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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 » Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:41 pm

Just making sure a few people I've communicated with have seen this.
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Post by Sammybunny711 » Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:25 pm

I agree, too. Sounds like you're in a very good place. Way to go!
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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:42 pm

Thank you Soprano, Oolala and Sammybunny!

Oolala! Thank you for the heads up on Reinhard's topic! Maybe just to be safe I will take my check-in and copy-paste it to a document or something. I know he wouldn't do anything without letting us know, but just in case...

I have almost posted here several times in the past month, but I never have anything to say! Well, one thing I guess is I'm still trying to decide if daily desserts are for me. On one hand, they can become habitual, but on the other hand, they reduce that urge to go nuts on the weekend. Like we got a box of donuts from the in-laws yesterday and I have had one. One donut. The box is sitting there on the table, but I don't WANT a donut. I also have lots of candy in my pantry for Halloween but I don't want that either. Now... after dinner I might want a few pieces. Or maybe a donut. But it doesn't feel compulsive like it used to. And I don't have that fear of missing out because I can't eat it during the week. So, I think I'm going to keep doing what I have been doing.

My husband and I went on a six-mile hike yesterday and one of my knees didn't like it! I have it in a brace today but I can't walk without pain. So annoying. I have still been mountain biking on a fairly regular basis and getting much more comfortable on my bike and getting better in general.

I guess the one thing that has been going on is my 12 year old has turned into a sloth. And every time she has PE she complains for the next 3 days because she can't walk without pain. The other thing that concerns me is she will only walk on her forefoot, ball of her foot. She says it's uncomfortable to walk on her heels. So, I'm trying to figure out how to get her more active so PE won't wipe her out so much. She does mountain bike ride a few times a month, but it's not enough.

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Post by Soprano » Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:02 am

Your daughter sounds like my nephew, I think it is something to do with a shortened tendon, she may benefit from physio and some stretching exercises.

Worth getting it checked out.

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Post by pinkhippie » Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:03 pm

Interesting Soprano. I will look into that, and in the meantime try to get her to do some stretching.

Today I was at the dentist for almost 4 hours getting a crown. My poor jaw is so sore from having to hold my mouth open. I have a tight jaw and dentist visits are always hard on me. This crown was replacing a back molar so it was rough. Luckily I had delicious potato soup on the menu for tonight. I was so hungry when I could finally eat again that I ate two bowls of it.

I guess I am not sticking super hard to no seconds at dinner. That would probably be the step that would result in weight loss for me, but it's also the step that makes me feel anxious and more hungry and leads to rebound eating, so I'm not doing that part just yet. I eat to satisfaction/reasonable fullness and if that involves seconds, so be it. Dinner is especially hard because I am feeding my 3 kids. Sometimes, I don't know if there will be enough if it's something they like so I always take a small portion and then take a second small portion if there is any left and I am still hungry. Sometimes there isn't and then I make a half PBJ or something. So dinner just can't be an exact science. But, for lunch and breakfast, I do not do seconds.

Oct 25 Monday

B: a bowl of cornflakes with milk, crushed walnuts, banana, and milk

L: PBJ with a few apple slices, half a glass of milk

D: 2 bowls of potato soup, 2 slices of french bread with butter, 2 mini reeses.

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Post by TeacherJ » Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:35 pm

I love potato soup. I haven't had it in a long time. I may have to change that.
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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Oct 27, 2021 4:52 pm

Teacher J, I don't think I had ever made it! All my kids hated it but more for meeee! Its great too because I have so much left over, I get to have it on this cold blustery day for lunch.

Stayed green all week so far. (my definition of green right now I guess is just no snacks and no stuffing. :lol: Like I don't overeat to the point of eating more than I need. I do still have a small dessert after dinner. Lately its been 2 reeses minis. Im interested to see how I do with Halloween candy this year. Last year I couldn't stop eating it.

Yesterday Oct 26 2021

B: Raisin bran, banana, nuts milk

L: 1.5 bowls of potato soup, 2 slices bread

D: 2 ham and cheese hot pockets with buttered broccoli, 2 reeses minis, 3 licorice twists.

Today Oct 27 2021 Wednesday

B: raisin bran, banana nuts, milk

L: 1 piece beef jerky, bowl of potato soup, 1 piece of bread, steamed broccoli

Was hungry between lunch and dinner. Probably helped along by a cold and rainy day. I made some tea with milk and sugar and it hit the spot.

