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by DaveMc
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Ninth year
Replies: 7
Views: 3639

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by DaveMc
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Ninth year
Replies: 7
Views: 3639

Thanks, Richard, but are you saying I need a better conclusion to my testimonial? :) Because there isn't one, I'm not done yet ... (Or is "Richard" perhaps a bot?)
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Ninth year
Replies: 7
Views: 3639

Ninth year

Wow, nine years already? I'm back to report another year on habit: vanilla NoS, no special rules or mods. I don't have any numbers to report, since I no longer weigh myself and I don't think our scale is actually working at the moment. Qualitatively, I think I'm about the same as I was a year ago, s...
by DaveMc
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: No S'ing since 2006
Replies: 6
Views: 3318

Only in the NoS world would someone say they had been following it for "only" five years! :) Congrats to you both.
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Eighth year
Replies: 3
Views: 4101

Eighth year

Hi everyone! Another year, another update. Another year on habit! This year, the results are flat in term of my weight: no major losses, but no major gains, either. But given the [bleep] I've had going on over this past year, maintenance is a [bleep]in' triumph, and I will absolutely count it as a s...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Sixth year
Replies: 10
Views: 11421

I'm always curious about whether people are actually (maybe secretly?) aware that they are eating more and the weight gain is no surprise but maybe a confirmation. Or did you really feel you were eating about the same and the body turns out to need less at this point? I know my hunger levels have c...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Seventh year
Replies: 9
Views: 9248

Not having read all your years of reports, I apologize if you've covered this but have you altered at all over the years what you put on your plate or is it truly just less of the same? Fewer refined carbs or more veggies perhaps? Not deliberately ... But then again, I was already trying to have a ...
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Seventh year
Replies: 9
Views: 9248

Seventh year

Hi everyone, I'm checking in after another "year on habit" with NoS. Here's last year's post in case you want to see that: https://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=162007&highlight=#162007 (And that one links again to the previous year, so you can follow me back into the dawn of time if you're...
by DaveMc
Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: 7!!!! years of NoS and *still* loving it!
Replies: 14
Views: 15380

Congratulations, Vicki!
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Sixth year
Replies: 10
Views: 11421

Sixth year

Greetinigs, NoSers! I'm very late for my NoS anniversary update, this year. It's been quite a busy month. When last seen, I had regained 10 of the 20 pounds I lost in my first year of NoS (followed by a good three years of maintenance): http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=151807&highlight=...
by DaveMc
Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Can We Please Go Back to No-S?
Replies: 20
Views: 13993

Hi Noel, just dropping by to add a "welcome back" from another member of the "old guard" -- I think I can count myself as a member of that group. I'm still NoS-ing, and boldly verbing nouns and inserting hyphens where I'm not sure they're required. :)
by DaveMc
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: KCCC's Yearly Check In (was 2012 Check In)
Replies: 24
Views: 23856

Hi KCCC, congratulations on a great year!
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: think i finally hit rock bottom with my "f" it att
Replies: 10
Views: 4978

Perhaps relevant snippet from the No S Diet book: Hey, that sounds like a terrific book! :) (I've bought it several times, now: the extra copies are to hand out to people I think might benefit from it. I was also thinking of leaving some on the subway, just to generally benefit humankind, but I've ...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Fifth year
Replies: 8
Views: 11063

Fifth year

Hi all, It's that time of year again: yesterday was my fifth NoS anniversary. If you'd like to see all my previous anniversary posts, here they are: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=134926 http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=122076 http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t...
by DaveMc
Fri May 30, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New to No S'ing
Replies: 3
Views: 2453

Welcome! I'm coming up on the five-year mark of following NoS, so I guess you could say that I've found it to be pretty sustainable. :)
by DaveMc
Mon May 05, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Birthday check-in, lost 33 pounds in 9 months!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 9849

The fourth S: "See? Told ya." :)
by DaveMc
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Kids! Cookies! Aggghhh!
Replies: 10
Views: 4492

