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Saxy1971 08-21-2012 09:11 AM

Saxy's Jazzy JUDDD Journal!
This looks like a good place to park my butt and keep track of my progress! I need to keep myself accountable in this adventure, and writing it all down will help, even if no one pays attention (kinda like "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?") :D

My history:

January 2012 - Weighed in at 225. In a snug size 16. On meds for high blood pressure. Joined ***********, deciding to start calorie-counting and exercise every morning. Joined a local weight-loss contest and was PUMPED UP to lose this weight!

May 2012 - Doing pretty good on the calorie-counting the first few months and weighed in for the contest at 199. Onederland! How fantastic! The next few weeks, I was feeling sluggish, no movement on the scale...getting frustrated.

June 2012 - Decided to ditch the calorie-counting for Low Carb - Atkins, to be exact. Loved seeing the scale move again, even though it was water weight at first.

July 2012 - My final weigh-in for the weight-loss contest was 193. 32 pounds! I didn't win the contest, but I was SO excited to know that I could drop the weight if I worked hard at it! Size 12 now!

August 2012 - So yeah..anyways...here I am, at 204 pounds. What the #$%! happened???? I'll tell ya what happened--After that contest, I celebrated. With food. A lot. A lot of food. And I felt guilty. So guilty that I made myself feel better through comfort food. Although it wasn't a huge carb frenzy, it was still enough to make that scale go UP...and UP....and now, I'm putting my foot DOWN and saying NO MORE! Let's go with a plan that makes sense and that I can sustain without feeling guilty.

So yesterday, I started JUDDD. I'm still keeping track of my carbs, especially on my down days. My up days will be "guilt free", but within the ranges that Dr. Johnson provides via the calculator:

Up Days 1992 calories
Down Days 398 calories

I use an online tracker for my food and exercise tracking--it's a good habit now....every day!

I will say, that even at 204 pounds, it has been so beneficial to my blood pressure readings. I've had normal readings at the Dr. a couple weeks ago, and she says that if I can have 6 more weeks of normal readings, I can try it without the meds for a while. I'm shooting for that goal most importantly. The other goal is to get down to a healthy BMI range, which will be 150-160 pounds for me.

So....here we go!! I'm ready to do this!! :)

Saxy1971 08-21-2012 09:39 AM

Yesterday was my first day.....a Down Day. Ended up at 394. Felt empty and hungry, but some of that was pacified by lots of water/Crystal Light.

Today is my first Up Day....thought I'd be really, really hungry this morning but didn't really feel much like eating. I had 2 eggs with cheese and a cup of coffee (with heavy cream....it's my weakness, and I'm going to try to keep it to only the UD's.)

It's almost noon, and I've been hungry! I brought two small bunless cheeseburgers for lunch along with a cup of dry mini-wheats(lightly frosted). Had the mini-wheats and one of the cheeseburgers. Waiting to see if I actually NEED the other one!

Not sure what will be up for dinner....have quite a few calories to strive for. Hmm....sounds like a fun problem to have right now. ;-) Maybe I can have bread....for the first time in a looong time!

Saxy1971 08-23-2012 07:19 AM

4 days in and I'm seeing a 6 pound loss--I'm sure the scale will go up today, but just seeing the number gives me a weird feeling of comfort. I'm weighing every day, even though I've read that it's not recommended....For me, it's kinda like a game. I'm not letting myself get disappointed with the gains so far, as I'm convinced that it will go down soon enough.

At this time, I'm trying to stick to my calories as much as possible. Going to try this the first month and see if anything needs tweaking from there. It's been a little tough getting the Up day calories in, and I don't think I'm making very good choices on what to eat, but after restricting myself from favorites for so many months, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to eat them! It will be a learning process, and I *will* adjust, once I have my food fun. :)

Saxy1971 08-24-2012 09:35 AM

Today I am just plain hungry. Had a HB egg with my coffee for breakfast and I already ate my cucumber lunch. It's not even noon, and I have a whole day left to figure out how I'm going to satisfy my hunger on about 170 calories. I'm tentatively planning for tuna with a bit of mayo....but who knows.

Saxy1971 08-27-2012 08:32 AM

First week JUDDDing was pretty easy! Been using the daily weigh-in thread to track my scale progress. I'd say that weighing every day is a benefit for me....I *need* to see those fluctuations to keep me motivated. I hate when the scale gives me a larger number than the day before, but I'm not yet discouraged! I'm enjoying the food....hey, I'm even enjoying the fasting part. I thought for sure that was going to kill me! :)

Let week #2 commence! :)

Saxy1971 08-31-2012 06:21 AM

Ok, end of week #2 is coming around, and I've managed to stay under 200 so far. I think being so close to that number is keeping me motivated--I can't wait to say the same thing about 190.....and 180....and 170. :)

Saxy1971 09-10-2012 05:51 AM

So....after two weekends of not being disciplined with my down days, I'm pretty darn close to where I started with this plan. :( That being said, I'm NOT throwing in the towel! It's a new week....and I'm starting again. Got my Up Day today and have everything planned out. I did start working out again after about a month away from it, so I'm hoping that will play a role in getting this body back in the 190's!

