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Old 01-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #2911
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When I take my weekly or monthly weight as the "official" one, I don't always see an encouraging pattern. So I just wanted to post this as a suggestion for anyone feeling frustrated--check your averages!

ETA: Oops, looks like there was a 1/2lb gain last week. But it's still a whole pound down from before Christmas, and this week is shaping up to be 273.something.
I'm happy you're feeling better about it. Even when I have lost at a good rate (I had a couple of 8-10 pound months in the beginning), weight loss is just painfully slow. I am always trying to tell myself that I'm doing something right if there's downward movement, no matter how small.

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Thank you. That is a new pc in my avi. Taken a couple months ago, maybe less. The signature of is my daughter and my 2 grandbabies. She just bad the little Christmas night. She was born 20 min after midnight so barely missed Christmas. She is a doll baby. Many daughter is my oldest, 22. I have 4 boys younger than her and 2 more grandbabies.
You guys are all doing so great. I know I will too. Im actually the same as when I started in weight. But considering during the holidays I went up quite a bit im happy. The scale gas to just keep going down at this point.
What a great Christmas gift! I love hearing about big families. I was an only child with no cousins. I was bound and determined to have more than one myself. Those are gorgeous little ones!
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #2912
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Hello all--
I've been very frustrated, feeling like I haven't been losing, but I went back and AVERAGED my weight for the last few weeks, and I have been losing!!! Even through and after the holidays! Weeks I thought I'd gained, I'd actually just been stalled, and weeks I though I'd stalled, I'd actually lost a little bit; it's just been a pound or a fraction of a pound each week, which is not as exciting as my first few weeks of JUDDD...but it's still good! Especially considering there have been at least 2 weeks of extra yummy food and DDs that didn't go quite as planned!

averages week ending:
Oct 31: 284.0
Nov 7: 278.2 <--whoo-hoo, look at that whoosh!!!
Nov 14: 278.3
Nov 21: 278.1
Nov 28: 276.6
Dec 5: 276.9
Dec 12: 275.9
Dec 19: 275.6
Dec 26: 274.1
Jan 2: 274.6

When I take my weekly or monthly weight as the "official" one, I don't always see an encouraging pattern. So I just wanted to post this as a suggestion for anyone feeling frustrated--check your averages!

ETA: Oops, looks like there was a 1/2lb gain last week. But it's still a whole pound down from before Christmas, and this week is shaping up to be 273.something.

Thank you for this! After reading your post, I went to my daily weigh-in chart and figured out the average for the first 7 days. Then I figured out the average for the second 7 days. I have lost! I've lost -1.4 pounds and this makes me very happy!

I was just looking at what I weighed on the first day and on the last. With all the ups and downs every day, it was hard to tell. But the weekly average is the way I'm going to go from now on. Wooooo-Hooooooo!!!! Happy Dance
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #2913
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Thank you for this! After reading your post, I went to my daily weigh-in chart and figured out the average for the first 7 days. Then I figured out the average for the second 7 days. I have lost! I've lost -1.4 pounds and this makes me very happy!

I was just looking at what I weighed on the first day and on the last. With all the ups and downs every day, it was hard to tell. But the weekly average is the way I'm going to go from now on. Wooooo-Hooooooo!!!! Happy Dance
You are welcome!!!
Sometimes the scale is too bouncy on this WOE to be sure of what's going on, I think! After I see a new low, then gain 4lbs, and don't see that low again for a few days while I'm losing most of that 4lbs again, I get annoyed by all the higher readings.

