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by Octavia
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

flyingpig wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:55 pm
I did have a milkshake with my dinner, but got to find the wins where I can at the mo.
Totally with you there! For me, a win at present is only eating chocolate SOME of the day... :oops:
by Octavia
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Belated thanks for the kind and thoughtful responses, all! I haven't had time to check in, and am in a strange place regarding No S and the whole thing of controlling my eating. I really identify with what you said, Linda, about us not actually having much (if any) control over our weight. How would...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: liveitup's check-in
Replies: 252
Views: 95679

Re: liveitup's check-in

As for diet, well, its not easy. I hate admitting a lack of control, but here I am. I got the Covid-19... pounds that is. I have this idea that tomorrow I can do it, it seems so easy, and then tomorrow comes and simply waiting an hour or even 30 minutes sometimes feels insurmountable. :( Hi liveitu...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Soprano
Replies: 245
Views: 98166

Re: Soprano

Totally agree about all this. S foods - at the first dose - are therapeutic. It seems to be worth it. But the addictive effect kicks in pretty much immediately. Wish I knew the answer to this...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

The supervisor held my hand the whole time and everyone was very kind and supportive. It was actually an oddly positive experience. I know what you mean! Sometimes, being cared for in this way can have a profound effect! I sometimes feel like this when I’ve been to the dentist - and it makes me won...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

I’m yearning to go skating now! :) Lovely to hear about Challenger and his public communication breakthrough! Re. forcing ourselves into boxes, etc. - it strikes me that this is the fundamental challenge for most of us here on the forum: to work out what is really best for us. Perhaps regimes like N...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

What colour is it? What style? Share the bridesmaid magic with us, Jen! :) Interesting to hear about your learning experiences this week. It’s a never-ending thing for me, learning what works and what doesn’t. I recently experimented with having two eggs for breakfast, having read here about it ‘aut...
by Octavia
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

It always cheers me up when I return to my check-in thread and see that my friends have left messages for me! Thanks pink, auto, soprano. I really do think that smears need not be painful. The metal device should be redesigned in a firm but soft plastic. We could shove it in ourselves, getting the a...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Habit Cal Login Issuses
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Habit Cal Login Issuses

That’s strange, Traci - sorry, don’t have any suggestions for you. Hope it sorts itself out. Maybe Reinhard could help.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: New Podcast Episode: Demogorgon vs. Asmodeus
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: New Podcast Episode: Demogorgon vs. Asmodeus

I enjoyed this! Interesting to muse on what might neutralise these two warring demons. Perhaps compassion and detachment? For me, Demogorgon is part of an innocent survival instinct which I can’t eliminate but can detach from; and Asmodeus is just built-up frustration at the limits of that detachmen...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: No S Diet Testimonials (aka "yearly check in")
Topic: No S has offered effortless maintenance to me!
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: No S has offered effortless maintenance to me!

Really encouraged by your post, TINABI! I feel that too, that No S is a happy medium between dieting and not dieting. Well done on your maintenance!
by Octavia
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

Sounds like you’ve had a lovely time. Feeling nostalgic, ‘cos my dad used to take me to Bakewell sometimes, just the two of us, or sometimes the whole family. We definitely had Bakewell tarts! I’ve been to Chatsworth too. I hear that a national lockdown is probably coming from next week. :( Hope you...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Good grief, no sooner does the diet seem to be working than a pound pops on overnight! Gah! I know this is entirely normal, but when my weight loss is so minuscule, it seems much worse. A quarter of my 4 months’ weight loss, wiped out overnight! Oh well. I don’t want to torture myself with constant ...
by Octavia
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Sammy's Daily Check In
Replies: 66
Views: 17764

Re: Sammy's Daily Check In

Huge congratulations on the arrival of your lovely baby girl! What wonderful news. 💐🍾
by Octavia
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Sounds like your experiment was a success in terms of data-gathering, auto - even though it didn’t provide a long-term solution. Darn the capricious blood sugar, the illogical hunger signals, the contradictory energy levels! :lol: We’re all experimenting I guess. I think it’s natural to try to see p...
by Octavia
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Hi Pink! Not surprised you’re S-ing out, after that alarming incident! I hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you’ve done all the right things.
by Octavia
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks Pink and auto! I’ve had a rather good week - after stumbling upon the idea of replacing the heavy evening dinner with something lighter (fortunately DH is fine with this) and making more of an effort to get plenty of nutrition at my other meals, I have actually lost a little weight. :o I’m re...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: April's Keep it Simple at 50
Replies: 36
Views: 1797