Yeah, sometimes I think, "OK, for this I'll take the red" and just go ahead.
by DaveMc
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Fourth year
Replies: 10
Views: 13057

Heh. Well, after all this self-congratulation (and non-self-congratulation), I went and had a failure, today. I was feeling sick, but not enough to really qualify it as an "S for Sick" day, yet I went and ate some chocolate anyway. On the other hand, I just spent an absurd two weeks getting over so...
by DaveMc
Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Vacation Advice
Replies: 14
Views: 5893

I'm amazed by people who can stick to NoS while on vacation, but it's not a trick I've learned, myself. I take vacation days as S days, and hope that it all averages out in the end. About the only concession I make is to sort of vaguely try to have especially moderate S days when there are a lot of ...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Five, count 'em, five years of NoS (and still loving it!)
Replies: 13
Views: 17565

My turn to congratulate you! That's terrific.
by DaveMc
Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Needing a pep talk/positive input
Replies: 13
Views: 4760

Well, you've got one incredibly positive thing going for you: you don't have to wonder if you can succeed with NoS. You already have, tremendously well! You apparently want to succeed *more*, sure, but for most people succeeding in the first place is the hard part. One day at a time! You can do it! ...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New member with questions
Replies: 6
Views: 3148

Guy, here, and I've just celebrated my fourth NoS anniversary. I lost about 20 pounds over the first year, and I've kept it off for the three years since then. I've found it very effective, and it actually gets easier to maintain as time goes on, rather than harder. Most diets get harder and harder ...
by DaveMc
Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Fourth year
Replies: 10
Views: 13057

Heh. Well, after all this self-congratulation (and non-self-congratulation), I went and had a failure, today. I was feeling sick, but not enough to really qualify it as an "S for Sick" day, yet I went and ate some chocolate anyway. I put myself down for a red in my HabitCal, because I consider inten...
by DaveMc
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hi,newbie here
Replies: 19
Views: 6147

Re: Hi,newbie here

(im hoping to lose about a stone,but am not in a great hurry) You may need to remind yourself of that last bit, as you go along: NoS has many virtues, but speed is not (usually) one of them! On the other hand, what other approaches are usually fast at doing is bouncing your weight up and down like ...
by DaveMc
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Fourth year
Replies: 10
Views: 13057

reinhard wrote:Congratulations and thank you!
No, thank you! First for creating NoS, and second for the over-the-top flattery. (You've now compared me, in different to testimonials, to both Odysseus and Buddha. It's too much, but I appreciate it. And heck, I'll take it. :) )
by DaveMc
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: eSchano Yearly Check-in
Replies: 39
Views: 37192

Congratulations, that's great! I remember that I used to think, when I saw some thin person walking down the street eating a giant ice cream cone or something, "How can they eat that sort of thing and not be fat?" After starting No S, I realized that there's actually an answer to that question: "Occ...
by DaveMc
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Fourth year
Replies: 10
Views: 13057

Fourth year

Hi everyone, Well, here we are again: my No S anniversary. I started on July 6, 2009. If you want to see previous annual posts, here they are: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=122076 http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7816 http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6595 An...
by DaveMc
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The SAD Life
Replies: 5
Views: 2836

That's funny! One of the comments on the article over at the NYT site was interesting (italics mine): Weight Watchers own scientists--ie, not objective, third-party scientists--can only document a success rate of about a five pound loss over a two year period. If I spent two years thinking about lif...
by DaveMc
Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts that I just have to write to understand
Replies: 77
Views: 29921

oolala: "cattywompers"! I love it. Is that a common term where you live, or is that your own invention? Either way, I'm stealing it. :)
by DaveMc
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 10 weeks in + getting nervous
Replies: 37
Views: 17425

Something we often note about hunger: it can help to think of it, instead, as "having an appetite". This is something people used to do, between meals. They'd work up an appetite for the next one. Looking forward (even keenly) to your next meal is definitely not an emergency.
by DaveMc
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 10 weeks in + getting nervous
Replies: 37
Views: 17425

