My Dukan Diet Diary – Starting Afresh
Hello everyone and many thanks for stopping by Dukan Diet Meals.
I have always been a bit reluctant to share my personal experiences when it comes to dieting but I have now decided that it’s time to start afresh and I am hoping that keeping a weekly diary will keep me motivated as well as help others understand how effective the Dukan plan can be. I always found those horrible “before and after pictures” you often see on websites and magazines very difficult to trust so I’d rather provide anyone interested in this plan with a true account of its effectiveness as well as a quick report of any key learnings.
First things first, I am not totally new to this plan. After reading about it on various magazines, I started following the diet last year to lose some weight before a holiday but unfortunately, despite losing a fair bit in only a couple of weeks, once back home, the diet went out of the window and I ended up regaining all of the lbs I’d lost.
Just like many others out there, it feels like I have been on a diet all my life and I am incredibly keen to get this aspect of my life sorted once and for all. As a symbol of my commitment, I have decided to use an image of something that means a lot to me: the dress you see up there is the dress I was wearing the first time my partner and I kissed. It goes without saying that I was a lot happier with my size back then and, although it still somehow fits me, let’s just say it’s not a pretty sight. So, yes, the pretty dress is waiting for me with many clothes I haven’t been able to fit into for years and it’s only a matter of time before I can comfortable wear them all again.
I am a foodie, coffee addict and work from home as a self-employed online marketer.
Let’s kick-start the diet diary with my current stats:
Age: 29, quickly approaching 30 – eeeek!
Height: 164cm (5’4’’)
Weight: 83.2kg (183.4lbs)
Target weight: 67kg (147.7lbs)
Desired weight loss: 16kg (35.2lbs)
Weaknesses that have contributed to my weight gain:
- I am a self-confessed carbs addict: I’ve never had a sweet tooth but I am a sucker when it comes to bread, pasta, pizza and savoury snacks. Give me a Mini Cheddar and it’ll be gone before you can blink. I am hoping that cutting complex carbs out of my routine until I reach my target weight will teach me that carbs are more of a treat, rather than something to binge on daily.
- My commitment to daily exercise sucks: Unfortunately going to the gym or doing any type of exercise has never been part of my routine and I am almost ashamed of confessing that I’ve now been paying for my local gym membership for over a year and I have only been a couple of times. Enough said really.
- I tend to have an “all-or-nothing” attitude: I am a perfectionist by nature which, when it comes to dieting, it doesn’t seem to help at all. Too many times in the past a small slip up has led to forgetting about the diet altogether so I guess I need to learn to be a little more forgiving with myself and focus on my long term goal, rather than obsess on the small details.