Monday, 23 April 2012
My Modified Phase 3: Day 77/550 (Also New Before/After Picture!)
So I have been following phase 3 for a while now, not nearly making a dent in my 550 day consolidation, but it’s something.
Start Weight: 264.8 lbs
Consolidation Weight: 154.8 lbs
Weight At 77 Days: 158.6 lbs
This slight weight gain doesn't bother me, the entire Consolidation phase I have been teetering between 155 lbs and 161 lbs, but I have never gone over this and I plan on it staying that way.
Now I have not been following Consolidation nearly as strictly as I followed the first 2 phases. Here are my modified phase 3 rules and habits:
I eat over a serving of fruit a day. Sometimes eating 3-4 servings of fruit within the day. I don’t eat grapes, cherries, or bananas though, as instructed in the book.
I will sometimes eat over my limit for oat bran going from 3tbsp allowed and eating over 9tbsp on some days.
I do not eat the 2 slices of whole grain bread a day. Or rather, I eat it rarely. In the past month following phase 3 I have eaten the bread maybe three times. I eat it when I want it, and I know I am allowed. I just don’t crave the bread or feel the need for it, so I don’t force myself.
I have not eaten a pasta meal since mid-March. Once again, I just don’t want it. I’m not a fan of whole wheat pasta and I don’t want to force myself. I’m just not in the mood most weeks to make a pasta meal so I don’t eat any.
I rarely eat the daily serving of cheese allowed in Consolidation. I eat the cheese more often then the bread, but it's really just when I crave it, which is maybe once a week.
Long-time readers will know that I put in place my own alcohol rules with regards to phase 3, I have been half-following those rules. I do not have my weekly drink but have been strictly following my 'one binge drink maximum' a month rule. Success!
I have been eating one celebration meal a week. I want to cut down on it but once you get that one cheat meal a week in it's hard to let go. Friends invite me out or dinner with my family and I have a hard time using my phase 1 and 2 excuses. So I celebrate and have my one meal.
Sometimes I overeat during these celebration meals and feel really sick the day after. I think on weeks where I have no invites or plans I will try to skip it and not force the celebration meal on myself.
So that's that. I have not been following it... at all really. What I am really doing is following a modified phase 2 where I eat as much fruit as I want, up my daily oat bran, and include a weekly celebration meal.
I feel like this way is more of a lifestyle change and less of a diet. I am happy eating this way and know I can have the bread, the cheese, the weekly starch meal. I choose not to and don't feel deprived. Maybe I was in Cruise too long and don't feel like changing the eating habits I made over 8 months, maybe I have matured when it comes to food and I realize I don't need to fill my body with junk.
Is this sustainable long term? Should I start my 'Consolidation' countdown (550 days) when I start eating the bread and cheese daily, or should I start it where I hit my consolidation weight (February 6th 2012). I'm not sure.
Posted by Dukan Dietress