I voted "Stick to vanilla", and I think you should hold out for as long as possible before you start making mods. It's all too easy to mod yourself right out of NoS and back into a too-restrictive "diet" rather than a sustainable pattern of moderate eating. But congratulations on how well you're doi...
by DaveMc
Wed May 15, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Can't make it from lunch to dinner
Replies: 12
Views: 5152

I think this is one of the things can be most surprising about NoS: The fact that it's *simple* does not in any way mean that it's *easy*. Especially when you're first getting started, it's incredibly hard to get out of the habit of snacking. It's probably not much consolation, but it really does ge...
by DaveMc
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Get ready for the new diet craze...
Replies: 13
Views: 4299

When I saw "Aztec diet", I went and looked up the typical mass of the human heart. Turns out to be well under a pound, so the amount of weight loss due to having your heart ripped out on a sacrificial altar would be minimal.

The chia seed thing makes more sense, I guess.
by DaveMc
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Funny article on pop/soda
Replies: 10
Views: 6072

Funny article on pop/soda

Hi all, I was just reading this article and it made me think of NoS: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/11/alt-text-healthy-sugar-water/ A bit from the beginning: I still find it hilarious that Coca-Cola was invented as a health drink. It’s as if someone set out to invent a device to restore life...
by DaveMc
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Shame-faced self-promotion
Replies: 0
Views: 3956

Shame-faced self-promotion

It's like shameless self-promotion, but with added shame! Here's the thing: I'm a scientist, and I'm currently involved in a somewhat peculiar grant selection process. We had to write a research proposal, but in addition to that, we were asked to produce a two-minute video describing the proposed pr...
by DaveMc
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Are there any men here?
Replies: 16
Views: 14154

Male, here.
by DaveMc
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A civil engineering metaphor and Mireille Guiliano
Replies: 12
Views: 7066

I like concrete metaphors *and* abstract metaphors. :)
by DaveMc
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Criticisms for Intuitive Eating?
Replies: 34
Views: 12831

There may be people in the world for whom intuitive eating would work, but I'm definitely not one of them. I'd venture to guess that most of us are here because we don't intuitively eat just the right amount of just the right foods. NoS gives me just enough structure to be effective, and it's become...
by DaveMc
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A civil engineering metaphor and Mireille Guiliano
Replies: 12
Views: 7066

I always enjoy a good civil engineering metaphor! Thanks for sharing.
by DaveMc
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Third year
Replies: 6
Views: 7882

This is how I set NoS up from the very beginning--it just fit into our family's lifestyle right from the very beginning. I never even considered it a mod--just two normal S days that happened to be Friday and Sunday. To make it really canonical, we should change the spellings to sFriday and fSaturd...
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Third year
Replies: 6
Views: 7882

Oh, and one thing I was going to note for the record: My mod of taking S days on Fridays and Sundays is still going strong, a little over two years after I started using it. It still works better for me to have one working day a week be an S day, and to have the two S days separated by an N day.
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Third year
Replies: 6
Views: 7882

Third year

Well, it's that time of year again: July 2012 is my third NoS anniversary. Last year's post is here: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7816 Not much to add, this year. I had a blip of weight gain, brought on by throwing moderation to the wind during a family trip to Greece. But when we g...
by DaveMc
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Not panicking
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Well, I weighed myself the other day, and the number was 7 pounds lighter than what I saw a month ago. So there. :) Take that, scale! [Strictly speaking, if the one a month ago could be anomalously high, the one a week ago could also be anomalously low, but I'm choosing to assume that the high one i...
by DaveMc
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Not panicking
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Not panicking

Hi everyone, I'm not dead, I've just been away from the boards for a long while, during a particularly busy stretch at work. But I thought I'd drop by to mention something (then I really need to get back to work!): I put on about ten pounds on a family vacation in December, when I dropped NoS for th...
by DaveMc
Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No S & The Holidays
Replies: 10
Views: 4108

walkerlori wrote:I'm a big fan of pomegranates. I'll eat the seeds as my lunchtime dessert or mix them in yogurt for breakfast.
I guess that's fine, if you don't mind spending six months of the year in the underworld. :)
by DaveMc
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: This No S community
Replies: 14
Views: 5493

Yes, everyone here is terrific. Well, except that one person. You know who you are.

