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dolciani 05-29-2013 05:00 AM

Entering the Dark Side
 
OK, it's time to officially enter the dark side. :) I'm 52 years old, 5'2", and 178.5 pounds as of this morning. 1775/355 on the JUDDD calculator with little to no exercise, although I do walk several miles every day.

I have a very long history of dieting, since I was 16 and thought 118 was too fat. Can you imagine? Many on again, off again years of WW and other diets since that time, and several attempts at LC. For the latest go around I lost 39 pounds on WW over the past year, then spent three months on LC/VLC and lost another 1.5 pounds.

One and a half pounds in three months. Seriously? I was getting very discouraged because I love LC, both for the food itself, the way it makes me feel, and for the much improved blood glucose readings I've been getting. I'm unofficially prediabetic and trying very hard to keep it under control.

I kept seeing JUDDD in people's signatures on the main lobby of LCF and started investigating. In an earlier attempt at LC I had tried IF a couple of times but decided it was too hard, probably not all that healthy, and I gave up.

This time I started reading everything I could find. Dr. Johnson's book and reports on PubMed and the media were encouraging, but what really spurred me on were the amazing posts here on the JUDDD forum. Y'all are such a supportive and happy bunch, and so many people have reported such good results, including getting to their goals. What a difference from the main lobby! I decided I'd give JUDDD a chance. What did I have to lose, right?

I've been JUDDDing since 4/10/13 and have lost a grand total of 8 pounds!

For the first three weeks I wasn't hitting my UD numbers, either over or under and three of my DDs were too high. Then I got smart. Since I've been tracking everything in ******, I threw the following numbers into a spreadsheet: date and UD/DD, calories, morning weight, fasting BG, and daily steps, along with weekly averages for calories, weight, and FBG. I hilighted the days when I didn't hit my UD/DD numbers.

So now I could really see what I was doing. It was pretty sobering to see more than half of the days for three weeks hilighted for missing my numbers. Once I did this, I started losing.

At first I struggled with the UD number. It seemed like I had to force myself to hit it and then ended up going over, sometimes by quite a bit. It really just seemed like a *lot* of food. Then I decided to think about it this way: I aimed for 1500 to 1800 calories on UDs, with 1800 as the max. I was averaging around 1500 calories a day on ****** prior to starting JUDDD and for some reason thinking in terms of a range makes me much more comfortable. So now I manage to hit my UD number spot on most times.

Although there is the occasional dud, DDs are pretty much easy, especially since the *no appetite* effect has kicked in. It's kinda fun figuring out how to squeeze in as much good fat, moderate protein, and healthy veg as possible on a DD. Believe me, I weigh and measure everything!

Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm looking forward to participating here. :)

Putz 05-29-2013 05:08 AM

WELCOME!! Happy to have you with us.

zipp2play 05-29-2013 05:16 AM

:welcome: you are doing great. Keep it up!

Almost my entire family follows JUDDD. DH and I started in April of 2012. He lost 40, I lost 20. My DS14 has been following since April 2013 and he is down 20 (he does 2000/1000). My DD11 has nothing to lose, but with all of us JUDDDING, she eats more veggies than ever!

SlowSure 05-29-2013 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by dolciani (Post 16444833)
I've been JUDDDing since 4/10/13 and have lost a grand total of 8 pounds!
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Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm looking forward to participating here. :)

A warm :welcome: to you and congratulations on your good start. I hope that you and JUDDD continue to suit eachother.

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Originally Posted by zipp2play (Post 16444850)
Almost my entire family follows JUDDD. DH and I started in April of 2012. He lost 40, I lost 20. My DS14 has been following since April 2013 and he is down 20 (he does 2000/1000). My DD11 has nothing to lose, but with all of us JUDDDING, she eats more veggies than ever!

The family that JUDDDs together achieves and maintains health together. :) Your DS14's results show perseverance - I hope that he's appropriately pleased with his outcome to date. :)

Librarygirl 05-29-2013 06:40 AM

:welcome: to the Dark Side!! :cool: It sounds like you are already loving this WOE, so I just want to say Hi, and well done so far! 8 lbs is great!!!:jumpjoy::jumpjoy:

calichris 05-29-2013 07:18 AM

:welcome: - you're doing fantastic! So glad you are seeing results and enjoying this fun WOE.