D: 1.5 portions of baked ravioli, 1 garlic knot, 3 Twizzlers, 2 reeses minis

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Post by oolala53 » Sat Oct 30, 2021 3:50 am

More than half of my teeth are crowned. None in the very front. I don't think I've ever had a 4-hour procedure, though. When I was a kid and we had very little money, we lived near dental school so I had work done there. Everything took at least three times as long- so much longer that when I went to a regular dentist a several years later on my own as a teenager, I almost started crying because when he got done so fast, I thought maybe he was trying to pull a fast one because my mom wasn't there. Nope, it was just that he had years of experience! But also at the school, they used a dam to keep patients' mouths open. Even when you don't have to work to keep your mouth open, your jaw gets sore. I feel for ya.
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Post by Amy3010 » Sat Oct 30, 2021 6:09 am

Well done on keeping green despite the dental work! And yum, potato soup, delicious, especially at this time of year!

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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:51 pm

Oolala yeah I guess it's just something that happens. The procedure didn't take quite so long, it was just that they make the crown onsite so I had to wait for it to get made. That sounds tough to have everything take so long at a dental school! No wonder they are using a dam. I hate those because it holds my mouth open wider than it can comfortably go.

My jaw and my teeth feel much better now though.

Thanks Amy!


Well, I didn't eat too much candy during Halloween but then I noticed a strange pattern where I was eating a little more every day, and then this weekend, anytime I ate anything sugary I got a headache and just felt bad. So... I guess I need to go back to vanilla no s with no sugar during the week. Healthwise and habitwise, it just makes sense. It's kind of an insidious creeping and I don't want to feel bad when I eat sugar.

But, Im really glad I gave it a good long experiment to really come to the conclusion on my own as to what is better for me and how I feel.

So, we will see how it goes this week.

I will probably be in sugar withdrawal.

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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:27 am

Good luck with the sugar withdrawal...like you with sugar, I have come to a similar conclusion for myself with alcohol - it just doesn't do me any favors at all, so I decided to take a break until the end of the year.

And you inspired me - I made potato soup last week and really enjoyed it! Glad your mouth is feeling better!

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Post by pinkhippie » Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:40 pm

Hey Amy!
Glad I could inspire you! Im definitely going to have to make potato soup one more time before the year is over!

Good luck with no alcohol! Today is DAY 1 with no sweetsfor me. I didn't have any trouble with no dessert after lunch because I have only been having sweets with lunch since Halloween. Dinner will be the challenge. I have frozen fruit, tea, and cereal for an emergency sweet crave.

Breakfast:
raisin bran with milk, nuts, blueberries and milk

Lunch
Egg, melted cheese and ham sandwich, sauteed broccoli

D paremsan chicken with rice, a biscuit and some frozen mixed fruit
( I had no veggies, tommorow is grocery day and we are out. Brought in some fruit to add color and fiber at the very least! LOL)

Gingerbread Tea

I did it! No sweets today! The fruit really helped. The tea was good too. Also no seconds which I don't always manage to do. Today was a success.

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Post by Amy3010 » Tue Nov 09, 2021 6:54 am

Well done! Just take it day by day and before you know it, you'll have a whole string of sugar free days! :mrgreen:

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Post by ladybird30 » Tue Nov 09, 2021 10:53 pm

pinkhippie wrote:
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:40 pm
Brought in some fruit to add color and fiber at the very least! LOL)
I love a colourful plate with lots of different vegies or fruit on it. Somehow seems much more inviting to me than just various shades of brown.
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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Nov 10, 2021 4:25 am

Thanks for the encouragement Amy! I hope so!

Ladybird yes, I always feel like I'm eating the SAD diet when everything on my plate is beige or brown. I like a lot of color too.

Tuesday

Breakfast
Raisin bran, walnuts banana and milk

Lunch
Parmesan chicken, rice, a huge helping of green beans and a biscuit

Dinner
2 eggs in a hat, peaches and strawberries.

Decaf chocolate hazelnut tea

Another day of no sweets and no seconds. I'm also easing my lunchtime a little earlier. It had been later so that the between lunch and dinner hours were less and so easier not to snack but with the result of not being hungry for dinner and so actually overeating. If I don't have a hunger cue I don't have a satisfaction cue.

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Nov 11, 2021 12:29 am

Day 3!
Im feeling it today. My car had all the warning lights go on and Im suspecting the hyrid battery is about to go which means we might have to get a new car in the middle of a car shortage. I have to take my 9 year old to a field trip she is really looking forward to tommorrow and then I'm going to the mechanic. Suffice to say, a lot of stress and wow some Halloween candy would really hit the spot! I did not do it though.

