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by harpista
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Article: Denmark's Plan for Childhood Obesity
Replies: 7
Views: 5391

Never heard of not permitting walking or biking to school. Is it a dangerous neighborhood? Maybe terrible traffic? If not, that is a terrible shame. To take away the chance to develop the habit of walking for transportation. Aaargh! But maybe it's a safety issue. To my knowledge (and casual Googlin...
by harpista
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Shovelglove General Discussion
Topic: SISU War Hammer by Rogue Fitness
Replies: 2
Views: 8427

SISU War Hammer by Rogue Fitness

Couldn't find mention of this by searching the forum... SISU War Hammer by Rogue Fitness Prepare yourself for hyperbole, but it might be a useful product(?). Mikko Salo Inspired The Rogue War Hammer is an indestructible training weapon designed with a seven gauge loadable steel head. The Hammer's we...
by harpista
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Keeping my head above water, if just. All year long I have weighed between about 318-328 and I have had few, or no, totally successful N-days. Somewhat unbelievable to me is the fact that I have recorded all those fails in my daily checklist notebook (on which more later). The good news is... Yes, t...
by harpista
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: BBC Article: Denmark's Plan for Childhood Obesity
Replies: 7
Views: 5391

So true. This is No S, just a lot more nitpicky. (Ex: I only ever have OJ on S-days anyway, and I pour no more than about 250mL in my shorter glasses, so that's exactly the rule... But I never got that exacting about it.) My child is almost two (just a few days until his birthday) and I'm thinking w...
by harpista
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I lost a lot of weight on a diet similar to NoS.
Replies: 16
Views: 10567

This is a very late reply, but kudos. I think you succeeded where others have failed because you added enjoyment. Possibly in learning the skill of cooking, definitely in better food, better cooking, and your little treats. You sound like a French or Italian woman to me. As far as eating habits go, ...
by harpista
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What would you say to your younger self?
Replies: 35
Views: 21548

If I could intervene with myself, I'd pick 16 year old me. - Brush your teeth, jerk. This is not directly a weight thing. More of a habit cultivation thing. :lol: - Forget the pills and protein powder and journalling and weight watchers (all stuff I hated), and just do No S. - No really, you have no...
by harpista
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Nine year old daughter says she has no friends.
Replies: 9
Views: 9097

This is a very late answer, but is your child neurotypical? I'm not, and I had a great deal of social problems at certain ages, and widely fluctuating "status level," depending on situation, and the relative maturity levels of myself and my peers. Even if your child IS neurotypical, it might be wort...
by harpista
Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 2014 Soup Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 18032

We're at the other end of 2014, and where I live, it's definitely soup time again. I made this yesterday. It is from Canadian Living magazine and is the recipe that made me decide split pea soup was great stuff after all. I made only a couple little changes. Classic Pea Soup with Ham Source: Canadia...
by harpista
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: question about muffins and breakfast breads
Replies: 19
Views: 8469

If you have, or have access to, the Tightwad Gazette book by Amy Dacyzyn, there are master recipes for muffins, quiche and casseroles, and if I recall maybe other things too. I have used the master recipe with great success and whatever baking oddments I had on hand, very useful. If you like I will ...
by harpista
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Eschano, jw, thank you for the kind words. I am trying so hard to believe it. I haven't had one single DAY where I succeeded in No S since my last post. My new high weight is 328; I was 322 lb this morning. Oh holy crap. But I haven't really tried much either. Lots of drama-y drama on both sides of ...
by harpista
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Down 65 pounds
Replies: 12
Views: 15635

Re: Weighed again, still down 60

Nicest of the Damned wrote: That and "there are only 20 baby teeth" are my mantras these days (Nicest Toddler is teething again).
OH, thank you for this!

9/20. That means... Only 11 to go.
by harpista
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: question
Replies: 5
Views: 6438

Blithe Morning wrote:You have to upload the picture to the internet to a photo sharing site such as Flickr. Then you can share using the code above.
Oooh, embarrassed.