Re: April's Keep it Simple at 50

Yes, the basics can be so challenging. In its own way, No S does require a lot of willpower - to not snack at all, to not eat sweets for five (frequently challenging, tough, stressful) days in a row - it is radical. But it’s also simple, and the habit does grow. I’m currently trying to shrink my mea...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Traci’s Daily Check-In
Replies: 11
Views: 3545

Re: Traci’s Daily Check-In

Wow, 5.72 miles, Traci! Steady on, old girl! :wink: :lol: That is amazing.

Have a great weekend.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

I think this situation is beyond the willpower of any normal person...parents’ evening must be so exhausting and stressful! Once this is over, you’ll get on top of the sugar madness. I feel I’ve just been through a similar thing. It’s scary how quickly those floodgates open and we are drowned by the...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Thanks for the egg recipe! I think my DD has made this, in her eggsperimenting days! :lol: It used to look very nice. Actually I’m quite proud of her for being able to cook. Her new housemates just do frozen food, but she knows how to do various pasta and stir fry meals, plus eggs in lots of differe...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

It sounds like a good experiment - sort of counter-intuitive as you explained, and yet with the contradictory, illogical, capricious nature of our bodies, why not try something different? Go for it, and report back! :)

Hope your weekend goes well x
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

I also have never focused on both physical & mental satisfaction with what & how I’m eating. It’s usually more heavily focused on “being healthy” or “what I want”. This past couple of weeks I’ve put feeling mentally satisfied first, but also it must be something that will leave me physically satisf...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks for your encouragement, ladies! I’m feeling really positive. The scales, those fair weather friends, have rewarded me, too, darn them! I’m back down to where I was a couple of months ago, before the discouraging weight gain and plateau of September and October which nearly derailed me. I mean...
by Octavia
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Alene's Check-in
Replies: 534
Views: 113853

Re: Alene's Check-in

Maybe the election and Covid and just all this stuff that is swirling around right now. Wanting life as it was before. The simple things we could do like go sit in a coffee shop without fear. This really resonates with me at the moment, Alene. Those simple freedoms we enjoyed. I’m craving a look ro...
by Octavia
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

I need the recipe for Eggs in a Hat! :)
by Octavia
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Feeling more positive today, and decided to start weighing again - even though any kind of weighing has its drawbacks, whether you do it daily or weekly or whatever. So I hopped on this morning, and was relieved to see that I’m down a little from two weeks ago when I decided to stop. Yesterday I was...
by Octavia
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Oh dear, it’s not been a good week. My routine has been disrupted with lots of travelling, and I’ve found myself snacking and eating chocolate. Also not having time to exercise. The focus has been on coping with work and family demands. Perhaps I just feel unmotivated. Staying snack-free when you’re...
by Octavia
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Hi auto, hugs from me too. And I’m glad to hear that you feel a bit better. I too sometimes feel unwell, like my body isn’t in balance, for no apparent reason. I do my best to eat and exercise moderately, do all the right things...it just doesn’t always help! There are mysterious forces at work, may...
by Octavia
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

...on the topic of resting etc....remember what Ekhart says, about the damage we do by resisting the natural ebb and flow of our energy. In fact I’ve just found the bit in The Power of Now - it’s on p.152 of my old paperback copy. ‘Your physical energy is also subject to cycles. It cannot always be ...
by Octavia
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Alene's Check-in
Replies: 534
Views: 113853

Re: Alene's Check-in

Happy shopping, Alene! :)
by Octavia
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Little cupcake! She is so sweet.