I can see why some people only weigh once a week!
But--this is also why I do weigh everyday, because otherwise I might miss some of those lows!
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:24 AM   #2914
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I am a guilty as anyone else here of weighing every day and being freaked out by the
scale bouncing up and down too. And I should know better I even have the Dr's book
where he says plain as day just weigh once a week first thing in the morning after going
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #2915
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You guys are giving me hope that im not the only person JUDDD doesnt work for. Im so frustrated right now im in that tweaking mode and i need get out of it. I need to just think that if i maintain at 145 eating this way its worth it but that number on the scale gets me. I also want to be back into my 4 jeans and i dont see that happening regardless. I was way to skinny and looked anorexic but try and tell someone with a history of ED that. My SO thinks i look wonderful right now and everyone tells me i look good and look so much better with some muscle on me and not so skinny that my bones are sticking out of my shoulders but its that number. Sometimes i really wish i could just let go of the scale for a while. SO threatens to throw it out all the time.
Today, for instance, I had a good MD yesterday. And MD's are tough after a really good low DD its hard to keep it low. I was nashing my teeth all day, but i kept it under 1200. So this morning i wake up .8 lbs heavier! Last week i had a UD that was about 1800 calories and didnt gain even an ounce on the scale. Stayed exactly the same as the day before. I dont get that. It makes me crazy. I am adding more carbs and im hoping this is why the scale is acting crazy right now. Yesterday i had a little under 100 carbs and i usually never go that high. Today i may try to keep it lower but im almost thinking that if i want my body to adjust to being able to eat carbs again then i just need to eat some carbs but not go overboard and try to let this woe work the way it is supposed to work.
You guys talk me down from switching things up. In reality i dont want to go back to calorie restriction everyday. Im enjoying this woe but my brain gets in the way sometimes. Same with exercise. I have exercised now 2 wks straight in a row without a day off and my body says maybe i should take today off, but then another part of me says today in a UD, you better bust your butt exercising. And i usually listen to the part that tells me to bust my butt exercising. All i can think right now is that i better get in there and get started on my kickboxing dvd before everyone gets or head to the gym and get on the elliptical for awhile. I am too OCD about this stuff!!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:10 AM   #2916
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Shelly I'm sorry you're having a rough time. I think you do need to give your body and your mind a rest now and again. I'm surely no exercise guru, but I've heard over and over again that you should not work out every single day. I think it's kind of the same concept as the UD/DD where you not only want to confuse your body (which I know you do with doing different types of workouts) but also, you want to give your body a chance to rest and recover (sort of like our fasting days).

I almost never weigh more than once a week. And it's precisely because I know I'd get very obsessive about the number on the scale and I'd most likely get frustrated and quit. I had a gain a couple of weeks ago and was very tempted to go off plan, at least for my vacation, but talked myself into staying and have now lost 4.4 lbs in a little over a week since that "gain."

I think you're such an inspiration and you look fabulous!
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Shelly I can hear your frustration. It sounds to me like a few different things, it could be the increasing of the carbs because they increase water weight. The .8 up from your MD yesterday isn't probably from yesterday, or if you had a bit more salt then normal or it could be your body revolting? I would focus on having a good day today, give your body some rest.

Also if you have been working out so much you could be gaining muscle. I am sure you know muscle weighs more then fat, but fits in smaller clothes.

Have you measured? sometimes when I am not seeing the scale move I can feel my clothes fitting differently and will take measurements and see it there.
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I can't believe that I have been posting my weekly average, but not paying that much attention to it! I was looking back at December and the first week of January weekly averages:

Nov. 27-Dec. 3 - 137.6
Dec. 4-Dec. 10 - 136.4
Dec. 11-Dec. 17 - 134.4
Dec. 18-Dec. 24 - 133.8
Dec. 25-Dec. 31 - 134.6
Jan. 1-Jan. 7- 132

I am to see this!!!
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I can't believe that I have been posting my weekly average, but not paying that much attention to it! I was looking back at December and the first week of January weekly averages:

Nov. 27-Dec. 3 - 137.6
Dec. 4-Dec. 10 - 136.4
Dec. 11-Dec. 17 - 134.4
Dec. 18-Dec. 24 - 133.8
Dec. 25-Dec. 31 - 134.6
Jan. 1-Jan. 7- 132

I am to see this!!!
Shirl, I'm so happy to see your nice progress, but also very happy from this standpoint: This shows how we don't have to worry about it anymore. Period. On JUDDD, you can just go about your happy life. And JUDDD will gradually *normalize* your body weight for you.

I think sometimes we worry it and examine it and fret over each bounce we see on the scale, when all we really need to do is track the average weight of each week and look back over the past weeks to see that, overall, we're going down. Slow and steady wins the race.