Saxy1971 09-17-2012 05:56 AM

Wow, this TOM has really messed with my scale....AND my head! I went all the way back up to 204 the other day. Looks like I'm back on the way down, but it's making me feel like I need to get MUCH better control over these Up days! I realize my whole problem is weekends. I need to focus on Saturday and Sunday--these 2 days are so, so difficult for me. I guess the good this is that Monday is here, and I'm fully prepared for a good down day! I start my days with coffee during the week. I never drink coffee on weekends.....I wonder if this might help me? I'll check into it this coming weekend. Can't hurt to try it!

Saxy1971 09-19-2012 06:58 AM

Yesterday morning I dipped my toe into Onederland! :) I guess that's what people call a "whoosh"....5 pound loss in a matter of 3 days. Would love to see that again!

I weigh every day....it's kinda like a game to me, and for the most part I don't get upset at the gains--however, today I don't think I would be able to handle seeing 200+ (yesterday was an UD) so I didn't weigh in this morning. I'm curious....but feeling a bit bloated and 'blah' tells me more than stepping on the scale would.

I'm determined to have a fantastic DD today, and we'll see what happens tomorrow when I step on the scale!

Saxy1971 09-20-2012 05:22 AM

Ok, so TECHNICALLY I'm still in Onederland this morning--199.9! Looks good to me....but I've got an up day today, and I'm hungry! :)

zipp2play 09-20-2012 05:37 AM

Lisa, you and I are very similar. It's that ALL or NOTHING mentality!

I don't weigh every day. At most, once a week. Sometimes not even that. It's not for all, but the daily ups/downs mess me up completely!

I look forward to watching your journey!

Saxy1971 09-20-2012 08:00 AM

Hi Monica!

I've had this love/hate relationship with the scale for about a year--I used to weigh just on Sundays, but since starting JUDDD, I get so darn curious about where I'm at, even if I know it won't exactly be accurate. I don't have enough discipline yet to wait....and I certainly couldn't do what you did and let your husband keep track--that would drive me batty, so I admire you for that! ;)

Saxy1971 09-21-2012 06:03 AM

I'm freakin' hungry. That is all. :(

zipp2play 09-21-2012 06:39 AM

Today's a DD for me too! and it is starting out a hungry one! HATE THAT! I keep chugging the water.

About weighing, I started seeing a therapist when I was 39 for a few sessions specifically because of my relationship with food. She point blank told me, you don't have to weigh. At that time, I finally decided I was more than that ###. I was never going to let that number define me anymore. I was horrible to myself. I could define each stage of my life by the SIZE I was. Horrible way to define myself. I was worth more, as is everyone! I went 2 years without weighing at all! Life went on! At the beginning I wanted this "diet" to be more than just the number, which is why DH weighed me. I didn't even ask him questions about it but I would inquire how it was going with him. That being said, I now weigh myself. It doesn't dictate my day anymore and that is what I needed.

Enjoy the festival tonight! Is it going tomorrow too? If so, skip the food and go back tomorrow!!!!!

Saxy1971 09-21-2012 10:09 AM

Thank you for sharing that, Monica--you have such a great attitude to match the good things you're doing with this plan.

I completely messed up my DD about a 1/2 hr ago. Cookies and Cheetos were the victims of my eating rampage. This is the first DD that I really had trouble--usually, I struggle on up days with wanting to eat everything. I feel horrible about it, and want to figure out why I did it.

Oktoberfest is all weekend--and I'm hoping that I'll be able to skip the food and just enjoy the festivities. Going again tomorrow sounds like a good deal--I think we'll do that for lunch!

Now...to get through this day without any more slip-ups!

zipp2play 09-21-2012 11:15 AM

NO worries girl, just make today a mid day and stay in your current rotation! Can you get some protein in you?

zipp2play 09-21-2012 11:16 AM

As for my attitude, it took 39 long years to get there. For way too many years I hate myself for my size....not matter what I was like on the inside!

Saxy1971 09-21-2012 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by zipp2play (Post 15960884)
NO worries girl, just make today a mid day and stay in your current rotation! Can you get some protein in you?

That's a fantastic idea! We've got some turkey breast meat at home that I can eat. Or maybe a whey protein shake..... either one will put me at about 800 cals for the day. I feel a little better now that I faced it head on, and now have a game plan. Still going forward with a regular UP day tomorrow!

Thank you! :heart:

Saxy1971 09-22-2012 08:02 AM

Alright, I made it through the day the best way possible--Had a great time at Oktoberfest--didn't drink any beer! I did have some sauerkraut and a couple potato dumplings. I think holding back on all the other goodies there was a success for me.