Kidding, kidding! It really is a remarkably nice group, here.
by DaveMc
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A vaguely amusing difficulty.
Replies: 9
Views: 3538

I think it would count as a problem if you start writing yourself into scenes where you're forced to eat entire pies in the name of comedy. :)
by DaveMc
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: First weigh-in. Aaaagh!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3098

"Oh my, I *gained* weight!" is probably the single most common cause of panic (and premature quitting) in newcomers. Your conversation with yourself about being less obsessed with food sounds exactly right, to me: remind yourself that you aren't defined by the number on the scale! As I've often rema...
by DaveMc
Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Have your taste buds changed?
Replies: 10
Views: 3447

I find fruit a lot sweeter-tasting than I used to, probably because of the lack of contrast with sugary-sweet other stuff during the week.
by DaveMc
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lunch to Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 6830

Another thing to bear in mind is that is *does* get easier over time! When I started a couple of year ago, those gaps between meals were *tough*, and if dinner with the missus was going to be delayed for some reason, I'd often have to eat ahead of her, 'cause I just couldn't wait. Now, going six or ...
by DaveMc
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lunch to Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 6830

Re: Lunch to Dinner

Please assure me I really can make it from lunch to dinner. I need to know that it's possible. Let me assure you, it's possible, and you can do it! Lots of people do. Virtually *everyone* used to, before eating between meals became the norm -- that was around the time when everyone in the west star...
by DaveMc
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Trouble Committing...
Replies: 4
Views: 2384

The idea is to avoid snacking in between meals, but there's nothing that says the number of meals needs to be three. It could be, for example, two. I guess if you're eating dessert every day you're doing a sort of "one S diet", but if that worked for you there'd be no reason not to try it -- but loo...
by DaveMc
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: gained five pounds
Replies: 9
Views: 3392

Your approach and attitude strike me as exactly right! You've given it enough of a run that considering changes isn't premature, and you're wisely looking for ones that you can sustain, rather than panicking and lurching into huge changes that would probably never last. Best of luck! (EDIT: Y'know, ...
by DaveMc
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Feeling hungry and LIKING it?!?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Huh, I hadn't thought about the anoxeria angle (possibly because anoxeria wouldn't be among the top 200 ailments anyone would suspect me of!) But yeah, keeping yourself perpetually starving isn't moderation, it's being extreme in the opposite direction. Fortunately, there's quite a lot of room on th...
by DaveMc
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Feeling hungry and LIKING it?!?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Congratulations to you both, you're well on your way to being as weird as a lot of us around here are. :) If we were the Scouts, you'd have just earned your "Enjoyed Feeling Peckish" badge.
by DaveMc
Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Floating S Days
Replies: 10
Views: 3481

Re: Floating S Days

I recently read how DaveMc has S Days on Friday and Sunday (which doesn't sound too bad to me), which then reminded me that floating S Days could be an option as well. For the record, I introduced that mod after a good while on "vanilla" (unmodified) NoS -- I think it was after most of a year, mayb...
by DaveMc
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lancet Research on Obesity
Replies: 13
Views: 6040

The other thing that seems obvious to us NoS-ers is that 240 calories doesn't need to be all *that* steep: most people probably eat at least that much in the form of snacks every day. So stop doing that. :)
by DaveMc
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: a question about hunger
Replies: 6
Views: 2721

I commented on this is my two-year "testimonial": http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7816 In brief, if you're talking about real *pain*, most people find that passes in the first few weeks or so. If it doesn't, you may have a medical issue that needs to be resolved. But after that first a...
by DaveMc
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Things that you consider a "sweet"
Replies: 23
Views: 7176

It's definitely a matter of refining your personal definitions and seeing what works for you. That said, I think muffins have gotten a free ride for long enough, darn it. Nobody thinks cupcakes are health food, but somehow because some muffins have bran in them, the entire category basks in a wholes...
by DaveMc
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Recipes that will make you die laughing!
Replies: 15
Views: 7648

