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James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Kickstart eating plan – Day 4

Posted in Clean & Lean, Diet Blog with tags , , , , on October 26, 2012 by Dobsessed

So, what is my verdict after four days on James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Kickstart eating plan? In dot points:

  • Lost 3.5kg (Yes, that’s 3.5kg, 7.7lbs) after 4 full days on the diet.
  • No crazy cravings – I usually always give in to my cravings…and I have not had chocolate, chips, buenos, burgers, fries, pizzas, mi goreng since I started.  Nor do I particularly feel like it.
  • Headache disappeared after Day 1
  • No hunger pangs

I had serious doubts that I’d be able to do this diet.  WHAT? ME? ONLY EAT VEGIES AND MEAT!! Crazy! I read somewhere that the 14 day kickstart is basically around 1000 calories a day – which, I would think would attribute to the 3.5kg weight loss in 4 days.

 

BUT…I was on lite and easy, and I was on 1200 calories plan and I was absolutely STARVING.  To the point where a couple of times, I felt light headed.  I had major urges to binge and the most I ever lost on it was 2.5kg or something after 4 weeks!

 

The only thing that explains it is that James Duigan’s theory that when your body is getting all the nutrients it needs for good, organic food, it has no reason to crave sugar or anything else.  Which explains why,  even though I’m consuming less calories than ever before, I don’t really feel hungry (nor do I feel stuffed – to be fair), or have sugar cravings.

 

I’m going to continue to do the 14 day kick start…and it’s coming up to the weekend, so it may prove to be a bit harder because I have set plans already (Korean BBQ dinner and 2 kids parties, and a brunch)…but I’m going to follow all the theories behind the plan (eat as much fresh, organic food, no processed food, no fizzy drinks, absolutely NO sugar)…and see how I go.

 

I haven’t felt the highs that some other people have felt (that I’ve read)…but I definitely don’t feel lethargic where I need a 3pm coffee or that chocolate bar, or pass out on the bus (which used to happen 4 out of 5 times).  As I mentioned, I had headaches on the first day, and that went way by day 2.  People has also reported great skin, nails and hair but I haven’t noticed any of that at all.

 

It would be definitely interesting to see what weigh-in is after the weekend, and also after the 14 days.

 

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Weigh in & Measurements 14 Sept 12

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 14, 2012 by Dobsessed

I keep on track with my diet when I’m accountable – so here’s me, being accountable. 

Today’s weight: 88.1kg

Mini goal weight 1: 83kg (reward: blender)

Mini goal weight 2: 78kg (reward: 90 minute full body massage)

Mini goal weight 3: 73kg (reward: 60 minute foot massage)

Mini goal weight 4: 68kg (reward: Facial – haven’t had one in 2 years!)

Mini goal weight 5: 63kg (reward: A show – either musical or a dance performance…have really missed these ever since I left London)

Goal weight: 60kg (reward: SHOPPING SPREE)

Ultimate goal weight: 55kg (reward: spa day)

Measurements

Bust: 101cm / 39.5″

Waist: 88cm / 34.5″

Bellybutton: 110.5cm / 43″ – How depressing! My belly sticks out further than my breasts!

Bum (fullest part): 116cm / 45.5″

Thigh (when my thumb ends): 71.5cm / 28″

Calf: 41.5cm / 16″

Bicep: 36cm / 14″

I will do this again on Monday and then from then on, every Monday. 

My view on Lite n’ Easy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 5, 2012 by Dobsessed

I have tried many, many diets, most successful diet I’ve ever been on was actually when I WASN’T on a diet and through making a move to Japan, my lifestyle changed.  I stopped eating all wheat at that time, I walked a lot more, and my portion sizes shrunk…amazingly, I was able to lose nearly 30kg…

Unfortunately, through recently taking seroquel (an depressive disorder drug, but I was prescribed them for sleep), I managed to gain 12kg in 8 weeks.  Crazy huh…not only that, I haven’t been able to effectively lose that weight permanently in over two years.

I tried the Dukan Diet, with great success, but wasn’t able to keep the weight off as I didn’t follow through to the last phase and now I’m trying Lite n’ Easy. 

