Minimizer Just Checking 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 oolala53 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:16 pm

Smart goals. Check in only when it works for you.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:41 am

Whatever works!
We are with you. :)
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 minimizer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:14 pm

February 1, 2018

Height: 5'1"
Weight: 142
BMI: 26.8

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Post by minimizer » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:16 pm

April 5, 2018

Weight 139
BMI 26.3

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Post by minimizer » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:52 pm

I'm going to print out the articles that I have bookmarked here on my 'daily' posts.

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Post by minimizer » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:20 pm

138# BMI 26.1

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Post by minimizer » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:29 am


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Post by Soprano » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:59 am

Interesting thanks for posting

Jx
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:07 am

Hi minimizer! Glad to see you posted! Now I'm going to read the article you linked.

Ok, I read it -- then went and found the original study. How totally fascinating, yes!
I was particularly interested because I have mild prediabetes and would like to curtail any worsening of it.

Here's the abstract:

Early Time-Restricted Feeding Improves Insulin Sensitivity, Blood Pressure, and Oxidative Stress Even without Weight Loss in Men with Prediabetes.
Sutton EF1, Beyl R1, Early KS2, Cefalu WT3, Ravussin E1, Peterson CM4.
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Abstract
Intermittent fasting (IF) improves cardiometabolic health; however, it is unknown whether these effects are due solely to weight loss. We conducted the first supervised controlled feeding trial to test whether IF has benefits independent of weight loss by feeding participants enough food to maintain their weight. Our proof-of-concept study also constitutes the first trial of early time-restricted feeding (eTRF), a form of IF that involves eating early in the day to be in alignment with circadian rhythms in metabolism. Men with prediabetes were randomized to eTRF (6-hr feeding period, with dinner before 3 p.m.) or a control schedule (12-hr feeding period) for 5 weeks and later crossed over to the other schedule. eTRF improved insulin sensitivity, β cell responsiveness, blood pressure, oxidative stress, and appetite. We demonstrate for the first time in humans that eTRF improves some aspects of cardiometabolic health and that IF's effects are not solely due to weight loss.
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 minimizer » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:22 pm

Yes, I am afraid that I'm headed to the prediabetic range myself.
I have to get serious about reversing this...I plan to start
posting my meals (including timing) next week.

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Post by eschano » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:54 am

Thanks for the interesting link! Diabetis runs in the family so I’m very interested.
eschano - Vanilla rocks!

July 2012- January 2016
Started again July 2018

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Post by minimizer » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:19 pm

BR:
oatmeal, Greek yogurt, banana; two cups black tea
1/2 cup lactose-free 2% milk

Lun:
chicken, carrots, broccoli, corn
cup lactose-free 2% milk

Aft: 1/2 cup lactose-free 2% milk; cup black tea

Din: Salmon filet, baked potato/butter, collard greens,
blueberries, banana, & Greek yogurt

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Post by minimizer » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:20 am

Br:
oatmeal, whey protein, banana, flax; 2 c black tea; 1/2 c. L-F 2% milk

Lun:
salmon, baked potato, butter, ff Gr yogurt, pecans

Aft: coffee & 2% L-F milk

Din:
vegetarian chili, carrots, blueberries, cup 2% L-F milk

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Post by minimizer » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:33 am

16:8

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Post by minimizer » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:38 am

Weight: 135
BMI: 25.5

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Post by minimizer » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:05 pm

134#
bmi: 25.3

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:51 pm

Hey there minimizer! :-)

Looks like you are doing well and I'm so delighted to see you on the boards!
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 minimizer » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:01 am

Yes, thanks, Auto. Your stats look very good!

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Post by minimizer » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:02 am

133#
BMI 25.1

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Post by minimizer » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:05 pm

Holidays, blah. Who needs 'em? I could live without them.
Glad that tomorrow is my favorite day:
January 1st, the beginning of a new year and I am hopeful.

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Post by minimizer » Mon May 20, 2019 4:13 pm

BR: oatmeal, banana, whey protein, flax seeds; black tea; coffee w/milk

LUNCH: English muffin w/butter; green peas w/butter; milk w/Pom; supplements

DINNER:

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Post by automatedeating » Tue May 21, 2019 10:59 pm

Hi Minimizer! So nice to see you on the boards!!!! :lol: 8) :P
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 minimizer » Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:07 pm

Yes, I'm here from time to time.
Br: oatmeal, banana, whey protein, flax seeds; one cup of coffee, ff milk
Lun: canned salmon/mayo, ww pita, blueberries, ff milk
Din:

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Post by minimizer » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:32 am

oatmeal, cooked apples; coffee w/milk

leftover tamale pie, slice Havarti cheese; leftover collard greens; dandy tea w/milk

chicken salad w/pecans, 1/2 ww pita; steamed cauli & carrots; ff Greek yogurt & banana

cup milk

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:21 pm

How are things going for you in the non-food areas?
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 minimizer » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:47 pm

You're doing so well, auto! That's great, I am happy for you.

