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-Dukan Dietress

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Down 2lbs Since Yesterday!

ImageLast night I went out to dinner celebrating one of my dearest friends who is moving away. I knew we were going to a restaurant so I planned ahead and looked up the menu online. I picked the one thing off the menu that was even close to Dukan friendly, the cobb salad (without dressing) and ordered it. It was SO DELICIOUS and filling! I didn’t feel left out hanging out with all my friends and I wont remember my good friends going away party as that time I sat at a table drinking diet soda and watching my friends eat yummy BBQ food while my stomach was grumbling and I had a miserable time. So it’s a win win!

Yes, the salad did have cheese, I ate it because there really wasn’t a lot there and it all just looked so good. This morning I weighed myself and I lost 2 full pounds. SCORE!

So no, I didn’t have a supplement day yesterday, but I stayed on track and lost the weight, so I will have a redo of day… what am I on now… day 4? Today. I didn’t cheat because of cravings, I ate a Dukan friendly meal at a BBQ restaurant, had an amazing time and planned ahead for success! I feel really amazing!

I started back on Dukan 130 days ago. In that time I have allowed myself to cheat, I have fallen off the wagon for a few days at a time, but mostly I have stuck with it to the tune of an average 1.57lbs lost per week and 022lbs per day. Total lost in 130 days: 29.0lbs and I am currently at my lowest weight during this time!

Plan ahead for success!!!

-Constance (Dukan Dietress)

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Supplement Experiment Day 3

Well would you look at that… the day 2 curse is passed and I didn’t cheat, actually… I had NO CRAVINGS the entire day! ZERO!

Hmmm… I guess I may be onto something afterall.

Today is day 3 and I’m feeling amaaaazing. Will update you on my total weight loss at the end of the full week because of fear of jinxing it… but VERY happy with the results so far. LIKE VERY. Pants are fitting much looser, belly is looking FLAT.

Who would have thought?

Oooh and there is a winner for the book giveaway… but that will be announced later today on my YouTube channel. ;) 

Good luck to everyone who entered, I can’t wait to announce my next giveaway!

Have a Dukan Day! Let’s see where this week of supplementation leads me! I honestly think I might get to a 10lbs loss!

-Constance

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Dukan Supplement Experiment Update

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As per request, what happened after day 2 of the Supplement Experiment?

Life got a bit stressful and I gave up, but stuck on Dukan, weight stayed approximately the same (a little bit of a gain from the pizza at day 2). I am back on now, currently doing day 2 (again). I didn’t want to jinx it by blogging or vlogging about it. ;) I don’t want to do another 2 days and then cheat and be in that position again.

I did lose almost 5lbs on the first day of this second try at the Supplement Experiment. It’s so weird how fast it drops when you are “juicing” or more like “Dukan juicing”.

Make sure to check out my YouTube channel for more daily information on Dukan and what I’m up to.

But yes, we are at a second day 2 of the Supplement Experiment with the same results as last time. Let’s see if I can pass through the Day 2 hump!

I feel pretty damn focused this time. I think I’ll be just fine. :)

Will write again tomorrow (promise!) to let you know how I did with this day 2 curse. ;)

-Constance

Dukan Supplement Experiment

In his newest book, Dr Dukan answers the question I have been asked a hundred times: “Can you have protein shakes and protein bars on the Dukan Diet?”

The answer I have given time and time again is absolutely. There are ways to make sure the protein powder you buy is Dukan-friendly. The number one tip I give everytime is to make sure the amount of protein per scoop is close, meaning: make sure that if the scoop is 28g, that the protein amound is close to 28 grams, like my protein powder which is 25g of protein per 28g scoop. If your scoop is 28g and the amount of protein per scoop is 18, then you are looking at 10g of filler.

A lot of protein bars are not okay to eat on the diet. They advertise high protein and high fiber, but they are not. The only bar I have found to work well with the rules outlined in Dukan is Quest Bars but I always check the nutritional information on new bars I find just in case. I have not found a single other bar to work though.

The official statement by Dukan is that protein shakes and bars are not acceptable on the diet.

With the rise in popularity of shake diets and juice cleanses, as well as this official statement by The Dukan Diet that protein shakes are not acceptable, I thought I would do a test, an experiment if you will. My stance on protein powders and bars are that after a workout, or sometimes in replacement of a meal, or as a snack… they are good for you and healthy and something that can be beneficial to your diet.

But what if all I ate for 7 days was supplements? This is not something I would suggest to any of you… but might show the effects of protein powders over a longer period of time and show an extreme to prove that protein powders, bars, and other supplements… if the research is done on the product ingested… should indeed be allowed on the diet.

I will be filming a vlog on my YouTube channel showing how I feel throughout these 7 days as well as blogging here! :)

How Will You Proceed?

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I will be switching between two whey proteins during the day. I have included pictures of the products as well as the nutrition information. Like when following “regular” Dukan, I will be drinking a protein shake whenever I am hungry, if that means I drink 10 protein shakes during the day then so be it, but I will be sure to record how many I drink and my hunger levels.

