Tex Ark Check In

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Post by TexArk » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:21 pm

December has been the easiest it has ever been. Of course it helps not to be overwhelmed with travel and baking of goodies which used to be my life. Pretty laid back now in retirement years.

Weight has been consistent at 154. Of course, in the back of my mind, I still have 150 as a magic number because that would be a bmi in the normal range. That might happen over the year. I have gone down from 160 since March very slowly with the idea of maintaining.

But best of all...I think I own the no snacking pattern even in my subconscious. It is just not a consideration. I also learned over the years that I am an abstainer instead of a moderator. I have not eaten sugar in over a year and that is so much easier than thinking about it. I would do so if there was an occasion that presented itself, but I am no longer thinking about it or planning those events. It is not a rule. It is my choice. Cravings are gone. Why has it taken me 50 years to get to this place???
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:07 pm

Life is a bumpy journey. I too often wonder about lessons I wish I had learned when I was younger, but I suppose that is not a good use of my time, haha! I'm happy for you, though, and I really relate. I think I am also a bit better as an abstainer, but I do make sugar exceptions (e.g. I had a piece of my kiddo's birthday cake last night).

Glad to hear you are in a good place.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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Post by Octavia » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:40 pm

...I ALMOST have the no snacking thing in my subconscious....and in fact I reckon my first Mod, allowing an apple and a banana as snacks, undermined the habit to a large degree. I think I need to go back to Vanilla, and just make sure I get my healthy fruit as part of meals. In fact you’ve helped to galvanise me, Tex! Thank you :)

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Post by TexArk » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:55 pm

Octavia,

It really helps to think about how my body will never burn any extra stored fat from my liver, etc. and will just keep using the available glucose in my blood if I send it food all the time. We really do need to fast between meals like we used to do before all the snacking started up, and I am also getting more comfortable with 2 meals a day when convenient.

I am going to enjoy a Christmas Eve meal and have some sweets on Christmas Day but no longer is the Holiday eating from Thanksgiving to New Year's! I am also only having the one meal this evening. My daughter and I are going to bake cookies tomorrow to try out a new recipe. However, they will not be in my house after Christmas Day.
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by TexArk » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:46 pm

Made it through the Holidays without gaining! Yea me! I did have some sweets but I think the key was not to start up the grazing and second plates.

Here is the Year's report.
Way back 10 years ago I started NoS at about 175. But, of course, I had my ups and downs. By January 2017 I was back up to 191.6 with a bmi of 31.9. Obese! So back to serious NoS. Result: End of Dec. 2017 167.

Jan 1 2018 166.5 bmi 27.7
Dec 31 2018 154 bmi 25.6

Trend Analysis:
Max. trend for year 167.2
Max. trend for 6 mo. 160.9
Max. trend for quarter 157.4
Max trend for month 156.2
Max. trend for week 154.4

Loss per week:
For 2018 .27 lbs. per week
last month .52 lbs. per week

I declared myself at maintenance at 160 and even though I was still in the slightly overweight bmi category I felt healthy and had gone down in sizes and looked good for a 71 year old. My mindset changed to maintaining, but I kept weighing daily because that is just what I have learned I have to do. If I do not weigh in, I seem to be in denial. I do know I can go up and down which is why I like the trend analysis. If anyone else is reading this, please note that the average weight loss for the year was about 1/4 lb. That is so slow as not to be noticed which is another reason I record my weight. I think it takes a long, long time for the body to get regulated at a new set point. I am a firm believer in the no snacking rule as well as pushing the overnight fast to 16 hrs. I think that has been key to resetting my set point. I also think leaving sugar alone except for rare special occasions has been a turning point for me.

So, off to another year of maintaining. I may slowly, slowly lose 4 more pounds which would put me in the 25 bmi range. But I am not fretting over a number! It is the daily habits of NoS that I want to continue to firm up.
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by automatedeating » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:50 pm

Love your numbers-head. :-) I too like to do these reflections and track.

And I just posted a vent on poor WhosonFirst's thread saying something to the effect of not weighing for many = unwilling to stop overeating, same as your denial thing. Totally true for me.

So here's to a year of maintenance and many different growing experiences for you! I hope there are a lot of people in your life that get to reap the benefits of your wisdom from walking around on this planet for 71 years.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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Post by ladybird30 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:02 pm

TexArk wrote: I think it takes a long, long time for the body to get regulated at a new set point. I am a firm believer in the no snacking rule as well as pushing the overnight fast to 16 hrs. I think that has been key to resetting my set point. I also think leaving sugar alone except for rare special occasions has been a turning point for me.
Thanks for that TexArk. After 5 months in my current weight range, I am also hoping to reduce my setpoint a little more, but it is taking a long time at 63. I also weigh daily, as I would rather know if my weight is starting to creep up again.
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Post by TexArk » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:28 pm

Thanks so much for upgrading the site and working on the spam problem. Now it is time to bump my check in to the first page again.

Milestones:
Feb. 1---- 50th wedding anniversary! Had a nice weekend trip and we are thinking about something special later. Toying with the idea of a trip to Iceland.

February weigh in: bmi now under 25! I had declared months ago that I was OK where I was, and if more fat came off, that was OK. So this is bonus.

All going smoothly on the eating front. Tomorrow I am starting a resistance weight training program so I won't be as random. The walking (10,000 steps minimum) is going well, and it helps to have a large dog (actually my adult daughter's dog) that needs to exercise. I started out just to help since she works 9-5 and now we are a pair. I go pick him up and bring him to walk in our neighborhood. We even went out in light rain today.
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by automatedeating » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:23 pm

I really love how you have formed a habit of walking your daughter's dog.

And Iceland - oh, my that sounds lovely! Congrats on 50 years! That is amazing!
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8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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Post by BrightAngel » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:51 pm

Hi Tex Ark. Dropped by to check out the forum, and was glad to see you here again.
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Post by TexArk » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:33 pm

Interesting look back at This Day in History (my history)

Valentine's Day
2013 162.6
2014 172.8
2015 195
2016 In denial no weigh in all year!
2017 204
2018 167
2019 147.5

And this is just the past 6 years...I don't really want to look at the last 50 years of ups and downs! But I was at my lowest in 1972 (132) and highest in 2017 (204) and up and down the whole time...down to 142 and then up and so on. My set point seemed to be stuck on 176 the last 30 years, especially after a pregnancy at 40 and then menopause. That is actually where I was when I started NoS 10 years ago. I would diet down and then regain up and up and the cycle repeated itself. I think I have finally got my set point reset by controlling insulin. Wish I had known this decades ago!
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:59 pm

So happy for you Tex!
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Post by TexArk » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:52 pm

monthly check in
I am still maintaining wt. around 149 and am happy with that. Of course I would like to drop to 145 just for "insurance."

Post prandial blood sugar is nice and low (high 90s) but fasting blood sugar is considered pre diabetes (over 100). I am thinking dawn effect and not concerned, esp. since I check it at other times. No sugar, no grains, and low carbs, no meds.

Added resistance training this last month as well as the regular walks.

And I made it to my 72nd birthday this month so there is that!
24.7 bmi Feb. 2019
26.1 bmi Sept. 2018
31.4 bmi July 2017

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Post by Octavia » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:31 pm

Happy birthday! 🎂 :D

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Post by ladybird30 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:08 pm

Happy birthday, good to hear you are still going well.
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Post by automatedeating » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:36 am

Happy Birthday!!!

Was reading that the postprandial numbers are far more significant in predicting diabetic complications. For what it's worth.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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