Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Phase: Cruise - PV
Weight: 70.3kg

Bust: 96cm
Waist: 76cm
Hips: 107.5cm

Notes: My measurements are all going out of whack! I think I must be sleepier in the mornings than I thought hahaha. Sticking more strictly to the diet today.... Need to exercise more self discipline!!

Made milk bread for my parents today! Or rather, it's in the process of making haha. Hope this round turns out well! I'll be making bread for my parents every other day if it does.

Foods Eaten:
Chicken breast marinated in peri-peri sauce
oven-baked salmon parcel
boiled broccoli with salt and pepper
steamed chicken
2 bowls of herbal chicken broth
daily portion of oat bran bread with Dukan nutella

Day 15: Monday, 15th April 2013 (Cruise - PP)

Phase: Cruise - PP
Weight: 70.5kg

Bust: 97cm
Waist: 77cm
Hips: 107cm

Notes: Yeah, my one night of sin really showed XD; Not such a bad day. Only, for dinner, I had my chicken with this onion sauce that I only realised had lots of oil after I ate it. Oh well!

Foods Eaten:
2-egg omelette with cheese
chicken meatloaf with tomato sauce
3 slices beef "ham"
2 bowls of chicken and corn broth
grilled sanma
steamed chicken
daily portion of oat bran bread with Dukan Nutella

Day 14: Sunday, 14th April 2013 (Cruise - PP)

Phase: Cruise - PP
Weight: 70.2kg

Bust: 96.5cm
Waist: 76.5cm
Hips: 107.5cm

Notes: I'm pretty sure my hip measurements for today are actually a little inaccurate since I was in a hurry this morning. Oh well!

I had a pretty good day! As usual, we went to church in the morning, followed by grocery shopping. I spent a few hours cooking some Dukan stuff that I could freeze for quick meals during the week!

I tried the meatloaf recipe from the Complete Dukan Cookbook, and though it looked rather odd before I stuck it in the oven, it turned out pretty tasty! I'm actually pretty excited because I dug out my KitchenAid food grinder and made my own chicken mince for the recipe. Simple things that bring so much happiness :D

The meatloaf recipe is actually meant to be a 4-person portion for starters, but it's really a lot of food ^^;; There was so much I managed to make two loaves, and divided each loaf into three as a main course, so that's 4 meals sorted for the week! (I had one portion for lunch and gave another portion to Myra for taste-testing hehehe)

I also finally remembered to make the Dukan ketchup, which I have to admit is really good. I think I actually prefer it over the store-bought ketchup! And it goes really well with the meatloaf, so hurrah! :D

I also wanted to try one of the Dukan oatbran bread recipes, so I dragged out the breadmaker. Er - it didn't turn out so well hahaha. I think there wasn't enough ingredients or something, or maybe I was supposed to smoothen over the dough before it started baking, but the loaf is in a really really odd shape ^^; The taste is alright, as is the texture, but (as my mum put it) it looked like the rats got to it first ^^;;

Oh well, I'll try the recipe again with double the ingredients and the "wholemeal" setting, rather than "wholemeal rapid", and see what happens. If that still fails, I'm just going to stick to the microwave recipes hahaha. On the other hand, I'm feeling more inspired to make fresh bread for my parents now, especially since my mum eats a few slices of bread everyday.

I kind of broke the diet in the evening though, because my sister brought us to this place with absolutely sinful kushiyaki!

Foods Eaten:
2 half-boiled eggs with steamed otak-otak
1 portion of chicken meatloaf
Lots of very sinful, fatty kushiyaki

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Days 10-13: 10th - 13th April 2013 (Cruise - PV)

Phase: Cruise - PV
Weight: 70.4kg

Bust: 96.5cm
Waist: 77cm
Hips: 108.3cm

Notes: Hmmm, it's not been a good few days for me, because my dad arranged a dinner on Thursday night, and I had some noodles and jelly with honey. I've been really good for the past few days, so my weight went back down again, but next week has to be a really strict week again *sighs*

On the other hand, the Dukan flavourings are really yummy! My favourite so far is to add the caramel to my hot milk and oat bran. I've been having that nearly every night since the flavourings arrived, but tonight I'm having strawberry, and it's really good! Tastes just like the strawberry oats I used to have as a kid :D Brings back so many memories!

Foods Eaten:
1 pot of chamomile tea
1 scoop of sugar-free low-fat chocolate ice cream
2-egg omelette with low-fat cheese
lukluk - kangkung, meatballs, quail's eggs, fishballs
ETA: I forgot, I also had a bit of chicken curry and stir-fried assorted vegetables

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Days 8 & 9: Monday & Tuesday, 8 & 9 April 2013 (Cruise - PV and PP)

Phase: Cruise - PP
Weight: 70.8kg

Bust: 96.5cm
Waist: 78cm
Hips: 108.5cm

Notes: Whoops, forgot to record yesterday's food! Weight went up a little because of the store-bought stuff I ate on Sunday, I think. Yikes! And I think I've also been drinking a little less water, and forgot my exercises oops! Gotta get my hat on straight and put in more effort!

