My name's Alex, and I'm a newcomer to this corner of the forum, but not to Minimins or dieting in general as you can tell from my stats!
I won't ramble too much about my story, as it's well documented on other parts of the forum, but basically I started my weight loss journey back in 2001 at 20st 11lbs. I've done every diet you can think of along the way, but the most recent has been a VLCD which I started in September 2011. I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to say that I've finally reached (and surpassed) my goal weight, which was 10st 5lbs...but now I need a plan for Christmas and for maintenance in general.
Doing a VLCD was the best thing I could've done for myself at the time. I took food out of the equation, the weight dropped off quickly to begin with at least, and I rediscovered my motivation for weight loss. However I've been on 650 calories for so long that I am literally terrified of increasing my calories, losing control and gaining weight back on again.
So far since getting to goal I've increased my calories to 850-1200 and I haven't gained yet! If Christmas wasn't around the corner I'd probably carry on increasing calories slowly and then make the switch when I was up to about 1500. Sadly, time is against me as I have a Christmas do on Wednesday and then I'm away staying with friends next weekend so won't be able to restrict calories to stay within my current comfort zone.
Which is how I came to be starting Judd today! I figured that I just needed to take the plunge, start this plan on a completely normal day when there's no need to overindulge, and I can keep an element of control. Tomorrow will be a DD, Monday UD, Tuesday DD and then it's my first indulgent UD on Wednesday.
To be honest I'm bricking it about the potential weight gain...not because I don't trust Judd, more because I don't trust my body! I'd be far more relaxed if it wasn't for Christmas but at the moment I feel worried that if I do have a big gain this week, then I won't have chance to reassess and do something about it, because there'll be another social event to navigate and another and another...
Anyway, that's the negative slant over with...what I'm reminding myself is that I do have 5lbs to play with as I'm currently 5lbs below goal. I also don't mind too much if I start the new year a couple or so lbs above goal. So I guess I've got a good half stone to play with really. I am realistic that I will probably gain over the Christmas week itself, but I am desperate to rein myself in the rest of the time, have treats when I fancy them but do it like 'normal'people do, without chomping their way through a whole box of celebrations in one sitting! Last year I gained 18lbs over Christmas but I know for definite that I've come too far to allow myself to do that again!
Anyway, that's enough of my self indulgent rambling....I do get a bit too analytical at times!
Today I've had a sachet of porridge with milk and a few sultanas, a skinny cappuccino, a panini with chicken, mozzarella and tomato relish (400 cals) and half a bag of Malteasers. Tonight I'm having a salmon fillet with roast carrots, butternut squash and sweet potato, and I'll probably have a slice of chocolate Tiffin/tray bake later and maybe an options hot chocolate. The Malteasers and the Tiffin are the only things that feel naughty really. But I'm going to have them and enjoy them, as tomorrow is a DD and I'll be having mostly soup, fresh fruit and jelly!
Well I'd better go as my tea is nearly ready and I've probably bored you half to death by now!
I'll look forward to getting to know you all soon, and I just hope Judd works as well for me as it does for all of you I've been stalking diaries for a while now and I'm so reassured that others have made the switch, even had bingey days and not ruined their losses...