Sunday, 5 June 2011

Dukan week 15 - results!

Carbs are what slap me down, big time, every time. I can easily inhale an entire warm baguette, it hardly touches the sides, a croissant is nothing but net. Seriously.

By why eat it if I don't even taste and enjoy it? Yeah, why indeed. So I just try my hardest to avoid it.

I've had good days of walking, like the other day down the canal with the girls and a close friend and her Kiki dog. Then on other days, I'll just hobble around the house, barely able to put weight on my foot the tendon is so sore and painful  I've even taken to using the crutches, occasionally. There just seems no rhyme or reason to it, one day ouch, the other, no big deal. So swings and roundabouts, I guess. Just a few more days and I see the Specialist in Saint Brieuc and find out my options. (Hopefully.)

I worked hard to keep carbs and fat down so some weight would shift. So, even though the walking was spotty, I did get the results I wanted:

81.5kg! I'm only a week or so from breaking through the 80kg barrier!

Pat on the back for that.

OK, now... let's discuss other issues, shall we? The next post I'm going to talk about what happens when you lose a LOT of weight. And what I plan on doing about that.

You will want to skip it if photos of a 50-something flabby woman might shock or scare you. :)

Hugs and quiches from Kitty.


50 and still trying to be Frugal .... said...

Really interesting to read about your progress.
I too have started and I am at Day 12. I am keeping a private blog at the moment, just to keep a record.
I am sooo pleased with the results. I lost a lot od weight about 4 years ago and got down to my lowest ever weight - 11st 3lbs, then gradulally I put on over 3 stone. Why do we do this to ourselves?
This time has been really easy - scarily (is that a word?) so.
I will not weigh myself until Thursday morning, but I deel tons better, clothes I have not worn for years fit me again.
I am going to start my exercise routine today so I will keep you posted

Kitty said...

Sue: Yes! It is rather scary how easy this has been to not only lose weight, with very little real effort on my part, other than the exercise. But also to be without hunger! I know my stomach has shrunk, yes, but I am quite satisfied with smaller servings, I can *tell* now when I've had enough to eat for now. I had lost that ability by literally stuffing myself with food to ease my emotional pain.

First I had to deal with the underlying cause of the WHY I was doing this to myself, that IS an ongoing process but I have a handle on it now, I can trust myself more now. I just have to be honest with myself about why I need to put something in my mouth, if I'm not truly hungry. Then I deal with that. It's not always simple nor is it straightforward. Sometimes it's painful. But I think it's improving me as a person because I am facing my fears, my perceived inadequacies, failures and flaws and actually doing something about them.

Everything I have in my closet either fits me now, or is too big. I just took another couple bags of clothes to the two Charity collection bins we have here in town: Red Cross and Emmaüs. There are a few things I will tailor to fit me, I have a lot of rather expensive but classic clothing I will keep. And I think for Christmas, I will try to buy myself a sewing machine. I had a lovely one in the UK, I used to make a lot of my daughters' clothing myself, but... it's one of the things that I didn't get over here fast enough before my possessions were distributed among my ex-husband's family. Ah well, that's life, eh? (Yes, I AM still bitter. I have to work on THAT as well.)

Please let me know how the exercise works for you. I think it really DOES speed up the process! And I'm working on my own program to get rid of these 'Bingo Wings' that are supposed to be triceps and the unbaked bread dough that has appeared on my stomach and thighs!

Hugs and quiches from Kitty x

Deborah said...

Wowzers, Kitty, that is truly impressive! I laughed at your admission about baguettes and croissants - it rings verrrrrry true for me too. Yesterday MFB left part of his fresh breakfast baguette uneaten and I just did not want to resist it. Haven't had bread for nearly two weeks now and while I no longer crave it, I still love it.

I also eat when I'm not hungry - for me it's because I'm unstimulated, otherwise known as bored. It has been somewhat revelatory to discover that I have more control over my food impulses than I thought.

I am so impressed with what you're achieving, Kitty, despite some major stumbling blocks. Without being able to exercise whenever you like it's that much harder, so your success is really something to be proud of.

I picked up a sewing machine in Lidl a few months ago. It's nothing like as good as the one I have in Canada, but it does a perfectly good job with most things. 58Euros! I saw afterwards that Geant had a similar deal. The only big difficulty here is finding dressmaking fabric - the shops are few and far between. What's it like where you are?

Kitty said...

Deborah: Thank you! I am proud of myself and I want to share this with others because having excess weight is something that CAN BE overcome!

Yeah, I've had a few major stumbling blocks, true, physical and emotional. I'm hoping the physical will be fixed soon. As for the emotional, well, The Pliers said it very well, "But, with respect, to old husbands, I can say that, in the end, they will all be dust just like us." Wise words to remember as I nurse newly inflicted wounds.

Deborah, I have been a very silly girl for a great part of my life. That ended when I left the last leech, in June 2009. I am moving forward, but I can't help to look back over my shoulder, sometimes, and lament the choices I made.