Breakfast
Raisin bran, banana, walnuts milk

Lunch
Parmesan chicken, rice, green beans, a clementine

Dinner
3 pork tacos on corn tortillas with salsa, 1 clementine

Organic chocolate orange tea with milk

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Post by Soprano » Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:03 am

Well done on resisting! Hope you get the car sorted.
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Nov 16, 2021 12:15 am

Thanks Soprano!

Its the hybrid battery of course... Oh and a the water pump! I have spent the past week looking into all my options and Im still trying to figure it out. Sigh.. At least it still drives!

This weekend I did quite well with my No Sing, As some of you know, I have dessert with my family every Friday night so I start my S day at dinner time on Friday but end my S day on Sunday after breakfast. I think that probably evens it out. I did not have a dessert on Sunday. I had pizza and a brownie on Saturday but still stuck to 3 meals no snacks.

Last week was all green!

Monday is going well. No seconds, 3 meals only and No sweets.

Breakfast
Raisin bran strawberries, milk, crushed almonds

Lunch
Homemade vegetable soup, two pieces of buttered toast, 1 clementine

Dinner
1 bowl of Chicken veggie stir fry, a very small apple and a few pieces of frozen fruit

Ginger Lemon Tea

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:04 pm

So we ended up taking the car to the dealership. I know I know... believe it or not, they were only a few hundred more for a new battery and they were less for the water pump. So that plus the loaner car I get to drive around this week, and I guess its worth it. Im just grateful we have enough in savings to cover the cost and fingers crossed my little car lasts at least 3 more years! Im driving a 2022 Toyota Camry right now and Im like wow! New cars! bluetooth! Technology! LOL My car seemed like cutting edge when I got in 2007 with its digital display and its back up camera. Cars have come a long way since then!

Anyway, on to eating.

I have been writing in my planner the 3 habits of 3 meals, No sweets and no seconds and it's curiously motivating. I really want to be able to cross those boxes off at the end of the day. If there was ever a stressful week that I craved sweets after dinner it was this week! I wanted to eat chocolate A LOT with the stress of deciding to put so much money into my old car. But I did not! And I am happy I didn't because I feel better physically. Still the same weight though. SIgh...

Oh and I can't remember if I mentioned it or not but I'm doing for the first time NaNoWriMo. It has been a very educational experience and takes a lot of discipline to write my required amount of words a day. But, I'm doing good and I finally know what the ending of my story will be (pretty much) I hit 37 thousand words today! The most writing I have ever accomplished on a novel attempt.

Looking forward to the weekend!

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Post by Amy3010 » Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:19 am

Well done on resisting the stress eating - it is not easy when facing upheaval like the decision you had to make on the car. And NaNoWriMo, that is a big deal and it sounds like you are going to make it with that word count! I attempted it several times, and only managed to reach the final word count once. Nowadays I do my daily writing on the website "750 words", which for me is very motivating, and I find 750 words a lot more doable. Good luck on finishing! :D

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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:04 pm

Thank you Amy! That's awesome you have done nano wri mo and finished your word count and that you have done Nano so many times!

I finished my word count for Nanowrimo today. It was pretty intense and now that I know what it's really like I don't know if I could do it again! It's the first story I have ever finished in my life, and I'm pretty happy with "draft zero" as they say.

Amy, thank you, I have never heard of the website 750 words and I looked it up and that looks awesome! I'm totally going to sign up! One thing I really enjoyed about the nano was having a reason to write every day. I felt like my creativity was unleashed and my ideas seemed to flow for the first time in a long time and I want to keep it up. This looks like a great less overwhelming way to keep up the habit. So thank you for letting me know about that.

Also, I got my car back! It drives amazingly! My husband says it drives like it's new again and I wouldn't go that far, but I hadn't realized how much the quality of driving had degraded over time until those problems went away. I guess my battery had been going for a long time. I also went back to 49 mpg city driving which I haven' seen in YEARS. When I took it in last week it was at 33 MPG and previous to that it had been 39 or 40 for a very long time. Anyway, I'm relieved and I really hope the car can keep going for the next few years. I'm going to take as good of care of it as I possibly can.