We aren't trying to force the issue, particularly. JUDDD isn't known to be a real fast way to drop weight. It's just a plan that brings us into good health, both physically and mentally. It normalizes our weight, but after awhile, it also normalizes our relationship with food too. I wonder, too, if it doesn't even normalize our responses to some of the foods we thought we were sensitive to previously, thought we couldn't handle in our diets ever again. I know some of us are much less *sensitive* to carbs after having been on JUDDD for a few months, for example.
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Thanks, Pat! I find that I have been trying to tweak the plan myself lately by doing very low cals on my down days...like around 200. I think this is proof to me that that is totally unnecessary. I like my 500 cal DDs much better!!!
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Thanks, Pat! I find that I have been trying to tweak the plan myself lately by doing very low cals on my down days...like around 200. I think this is proof to me that that is totally unnecessary. I like my 500 cal DDs much better!!!
That's a good point. I suppose we could hurry up the weight loss process by a tiny smidge if we cut those DD calories way down below even our 500, but... why bother?

Weight loss will happen anyway, so it's nice to know that we don't have to worry about that anymore. Once the UD calorie number is correct, from then on out we can just relax and enjoy the other aspects of Our Real Life!

And by holding our Up Day calories up to our correct number, we can rely on the DD cals to make us shrink, while we rely on our UD calories to strengthen and nourish us and rev our metabolisms up some too... so that we can burn our calories even faster in our future lives and find ourselves able to maintain our slim weights more easily.
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You guys are giving me hope that im not the only person JUDDD doesnt work for. Im so frustrated right now im in that tweaking mode and i need get out of it. I need to just think that if i maintain at 145 eating this way its worth it but that number on the scale gets me. I also want to be back into my 4 jeans and i dont see that happening regardless. I was way to skinny and looked anorexic but try and tell someone with a history of ED that. My SO thinks i look wonderful right now and everyone tells me i look good and look so much better with some muscle on me and not so skinny that my bones are sticking out of my shoulders but its that number. Sometimes i really wish i could just let go of the scale for a while. SO threatens to throw it out all the time.
Today, for instance, I had a good MD yesterday. And MD's are tough after a really good low DD its hard to keep it low. I was nashing my teeth all day, but i kept it under 1200. So this morning i wake up .8 lbs heavier! Last week i had a UD that was about 1800 calories and didnt gain even an ounce on the scale. Stayed exactly the same as the day before. I dont get that. It makes me crazy. I am adding more carbs and im hoping this is why the scale is acting crazy right now. Yesterday i had a little under 100 carbs and i usually never go that high. Today i may try to keep it lower but im almost thinking that if i want my body to adjust to being able to eat carbs again then i just need to eat some carbs but not go overboard and try to let this woe work the way it is supposed to work.
You guys talk me down from switching things up. In reality i dont want to go back to calorie restriction everyday. Im enjoying this woe but my brain gets in the way sometimes. Same with exercise. I have exercised now 2 wks straight in a row without a day off and my body says maybe i should take today off, but then another part of me says today in a UD, you better bust your butt exercising. And i usually listen to the part that tells me to bust my butt exercising. All i can think right now is that i better get in there and get started on my kickboxing dvd before everyone gets or head to the gym and get on the elliptical for awhile. I am too OCD about this stuff!!!
So sorry you're going through all this stress and confusion over your food and exercise! Bouncing weight on JUDDD is normal. Sometimes we go up after a DD or down in weight after an UD.

Remember that you need rest and recovery from the exercise - they always advise a day of rest in between working the same muscles. Treat your muscles and the rest of you to a day of rest. Take it easy, Shelly.
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Today, for instance, I had a good MD yesterday. And MD's are tough after a really good low DD its hard to keep it low. I was nashing my teeth all day, but i kept it under 1200. So this morning i wake up .8 lbs heavier! Last week i had a UD that was about 1800 calories and didnt gain even an ounce on the scale. Stayed exactly the same as the day before.
Well, as it's been mentioned before, your weight today might reflect what you did two or three days ago, not just yesterday/last night. I think that's sometimes why we see a loss after an Up Day...it's really the previous DD, or perhaps even the one before that, paying off.

Maybe start averaging your weight for the week, as Pat said she did and as I am going to keep doing? It's really so much less distressing, and probably a better indication, really, of how we're doing.
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Aw-Ha Moment! After never really counting calories before, I now see on my UDs that PRIOR to JUDDD, I must have been eating 3600per day on most days!! No wonder I was gaining so much weight this last 2 years! On UDs it has helped me see and enjoy what "normal" portions are like. I used to eat seconds at dinner and big snacks throughout the day! My mind and body are really getting a behavior change with JUDDD. I love it!