If you like wry-ranging-to-snarky commentary on the cultural detritus of the past, I'd highly recommend James Lileks' stuff. His "Gallery of Regrettable Food" is a tour through mid-twentieth century American cookbooks, with hilarious remarks on each hideous new dish: http://www.lileks.com/institute/...
by DaveMc
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: eggs for breakfast!
Replies: 16
Views: 5575

I'm glad they emphasized that this effect was because it led people to eat less later in the day. Too often, the "eat a hearty breakfast" advice is presented as if it's straight-up magic: eat more, and lose more weight! "Eat more, then eat less" is a lot less glamorous, but makes infinitely more sen...
by DaveMc
Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: another question - weight loss expectancy
Replies: 12
Views: 4349

Just to chime in with another point of reference: I lost about 20 pounds in my first year (and I've been stable ever since, into year two). So that's less than half a pound a week.
by DaveMc
Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Water Weight
Replies: 5
Views: 1897

I guess if I gained 5 pounds overnight I would know that it can't possibly be 5 pounds of fat. Is it physiologically possible to gain 5 pounds of fat in one day? :shock: I don't know? I don't know, either, but it's at least unlikely! This is my understanding, too: that is, that it's a question of t...
by DaveMc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Real Reason We're Gaining Weight
Replies: 15
Views: 6303

Thanks for the link, that seems like a conceptual extension of the earlier study Reinhard often cites in support of the proposition that most of the increase in eating comes in the form of snacks. This more recent study comes to a similar conclusion. PLoS (Public Library of Science), where this new ...
by DaveMc
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Study: drinking water to lose weight
Replies: 12
Views: 5349

I thought I read somewhere that drinking water before meals can actually hinder the body from taking in all the nutrients from the food we are about to eat..now, I don't know if that is true... The Mayo Clinic seems to think it's not: There's no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices o...
by DaveMc
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No S mention in Paleo blogosphere
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

"Paleo blogosphere" makes me picture the Lascaux cave ... :)
by DaveMc
Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: If you started in June/July/Aug/Sept - Stop in :)
Replies: 47
Views: 13890

I started in July ... of 2009. Hang in there!
by DaveMc
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Partners' Participation
Replies: 19
Views: 6645

Thalia, tell your husband if he wants to gain weight to limit his calories enough to make him feel cranky and preoccupied with food for a week or two and then let go and gorge for a few weeks. Then repeat the cylce several times. It's worked for millions of dieters; it should work for him. That's v...
by DaveMc
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: First week. Three pound gain.
Replies: 10
Views: 3361

Re: First week. Three pound gain.

How long do I need to stick with this before I start seeing results? A lot longer than a week, I'm afraid. I'd urge you to give yourself time to establish the habits firmly, before you worry too much about weight loss. Months, anyway. The more you can think long term, the better this will work -- m...
by DaveMc
Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: No S is a lifesaver!
Replies: 7
Views: 7007

Congratulations! That's great to hear.
by DaveMc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: How long did it take for your S day's to calm down???
Replies: 19
Views: 8185

I didn't really keep track, but I think it was over at least the first six months or so -- maybe longer! Two months is probably too soon to worry. Are N days now fully under control, for you? If not, that's always the recommended place to start ... Truly I find my weekends quite discouraging to say ...
by DaveMc
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Dropped off a book at the doctor's office this morning
Replies: 9
Views: 3695

And thank you for being a "Gideon" of no-s. :-) Hotel rooms! I was just wondering where else one could deposit NoS books ... My local library, unfortunately, can't offer me any guarantee that they would actually put donated books into the circulating collection, rather than selling them to raise mo...
by DaveMc
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: It's okay to binge, as long as it's low-cal!
Replies: 20
Views: 8527

Come now, we Americans aren't the only ones who still occassionally use the Queen's measurements. I asked the Queen last week, and she said it's OK to start using metric. "It's just simpler," she said. :) However, I don't actually care what units people use. Sometimes I put on my Exasperated Scient...
by DaveMc
Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Just one S?
Replies: 11
Views: 4339