Well eating. This week hasn't been as good. I had seconds yesterday because of the dinner I made. I served myself a small amount in case there wasn't enough and after everyone had finished eating I was still hungry so I had another spoonful. I haven't had any sweets. I was visiting my dad two days ago and he brought out graham crackers and tea at 3 pm. I couldn't resist. But, it's ok this week is going to be wonky anyway.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving Thursday with my family and Friday with my husband's family so two special days there. But I'm going to try not to snack and be moderate. We will see what ends up happening.

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Post by Amy3010 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:39 am

Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo and completing the first draft of your story! That is a huge accomplishment - well done! I know what you mean about the daily writing habit and not wanting to let go of it. I hope 750 words works well for you. I find it highly motivating to want to keep up my streak! :D

And getting your car back in such good shape, that is awesome - right before Thanksgiving, too! Enjoy the holiday! It does make the week a bit wonky but so nice you get the chance to spend it with family, it sounds like it is worth the two S days! :mrgreen: And next week you can make a fresh start on the eating.

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Post by pinkhippie » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:26 pm

Thank you Amy! Now that I have done it and I have had 3 days where I haven't written, I can't believe I actually did it! Revising will be a whole other experience. 750 words sounds so much more doable and motivating. Yes, it's so nice to get my car sorted before the holidays!

Phew, yep lots of food so far this week. I have been trying to have still only 2 or 3 meals a day and dessert only once. I only had 2 meals on Thanksgiving and the day after because we did big meals around 11:30. Today I had 3 meals and one dessert. ( a slice of Pumpkin pie with ice cream) I know weight means nothing but my weight has been maintained so far during the holidays. We will see what happens...

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Post by Amy3010 » Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:14 am

Well, it is always good to know you are holding steady! :mrgreen: I bet it will be a relief in a way to get back to normal eating next week. Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here in Belgium, just a normal weekday, so I never have to deal with the dietary fallout from it, for which I am grateful :wink: Enjoy your Sunday!

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Dec 10, 2021 12:09 am

Thank you Amy! yeah, I guess you wouldn't have to worry about this holiday in Belgium! Do you have an equivalent holiday where everyone eats a lot?

I felt like I was going to be relieved to go back to normal but then I just jumped headfirst off the rails. I think it's because I purposely started trying to eat smaller meals to make up for Thanksgiving and my body completely rebelled. 2 days of attempted smaller meals translated to 2 weeks of eating extra food. I am thinking I can never do any type of purposeful restriction again. That's probably for the best.

I have done much better this week. NOt great, but not terrible. I'm weirdly hungry right now between lunch and dinner and it's annoying. I'm going to hold out those two hours until dinner but I don't understand this eating urge.

Edit:

I made it to dinner but wow it was hard! Im also really tired today and that probably is contributing as well. A little hungry after dinner but making myself some tea to see if that helps.

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Post by Amy3010 » Fri Dec 10, 2021 7:41 am

Awww, it sounds like you struggled to get back on track after Thanksgiving - but you got back in the swing of things this week! And it gave you some valuable insight into your body's reaction to restriction. Like you, I find I have to walk a very fine line with restriction - if it tips over into too much, my body also rebels and it pushes me over the edge into bingeing. So I guess a big part of this process is learning how to walk that line without crossing it. Well done on making it to dinner - I find that is always the toughest part of the day!

Christmas and New Year are big eating holidays here in Belgium, but with covid still being a big part of our lives, we will be celebrating at home with just our kids, so the menu is completely in my own control, and there will be no food pushers (my MIL!) around, which is a plus. I have been doing really well on not having wine since the end of October, and I will continue to do that through the end of the year but might make an exception for Christmas Eve and NYE. What are your plans for the end of the year holidays?

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Post by ladybird30 » Tue Dec 14, 2021 11:39 pm

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Fri Dec 10, 2021 12:09 am

I felt like I was going to be relieved to go back to normal but then I just jumped headfirst off the rails. I think it's because I purposely started trying to eat smaller meals to make up for Thanksgiving and my body completely rebelled. 2 days of attempted smaller meals translated to 2 weeks of eating extra food. I am thinking I can never do any type of purposeful restriction again. That's probably for the best.
This is sounding awfully familiar to me at the moment, as having similar problems with any sort of restriction - a reaction to getting down below my usual weight I suppose.

Somewhere Reinhard cautions against make up restrictions after the event, although I can't remember exactly where.
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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Dec 17, 2021 3:26 pm

Hi Amy! Yes that fine line is tricky! Our plans are pretty low key. My MIL and my dad both live locally and have been in our "pod" since last year. We will visit them at some point. Other than that, nothing much. The kids will spend the night for a couple of nights at their grandparents and Im looking forward to a couple of days without younger children to take care of. My 18-year-old will still be here.