Of course that's so. Imgur is also good.
by harpista
Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: question
Replies: 5
Views: 6438

Re: question

joasia wrote:Does anyone know how to post pictures here
Use the following text.
"[img]http://image_url[/img]"
by harpista
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Continuing Mission, updated

Current weight is 320 , although I dipped as low as 316 this week, it didn't stick. Here's my Habitcal again. I keep a paper copy on which I write my daily weight, so I only update this in chunks. I have had two successful days of No-S since I started again. I am actually happy with this. I'm failin...
by harpista
Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Hi Harpista, You sound so discouraged and down on yourself. I feel for you. You can do this! Like jw said, so many of us really "like" NoSing once we get groovin' with it... :) It is not a matter of getting over hating it, it is more like falling in love with a partner in an arranged marriage! You'...
by harpista
Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

PS Try not to berate yourself about your weight -- it's not as motivating as you might think. Every bad feeling you create will demand to be soothed with a snack at some point . . . Oh it's so true. If I'm not yelling at myself about my weight, I yell at myself for living in a pig sty. Then I don't...
by harpista
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

It is something I heard about AA, that they recommend "one day at a time." Thankfully, alcoholism is not amongst my problems. But I still thought it was a useful slogan. Making it to JUST ONE FULL DAY of No S is one of my problems, just now. But no dice, I had to make it even simpler; as of today, i...
by harpista
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

320 lb. this morning. :evil: :oops: That's the highest weight of my entire adult life (that I recorded; I suspect I was as heavy right at the time I conceived my kiddo, just shaped differently). My big pregnancy sweats are wearing out between the thighs, and most of my pants don't fit. Post-pregnan...
by harpista
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Dear No S'ers, what would you do? advice needed please
Replies: 19
Views: 11705

The general principles by which my gestational diabetes diet was governed: - No more than 30 g of carbs at once (that's two slices of bread's worth), 15-30g at snacks (remember, these were PRESCRIBED snacks- I was on insulin!). - Wait at least two hours between incidences of carbs. - You were suppos...
by harpista
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: Minkymoo's 1 year ish check in
Replies: 7
Views: 10116

Re: Minkymoo's 1 year ish check in

Since my youngest is off to university this next fall, I just treated myself to a used cookbook for two, one a couple of decades old. It arrived this past weekend and I spent of bit of time browsing through it. I'm very happy with it, and being published before the normalizing of increased portions...
by harpista
Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What is Weight Management Success?
Replies: 2
Views: 2337

Re: What is Weight Management Success?

I think that some of you might be very interested in hearing this Professional lecture given at a recent Medical Conference: The 5A's of Obesity Management , which ties in to support the concepts of NoS. http://www.diethobby.com/blog.php?ax=v&nid=903 I haven't been by here in forever and a day, but...
by harpista
Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Question about S-days
Replies: 8
Views: 4545

Question about S-days

Hi everyone. A lot has changed since my last kick at the No-S can. I'm trying again because anything more complex has no room in my life and why did I ever stop doing this, I loved it!? Here's the issue, and I don't really remember it being addressed in the book, nor on here when I was paying attent...
by harpista
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: a little chagrined.....
Replies: 7
Views: 4190

This is coming from the viewpoint of having had gestational diabetes in the last year, and needing consistent records for evaluation by doctors.... But IMO, if you weigh, you need to treat it as gathering scientific data, ditto blood sugar, blood pressure or other metrics. By this I mean, you must b...
by harpista
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A neat perspective on discomfort
Replies: 8
Views: 5946

Amazing. Thanks for this one.
by harpista
Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Dear No S'ers, what would you do? advice needed please
Replies: 19
Views: 11705

It may be that you won't see this, however I just wanted to tell you I understand where you're coming from. My first diet was at the age of 8 (and it was because of a doctor!), and I have had problems with binge eating ever since. Diets make me want to eat ALL THE THINGS, NOW! Rather than harshly cu...
by harpista
Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Hello, 2013!

Blockbuster update!!! I have made amazing changes in my life since 2011. 2012 was my year of changing everything. In October 2011, I met a new boyfriend (first in years) and quickly became serious. In 2012, we did the following: I got my license and we went on a road trip; I got pregnant (Feb/March)...
by harpista
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: should I?
Replies: 21
Views: 8647

I know my hardest part will be the "no snacks", esp at night- I might just get more sleep- This is my continual stumbling block. What I can tell you (from reading and personal experience), is that being tired is a great way to wake up the hungry monster. It can actually mess up your body chemistry ...
by harpista
Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:46 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Depression Era Cooking
Replies: 100
Views: 64397

wosnes wrote:
debrabuf wrote:
Our all time favorite was Hot Dog Stew...we sometimes my siblings still make it for get togethers,,always better the next day.