Lite n’ Easy is a food delivery service that provides calorie controlled meals to your door.  Depending on the package you buy, they can include all your breakfasts, lunch, dinners and snacks – with only milk that you need to provide yourself.

For someone who is busy, hates cooking, and don’t mind simple food – it’d be great.  There’s absolutely no thinking required – each day’s food is packaged into plastic bags, marked with Day 1 or Day 2, so you know exactly when to eat them.

For me…it didn’t really work.

I tried it for three full weeks and found it EXTREMELY difficult.  First of all, I was too ambitious and thought I would be fine on a 1200 calorie plan.  I have a sedantary job, but I exercise 4 or 5 times a week, and was left feeling faint and hungry.  Changing to the 1500 calorie meal plans did help…but all that did was provide two additional snacks (a day) and maybe an extra slice of bread for breakfast.

A typical day would look something like this:

Breakfast

2 pieces of multigrain toast with vegemite

4-grain cereal

Orange

Snack

Fruit cup

Lunch

BBQ chicken pizza

Fig and oat cookies

Rice cracker trail mix

Dinner

Frozen meal (usually very small amount of protein with green beans, carrots and potatoes)

 

Here’s my problem with it…I have read many things about eating refined and simple carbs and Lite n’ Easy doesn’t seem to have the same line of thinking.  At every meal, there is always some sort of bread, potato, white rice or pasta.  The diets are totally geared towards calorie counting, with no though for providing rye, brown bread, brown rice or whole wheat pasta.  The meals (especially the dinners) are also quite light in protein (with only 4 or 5 50c piece coins) and half the container filled with rice.

I’m often left feeling really hungry and craving sugar…and no amount of their little snacks that they provide helps to alleviate that.  I ended up eating double the meals, I’d eat my lite n’ Easy stuff, and then eat something else.

Tastewise, some of the stuff was really tasty, but I would say the majority wasn’t that great.  All their frozen meals were waterlogged and bland…and I got sick of eating the same tasting green beans and carrots that were in practically every meal.

My sister however, has lost 4kg in 2.5 weeks on Lite and Easy…so it IS working for her…it just didn’t work for me.

Foods I liked on Lite n’ Easy:

  • vanilla crunch cereal
  • BBQ chicken Pizza
  • Chicken tender wraps
  • Greek meatball wraps
  • Chicken Enchilada

Foods I disliked on Lite n’ Easy:

  • Asian lamb shanks (very gamey)
  • Crumbed Fish fillet
  • Potatoes
  • carrots
  • Beans
  • Corned Beef

Dukan Diary: Day 8 and what I’ve been eating

Posted in Diet Blog, Dukan Diet, What I ate with tags , on August 24, 2011 by Dobsessed

Starting weight: 83.8kg (184.4lbs)

Today’s weight: 80.4g (176.9 lbs)

Today’s weight loss: 0.5kg

Total weight loss: 3.4kg (7.5lbs)

Exercise: 40 minutes Body Combat class – first time ever, thought I was going to vomit!

So, weight loss today! Woo hoo! half a kilo, not bad.  So after a week and a day, I’ve nearly lost 3.5kg! I really can’t wait to get below that 80kg mark.

Whenever I get over that 80kg threshold, I don’t know why…I just seem to not be able to get under it and then I just gain and gain and gain…so I’m only half a kilo off, so I’m hoping I can smash it today.

I keep saying that I haven’t been hungry but I don’t talk about what I eat, and honestly, I’m amazed that I register weightloss with the amount of food I eat! I think next week, for a whole week, I’m going to document everything I eat, so that you can see the portion size too.

Here’s what I’ve been eating yesterday and today:

Monday:

Oatbran, Chicken pieces (thighs), yoghurt, more chicken pieces, hot chocolate, Egg salad, lots of water, lots of teas, a coffee, a coke zero, and a square of chocolate

Today:

Oatbran, a bunch of asparagus tips, Broccoli soup, Cauliflower Cottage Pie with cheese, coke zero, 1 Rolo, a prawn cocktail, 2 fillets of salmon (with sweet soy), another bunch of asparagus, tea, coffee and a huge mug of hot chocolate (options)

Weekend mini update 200811

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 20, 2011 by Dobsessed

Starting weight: 83.8kg (184.4lbs)

Today’s weight: 80.8g (177.8 lbs)

Today’s weight gain: 0.1kg

Total weight loss: 3kg


Relax….it’s a beautiful day…♥

Pudgy from a number of Heathrow Injections

Posted in Diet Blog, Pigging Out with tags , , on August 17, 2011 by Dobsessed

Oh hello there!!

