Has it really been almost a month and a half since I last wrote? Where has the time gone??
Well, as many of you may have suspected, I have let summer get the best of me. I have thrown the Dukan Diet into the wind and enjoyed the fruits of summer. Or, beer and barbeque.
I don’t really have any excuses. I could have stuck to it, I’m sure, but when we went on vacation I found it practically impossible to resist temptation. And after we came back from vacation, I didn’t bother to go back on. Too many things happen in the summer that I didn’t want to plan around. Backyard get-togethers, festivals, camping and of course, a few nights of patio beers.. it’s what summer is all about. Enjoying summer means enjoying the food that comes with it, and I really didn’t feel like denying myself that.
Could I have found some will power and trucked through it? Probably, but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s given me a bit of a revitalization and satisfaction to live a little. I have to admit, I was starting to get a little grumpy!
But vacation is long over. As autumn draws near, I know it’s time to buckle down and lose a few more pounds.
I know myself well enough to know that this is going to probably take me a few separate stints to lose all the weight, but my determination is there. I stayed on the Dukan Diet for two months before my summer ways got the best of me, and now that September nears, I have nearly 3 months before Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches and I give into temptation once again. I think that gives me the perfect opportunity to lose another 30 lbs.
And when I say I’m going to lose another 30 lbs, I mean on top of the not-quite 5 that I gained while on my little break.
Yes, that’s right – even though I was totally not following the plan at all, I did watch what I ate, and I did eat only protein on Tuesdays, and it helped! I really didn’t gain anything back. I weighed myself this morning to find that I was 237lbs even, or 4.2 lbs up from when I last reported my weight on July 8th. I’m stunned – today was the first time I’d weighed myself since shortly after my last post, and I imagine most of that weight is water retention due to a very salty weekend.
But just because I haven’t gained much back doesn’t mean that I don’t have a lot more to lose. I still a bit more than 65 lbs to drop, and so I’m making it my mission to lose half of that number before the Christmas season.
Starting on Monday, September 5th, I’ll be rebooting my Dukan Diet for 12 weeks. I’ll be going back on the Attack Phase for 5 days, and then continue on with the cruise phase until the evening of Friday, December 2nd, which also happens to be the night of the first of many Christmas parties that we will attend. I’m only allowing myself one meal a month to go a bit off the wagon. This will be my usual Dukan cheat of certain Chinese foods. I won’t be able to resist Thanksgiving dinner though – so I’ll make that my meal in October, which is when we celebrate it here in Canada.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to post three times a week, but I’ll definitely make sure to track my progress at least twice a week.
And so, that is my commitment for now.
Am I planning a bit too much? Maybe, but I think a shorter timeline may be a bit easier for me to handle at one time. I’m not just trying to lose a few pounds. My overall goal is to get down to 170.6 lbs, which still leaves me a lot to lose. The good news is that since I’m already down 20, I’m not starting from scratch!
That’s all I have for today, but do check back starting September 5th! Can’t wait!