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stephdray 03-14-2013 05:09 PM

36 Weeks on JUDDD -- And Not So Chill
 
Today I weighed in at 250 lbs for a loss of 2 lbs this week, a total of 40 lbs lost, 36 of them on JUDDD.

Alright, so this was a good week. Why not so chill? Will explain below. But instead of doing upsides and downsides this week, I'm going to give you the high point and low point of the week.

High Point


I did my first full fast this week. I've gotten through the day on nothing but 75 calories worth of bulletproof coffee but I've never before made it on 0 calories. It didn't even feel like martyrdom because I taught a class that night which kept me quite occupied. I was super duper impressed with myself. I'm not sure I'll do it every down day or even attempt to, but it does mean that my fasting muscle is actually getting stronger.

Low Point


Settle in for this cluster-nuttery...because it's quite a tale.

Ok, so in my efforts to get my up days under control, I carefully planned out a genius up day menu, featuring our favorite and most filling low-carb, low-calorie meal: Buffalo Chicken Wraps.

But when dinner time rolls around, my white knight and I fall prey to a stunning series of comic misunderstandings and tragic missteps. First, the unhappy discovery: We are almost out of wraps! Not enough for both of us.

Irritated by the fact that I've so carefully planned my calories for the day and now had to start over, I murmur something about how we're going to have to make something else. What my husband apparently hears is, "Please go ahead and make the only dinner that fits into my calorie count for today and leave me to fend for myself..." And then, as I stand there gaping at him while he cooks, he assumes I am merely slack-jawed with amazement at his mad tortilla-folding skills.

When he finally notices the steam rising from my ears, he offers to split it. And we can just add some other side. Except that I didn't know of any side off the top of my head that would go with a buffalo chicken wrap, much less fit in with my calorie guidelines. This would require more math. And if I had wanted to do math, I wouldn't have become a writer!

Moreover, this is my up day and I don't want some kind of culinary bastardization of a wrap-and-mystery-side. Embittered, I stomp to the freezer to find something, anything, that might work with the calories I have left. But nothing. Closest thing I have is a bag of chicken fried rice from Trader Joe's. It's off by only 100 calories. Fine. Except, as I start to cook it, I realize that it requires oil. That's another 100 calories. Also, its bland as hell. Which means it requires spices. In goes garlic paste and chili paste. Another 50 calories. And damn, this is a lot of rice. What if this carb-heavy meal leaves me hungry? I add an egg. Another 75 calories. And now I'm just grumpy as hell.

The white knight, at this point, offers me his wraps. Anything to stop the crazy! But he's put walnuts in the damned wraps and doesn't he know how many calories are in walnuts? That wasn't in the plan! So I tell him what he can do with his buffalo chicken wraps...

In spite of the fact that I did dishes just that morning, there is no bowl for my food, which almost sends me into a complete melt down. The JUDDD calm is no where to be found. It has left the building. So I dump half my crummy stupid fried rice into a hillbilly tupperware container and broodingly eat supper--hoping that dividing the meal in half meets my calorie count.

Maybe it does, but it leaves me, as expected, quite hungry. And I am in no way emotionally prepared to be hungry on an up day. I know that my angst at this point is not justified. I know that I'm not being rational. So it's better if I just shut up rather than say something that is going to further prove to my husband that I have totally LOST IT!

Unfortunately, my relative silence does not fool him. And he decides that he's going to ride to my rescue. He offers to make me a snack. I agree. What I do not anticipate is that he will bring me a platter of cheeses and crackers and chips and dip--all of which probably add up to a bajillion calories.

My willpower is gone in a snap. I don't count. I don't care.

I eat everything on that platter...another up day disaster.

And yet, I still lost two pounds today, so I'm back down to my mini-goal. So this just proves that even with loony-tunes moments like this one, JUDDD still works ;)

Yennie 03-14-2013 05:32 PM

OMG I love you!!!
I'm so sorry about the mix up - its hard to not be protective of those UD cals. But what an awesome story (sorry, its easy for me to laugh when it didn't happen to me ;) )
And how cool to fast all day? Its 5:30 now, I've not had anything but a bit of CO in my coffee today (and lots of water) and I'm wondering if I should try to make it through the day or eat dinner...we'll see...you may have inspired me to try this!
Thank you again ever so much for sharing your journey with us!

leonak 03-14-2013 06:01 PM

:hyst::hyst::hyst:

A great story line - you could write a book :high5:

All men are related you know!

From another wife - Leona!

Who has many, many more years on you too!
:cool::rofl::heart:

Carly 03-14-2013 06:10 PM

:hyst::hyst::hyst:
Oh Steph, I can just see the drama unfolding in front of my eyes:hyst:
Yes JUDDD is just amazing and congrats on the fast!

