Brilliant!

Hello again world!

Sorry about being MIA for the past couple of months. I have some good news and bad news. First off, I’ve managed to keep off the 6 lbs that I’ve lost in the Dukan Attack Phase. Bad news is, I’ve been struggling with the Cruise Phase and hadn’t exactly followed the program and hence I haven’t lost weight since. It’s been almost two months now. Yes, I know. I am FINALLY getting to address this issue. I’ve been lazy. Wait, scratch that. I’ve been super LAZY.

Ack! It sounds so bad hearing it out loud. I have been lazy and complacent as of late. I don’t even feel like blogging. Which is probably the reason why I haven’t really stuck to the diet since I haven’t been keeping track of my food intake which in turn made me not want to blog and so on and so forth. And now it’s just a whole domino effect. Not blaming anyone. I am taking responsibility for my own actions.

Lately, I have been scouring the web for Dukan friendly Asian recipe blogs and have come across some awesome sites. And then it hit me, why not put more pictures in my blog? Since I love taking pics and I just upgraded my camera (which btw, I have not yet put to use – shame on me!). So in my second attempt to restart the Dukan, I will also restart my blog. It will consist of stories of food, life, travel and of course, photography.

I haven’t lost hope yet and I am planning on continuing my weight loss journey with Dr. Dukan. It seems I’m just taking the scenic route for now. Stay tuned and I will put up the new link once it’s up and running.

Till next time. I bid you good (and healthy) eating! Live long and prosper!

 

P.S.
We saw the new Star Trek movie last night so I’m still in that mode.

I am woman, hear me ROAR

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Thought I’d check in. Didn’t want y’all to think that I dropped off the face off the earth. I am still here and have been hanging on. It’s been my 2nd week since finishing the Attack Phase and I am having a heck of a time with the Cruise Phase. I blame it on poor planning mostly. I went into the Attack Phase like a beast, a warrior. And then I got a little too excited and got a bit complacent coming into the next phase. So my next plan of action is to actually sit down and plan out a 2 week Cruise Phase meal plan. I am even thinking of restarting the whole thing. Sort of a do-over!

So there are a couple of awesome things I’ve learned since I’ve been on the Dukan. One is that I’ve FINALLY found a plan I can stick to and second is that I ACTUALLY DID IT! Yes, I will admit that life happens but so far I haven’t felt so defeated that I wanted to give up right away and abandon the whole diet altogether. I found myself each day wanting to do better even though I might have had a slip up the day before. I also have a new found love for baking. I love that I can STILL eat bread. That is just a big plus for me. Tonight, I was bored so I made a chocolate cake. I will try to take pics and upload it for next time.

So I guess my BIG update would be that I’ve lost 6 lbs from the Attack Phase. I can now proudly say that I’m back in the 170’s. Still far from my goal weight but it is definitely nice to see that number when I get on the scale. I am also learning to celebrate my “mini” victories. Next goal is to lose 10 lbs. I am more than halfway there. I can almost taste it! Well, I guess that about sums it up for now. My cake is almost done and so is this post.

Till next time. . .

When the going gets tough . . .

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Sorry I haven’t been on. The last two days have been somewhat of a roller coaster for me and I just wasn’t in the mood to actually sit down and write it out. But today, I got my second wind so I am back and feeling a bit refreshed and revived. Here’s a recap of the next 3 days on the Attack phase.

Day 3
Today was the hardest I’ve had on the diet. I don’t know if my body is finally adjusting or may be going into ketosis but right around late morning, I started having mild headaches which just sort of compounded later on in the day. Today also made me realize that I actually am putting forth the effort to make this work. My coworker had told me that someone had brought in some cinnamon bread for the whole office today and before I can even really fathom her statement I said, “No thanks!”  That actually was a turning point for me that told me that I was not giving in to the cravings any more. I can easily decline sweets. This was a huge step for me since I am a carboholic. I love anything and all bread. WOW! But alas, I guess that just wasn’t the only obstacle in the day for me. It turns out that the building property management had decided to hold a fundraiser which they called “Food Truck Wednesdays”. Their aim is to raise money for cancer research for kids. And to which I had mixed emotions. I am all in favor of the efforts to bring awareness to cancer and I am all for raising money to fund its research. The only thing I wasn’t really in favor of is that for the next weeks to come, there will be different food trucks coming in and the temptation may be so great I just might cave in. That is my fear. So along with my compounding headache and the smell of food lingering in the air, I almost buckled. One of the food trucks was serving tacos. Yum! Oh man oh man! It took a lot for me to walk past the food trucks to go to the parking structure but I did it. And then I headed straight to Whole Foods and bought me some chicken which helped so much. By the time I came back from lunch, the food trucks were gone. Although, the smell of food was still in the air. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I lost 2 lbs from the day before. I was super ecstatic to see the scale move. Here is the menu for Day 3.