Welcome! I think you're going to like NoS, and I hope it helps you as much as it's helped so many of us. I introduced all three S's at the same time, but everyone is indeed different, and in general the idea is that the bar should be set at a point where you think, "Gee, I can do *that*, no problem!...
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: It's okay to binge, as long as it's low-cal!
Replies: 20
Views: 8527

I had to look up what a "pint" is, by the way. For anyone else in the same boat, it's apparently 473 mL (in the U.S.) -- nearly half a litre! So a 2 L tub of ice cream is just over four servings? Yikes. [EDIT: Unless, of course, they mean the "dry pint", which would be 551 mL. Ice cream is a bit of ...
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: It's okay to binge, as long as it's low-cal!
Replies: 20
Views: 8527

Y'know, it's almost as if the food industry does not have the public's best interests at heart ...

Food designed to support you in being as thoroughly gluttonous as possible -- it's like the anti-NoS!
by DaveMc
Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: 3 Year Anniversary of NoS! It only gets better.....
Replies: 12
Views: 17326

Fantastic! I love hearing long-term success stories like yours, I think it's where NoS really beats the competition most decisively. Well done, and congratulations on your continued success.
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Between meal hunger
Replies: 27
Views: 10952

Re: Between meal hunger

WHAT CAN I TRY TO SUBSTITUTE FOR SNACKING???? The smart-aleck answer, of course, is: Not snacking. More seriously, that feeling of being hungry before your next meal is something that you can grow accustomed to. Maybe try reframing "being hungry" as "having an appetite", and see if that helps you v...
by DaveMc
Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Is exercise making you fat?
Replies: 33
Views: 12951

KCCC wrote:We should be a writing team. I'll call it like it is, then you can make it sound catchy.
I'm happy to supply headlines, whenever needed!
by DaveMc
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Imperfect? You can still get results
Replies: 11
Views: 11234

Congratulations, that's great!
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Second year
Replies: 10
Views: 12699

I wouldn't get too concerned over the dr's scales - they are notorious for adding 10 lbs to one's real weight (at the very least, from my own experience!) Alas, in this case I think this has not happened. In honour of my up-coming anniversary, I'd weighed in a few times over the previous week (norm...
by DaveMc
Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Going to give it a try...
Replies: 19
Views: 7103

(I will stop hijacking this thread after this) I have occasionally found myself working on computers where the language is set to US English and I just find it really confusing! Too late, this thread is jacked! I normally don't apologize (we spell that either way, here, but I tend to use the "z" ve...
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Is exercise making you fat?
Replies: 33
Views: 12951

A truer headline would be something like "Is over-estimating your calorie burn and using a minimal amount of exercise as an excuse for eating the maximum amount of extra food making you fat?" It wouldn't sell, but it would identify what the real problem is. Maybe we can make it catchier ... How abo...
by DaveMc
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Second year
Replies: 10
Views: 12699

Second year

When last seen, our hero had just completed his first year of NoS eating: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6595 And now, the saga continues ... July 2011 marks my two-year anniversary on NoS. (My NoS anniversary is the day after my wedding anniversary, so it's easy enough to remember.) ...
by DaveMc
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Going to give it a try...
Replies: 19
Views: 7103

Thanks for the support, guys and gals. The macro breakdown of the meals is something I'll shoot for, but not let it ruin my day if I don't hit that mark. That sounds like exactly the right approach. The main "danger" of trying to change too many eating behaviours (sorry for the extra "u", I'm Canad...
by DaveMc
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Is exercise making you fat?
Replies: 33
Views: 12951

I've often heard the thing about muscle burning more than fat, but one should be a bit cautious about getting too excited about that as a source of calorie burning. Estimates vary widely -- spend some time following the search term "how much fat does muscle burn" down various rabbit holes around the...
by DaveMc
Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Is exercise making you fat?
Replies: 33
Views: 12951