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I will be alternating PP and PV days as if I was following cruise. During PV days I will be adding this vegegreens and trying my best to match one protein shake for every vegeshake. Included are photos and the nutrition information.

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Before bed I will be drinking one casein protein shake. This is a kind of protein that is slow absorbing and suggested to be drank before bed. Once again I have included a photo and the nutrition information.

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Like when I would regularly follow the Dukan Diet, I will eat my two allowed yogurts as well as the recommended serving of oat bran. I plan to eat this every morning for breakfast.

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You Can Follow Me Every Step Of The Way

I will be letting you in on my weight every day. How I feel during the day, how much I have to eat to feel full, every symptom and craving via YouTube as well as here. I hope to see if a protein shake would be good for a snack or meal following Dukan, if vegegreens would make a good substitute for vegetables on PV days and to see if it’s possible to lose weight on a “Dukan Shake” diet. Maybe prove that you can do a blitz following Dukan of a few supplement days in a row to kickstart your weight loss.

I am not sure what I will learn during these 7 days, but I can’t wait to tag you along and maybe teach you a thing or two about supplementation.

Wish me luck!

-Dukan Dietress

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

Day 6

Hello Constance, welcome to day 6 of dieting!

As if as of tomorrow it’ll be almost a week back on… I want to weigh myself! I honestly woke up, bee-lined for the scale this morning and then drank a giant glass of water to prevent myself from weighing myself.

This is bad. I feel like a heroin addict must feel! Or someone who deletes their Facebook!

I keep thinking, well I GOTSTA weigh myself tomorrow! It’ll have been a week back on!

NO! CONSTANCE BE STRONG!

Would you believe I am struggling more with the idea that I have no idea how much weigh I’ve lost than with my eating, cheating, and overeating? LMAO. Last night I visited a friend and we made arts and crafts with Popsicle sticks and talked. Would you believe it was so nice? Drinking tea, just hanging out.

It’s weird… when I think of being with my family, I generally associate them with food. Birthdays, Holidays… food.

All of my other friends I also associate with food. Well food or alcohol, and there is almost always food around when I hangout with… well anyone!

This friend is totally different. We watch movies, go on bike rides, 4-wheeling, arts and crafts, on Saturday we are going shopping, and I never feel compelled to cheat around him, and we rarely if ever do anything food-related. Just tea.

It’s a nice change. I ADORE my friends to TEARS but what are pub nights, even ceilis have the food served at the end (ceilis are big Irish dancing things I go to once a month), drinking with friends, if it’s at a bar there are generally nachos served, hanging out at friends houses with chips and booze…

I have no problem avoiding eating these things, it’s just kindof refreshing not having to think about it at all. Even work… we are having a Christmas party on the 6th and it’s at a really nice restaurant and I’ve been stressing about it a little…

Actually you know what, he isn’t my only friend where my interactions don’t revolve around food. I do have a few… I can only think of one right now but anyways…

So, I sat Prawn down when I decided I was starting the Dukan Diet for good this time (last Friday) and (I’m not sure if I told you guys this actually…) he asked me if we could be partners again. Dieting partners.

So I told him that although I didn’t want us to rely on each other for our dieting, I would love to do the Dukan Diet with him. We talked about how unhappy we are with our weight gain, how confident we felt when we were thinner.

We talked about how we both hate how our clothes feel tighter, and he explained to me that he wasn’t happy I said I didn’t want to diet with him.

Which started a bit of an argument… since all I said was I didn’t want us to be dependant on each other, that way neither of us could sabotage the others efforts. In the end he told me he understood what I was trying to say and that once again, he would love to diet with me, lose weight together, and be happy again.

Well I am glad I decided to diet on my own you guys. -.- I am REALLY disappointed to be honest but Prawn hasn’t had a day without cheating once. In fact, he went to his parents and pigged out and brought home baegals (oh wait… I totally have told you guys this already… I just remembered I wasn’t entirely sure how to spell baegals but I posted anyways. XD) I do have new information though.

Last night I came home to nachos having been made and 3 bags of chips. He had friends over and I guess they ate at the apartment… The half empty (mostly empty) bags are still on the kitchen table. I’m having a hard time moving them and I told Prawn to deal with it. I hope when I go home on my lunch that they are gone.

Still baegals in the fridge, and margarine… and I totally want to eat them but I wont.

It’s just disappointing. I thought we were going to do this together. The other day after he cheated I asked if he felt good having cheated, and if it was worthit.

He was obviously embarrassed and after avoiding the conversation for a bit informed me that ‘he had made good decisions all day’…

I said, yeah but that doesn’t make it okay to overeat later and stray from the diet. All of a sudden you have broken your day of eating right all day… right?

He said, ‘no I made good decisions all day, including the baegal.’

So I don’t understand. When you know something works if you don’t stray and cheat, and you know the results you COULD be having if you don’t eat that baegal… why do we eat the baegal, and then justify it as ‘not that bad of a decision’ or GAWED forbid… a good one?

xoxo