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    Hi Everyone,
    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...
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    Last edited by Alex_1978 : 8th December, 2012 at 10:17 PM

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    Well done! And good luck with JUDDD


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    Good luck on your dd. sounds like you're going to be fine!




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    Well done on your weight loss so far. I have taken the JUDDD plunge for Xmas/maintenance/new way of eating too. I want to lose another 7-10lb over time but am in size 12s just now so I'm happy to do it slowly. I look forward to reading how you get on with JUDDD. x
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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. My first official DD has gone pretty well - even if I do say so myself

    So far I've had
    Sainsburys carrot & coriander soup with half a WW bagel with a scraping of extra light soft cheese (179 calories)
    Home made beef/quorn bolognese with Slim Pasta (170 cals)
    150ml milk - measured but not all used yet (51 cals)
    6 strawberry tic tacs (11 cals)

    And this is what I've got coming up.....
    Frozen summer fruits set in blackcurrant jelly (30 cals)
    100g fresh strawberries (28 cals)
    Options hot chocolate (40 cals)

    That comes in at 499 calories!! I couldn't have planned it better if I'd tried....but to be honest I may not eat everything on the list as it's 7:45pm now and I want to be in bed for 9 ish tonight as it's my first day back at work after a week off.

    So far I feel strangely calm about JUDD which is a miracle for me considering that I've been anxious about the transition for weeks! I did eat a few other bits last night - just a couple of cadbury's chocos and two pieces of hard toffee, but my total for the day was about 1900 which I didn't think was too bad for my first day of freedom!
    As I said, I'm back to work tomorrow and my first day is an UD - I've got porridge, fruit, Heinz Big Soup and half a bagel planned and packed, but I've got a few other healthy bits in my bag that I can nibble if I want to. My evening meal will be a spaghetti bolognese ready meal (about 420 calories), and I may have a little carrot cupcake as my treat for the day.

    I just hope my DD on Tuesday will be as easy as today has been I really am going to LOVE this plan if I manage to maintain on it!
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    Welcome to the best lifestyle ever! Sounds like you had a fab DD, well done

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    Thank you I'm loving it so far...but I guess the proof of the pudding will be on the scales ultimately

    My second UD today has gone really well - I've had porridge for brekkie and soup with half a bagel for lunch. Tea was Tesco light choices tagliatelli with left over roast butternut squash and a pesto bread/dough stick type thing. I've also had SF jelly, fruit, a few choccies and my carrot cupcake (as planned) and I'm on roughly 1600 calories for the day. I say roughly as the cupcake was from a local bakery, but I compared it to an ASDA extra special carrot cupcake at 275 according to MFP. It wasn't a huge one so I think that'll be about right.
    In theory I suppose I should/could have something extra today, but I'm off to bed shortly so it seems a bit daft really. Think I need to get out of the habit of saving all my calories for late in the day...that's something else I've picked up whilst I've been VLCDing.

    Anyway, DD number two tomorrow and it's my first one at work. Think I'll be fine though I've got my skinny soup, crackerbreads, jelly and fruit packed so I'm ready to take it on Need to pick up the last of my Christmas shopping after work so at least I'll be busy, and I've already got my tea cooked so just need to warm it up (I'm not usually this organised!)
    Wednesday is my works Christmas do - I'll be driving, so alcohol won't be a factor but I've ordered the mushrooms, steak with stilton sauce and Bailey's 'pot' for desert. Good job it's an UD really!

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    I'm doing really well with the plan thanks...unfortunately the scales are letting me down a bit. I weighed in yesterday morning after 6 days on plan (3 UDs and 3 DDs done alternately) and was a bit shaken to see that I'd put just shy of 3lbs on. At the midway point on Wednesday morning I'd only put 1lb on so I can only assume this extra weight is due to my big UD on Wednesday night when I had my works do.
    Either way, I'm sticking with Judd for the time being and trying to keep the faith. I'm trying to talk myself into believing that I cannot have gained 3lbs of pure fat when you look at the average of my weekly calories, so it can only be water, or my body's reaction to the swap after so long on a VLCD.
    I'm away staying with friends this weekend which I think will be good for me. Yesterday I was sensible during the day...porridge, soup, WW bagel, berries, yoghurt etc. And for tea we had fish finger sandwiches (haven't had one for so long) but after that I lost the plot a bit and washed it down with a bottle of wine a slice of yule log and a fair amount of chocolate.
    So that was my first uncounted UD (I stopped counting/recording at the time I left work) and today will be my second. I read other peoples diaries and I see that other people eat like this at weekends, but I still haven't got complete faith that I won't keep gaining as a result.
    So my plan is for a DD tomorrow. I can still eat breakfast with my friends before I go home so it won't ruin any plans there. Then I'll have a look at the scales on Monday morning and potentially do another DD if the result isn't good. Tuesday will be an UD but I have the potential to do DDs on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday if I need to in the lead up to Christmas.
    Hope everyone else is doing well
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    Where the scales a little more kind this morning?

