Week 8 – Cruise Phase
In this report we discuss my loose fitting pants, another trip to the scales, and a new super low carb yogurt is discovered. I also take a football road trip and trip up my program.
Monday, September 5, Day 50
Breakfast – Protein Shake
Lunch – 2 grilled turkey burgers, yogurt
Dinner – Grilled chicken and grilled fish
We had storms blow through the area in the afternoon so we hung out in the basement watching the weather channel. That was a layer of boredom I’ve not had in a while and I found myself looking into the basement fridge for something to snack on. Fortunately nothing was there, but it does demonstrate the connection between eating and boredom, or eating only to pass the time.
Tuesday, September 6, Day 51
Breakfast – Protein shake
Lunch – Salmon salad and yogurt
Dinner – Meat loaf, green beans and yogurt for dessert. I had water to drink… I’m not really listing that but I’m drinking it with every meal and throughout the days.
Today I was nearly convinced that my dry cleaner mixed up my pants. I was wearing a pair that I wore last week, but they fit so much more loosely. I could easily slide my hand within the waistline whereas before the pants presented a snug fit around the middle. Not that I need my hands in my pants, but the room and looser fit is nice.
Wednesday, September 7, Day 52
Breakfast – Dukan pancake, coffee
Lunch – Yogurt, I forgot to pack a more meaningful lunch so that was it.
Dinner – Omelet with onions and peppers
Thursday, September 8, Day 53
Breakfast – Dukan Pancake, Protein Shake, coffee
Lunch – Chicken salad, yogurt
Dinner – 3 grilled turkey burgers, protein milkshake
Stepped on the scales again this morning and I dropped about half pound. That puts me at 16 overall. It feels like I’m on a plateau. The weight is still coming off but oh so slowing. The funny thing is that I’m feeling better and better and my clothes are fitting more loosely. Interesting how that happens without much weight dropping.
I’m confident that exercising will move me along. The accident was a reason for the first couple weeks, but it’s now only an excuse.
Friday, September 9, Day 54
Breakfast – Dukan Pancake and coffee
Lunch – Chicken salad, yogurt
Dinner – Leftover meatloaf
I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt lately and you’d be right to question such a habit as part of a low carb diet. Recently I commented about a low carb yogurt that was pretty good. Well, not long ago my wife found a new brand of low carb yogurt called “Carb Masters”. They are a Kroger store brand product and they are incredibly good. I’d prefer these if I weren’t on this diet.
Saturday, September 10, Day 55
Breakfast – Dukan Pancake
Lunch – none
Dinner – Brisket with grilled peppers and onions with a small side salad. Now, this was really a modified version of a Philly steak sandwich which I ate without the bread. It was pretty good but a small serving.
And so it seemed like I was pretty good today food wise, and indeed I was, until…. So in the spirit of full disclosure, I left Atlanta this morning for State College, PA to see my beloved Tide battle it out with Penn State. It was a college football fan’s dream trip and I knew I’d break the rules on this trip… and I did.
While I was mostly very good at dinner – the burgers and fries looked great and I stayed away. However, we had dinner at a brewpub my buddy had researched. The high ratings and recommendations were warranted as the local brews were great…. Even if carb loaded.
We then decided to hit the local bar scene and after a couple brews, I switched to mixed drinks and Jack and Coke is my regular order. After a couple of these I couldn’t tell if I was under the influence of the Jack or all the carbs, or if I was simply high on life because the day was a wonderful treat – one of my favorite college football adventures and that’s no small designation given my record.
Sunday, September 11, Day 56
Breakfast – Cinnamon Twist and 2 breakfast burritos
Lunch – none
Dinner –Grilled chicken
Was today’s breakfast really today’s breakfast or last night’s late night snack? Well, staying up for 24+ hours cause days to run together and the adult beverages played no small role in a forcing another lapse but recognition is valuable too. I’ll need to buckle down this week to get back on track, but this should not be a problem as I’m enjoying my progress to much to give in now.
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.