Fabric here is stupid silly prices. Especially since I compare it to what I could get when working costumes in theatre in America. I CAN get fabric in Saint Brieuc, but I think if I needed it, I would order online. Much better selection and a fraction of the cost, even delivered! I might see if I can pick up an old Brother or Singer on Le Bon Coin or such. Although, 58€ is a jolly good price, even if it did just straight and zig-zag stitching!

Hugs and quiches from Kitty xx

Deborah said...

Have you got suggstions for online fabrics suppliers? I've done some looking but not come up with much. The other option for me is to go across the border - fabric shops are, while not a dime a dozen, much more present in Italy.

Kitty said...

Deborah: I had a list on the old laptop, but, that's sitting dead right now in the closet. I rather gave up looking, although I found some good fabric stores through eBay, of all places!

If I were you, I'd get fabric in Canada! If I ever travelled back to the US, I think I'd bring back my luggage filled with finds from House of Fabrics, Joann's Fabric and Michaels! There IS this: They ship to France and postage isn't that bad, really. I suppose I could make Retro aprons and sell them on Etsy, give me some 'pin money' but first, I need a machine! :D

I'll keep you in mind and send you any promising fabric store links!

Hugs and quiches from Kitty xx

GaynorB said...

Hi Kitty,
Well done for getting back on the wagon and bing positive. I started a 'cut down' today with a view to losing some weight. If it doesn't work I I'll need to consider a real regime like Dukan or even Cambridge.
I am proud of you for everything you are trying to do and even prouder that you are suceeding and overcoming the odds. Exercising with your tendon problem can't be easy.
Keep up the good work
Gaynor x

Kitty said...

GaynorB: Thank you! I want to make everyone proud of me because, you see, you ALL have a huge part in my success. I cherish the feedback and the little high-fives, pats on the back and 'atta-girl! I get from my readership, it really DOES motivate me.

I could use the tendon as an excuse for not trying, but that is weak. I WILL overcome these odds. I can imagine it, I can dream it, so, as far as I am concerned, I CAN and WILL achieve it! It just needs starting, then continuing, one moment at a time.

So, good luck to you as well, I'll be watching and cheering YOU on! :)

Hugs and quiches from Kitty xx

Midwest to Midlands said...

Hi, from a fellow American, I'm in England. Just came across your blog, I think through Gaynor. Congrats on the weight loss! I bought the Dukan book does that count? Anyway I will be interested to hear about your progress of opening a tea room. I signed up as a follower.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Congrats, well done you!!
Looking forward to your next post - I am a bit of a Pilates fan, I think it's best for toning up. xx

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Hi Kitty - spotted you over at Boyo's. Lucky you living in Brittany - I discovered it for the first time earlier this year (Morbihan), and will be back to see more of it soon. Re fabric, if you are down in Paris at all, try the Marché St Pierre near Montmartre.

Kitty said...

Midwest to Midlands: Hello there, fellow American!
Yes, buying the book counts if you crack it and read it ;)
The Tea Room is meeting one hurdle after another, sadly. NOW it seems the Specialist I saw last week is advising against me working as I might still need surgery after my treatments finish. That means six weeks in plaster then 6-12 months of physical therapy. I asked if we could just skip to the surgery, please? "Bah, non." Because my leg will be deformed, so what? It will match the right one.

I'm not giving up hope, I'm still plodding along trying to secure funds, etc, but, no bank in their right mind would loan dosh to a possible-cripple.

These little things are sent to try us. Never mind, I'll just keep losing weight, getting fit and staying happy. And keep talking about THAT!

Thanks for following me!

Hugs and quiches from Kitty :)

Kitty said...

Metropolitan Mum: You look fabulous, darling, so if Pilates is what YOU do, I'll have to start that!

I bought a mat and a big ball-thing. I've managed to fall off it twice, I wasn't destined for the circus, I suppose, because I get the giggles rolling about on the fool thing and... plonk! So the next post about my fitness is delayed until I've figured out how to actually DO the exercises. It looks so easy when those young lithe bits of fluff do it but I'm about as graceful as a Blue-footed Booby wearing combat boots. Maybe I'll just skip the video idea completely. On the other hand, it would be one hell of a good laugh! :D

Hugs and quiches from Kitty :)

Kitty said...

Daphne Wayne-Bough: Hello and welcome! Isn't the Morbihan lovely? I have a longere near Clégueréc, which is where we were originally. The Morbihan is just a wonderful area, well, ok, ALL of Brittany is. And France. I love it here, as do my daughters.

Totally beats the heck out of some places in the USA and UK.....

Ooo! Fabric shop! THANK you! ANY excuse to go to Paris is good by me! I adore Montmartre and wish I was independently wealthy so I could have a small but well-appointed flat there, with a small jardinette. Something bijoux but big enough to entertain. Still, I have a lovely place here so am quite content, and I don't have to pay the Parisian taxe foncière or taxe d'habitation!

I know I am lucky living where I do, I'm actually very happy here and feel blessed to be where I am, and WHO I am right now.

Next time you're over this way, there's a lovely market on Sunday mornings at the Abbaye du Bon Repos not too far from me. Great area to come poke around, this is! Catch a Fest Noz! :D

Hugs and quiches from Kitty :)

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