Ladybird, yep its hard! It feels like my body definitely rebels.

I didn't do well this week AT ALL. I have been eating until I actually physically hurt. It's pretty weird, I don't normally do this and haven't emotionally binged in years. I can't think of any major triggers, life seems pretty much the same as it has been all year. Yesterday I decided not to eat until I was hungry because of all the excess food and stomach ache and I didn't end up eating until 1 pm. I'm doing the same thing again today, I'm going to wait until I'm hungry to eat. I think sometimes when I eat when I'm not hungry I lose my appetite fullness cues and I can just eat forever. I dont' know. It's a bit discouraging, I did think I was beyond this.

Next week is going to be holiday cookies and meals so I hope I can figure it out before then.

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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Dec 19, 2021 11:55 pm

Just wanted to update, that I have been doing a lot better. Not eating breakfast until late, or just not eating breakfast has made a huge difference! I have been doing that all weekend and I am eating much less food (the amount my body actually needs) because I'm not eating until I'm hungry. Today I wasn't hungry until 12: 45 pm. I assume that is just because of my extra food and extra weight and eventually, I will start getting hungrier earlier. It's nice to not feel like I can't stop eating. I think where it all went wrong for me was when I started trying to eat breakfast earlier so I would be hungry for an earlier lunch. But to do that, I was eating breakfast when I wasn't hungry and so then it seemed to make it where it was harder to tell if I was hungry for a meal or not?

I'm not sure but this week I am going to continue to not eat breakfast until hungry or just skip it, depending on how I feel and see how it goes.

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Post by ladybird30 » Mon Dec 20, 2021 12:58 am

Apart from anything else, breakfast is so much more enjoyable when hungry and you actually want the food.
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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:49 am

I'm sorry to hear you were struggling, but it is good that you are doing better now! It sounds like you are really exploring and paying attention to your body's hunger levels and figuring out what works for you. Ladybird is right, any meal is way more enjoyable when you are actually hungry for the food!

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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Dec 22, 2021 8:40 pm

Ladybird its so true! I think sometimes when you get out of the habit of eating when you are hungry you forget how much better food can actually taste! At least that is what happened to me.

Thanks Amy! I am doing better this week! I am really noticing almost a compulsion to keep eating past satisfaction at dinner time and sometimes lunch. I will have the thought "Oh Im full, I don't need any more food" And yet my hands and my mouth operate independently of me and I feel compelled to eat the rest of my food. Im really working on this right now. I seem to go in phases where Im really good at not finishing my plate if Im not hungry and phases where it feels impossible to not eat everything.

This week I have been doing inadvertent IF as I haven't gotten hungry until around 12 or 12:30 and have been skipping breakfastI noticed today I got hungry at 12, earlier than I have all week so maybe my body is getting back on track with how much food it needs. I tell myself every morning that if I get truly hungry I can eat at any time. telling myself I can't eat until a certain time is recipe for disaster for me I think. Activates restriction head.(and restriction body!)

Also I was 163 lbs this morning which is a much better feeling than the 166 branching up to 167 I was two weeks ago. I know it's only 3 pounds but it makes a noticeable comfort difference in how all my clothes fit.

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And focusing on how good it feels to have your clothes fit more comfortably is incredibly motivating! :mrgreen:

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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:11 am

Amy, Yes it is!

I made it through the holidays still at the same weight which I consider an accomplishment. I printed off a habit tracker and I'm coloring my days green when I stick to No S. It's very motivating so far! I have been sticking to vanilla no S since about the beginning of January.

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Getting through the holidays without gaining is huge! I find filling in the Habit Cal helps me stay on track, too.

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Hope you're seeing lots of green.
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Thanks for the support ladybird, Amy, and oolala!

We have had soooo much stress in January! We had a freak ice storm/sleet thing and my husband totaled out his van on the highway. He was ok thank goodness! We have been trying not to get a new car because of the market, but after that, we were forced to. So, he finally got a new car last night. So much stress! So much debt! Neither one of us has been sleeping all that well. Im hoping things will finally calm down soon!

I HAVE been doing pretty well with No S. I pretty much never snack. The things I am most likely to do are to eat something sweet after dinner or grab seconds of dinner.