Hope you had a great evening last night - congratulations on your anniversary!
by Octavia
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks Linda! I needed to hear that. Yes, I am doing just fine. In fact it’s been an interesting week - I’ve had some bad moods and have gone to bed thinking I’d go to the supermarket the next day and buy something delicious and filling to neutralise that empty, bitter feeling I get when I’m low. Bu...
by Octavia
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thank you so much, Soprano! A really welcome reminder and I so appreciate your perspective. I need to beware making modifications. Habits are so easily disrupted.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Oh me too! My phone is always on silent. People find it infuriating...
automatedeating wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:17 pm
I am not on FB and I (delightfully and thankfully) miss party invitations (well pre-COVID when there was such a thing). I think you know how disappointed that makes me feel. NOT!
ROFL :lol:
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Having a very lazy morning, er, afternoon. Really must get out of bed. But I’m spending good time journaling and thinking about my No S journey. I had a little fail again yesterday, and I’m sure it was sparked off by the disappointing scale news. Having done more than 3 months, staying mainly green,...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Hope the brain fog passes off soon. It’s so horrid when our heads ‘go funny’! So hard to concentrate! I try to tell myself that I’m smart enough to manage fine, even if my brain is only firing on one cylinder... :lol:

Hope you have a good weekend, Linda.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

Oh, I love hearing about the cabin! :) I want one! Actually I do have a little cabin at the bottom of the garden, and it’s fun to escape there and get a bit of alone time. Interesting to hear about the modifications you’ve been making, Jen, to make No S suit you better. I’m wondering about making a ...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

...it’s funny but recently I’ve been off social media more and more, and not wanting to go back. I sort of can’t remember what it’s for. If I had a kind of brand to peddle, it would make sense, but I don’t. But maybe I should....arghhh, it’s so confusing. When I ask friends what Instagram is for, I ...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Soprano
Replies: 245
Views: 98166

Re: Soprano

Oh Soprano, I’m so sorry for the sad time you’ve been through. Sending you love and lots of sympathy.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

It must be very challenging being in school at present, flying. Sounds like you are doing great with all the organising, social distancing and hand washing etc.. I know what you mean about shopping with a mask on. I find the mask puts me off, too. My nose tends to run when I wear one, and I sort of ...
by Octavia
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Great points, Jen. I think I’m going to follow your example!

Auto, thanks for your sweet sympathy! X
by Octavia
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

...a colleague of mine was talking about that film too, but i haven’t watched yet! Do you recommend it, auto?
by Octavia
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Haley's daily check in
Replies: 37
Views: 1009

Re: Haley's daily check in

Awesome indeed! :)
by Octavia
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks so much, Jen, Ellis, Auto and Pink! I must look up Tommy Rivers and No Pain, No Pain! I really do think running should be enjoyable - I want my body to feel like it is achieving some sort of mastery, not struggling and failing. I did do C25K around 3 years ago, but I think I was really forcin...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Ellis will succeed!
Replies: 21
Views: 1853

Re: Ellis will succeed!

Hi Ellis, my results are similar - I started a bit heavier than you (starting back on No S in July after a break) and I’ve only lost 3lb. I keep on remembering the story of the tortoise and the hare...we can get there in the end! :)
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

So today I got a stationary bike ride in and I felt AMAZING when I was done. Taking a week off seems to have made me stronger and I was able to do much higher resistance for much longer. It just felt so good to be moving and working my body again. And my mood was so much better too. I felt able to ...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Amazing work, auto! Great to hear that the high protein eating style is getting such positive results. It’s a good reminder to me to make more effort in this respect, because although I love these sorts of foods, I often end up defaulting to more carby options. Must try harder! :)
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

And it’s not the eating that needs to be fixed, it’s life that does what that happens. Younger Jen always tried to fix the eating but that only made things harder! When instead I fix what I can with better sleep & taking some pressure off my eating improves on its own!! This definitely resonates wi...
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

lpearlmom wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:55 am
What a news day huh. 😷🤦🏼‍♀️
It certainly was! Here in the UK, too... :roll:

Glad to hear that the antidepressants are helping sweetpea, Linda. Hope your weekend goes well!
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

flyingpig wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Car is now fixed, so only 8000 steps... I do like a walk but the 40 mins home when it was raining and I was hungry was making me a bit grumpy. Phone is now broken... :roll:
‘It never rains but it pours’, as my old dad used to say. You deserve a streak of good luck! Hope the weekend goes well.
by Octavia
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Hi ladies, Thanks for these positive posts, which have really cheered me up. I’ve been busy this last week and haven’t found time to check in. I have been doing Habitcal, though. I’m staying steady, and have had lots of fairly effortless green days. Linda, it’s so interesting and inspiring to hear a...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

