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A Fork in the Road and I walked toward Dukan

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I am surprised that I hadn't heard about the Dukan Diet before reading about it in a copy of my mom's Hello Canada magazine about the Royal Wedding. Dukan was mentioned in the magazine 3-4 times. Curiosity being what it is, I searched it out, downloaded the e-book and tried it on for size on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unfortunately, I was away from home and staying in a hotel for Tuesday and Wednesday so I coped as best I could with take out/restaurant meals.

Monday morning I weighed in at 255.3lbs. I began the protein only phase in full on Thursday morning. It is now Sunday morning and I just weighed myself....247lbs!!! That's a loss of 8 pounds!!!

I know, I know...protein only isn't balanced nutrition...Do I miss fruits and vegetables? You bet! Do I think I can keep this up for the long haul? I don't know, but I am going to try.

I read a quote somewhere that said, "Quit Stuffing Your Face and Face Your Stuff." I need to start facing my stuff...

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JANGSMOM 5/25/2011 9:59AM

    Hi Jille...one of my friends was talking about the Dukan Diet...I had never heard about it. I'm so glad that its working for you...it sounds like the Adkins? And, I didn't do good with that years ago...I need a balanced diet or I feel out of whack! But I absolutely LOVE the saying you gave "Stop stuffing your face & start facing your stuff" LOL...I need to paste that on my refrigerator....thanks for sharing! Best wishes!

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SABRINALONDON21 5/23/2011 12:53PM

    Good luck Jille and welcome to the Dukanites, It takes courage to start away from home!

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HELEN_BRU 5/22/2011 9:19AM

    Dr. Oz spoke about that diet as well about a week ago. For me, short term is fine. Been doing Low Cal but went astray for awhile. Trouble is, when you do that, you regain very quickly. So beware!

Thanks for your blog!

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2011 8:28AM

    sounds a bit like "Atkins" so good luck to you! I couldn't manage without a balanced diet even if it takes longer.
Facing your stuff is a different issue....hope you continue to blog as things emerge that you have to deal with...it takes time and courage
HOWEVER...you have Sparkpeople ready and willing to walk the journey with you, supporting without judging..so go for it!
best wishes, Sandra

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Week One - A Little Disappointing

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I made the mistake of weighing myself part way through the week and the scales showed a loss of over 5 pounds! However, today (my actual weigh in day) I am only down 2 pounds. I know, I know two pounds is good - but I wanted GREAT! My first week is usually always a "BIG" one and I was looking forward to that.

So, now my mind begins to play games and says things like, "you might as well eat some of that chocolate and chips - your diet's not working..." The bad thing is - I am alone at home today, unsupervised...I hope I can hold the good habits together and keep the bad habits, the binge habits at bay.

I so wanted to report a successful week, and I had one. I've lost 2.1 pounds. Why isn't that enough for me to be excited about?

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KERRYG155 5/8/2011 11:27PM

    is any loss ever big enough when we're in a hurry to lose weight? I can understand the feelings you have, but you can't give in to them. I tend to weigh myself several times during the week and there are almost always ups and downs and it is frustrating but that's how our bodies work. Must be why 'they' always recommend once a week. I'm sure this week will be successful, too! emoticon

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BABYSOX 5/8/2011 7:38AM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Try to think of it this way, perhaps you lost only 2lbs this time because this time it is a journey and not a diet. I too have started off diets with a bang and then reached a plateau and gave up. I have been on Sparkpeople for over 6 monthes and have lost weight every week. Good luck on week 2!

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CRYSTALGL77 5/8/2011 5:50AM

    Any weight loss is a success and some weeks it is just good enough to not go overboard. Some weeks it will be hard just to drink the water you are supposed to! I can understand your frustration but don't give up! You didn't put on the weight overnight so it won't be overnight to take it off! It is better to take it off slowly. Well good luck and keep it up!!

Crystal emoticon

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Day 2

Monday, May 02, 2011

I am pleased to report that I have had a successful two days!
Eating well, getting lots of water and making it out for a walk with a friend last night and with a co-worker today at lunch.

