Posts made in January, 2012

Dukan Diet {Week 4} & a Taste of Paleo

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Blog, Dukan Diet | 2 comments

Well, it’s my fourth week doing the modified Dukan Diet, and I’m still going strong. Since I’m doing the diet for nursing mothers, I will not be losing weight as quickly as I would if I were doing the standard one. This past week, I lost a pound but then gained it back the next day. At least my weight is staying steady rather than going up. It’s a little discouraging because I was so gung ho about losing weight in the beginning, but I know that this is what’s best for Lex and for me right now.

Now that I’ve been on this diet for almost a month, I kind of forget that I’m on a diet– it’s just the way I eat now. You see all the time in diet success stories that they say “it’s not a diet, it’s a way of life,” and for me it definitely has become a way of life. Even though eventually I will get to eat “normally,” I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the way I was eating before. Before, I didn’t really pay attention to how much junk I was stuffing my face with. Even though I still snack and can eat as much food as I want, I think I eat less than I did before because I can’t just pick up a snack anywhere or go to a drive-thru to pick up dinner or a before dinner snack.

Speaking of snacks, last night at the grocery store, I found it. I just knew that it had to exist but it continued to elude me. But then, there it was, sitting right there among so many other cartons– fat free, sugar free ice cream!!!!!

No Sugar Added  Fat Free Ice Cream  Vanilla

Yes!!! I found it and I bought it and I ate it! I probably ate a little too much, but yay! I’m so excited to have this when temptation strikes. However, the amount of temptation I have to face on a daily basis just got smaller.

If you know my husband, you may know that he is not a fan of diets. He seems to think that they’re all a crock. In fact, I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m nutty for going on a “fad diet” to begin with. He is a man who appreciates good food– like Paula Deen kind of good food.  He doesn’t eat a lot of junk food, but the food he eats is not all that healthy either. That is, until a couple of days ago. Last week, the mister came across this article describing how something called the Paleo Diet works. He noticed that some of his digestive issues were similar to the ones described in the article and thought that there might be something to this gluten free, sugar free way of eating after all. Plus, a friend of his had recently started a 15 day trial of the diet and was feeling great.

So, this weekend, he said goodbye to his favorite gluten and sugar filled foods and started gluten free on Monday. So far he’s hanging in there. I’m glad that he has decided to stick it out for a couple of weeks to see what kind of effect the new diet will have on his body, and I dearly hope that his health will improve dramatically.

What does his new diet have to do with me? For me it means even more cooking but less temptation. Now that he can’t have anything with wheat or processed sugary treats, it means that there aren’t any lurking around the house, tempting me to give in. I must confess, though, that I just had to have one of the donuts he bought for his last hurrah weekend. (It kept taunting me with its deliciousness!) But anyway, now we can share meals without him complaining about the lack of carbohydrates or sugary sauces. Then again, now he wants to eat my delicious meats…maybe it’s not so great after all. :)

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Like Father, Like Son: Viking Hats

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

My husband and I have been together for five years now, and in all that time, I’ve only knitted him one thing- a scarf. It’s not that I didn’t want to knit anything else for him. He’s just not a knit-wearing kind of guy. That is, until I stumbled across this wonderful, free pattern for a Viking hat on Chile con Yarne. A friend of ours commissioned me to knit one for her nephew for Christmas, and since I had plenty of leftover yarn, I jumped at the chance to make something for both my husband and my son. Aren’t they the cutest manliest father-son duo you’ve ever seen!?

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Lex truly seems to love his hat. He kept taking it from me and indicating that he wanted to put it on. He especially likes the horns (of course!). I, for one, am very excited to be able to cross a project off of my list!

Vinnie’s hat was done about a month ago. He has worn it proudly and received many compliments. :) Now I just need one, and we’ll be quite the Viking family!

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Thanks for reading! Far vel and goodbye!