Breakfast – 1 egg + egg whites + 2 slices of smoked turkey + coffee
Snack – sugar free jello
Lunch – 2 pcs lemon herb chicken from Whole Foods
Snack – smoked turkey + sugar free jello
Dinner – grilled chicken + mini oat bran muffins (approved for the attack phase)

I’ve plowed through so many websites in search of oat bran recipes since I really wasn’t liking the galettes and I needed to find a way to get my daily intake of oat bran. I came through one site that had the mini oat bran muffins and decided to make it. I thought I would like them but they still had the same texture as the galettes so I wasn’t too thrilled about them. The Mister however loved them and raved about it. That night, I was just super tired. Like I said, I think the diet was probably catching up with me and my body is just trying to adjust. I went to bed past midnight even though I was tired I just couldn’t go to sleep.

So the next day, I couldn’t wait to weigh myself. Imagine my disappointment when I stepped on the scale and saw that I had only lost 0.6 lbs. I was like whaaaat?!? You have got to be kidding me! I went through all of that the day before and the scale didn’t even move. Ugh! I was a little upset. Although I think  I kinda know what the culprit may be. I don’t think I drank my required water intake hence I didn’t go the bathroom as much. Nevertheless, I was bummed. I didn’t eat breakfast till 11am. I wasn’t hungry. Plus I had to run a meeting so I was busy and totally forgot that I hadn’t eaten the most important meal of the day. So here’s my menu.

Day 4

Breakfast – hard boiled egg + coffee
Snack – deli ham slices
Lunch – leftover grilled chicken + 1/2 turkey burger + sour cream (I used to dip the meat into since turkey tends to be a bit dryer)
Snack – sugar free jello

*** BAD ROSELLE, BAD!***  The Mister took me out for some KBBQ. I thought I was gonna be OK but no I couldn’t resist and ended up eating rice paper and some of the macaroni salad. Aaaahhhh! My self control and willpower just went out the door and they didn’t bother to come back for the remainder of that night. Yes, I felt bad but also thought that since I already “sinned”, I might as well enjoy it. Can you say addict?!? Hello. My name is Roselle and I am a food addict.

Day 5

Didn’t weigh myself today. I just couldn’t face another day that was going to start with disappointment. So I got up and got ready for work. Late again for 3 mins. Aaahh so what else is new? No matter how much I try to get myself out the door in time, I still end up late. I’m sure that will be in my review. AGAIN. Anyway, got to work and pretty much did work. Again, I wasn’t hungry. Didn’t eat breakfast until 11:15 am. That’s not even breakfast anymore. That’s brunch. Anyway, didn’t have my usual morning deal. Today, I decided to try the oat bran porridge. OMG!!! Here I was racking my brains out on how I was going to meet my daily intake and all I had to do was make a porridge?!? This porridge was ridongculously amazing that I literally ate the whole thing in about a minute. Would’ve licked the bowl  clean if I could’ve. And it was so easy to make.  After breakfast err brunch, I decided that I was gonna go to the store since I needed to restock the Snack Shack at work. Yes, that is another challenge that I face amidst this effort to diet. I chair the Social Committee at work and to raise funds this year, we’ve decided to vend our own snacks. Good and bad thing really. Good – because we’ve finally found a low maintenance way to raise some money. Bad – well because the temptation is right smack in my face daily at 5 days a week. I gotta be strong! So anyhoot, grabbed my stuff and headed down to the store. Got what I needed and then I had an urge for some of that lemon herb chicken from Whole Foods. I’m beginning to like that stuff. So I bought me some and ended up paying $6 and some change for 2 pieces of chicken (leg and thigh). Holy hell, I should’ve just gone to Costco right next door and grabbed me a whole rotisserie chicken for $4.99 and then I guess I could’ve just bought the lemon herb seasoning. Would’ve saved me more $ then. But I was hungry and it was an impulse buy. Note to self: this is why prepping meals is so important. The chicken did tide me over up until 4pm when the sugar craving hit. Good thing, I had brought an extra sugar free jello and I snacked on that. I stopped by the 99 cents store on the way home to get some shredded cheese cos’ I found a way to make some oat bran biscuits using cheese so I had wanted to try it. Came home and the Mister had defrosted some pork chops. I know, I know. You’re not supposed to have pork on the attack phase but I guess it was the only meat in the freezer and it was a lean cut so I just cooked it anyway. I had 2 pieces and they were delish! I grilled them using my George Forman grill. Thank God for that grill. That has got to be one of the best inventions EVER. So after dinner I got on the comp again and looked up recipes. I came across this GREAT oat bran panacke recipe and decided to try it. Holy Mole!!!! These were light and fluffy just like the real thing. You can’t even tell the difference. I have to give credit where credit is due so if you would like to see Lady’s recipe, pls go here.

