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27 January 2010 @ 02:07 pm
Started researching the Johnson Up Day Down Day diet (or the JUDDD) and today is 2 weeks on it for me.  Basically dieting as I can't get into the gym because of the Resolutionaries.

Not sure the status of Nashville fit any more as, well, it seems dead as 2 doornails, but figured I would post the details and what it has done for me.

The theory (and you don't have to buy anything as a note) is that on an up day, you eat normally.. and I stress normally... don't stuff your face with 6000 calories because you're worried you might be hungry tomorrow.

The down day (every other day) you eat about a 20%-30% of your resting calories.  You can find information on this here: http://www.johnsonupdaydowndaydiet.com/ along with a bunch of stuff they want to sell you.  I've found thus far I need nothing they sell.

From the simple caloric standpoint, you're dropping about 1/3rd of your calories, which for an average 2500 calorie diet means dropping 5775 calories a week (or 1.65 pounds @ 3500 calories a pound), 4620 cals a week on a 2000 cal diet (1.32 pounds)

The caloric reduction is evident, the mental aspects of it are interesting as well... on a general diet I was always annoyed that I couldn't have the food I wanted... on the Juddd I can have it the next day if I want it.  I've found that on up days I don't really go hog wild or feel the need to stuff my face, and the calories are about where they should be for maintenance.  On the down days, I plan some meals, low cal snacks, and try to not watch the food network.

Generally not hungry, but energy levels a little lower.

2 weeks now, did the average male "drop 5 pounds in the first week" thing, and am now at 8 pounds down from my weigh in 2 weeks ago (which means I lost nearly 3 pounds on a non-first-week-loss)

So anyway, if you're wanting to try it

week 1
eat normally day 1
Day 2 eat ~20% of your resting rate (basal metabolic rate, not your average calories per day, these  weeks are hard)

week 3
you can increase your down day calories to a higher percentage

Exercise lightly on down days (if you do) -for the first couple of weeks while your body starts learning to burn fat for energy again.
Get protein for mental energy (egg whites = lots of protein, very low calories.. combine with zucchini and some tomato for an omelet that is filling and low calories.  Alternately get a protein shake)
Weigh yourself once a week on the morning of an up day (you'll be at your lightest)
Don't expect the first week's results to continue past the 2nd week... the trick there is you're losing some of the food you're carrying in your belly.  You carry roughly 6-10 pounds in there... after a week it's down to whatever you eat or dink on an up day.

And it goes without saying, but if you're miserable, stop...
03 January 2006 @ 06:12 pm
Hey gang, I know a lot of people are doing the new year resolution thing, thought of something that might help.

I've been keeping a LJ log every time I go to the gym or excersize for the past 21 weeks, I wonder if anyone is up for posting their progress in here / perhaps make a "biggest loser" sort of theme?

Just a thought
08 August 2005 @ 09:29 pm
Hey... walking helps! I lost 5 pounds.
24 July 2005 @ 10:25 pm
Anyone know what their rates are like? I have a two-week free trial pass, but I don't want to get into a routine of going there if it's a lot more expensive than the Y.

22 July 2005 @ 10:40 pm
So, while my mother and step-dad were outside for a little run, I was sitting at home nursing a owie in my calf area. I've been a total boob all week because I slacked during the first part, and managed to injure the calf area during the second part. Hence, I can't run or bike (which I totally planned to do this weekend with my dear old ma), nor is there a place for me to swim. :-( The point to this post?

My mom recently bought my step-dad (who's retired) a set of hand weights to keep at home. I spied them, and decided to do SOMETHING energetic despite my owie. They only had 10lbs and 20lbs, and I usually do about 12-15, so I settled for 10lbs. So I did a nice round of 3x10 reps of biceps, triceps, twisties, shoulders, presses, and pecs. Then I intersperced with some ab exercises and 3x2 minute wall sits. All and all I think I saved the day!

What a great IDEA, having a set of weights in your house! That way, on days where I can't get to the gym (most days that is) because I work until it's closed...I can still get some are weights in! Instead of plopping in front of the tv on the couch, I can do the arm weights WHILE watching tv (or without TV) and be extra fit! Oh what a good thinking! Now, why hadn't I thought of this before! Hurrah for retired people who have all the good ideas! :-) Thanks ma!
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22 July 2005 @ 10:44 am
What are your fitness goals?

I am still in the process of defining mine. Now that I have moved I am going to take advantage of the fitness center in this community.
22 July 2005 @ 10:01 am
Tell me why Nashville (or if you really think so) NYC is the best place to get in shape and have fun doing it!

Top 10 reasons to move back to NYC:

Top 10 reasons to stay in Nashville:
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20 July 2005 @ 08:08 am

I've got 2 Dave Matthews Band concert tickets for tonight's show!  I'm only trying to make my money back, so They are about $70 per ticket ($59.50 + 9.25+ 3.75 tax, etc...)  One good thing about all the fees (from what I was told) is that it includes parking at the Starwood Amphitheater, so that's not an extra expense.  They are reserved covered seats,  Sec 9, Row Z, Seats 19-20.  Please reply if you are interested and we can work out a meeting and exchange!!!


14 July 2005 @ 11:08 pm
so I thought i'd do the giving up choc. thing for this week. not the right week to be giving up choc. i failed.

but i realized. I've not eaten fast food at all this week. so i'm going to finish the week on that.

and then maybe tackle the chocolate thing next week.
13 July 2005 @ 11:47 pm

well, i've been working out cardio for about a year now.
lots of walking and bellydance. some biking and jogging.
just started weights 6 months ago.

doing well. have lost about 15 pounds, a few inches and 6% or so body fat.

however. this last week. family reunion and mom still in town with sister.
read: stress.

chips, dip, ice cream, eating out 2-3 times a day...
and rarely any trips to the gym.


i hate the way i feel and look this week. but i know logically i can't have gained that much.


high school reunion and dragon*con coming up. i must feel my best!!

i just read in prevention that wearing red and a belt on fat days really helps.
here's to that, everyone!

and i wanted to send encouragement to any of you having fat times right now.
i know that after i get in a week of steady exercise i'll feel pretty much back to good.
just get out there and working on it.

harding place Y is starting cardio bellydance for the summer starting on the 25th. anyone else interested?
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