I am really missing my daily blog posts! I still don’t feel like I’ve caught up from my vacation!
Daily weight: 147 lbs/66.8 kgs
Goal weight: 155 lbs/70.5 kgs
Things weight and goal wise are going very well. I have to remind myself often that I am no longer in the Cruise Phase and can add a few things into my diet! Today (Thursday) is a PP day and so far I’ve stuck to that. On the Consolidation Phase (which for me will be 500 days long) you get to add some stuff back in to your diet, you get to have one celebration MEAL (not day) a week and you still have one PP day a week. Dr. Dukan suggests Thursday as that day, and I’m going to stick with that.
On Tuesday morning I got up early and went for a 2 mile run at sunrise. I then came back and did Chaz’s YOGAmazing 10 Minute Morning Flow workout. The combination of the two is a great way to start my day! Chaz has some amazing short yoga workouts that are easy to fit into your day and he also has workouts that focus on specific areas of your body, which I really love!
I then headed to work by walking and within the first hour was told I was being requested for a water birth. All day labor, difficult birth, as the baby was face up instead of face down, but this momma pulled energy from the universe and after nearly 3 hours of pushing had a gorgeous baby boy with a funny looking head… lol (it’s looking much better this morning!)
On Tuesday evening Alice came back for a night stay over. We went out to dinner with her son, Leon. Alice and I had the salmon with horseradish appetizer and we all three ordered mixed grill. The meat was DELICIOUS!
Alice and I then headed back late to my flat and I was in bed at 1 a.m. (gasp!!! that is SO late for me!). And we were up at 6 a.m. to get a ride to the train station. Alice had a noon flight to Hong Kong.
So off we went to Shanghai on Wednesday morning… the 4th of July. Not only is this America’s Independence Day, but it is also my little sister Nannette’s birthday!
Alice and I were suppose to be on the high speed train to Shanghai, which usually takes about 42 minutes, but we somehow got on the slow one… so between that and the subway ride on Line 2 from one end of Shanghai to the other to get to the airport, it was cutting it close… good Lord I was glad it was Alice traveling and not me, as we all know how bad my travel anxiety and time goes! We, of course, got there with plenty of time and from the pics that Alice posted on her Facebook wall of Hong Kong, she got there in one piece!
I then got back on the subway and found my way to the grocery store that I shop at in Shanghai and found a restaurant that I hadn’t eaten in before. Sat down at a table with a lovely gentleman named Stern from New Jersey, in China teaching for a year, and had a wonderful conversation over lunch… we’re Facebook friends now 🙂 and then I got a little shopping done… mostly a backpack and sack full of groceries to sustain me through the week. I then took the subway back to the train station for the ride back to Hangzhou. I called Jerry, my driver (I love saying that… he’s a very cool dude!) and asked if he could pick me up… he said yes and told me to keep an eye out for the special way he was going to display my name at the train station…
He then informed me that he was taking me to dinner to thank me for all the referrals that I gave him. He was taking me to the “best Chinese restaurant in town” and inquired about what foods I could and could not eat… the man pays attention! Too bad he’s married with a kid, lol! Just joking, his wife is one lucky lady!
So, he takes me to Nongtangli Restaurant near West Lake and he was not kidding… it was the best Chinese food I’ve had since I’ve been here! I decided right then and there that Wednesday, July 4th, was going to be my Celebration Meal of the week. Not that I ventured too far… I don’t do wheat, rice or potatoes… here’s what we had…
And I had juice, which is something I haven’t had since August! It was fresh juiced green apple and grapefruit… cool and refreshing on this hot summer’s eve!
Awesome dinner, awesome dinner companion. Jerry then took me back to my flat and didn’t charge me for the pick up… such a great guy!
So my 4th of July food was:
Breakfast: 2 tea eggs, coffee at train station
Lunch: Salad greens and a poached salmon steak
Snack on the train: about 2 ounces of aged cheddar that was crumbly and sharp!
Dinner: See above… Yum!!
Snack before bed: FF Greek Yogurt with Splenda and flax seed
Water: About 3 liters
Exercise: 1 mile walk after dinner and 20 minutes of meditation
So how was everyone else’s 4th of July??
That food looks awesome! NOMS! Great celebration meal.
I am off the radar blog wise, but am doing ok. Had a wobble last week but have corrected. I’ll tell you about it some time, when I’m a bit further into my correction. 😉
Hey, I’ve noticed that your expression is different in photos these days – something about the smile. It’s like before you started Dukan, in your “before” photos, your smile wasn’t quite as broad, but now your whole face just lights up in your photos, and you’re looking somehow… I dunno, less sheepish? Does that make sense? Like, your confidence really shines through in photos these days. It’s a joy to see, and it makes me smile.
Keep it up, you wonderful lady, you! 🙂
Thanks, Charlotte! Miss your posts 😦 Send me an email message if you’re ever wanting a chat! Hmmm, my smile. Probably a bit of greater self confidence mixed with happiness about life in general 🙂
I see it, too 🙂 Your smile is more pronounced … like you’re comfortable with it !!
Looks like you had a great 4th of July! The food looks yummy too!!
The food was delish… having a crap day at work and trying to adjust my attitude… maybe you’re right (from your blog) maybe it’s the heat!
WHEW!!! What a day. Food looked delish. Spent mine at Paula’s.BBQ Ribs and small portion of potato salad. Called Nan (she is visiting in JB and PSL.
Sounds yummy, Mom!
We had everyone here!! Fun, but hot and humid…fireworks were weak…steak, turkey tips, pork tips, chicken tenders (grilled), bulger salad, and other non paleo stuff…
Kids headed back to Singapore via Taipei…sad to bid them good-by, but they will be back in late September and again for good around Christmas…not complaining!
What a fun day! Nice they get so mant trips home. It makes living abroad a little easier.
rockets red blare on the beach…woohoo. You’re looking awesome Sandi!! xoox
I bet that was awesome to watch, Anna!
We had a wonderful 4th with an afternoon of delightful grandbabies swimming in the pool, grilled steak & veggies and a 2 hour show of fireworks in our backyard (just legalized here in MI so there were a lot of folks who splurged .. to our benefit). Frankie was in the basement covering his ears, poor guy.
great to read your posts again Sandi-girl!
PS I’ve kept off the 14 Dukan lbs and 21 inches I’ve lost via little effort, swimming every day and following the plan mostly … next week, after business travel, I’m back at it and aim to take off another 10.
Poor Frankie! He was probably wondering what the heck was going on! Sounds like his human family had a really fun day though 🙂
Congrats on keeping it off… Here’s to the next 10! xoxo