I’ve been neglecting this blog like I’ve been neglecting my diet…that is to day.  I haven’t been dieting at all.  In fact, I’ve been eating like I’m hibernating for winter…but really it’s just a whole bunch of excuses, which are…

I moved to London, Uk in April this year (2011) and before I left, I had many, many, many celebratory meals…and quit personal training so that I could save money.  My weight ballooned.

Once I got to the UK, I was amazed by the variety of cheap food around! And they’re everywhere and as a food lover in a new city, I felt that it was my duty to try everything.  Everything in site.

I’ve also grown very attached to the afternoon teas here.  Would you believe that before I moved here, I’ve NEVER, ever had a scone? It just never seemed that appealing to me.  Give me a crusty croissant any day of the week! However…since I’ve been here…I’ve been converted.  I LOVE Scones…and…Oh my god, I LOVE CLOTTED CREAM!

Which brings me to now.  I weigh the heaviest that I’ve weiged in the last 7 years.  I’m carrying roughly 20+kg more weight on me than I did for the 5 out of those 7 years.  I can no longer tell myself that the cut of the clothing are smaller compared to Australia.  I can no longer hide from the fat girl in the mirror…so here I am, all laid bare, ready for the critcism and ready to try again.

I’ve actually started taken pictures of myself in my underwear, and it was quite shocking, I never tend to look at myself in the mirror from behind, but the rolls and my dimply legs really gave me a fright.  Which has spurred me to start losing weight.  I will be taking weekly pictures of myself, but I probably won’t post them unless I start to see results.

I’ve joined a gym, and in the last 3 weeks since I’ve joined, I’ve gone an average of about 3 times a week.  I don’t stay long though…but I’m working on that.

This week, I also restarted the Dukan.

I wasn’t properly prepared so didn’t have enough proteins in the house and just ended up eating bolognaise (without pasta) and eggs all day.

Hardest is definitely the carb cravings and the sugar withdrawals.  I’m definitely not over them.  It’s amazing how these get a hold of you.  I was sitting in bed and going through a whole tub of Haagen Dazs a night (with lashings of peanut butter) 5 times a week.  No wonder the weight piled on. I’m getting headaches…but I’m sticking with it (even if it only is day two)…

So here are the numbers:

Start date: 15/08/11

Weight: 83.8kg (185 lbs) – Holy CANNOLI – it’s really worse than I thought

Clothing size: 16, sometimes 18 pants

Goal Weight: 60kg (132lbs) – that still sounds pretty fat, but for me, that’s enough, I mean, ideally, I’d love to be 55kg (120lbs) but I think I weighed that when I was 12.

Dukan Diet V2 Day 9

Posted in Diet Blog, Dukan Diet, Recipe with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by Dobsessed

Dukan Diet V2 Day 9

Weight 77.8

Today’s weight loss 0.2kg

Total weight loss 1.7kg

Exercise none

Today’s Food

Breakfast

About 2 home made Zucchini frittata.

Recipe: 8 eggs, 1 cup of extra light sour cream (whisk these two together), 2 large grated Zuchinni, 100g of diced ham or bacon, 1 onion, half a cup of extra light cheese, 2 – 3 tablespoons of parmesan. Mix together, put in muffin tins and bake in a 200c oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, you’ll get about 24.

I also had a cafe breakfast of fishcakes and poached eggs and a few bites of my sister’s potato gallette (absolutely devine) – I skipped the toasts and gave them to my nieces.

Fishcakes with poached eggs and Turkish toasts

Lunch

McDonald’s $5 Meal – Medium Coke Zero, A cheeseburger with extra tomato sauce, Medium fries and a Caramel Sundae

1 zucchini frittata

Dinner

2 Thai fishcakes, 2 fish tofu, 2 Zucchini frittata, 6 squares of white chocolate, sugared peanuts

How I felt

I know, I know, I know, I don’t know what to say.  I will walk to work tomorrow…I’m just finding it hard to stay on track, I don’t know why?