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Old 10-23-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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already nervous about the upcoming holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas are known diet killers. I'm scared! I already know of two different instances where I am going to have two UD in a row.

I know it's early but can you share some holiday survival tips??
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TRACK YOUR CALORIES!!!!!!!!!! That's my biggest tip. I started Juddd early Nov last year and lost fabulous through the holidays. I was nervous, too, b/c I bake a lot with my kids through Christmas time. (plus we have birthdays, etc) Didn't matter, I just stuck to my calories religiously. You will be fine!!!! Just track all the treats and if you do go over, or 2 UDs/whatever, just get back on track. No big deal!
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TRACK YOUR CALORIES!!!!!!!!!! That's my biggest tip. I started Juddd early Nov last year and lost fabulous through the holidays. I was nervous, too, b/c I bake a lot with my kids through Christmas time. (plus we have birthdays, etc) Didn't matter, I just stuck to my calories religiously. You will be fine!!!! Just track all the treats and if you do go over, or 2 UDs/whatever, just get back on track. No big deal!


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That's what scares me. I am really bad at figuring out the calories in homemade food. How in the world do you know the calories of an entire thanksgiving meal????
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I didn't track my calories on those days, the big holiday meals with family and friends. I just made sure it was a UD.
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That's what scares me. I am really bad at figuring out the calories in homemade food. How in the world do you know the calories of an entire thanksgiving meal????
We usually go to a casino buffet for holiday meals. I know, I know, but I DON'T cook! I do my best to eyeball portions, then enter it in my online tracker, choosing whatever seems the "closest" to what I'm eating. It works for me. Many just make holidays "free days" and eat what they want without tracking. Now that I'm in maintenance, I'll probably do that too. Whatever will help you stick to your plan and not feel like you need to rebel.
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I agree. On the special days (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, whatever) I don't count at all. I don't want to feel restricted in the least on those celebrations.

During the month or so between Thanksgiving and New Years, I counted very carefully and even though I was having the treats I wanted (in smaller amounts than I have in the past, but still plenty to be satisfied) I always stayed within my calories. Last December I lost 9 pounds while doing this!

I also invested a bit of time figuring out my go-to recipes and figuring up the calories so I could input them into my online calorie tracker. It was worth the time, because now it's pretty rare that I have to figure something up.

You can do this! Even if you maintain during the season, isn't that better than the gain you probably usually would have?
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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You are absolutely right, Carol! Even if I don't lose, maintaining will be better then any other year, that's for sure!!
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I have gone through a few “off track” stints, where for one reason or another, I rebelled. (Vacation, work stress, sick child, grocery poor…) JUDDD is definitely the most forgiving diet I’ve ever tried!

I try to be honest with myself, and include everything I possibly can in my calorie counter, but if I can’t find it, or don’t have time to enter every ingredient for a new recipe, I do what Dawn does a lot – I just look for what looks or sounds “close” to whatever it is I ate.

I don’t plan to go “off the rails” during the holidays either… I try to work my DDs and UDs around things I know might derail a DD, but I may skip the calorie counter on one or two special days.

We can get through the holidays! Afterwards, we’ll just pick ourselves back up and move on with our regularly scheduled EOD programming.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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Kissa's sig used to say, "It's not what you eat between Xmas and New Years that counts, but what you eat between New Year's and Xmas" You could add Thanksgiving into that.

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And, of course, some of us start the holiday season at Halloween!
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And, of course, some of us start the holiday season at Halloween!
Might as well! Kohls had their Christmas decorations up today, along with their Halloween clearance items. It's one big Hallo-turkey-Christmas, I guess!
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Thanksgiving and Christmas are known diet killers. I'm scared! I already know of two different instances where I am going to have two UD in a row.

I know it's early but can you share some holiday survival tips??
Think about it: we are only talking about TWO DAYS. How badly can one mess up in two days? The remainder of the time, you are doing what you have to do!
In my case, I won't beat myself up if I eat what I want, but I get right back with it. Turkey and cabbage soup, pumpkin soufflé,etc. bring some items you can eat, to a relative's home & make sure you are not ravenous when you sit down at the dinner table. Talk more and eat less. You'll do JUST FINE!!
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Two days!!??? I wish. I have vendors dropping off food gifts. Parties to go to. Cookies are everywhere. Ugh ugh ugh. It is hard. I got to get my game on !!
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:32 AM   #15
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Bren, I started last Nov., and we had the all the work parties, etc. as well. Plus my co-workers were bringing in goodies every day during the month of Decemeber and displaying them on a counter that I could see from my desk. I went ahead and had what I wanted, eod. It wasn't as difficult as I had thought it would be. This year will be harder for me because I'm trying to watch the sugar!
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YKW, LG? It may be EASIER for you this year to ignore the sweets! I always found I could even BAKE treats for the family without wanting any myself after a week or so of LC'ing. My cravings just went away. Hope that's what happens for you!!!
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Mafiamom- Don't forget the 'Can I take a piece home with me' trick. If people bring in something amazing, that is a great way for them to feel you are having some, and also a great way for you to actually have some, the next day, on your Up Day. I have found my ability to put treats off for one day has only gotten stronger as I have been doing JUDDD. I really think it teaches you to delay your gratification.