Weekends are so tough. I really think I have some sort of issue with food and entitlement. I mean, I get through the week and USUALLY are spot on with my UDs and DDs, and then the weekend comes and I'm telling myself that it's ok to go a little overboartd because I did so well during the week. Maybe that has something to do with us going out to eat almost every weekend.....kinda like a "treat". I don't know.....what I DO know though is that I'm sooooo close to being in the 190's, and I would be so thrilled to be there and not have to worry about hitting that 200 number again. I know this goes against what most people say, but I think I really, really need to focus on the numbers.....at least for now. Because 200 is getting me down, and all I want is to be in Onederland.....always.

zipp2play 09-24-2012 06:27 AM

Lisa, how did the rest of the weekend go??

I find DD's are easier for me on the weekend. I get so hungry at work on DD's that I lose my focus. I am sure you are right about eating out. I don't eat out often at all due to the fact I have Celiac disease and am gluten free. That being said, when I do eat out, I tend to lose control of things a bit. Maybe for now, you try eating home more often where you have more control of portions and food!

Saxy1971 09-24-2012 07:24 AM

Hi Monica! The rest of the weekend was pretty good, eating-wise. We're going to try to reduce eating out a bit, little by little--I think with the cooler Wisconsin weather here, it will be easier since I'll be making more "comfort food" at home, and this way I know EXACTLY what is going in it.

I find myself once again teetering between 200 and 199.....my goal for this month was to get past that and be comfortably into the 190's. Looks like I have a week to straighten out and make some progress!

(Yes, I know it's not a race :) but this week started out pretty good with the attitude, and had a great DD yesterday. So I'm going "balls in" on tracking every single morsel that goes into my mouth this week and see what next Sunday brings!)

Saxy1971 09-25-2012 06:36 AM

Started the day with coffee and some HWC--this was my staple during Atkins, and I'm hoping that it will help stave off the hunger pangs on my DD.

Brought some homemade turkey chili for lunch--my tracker gave it 350 calories. Not sure if that would be accurate or not, but I'm going to eat it no matter what. :)

I wonder what my chances are for stopping the food by 1pm today....and going to bed early....

zipp2play 09-25-2012 09:06 AM

Lisa let me know if that is what you do. I never have luck eating all my stuff early. If I am too hungry at night, I can't sleep. I tend to spread out my calories, but that's just me. Love to know how it goes for you!

So far, my DD is going pretty good. It's already 11:05 a.m.!!!!! The work day is the worst for me. If I get too hungry I tend to snap at anyone I have to deal with....NOT GOOD!

Saxy1971 09-25-2012 09:11 AM

Glad your DD is flying by! I've been sucking down green tea, water, and Cystal Light all morning, trying to ward off the hunger pangs. I'll be happy to eat very soon....and I'll let ya know how that keeps me for the rest of the day. I think I can do it if I am able to get into my pj's, head upstairs with some tea, and watch TV to keep me occupied. (Trouble is, I love watching the food network....haha) :)

Saxy1971 09-26-2012 06:58 AM

Well, the scale is taunting me this morning....I'm .5 away from Onederland once again. Yesterday's DD was pretty awesome. I'm going to try to get as close to 1900 as possible today--started out with a good breakfast, but for some reason I feel more focused at work when I just have coffee. Not sure why that is.

Making tukey enchiladas tonight for dinner....all that cheese and meat should round out the day fairly well!

zipp2play 09-26-2012 11:17 AM

Turkey Enchiladas sound YUMMY! Enjoy girl! Glad your DD went well and oh so very close to ONEderland!

Saxy1971 09-27-2012 05:46 AM

It was awesome. :) I could barely finish one--I probably should have stopped halfway through when I was feeling full, but I didn't. I made it all the way up to 1900 (maybe a bit more, as I had to guesstimate on my recipe)....The scale is showing it today.

Oh well.....Not going to flinch! Got my cucumbers and coffee ready for my DD! :)

zipp2play 09-27-2012 09:20 AM

Sounds like your UD has prepared you well for your DD!

Saxy1971 09-27-2012 10:48 AM

I sure hope so, Monica....Ate my lunch, and I'm still "hungry" - I know it's just my emotions acting up and I can overcome it....Trying so hard to ignore the feeling!

Saxy1971 09-28-2012 06:49 AM

Ended up eating a chocolate bar for last night's dinner. Ugh. :( Went to bed at 7pm, because I was in a crummy mood and felt bad about messing up my DD.

I'm having a real hard time with some fast food cravings...mostly in the afternoon before I get done with work--it used to be a habit for me to hit the drive-thru when I had another job to get to right away. It's been almost a year since I've hadn't had to do that, so I'm not sure why these cravings/desires are starting now. I think some of it is a habit, and some of it is a binging issue......But I got some good suggestions to work on, and will hope to make some progress.

I'm sooooo full this morning! Dug into leftover enchiladas from the other night and had one for breakfast with my coffee! right now I can't even think about eating anything! However, with today being Friday and an UP day, I won't have any problem getting my calories in--we love our friday night fish frys! :)

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