Thanks for sharing..brought back memories and I'm 54 and not part of the depression era.
So tell us about the hot dog stew.
Seconded; I want recipe!!! :lol:
by harpista
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Working on "failing better" right now. I consider myself to have re-started No-S this month (again... easily the fifth time? I don't even know, but the important thing is I am not stopping so I am not really concerned, either). I started HabitCal again for the month of July! Harpista's July HabitCal...
by harpista
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

thtrchic wrote:I'm sorry to hear you've had such a hard first half of the year. It sounds like it really has been challenging. I'm glad to see you back again. And, yes, I'm sure you can do it!

Julie
Thanks Julie. :)
by harpista
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Says it all. UGH. This is not a very good chart, as unlike some of the technological genii on this board :), I rarely have any reason to use Excel, and basically forgot all my "mad skillz." However it does show the difference, I just don't know how to, um, equalize the time axis? Just keep on tellin...
by harpista
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Brutality. Since February, my grandmother fell down while wintering in Florida, broke her pelvis, and after a long drama (fighting with insurance companies and hospitals, medical evacuation, etc.) and when we thought she'd just managed to pull through, she unfortunately passed away. It has been toug...
by harpista
Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: More external support for No-S
Replies: 11
Views: 5174

I see a t-shirt design coming on... Perhaps a 14 on the back, jersey style?
by harpista
Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Questions for the experienced/long timers?
Replies: 45
Views: 27498

Fence around the law, as Reinhard suggests.

This is where I keep struggling, so you may take my advice with a rather large grain of salt ;)
by harpista
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Okay, this time I bought TWO...
Replies: 10
Views: 5623

Finally bought a hard copy too!

Maybe Reinhard should think about finding a way to offer bulk quantities? :D
by harpista
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Grumpy
Replies: 12
Views: 4020

DaveMc wrote: (It's possible that snacking was keeping a secretly grumpy Real You in check all this time, but it's pretty unlikely. :) )
I am a lot more smart-mouthed when I am not "full-mouthed" all the time. I think I was literally sedating myself with food, esp. carb-y snack-y things.
by harpista
Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:40 am
Forum: Everyday Systems General Discussion
Topic: Another Reason 14 Minutes can be so Good
Replies: 3
Views: 6022

I use 14 minutes for cleaning, too. And I try to cultivate it as a habit when there's a mess, although I haven't resorted to adding it to my HabitCal. 3 habits are about enough for now. I came across the small-units-of-time-to-clean concept in FlyLady (which, I think it was NoelFigart who mentioned ...
by harpista
Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:35 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: College cafeterias get rid of trays
Replies: 10
Views: 4154

They were great as improvised sleds for the winter, though. My university residence had a great hill out back. There were tons that reappeared in the spring melt :twisted:

That's Canada for you... ahahah!
by harpista
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Chugging along

I currently average about 2 successes per week, since the start of December. Which had a boatload of S days in it, far more than Reinhard would approve. Horrible you say? Well, I've already lost 6 pounds. :lol: I just keep trying and trying. I refuse to give up trying. And I actually lowered the bar...
by harpista
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: About Miss Hartshorne
Replies: 15
Views: 4696

Whence did this delightful lady originate (on the boards)? :lol:
by harpista
Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: FTW: I made chocolate chip cookies!
Replies: 9
Views: 3030

I've had Small Batch Baking for over a year, with this very idea in mind.

I guess it's time I tried something from it. :D
by harpista
Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: If you could live anywhere?
Replies: 4
Views: 5133

Paris. Paris, PARIS!!!!!!