My first thought was "No, no it's not" -- but I realize that that's because I'm following NoS, so how much I eat has nothing to do with what else happens during the day.
by DaveMc
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Question for long-time No S'ers
Replies: 7
Views: 3699

I thought I remembered someone posting that they'd been very successful with the "one S at a time" approach, and sure enough, I found a link to it from the main NoS page: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6287 Reinhard's comment on the front page is: "I've often thought that gradually pr...
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Sienna's Annualish Check-In: The First Year
Replies: 17
Views: 16751

Fantastically well done! (Both your success in your first year, and in how wonderfully you've presented it. Great stuff.) It's stories like this that awaken the NoS evangelist in me ... I want to get the address of everyone in North America and mail them a copy of the book ... Seriously, if Oprah Wi...
by DaveMc
Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: HELP, need encouragement
Replies: 32
Views: 11497

Re: HELP, need encouragement

Did anyone go thru this? I know the book says so but to the extent I did yesterday? Welcome! You're doing fine. As we like to joke around here, there are two kinds of NoS-ers: 1. People who admit that they've had some hugely over-the-top S days; and 2. Liars. :) Like many have said, it takes a whil...
by DaveMc
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: hungry
Replies: 22
Views: 7863

I've actually come to really enjoy feeling hungry for my next meal. If you say this to people, they often think you're a masochist or taking your life in your hands by allowing your stomach to ever be less than full (think of your blood sugar!), but it really is true that hunger is the best sauce. (...
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New with question
Replies: 14
Views: 5188

Well, I think we need to make a distinction between encouraging people to go crazy, and encouraging people not to add extra rules in an effort to *prevent* themselves from going crazy. Wow, that was a convoluted sentence. :) But the point is, the "going crazy" part often fixes itself over time, wher...
by DaveMc
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New with question
Replies: 14
Views: 5188

Re: New with question

But my first two weekends with S days ... Well, now, I'm gonna stop you right there. It's very difficult (and potentially problem-causing) to conclude *anything* after just a couple of weeks of NoS. I'd say give yourself time, and plenty of it (months!) before you start making any major adjustments...
by DaveMc
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Orthdoxy -- when the rules stop making sense to me
Replies: 32
Views: 11412

BrightAngel wrote:
Who Me? wrote:you guys really are special.
I totally agree with Who Me's above quoted statement. Image
There's a "group hug" emoticon? Technology really is wonderful. :)
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: 10% goal
Replies: 10
Views: 10131

That's great to hear! Not just the numbers, but the way you're on a sustainable path -- great!
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Sophiasapientia's "During" Story
Replies: 13
Views: 11757

Wonderful. Congratulations!
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Orthdoxy -- when the rules stop making sense to me
Replies: 32
Views: 11412

If you're very much in control of when you really need to eat and when you don't, perhaps you don't really need NoS ... though as you say, it does provide a very useful structure that a lot of people find helpful even if they aren't trying to lose weight (or not trying to lose very much). For me, th...
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Egyptian Mummy Paradox
Replies: 11
Views: 4434

Right, sorry, wosnes. Your point that not everything has to be about diet is well taken! I have to admit that I found the original article's point somewhat persuasive, though: as I understand it, the issue was that people were using the blocked arteries in ancient mummies as an anti-carb argument, a...
by DaveMc
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:40 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Egyptian Mummy Paradox
Replies: 11
Views: 4434

Well, to be fair, a lot of diets require you to check your brains at the door. The Mummy Diet is just more explicit about it than most. NoS, fortunately, is fully compatible with intact brains. (Edit: Oof, this may come across as more harsh than I intended. No offence meant, all around, it's intende...
by DaveMc
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: The Egyptian Mummy Paradox
Replies: 11
Views: 4434

Ha -- the slimming secrets of the dead: Never Eat Again, Lose Weight, Get That Skeletal Physique You've Always Wanted! Exactly! The Mummy Diet is going to happen, it's just a matter of time. Just follow these simple steps: 1) die; 2) have all your internal organs removed (losing dozens and dozens o...