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Old 05-07-2012, 09:59 AM   #31
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What an awesome post, Jenny. Thank you for taking the time to share your story in such a thoughtful way. I am certainly looking forward to reading more from you. Congratulations on your great success!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:29 AM   #32
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What a FAB story!!!!
I've been JUDDDDing for 2 weeks. I thought my metabolism was stuck on Zero but have now realised that I also have found a WOE that is working.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the JUDDDDing gets me to GOAL
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:22 PM   #33
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful story! I'm so glad you came out of lurkdom and posted. And now I hope you'll stick around and share that wisdom with others, as well as other knowledge you gain as you sail through maintenance.

Congratulations on the weight loss, and the healing.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #34
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Jenny, this is a wonderful post and thank you for sharing your story with us. I know so many of us have had that same fear about our own broken metabolisms, and I've also found that JUDDD for various reasons does heal that metabolism with time and patience. It's so inspiring to hear about how well this woe works for you, your improved health, and how effortless it was for you to reached goal, especially being so close to goal! Congratulations!

Stick around and don't be a stranger!
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:05 PM   #35
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I really enjoyed your post. I'm very happy for you and can relate to much of your story. I'm sure your story will encourage many others to try Juddd and be rewarded as you have. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #36
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Loved the post and KUTGW!!!

I'm curious about the "loss cycles"? I'm just hitting my first mis-step, as I was up on the scale a bit today-- not freaking out, just figuring out what I did wrong. Likely too much salt on the DD and too many carbs on the UD prior... I'm only at 5 weeks in though, and still learning stuff

anyhoo-- please do elaborate when you get a chance, and so glad you joined in!
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #37
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I am a little bit emotional after reading you wonderful, lucid post Jenny. Congratulations for taking this way of eating and turning your life around.

I am always amazed at the lovely posts and people I find on these threads, but your post is exceptional.

Thank you on behalf of everyone who reads here for taking the time to share your inspiring story with us. I am confident that it will be life changing for some, and inspiring for all.

I do hope you take time to post more often, your input would be so valuable to us all.

We must keep this at the top of the forum!
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Embrace a little hunger. It is the sign of healing.

Relax, rotate, reduce, rejoice.

Down Days are the cement that hold JUDDD together.

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:10 AM   #38
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:34 AM   #39
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:21 AM   #40
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:23 AM   #41
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:24 AM   #42
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:34 AM   #43
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Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #44
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And now, Jenny, you are an inspiration to others. Someone who is on the fence is going to read this, and just as you hoped, decide to take the plunge, try it out, and have much better health and a better relationship with food, all because of you.

I'm happy for you and proud of you! Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
That person is ME! I've been reading about JUDD for the last two days and am intrigued, yet skeptical. I think I'm going to give it a try.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #45
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That person is ME! I've been reading about JUDD for the last two days and am intrigued, yet skeptical. I think I'm going to give it a try.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:16 PM   #46
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That was such a brilliant post and can empathise whole heartedly with it. I was 149lbs and felt like I was clinging to the mountain side. If I went up a few calories the weight went straight on. Living on miserable amounts of food and seeing no progress...my metab was truly shot through. Like you I thought hmm I cannot see this working I will lose on the DD and just go back up on the UD and still go no lower. Well like you I have seen results only half a stone but nearer to the 10st mark then I ever thought I would. And so great with the UD's when you are going somewhere special. Don't know how it works but it does and that is all that matters..so good on you and for giving us such an intersting post.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #47
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Jenny- Thank you so much for this post! I am in the same boat, with about 10 lbs left to lose. I started my first down day today, so this was just what I needed to become convinced that this way of eating can work in my situation. Thank you!
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #48
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You have made a wonderful decision!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #49
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That person is ME! I've been reading about JUDD for the last two days and am intrigued, yet skeptical. I think I'm going to give it a try.


Your skepticism will be short-lived.

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:10 PM   #50
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Congrats!!!!!!! Thats amazing to hit goal!!!! I am so proud of you!!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #51
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I'm sure I have missed quite a few new people lately. What a great post from Jenny! Just want to every new JUDDD sweetheart. Look forward to hearing continuing success stories and brand new ones!

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #52
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:53 PM   #53
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I totally missed this the first time! Congrats Jenny! Loved to know that there are others like me. It is true that patience is key and I have learned so much from others who know what it feels like to be slow loser!

I hope you come back now and then and update us to your maintenance!

Thank you!
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:53 PM   #54
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:03 PM   #55
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Hi Everyone!

I’ve been hanging out here reading *everything* for several months but I didn’t feel I had anything much to contribute just yet --- I hardly ever post anywhere, shy --- but today I just feel I have to share my experience in case it might help some new reader who is on the fence wondering, as I did in the beginning: can this WOE possibly work for me?