And so without further adieu, here’s the menu for Day 5.

Breakfast – oat bran porridge + hard boiled egg
Mix all ingredients and put in the microwave for about 3 mins. Watch out cos’ it does bubble over! Here’s the recipe:
(1.5 tbsp oat bran, 1 splenda, 1/2 cup skim milk (I used soy milk), 3 drops of vanilla)
Lunch – 2 pcs lemon herb chicken
Snack – sugar free jello
Dinner – 2 (lean cut) pork chops
Snack / Dessert – Oat bran pancakes

Well, that about sums it up. I don’t plan on weighing myself until Day 7 (Sunday AM). Figured I’d give my body a chance to reset itself. Sorry about the long post. And if you’ve read through this whole thing (really?), I thank you for keeping up with my journey. Till next time . . .

When life gives you lemon, you make . . . a salmon scramble

Today marks Day 2 on the Dukan Diet. It’s a little easier, I must say. Though there are still stumbling blocks along the way. But at least now, I’m getting used to the idea of learning how to eat properly. I just have to remember to bring enough food to last me through the day! I’m still trying to get used to the idea of a diet where I can actually EAT.

So this morning I woke up and prepped my meals for the day. Didn’t have time actually eat my breakfast at home so I just took it to work so I wouldn’t be late. Well, should’ve just ate it right after I cooked it cos’ I was late anyway. Ahhh, the story of my life. Funny thing was I didn’t end eating breakfast until 10AM. I just wasn’t hungry. Even then I had to force myself to eat. Here’s my menu for today.

Breakfast
1 egg + egg whites
2 slices smoked turkey
coffee
Snack
Turkey roll ups
Lunch
Grilled chicken + onions (leftover from last night’s dinner)
Snack
Sugar free Jello
Dinner
Salmon Curry ( I was experimenting!)
Oat bran ginger biscuits (I found the recipe here)

So today I couldn’t wait to get home so I can try out the curry recipe that I found online. And I did end up making it but I subbed a chicken bouillon when it called for fish stock so it ended up being way too salty. I ended up just fishing out the fish and rinsing it. Then I remembered a fish recipe that my aunt always cooks. I flaked the fish and added a little bit of vinegar and some granulated garlic and some ground black pepper. Also added a little bit of egg and voila, turned it into a sort of scramble. Which surprisingly worked out real well. I ate half and saved the rest for lunch tomorrow. I also tried a new recipe for my oat bran tonight. I liked it way better than the galette. I am saving the other half of the oat bran biscuit to eat for lunch tomorrow.

Also today, I got my 20 mins of walking and more. I went to Costco for lunch and walked around for a total of 45 mins. I also found a box of sugar free jello that contained sugar free pudding besides just jello. I realize that my cravings kick in in the afternoons so this definitely saved my life. I just wasn’t liking the pudding since for some reason I couldn’t trick my brain into thinking it was ‘real’ sugar I was eating. Mind over matter, I suppose.

Well, I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that I had made a little boo boo  I couldn’t find the scale so I wasn’t able to weigh in yesterday. So I don’t really know if I had lost weight from Day 1. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow morning when I weigh in. I’m hoping it’s good since I followed the plan.

Well I guess that is it for this post. I’m noticing a change in my energy so am certainly liking it. Hopefully, this continues. Tootles for now!

DRAMA. It’s what makes the world go round.

“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Today was my first day on the Dukan Diet. The day was rewarding, satisfying and at times, scary. And now I sit here ready to capture what had transpired in the course of today and then put this day behind me to get ready for another day tomorrow. As I’ve said in my previous post, I was a mixed ball of emotions. I think I’ve set such high expectations for myself this time around and I just was afraid that I was going to fail. Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast   8:45 AMCoffee (Decaf, Splenda, Coffee Mate Powder creamer)
Scrambled Eggs ( 1 egg + 1/4 cup egg white)
2 turkey bacon (too salty!)

Snack 11AM
Crab flakes
Yogurt + Splenda + Cinnamon

Lunch 2:30PM (I wasn’t hungry till then)
2 pieces El Pollo Loco Chicken topped with salsa
(I cheated a little and ate the skin. Ugh, I caved in.)