KeirasMom 03-14-2013 06:41 PM

I just read this aloud to my husband. We've had similar moments. :hyst::hyst::hyst:

Kimmietoo 03-14-2013 06:45 PM

OMG, how lucky are we, the JB's to have a professional writer among us?? Dang, I know in my heart of hearts ....I KNOW there is not a single one among us who can't identify with this! :heart: you girl, big congrats on the mini goal!

Kimmie

hot-in-texas 03-14-2013 08:02 PM

:hyst::hyst::hyst: I can so identify with hungry Up Day mad woman! I said to my dog once, while he sat at my feet with big puppy dog eyes, wanting a morsel, "no, this is my up day!"
But those buffalo chicken wraps sound goo-ood!:hugs:

ETA-congrats on the complete fast!!:notwrthy: And 2 lbs!!:jumpjoy::jumpjoy:

Librarygirl 03-14-2013 08:19 PM

I think I resemble this scene. I mean, I remember something similar. :D Let me add, tonight was my UD dinner and not only did I want a perfect meal, I wanted no stress and a "beautiful" evening, as all UDs should be. Why do we set ourselves up like this? ;) It's always bound to backfire.:doh:
Great job on your *complete* fast and LOSS! All this work has to add up to something good! I mean, subtract.:cool:

Love the update!:friends:

jaymar 03-14-2013 08:34 PM

I totally enjoyed the read , Steph...it made my night...congrats on the unexpected loss..thanks for sharing the story with us.:)

Seabreezes 03-14-2013 08:40 PM

Thanks for sharing. We can all relate to the trauma/drama!:)

LoCarbGal 03-14-2013 10:25 PM

Steph, you've given me a good laugh (sorry! I'm laughing WITH you not AT you!). I know that out-of-control-mood-spin well. I guess it just has to happen sometimes. I'm so glad you got a loss out of it, as well as a good story!

Superwoman, a 0 calorie day? I don't see myself ever doing that, barring a bad stomach flu. Wow, I'm in awe of that.

gotsomeold 03-15-2013 02:08 AM

Been there.

Congratulations on the weight loss and sympathies for the exploded efforts to control UD calories. This shaping behavior thing is heck when more than one person is involved.

Kissa 03-15-2013 05:51 AM

Yay, on 40lbs down. Calls for a party!!!!

I cannot relate to you UD incident.

My DH doesn't know where the kitchen is. (Well he can find the dishwasher.) (And the corkscrew.)

mom23kids 03-15-2013 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kissa (Post 16317156)
Yay, on 40lbs down. Calls for a party!!!!

I cannot relate to you UD incident.

My DH doesn't know where the kitchen is. (Well he can find the dishwasher.) (And the corkscrew.)

Sad, but sooo true lol!

Great job on the loss Steph :jumpjoy:

hot-in-texas 03-15-2013 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kissa (Post 16317156)
Yay, on 40lbs down. Calls for a party!!!!

I cannot relate to you UD incident.

My DH doesn't know where the kitchen is. (Well he can find the dishwasher.) (And the corkscrew.)

:p:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Farm Gal 03-15-2013 09:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kissa (Post 16317156)
Yay, on 40lbs down. Calls for a party!!!!

I cannot relate to you UD incident.

My DH doesn't know where the kitchen is. (Well he can find the dishwasher.) (And the corkscrew.)

Not sure which one I'd be more happy with!:rofl:

stephdray 03-15-2013 09:27 AM

For your Eating Pleasure...

BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAP

1 Low-Carb Tortilla (I use La Banderita Tortillas) -- 100 calories
1 Wedge Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese -- 35 Calories
3 oz. Tyson Seasoned Grilled Chicken Strips -- 110 calories
1 Cup Arugula (or green of your choice) -- 15 calories
Frank's Hot Sauce to Taste -- 5 Calories

Directions:
Keep husband out of kitchen. Heat up chicken and mix it in a bowl with Frank's hot sauce. Spread your tortilla with the blue cheese wedge. Fill it with arugula and chicken mix. Fold and enjoy for less than 300 calories a wrap.

Jbinme 03-15-2013 09:30 AM

Mmm! Sounds delish!

Yam-Yam 03-15-2013 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stephdray (Post 16317546)
For your Eating Pleasure...

BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAP

1 Low-Carb Tortilla (I use La Banderita Tortillas) -- 100 calories
1 Wedge Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese -- 35 Calories
3 oz. Tyson Seasoned Grilled Chicken Strips -- 110 calories
1 Cup Arugula (or green of your choice) -- 15 calories
Frank's Hot Sauce to Taste -- 5 Calories

Directions:
Keep husband out of kitchen. Heat up chicken and mix it in a bowl with Frank's hot sauce. Spread your tortilla with the blue cheese wedge. Fill it with arugula and chicken mix. Fold and enjoy for less than 300 calories a wrap.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Yum! Sounds so good! But I shouldn't have read it on a DD. LOL! It made my tummy growl.