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Remember that you need rest and recovery from the exercise - they always advise a day of rest in between working the same muscles. Treat your muscles and the rest of you to a day of rest. Take it easy, Shelly.
I agree that it is good to rest, and not exercise every day!

However, just to clarify--I think the recommendation to rest muscle groups is just for weightlifting. I've heard many trainers say you can do body weight exercises (walking, push-ups, yoga, etc) every day.
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Thanks you guys. I know you say im an inspiration because of the weight I have lost but really you guys are the inspiration. It can really free so much harder to maintain sometimes and at this stage in my life im just tired of the constant obsession over food and tweaking and changing. I just want to finally find something I can stick with and be able to eat normal. It's not like I want to binge on carbs or anything, I just want to have the occasional piece of toast, or popcorn, or a sandwich, or heck even a cheeseburger, maybe some spaghetti with the family. Just normal stuff. Im to old to be stressing about all of this all the time. Thanks for everything you guys said and yes I did without...lol
I think I will take tomorrow off. It's a DD so I will feel better about in my OCD head...lol
Again thank you guys and I just love reading about all of the positive results. They will come my way I just know out. I have done so much damage with all of the crazy dieting that my body just needs some time. Let's hope that's what it is!
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Aw-Ha Moment! After never really counting calories before, I now see on my UDs that PRIOR to JUDDD, I must have been eating 3600per day on most days!! No wonder I was gaining so much weight this last 2 years! On UDs it has helped me see and enjoy what "normal" portions are like. I used to eat seconds at dinner and big snacks throughout the day! My mind and body are really getting a behavior change with JUDDD. I love it!
I think stuff like this ^^^ is one of the things that gets a lot of us in trouble after awhile. LOL

We were to the point where I dished onto our plates directly from the cooking pans (nothing wrong with that) except that I was using those huge slotted work spoons, and the portions were huge!

And then we'd got into the habit of saying, "Boy! That was so good I think I'll go back and get a second helping!" and so we were really overeating too. Plus we also did the snacks.

By actually having a calorie ceiling, a NORMAL calorie number for a NORMAL woman, I was able to get myself back into eating at a reasonable food level, and the interesting thing is, I'm still eating more food than I did when I did strictly low carb, but because I eat more fruits and wider selection of veggies and grains too, my calories are not so high as what I ate on strict low carb, which I couldn't lose weight on.

Following the JUDDD plan has NORMALIZED my hunger levels and my eating habit. Thanks Be!
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OK, time for me to check in!

Today was the big try-on-the-pants day: my first time, after only about a week's effort on JUDDD. Since virtually every bad memory I have in my life centers around the scale, I no longer weigh, as I have mentioned before. These pants used to fit me loosely at my lowest weight...and last week I couldn't get them up over my butt....today, they DID come up over my butt (and I have noticed some small differences in my other, every-day clothes), but of course these pants don't even come close to buttoning/zipping. No problem, though....all I ask is that I achieve small steps in the right direction....so far, that is what I appear to be getting with JUDDD.

So, my DD's were Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. The first three were pretty easy, but Saturday (yesterday) was SO HARD, even though I had already planned my food for the day (and I stuck within the 500 calorie limits, even though I didn't want to). I figured out that the reason it was so hard was that I didn't really have a lot to do (on purpose), so I sat around and dreamed about food.

Those days come along on occasion, so I need to figure out how to manage them.....

1) Figure out something to do (but I do like my occasional no-responsibility days - they don't come along that often)....

2) Switch to MD's on the weekend.

Well, I'm not ready for number 2 yet. I believe in giving the diet a really good try and following it as written before making changes, and I'm just not there yet. So, next weekend my DD will be on Sunday, and I will schedule something good to do for myself that day that doesn't involve eating.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying my UD today, except that I can't eat nearly as much as I had planned. What's up with that?? (don't answer...I already know....)

I also would like to take a minute to thank everyone for the great attitudes I am seeing here. There is so much helpful information and positivity, and very little complaining. Also, this is a biggie: the diet appears to actually WORK! What a concept!

Looks like this is going to be a great year!
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Wow, Georgene.. for only doing JUDDD for one week, that is pretty impressive. Because one week only has three or four DDs in it to begin with. I'll be interested in your future accounts of more *trying on the pants* occasions.