Lots of family stress going on here, several stressors in fact, but I will try to not complain...
BMI currently 26.1

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oatmeal, banana, flax seeds; coffee w/milk

small ww pita, slice Havarti cheese; dandy tea w/milk

rotisserie chicken leg & wing; spinach; small ww pita; fresh blueberries; milk

leftover chicken; banana; peanut butter
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Post by minimizer » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:52 am

Still stress eating. Ongoing family stressors. It seems to me that if I could control one thing in my life, it could be my eating. Scheduling meals has been difficult however.

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:02 am

Oh, minimizer, sorry to hear that the family stressors continue. And controlling our eating is HARD to do when we are stressed! That is the easiest and first thing to often go in our routines. We lose our self-care and aren't always as gentle with ourselves as we really need.

Please feel free to share however much you want here. We are here to support you.
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 minimizer » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:13 am

Hey Auto, I caught up with some of your recent posts. I have also had fasting blood sugar issues. I'm afraid I'm becoming pre-diabetic as well.
I need to work on that (and I know that ongoing stress is not helping either).

It looks like you are doing very well! I'm glad.
I have managed to do well yesterday and today. Writing down my meals, no snacks, no seconds, no sweets.

The stressful family issues have to do with very elderly parents and some heavy decisions being made about their care.
This has been ongoing for quite some time and I expect it to be a big stress for my husband and myself for some time to come.
We have to deal with it one day at a time, I know. If I feel that I have control over my daily food, I will feel like I'm
on top of something at least. I'm going to make the effort.

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Post by minimizer » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:03 pm

I had a pretty excellent weekend, eating-wise. I'm glad.
I have ordered a blood glucose monitoring kit which is due to
arrive tomorrow, so I'll be keeping track of my fasting blood
glucose. I have walked around 30-40 minutes most evenings lately.

Today (so far):

Breakfast: oatmeal, banana, plain fat-free organic yogurt, flax seeds
Black English breakfast tea. 1% milk.

Lunch: walnuts & plain ff organic yogurt; Ezekiel toast w/slice of Cheddar;
baby carrots

Supper: turkey patty with cabbage, carrots, marinara, curry, evoo; ratatouille; milk with Pom

Coconut La Croix with Pom

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Post by automatedeating » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:02 am

Yay, a blood sugar testing friend! :lol:
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 minimizer » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:00 pm

Yes, the glucose monitor kit arrived today, now I have to learn how to use it.
Hope it's not difficult--I can look for Youtube tutorials.
(Weight: 138)

Breakfast: oatmeal, banana, plain fat-free Greek yogurt, flax seeds; black tea

Lunch: boiled egg & mayo (egg salad) on slice Ezekiel bread; leftover ratatouille; leftover cooked cabbage & carrots with slice of Cheddar; 1% milk

Supper: salmon loaf; steamed pea pods & steamed carrots; kale cooked with evoo; 1% milk with Pom

Night; La Croix with Pom

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Post by minimizer » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:02 am

Br: oatmeal, banana, yogurt, flax seeds; black tea; milk
Lun: potluck--one plate of food, no sweets
Sup: leftovers; milk
Night: la Croix; milk

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Post by minimizer » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:56 pm

Br: oatmeal, banana, yogurt, flax seeds; black tea; milk
Lun: egg salad, slice Ezekiel bread; baby carrots; ff Gr yogurt with walnuts
Sup: two slices Ezekiel bread, marainara, two slices Havarti; banana; Brazil nuts; 1% milk
I'm reading my No S Diet book again, every word, cover to cover. Inspirational.

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Post by minimizer » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:34 pm

Had a good week, having a sensible weekend.
Working on reducing stress and hopefully better
sleep as well.
Stressful Monday coming up.

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Post by oolala53 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:08 pm

Congrats on a good week. Good luck Monday!
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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Re: Minimizer Just Checking In

Post by automatedeating » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:21 am

Minimizer - I hope Monday goes OK.
Sometimes I use this at work when I get triggered:
S - stop
T - take a few breaths
O - observe what's happening in my body
P - practice identifying, naming, and riding out the feeling

The problem is this process takes me a long time, but I still find it useful and worthwhile. Baby steps getting faster at processing my feelings "in the moment" of the stressor.
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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