Failing that, I suppose I will stick with moving to downtown Toronto (it's not far from here). I am rather enamoured with "the centre of the universe" (as the other Canadians mockingly call it).
by harpista
Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Not Going to Give Up
Replies: 1
Views: 1330

Speaking as someone who has repeatedly failed (I have never made the 21 Club YET), I can tell you, though, that just trying your very best can also give you a very modest result and is worth doing. I'm not saying stop trying to have successful n-days AT ALL, because of course that would be best! Jus...
by harpista
Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: New Bread Recipe
Replies: 3
Views: 4656

Blithe Morning, I bought a pump spray at a cooking store, in which you put your own choice of oil, pump, and it sprays a fine mist of the oil. I bake a lot and don't like the ingredients list on baking spray. Not sure how much it was- about $15 I think, but it will save you money if you use spray a ...
by harpista
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: pasta,potatoes
Replies: 5
Views: 2448

Nicest of the Damned wrote:The plate should not be piled so high that you can't carry it to the table without spilling it.
:lol:

This!
by harpista
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Soup season!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 8555

My favourite soup, which I just made/served at our (Canadian) family Thanksgiving: Apple-Butternut Squash Soup Serves 6, says the recipe: more like 10-12 appetizer portions in our house, or 8 main dishes. Stores in fridge: up to about 3 days. Stores in freezer: up to a month (and I personally couldn...
by harpista
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:06 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Wow, this diet has help me realize...
Replies: 4
Views: 2455

Re: Wow, this diet has help me realize...

Shame on Me! I never thought I was one of those people. This is just how I see things: Only be ashamed if you lie to yourself about it. If it's a failure, mark it and move on... be proud to be honest, and try to gently determine where you went astray. IME, being kind to yourself (including how you ...
by harpista
Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Even as I was eating the candy I'm thinking, "what emotion am I literally stuffing down?" The part that disturbed me the most was, I didn't really have a good answer. There are so many things stressing me out recently, but I couldn't put my finger on what is bothering me RIGHT NOW in that moment. A...
by harpista
Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Thursday, September 16: Failure? I think? Friday, September 17: Failure? I think? Note to self: this is apparently NOT the kind of useless trivia our mind likes to hold onto forever! Update more! :lol: Saturday, September 18: S-Day Sunday, September 19: S-Day Monday, September 20: Failure I'm distu...
by harpista
Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Mimi's Daily Check In
Replies: 783
Views: 443139

I'm still rooting for you Mimi :)

You have given me kind (and timely) encouragement in the past, just wanted to let you know I wish you success and lots of green days :D
by harpista
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: advice about modifications needed...
Replies: 32
Views: 9827

I think what Blithe Morning is referring to is how I cook beans/legumes. I cook all of them this way, no matter what kind of dish they'll end up as. 1 cup dry beans, rinsed and picked over (about a half pound) 5 cups hot water 1 tablespoon olive oil, butter or bacon fat 1 onion, chopped Put all ing...
by harpista
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Anyone want to help with a recurring quandary?
Replies: 23
Views: 5301

As a former little girl myself, I would be crushed if a teacher I admired started preaching at me about healthier eating when I offered them a treat I made. Many girls that age are extremely body conscious (no matter what they weigh) and could take that the wrong way. I think telling the little gir...
by harpista
Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: advice about modifications needed...
Replies: 32
Views: 9827

I don't eat a lot of whole grains because I don't like them, but I do eat legumes daily. You are the bean queen! I used your recipe to start making chili beans at home and wow! They are so much better than anything in a can, even Bush's. It helps that I have the seasoning down right, but the beans ...
by harpista
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Is there any reason I shouldn't skip breakfast?
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

That being said, there are a lot of cultures who don't routinely eat a "good breakfast" and there are a few of us here who don't eat breakfast. Hi wosnes! I'm interested in this statement, can you tell me which cultures don't eat any/much breakfast? I know that stereotypically the French don't eat ...
by harpista
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Starla Starts
Replies: 193
Views: 73228

I don't know how to approach this problem - since I know I like having a plan, should I make sure to have a backup plan? That seems like a lot of wasted mental effort. But I don't know how to learn to handle the disruption of a day. Have a plan for something you need or want to do, which isn't urge...
by harpista
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Saturday, September 11: S-Day Sunday, September 12: S-Day Monday, September 13: Failure Everything was great, until I let my mom and brother wheedle/pressure me into going to DAIRY QUEEN with them for Blizzards. Oops. Tuesday, September 14: SUCCESSSSSSS!!!! Four very large meals, including fast foo...
by harpista
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: One Year - 65.2 Pounds!
Replies: 19
Views: 21647

Awesome! :shock: :shock: :shock: You have given me new determination. I don't know why I didn't think anything could work any longer... as No S has worked for me before!! ... but this post has convinced me to get serious and give it a real go, and now I'm thinking "I can succeed" too! CONGRATULATION...
by harpista
Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Friday, September 3: Failure Saturday, September 4: S-Day Sunday, September 5: S-Day Monday, September 6 - Friday, September 10: Vacation! HARD to try and stay semi-structured on vacation. Didn't want to graze or go into free-for-all, and I will say I think I did an okay job. Not great, but I'm hap...
by harpista
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

I have met the enemy...