And.. was that your Mocha Cheesecake recipe on Jimmy Moore's site some time ago?
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Wow, Georgene.. for only doing JUDDD for one week, that is pretty impressive. Because one week only has three or four DDs in it to begin with. I'll be interested in your future accounts of more *trying on the pants* occasions.

And.. was that your Mocha Cheesecake recipe on Jimmy Moore's site some time ago?
Yep, that was it! Did you hear our interview on the podcast?

I do, in fact, have about 1/3 of one of those cheesecakes in my fridge right this minute. Made it special for hubby, since we were on a ship during Christmas. I have had a couple of small pieces, but somehow, it isn't as "special" as it seemed previously...though he seems to like it just as much

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139# today, after yesterday's FD.

I think I'm going to have to reduce my set-weight to 140# instead of 143# (after lowering it already from 145#). It's been 9 days since I even weighed as much as 143#, so I think I'm going to have to get used to this new lower weight as my norm.
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139# today, after yesterday's FD.

I think I'm going to have to reduce my set-weight to 140# instead of 143# (after lowering it already from 145#). It's been 9 days since I even weighed as much as 143#, so I think I'm going to have to get used to this new lower weight as my norm.
Wow...congrats!
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139# today, after yesterday's FD.

I think I'm going to have to reduce my set-weight to 140# instead of 143# (after lowering it already from 145#). It's been 9 days since I even weighed as much as 143#, so I think I'm going to have to get used to this new lower weight as my norm.

Oh darn. I know you are crying about that !!
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:04 PM   #2934
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I finally got past 185!!! And it was by a good margin, too! This morning I weighed 182.6. So, not only under 185, but also under 183, which is my old comfortable weight that I believe I *could* be happy at. I would very much like to lose another 50 pounds, at least, but if it turned out that I couldn't, I could be happy at this weight, damnit! I spent a lot of years completely unable to lose weight at all, so I've had a lot of time to think about where I could be happy. Sigh... And I am here again!

Shelly, I think I know what you mean about just wanting to be able to eat normal things. I was really bummed out by that recent NYTimes article that talked about the couple who lost a lot of weight and are working SO HARD to maintain. They were working out two hours a day and measuring everything that went into their mouths and they *never* ate off plan. I don't want to live that way at all. But I do think that JUDDD, if you can make it work, is a step towards freedom from that. It seems like there are people here who are able to have real free days and still maintain.

How long have you been doing JUDDD now? Maybe you could decide to give it a certain amount of time, say six more weeks, and just do it by the book but try not to get hung up on results and then sit down and figure out if it's working for you.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:10 PM   #2935
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Yay, Jayne!

I had a similar breakthrough...looking forward to getting under 280--279.8 would have been fine. Then woke up one morning at 277.2, I think it was! I was almost disappointed I didn't see 279.8...almost!
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I finally got past 185!!! And it was by a good margin, too! This morning I weighed 182.6. So, not only under 185, but also under 183, which is my old comfortable weight that I believe I *could* be happy at. I would very much like to lose another 50 pounds, at least, but if it turned out that I couldn't, I could be happy at this weight, damnit! I spent a lot of years completely unable to lose weight at all, so I've had a lot of time to think about where I could be happy. Sigh... And I am here again!

Shelly, I think I know what you mean about just wanting to be able to eat normal things. I was really bummed out by that recent NYTimes article that talked about the couple who lost a lot of weight and are working SO HARD to maintain. They were working out two hours a day and measuring everything that went into their mouths and they *never* ate off plan. I don't want to live that way at all. But I do think that JUDDD, if you can make it work, is a step towards freedom from that. It seems like there are people here who are able to have real free days and still maintain.

How long have you been doing JUDDD now? Maybe you could decide to give it a certain amount of time, say six more weeks, and just do it by the book but try not to get hung up on results and then sit down and figure out if it's working for you.
HUGE WOO HOO HERE !!!!! I know you were wanting to break through that 185-lb barrier, and look how easy it was. You just do your JUDDD and pretty soon, the scale shows you a number that makes you happy!

I think it's that we think it should happen in some kind of a smooth transitional manner, evenly sliding down pound after pound, and showing itself like that on our scale, when.. in fact.. it doesn't usually happen for us like that at all.