I went to the 99 cent store to buy some spices and stumbled upon this. This saved my life cos’ I got cravings in the afternoon and had I not had this, I probably would’ve reached for something “bad”. Thank goodness for Jello! This is sugar free and clocked in at 60 calories with 2g of protein and only 2.5 of fat. Ba-zing!

Dinner  8pm
Grilled Chicken + Grilled Onions
Oat Bran Galette
I must admit the galette had a weird texture. I guess maybe I just wasn’t used to it. When I bit into it, I was expecting to have the taste of an actual pancake. Looks like this is going to be an acquired taste if I’m gonna continue to cook and eat this way for the remainder of this phase. I need to explore other ways of eating my required daily oat bran. I had a hard time eating yogurt this morning. I’ve never really liked yogurt. Something about it’s texture just kinda weirds me out. I added cinnamon to my yogurt this morning which made it a bit more edible for me. Nevertheless, I think it must’ve taken me at least 10 minutes to consume the whole thing. That is a long time for me. And when I would take a spoonful, I just kinda let it sit in my mouth for a couple of minutes before I can even swallow it. For some reason, it was making me gag. But I managed to finish it so that’s that. I don’t think I’ll be including yogurt in tomorrow’s menu. I  was thirsty for the majority of the day and drank tons of water which resulted in me going to the bathroom every couple of hours or so. Sorry. A bit of TMI there.

My day was going fine today until I received a phone call from my mom after I had just eaten dinner. And basically, we just went at it. I haven’t gotten in such a long argument like that with her in a while. I must’ve spent almost an hour just going in circles. My mother is like a broken record player. She’s been like that since I was a kid and I don’t think she’ll ever change. Old habits die hard. I just feel like I’ve now become the parent and she has reverted to being a teenager where her answer for everything is, “I don’t care” and to which I respond, “Wow! Really? Seriously? WTH? WTF?!”  Well, I won’t rehash the gory details. Let’s just say the conversation was so intense that after it was done, I was about to ready to dig into the freezer and pull out the tub of vanilla ice cream that I haven’t touched in a couple of weeks. Yes. She got to me.  And I sit here thinking, this morning I woke up and thought that I wouldn’t last throughout the day. That I would buckle at the first sign of craving. But no. I actually got through it. I got through the day and stayed the course. The hardest part of my day came when I least expected it. BUT I’m still standing. Ready to begin another day. And with that I say, bring it on!

I am off to bed. Got another early start tomorrow so I will cut it short here and now. Good night people of the world!

The Last Supper

Happy Easter to everyone!

Today is my last day of freedom (so to speak, hence the title of this post) before I officially start the Dukan diet tomorrow. I am a mixed ball of emotions – a bit apprehensive, nervous, anxious and excited all in one. I feel as though I’m back in grade school waiting for the 1st day of school to start. I’ve started prep on tomorrow’s meal so that things will go as smooth as possible.

Today, the Mister came to  Mass with me. He hasn’t set foot in the church for a while so I sort of gave him a guilt trip and reminded him of the many blessings he’s received lately so it’s only fitting that he go to mass today and give thanks. I know I’m bad for doing that but my intentions are good, I promise. After church, we went to Wal Mart to buy some dog food and I saw so many cute dresses I was so tempted to shop. BUT I stopped and reminded myself that retail therapy for a new wardrobe will be the prize once I get to my first goal which is to finish the Attack phase. That should help me stay motivated to stay the course. I found this on my comp earlier while searching for a pic to change my FB cover photo.

Fat-Fearing

I can totally identify with the picture since I remember being 118 lbs back in high school yet always seeing the “chubby” girl in the mirror. I often ask, ‘As women, why do we do that to ourselves?’  Everything is tied to being skinny and thin. Like is our self worth totally dependent on the size of the clothes we wear? And too often we blame society. Why? Because it’s the easiest thing to do. Because that way, we don’t have to take responsibility of our own actions and our own faults. So today, as for myself, I say no more. Today, starts a new beginning and a new chapter in my life. My high school algebra teacher always began each and every class by having us recite this. “I can do anything that I set my mind to.” I know the road ahead will not be easy but this will be my daily mantra. Why?

Because I know that I CAN and I WILL!

Update tomorrow on my first day. Stay tuned . . .

There is no TRY, just DO

Well, here I go again. Back on the saddle after a failed year. I am certainly recognizing and most certainly aware of my pattern when it comes to weight loss. I have decided to yet again get back on the saddle. Give it another go, another try. This time (hopefully) armed and ready with tools that will make this attempt a success.