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Goals

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

A couple weeks back I posted about my New Year’s Resolutions, and you may have noticed that I left off one of the most popular resolutions– getting organized. It’s not that I’m super organized all the time, but I like to think I’m moderately organized. Well maybe kind of sporadically organized.

This is how I have worked ever since I can remember. Things  spin out of control, I go crazy, and, in a fit of anxiety, I put everything back the way it’s supposed to go vowing never to let it get out of hand again. Until it does. And then the cycle begins again. In the past year or so, though, (thanks to the help of pharmaceuticals) I’ve been able to let things slide and (mostly) calmly put them back the way they ought to be. It’s still sporadic, but without all the horrible crazy-making anxiety.

A side effect of my new zen outlook on life has been a decrease in the level of organization I had before. As a result, sometimes I find myself kind of lost. You see, I’m the kind of person who likes lists and plans. Without them, everything just kind of floats around there in my head and many things get lost in the shuffle. Therefore, here I am now, making a list, getting my thoughts organized.

I have made myself some goals this year, aside from my resolutions. Some are specific projects, and some are more general goals. I will definitely continue to add to the list, but I hope for now it will help me to get things out of the ether and into reality. In no particular order:

  • Put the finishing touches on Memaw’s apple afghan
  • Viking hat for Lex
  • Awesome birthday cake for Anthony
  • Science Craft Swap
  • Hem ALL the pants!
  • Convert dress into skirt
  • Lex’s room
  • Build at least one thing from ana-white.com
  • Make something festive for each holiday
  • Make curtains for the living room
  • Finish the spooky dollhouse
  • Make a quilt
  • A year of handmade gifts
  • One Pinterest project a month
  • Make more cute things with felt & embroidery
  • Improve photography skills
  • Stockpile handmade gifts
  • Become a better cook
  • Make more miniature things
  • Make steampunk costumes for me, Vincent and Lex

My hope is that each week I will look at this list and actively work toward at least one of the goals. That way I am always feeling productive and I always have something to share with you.

Can’t wait to get started!

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Dukan Diet {Week 3}

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 9 comments

I have a confession. When I first heard about this diet, I thought it sounded crazy. No veggies at all in the first phase!? And then only every other day? And I’ve gotten the same reaction from several people I’ve told about it. But, I figured, since it is only for a very limited amount of time, it should be ok. I think now that I may have been wrong.

First, let me say that there is a small section in the Dukan Diet book about modifications in the diet for women who are pregnant and women who are nursing. I ignored that section because I thought that even though I’m still nursing, it would be ok if my milk production went down since Lex is at a good age to wean. But apparently breast feeding doesn’t work that way. Hey, I’m a newbie, remember? I didn’t know.

I won’t go into the gory details, but after three successive and unrelated body issues, I started to think that maybe my immune system is starting to suffer. I reached out to the Dukan Diet folks on their Facebook page, and they said that I should talk to my doctor and definitely go on the nursing mothers version of the diet. I also read an article by La Leche League on low-carb diets, and they say that it is unwise for nursing mothers to lose more than one pound a week. Losing weight faster can release toxins into your bloodstream that can get into your milk, and I’ve been losing about five pounds a week. Lex has been rather cranky lately, but I can’t say for sure that the two things are related.

Since I started this diet, it’s taken all of my will power to keep on it. I would have to talk myself into every day, and it was working. I was seeing results, and that was awesome! But now, it seemed, my health and possibly the health of my already pint-sized baby were being negatively effected. Therefore, I decided to go ahead and switch over to the nursing mother version. It kind of makes me feel like a failure and like I was just looking for an excuse to quit this diet. Then again, it’s not like I’m going back to eating how I was before. I’m a little miffed that I won’t be losing weight as quickly, but I think I’m still on the right path. In this version of the diet, there are still lots of rules to follow but there is also more freedom.