I think my weight will probably go up for the next few days though, cos I had a full sinful meal today. But I couldn't help it, my dad cooked dinner today, and my sis contributed a dish, and this isn't something that happens often, so I had to show them appreciation. Plus, a neighbor brought over fresh mochi from Japan, so I had a bit of that too :/ Oh well. Have to be more strict over the next few months!!

Foods Eaten:
2-egg omelette with beef strips and cheese
2-egg omelette with tofu and cheese
chicken rice meal with curry and a lot of sinful stuff, including mochi
hot milk with oat bran

Monday, 8 April 2013

Day 7: Sunday, 7th April 2013 (Cruise - PP)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 70.3kg

Bust: 97.5cm
Waist: 76.7cm
Hips: 108cm

Notes: Went to church this morning, then to KLCC for breakfast, Kinokuniya and groceries. After that, I lost the whole day to playing Sims 3 hahaha. I even forgot to prepare stuff for tmr! Thank goodness it's a PV day, so snacks are easy.

Foods Eaten:
1 roasted chicken leg with chilli sauce and chicken broth
assortment of kushiyaki - salt chicken, yakitori-sauce chicken, salmon, squid, chicken liver
egg-and-chicken-and-cheese omelette
hot milk with oat bran and sweetener

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Day 6: Saturday, 6th April 2013 (Cruise - PV)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 70.3kg

Bust: 97.8cm
Waist: 76.9cm
Hips: 108cm

Notes: Hahaha I was right! My temp scales were rather off! Oh well, at least my measurements are still going down...

I woke up this morning with a case of the runs. Was supposed to go out with friends after class but it was bad enough during class that I didn't want to risk it, so I went home and took a long nap instead. I almost didn't go to Auntie Rubyann's birthday party, but by evening, I was feeling much better, so I did go.

I'm kind of torn about that decision - on one hand, it was heaps of fun, but on the other hand, I broke by diet already ^^; Need to be extra-strict tomorrow!!

Very glad to be eating vegetables again, btw.

Foods Eaten:
2-egg omelette with low-fat cheese
eggs cocotte (1 slice ham, fat and rind trimmed off, with 2 eggs and 2 tbsp. of yoghurt)
1 head of broccoli, boiled and sprinkled with salt and pepper
1 Chinese 8-course dinner - main sins were lots of oily and deep-fried foods, a small portion of birthday noodles, a bit of fruit in 7-Up and half a tiny slice of cake.
hot milk with oat bran and sweetener

Friday, 5 April 2013

Day 5: Friday, 5th April 2013 (Attack)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 69kg

Bust: 97.5cm
Waist: 77cm
Hips: 108.5cm

Notes: I sinned a little with dinner today. I had a store-bought chicken, and it was really kinda greasy, so I didn't eat much of it. I definitely think I ate more grease from that chicken than I have in this entire week! Grossssss....

Tomorrow starts my cruise phase! I'm so excited! I really can't wait to eat veggies again - even went out and bought a whole load of broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes and tomatoes to celebrate. Tomato snacks, here I come!!

Also, I finally managed to get some batteries for my electronic weighing scales, so hopefully my weight measurements will be more accurate. I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow's record goes up a little actually ^^;;; These current scales always seem to give a smaller number than the actual figure...

Today was a pretty stressful day at work, so I kept feeling hungry all the time. I'd packed an omelette for breakfast, and had my cherry jelly throughout the morning.... but I only had my chicken for lunch after that, since I forgot to pack some low-fat cheese as a snack and had to go hungry for the whole afternoon. I did try sating my hunger with water, but there was so much to do that I didn't even realise I wasn't drinking water till 3 hours had passed :/ I'm just glad today is over..

In other news, the stuff I bought from the Dukan Diet Shop have arrived!! I'm impressed - I'd only placed the order on Monday :) I bought their chocolate and hazelnut spread, fat-reduced cocoa powder, and 6 types of flavouring: honey, dark chocolate, peanut, strawberry, caramel and melted butter.

So far, I've only tried the honey flavouring - I added it to my hot milk and oat bran today :) It's actually not bad! Rather more flowery than I expected, and it doesn't have the same sweet taste honey does (you still have to add sweetener), but it is at least a new flavour in this diet. Woohoo!

I'm going to slowly experiment with the flavourings. Maybe try making some milk jelly and add strawberry flavouring, or mix the dark chocolate flavouring with cream cheese and oat bran to make chocolate cheesecake... Yum!

