Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Making a Change: There's No Time Like the Present!

If I were being completely honest, then I would say that I've been overweight and unhappy about it for a few years. Honestly, I've also been very half-assed about my approach to weightloss as well. My mother-in-law asked me a few weeks ago if I'd heard much about The Dukan Diet as she was interested in trying it to lose some weight for our nephew's Holy Communion. I hadn't heard much. But when magazines and newspapers started reporting that Kate Middleton and her mother had both lost weight for the wedding by doing the new fad diet, I decided to look into it.

I have read the book and I also bought the recipe. This diet is perfect for me. It will be hard... there's no doubt, but at least this time I like the food, so that's the bonus!

I'm going to be open and honest here because this time, I'm in it to win it! I realize there might be some judgement in what I'm about to reveal and that's okay. I'm motivated and there's no turning back. I threw away all offending foods in our house and my husband is also doing the diet. We are making a change in a big way!

When I met my husband in 2005, I weighed 128 pounds. Over the past few years, I've gradually put on weight, but since moving to England, I've gained considerable weight (maybe 20 pounds?). I now find myself at 188 pounds and very unsettled by this number. I'm considered overweight according to my BMI, I'm unhappy, clothes don't look very good on me and I'm probably doing more harm to my body by being this overweight than I could with any diet.

My goal weight is 134 pounds. That's pretty close to what I've weighed for most of my life, give or take a few pounds. I'm 5'8 1/2" so I think that's a great weight for me! I'll be pretty excited if I can lose and maintain the 54 pounds difference as the Dukan Diet promises!

For those of you who aren't familiar, the Dukan Diet consists of 4 phases: Attack, Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilization. The diet has been used by such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Giselle Bunchen after childbirth. The diet promises an amazing goal: that you'll reach your goal weight and maintain it, eating whatever you like for the rest of your life 6 days a week, and recalibrating with only proteins 1 day per week. This sounds like more than fair to me!

I'm currently in the Attack phase for 5 days in which I can only eat pure non-fat proteins along with a few extras like non-fat dairy products and spices. I also have to incorporate 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day into my diet and drink 1 1/2 liters minimum of water per day. The final requirement is that I walk for 20 minutes per day. Again, this is only for the first 5 days of the diet which will last a very long time for me since I have so much to lose. It's estimated that I will lose between 5 and 7 pounds in the first 5 days, maybe more.

It's about 8:30pm here in England on our first day and I have to say, we've been doing very well. I'm delighted that I can have aspartame sweetener and use lemon to flavor things. I can also drink Diet Pepsi, coffee and tea, which is a life saver! I'm tired and I have to use the loo a lot because of all the water, but otherwise I'm quite happy even though I'm already looking forward to incorporating new foods in 4 more days!

I'll continue to update on my status occasionally because this is a huge change in my lifestyle. However, for those of you who aren't interested, don't worry. Pink Julep is NOT turning into a diet only blog! Wish me luck! Only 4 more days of the attack phase to go!

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  1. I had a really hard time eating healthily in London so I feel ya there! Best of luck on the new meal plan, we're rooting for you!

  2. You can definitely lose the weight! And as one of your dedicated followers I will be there to cheer you on.

  3. Good luck! I'll have to check this diet out too.

  4. I am ordering that book today! i have heard so many things about it! Good Luck and I will check in for updates!

  5. best of luck to you! my husband and i are currently doing p90x and are on our last few weeks. he's lost over 20lbs...me, none. :( it's really frustrating, so i look forward to reading about how this goes for you. like you, i was at a happy weight a few years ago and it's slowly crept up due to health problems and just not eating healthy. also, your bladder should get used to all the water you are taking in and you will have to use the bathroom less and less. :)

  6. I've considered looking into this as well. I can't wait to read about your experiences with it. Best of luck!

  7. I've been reading your blog for a while but this definitely made me de-lurk. Bravo for not hiding your number - I need to shed my "winter weight" as well - 148 and working on 125. Thanks for giving me a kick-start as well!!


    PS - I tried on that Issa dress Kate M. is wearing in your pic - they are made for long torso girls!

  8. hmmm... I weigh close to 128 and I am almost 6" shorter than you...you must have been quite thin...good luck. Personally, I find exercise better than dieting, but both are probably necessary.

  9. I was on a real work out kick for a while (need to get back into that) but I was not eating right AT ALL. Can't wait to hear of your success with this diet plan, maybe I will have to snag a copy for myself!

  10. good luck with your plan, i too have gained a considerable amount of weight since moving to the UK. My husband and I joined a gym and now that the weather is nice, I am hoping to cycle and more than drive. We have also been spending more time outside. After living in FL for 14 years I think my body just went into hibernation stage. Will be following your journey!

  11. Props for putting this out there like that, Im sure its hard to let your guard down. I can barely stand telling MYSELF what I weigh (lol) so mad props for telling us. I saw the pictures in the next post and I think you look great now, but i know its all about how we FEEL about ourselves and knowing what we CAN look like.Im going through the same thing and have lost 20lbs and need about 10 more until I FEEL better in clothes. I have heard of this diet and will be interested to see how it goes for you. You are really motivated so Im sure you will be successful! Good luck!


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