Fifth year

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Fifth year

Post by DaveMc » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:21 pm

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:

And the news is a little less bright, this year: I seem to have regained somewhere around 10 of the 20 pounds that I lost during the first year, alas. (I found this out by weighing myself a few times over the last month, something I don't normally do. It did rather vindicate my intuitive sense of what I weigh: I was fully expecting to see a higher number on the scale, just based on how my clothes are fitting and the expansion I can see with my own eyes.)

But I am difficult to daunt, and thus I remain undaunted. I haven't done anything particularly differently, over the past year, but I think that's the lesson I'm going to take from this: I'm five years older, now, and I may not be able to get away with exactly what used to work for maintenance, before. But what I'm not going to do is flee from NoS into the arms of some insane and unsustainable diet. NoS is the way I eat, and I have no plans to change that. What I need to do, I think, is pay just a bit more attention to what I'm eating. If I put just a smidgen less on each plate, and increase the fraction of fruits and veggies compared to other stuff, I suspect I'll gradually shrink back down again. It's not a race, so if it takes a year to lose those 10 pounds, that's fine. It took a year to gain them, after all.

I'll let you know how it goes, next year ... :)

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Post by vmsurbat » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:38 am

Good to hear from you, again, Dave. I definitely think there is something to the "5 Years Older" syndrome, (especially when added to the 50+ years in my case--details in my upcoming anniversary post. :wink: )

And NoS is the PERFECT platform figuring out any needed, sanely sustainable tweaks (not mods). Your approach sounds perfect!

Congrats on another good year, and looking forward to hearing from you in 2015!
Vicki in MNE
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Post by ironchef » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:44 am

Congrats Dave! Love reading these long term testimonials, very encouraging!

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Post by MerryKat » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:31 am

Congrats on 5 years and on your sane approach to the creeping gain!
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Post by reinhard » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:45 pm


Congratulations on another year on habit and thank you for your honest reporting!

I'm confident, given your track record and practical, optimistic approach that you'll figure out whatever tweaks you need to make going forward.


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Post by eschano » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:57 am

Hi Dave! You know, a brilliant testimonial - very inspiring! After all, it's not always about the weight but actually about the system.
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Post by oolala53 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:57 pm

Glad to hear from you. Year 5 is a little shakier than I expected, but I too am hanging in there. Hope springs eternal that the last few months will straighten out. In the mean time, No S is still the backbone of my eating, and I'm pleased with that. I'm on your team!
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Post by Tombo » Thu May 10, 2018 12:23 pm

It's great for you to be sticking with it and kepeing a sane approach, well done!

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