As an introduction, I started Dukan in January 2011. I went from 13 stone 9...
...to 10 stone 7 at my lowest Dukan weight, and after a final push with a month on the Exante diet last August (I couldn't face chicken anymore!) I got down to 10 stone 2.
I'd never felt better... But by then I was living off 600 calories a day, doing the 30 day shred before work in the morning then going to the gym after work in the evenings, and couldn't remember the last time id been out with the girls! It completely took over my life.
So, I have plenty of excuses (don't we all?) - a tricky family situation, a stressful job, relationship worries - but as soon as I wobbled or let myself have a little bit of a treat, I couldn't stop. I went through months of binging all weekend, then reverting to Dukan in the week. Somehow, despite some weight gain, I managed to keep relatively slim (my new size 12 clothes still fit)... Until February this year, when I decided to try the 5:2 diet.
With binging tendencies, this was tempting fate, and to cut a long story short, I've found myself back at 12 stone 4. I must admit that I've had a great time putting it back on - a two week cruise in the Med was probably the straw that broke the camel's back - but after too much "good living" I'm reverting to the trusty principles of Dukan (hopefully the binging has not done too much damage) and resolve to see it through to the end.
Like so many, the relaxed rules in the consolidation phase were just a little bit too relaxed for my mind to cope with - knowing how much pain I went through to get to the 10s before, I really don't want to have to go through this again! It's great to see so many Dukaners who were on the forum when I did this the first time around - I seldom posted, but did read the diaries religiously - Siddid, ChrisR, Maintainer, Ellie, Trudy, Caledonian Dreaming.. I'm hoping that by posting, I will have a little bit more accountability.
I have a few issues with food - binging being one of them, as above - eating anything and everything, just for the sake of it, whether hungry or not. A counsellor I spoke to thought this could be related to my problems at home but I've moved out now and anyway, that's no excuse - this is a habit I need to kick. When I have one "bad" item of food I do not need to fill my stomach with any more of the same. Also, I have a horrible ingrained notion that vegetables are "bad", after seeing how much weight comes off after a PP day - they're not, of course, but when I am in full-Dukan mode, I stupidly try to avoid PV days as much as possible for fear of putting on half a pound. This needs to change. (I also need to stop calling food "good" and "bad"..!)
So here goes - lets get back to 10 stone 7 and stay there. Lots of chicken, jelly & boiled eggs ready for munching. One PP down, a few more to go...