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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cruise Phase

The Cruise phase is a day of protein only and a day of protein with vegetables everyday until you reach your desired weight loss goal. I had veggies for the first time in 7 days and my body was so happy. The veggies tasted better to me, I felt a burts of energy and I had a very good bathroom experience. I understand that this phase can and will get boring if I don’t introduce new things into my veggies/protein days. I have lost 3lbs in the past week. I understand that this is the beginning of the diet so weight loss will be steady for a few weeks and I will have to tweak my diet, work out harder, but seeing these results in such a short period of time makes me HAPPY! I will keep to it and lets see if I can make 25lbs down by the end of July. *fingers crossed* Down 12 as of today!!

I did have to tweak my cruise phase a bit. In the book, Dr. Dukan suggest that you have 5 protein only days and 5 days of protein and veggies. I find that its working for me, because the 1 and 1 was a bit frustrating for a while. I also read in the book not to weigh yourself during the week before your cycle because you will carry the water and be so upset. I am exactly 7 days away today, so I weighed myself yesterday and I meant to post this sooner, but I forgot. I won't be weighing myself next week but I will keep you posted. I am having some craving issues and had some sugar free jello last night because I really want to eat a king size reese cup, but I digress, moving along and hopefully I can enjoy all of the bbq's and picnics for the holiday weekend without blowing this all to hell!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dukan Diet: Attack Phase Review

Before, I get started I worked the Whole 30 for about 3 weeks and only saw a 5lb loss. I was getting frustrated. It feels like whatever eating plan I did I would lose no more than 7 lbs and then have to shock my system to do something else. So, I go to my doctor monthly due to a thyroid issue that I’m having, makes it harder to drop the lbs. My doctor actually told me that he wants me to try the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet. I was kind of surprised, but I thought the only thing that could happen is I don’t lose any weight and am constipated for a week! Why not, I went to Target picked up the book and got to reading. Like everything I try to do I researched it a bit, watched YouTube reviews, searched blogs online and made my decision to make it happen.
Typically breakfast consisted of:
Egg whites and low fat ham or turkey meat or 2 boiled eggs.
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast (I cook them or if I’m in a crunch I go to KFC for it).
Dinner: Turkey burger, chicken breast, salmon
Gym workouts are: Aqua Fit, Pilates, Yoga I go to the track to walk or I get on treadmill for 25 minutes. I am sluggish for the first few days. But, after day 3, the cravings have subsided and the fact that I am having so much protein it’s keeping me from being hungry which in turn does not give me the desire to want to snack.
At the end of each night, I add 1.5 tablespoons of the oat bran to a non fat blueberry or strawberry yogurt. The oat bran has been used as granola in my case. I will not be cooking that as oatmeal. The book states if you want to lose double digits during the Attack Phase don’t eat dairy at all. Well, I’m having it! You have to get your water in. It is extremely important. You’re eating nothing but meat, you will be constipated, if you don’t drink the water and have the oat bran. The reason why I like this diet is because I don’t have a million choices, so I can’t mess up. For 7-10 days: lean meat, eggs, non fat dairy, 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran(mandatory), 64 ounces of water. It’s a freaking no brainer! So far so good, I don’t have any cravings, I think about the food but I have not gone out to get ice cream, cookies, chips and other junk foods that I love.

Sum it up:

Boring food selection

Rapid weight loss
Increased energy
Suppressed appetite due to high protein, you don’t need to eat as much or as often because you don’t want it.

I did the Attack Phase for 7 days and lost 9.4lbs.
Today is Day 8, I was trying to push for 10 days, but I really need roughage in my diet, I miss vegetables. I forgot my breakfast this morning. I will have low fat deli ham and lunch will determine if I’m fully off of the Attack Phase of this diet. I will update you in my next post, discussing the next phase: Cruise

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Experimenting with the Dukan Diet

