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Old 04-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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42 Weeks on JUDDD -- Better

This week I weighed in at 249 lbs for a loss of 0lbs this week, a total of 41 lbs lost, 37 of them on JUDDD.

So, why am I ok with a big fat donut? Because I was convinced this week was going to be so much worse! This was a traveling week where I was busier than a What's more, the food choices were not in my control. I fasted until dinner on Friday night then went off plan entirely until Monday morning. That's the longest I've been off plan this year and most of last year too and I was actually sort of nervous that my next down day would be awful.

It was fine. I think I can officially give up my fear that I can't do this. I can do this. Forever, if need be!

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Getting Fed Up With Myself. Part of what I love about JUDDD is that it lets you go about your life and diet in a haphazard devil-may-care fashion. I have now proved to myself--more than proved it--that I can screw up and still maintain on JUDDD if not still slowly lose. Fine, that's great. Actually, that's a life-changing, revolutionary discovery that I don't want to minimize. But what the grumblefrosting is wrong with me? I have more weight to lose and while I think I could be happy JUDDDing the rest of my life, wouldn't it be nice if I could actually reach maintenance at some point? I have a summer ahead of me filled with conferences but maybe the fact that I will be constantly trying to give myself leeway for these events will make me diet like I mean it again.

Mixed Results on the Breaksperiment. My attempts to eat a big breakfast to stave off over-eating has yielded mixed results. It seems that when I come off a fasting day, my body wants to consume about 1300 calories. Just for starters. I don't want to give it that many calories because I would like to save room for, I dunno, a nice dinner. However, when I resist and give myself, say, 500 calorie breakfast (which should be enough for anyone), I end up cracking and snacking allllll day long. When I actually just gave in and ate the majority of my calories during the day, I actually had more control in the evening, and when I postponed breakfast as long as possible and bunched my calories together in a narrower eating window, I was actually more satisfied and closer to my goals. Food for thought. Get it, get it?


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Still under 250. Yeah, that's kind of a low bar for a high point, but seriously, when I saw that wild and inexplicable 7lb bounce last week, I thought, "This is it. This is when it stops working and I start gaining everything back. I will never see the 230's. This is as low as I'm gonna get." But JUDDD has taught me how to fight for territory and hold it. I don't win every battle, but I'm winning the war, and there is no other diet plan that has ever made me feel that way.

Social Acceptability. Not only are my friends now supportive of my eating plan and willing to plan around my down days, but some of them are even trying this WOE themselves. It's so much easier to deal with than asking your friends to make you a low-carb dinner or dessert...I love being able to say, "I can have anything--as long as we can have it on Saturday instead of Sunday!"

Taking Advantage of Opportunities. Food is love. That's what I was brought up to believe in my Italian-American family. Feasting is fun. Experimenting with recipes is fun. Going out to a restaurant and trying something new and decadent is a bonding experience not only with my family but with my husband. During the decade that I ate low carb, I steadfastly resisted these activities because I knew that either I couldn't partake or that I would spoil it for everyone else by serving some horrible new low carb concoction. Similarly, when I did NutriSystem effectively, I couldn't see any of my friends for the entire summer lest I give in to temptation. That is no way to live and I've extolled the virtues of JUDDD because it doesn't ask you to live that way. But what I haven't noticed before is that JUDDD encourages you to use non-feasting times to diet hard rather than try to spread the misery out. I find myself seeking opportunities to go hardcore. For example, I was able to do my four day potato hack because I saw four days in my schedule that my husband and I were so busy we wouldn't be able to have dinner together. Great time to go Spartan. This coming weekend, my husband will be out of town and so I will try to do a three day rotation to give myself a little extra oomph. I never used to look for opportunities like that before. Now I do. Thanks to JUDDD!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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Just stumbled across your post,
Firstly... Well done!
I've been doing low carb for 3 weeks and have lost 7lbs until a rather spectacular fail in the form of chocolate cake and soda bread (freshly baked by my irish mother in law) over the past few days so have been contemplating changing over to JUDDD...

... I think you've made up my mind for me

Thank you... and good luck in your continued quest!

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Lovely points, as always, Steph.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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Great news Steph! I'm so glad this week was a victory, and yes, being under that 250 mark is success for sure!