I have met the enemy, and the enemy is mindless eating. Monday, August 30: Failure (revised!) Tuesday, August 31: Failure Wednesday, September 1: Failure Thursday, September 2: Failure Monday, and Tuesday, I realize that I mindlessly ate some candies that were floating around in my purse. Didn't eve...
by harpista
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

I also thought you might want to know that there is nothing wrong with a 4th "mini meal" during the day. The No S diet says "no snacks" but it doesn't say how many meals you can eat. Most people choose 3 but there are some who do more and some who only eat 1 or 2. I think that it's all about determ...
by harpista
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Monday August 30: Success???? I'm calling it a success. However I would call my compliance 'rough': No Snacks - I have a designated snack due to blood sugar issues. But I did not eat at other times (very tempted). No Sweets - I didn't count the flavoured beverages I had with meals (1x OJ and 1 x ic...
by harpista
Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Saturday, August 28: S-Day

Sunday, August 29: S-Day

Sick, spent lots of time in bed. UGH. :evil:
by harpista
Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:07 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Friday August 27: Failure Honestly, I feel so GOOD about these failures, I can't even tell you. :lol: My No-S failures, as I wrote many moons ago, are light years ahead of where my regular, laissez-faire days were. One of those aiming-for-the-moon, landing-among-the-stars things. I am also reminded...
by harpista
Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Here we go, again!

Here we go again... I'm taking another kick at the can. I can honestly say nothing else ever worked so well (relatively painless, consistent, and non-insanity-producing) as No S. And I do remember the "twelve (?) failures" that Reinhard mentioned once, before the eventual success. I'm always saying,...
by harpista
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I love the no-s forums! (Comparison of this forum to 3fc)
Replies: 9
Views: 3534

Mavilu wrote:Welcome!.
We are happy here because we allow ourselves to enjoy cake.
:D
And chocolates
And cookies
And candy
And Steak!

None of your favourites will be at stake!

And, Oh, the wonderful eats you will eat, when No-S'ing makes your treats into treats!

(Maybe it's time for my pills...)
by harpista
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Girl Next Door Check In
Replies: 80
Views: 41810

The hardest point of last week was the hour I waited at my daughter's ballet class. About half way through the class is our normal dinner hour, and I frequently eat something sweet during that wait. Last week I didn't do it. I have never really figured out a good use of that time. Hi Girl Next Door...
by harpista
Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I said "No" to:
Replies: 44
Views: 12476

oliviamanda wrote:Better as decoration on a plate
I actually own a decorative item, Valentine's Day themed ceramic plate with hearts on it etc., and ceramic chocolates.
by harpista
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:10 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Murphysraven's rededication to nos
Replies: 16
Views: 6826

I have PCOS too. My endocrinologist did not put me on hormones. I would be interested to know which you are taking? My endo actually sent me for a sleep study, recommended that I learn meditation, yoga or guided relaxation techniques, and put me on Glumetza. For the record I am not diabetic, althoug...
by harpista
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:19 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: HOW MANY TRIES DID IT TAKE YOU TO STICK WITH THIS?
Replies: 43
Views: 11553

Still trying after about, hmm, 3 years or so.

I can be a bit contrarian about orders, and don't like anyone telling me what to do, including me. Now add a healthy dose of perfectionism :oops:
by harpista
Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Down 10 lbs since May!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 5639

bluebunny27 wrote:8 firemen for civilians stuck in an elevator ?? How many do they send when there's a REAL FIRE to put
out ?? 100 ?? ;-)
Hopefully cute ones.

