Dukan Diet Week 10

 Week 10 – Cruise Phase

In this report we discuss the perils of company dinners and certain restaurant selections and about being in control even while veering from the plan.

 Monday, September 19, Day 64

Breakfast – Dukan pancake and coffee

Lunch – Chicken salad and yogurt

Dinner – Grilled chicken and fish – a true protein platter


Tuesday, September 20, Day 65

Breakfast – Dukan pancake and coffee… this one came with a little surprise.  My wife – have a shared how great she is – cooked up a couple turkey sausage patties and wrapped them in the pancake.  Now that was a nice little extra.

Lunch – grilled chicken

Dinner – Sirloin and yogurt

I woke up a little early this morning and did some *very mild* pushups, sit-ups, and stretches.  It was a first step which I hope propels me to a more involved morning routine.


Wednesday, September 21, Day 66

Breakfast – Dukan pancake and coffee

Lunch – Sandwich meat rolled up with a peppery yogurt based spread.  Different but good.  Yogurt.

Dinner – Danger Will Robinson… tonight we had a company meeting at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant.  I think just stepping in the door comes with a 50 carb minimum.  However, I think I managed to do pretty well.  I skipped the appetizers and once seated I avoided the bread.  The salad was an no brainer and very good.  The entrées were served family style and consisted of 3 pasta dishes and chicken parm.  To eat dinner was to not avoid carbs.  However, I avoided the penne with sause and the alfredo altogether.  The 3rd pasta dish had beef and sausage with grilled peppers and pasta.  I basically picked around the pasta and then had 1 piece of chicken parm – which was about 1/3 the size of an entrée portion.  I skipped the desserts which were tiramisu and an apple crisp topped with ice cream that looked and smelled phenomenal.  I’m kinda keeping a list of treats I want to have once I’ve lost my weight and this desert currently tops the list.  I did have 2.5 Michelob Ultras which have between 2-3 carbs each. 

I guess it would be easy to look at my dinner and say that I wandered off course and at some level you’d be right.  Or you could consider that eating is an enjoyable part of life and that I demonstrated good times could be had without the expense of a huge carb or calorie burden.  I easily could have packed on 1000+ calories to my meal without much effort.  That I didn’t was a win for the long term.


Thursday, September 22, Day 67

Breakfast – Dukan pancake and coffee – the sausage wrap special again.

Lunch – Tuna Salad and yogurt

Dinner – 4 hamburger patties.  Man, I was hungry and those patties hot off the grill were great.

I woke up early again this morning and did some more push-ups, sit-ups and stretches.  Let’s just call this 8-10 minute routine my “floor exercises”.  I also hit the weights every so lightly and walked a 1+ miles on the treadmill.  I’m calling it a victory even if the full enterprise barely broke a sweat.  This is something I need to build upon.

We had another office meetings – last night’s was only a preview to the managers.  We served refreshments and I must have exhausted my will power last night.  We had frozen yogurt and toppings.  The yogurt was from a local company and packaged so I may have had more than (or less) than if left to my own devices.  I did add some chocolate and white chocolate chips – I couldn’t help it. 

So yeah, I broke the rules but I felt in control while doing it.  I probably can’t explain that as well as I’d like to but imagine seeing Lance Armstrong eating an ice cream.  I don’t know Lance from Adam but I’m pretty sure he’s not a big ice cream eater so if he’s slurping a double dip cone then dude’s probably just enjoying a rare treat within the context of his control rather than cratering into an 18 month ice cream bender.  Right?  So while I’m no Lance Armstrong, I’m relatively certain I’m not cratering my diet by enjoying 1 cup of frozen yogurt. 

The applied use of moderation may be better, if less vivid, descriptor but I hope you get the point.  I’m only 64 days into this endeavor so I need to be careful assuming I’ve reprogramed my entirety of my eating habits, but I do feel in more control of my decisions than I have at any previous time that I can recall.


Friday, September 23, Day 68

Breakfast – Dukan Pancake

Lunch – 2 left over hamburger patties and yogurt

Dinner – Grilled sirloin


Saturday, September 24, Day 69

Breakfast – Dukan Pancake

Lunch – Barbeque brisket with BBQ sauce that probably contained more sugar than I’d care to admit.  I have 2 large portions of brisket but did try to somewhat limit the sauce.

Dinner – More brisket.  This was another game day weekend so there were tons of food temptations.  This week this list included breads, chips, chili with beans, nachos, and fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies.  That I limited my carbs to a few cocktails mixed with Sprite was not a total loss but not a tribute to my resolve either.


Sunday, September 25, Day 70

Breakfast – yogurt and coffee

Lunch – Pot roast – prepared according to a Dukan recipe by my loving wife

Dinner – Minestrone soup without the pasta

I’m feeling stagnant in my weight loss.  This is mostly attributable to my recent transgressions and my limited exercise – though I’m starting to work on this.  I’m eager for my weight loss to cross 20 pounds and continue upward.  I need to redouble my resolve.


The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

Devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like.