Going on a diet and following it to the letter is kind of like going to college. If you’re going to do it right and get a degree and be successful in your ‘career’ you have to study it, learn it, live it and breathe it. That is how college was for me and that has been how following the Dukan Diet has been for me. I bought the book at the urging of my friend Lucy. I threw it in my carry on to read while on vacation in the States last August and didn’t pull it out until I was on the plane going back to Abu Dhabi having been at my class reunion and being horrified at how fat I was in the pictures. Did everyone love me just the same? Of course they did, but OH MY GOD I was fat.
At the very start of the trip I met with my a school colleague, John Geraghty, for some life coaching. My weight was just one of the issues I wanted to discuss and it wasn’t even a major one. I wanted to talk about my career, moving forward, opening myself up for relationships and my weight. I admitted to John at the session that I weighted 255 pounds. The words coming out of my mouth astounded me. How did I get there? John gave me many tools for making changes that needed to be made in order to move forward. In fact, I changed jobs (and countries) the following month and I read Dr. Dukan’s book, word for word on that plane on the way home.
I’ve read all the books… Seriously… ALL OF THEM… This one MADE SENSE. Dr. Dukan’s philosophy on low carb and low fat and learning how to eat well and stay healthy made sense. And so, I embarked on his program August 20, 2012… Dukan Diet 101….
THAT 101 STANDS FOR A LOSS of 101 POUNDS!!! That’s 45.9 KILOGRAMS and 7 STONES 3 POUNDS. A LOT 🙂 A side note… They sucked out 3.96 pounds of fat last Thursday.
I’ve exceeded my goal by one pound. Now, I know, I promised not to weigh for 10 days post op, but I just couldn’t do it. My scale is my friend. It’s literally been there through thick and thin… Literally 😀 I’m not sure what my true weight is, because I still have quite a bit of swelling and edema.
So, what does this mean? IM IN PHASE 3!!! CONSOLIDATION!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I’m actually Day 8 consolidation, as I added cheese and some fruit in my diet last Friday. I felt like I needed the extra good fat in the cheese and the little bit if fructose (I’ve only had 2 apples and 1 pear) for energy while healing. That’s Day 8 of 500 days. Dr. Dukan recommends that you do the consolidation phase 5 days for every pound you lose. In the Consolidation phase you can add back in 2 slices of bread per day… I will NOT be doing that. After reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and just knowing how amazing my body feels without it, I plan on being wheat free for life. Since going wheat free due to the Dukan diet in August I have not had a migraine, vertigo, reflux (heartburn), allergies, joint pain or IBS. NONE. I will pretty much follow a Paleo type meal plan throughout my Dukan Phase 3. I have done extensive reading on all of it… Seriously, like going to college for nutrition, and I have figured out what is best for me.
I’m back to nightly walks, I will do yoga (gentle yoga) starting Monday (okayed by doctor) and can start running again next Thursday, thank God since my first 5K is only 3 weeks and 1 day away!
So that’s the update 😀 I cannot thank all of you enough for the support, love, cheering and good wishes. To my family and friends… You are the BEST… To my new blogging friends… I am so glad we’re on this journey together… You inspire me… All of you!
Me in April 2011
Today 154 pounds 🙂
You. Are. Awesome!
Just saying 🙂
Love you, Cat 🙂 Thanks for the support xoxo
Shazam! You did it! You did it by hard work and knowledge and eating delicious foods … I remember you saying “on Dukan you have to eat” and that couldn’t be more true … that + exercise. I’m inspired. Thanks to your tips and his books, I’ve followed Dukan (loosely) .. I haven’t been as studious as you but in 2 months I’ve lost 13 of the 30 lbs I want to loose and 18 inches — 18 inches! It’s as simple as this: it works and you, my friend, are living proof.
TADA – here’s your cape 🙂
Woo HOO!! I LOVE Capes!!! Thanks, MJ and CONGRATS to you… Nearly half way there! Dukan does work… I’m so glad others get to see that through my blog xoxo
What a journey. You look super. The Pictures really tell the story. See you In 21.
Yay! 3 weeks til I see my Momma!! Can’t wait xoxoxo
Fantastic post Sandi! Less than a year on and you are looking superb!
