It’s official, I can see why Dr. Dukan put in the Attack Phase as motivation. Day 3 and this morning I weighed in at 255.4 lbs – down an incredible 3.5 lbs in 2 days! I’ll happily take that!
I know that the majority of the weight loss is probably water, but I’m totally okay with that. The book did indeed mention that this was a possibility, and it’s something I’ve experienced on other diets as well – but really? 3.5 lbs in two days? Eating meat? I would have never have guessed. Too bad it’s not going to be as fast for the rest of my weight loss experience.
Yesterday my menu was about as exciting as it was on Monday, but today I started getting just a touch creative, which has really helped. This morning, instead of just scrambled eggs, I added in a few shrimp. It made all the difference in the world. Other than that, I’ve had some milk, and a couple slices of deli sliced roast beef, a chicken thigh (skin removed, of course!) from last night’s dinner. For this afternoon’s snack, I made my own quick hot sauce, just cayenne pepper in a bit of vinegar, and added it to my cottage cheese. It’s like fooling myself into thinking I’m getting something salty, which I’ve been craving as well.
To curb the carb cravings, which are beginning to vanish, I’ve been drinking a half a cup of beef or chicken broth when they hit. It seems to be doing the trick, but like I said, the cravings are noticeably less than they were for the last couple of days.
I’m also still not any more tired than I was before starting the Dukan Diet, and definitely not noticing anything missing from my cognitive skills. I might even be just a tad bit sharper, or maybe that’s due to the good news my scale brought me this morning!
What I am still noticing is that I’m really not that hungry, and I’m still keeping my portions small – with the exception of breakfast. I’m eating when I’m hungry, and it doesn’t take much to satisfy me. I just eat a little when I’m hungry, and am learning to trust that my body knows best.
But I am really looking forward to being able to eat from the veggie list, even if I still have four more days before I can do that. I’m dreaming of cucumbers, and drooling over tomatoes. I saw that Mindie has a fantastic sounding basil tomato soup recipe, and I think I’m going to give it a whirl. Learning to make soups in general has suddenly become quite intriguing to me – I even asked my husband for a hand blender for my birthday this year.
All in all, I think this is an exceptional start to a diet, and so far I think that the best part is really feeling like I’m in control of my food, even if I’m restricted to meat and fat free dairy. I don’t have to measure, portion, plan or calculate anything. When I’m hungry, I decide what I’m going to eat, and try to remain conscious of how much I’m actually putting in my mouth.
I’ve also been very focused on making sure to get in the allotted 20 minutes of exercise per day. It’s seriously not hard. Monday and Tuesday I made sure to get out for a walk, and today, I casually walked through my apartment building – all 18 floors – when I went to check the mail. This forced me to used some stairs on the way down, even if I didn’t take them back up. Walking up 18 floors just might kill me now, but it is a goal I want to achieve later, when the weight starts really coming off.
So that’s it really. Three days into my seven Attack days, and I’m sold. I’m going to be in this for the long haul.
684 days left to go.
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