Depending on how these go, I'm already planning out which flavours to get the next time I purchase something from the DDS. I'm thinking of getting the cheese flavourings, so that I can make Dukan belchamel sauce, add some low-fat cheese and cheddar flavouring, and use this "cheese" sauce on cauliflower to make cauliflower cheese. Yummmm~

Alright, going to take a quick shower and surrender to my bed. Goodnight!

Foods Eaten:
2-egg omelette with low-fat cheese
1 no-sugar cherry jelly
1 large piece of grilled chicken breast, marinated in lemon juice, basil, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce
1 roasted chicken leg and wing and a bit of breast, skin removed
hot milk with oat bran and honey flavouring

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Day 4: Thursday, 4th April 2013 (Attack)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 69.8kg

Bust: 98cm
Waist: 77.7cm
Hips: 108.9cm

Notes: Huh, my bust measurement seems to have moved up a little XD;;; Maybe I measured it wrongly yesterday hahaha! Or maybe yesterday's bra did make alot of difference!

Nothing much to report today. Not really stressful at work, but there was alot to do. Luckily, not anything super-time sensitive, so I just stayed back a little later than usual to finish up stuff. I mean, yeah, I can always do them tomorrow, but that just means there's more work to do tomorrow ^^;

Since I got home really late today, I didn't concentrate much on food preparation. Luckily, I'd already pre-marinated meat for tomorrow's lunch, so I don't have to concentrate. I just plonked the chicken breast in the oven haha. I'll have an omelette for breakfast, and pack along another jelly for a snack.

Hm, tired. Going to go to sleep now. G'night!

Foods Eaten:
1 small piece of steak
1 piece of salmon, oven baked in a parcel with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and onion powder
2 slices turkey ham
1 bowl chicken and radish broth (just the broth, not the stuff in it)
2-egg omelette with low-fat cheese
sugar-free cherry jelly
hot milk with oat bran

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Day 3: Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 (Attack)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 70kg (?!?!)

Bust: 97.5cm
Waist: 79cm
Hips: 109cm

Notes: I was really surprised this morning to see such quick results in only 2 days! The one that had me really befuddled was my bust and waist measurement - 0.5cm in one day is a pretty darn good achievement! :D Motivation? Yes!

Again, today was a pretty stressful day at work, so I was feeling pretty hungry most of the time, but drinking water helped keep off the hunger most of the time.

We did get into a discussion about diets in the office today. All the newbies seem rather skeptical, but the others who watched me go through it know it does work.

On the other hand, I did find a great replacement for rice! A colleague used to work in a kitchen, and he mentioned boiling/steaming cauliflower till just cooked, draining it then blitzing it in a food processor till it's crumbly. Apparently, it acts as a great substitute for rice when you have, say, stew (since we can't have kari or kuah on this diet...).

Lunch was... interesting! I ended up eating only half the fish because it was really too big a portion to eat with the steak (I um kind of forgot about eating breakfast hahaha). It was not bad, but perhaps the herbs I used for it wasn't quite so suitable. I think I'd prefer eating this open-roasted in an oven rather than ovenbaked in a parcel, and with lemon juice and pepper as seasoning.

Dinner was actually part of the main meal my maid cooked for my parents, since she had an herbal soup and air-fried chicken. I made sugar-free cherry jelly! It's actually from an instant-jelly box, but I read somewhere that Sugar-Free Jell-O is okay to eat. This packet expires in May, so I figured I ought to make it now before I forget it exists hahaha. Yay, I have dessert tomorrow!

Sorry, no photos of food today, because breakfast and lunch are actually disturbingly similar to what I prepared for today hahaha. Steak, and oven-baked fish parcel ^^;

Foods Eaten:
1 pan-fried steak with oregano mayonnaise
1 medium-sized piece of lemon sole baked with thyme
3 slices turkey ham
1 air-fried chicken drumstick
6 slices fresh salmon sashimi
1 large bowl of herbal soup (didn't eat any of the stuff in it)
hot milk with oat bran

Day 2: Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 (Attack)

Phase: Attack
Weight: 71.9kg

Bust: 98cm
Waist: 79.5cm
Hips: 109cm

Notes: Alright, so my measurements are vastly different from what I posted yesterday, but that's because yesterday's measurements were taken at the end of the day, rather than in the morning, as is my preference. Going forward, the weight and measurements I record down will be taken in the morning.

Today was an okay day for me. Not as excitable about the diet as yesterday, but then again I had a pretty stressful day at work, and had to remind myself not to snack on anything sinful. I cleared out the last bits of the snack corner on my desk too.

The egg and smoked salmon salad I made was pretty okay, but it's not something you can eat alot of - next time, I'll just stick to using one hardboiled egg, way less mayonnaise and more herbs and pepper. It got a little too rich for me after eating less than a third of what I prepared hahaha.