Phase 1: Attack Phase
You eat lean protein only. And drink a lot of water (coffee, tea and diet sodas are OK too but they have to be zero calories and zero fat).
Your protein is likely to come in the form of meat (low-fat beef, chicken, turkey, fish), but there are also dairy possibilities (e.g. zero-fat yogurt and cottage cheese, etc) and vegetarian/vegan options (e.g. eggs, tofu and seitan). You can season your protein with anything that is zero fat and zero carbs, like salt, vinegar, onions, mustard, normal spices (oregano, basil, pepper, etc.) and so on. You also add some oat bran (1.5 tablespoons per day) to the mix and a 20-minute walk every day. The Oat Bran is mandatory every day and not to exceed 1.5 tablespoons per day.
In Dr. Dukan’s book it clearly states that if you have to lose 10lbs do this Phase for 2 days. If you have 20 to lose, for 5 and for me 40 or more do it for 7 no more than 10 days. At this present time, I have chosen 7 days. Don’t eat any dairy products, if you want to lose a double digit number.
In the attack phase, the only thing that will passing your lips is the protein, the oat bran and the water.
Phase 2: Also known as the cruise phase. You have days of nothing-but-protein alternated with days of nothing-but-protein-and-vegetables. Salad is included as a vegetable(no dressing, too much fat or you can make your own dressing). You continue the oat bran (2 tablespoons per day), the water and the walking (which increases to 30 minutes a day, briskly). You can see why the Dukan diet is also known as the French protein diet. Phase 2 could last for months until you reach your true/ideal weight.

Phase 3: Consolidation phase, this phase starts once you reach your target weight. You don’t lose any weight here – you just maintain your new weight. The consolidation phase adds a little fruit, bread and cheese to the mix, as well as one “celebration meal” per week. Continue eating protein plus vegetables to your heart’s desire. They are always on the menu.
- You get one fruit a day, but you are looking for the watery fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, etc.
- You get two slices of whole-grain bread. If you must have butter, make it low-fat. Be stingy with the butter.
- You get one serving of carbs per week. This might be pasta or rice.
- Your menu expands to include one “celebration meal” per week, where anything goes.
Consolidation Phase as a safety platform (eat unlimited protein and vegetables, one piece of fruit a day, two slices of whole-grain bread, a portion of cheese, two starchy foods and two celebration meals a week).” There is a huge difference between “eating whatever you like” and eating the Phase 3 diet. So let’s summarize: Eat a phase 3 diet, except on Thursday. On Thursday you eat nothing-but-protein. You continue walking every day.

Review on the Attack Phase coming soon. I have decided to extend it for the full 10 days.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Review coming soon! So excited! I will update after Attack Phase, doing it for 10 days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The old me used to say this all time. I used to go to the gym and once I was done would say I only sweat in my head. I don't sweat anywhere else. After my MANIAC Bootcamp class last know the class where I have ass sweat! I was sweating so good, and smelling so funky, but I felt so good about me! I'm moving along and keeping on, even though I was a tad dizzy during today's workout. The scale is moving in the right direction not as fast as I hoped, but its moving in the right direction!

I started a new experiment. I'm very excited about it. I'll tell you more in about 7 days! See you then:)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WHOLE 30 AND Recap of my week:)

I feel amazing! Finally after 2 weeks I feel like I can REALLY live this lifestyle! I have been eating so good lately on the Whole 30 Challenge. Lots of fruits and veggies. I went to a Farmer's Market over the weekend and checked out Whole Foods. I thought my body would yearn for bread and I was right, but I have good days and today feels like one of them! Its sunny out and I am feeling great!
Last week, the workouts went well, I was a bit thrown off though because my teachers were on vacation, so I had new folks I had a wonderful workout on Wednesday, can't sayt the same for Thursday and Friday though. Saturday, my family did a lot of walking so I skipped the gym and did P90X at home while the kiddies napped. Excellent! I'm drinking tons of water and the best thing of all. I came on my cycle and did not have the usual unbearable cramps and ridiculous bloating. My face is clearing a bit as well. I am taking my challenge day by day with hopes of being able to maintain this as my lifestyle change.
Keep you posted...
Here's my favorite meal:

Salad with roasted beets, grape leaves, pickles and garlic paste for dipping just in case! <3

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Primal Eating/Workouts

Hello. My workouts were few this week(3). I had the worst headache for about 4 days. While eating primal, you have to eat veggies, meats, fruits and nuts. I am a carb/sugar fanatic and my body was not doing well with me getting rid of it. I had a slip up a couple days where I had graham crackers to try to get rid of the headache. By Friday, last week I got rid of the headache and felt pretty good. Super busy with the family for the holiday weekend. We went shopping, out to the park a couple times and hit up the zoo on the holiday! Great time!!! While at the zoo, blazing hot(90 degrees)about 5 hours my stupid butt had a Dole Fruit Bar and a cup of Italian Ice, my body went into shock...headaches are back! I'm so mad at me. So, the headaches are back but I did go to the gym last night and did a Bodyworks class. I felt super dizzy and I was crazy hot I fought threw it. I know what it is, my body is not happy with me for the sugar and then taking it away again. I have a few festivities this week and I am already checking menus at restaurants and have my lunch or dinner picked out to stay on plan. I will keep you posted as to how it goes.