Three months ago I was so "broken" --- after four decades of maintaining my weight through sheer stubbornness and brute-force calorie restriction --- that I believed I was forever doomed to be the exception to the rules that apply to “other people.” My body had become adapted to life on 1000 calories in perpetuity to maintain my weight. Eat any more and I would gain, no exaggeration. Heck walk past a bakery counter and I would gain. Worse: each passing year the maintenance calorie number would drop lower, a couple more pounds would creep on, and I would have to get even more strict to get them off / keep them off.

This whole system was OK up to a point (other than the deprivation of not eating, which I hated, since I like to eat!)…..meaning that at least I did stay trim my entire life and on the outside I looked pretty reasonable up to about age 40. Eventually though, as maintenance requirement fell and fell, I passed beyond that point of OK, with muscle loss, hair falling out, low energy, depression possibly related, you name it. Despite a small fortune spent on vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, I was clearly malnourished. But I felt trapped and could honestly see no way back. The calorie spiral kept ratcheting downwards. If I relaxed even the slightest, I would balloon up so fast it made my head spin watching it. This was despite diligent exercise, staying low-carb for health and appetite suppression reasons, and much reading/research. This year at 53 and past menopause, I was seeing real problems ahead, unless I signed on for a biosphere experiment in CR or something LOL.

One point to make is that (since I was maintaining) I only ever had a small amount to lose (range 2 lb up to 20 lb max at any point; usually not more than 5 lb), and because of what I was doing I was never really overweight (140 lb at heaviest, my ideal weight is 120, I was 112 in college.) So this kinda shows how a significant weight problem can exist even without a high number on the scale. (Small plug there for compassion for those souls perpetually struggling with “the last 10 pounds.”) Anyway this February I was back up to 19 lb over target and gaining, and I decided something had to change.

Luckily for me, I found JUDDD and all of you.

I have no words adequate to describe the miracle. I just want to say that everything described by the wise people on this Board is true. I was so skeptical, and really did not believe that my wrecked system would respond. But… after 72 days on JUDDD……

I have LOST THE 19 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!! 1.8 pounds per week is nothing short of amazing for me. Meanwhile I have been eating so well, and my body is SO much happier. And it has been so EASY!!!!!!!! I can hardly believe it. I swear some days I have to check the calendar to see if it’s an UD or a DD – I enjoy them both!

Things have played out "exactly as advertised" here. The scale bounces are beyond insane, but the trend is always down. There have been pauses of a week or two, then multi-pound whooshes in a day or two, all for no apparent reasons that I can find. There is mega ENERGY!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh it is so great to have my energy back. The other huge plus has been better sleep – my lifelong chronic insomnia has all but disappeared, and so many other benefits stem from just that alone. Plus: my achy joints are better. My ibuprofen use has dropped to almost none. Still hoping my neck arthritis will improve although not there yet. But my hair has quit falling out. Even my skin looks better. Multiple inches lost, especially the problem belly fat. And my mood is incredible – positive, uplifted, happy.

For those just getting going, here is what I found worked for me:

1. Stay with the calories!! My allotted calories are 1570 and 375 and I stick to them like a religion, and do best there. For a while, I doubted, I mistrusted my body, so I kept my UD too low by a couple of hundred, and it did not work as well. When I ate more, I did better. (In retrospect: Duh!! Luckily you are all kind and won’t chastise me for taking so long to reach this less-than-brilliant discovery.)

2. Stay with the rotation. When I slipped (downward -- my UD became a MD a couple times), I slowed down.

3. Give it enough time. I began to feel supremely better after Week 3, when the energy kicked in. It took at least 6 weeks to begin to see how the loss cycles worked and get really happy in the eating pattern.

4. For me, low carb makes me feel better and gives me excellent appetite control; but I’ve read enough here to know that this choice is highly individual. I keep carbs below 90 on UD and below 60 on DD, without trying much, just by my natural eating preferences, and it seems like a good compromise that works for me. I have added in plenty of fruit on UD and feel great for it.

5. Drink drink drink. I found dehydration set me back on days I just plain forgot to drink enough.

6. Come here often. Without the support and experience and kindness of the members here I would never have even tried this. THANK YOU all, so much, for all your efforts and caring. You are all FABULOUS!

7. Enjoy the Magic!!!

Sorry for the long novel This has become a lifetime WOE for me, no question. Good luck everyone!

Jenny
Wow, you are such an inspiration! I cannot believe I am having difficulty losing my last 10 pounds, after losing 52 pounds relatively easily. I am still eating too much on my Up days but your post is such wonderful motivation! Thank you so much for your post.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:03 PM   #56
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:15 AM   #57
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:20 AM   #58
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Excellent post! Just the kind of success I am looking for as a newbie and I really appreciate you taking the time to tell us your story! Congratulations to you and I hope to join you in maintenance one day!
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:44 PM   #59
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:26 PM   #60
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