The bit of egg salad that I ate became my dinner, as I had class after work and only got home at nearly 10pm. After class, I did have some chicken broth with chicken breast, and my milk-and-oats for the day, which actually kind of ended up being too big a meal because I felt kinda nauseous after that lol.

Soooo.... Food for tomorrow is pretty simple stuff. Steak with oregano mayonnaise, and baked lemon sole with thyme. The lemon sole was meant to be dinner, but since the chicken broth was already prepared (leftovers from my mum's dinner) and I had to cook the fish by today, it became part of lunch for tomorrow.

Sorry, no photos of today's food (I was too hungry to snap a nice photo of lunch - baked salmon parcel with lemon and basil) but I did remember to take a photo of tomorrow's lunch while it was cooling!

2013-04-02 Lunch Stuff for tmr

The mug is my milk-and-oatbran, and the bag is my lunchbag (a gift from my sister, though I think it came as a freebie in a Japanese magazine hahaha). I found it fitting :)

Alright, got to go to bed, since tomorrow will likely be a long day as well. Goodnight!

Foods Eaten:
2 half-boiled eggs
1 piece of salmon, baked with lemon juice and fresh basil
1 hardboiled egg, mixed with a bit of chopped smoked salmon and Dukan mayonnaise
1 bowl of chicken broth, with chicken chunks
low-fat milk with 1 1/2 tbsp oat bran
1 box of low-fat milk

Monday, 1 April 2013

Restart Attempt #2! Day 1: Monday, 1st April 2013 (Attack)

.... Hum XD So I've completely gone off the diet since my last post! I've managed to put on all that I lost on the original diet (+1kg XD;) since hahaha.

I can't really say if there's any one factor motivating me to make another attempt at the diet (the fact that I no longer can fit most of the clothes in my wardrobe is a big one...), but the one that really pushed me into starting the diet now was news that I'd be travelling to the UK and US in June. I kind of really want to shop for more clothes (not that I need them, but hey, clothes!) so I decided it was time to start the diet, this time with an actual deadline and set targets.

I suspect I will not hit my targeted weight by the time I have to fly off, and I'll most definitely break the diet when I'm travelling (and likely also before that as I will be going through a very stressful time at work in mid-June), but I hope I'll be able to continue the diet to completion after that.

This time, I'll be the only one in my family on the diet (seeing as how my sister and I no longer live in the same house and have different work schedules), but hopefully it might make it easier on me because I no longer have to cater for 3 persons' culinary preferences, and can actually cook things I like that my sister and her husband find weird.

(That said, I don't mind if food doesn't taste great, and am very open to gastronomic experiments, and am also apparently blessed with an iron stomach, so maybe it's more that I'm easily pleased....)

So.... without further ado, here I go again!

Phase: Attack
Weight: 72kg

Bust: ~100cm
Waist: 81cm
Hips: 108cm

Notes: Just before purchasing my groceries for the week, I stumbled across The Complete Dukan Cookbook at a bookstore and bought a copy. I have to say, the recipes look much improved from the first time I did this diet, and are all very inspiring! The book is full of detail and the best part is - it only cost me RM100, as opposed to the RM1,000 it would have cost to purchase another round of online coaching.

I was a little lazy with preparing my food yesterday, so today's breakfast, lunch and snacks weren't anything spectacular, but they still looked pretty decent! It's alot of food, but I was really worried about being stuck in the office with nothing to eat...

2013-04-01 Breakfast, Lunch and Snack

I'm definitely more open to trying out more official Dukan recipes! Last time around, I kept avoiding so many recipes because I couldn't find low-fat or fat-free fromage frais anywhere, but I've finally realised that fat-free cream cheese, softened and diluted with a little fat-free yoghurt, makes a pretty decent substitute.

Today, I decided to try my hand at making Dukan Mayonnaise! It was much easier than I thought :) I'm a bit worried since it has raw egg yolks in it, but well, if I fall sick, I'll know the culprit ^^;

2013-04-01 Dukan Mayonnaise

(Sorry for the awful photo, but for some reason, this was all my phone wanted to take... ^^;)

The main inspiration for making the Mayonnaise today was that I hadn't eaten three of the boiled eggs I'd prepared for today, and didn't want them to go to waste. Instead, I chopped them up, as well as the smoked salmon I didn't finish, and mixed them with the Dukan Mayonnaise for a really filling meal :)

I also prepared a salmon parcel with basil and lemon for my lunch. It's considerably less food than I had today, especially considering the egg salad is meant to be dinner, so I hope I don't get too hungry tomorrow!

Alright, finally going to end this long post with a record of the foods I've eaten today.


Foods Eaten:
1 hard boiled egg
1 steak with Dijon mustard
3 slices lean turkey ham
1 low-fat Happy Cow cheese
milk with oatbran and sweetener
1 bowl of broth with salmon and prawn
2 small bites of egg and smoked salmon salad