LoCarbGal 05-29-2013 07:23 AM

:welcome:! I love hearing experiences like you have had so far. This really is an amazing WOE.

Yennie 05-29-2013 07:41 AM

Welcome & congratulations! Way to go on figuring out what you needed to do to make it work for you. As one of our esteemed vets always says - YOU GOTTA EAT!!

Flutter 05-29-2013 07:48 AM

Yay, welcome! You are already doing fabulous!! :heart:

KeirasMom 05-29-2013 08:09 AM

:welcome::welcome::welcome:

FairyWren 05-29-2013 08:39 AM

:welcome: i found it really interesting the way you had analysed your eating pattern. Sounds like you're doing great now :)

bkm 05-29-2013 01:54 PM

I track my numbers, too, on an Excel spreadsheet. Then I use the graph function and create a line graph oh my daily weight. There is a trend function which I've activated on my graph, and it's nice - I can see a downward trend! I also track my exercise, miles on bike, and steps, and any extra supplements - plus I add comments to the date about what was unusual about that day.

Carly 05-29-2013 03:22 PM

Welcome! It sounds like you are doing great!

leonak 05-29-2013 03:31 PM

:welcome::welcome::welcome:

I too am 5'2" but older!!! :high5:

Hope to get to know you better!

Kissa 05-29-2013 03:33 PM

What a great post, you have it worked out just brilliantly.

Good to have you posting with us.

wiiiifit 05-29-2013 09:10 PM

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. :laugh: :D


Sorry I couldn't resist. Welcome.

Flossyliz 05-30-2013 02:35 AM

:hiya: Dolciani!
Glad you've found a way to make JUDDD work for you so easily.
I'm not techie enough to do spreadsheets but I log everything in a diary and, as you note, it helps to spot trends and keep me on track.
I wish you a very enjoyable and successful JUDDD journey. :welcome:

Kimmietoo 05-30-2013 04:02 AM

:welcome::welcome::welcome:

Congratulations on an amazing start! :jumpjoy: No doubt you're going to be very successful here. We are happy to have you join us!


Kimmie

Whitlin' 05-30-2013 05:13 AM

Dark? Are we dark? Gee, I feel very light. :) Maybe there's just a different Light side. :newbie:

Congratulations, dolciani. All best wishes.

Monica, what a great thing to be able to say - your family follows JUDDD.

I don't track as carefully as Bonnie, but I have a page per week for generally noting what I've eaten, with spots to fill in for water, vitamins, space to fill in workout names. I also have a page for keeping measurements that tracks those over a month and a half. Never thought of keeping a record of how close I came to calorie targets.

Sirtain 05-30-2013 07:19 AM

Hi, Dolciani. Congratulations on your eight pounds. May there be many more such successes to come!
I am staying low carb also, and really like it with JUDDD. I find my Down Days are much easier since I switched to almost all protein for my meals those days, with a little fat, and minimal (0-5) carbs.

And...in my corner of the Dark Side...there's bacon!

dolciani 06-04-2013 07:45 AM

Thanks for the welcome, everyone! I've been out sick with a very bad cold the last week and have replaced a lot of DDs with MDs in hopes of getting better. I'm back on the rotation now and down another 1/2 pound. :)

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Originally Posted by bkm (Post 16445831)
I track my numbers, too, on an Excel spreadsheet. Then I use the graph function and create a line graph oh my daily weight. There is a trend function which I've activated on my graph, and it's nice - I can see a downward trend! I also track my exercise, miles on bike, and steps, and any extra supplements - plus I add comments to the date about what was unusual about that day.

So I'm not the only one! It's great motivation to see the downward trends. Have a great day, everyone! :)

bkm 06-04-2013 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by dolciani (Post 16454441)
So I'm not the only one! It's great motivation to see the downward trends. Have a great day, everyone! :)

ummm - I make lists, too - lots of them ...:o


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