Firefighters in my city have a scorching calendar... HEH HEH :twisted:

Can't resist ;)
by harpista
Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Be careful of unleashed animals when you are out walking...
Replies: 26
Views: 7188

Hi Mimi, I am SO sorry to hear this. I am quite glad that you were not killed or critically injured. I would however like to slap the owner on your behalf. Are you pursuing any legal action? When walking my own (submissive, sucky, gentle) 90lb dog, I usually have some good, stinky dog treats (aka mi...
by harpista
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Sick of being Sick and Tired, No S Diet is Working for ME
Replies: 7
Views: 2675

Thanks, you are an inspiration!
by harpista
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I can't stand this!
Replies: 24
Views: 6669

I get these comments too, but I am obese (clinically speaking). I use an Ann Landers trick, I think it was. My mother gave it to me (even though she is one of the commenters). My usual response is "Excuse me?" in a neutral tone. Most people are functioning at the "say anything/throw it out there" le...
by harpista
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: carolejo's daily Check in
Replies: 627
Views: 235665

I am so sorry to hear of this situation. Although not a prayer-y sort, I will pray for you all three.
by harpista
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Newbie--Back Again
Replies: 5
Views: 2294

Re: Newbie--Back Again

I lost 15 pounds in 2 months on this diet back in the fall and I know I can start again. I need to lose 50 pounds and this is the only diet that seems to work for me. I have PCOS so I have to lose weight in order to become pregnant. I really need encouragement. I hope this time I will reach my goal...
by harpista
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:39 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Good for your Harpista! Looks like you're making some progress in sorting things our for yourself. Bottom line - this has to work for you and your unique situation. Keep up your work and it will all come together for you. Mimi :D Mimi thank you yet again. :) I really appreciate you "coming to see m...
by harpista
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Re: Here we are in 2009... back again with a big update!

Here we are in 2009, and I have been lurking a while, psyching myself up to return to No-S. In the intervening year(s), my weight is up to 295 lbs (today) at 5' 6" - 5' 7". OMG, OMG. I just realized that as of this morning, I already lost 3 lb. And I have been having at least 1 S on most days! Resu...
by harpista
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 40 lbs in 20 months
Replies: 9
Views: 3162

Re: 40 lbs in 20 months

... ... Anyway, I just thought it was really actually very healthy to look at this from a long term perspective.. It's so easy to get down and depressed about it all.. And it's easy to feel that one is in a rut after waking up one day and all of a sudden they just find themselves 40 lbs up and wond...
by harpista
Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:43 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Snacking addiction
Replies: 34
Views: 8721

My eating has always been "reward-driven" , In fact my point of view has always been that people who think food is merely fuel are abnormal to the point of insanity. :oops: Oh thank you God. I thought I was the only one with this opinion and have carefully hid my feelings on the subject for years!!...
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Sparkly emeralds
Replies: 50
Views: 13028

We need some moderation [no] sugar daddy to pay a dollar for each day of compliance. Perhaps financed by us paying him back 3 for every failure (new meaning to the phrase "in the red"). I love the NO sugar daddy!! I think he might end up looking a lot like a jolly Saint Patrick's Day bookie though....
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Sparkly emeralds
Replies: 50
Views: 13028

Thalia wrote:Deb, life is not fair. I believe that, that being the case, at least it should be unfair in my favor.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Rewards thread
Replies: 17
Views: 4702

I too like the plan of a long bath, candles and a trashy novel... around here I'm doing good if I can have a magazine behind a locked-the-kids-out door. I spent years never even going to the bathroom alone, so... one step at a time. :wink: I also get a great free reward tossing out old clothes that...
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: 10 things you need to know about losing weight : Mp3 file
Replies: 21
Views: 6432

KCCC wrote:If there are just 10 things, could someone list them? I don't have time to download/listen to the audio, but I'm curious as to the list. Would appreciate the "Cliff Notes" version.
Same here!
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:22 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Spouses....
Replies: 19
Views: 5565

My husband doesn't have a weight problem, but that doesn't make him unsympathetic to mine, fortunately for me. He has always been very supportive of my weight loss efforts. He thinks NoS is the sanest approach to dieting I've ever taken! Lately, he goes in another room if he snacks in the evenings ...
by harpista
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Seconds on Soup
Replies: 6
Views: 2388

I have a bowl at work that is like a small serving bowl which I use for soup, because a meal's worth of food is a LOT of soup.

So, fourthed? :lol:
by harpista
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

When I started to do No-S I was trying to do it perfectly, and even if I just had a fruit for snack for example I would give myself a RED and it would give me permission to binge the rest of the day (it was a red anyways, right?). ... Don't give up! I've tried all the diets in the book and I have a...
by harpista
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Pre-Authorized Snacking (doctor's orders!!!)