I appreciate the comments left for me yesterday - it really does make a difference!

I re-opened my copy of The Spark yesterday and am already thinking about short, medium and long term goals. When I come to some conclusion(s) I will be sure to post when I have made decisions.

Tomorrow will be day 3 and I will be faced with supper meeting at a pub...any suggestions for healthy choices I might make?


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BARBIE66 5/2/2011 7:34PM

    You are doing great , just keep drinking the water and try to eat a little something before you go ...also if you slip and fall do not dwell just pick yourself up ...it has happened to me I just the next day I pick it up on the exercise... and always remember YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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May 1, 2011 - Starting Again

Sunday, May 01, 2011

It's true what they say, if you can't stick with it for the first two weeks and see progress, the truth is that you probably won't stick around long. That's exactly what happened to me.

I joined Sparkpeople Mid-march and weighed 247lbs. Today is May 1st and I weighed in at 253.6. Last August I was at my lowest in years at 229. My highest was 3 years ago at 298.9. I don't want to go back.

I have been stubborn and belligerent. If I wanted it, I ate it and if I didn't want to exercise, I didn't. If I was upset by work or home or friends, I ate. I have been upset - A LOT apparently. I have gone back to the drive thru, and breakfasts on the run and cappucinnos....bad habits have reared their ugly heads daily and I have not fought them off.

Today has got to be a new start. I can't go back to being "that girl".
I told my husband, had him take a before picture and have a final goal of weighing less than 200 pounds. I am going to celebrate when I hit 199.9.

I can't do it by myself, so I am turning to all of you for support. I am going to try and be accountable; to myself, my family and to you.


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AUNTB63 5/1/2011 12:41PM

    Slow and easy is the way to start out again. One step at a time, one change at a time, one day at a time. Track your food, walk the walk and drink the water. Set minor goals for the week and be consistent..........get stubborn about completing the week with a healthier flair. Be good to yourself and don't get down if you slip.....just pick yourself back up dust yourself off and keep moving forward.......YOU can do this and YOU will...............Have a great week.

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ANGIEMAY22 5/1/2011 12:23PM

    So glad that you are trying again. I have been there myself.I would "reward" myself for working two jobs or putting up with difficult kids or a husband that sometimes acted like a kid.I realize now that it was only a temporary fix with long term consequences. Sparkpeople is really a great way to, like you said, be accountable. I don't talk to as many team members as I should, but I am trying to. I think the support we give each other is awesome. Best of luck and thanks so much for the blog!

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SUNSHINEPOWER 5/1/2011 11:50AM

    Congrats on reinvesting in yourself. You know what to do, slow and steady. I too am on a reset, last two months I have not been losing just maintaining (up and down). I'm making a goal to lost 5 lbs this month, you should too, make a goal whatever it is.


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POETANDMORE 5/1/2011 11:46AM

    You have helped me. I lose motivation easily, and then I eat a number of snacks. Not just one. With support from my teams, I am steadily losing. I have to turn my back on the snacks. Thankyou for the blog!

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Couch to 5K- Day 1

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Well, I kind of did things a little backwards tonight...I did my evening sequence from yogajournal.com (http://www.yogajournal.com/video/54) and THEN decided it was now or never to begin my journey to being able to run a 5K without stopping. I have signed up for the Bluenose 5K (http://www.bluenosemarathon.com/en/) to be held on May 21-22 weekend.

I intended to do this last year, but when I hit the weeks where the running jumped from 5 minutes to 8 minutes I just couldn't do it mentally or physically. I don't know why this year will be any different, but I am going to be 44 in April and I really would like to be able to say that I ran 5K and didn't stop...

My next running day will be Wednesday - probably EARLY morning. I seem to be MUCH more motivated when I wake up...we shall see.

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JANGSMOM 3/31/2011 10:54AM

    I don't know what it is, but I want to run too! I would love to say I ran a 5k. People do it all the time...I know you can do this...you want this...go get it! emoticon

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RACHGLAZE 3/21/2011 6:34AM

    Good Luck. I know you can do it!

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