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stephdray 05-09-2013 03:51 PM

43 & 44 Weeks on JUDDD -- Stalled
Last week, after my best week of dieting since Christmas, I weighed in at 248 for a loss of 1 lb, and a total of 42 lbs lost, 38 of them on JUDDD.

This week I weighed in at 249 for a gain of 1 lb, and a total loss of 41 lbs, 37 of them on JUDDD.

The reason I didn't post last week is that I was on a plane at 4:30 am for Kansas City where I attended the RT Booklovers Convention, at which we had more than 2500 readers, authors, male cover models, editors, agents and more. It was five days of non-stop fun, frolicking and frantic business. It also involved five days of eating.

And boy, it reminded me just how swiftly diets can fall by the wayside in that kind of environment. But at least I knew better than to try. Even so, I sort of naturally ate more one day and less the next.

So, really, gaining a pound this week does not distress me. Especially since it was so easy to get back on the JUDDD train when I got home. I'm only annoyed because it's the same pound I've been gaining and losing for weeks. And this is not the diet's fault. It's my fault. Like today...I wanted a cookie. Lo and behold there was a box of girl scout cookies in the pantry. So, I ate like ten of them. And now, unless I skip dinner, I will not make my up day calorie limit.

Low Points

Why ten cookies? Question for the ages: I am capable of eating no cookies. Or I am capable of eating ten cookies. Why am I incapable of eating one cookie? This is a challenge for me on all diets, so I guess one of the reasons I love JUDDD is that this failing may stall me, but it has not yet reversed my progress. Knock on wood. If I could figure out what happens between the time I give myself permission to eat the first cookie...and when I then find myself curled up on the couch with cookie crumbs on my lips and a guilty smile on my face....that would be helpful.

I'm using JUDDD as a Maintenance Plan. I'm not going to rehash all my usual whines. I'm just going to say that I would really like to have my year anniversary of JUDDDing result in a 50 lb loss. Can I lose 9 lbs between now and July 4th? Apparently only if I get all the girl scout cookies out of the house and plan exquisitely. (Also, I have a vacation in there, which bodes ill.) I dunno. I may have to do some potato weeks or something. We'll have to see.

High Points

I'm using JUDDD as a maintenance plan. Yeah, so I had a crazy time in Kansas City complete with BBQ, champagne, chocolate and more. And I gained one pound. This diet hedges against my losses and gives me time to settle into them. And that's a blessing.

I now have super powers. During those huge author signings, authors are generally compelled to skip breakfast, skip lunch, and sit at tables smiling and being friendly to passersby who say things like, "I wanted to love your latest book, but you've really lost your touch." (Not said to me, but actual remark to author sitting near by!) Friends marveled at my ability to fast cheerfully through this event once I had a little coffee. I said it was JUDDD magic.

More Experimentation. So, veggies really are important. I'm finding that when I use mushrooms and greens and potatoes to bulk up my breakfast, I have better control on my hunger all day. Also, fiber. I admit that I hate having to think about these things on an up day. There's a bit of spoiling that goes on in JUDDD where I only want to think about deliciousness and calories. But for me, hungry up days are now the norm--not the exception. And because I'm not equipped to fight hunger on up days, I've got to make some choices. Eat the damned broccoli or go hungry two days in a row or lose weight so slowly it will take me until next Christmas to lose the next ten pounds. I choose broccoli.

KeirasMom 05-09-2013 04:09 PM

I also choose broccoli! Hehe, you're doing great. I went away for just the weekend and came back with nearly 9 pounds around my midsection! What's one, measly little pound? :D

deedee 05-10-2013 10:52 AM

I was looking for this update! Always glad to see your positive, but honest, take on things.

I can totally relate to the hunger on UD's, and how those turn into UUAD's. But for some reason eating the broccoli never occurred to me!

calichris 05-10-2013 07:36 PM

If it makes you feel better, I'm next-to-stalled and not having nearly as much fun as you! :D Are we hitting the 10 month wall or something? ;)

LoCarbGal 05-10-2013 11:32 PM

Glad to hear from you Steph. What an incredibly busy time for you. I think the fact that you're not gaining during this time is a testament to you and to JUDDD.

Flossyliz 05-12-2013 05:20 PM

I love broccoli - but I too can't eat only one cookie!! :lol:

Only one pound?! Awesome!! :notwrthy:

Carly 05-12-2013 05:30 PM

I think it's great that you enjoyed all that yummy food and drink at the convention and gained 1 tiny little pound!!!!! And flying- forget it! I bloat worse than TOM when I fly. I'll bet you have a good whoosh after 2 good rotations. I feel it. Thanks for another great update and I believe that you will see 50 pounds gone on your anniversary.

cici52 05-12-2013 09:06 PM

Last time I checked in you were just past the dreaded stall point of, hmm, 179? You are doing great. I may have to give this another try, hehe. :)

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