I’ve had a green day, but slightly tricky. Breakfast was too small, a crummy small bowl of muesli with half fat milk, hardly enough food to fill a hollow tooth, as my mum used to say. :lol: Within two hours I was desperate for more food. But I hung on till lunchtime, had egg on toast with mushrooms ...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

...the food coma....I know that feeling. Starting on sweet treats early on an S day is something I’m learning to avoid too!
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: ladybird's check in
Replies: 307
Views: 170963

Re: ladybird's check in

Hey Ladybird, Great to hear from you and this all sounds very positive. Calorie tracking for short periods of time is a good idea I think. I occasionally do vague ‘tot-ups’ of roughly how much I’m eating, and it helps to remind me whether I can truly expect to lose any weight. Hope your week goes we...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thinking of Healthyskillz’ signature motto: not giving up = winning!
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Then this afternoon I "have" to do a social outing. Octavia, where are you? Why did I agree to this? :wink: Oh you poor thing - all I can do is offer sympathy - I have no wise words of advice! Wishing you strength and zen-like acceptance! I’m reminded of the words of the millionaire-philosopher-gur...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: oolala53
Replies: 2229
Views: 1329756

Re: oolala53

Hi Oolala, great to hear your thoughts on Livingston, and I want to reply in more depth when I get more time. Just to say, I found his work really interesting and valuable; I quickly adapted to the at-first-shocking use of the ‘pig’ metaphor, and ended up finding it quite hilarious and apt, as it cl...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Hi Linda, I really respect your intuitive parenting style. I have to say, I never managed to get my DD to do laundry, pick up rubbish, tidy up after herself, keep her room respectable, or indeed help out round the house in any way. I could see that she was using massive amounts of energy and willpow...
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Healthyskillz' Check In
Replies: 76
Views: 11731

Re: Healthyskillz' Check In

Hi healthyskillz, thanks for linking to your blog - it’s great. So many things I could identify with, and lots of good reminders why we are on this No S journey together. I love your reminders to never give up. Thank you! :)
by Octavia
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

It turned out that DD had genuinely not noticed my tattoo. When I finally alerted her, she loved it, and DID think it was real! But I couldn’t bear to trick her for more than a minute. I once pranked her in the past by pretending I had met YouTube makeup guru Jeffree Star at a department store, and ...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

DD hasn’t even NOTICED it!! :shock: :x Is she pretending to be cool? I will confront her in the morning! Will definitely report back, auto! It’s been one of my most moderate ever S days. I had a very small ramekin of ice cream for dessert. I haven’t had any excessive treats at all! Could I be finall...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

I have applied the fake tattoo. It looks quite good, certainly realistic...though I feel a bit daft...it’s a feather shape and I’ve put it on my inner right bicep. It will be fun to clock DD’s reaction (she is home for the weekend). She knows I am a bit averse to real tattoos, as I would hate to hav...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

PS this is probably my first ever weekend where I haven’t gone to the shop to buy loads of goodies. I was aware that I didn’t really have the craving. I HAVE been non-green - I just ate a few nuts and crisps with a glass of wine before dinner. But I have no sweet treats in the house. This is perhaps...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Yes - isn’t it funny how we down-play these major life changes? We feel it should be no big deal. But families are delicate eco-systems. A small change will affect the whole environment. Last night I was listening to some ‘Spanish Chillout’ music on You Tube, and it prompted feelings of wanting to l...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Brilliant results Linda, with your alcohol-free streak. I really admire you - I think I’d find it very hard to give up alcohol, and it’s not even my worst weakness. Glad to hear there’s no drama going on today! Same here. Long may it continue. :)
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

flyingpig wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:08 pm

Another green week :mrgreen: Today was the first day in ages when I was tempted to just find some chocolate and eat it... But having had such a streak of greens was actually very helpful because then I decided I would rather keep my streak :lol:
The power of Habitcal! :)
by Octavia
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: - -
Replies: 278
Views: 152985

Re: - -

Greetings from me too, and wishing you and your wife all the best. I hope the surgery goes well. I loved seeing the family photo! What a lovely family you have. :)
by Octavia
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