Congrats on your progress!

Have to say I keep so many choices and options around that if I run out of one thing I can move on to something else. I relate to Cindy as DH can make cereal and toast and heat up leftover casseroles or meatloaf. That's about it! And, he can never, ever find anything. He would not have been able to find the tortilla so it would have been safe. Ha!

stephdray 03-15-2013 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yennie (Post 16316636)
OMG I love you!!!

Right back at you and the rest of my JB's! :heart::heart::heart:

Flossyliz 03-15-2013 11:06 AM

Steph, knowing how much you used to struggle with DDs, your food-free day is a major victory. So mega congrats for that and for your awesome weight loss.
:jumpjoy: :kicking: :birthday: :kicking: :jumpjoy:

Thanks for sharing your hilarious tale of woe. :rofl:
I can really relate to your frustration. :annoyed: How lovely that you can be so relaxed about it now. :cool:

Familyvet 03-15-2013 11:15 AM

I can definitely commiserate! So proud of you for sticking to it. :clap: That is the hardest part, keeping on track when things fall apart. I don't keep snacks in the house because I have done LC for so many years. My daughter has grown up on fruit, yogurt and LC items for snacks.

I have recently purchased Special K crackers and Laughing Cow cheese to eat with soup on my DD's. I almost lost it when I walked in the other day and my daughter and 3 of her friends were happily munching on the above (two of them were LARGE boys!) :annoyed: I obviously had to control the temper tantrum I wanted to throw! :mad: My quick thinking saved the day, however! I immediately made them the 3-2-1 cakes featured in another thread. They forgot all about my cheese and crackers and devoured the cakes. :yummy: Oh yeah and "Mama Sara" was the hero!:jumpjoy::jumpjoy::jumpjoy:

vanilla_latte 03-15-2013 12:23 PM

Oh my goodness!!! I'm sitting here eating my DD YoCheese Pudding - at work - laughing, and thinking that this is like watching a "Seinfeld" or "Friends" episode! :lol:

sorenkkg 03-15-2013 02:25 PM

:doh:

OMG, STEPH!!!!! :eek: that was quite the scene! :eek:

:hyst: well described, but please, please, tell me you're just a bit stressed? :hugs:

may all your up days and down days be melt-down (nuclear, or dirty-bowl fueled) free
;)
:hugs: S.

Yennie 03-15-2013 07:57 PM

I used your line today on my hubby. We were getting ready to leave for dinner & the boys were dinking around. I got stuck at work an hour longer, ran out of snacks and by time I got home I wanted to eat N.O.W!
My hubby started to go do something else and I said, "No! We are going NOW! I am hungry, I want to eat! I am not psychologically prepared to be hungry on a day I can eat!"
He laughed, we left & the burger was yummy.

Carly 03-16-2013 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kissa (Post 16317156)
Yay, on 40lbs down. Calls for a party!!!!

I cannot relate to you UD incident.

My DH doesn't know where the kitchen is. (Well he can find the dishwasher.) (And the corkscrew.)

I don't have a DH, but I'm pretty sure you just described my father :hyst:

Quote:

Originally Posted by stephdray (Post 16317546)
For your Eating Pleasure...

BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAP

1 Low-Carb Tortilla (I use La Banderita Tortillas) -- 100 calories
1 Wedge Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese -- 35 Calories
3 oz. Tyson Seasoned Grilled Chicken Strips -- 110 calories
1 Cup Arugula (or green of your choice) -- 15 calories
Frank's Hot Sauce to Taste -- 5 Calories

Directions:
Keep husband out of kitchen. Heat up chicken and mix it in a bowl with Frank's hot sauce. Spread your tortilla with the blue cheese wedge. Fill it with arugula and chicken mix. Fold and enjoy for less than 300 calories a wrap.

Yum!

Kissa 03-16-2013 05:10 PM

Well my DH is well old enough to be your father, but he wouldn't be pleased to hear it. He happily still believes he is hot stuff! And that our girlfriends like you and DW are just longing to be his special friends... but I love him no matter what. (So do some of them!):D

Carly 03-16-2013 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kissa (Post 16319813)
Well my DH is well old enough to be your father, but he wouldn't be pleased to hear it. He happily still believes he is hot stuff! And that our girlfriends like you and DW are just longing to be his special friends... but I love him no matter what. (So do some of them!):D

Oh, you can tell DH I'm sure he still has all the right stuff ;)

Kissa 03-18-2013 08:43 AM

:)


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