Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dukan diet - end of week 20

I've now been on Phase 3 - Stabilization for 5 weeks (35 days).  I am supposed to be in this phase for 100 days (5 days for every pound I have lost).  According to the diet, I can be on PV days everyday except for 1 day a week where I go back to PP.  I'm allowed to eat 2 slices of whole wheat bread and one fruit everyday.  I can eat 1 serving of starch per week and 1 celebration meal per week.

I haven't been fully following the prescribed diet but I've still maintained my 20 pounds of weight loss.  I have been doing PV days almost everyday and instead of being restricted to eating 2 WW bread and 1 fruit everyday, I've been randomly eating carbs/starches throughout the week, sometimes I eat more than the equivalent of 2 slices of WW bread and 1 fruit and sometimes I eat less.  I think it all averages out in the end and as long as I'm not gaining back the weight that I've lost, I will continue this way for another 65 days.

I've convinced so many people to be on this diet now and it's amazing to see other people have the same or even better results as mine!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Are you doing an advent calendar?

You know it's time to start preparing for Christmas when all the Christmas stuff comes out in the stores.  Last year, I bought an advent calendar on sale after the holidays (SCORE!).  This year, I'm going to try to fill it with activities for the family to do each day leading up to the holidays.  I read from a few other blogs that the best way to do this is to pre-write the activity but don't put them in until a day or a couple of days in advance so you have control over what you do each day depending on your schedule.  I think this is a good idea but i have to remember to sneak in the activity everyday which may be a problem for me.  So I think a hybrid idea is to slot in something that is totally manageable everyday and when we have time to do something more time consuming (like bake cookies), then I'll sneak it in that day.

Here are some of my 'everyday' activities:
  1. Read the Christmas story from Luke
  2. Sing a Christmas carol together
  3. Give everybody a hug and a kiss
  4. Listen to Christmas music during dinner
  5. Call someone and sing them a carol
  6. Dress up for dinner
  7. Thank God for Jesus
  8. Hide something special in each other's beds
  9. Make paper snowflakes
  10. Do something kind for a family member
  11. Take turns telling the Christmas story
  12. Draw a Christmas picture for a family member
  13. Tell each other what is your favourite thing about Christmas
  14. Pray for a friend
  15. Read the Christmas story from Matthew
  16. Pop some popcorn
  17. Make an ice cream cookie sandwich
Some of the more time consuming activities:
  1. Set up the tree
  2. Bake cookies for family and friends
  3. Write Christmas cards
  4. Write a family Christmas letter
  5. Play a family board/card game
  6. Watch a Christmas movie
  7. Take a drive to see Christmas lights
  8. Take some family Christmas pictures
  9. Make a card for your teacher
  10. Decorate a gingerbread house
  11. Go to the Santa Claus Parade
  12. Make ice cream
  13. Borrow a Christmas book from the library
  14. Make a list of things we are thankful for and post it up
Hope this works out!

Any other ideas for me?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This is the best gift you can give to your kids

I was recently at a work event where one of the speakers talked about prioritizing your life to achieve harmony.  She said that we have so many different roles as a wife and mother and we often prioritize this way: mother, wife, woman.  As a mom, we often take care of others first before ourselves.

However, she challenged us to reprioritize our lives so that we are a woman first, wife second, and mom last.  I have always believed this.  One of my favourite pieces of advice that I've received and given to a lot of new moms is this: The best gift you can give to your children is a good marriage.  And one of my all time favourite quotes is what they tell you on the plane: Put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others.

Do you agree?  How do you prioritize?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dukan Diet - end of week 17

I'm in Phase 3 now eating PV everyday and PP once a week. Instead of eating 2 slices of whole wheat bread and 1 fruit everyday, I've been eating 1-2 gingerbread cookies and sneaking in other carbs everyday so i think it all evens out. :). I'm still at my true weight +/- 2lbs which is okay in my books.

I baked a banana bread with a sugar substitute and it tastes pretty awful so I don't think I'll do that again. It's Christmas soon so I'll need a lot of self-control and will power to stay away from all those baked goods...my weakness.

I also had my first celebration meal yesterday where I had a bowl of my favorite Vietnamese beef brisket and tomato rice noodles and spring rolls as the appetizer. I had a couple of my homemade ginger bread cookies for dessert. Delish!