Pinkie said - I have been using my bullet journal for a lot of that because I LOVE notebooks, pens, writing, analog everything. Sometimes I think I could start a forum just on office supplies. :lol: That would be a brilliant forum, and I would definitely contribute! In my Amazon shopping basket rig...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Wow pink, you are closer to superwoman than to a weakling. The demands of having 3 kids at home is massive, not to be underestimated, and keeping up with your own work as well...it’s a lot. You are not wimpy! You are amazing. :)
by Octavia
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Jen, that’s it in a nutshell. Low key restricting leads to low key rebelling. I’ve realised that I must refocus on meals and good food. I’ve lost my focus partly because DD has gone to college, and the imperative to be organised and plan meals has evaporated. I need to get that planning back - it’s ...
by Octavia
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

This morning at 8 am before coffee i had to help my kids with ratios, algebraic inequalities, multiplying decimals, simplifying an algebraic equation, and long division. I am SO grateful I took college Algebra a year and a half ago. And that I studied for hours every day and got an A. You rock! You...
by Octavia
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Wow, no dairy! :shock: And yet...my niece is a vegan and seems to manage OK without dairy...When I’ve cooked for her I‘ve noticed that there are loads of foods made with coconut milk and cream! That seems like a pretty good alternative. And I found a butter-like spread made with avocado oil which wa...
by Octavia
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

...the little UK heatwave is certainly stopping me from running! I’d rather go in the freezing cold...
by Octavia
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Linda I absolutely loved your post!! I have zero interest in trying to manipulate my body to be something it’s not meant to be anymore either, I’m just trying to figure out how to eat in a way that leaves me feeling my best! I loved what you said about not being hungry for meals being joyless, that...
by Octavia
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks pink! I did have a lovely time seeing my friend. Also managed to tidy the house more quickly than I expected! I’ve had a run of fail days since last Friday. I am feeling more stressed, and there were leftovers from the weekend, though that doesn’t entirely explain it. I am feeling very unmoti...
by Octavia
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks so much for the solidarity, ladies. I so appreciate it! I could have made things better for myself yesterday, looking back, and probably could have avoided this fail by ensuring that some sort of dinner was ready on time. I got angry and stubborn because meal responsibility seems to be defaul...
by Octavia
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Hi Whosonfirst! The walk took us a bit under 5 hrs, with two decent breaks. I was totally done in afterwards! Nice to walk in the countryside though. I’ve had a classic, bad fail tonight. I got really angry as dinner was delayed due to what I thought was selfish behaviour from DH. I would love to wr...
by Octavia
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Ah, thanks so much, pink. I needed that reminder that it is a good result. This morning I weighed myself and the number had gone up again, leaving me feeling very disgruntled. I did a 10 mile walk yesterday! :roll: It is so hard to tell if No S is ‘working’ - though it is of course working in that I...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Glad to hear that the tablets are helping, Linda. Therapy sounds challenging - I hope that difficult session bears fruit and you gain some helpful insight from it. I’m so impressed by your AF journey! Sounds like it’s taking you to a good place. I’d love to be more assertive myself. But I’m always f...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

...not much to report at present...I’m just doing Vanilla in a nice, easy way and not wanting to interfere with the habit. Forgot to weigh this morning but the last time I did, I was slightly up. I’m around 3lb lighter than when I started back on No S in July. That sounds rather unremarkable, but to...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Good to hear your news. Sounds like all is going well! Amazing biking, as whosonfirst said! :)
by Octavia
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

These are excellent plans, Pink and Linda - it’s funny how many of us seem to be on the same page in this regard, just wanting to feed ourselves plentifully and properly without always trying to cut down. Three good, satisfying plates. Wow, your life sounds very busy right now, pinkie. Amazing how y...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

I love your idea of keeping it stupid easy. I think I am doing the same thing right now too. This really resonates with me! I’m really not ‘efforting’ at the moment, keeping things as easy as I can. I think it’s the only way - trying harder to eat less just backfires. Interesting to read your respo...
by Octavia
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks, Pink! I haven’t checked in for a few days because there’s not been much to report. I’m gently being aware of my good No S habits and doing my best not to disturb them. Weekends are still mad, but I’m noticing that the madness starts late on a Saturday, so I might just observe that to see if ...
by Octavia
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Oh wow pink, I haven’t checked in with you for a few days, and have missed your challenges and adventures - the trip to your dad, the unsettling comments made about your lovely DD, and the sadness of having to keep your little one away from her friends. But I totally think you did the right thing - ...
by Octavia
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