The Dukan Diet for nursing mothers is simply the Consolidation Phase with an extra serving of fruit and 1% fat dairy allowed, minus the pure protein day once a week.  Typically in the Dukan Diet you wait until you reach your True Weight through the Cruise Phase before beginning Consolidation. This phase is designed to keep you from gaining back all the weight you just lost. In Consolidation, instead of alternating pure protein and protein + veggie days, every day is a protein + veggie day! You’re also allowed to have up to 2 servings of starchy vegetables a week like potatoes or corn, one serving of fruit (two for me) and 2 slices of 100% whole grain bread a day. And, for the best part, up to two celebration meals a week! A celebration meal is where you can eat whatever your heart desires. Fried chicken? Chocolate cake? Doughnuts? Yes, yes yes! Can you tell that I’m looking forward to this? I’m saving mine for the weekend when I plan to eat some delicious Mexican food with some kind of glorious ice cream for dessert. Nom, nom, nom.

I started adding fruit to my diet yesterday and chowed down on some more veggies. I did not get a chance to exercise because Lex did not want to go to bed on time. So, I was quite surprised this morning when I stepped on the scale and had lost two more pounds! This gives me hope that I will continue to lose weight even with adding fruit and veggies daily.

Stats:

Starting weight: 191 lbs.

Current weight: 180 lbs.

As of today, I have lost a total of 11 pounds! :) My waist has shrunk by two inches and my hips by one. I’m crossing my fingers that it keeps going!

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Dukan Diet {Week 2}

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 0 comments

Phew! I made it through the Attack Phase of the diet and have been in the Cruise Phase for six days now. The Cruise Phase is the where I’ll lose most of my weight over a longer period of time, hopefully no more than six months.

In case you’re wondering, in the Cruise Phase you’re allowed to eat all the things you were in Attack but you alternate days of pure protein (PP) and protein + vegetables (PV).  On the vegetable days it’s not a free-for-all with any kind of veggie you want. You still have to avoid vegetables high in carbohydrates like potatoes, corn, rice, and legumes. You want to eat mostly protein with vegetables more as side dishes or flavor enhancers. You also get to add half a tablespoon of oat bran a day, making a total allowance of two tablespoons a day.

What I like most about PV days is having more choices for my meals. For lunch on PV days I eat a grilled chicken salad with tomatoes and the Dukan Basic Vinaigrette. The flavor and texture is amazing after all that protein and it’s very filling. The dressing is so simple and very flavorful.

Dukan Basic Vinaigrette 2 (from The Dukan Diet by Pierre Dukan)

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon mineral water
  • 2 tablespoons sherry, raspberry or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until well blended.

The Dijon mustard I have is a bit spicy and gives the salad a nice kick. You can add any kind of herbs you like as well as garlic cloves. I use about a half cup of the pre-cooked diced chicken from Kroger on top of some hearts of Romaine lettuce with a few cherry tomatoes. Yum! You can find more dressing recipes here.

So, I’m still going pretty strong on this diet. I love that I’ve already gotten results– BIG motivator for me. I’ve lost a total of seven pounds so far. Seven pounds in less than two weeks? I’ll take it!

I try not to think about how long it’s going to take for me to lose all this weight. If I start to think about the fact that I can’t have peanut butter or real chocolate cake for another five and a half months, it makes me feel deprived and- let’s face it- a little sad. When I start to think that way I have to give myself a little pep talk. Instead of thinking of what I can’t have right now I think of how awesome it will feel once I’m down to my True Weight. I think of how great it will be to not get depressed when I look in the mirror or at photos of myself. That’s what keeps me going! I also like to think of something another Dukaner said on the Dukan Diet Facebook page: “Just think that in a year you’ll be a skinny person eating that piece of cake!” Yes! It’s not forever. Soon I will be able to eat freely again.

Yesterday I made this little photo collage and stuck it on my monitor at work to keep me motivated. On the left I’m 18 and about 135 pounds. On the right I’m 25 and about 191.

 

I used to be quite the hottie, right? 😉 . I’ve been there once, I know I can do it again– just have to take it one day at a time!

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