So... Putting my mind to the idea of somehow "safely" integrating snacking into No-S, I came up with :idea: Pre-Authorized Snacking in the last couple of days. A small play on the spirit of Reinhard's "pre-disapproved" concept. Another of my problems in life (it's not a very exclusive club) is not e...
by harpista
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Couldn't you focus on having no seconds and no sweets for now, but work some healthy snacks into your day? By having those snacks, your program would look very much like what your doctor has ordered. ... I think that if NoS is what you want to do, you can make it work with some modifications. Hi Mi...
by harpista
Wed May 27, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Got any healthy rhubarb recipes?
Replies: 7
Views: 2887

Hi Renee It is very nice in muffins. It is also nice as a stewed fruit compote over, say, baked apples or poached pears. Also, baking soda will reduce the acidity and thus the need for sugar in your fruity baked goods (1/8 tsp for very small item, 1/4 tsp average, 1/2 tsp MAX for a huge batch of som...
by harpista
Wed May 27, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I knew this... but...
Replies: 7
Views: 3571

Thank you for posting this.

That said, sometimes ignorance is bliss!! :lol:

Now I will have to check this myself!!
by harpista
Mon May 25, 2009 1:22 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Does the size of a person affect the results?
Replies: 13
Views: 4689

If I were a very small woman, I'd probably just use... smaller plates. And maybe emphasize produce a bit more. As it is, I have lots of way to go... I am obese, tall-ish (5'7"), and actively weight training for about 8 months, so I may be a bit easier off than others when it comes to posting "number...
by harpista
Mon May 25, 2009 1:16 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Do you drink tea between meals?
Replies: 12
Views: 4059

What I like are technically "herbal infusions" rather than real (black) tea, which I do NOT care for... except when I'm visiting England, where I drink it instead of my usual coffee. Somehow, I think it tastes different there. ;) I cannot stand American-style black teas, to me they are very harsh t...
by harpista
Mon May 25, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?
Replies: 17
Views: 5442

Belated welcome and congrats on that great start.

Keep us posted... do you have a check-in thread?

Also, greetings fellow Canuck! :lol:
by harpista
Sat May 23, 2009 4:23 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

mimi wrote:You can do it Harpista!

Mimi :D
Mimi, thank you for your kind words of encouragement... I need it today! :)
by harpista
Sat May 23, 2009 4:07 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Thursday May 21 Failure Friday May 22 Failure Sigh. :oops: I went and saw my endocrinologist on Thursday. I planned badly, didn't have my planned snack ready to eat in the car on the way, waited over an hour past my appointment time, and came out ravenous as well as extremely upset. I was in a rath...
by harpista
Thu May 21, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Wednesday May 20 - Success(ish) We went to a Thai restaurant which was... godawful. Everything came in platters (and everything was garbage , not having good luck lately with food!). I did ask for an empty plate so I did eat "one plate worth." Hurray! I'm counting it as a success despite these prob...
by harpista
Wed May 20, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Just noticed that I have completed my first 21 days.. And...
Replies: 15
Views: 4744

Well, have you joined the 21 Club post? :)

I congratulate you on your habit-forming, and (2nd go round with No-S!) this time I will join you. I just can't say when!!! :lol:
by harpista
Wed May 20, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Artificial sweeteners
Replies: 25
Views: 7626

That used to be true until water companies (at least in the UK, not sure about the US - I assume it's the same) started using chloramines rather than chlorine in the tap water - it's more stable and doesn't evaporate away. Fish keepers here need to make sure that they use a dechlorinator which remo...
by harpista
Wed May 20, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Harpista's Check-In
Replies: 116
Views: 69916

Monday May 18 - Success! It was technically an S day, but I didn't feel like it was any kind of holiday for me (laundry and cleaning!), so I decided I would act "normally" on a normal day, and when needed, I can take a day another time. Balance it out. Tuesday May 19 - Success! Now I gotta get in b...
by harpista
Mon May 18, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Artificial sweeteners
Replies: 25
Views: 7626

The only way I can get my water in to keep down retention is to fill a 4 cup waterbottle with a bit of lemon juice and a bit of sweetener. Not much, mostly for a chlorine cover-up. Brita filters will get rid of chlorine taste and other nasty flavours (and are greener than using bottled water, if yo...