Week 2 – Cruise Phase
In this report I share the results of my first 2 weigh ins and continued adaption to the new diet. My clothes start to fit better and I try the Dukan Pancake. I also survive my first motorcycle wreck so that’s not nothing.
Monday, July 25, Day 8 – Judgment Day
Breakfast – Protein shake and Greek Yogurt, coffee
Lunch – 2 turkey burger patties and water
Dinner – grilled chicken salad – and it was great. I’ve never been a big salad fan. I’ll tolerate them and include them in my diet as a nod towards eating healthy. This salad was certainly not fancy but it was a welcome variant to the protein only diet. After dinner I had a protein shake as a sort of pseudo desert. I think I’ll look for my next canister of protein shake in chocolate to further fuel the illusion.
So this morning I stepped on the scales for the first time in about 10 days. That’s a couple days before starting the diet but it includes all the previous 7 days on the diet. This is the step I starting to kinda dread because I’ve been feeling better but I wanted – or felt I needed – the scale to validate. If it reported less than I hoped, would it impact my motivation and resolve? Admittedly, that’s kinda tweaked thinking given the other benefits I’m experiencing but I am trying to lose weight after all and the scale is the surest measure.
So what was the result? I dropped right at 5lbs since my last weigh in. It’s probably a little more but I only have a dial scale and not a fancy digital that reports to the 10th of a pound. So I’d rather err on the side of being conservative.
And that actually seems about right. I’ve only lost enough weight that I can tell a slight difference so this is no great transformative event just yet, but there has been progress, enough measureable progress to feel rewarded for my efforts and ready to keep going.
Now, I’d certainly hope to maintain this pace, but I don’t expect that to be the case. Early returns in any diet are likely going to be above average, but if I can whittle off 2-3 pounds a week from here, the passage of time (which will happen anyway)will tell the greater tale.
Here’s to it.
Tuesday, July 26, Day 9
Breakfast – Protein shake, running late again.
Lunch – Mixed protein delight… or empty the fridge special – grilled chicken with leftover turkey burgers and hamburgers. Yogurt and water
Dinner – grilled fish and shrimp and ½ a serving of Greek yogurt. The fish and shrimp were a welcome variant.
No scales to today. I figure I’ll give it a couple days before stepping on again.
Wednesday, July 27, Day 10
Breakfast – Protein shake… running late again this morning. I need to work on that.
Lunch – Homemade chicken salad (diet style) with tomatoes
Dinner – Kabobs with beef tips, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers grilled to perfection. This was a nice variant from my typical fare thus far.
Even though I was running late, I did manage to pull a pair of pants back into the rotation this morning. I probably haven’t worn these in about 2 months and I don’t recall them fitting so well. I achieved a new – or old depending upon perspective – belt hole this morning too. Side stepped the scales again, but the other factors continue to report well.
Thursday, July 28, Day 11
Breakfast – Protein shake
Lunch – Left over kabobs
Dinner – Grilled fish
At dinner my wife also prepared a “Dukan Pancake”. He does recommend or allow a specific type of oat brand and offers a recipe for a pancake. I’ve not been having this from the start but it was a nice add this evening.
Friday, July 29, Day 12
Breakfast – Omelet, 1 full egg with 2 whites made with turkey sausage, onions, red peppers and spinach. My wife made this one and it was great.
Lunch – n/a….
Dinner – Protein Bar…
I knew adding the veggies to the omelet would make a difference, but wow was this great.
Today I stepped on the scales again and was down another 2 pounds – 7 overall. It felt good to see 7 pounds dropped in only 11 days – I weighed first thing in the morning.
So no lunch and a flimsy dinner, what’s up with that? Well, today I took off work for my annual birthday motorcycle ride and 300 miles into a long ride I wrecked and had to be taken to the hospital. I was extremely lucky in that I only suffered some minor road rash and 2 cracked/bruised ribs (xrays were inconclusive). Don’t get me wrong, the ribs hurt like the dickens but it could have been much worse. I was carried to a hospital and given an IV – not sure of its carb count. It was very late by the time my wife arrived – I wrecked hours from home even taking the most direct route and I was thankful for the leftover protein bar even if the carb count was higher than I was wanting – probabably had about 12 grams. But at the time, it was just what I needed because it had been a long day and I was grateful.
Something funny though happened through the event and it tied directly back to Dukan’s book. Comfort food is called that for a reason. We reach for it in times of discomfort because it makes us feel good. It can also make us fat which points out a very specific and dangerous way in which we relate to food.
I wanted an ice cold Coke. Even while lying on the asphalt and in the ambulance and in the ER, my mouth watered for a Coke, as if it would ease the pain. I was dehydrated so it would have been a bad choice anyways, but seeing as how I rarely crave a Coke, it demonstrated to me that I was reaching for comfort more than nourishment. Knowing that and recalling reading about it probably helped me avoid making the easy and lazy decision. How I’ll hold up in the face of painful days ahead, we’ll see.
Saturday, July 30, Day 13
Brunch – Another wonderful omelet from my wife. Yeah, I’ve technically broken the 1 day all protein, 1 day protein and veggies, but I’m ok with it. First, Dukan says a 1:1 rotation is as effective as 3:3 or 5:5, so if I skew a little, oh well. Second, I’m reaching for a perfectly made mostly egg white omelet with spinach and peppers for comfort rather than a honking slice of chocolate cake, so yeah, I can live with that decision in the face of my newly minted situation.
Dinner – grilled chicken, small salad, and grilled cucumber slices.
My father came to town, actually he went to the scene of the accident to collect my bike and carried it to a local dealership. Sure, the Insurance company would have handled that, but it was nice to have the help and it was good to see him. We enjoyed the dinner but I was a lousy host. Every move hurts and I had slept most of the day thanks to pain pills and muscle relaxers.
But was perhaps most impressive for me was avoiding the cupcakes. My wife picked up birthday cupcakes and I would have had 1 or 2 under “normal” circumstances. But tonight I sat right in front of those treasures and didn’t take a single bite. Impressive if you know me. Now, get those things out of my house because next time I may not be so good.
Sunday, July 31, Day 14
Breakfast – Another glorious omelet and a protein shake. Look, when I make omelets they taste good but you can taste the “how quickly can I prepare this so that I can sit down and watch TV”. When my wife makes them, you can taste the “love”. She’s special and I appreciate her taking care of me and helping me manage this diet. After all, cutting back on my carbs is impacting what she prepares for meals.
Lunch – sleep… the muscle relaxers are great for putting me down.
Dinner – Grilled fish and steak. This was the wonderful dinner my wife had planned for Friday night, but I wrecked those plans… bad pun unintended.
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.