...thanks pink, Linda and auto. I think there is a real magic to the Vanilla routine. I really believe that anything you do within that fence is OK. Smoothies, milk, even soup or hot chocolate: if it’s not solid then it’s not a snack*, and it can help to build the habit of moderation. I admit though...
by Octavia
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Thanks pink! This week is going well, I think - in that I’m enjoying the rhythm of No S. I had slightly mad weekends before and still managed to lose weight. I think if you accept how they are, just go with it and enjoy it, then you can return to N days with no problem. Really establishing the habit...
by Octavia
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

That’s definitely my experience, Linda. It’s amazing how quickly a bite of something sweet (which feels like a choice) leads to a feeling of no-choice, a distracting, maddening preoccupation with getting more. I can’t believe how much chocolate I’ve eaten this weekend. I’m tempted to start a rule of...
by Octavia
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Really glad to hear that Rosebud came round. That’s a great result. So difficult with the issue of the lock. I think I agree with Pink, I’d rather not have locks, and my DD doesn’t have one (if that information is of any use). But whatever you decide, you’ll handle it well. Intuition is all we have ...
by Octavia
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

...yes, and I have already fallen victim to it! :oops: Have eaten a large chocolate bar and am already wondering how I’ll get through tomorrow without more chocolate! The strength of these habits! But although I’m marvelling at my brain wiring, I’m not worrying too much, because S days are a vital s...
by Octavia
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Alene's Check-in
Replies: 534
Views: 113853

Re: Alene's Check-in

....same here...that Buy With One Click button on Amazon...and although I’m not going round the shops as I used to do as a leisure activity, I’m definitely spending more online. Alene, I’m in the south east of England, not far from London. From a walk I often do, I get a great view of Windsor Castle...
by Octavia
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Octavia is finally checking in!
Replies: 831
Views: 258667

Re: Octavia is finally checking in!

Totally! And yet I still feel the need to track weight loss...it’s a strange thing. I’ve written about this before, the subtle, tricky interaction between our weight loss wishes and our other important motivation. For me, neither works alone. Is it that weight loss is a carrot, and the insanity of p...
by Octavia
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: flyingpig checkin
Replies: 851
Views: 251487

Re: flyingpig checkin

Need headband. Went for long walk on Thurs and hair was constantly flapping over my face, going in my mouth etc.... :x

Have a good weekend, Flyingpig and all!
by Octavia
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Linda's daily check-in
Replies: 4339
Views: 1817339

Re: Linda's daily check-in

Great to hear your news Linda! I for one am doing fine. Thanks for sharing your discoveries on alcohol - quite sobering ( ha! Sorry... :lol: ) to read that all those empty calories turn to fat, and it’s made me wonder if I should cut down - I don’t drink that much but I’ve been regarding the occasio...
by Octavia
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food Pushers
Replies: 22
Views: 10139

Re: Food Pushers

Wow, he was an unusually hostile food-pusher, Gabby! :shock: Good reply from you! :)
by Octavia
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: automated eating tracker
Replies: 3415
Views: 1301283

Re: automated eating tracker

Me too, I’m so glad that Creator quickly came round after the food. It’s great that you have lots of knowledge on these things! I suppose there’s not much you can do now except keep an eye on him, see how things go. He’s lucky to have an educated mum, as well as one who can trim hedges! :)
by Octavia
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:
Replies: 257
Views: 13315

Re: Jen’s Eating Simplified (:

Hi Jen, Really enjoying reading your thread, and I so relate to your feelings about your DS going off to college. My DD is going in 2 weeks’ time. I keep noticing how, in the normal state of things, she is up in her room or pottering around...and yet soon that room will be empty. The poignant realis...
by Octavia
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: April's Keep it Simple at 50
Replies: 36
Views: 1797

Re: April's Keep it Simple at 50

Happy upcoming birthday April! 🎂
by Octavia
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Pinkhippies daily check in
Replies: 581
Views: 95924

Re: Pinkhippies daily check in

Hi pink, I hope the recent spell of stress is passing. I just wanted to add that I often feel like this - overwhelmed by the world and by my own feelings. Were you a middle child like me? I was always the one who had to be happy, upbeat, stable, peacemaking. I don’t know how to be angry in a way tha...