Your remark about "this is where it stops working and I gain it all back" really struck a nerve with me. Even after really, really giving myself over to JUDDD, and truly believing this is what I can do for my whole life, I still have that moment of panic every time I go up a few pounds (TOM ). These former experiences are so powerful and jump out at us at unexpected moments. How sad. I wonder if we'll ever get past those ingrained fears.....sigh.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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You have such a great attitude Steph! It is wonderful that you are headed in such a great direction. It sounds like you are finding flexible ways to make this work for you with your changing schedules and that is fantastic. I think that some of the positive changes that come about on JUDDD are not always reflected on the scale immediately but show up in the control we ultimately get over our eating long term.
I can totally relate with your "Food is Love" viewpoint.
Have a great week!

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #7
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I don't win every battle, but I'm winning the war, and there is no other diet plan that has ever made me feel that way.
yay! This is such a wonderful reminder for all of us. Weight loss is like a war, and every won battle might feel great, but losing a couple along the way doesn't mean we lose the war.

Lovely recap as always, always inspired by your honesty and positivity.
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Thanks for this Steph. Congratulations on your exciting discoveries!
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Great news Steph! I'm so glad this week was a victory, and yes, being under that 250 mark is success for sure!

Your remark about "this is where it stops working and I gain it all back" really struck a nerve with me. Even after really, really giving myself over to JUDDD, and truly believing this is what I can do for my whole life, I still have that moment of panic every time I go up a few pounds (TOM ). These former experiences are so powerful and jump out at us at unexpected moments. How sad. I wonder if we'll ever get past those ingrained fears.....sigh.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #10
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You're working the JUDDD magic as usual, Steph and the Posting Magic. You make this WOE sound accessible and do-able for everyone and I applaud you for taking the time to "journal" your JUDDD journey here.
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Thanks for another wonderful weekly update! So glad you could work in grumblefrosting
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:19 PM   #12
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Thanks for the post. You keep us all on track knowing it works no matter how much you change it around!
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Thanks for keeping up with the updates, in light of your busy (busier than normal-super-busy) schedule.

I'm glad you experimented with breakfast. Everyone is different, so you have to find what works for you. I'm similar to you, so sometimes I do eat breakfast, but I find I'm better off if I don't.

I'm keeping this one short, horrible week, etc, but I want YOU to know that I'm still here, supporting you, too!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #15
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I posted on the other thread yesterday! Here it is again.

Another brilliant summation of your experience with JUDDD. Bless you for these posts they are so valuable, each and every one.

I am thrilled that you are still under that bar (no, not that bar!) and looking forward with optimism to the 230s.

We'll be with you all the way.

PS. I have managed to use Grumblefrosting once as well.
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Yay, Steph -- great job this week! Always enjoy your updates -- I so know what you mean about the "social acceptability" factor. There are some people I tell about JUDDD and some I don't. We should all have a sign for such occasions that we can whip out -- "It's a JUDDD thing, you wouldn't understand" :P
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Just wanted to check in here to thank you all for your wonderful words of support and to report that today I finally clocked in at my calorie goal on an up day eating something other than potatoes. In fact, I'm actually below my calorie limit.

How did I finally do it?

The first thing I did was take an extra ptero supplement today.

The second thing I did was continue fasting until noon--which may not be a long term option because I normally wake up much hungrier than I did today.

The third thing I did was eat a 900 calorie brunch. A cheese omelette served atop a mountain of mushrooms served with potatoes, ham steak, and a big mug of hot tea is totally a long-term option.

The fourth thing I did was deliberately dedicate more of my calories to fruits and veggies. Arugula with supper and an apple rounded out my 'five servings or more.'

And the fifth thing I did was eat lots of fiber. A little gluc powder in my omelette, vitalicious brownies with tea in the late afternoon, and high fiber low carb tortillas wrapped around my buffalo chicken wraps at dinner.

Now, to be fair, I also ate some Pringles and Lorna Dunes, so it's not like I was depriving myself.

But the upshot is that today was the first time in six months that I've felt in control of my up day and satisfied by it. In fact, this was the first time in forever that I have thought, "Wow, I've eaten a lot of food today. This is a generous calorie allowance!"

I'm not sure which of the factors was responsible, I'm just grateful something worked!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:02 PM   #21
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Most excellent! I hope to follow in your footsteps!
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Yay! It just takes some tweaking sometimes. Brilliant job.
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great upbeat thread and is encouraging to read!
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