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    Sounds to me like a normal JUDDD weight fluctuation. The scales can be very strange when you first start this plan, but it nearly always settles down after a couple of weeks. I'd be very surprised if it does not show a loss or at the worst a STS after 2 weeks!!
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    I haven't dared get on them yet! Let's just say, Saturday was definitely a big UD! I didn't binge during the day but I had chippy fish and chips, Yule log, rose wine, Lindt chocolate and god knows what else during the evening.
    So that's the bad news....the good news is that I got stuck into a DD yesterday despite the fact that I was still with my friends, and I actually managed to end the day on around 400 calories. Today is my second DD and I've only had velvet crunch crisps, skinny soup, SF jelly and milk in tea so far. I think I might have a sneaky peek at the scales tomorrow which will be an UD as I'm at my aunts house for tea.
    After that I have the potential to do another double down, but we'll see what the scales say.
    Thanks for your support though...I keep reassuring myself that things will level out but I'm really panicking after everything I've had this weekend. Hopefully I'll relax if I do see a STS by the end of the week x

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    Well the scales weren't too horrendous when I got on them this morning. The result was 10st 3.75lbs (I was just under 10st 3 last Friday). Today has been a semi-controlled UD....meals have been sensible but I've had a handful of haribos, a biscuit, and half a double decker duo with a hot choccy. Think I've ended the day between 1700 - 1900 calories (depends how naughty my aunts pie was!) so not too bad on balance. Tomorrow and Thursday are both DDs so I'm hoping the week might result in a STS. I can cope with slipping over my goal during Christmas week itself but I'd like to stay the right side of it until then!
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    Just popping in to say that today I love my scales, and I love Judd!! I weighed myself this morning after my UD yesterday to see 10st 1.5lbs looking back at me!! So that's a drop of 2.25lbs after an UD I can only assume that I was still retaining water from my naughty weekend, which has now dropped off
    Today and tomorrow are still planned as DDs even though I'm fairly comfortable with today's weight - it's all about a Christmas buffer now really because looking at my calendar I have about 4 potential DDs until 4th January!! Ah well, I guess I have to remember that there's always IDs to fall back on. 'Normal' people don't gain lbs and lbs just by going out for a meal, so there's no reason for me to make every social event an opportunity to binge.

    I think the thing I'm going to struggle with most over Christmas is my 'now or never' mentality....so I'm going to make a note of a couple of things I want to remember:

    - Not every UD has to be a binge day, and not every meal has to be a gourment feast (i.e. it's okay to just have beans on toast rather than preparing a panini with chicken, roasted peppers, tomato salsa and mozarella (as nice as that would be!))
    - The food will still be there on the next UD, which is just around the corner
    - UDs won't stop after Christmas as long as I'm careful.....this is not a time-limited opportunity to enjoy myself.
    - It's OK to say no and to be selective about what I eat.
    - Think - would I buy this for myself at home and really enjoy it? Am I just eating it to be polite/because it's on my plate/because someone has offered it/because it's in a nibble bowl at the side of me?
    - Would I eat this food, in this quantity in public/amongst family or friends or is this secret eating?
    - Would someone without 'food issues' eat what I've eaten/planning to eat today.
    - Am I really hungry? Does my stomach rumble? Or am I eating for another reason (and if so, is it worth it)?
    - Can I do some exersise today?

    And that's enough to be going on with I think! Obviously I'm not going to run through that list every time I put a chocolate raisin in my mouth (I'd end up crazier than I am now) but they're just things I want to be mindful of based on old patterns of bevaviour...
    Hope everyone else is doing well
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