You really are an inspirational person for newbies like me!
Thanks 🙂 I know this shows you that Dukan works… You’re seeing it for yourself! You’ll be blogging the same results a year from now, and I’ll be doing a virtual high five with you!
You look fantastic! After a month of emotional upheaval and not eating Paleo…I felt like crap…but…two days back home and I am already feeling better. It is amazing how much bread stuff people eat, including me, I feel so much better with out wheat! I can’t wait to hear about your 5K!!
Thank you. I know you’ve had a rough month. I’ve had you in my prayers. I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better back in your normal routine. You are such an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to share my 5K results with you! I’ve put the tri idea in my head for next year 🙂
Hi Sandi, congratulations to you 101lbs!!!! How exciting for you to reach the next step of dukan! The photos do tell a story, you look so healthy now! Keep it up xxxx 🙂
Thanks, Meg! It is very exciting. I totally couldn’t imagine it 9 months ago.
I can’t even begin to express how happy I am for you! That’s AMAZING Sandi……… “The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have it done!” Congratulations! It’s done – phew!!!! xoxo
Sonia… You’re doing it to! You beat me to the 100 mark earlier this month. I keep re-requesting to follow your blog and I don’t get notifications… Can you send me a message here with a link when you post? I miss so many of your posts 😦
Will do Sandi – It’s so weird!!!! BIG BOO for Blogger…… I’m hoping to come over to wordpress in the next few weeks, I just need to bite the bullet and make some time for me to do it. LOL. xoxo
It is a much better blog site IMO. I feel awful that. Don’t stop in regularly to your site… I follow about 30 blogs and I visit each one when I get an email… I haven’t been getting Moonday’s posts either 😦 You guys were my first blogs I followed and showed me this diet was doable… Thank you!
Dont worry about it……. not too much anyway! 😉 Thank YOU for all your support, its ALWAYS appreciated, no matter how long between times!!!!!!
I have no words that give my full measure of love, respect and admiration to you. My heart is singing for you and I am looking forward to seeing you and giving you a giant big hug
OMG… You have no idea how much I love a Julia HUG!!! I can’t wait xoxoxxoxo
Sandi, you look amazing! Congratulations on your most momentous weight loss achievement…you are a true inspiration!
Thank you, Julie 🙂 My hope with this blog is to help others reach their goals. I feel fantastic and want to share that!
Well I for one am not surprised at all that you exceeded your goal! You are so tenaciously wonderfully determined. I know you’ll do similarly well on the consolidation. What a fantastic accomplishment Sandi. Just spectacular to see the progress pics too. xoxo
Thanks, Anna 🙂 You are such a wonderful friend to have on board for support!
awww sweetness. love watching all the success it’s like a dose of pure ‘gimme dat too’ each and every day.
inspirational. i was almost teary looking at the pictures!!you made it, big congratulations!!!
Thanks, Shannon xoxo
You are such an inspiration Momma and you are beautiful in every single one of those pictures. 🙂
Thanks, Kira… Miss you and miss your Ni Hao humor xoxoxo
EXCELLENT work! Very amazing stuff. Just goes to show what determination can do! Huge congrats!
Thanks, Jen I said I could do it, and I did!
You did indeed and you’ve been steadfastly pursuing it with a vengeance. I am not even going to say good luck on Consolidation because …. hey, it’s you!
Thanks, Jen! Following all of the things that Dr. Dukan prescribes in his book makes this diet work. I’m going to keep following the advise, with a few tweaks to keep out wheat, to the letter… I’m in it to the end 🙂
WOW. WOW. WOW. No words. What an inspiration!
You did amazingly. Losing 101lbs shows determination and the pictures speak for themselves. Well done and full respect from me! You are an inspiration.
Thank you, Tatjana 🙂 Your running inspires me!
Thank you 🙂
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Ran across this while doing research for an interview being done about my weightloss… Thought I’d reblog it… The comments are amazingly supportive 🙂
Well, you are indeed more than awesome. 🙂
Thanks, Sandra! I hope others find my weightloss inspirational. Hope you’re feeling better!
You are an amazing woman!