But, if folks will just relax and respect their calorie ceilings, and go about enjoying their lives and being productive and sharing warmth and love with their families and doing all the things that make LIFE worthwhile, and only chart the numbers but not dwell on them.. after awhile.. you're slimmer! And then after awhile longer, you're a slim and trim person, experiencing happy good health at the same time you're eating very, very well.

Yay, JUDDD!
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I went away for two weeks during the holidays and fell off the wagon. Being having a really hard time getting back on ever since! This week has been filled with failed down days. I just can't make it to dinner. I'm starving by the time it comes around and end up eating way more than I should. I'm still staying under my UP total but I just can't stick to 500 cals. I've always had trouble with it. Plus I'm not getting support from my DH, who thinks starving myself is unacceptable. So it's been a rough week. I haven't weighed. Too afraid to. Today is my fourth attempt at a DD this week. As usual I'm starving and food is all I can think about. The broth just isn't cutting it. Anyone have this problem or am I the only one who can't stand starving?
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Yay, Jayne!

I had a similar breakthrough...looking forward to getting under 280--279.8 would have been fine. Then woke up one morning at 277.2, I think it was! I was almost disappointed I didn't see 279.8...[I]almost![/I]
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I never really stopped to think about it, but it does seem funny that there are certain weight numbers along the way that we don't even see. They're just jumped over.
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As usual I'm starving and food is all I can think about. The broth just isn't cutting it. Anyone have this problem or am I the only one who can't stand starving?
No, I don't think it's acceptable to be hungry AT ALL (which, BTW is not the same thing as "starving yourself"). Have you considered using glucomannan, either in capsule form (be sure to drink water and be careful!) or by adding it to a muffin, or by using the noodles in a dish?

Keep in mind that a day at 500 calories, followed by a day of ~2,000 calories is hardly starving (in terms of nutrition, not in terms of how it feels...). And remember: nobody is in charge of what you put in your mouth but you. I do feel for you, though...to have someone standing there, telling you are "doing it wrong," is NOT helpful. Perhaps you could tell him: Dear, YOU are "doing it wrong." Your criticism is not support!
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I went away for two weeks during the holidays and fell off the wagon. Being having a really hard time getting back on ever since! This week has been filled with failed down days. I just can't make it to dinner. I'm starving by the time it comes around and end up eating way more than I should. I'm still staying under my UP total but I just can't stick to 500 cals. I've always had trouble with it. Plus I'm not getting support from my DH, who thinks starving myself is unacceptable. So it's been a rough week. I haven't weighed. Too afraid to. Today is my fourth attempt at a DD this week. As usual I'm starving and food is all I can think about. The broth just isn't cutting it. Anyone have this problem or am I the only one who can't stand starving?
I'm so sorry you're having this trouble. Hang in there, and let's try to come up with some ways to fix it.

First of all, what foods are you fixing for your Down Days. And at what times of the day do you eat on your Down Days. And does your appetite seem to be stronger in the mornings, or not much hunger in the morning, but a desire to keep eating after supper, etc.

What are your Up Day calories? And do you eat up to that number? Have they been set correctly, or might the be too low? So if you aren't eating enough on your UDs, you might not be fueled very well heading into your Down Days.

And, you know that you could go at this by starting out with higher calorie DDs, and then working yourself down to lower fasting calories, so you could start out at, say... 700 calorie DDs, and then lower it to 650, and then to 600, as your brain got itself and the hunger signals it sends out used to this new eating pattern.

If you can get this figured out so that you can make it work for you fairly comfortably, you are going to be One Happy Loser! So let's try.

Oh, and if you are eating, your DH won't worry. If he is seeing you eat a nice omelette in the morning (1 egg w/4 egg whites - about 140 calories) or maybe this is Brunch... and then a huge salad of mixed greens heaped with cucumber slices, some chopped tomato, slices of green pepper and radishes, and half a can of tuna, then some Kraft fat free Italian dressing, you can show him how it's almost too big to eat, all for not too many calories. And the same idea for supper... tilapia fish fillet with lemon wedges, a huge pile of steamed broccoli, a couple of slices of a yam, steamed soft, a bowl of s/f jello with a little blob of low fat whipped cream on it...

You can really be eating quite a bit of food and of a pretty wide variety, even on your Down Days, and your DH won't worry about you *starving* yourself. And you won't have to suffer from hunger pangs.

Sorry this is how it's going for you, but let's try to change it into something that becomes pleasant AND brings you some lovely weight loss.
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