every pound lost I would be following consolidation for a year and a half, until August 10th 2013. This felt like an eternity for me and I really struggled with the concept.

But now that the time passes… I mean it both feels like an eternity, and it has flown by. Do you understand? So much has happened during this year and a half, but at the same time I can’t really remember what it feels like to be obese. I can’t really remember what I looked like, and I still look back at my old almost 300lbs pictures and think… wtf. That was me? I can’t even remember looking like that!

I have had my problems seeing eye to eye with the Dukan consolidation phase, which I blogged about over a year ago. I feel like as a person addicted to food, consolidation opened the floodgates, like an alcoholic thinking he can slowly reintroduce alcohol back into his diet, or a smoker thinking he can still smoke once a week, and after a few months go up to a few smokes a week. Well in reality when it comes to addiction, this ends in a vicious cycle of justification, falling off and back on the wagon, bingeing, guilt, unhappiness. I am addicted to food and carbs and eating and I know this, it’s a mental thing that has taken me years to accept, and will take me my whole life to understand.

But time, time keeps going, I never thought August 10th 2013 would come and now I’m staring it right in the face like… where did the time go?

What would have happened if I had stayed in consolidation and not cheated, as I did during that initial 8 month weight loss… where would I be? Was it really that much time?

As someone with an addictive personality, going through the problems I had with maintaining my weight, bad advice, bad relationships and break ups, drugs, and binges during this period of my life, and someone who (well I feel) has really grown and changed since February 6th 2012, I can safely say I do not have any regrets. Since I have become such a better, now sober, and more determined person during the process. Growing to communicate in my relationships, to work through my procrastination, to help people, even through the ups and downs (as I have said before in my blogging, ooooh my roller coaster of a life!) I am a happier person, and this whole process, which will take my entire life and has been no easy fix, has made me into the person I am today, and I will continue to grow through learning about my problems with addiction, food and otherwise, and striving to get my ‘perfect body’ and to be happy with myself.

A friend of mine is an alcoholic, almost 3 years sober now, and he says it’s all about the day to day. His mentality is, he might have a drink tomorrow, who knows, but he knows he wont have one today, he works every day to not have a drink that day and that’s where his focus is. He recognizes his triggers, which I mentioned a few months ago, HALT (hunger, anger, loneliness, tiredness) and looks to correct these feelings before they get overwhelming, and this is how he does it.

And so with that, every day I tell myself that I wont cheat on the diet. I may cheat on my birthday, I may cheat next week. But today, I am focusing on keeping myself full, happy, on talking to people and going out, and on sleeping when I am tired, and taking naps if I feel really exhausted and overwhelmed (because everything is better after a quick nap!) so that I can move forward in this weight loss journey, this… well over 2 year long journey, with all it’s rollercoaster-ey-ness, to strive towards a better me, everyday.

Heavy.

Love you guys, hope you are all doing great in your own journeys, however long they may take you!

-Constance

10% Body Weight Lost Since May 23rd

I’d like to start off by saying, you can now visit my blog simply by putting http://www.shehulk.ca as the URL. My boyfriend set it up for me, so I don’t need to set up a new blog, shehulk.ca will just take you here!

My new e-mail being constance@shehulk.ca

My boyfriend rocks. Just sayin’.

So I started on Dukan again May 23rd, this past May 23rd. At 207.6lbs. I had a bad week last week and cheated a few times, but no binging, which doesn’t make it better, I’m just saying. So since May 23rd I have lost 20lbs and 10% of my bodyweight! Which is very exciting, the first 10%, 20/50lbs lost. 

I have just been focused this week, walking, not cheating. Making my meals in advance, drinking a lot of water, and tracking my calories through livestrong.ca.

NOW, I know on Dukan you don’t have to count your calories, and yes I am following Dukan. I was curious about my calorie intake and I find it helps me remain more focused on not cheating, and not overindulging in my protein intake. I track my walks and it tells me how much I burned and I find it very motivating to have those numbers up there.

Have a great day you guys, I feel really happy with my weight loss, weighing in at 187lbs as of this morning. I hope I get under 180lbs again within two weeks maybe. That would be so nice. Getting into the 170s would feel really awesome!

-Constance