** ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK **
**NOT PURE DUKAN**
I'll start by briefly recapping my story.
Overweight and on diets since my early teens, I lost 71K (11 stone 2lbs) in 2002 and 2003, and stabilised with the 80/20 method (and cigarettes). At 70K I was initially content, then continued to 67K, but after quitting smoking, found myself up at almost 80K again. I lost 9K my usual way (healthy eating, unlimited fruit and veg, but little or no starchy carbs), but couldn't seem to get below 71K.
I started Dukan in November 2007 at 71.1K. Reached 63.5K by Christmas 2007, at which point I went into Consolidation, lost the plot, and have seemingly been playing with the same kilos, since!
This year I've been over my Dukan start weight all year, despite "dieting" 95% of the time.
I am now taking away the ketosis crutch, because I've been abusing it (by regularly overeating at weekends, knowing I can recuperate with successive PPs during the week). I'm now looking at my behaviour more closely...
So for the past three weeks I've been working with some totally Dukan friendly days, some healthy eating days, and if a social occasion arises, I'm learning to deal with that too. And instead of either refusing to go or going and skipping dessert and choosing diet fodder, I've been having a "normal meal", with dessert, and then learning NOT to consider the rest of the day a write off "so I might as well continue".
A couple of years ago, on a different diet website, I became friendly with a French girl who in time revealed she was a psychologist. I've bought a CBT book, and am reading it slowly... and pondering a lot... (much as I did before quitting smoking). She's in town this week on holiday and we're meeting for lunch on Friday... while I don't want to "abuse", I shall certainly see what she thinks of this sort of mind therapy... because, as I've said before, my problems seem to lie elsewhere than purely in losing weight which is the easy part! (well, you know what I mean...).