My life has just been blah as of late. I mean don’t get me wrong. I thank God each and every day that I am alive and kicking but there are days when I ask myself,’Is this it? This is all I have to look forward to?”. I remember when the new year came in I told myself that I was going to lose 36 lbs for my 36th (yikes, don’t remind me!) birthday this year. That was 3 months ago and my birthday is fast approaching and all I’ve lost so far is 2 lbs. Well, on the plus side 2 lbs lost is 2 lbs lost. On the minus side, 2 lbs don’t even scratch the surface of what I wanna lose. And my birthday is on May 10th – which gives me exactly 40 days to accomplish my New Year’s resolution. How ironic that I am blogging all of this on Holy Saturday. I guess the next 40 days will be like Lent for me. It will be a trying journey. That I can already anticipate. Which is the reason why I’m a bit apprehensive of starting the diet this coming Monday. But as I’ve also said, I have prepared for this. Researched and put together menu plans so as I’m not tempted to stray off my chosen path.

This time, I have decided to try The Dukan Diet. The Dukan Diet was created by French physician Pierre Dukan more than 10 years ago as a treatment for obese people. Here is the exact description from the site:

Dukan Diet

Essentially, it’s a four-phase, high-protein, low-calorie diet plan. There’s no weighing foods or counting calories. You eat as much as you want, at any time of day – as long as what you’re eating is lean protein, at least initially.

In fact, protein is the centerpiece in all four phases, along with oat bran, lots of water, and a 20-minute daily walk. Vegetables are allowed in the second stage, followed by small amounts of fruit and whole grains.

Sound familiar? It’s much like the first Atkins diet. Dieters lose weight rapidly – as much as 1-2 pounds a day during the first phase — which Dukan says helps to instill lasting motivation. He promises that hunger will disappear after the third day.

However, the book warns that dieters may suffer from bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue — all consequences of low-carb, high-protein diets.

The Dukan Diet: What You Can Eat

Phase 1, the “Attack” phase, is quite simple: Eat all you want of lean protein, along with 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 liters of water daily. That’s it.  Dieters can choose from 72 lean or low-fat meats (excluding pork and lamb), fish, poultry, eggs, soy, and nonfat dairy.

This is followed by the “Cruise” phase, which allows unlimited amounts of 28 non-starchy vegetables every other day along with a core diet of unlimited lean/low-fat protein and 2 tablespoons of oat bran. Carrots, peas, corn, and potatoes are not on this list of vegetables but appear in the next phase.

Phase 3, “Consolidation,” allows unlimited protein (including pork and lamb) and vegetables every day, along with one piece of low-sugar fruit, 2 slices of whole-grain bread, and 1 portion of hard cheese. Dieters can also have 1-2 servings of starchy foods and 1-2 “celebration” meals (in which you can eat whatever you want) per week during this phase.  In this phase, you begin the lifetime commitment of eating the core diet of pure protein one day each week, preferably the same day.

Phase 4, “Stabilization,” is the maintenance portion of the plan.  The author promises you can eat whatever you like without regain if you follow his rules – one day a week, follow the same all-protein diet as in Phase 1; eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day; and walk for 20 minutes daily and never take elevators or escalators.

Sugar-free gum, artificial sweeteners, vinegars, and spices are allowed on The Dukan Diet. The book encourages dieters to take a daily multivitamin with minerals.

Why did I pick this one over the other diets you may ask? Well, I’ve tried many but the reason why I pick this one is that it seems easy enough to stick to it. As described, no counting calories or points and I like the fact that I get to eat as much as I want as long as it’s on the approved list of foods. Plus, I’ve found and realized that eating protein is easier for me than eating a salad. No offense to those who love salad. And it does keep me full longer which means that I can actually say no easily to the temptations. Because there have been way too many times when my spirit was willing but my flesh was oh so weak!

This time I promise to be different. This time I promised myself a change. My birthday gift to myself this year is to reclaim the quality of MY life. I’m sick and tired of being tired all the time. I’m sick and tired of having to take meds to control my blood pressure. I’m sick and tired of the pre-destined diseases that my family has passed down generation to generation. I refuse to be another statistic. I will rise to meet this challenge and I will show the world the new ME in the next few months.

According to the Dukan website, I should be in the Attack phase for 7 days and then I will spend 111 days (over 3 mos) in the Cruise Phase and then 158 days ( over 5 mos) in the Consolidation Phase. So all in all, this weight loss journey should last me the rest of this year. With celebration in tow for December. How fitting! Just in time for the holidays. Well this post has been a lengthy one. This will help me keep in check.

I’m off to finalize my meal plans and then to get ready for bed so I can wake up early to be at church for mass tomorrow. Wish me luck! Till next time  . . .

Happy Easter!

P.S.
Next post, I will try to take pics so I can compare before and after.