Of course, you don't HAVE to eat it, the next day. Sometimes the urge passes. But if you want to, it is there. I think sometimes we eat just because our brain has convinced us that this is the LAST time you will ever be able to have these triple-fudge-nut bars. It is not. Or, it doesn't have to be.
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YKW, LG? It may be EASIER for you this year to ignore the sweets! I always found I could even BAKE treats for the family without wanting any myself after a week or so of LC'ing. My cravings just went away. Hope that's what happens for you!!!
It's true. For me, without sugar in the equation is should be easier.
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I agree with Flutter. I gave up "white" for years and it got to where my co-workers EXPECTED me NOT to eat any party treats. But the great part was I didn't WANT them nor did I feel deprived. Once your body gets them out of its system - it does become easier.
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What I think is so great is that you can occasionally have two UDs in a row, and it DOESN'T wreck your plan. I started JUDDDing the week before Thanksgiving two years ago, and found myself enjoying the holidays more than I had in many years. I still lost weight. Just make those planned DDs the most important part of your plan and you'll not only have a wonderful holiday season, but you'll make progress, as well.
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There will be a big issue on Christmas eve and Christmas day! We have 5 families to visit, and they all try to feed us! I think I'm just gonna enjoy.

Thanksgiving will be an up day if I stick to my current rotation which means the 22nd (anniversary) and 24 (BF's birthday) will be up too LOL! That works out - but I doubt it'll work out that perfectly. Leftovers will kill me!!

We'll all survive I'm sure. I think the important thing is to enjoy THE day, and watch it with the leftovers and grazing.
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I'll consider myself successful if I can enjoy ALL the food at the table on those days, at each meal.
Just not eat the entire day. In the past, I've stuffed myself uncomfortably, but my stomach is smaller now. If I just eat what feels good, I'll be pretty happy with myself.

I can't eat that much at one sitting, so it shouldn't throw me off.

So what I need to work on is resisting the constant flow of cookies, warm drinks, yummy treats that pass by my face from now till the New Year. But I think my mind is in the right place.

My plan to be at goal by Dec. 31. So I have high motivation to not lose control between now and then.

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I agree with Flutter. I gave up "white" for years and it got to where my co-workers EXPECTED me NOT to eat any party treats. But the great part was I didn't WANT them nor did I feel deprived. Once your body gets them out of its system - it does become easier.
What made you decide to start eating sugar again? I know that I LCed for one month before starting JUDDD and I was convinced it was the best way to eat, but after realizing I could (or thought I could) eat anything eod, I gave in to the allure.
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What made you decide to start eating sugar again? I know that I LCed for one month before starting JUDDD and I was convinced it was the best way to eat, but after realizing I could (or thought I could) eat anything eod, I gave in to the allure.
Can't answer for goner, but I can tell you that I stopped because I was tired of being around my family eating all the white stuff and I couldn't. 8 months is my breaking point...I'm great til then!
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What made you decide to start eating sugar again? I know that I LCed for one month before starting JUDDD and I was convinced it was the best way to eat, but after realizing I could (or thought I could) eat anything eod, I gave in to the allure.
I don't think it was a conscious decision - but my life was stressful in 2004 - 2005 (taking care of my mom, first daily hospital visits and then with hospice care) - and I just gave in to whatever food I could get in a hospital cafeteria and then friends and neighbors sent over food - and I just ate. After my mom died, I was determined to get healthy again - but found SB and although they restrict carbs in the P1 phase, after that it was allowed - and I was back in the habit... sooooo lost my mojo. I will say what helped after I was on SB was finding the "Beck" book - it's NOT a diet, it's how to change the way you think about dieting. It's daily lessons that you follow - taking however long till you learn the lessons - and for me skipping some lessons that just didn't make sense to me. SB helped me lose some weight, but I was too sloppy with it - for me TOO many rules... LOL Healthy eating overall though. JUDDD works better for me - counting calories and knowing what I know from Beck rules - and knowing how badly I feel physically when I overdo carbs - maybe finally I have it all together! Let's hope so.

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I am a little different with holidays and food. Everyone is coming to our house this year, so I will make sure there is plenty of food that I can eat (I gave up all sugars inc. artificial sweeteners). But I am also a very stubborn person and when I set my mind to something there is pretty much no way anyone can change it unless I want to change.

That itself has been my safety net with this way of eating. I have VERY unsupportive family members who constantly place foods in front of me teasing about "here eat this" knowing it is not something I can eat or choose to eat. I love them to death as their insults just make me stronger. And that is how I think of it - as insults. I know I am eating healthier and doing what is right, so I keep on doing as I do.

So if the holiday falls on my DD, I will just make me a nice sized plate of what I can eat and place it in the fridge for the next day and stick to plan.

But for those that succumb, you know tomorrow is a new day to begin again. It's never a failure until you give up trying.
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For Halloween, I will buy a jar of Skippy peanut butter and eat it slowly as the kids unwrap their candies.
I'll probably go through the whole jar, but I won't have a single piece of candy.
Maybe unsweetened Bakers chocolate melted with butter. And lots of Skippy.

But no candy.
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LOL Whyohwh... but whatever works. I love chunky Skippy and a spoon myself!!
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