My weight has still remained stable. I realize if I ever want to go below 163/165, I have to stop those occasional seconds and those occasional sweets much more consistently. However, Im pretty happy to be in a relatively comfortable size and not feel deprived or like Im suffering at all. Basically eating what I want when I want. Although really, it's just the habits of No S that make me feel that way. I would like to develop the non-seconds habit the same way I have the no snacking habit. I think it would probably be a game-changer.

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ugh, i hate financial stress!! we had to replace one if our hvac systems a couple months ago and it looks like we’ll have to replace another one soon. we probably are going to owe a bunch of taxes too so i’m stressing about that too. i just remind myself that we’ve had these times where i was super stressed about money but we’ve always eventually recovered from it to the point where i can’t even remember exactly what i was worrying over during those times.

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Post by Amy3010 » Fri Feb 18, 2022 7:49 am

I am so sorry that January was so stressful for you - I hope February was better?

I know what you mean about getting to the point in your weight loss journey where you feel pretty comfortable with where you are and yet you realize that in order to make more progress you are going to have to look at fine tuning some things. I knew for a long time that I was going to have to give up alcohol to make any further progress, but resisted it for a while. I am sure you will figure out what you need to do when you are ready to do it and in the meantime the No-S habits will help keep you on an even keel, which is a great place to be in itself!

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Feb 18, 2022 4:04 pm

Thanks, Linda! I know! It's true, it does work itself out, it's just a change and that always feels stressful too. Sorry to hear about your Hvac system!

Hi Amy, so true! That's exactly the point that I am at! It's a good point that NoS keeps us on an even keel until or if we decide to make further tweaks.

My February has been a little less stressful. Still getting things ironed out, but better than the end of January, that's for sure!

I had what seemed like an earth-shattering revelation last night, but actually isn't. But isn't that always the way with eating and eating behaviors? So obvious and simple, yet so hard for us to see?

So my revelation was, it's hard for me to stop eating at dinner time because after dinner is essentially when I "clock out". It's the end of my workday. I do have to wrap leftovers and do a few dishes, but typically I wash dishes while cooking so it's very quick to just rinse plates and put them in the dishwasher. So, I want to celebrate. I want to relax, I want to unwind and I still look to food to do that in certain instances. I used to have a really hard time not eating after dinner on my "break" time when I got to spend time alone in the evening, but I eventually replaced that urge to eat with books and watching Netflix, or writing. But, right after dinner, surrounded by food, I have the same urge. After dinner, my husband plays with the kids, and then I have a break, and then we watch a show, and yes I put the kids to bed, but my responsibilities and cleaning are basically done for the day. I always feel such relief after I serve dinner. It truly is like getting off work after a long day.

I was really aware of that last night. I wanted to keep eating even though I was full(as usual) or go find a piece of toast or some peanut butter. It finally clicked that I wanted to celebrate. I wanted something special to be like YAY! Im done for the day! It sounds silly I know. Anyway, just being aware of that, helped me not have seconds, or anything else. I think that awareness is going to help me make those two final tweaks that have been eluding me. Seconds for dinner, and sometimes sweets after dinner on N days. We will see.

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Well, since I had that realization about dinner, I haven't felt that emotional pull to eat more after dinner. Just like every other meal, it finally feels ok to stop eating after a reasonable serving. The trigger is gone. I think another part of it, maybe from a long time ago was that dinner was the only time that I felt like I was relaxing, and after the kids were served, it was my time to relax and sometimes I wanted to extend that feeling. Yesterday I had the thought of eating more after dinner, and then I remembered that I don't need food to enjoy my time of relaxation or to celebrate being done for the day. And then the thought just faded away... I don't need to feel STUFFED like I used to. Im not really sure what the connection was there either, but it's pretty amazing. It's incredible how emotional triggers or associations can affect how much we eat, even when we don't realize it.

And Im finally hungry for breakfast! For the first time like ever maybe? Usually, I just eat breakfast because it's time or I have to, but this week I have been waking up hungry for it.

So, we will see what happens. I have been having green days so far this week.

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Post by Amy3010 » Wed Feb 23, 2022 6:58 am

Wow! You really had an aha moment with that realization and it sounds like the awareness you now have about why you ate after dinner, has helped you to change the behavior! That's great!

I can relate to your end-of-the-day celebratory eating - I had similar behavior when my kids were small. Once they were in bed, it was the first moment of the day when I had time to myself. But that nighttime eating does have a huge impact on weight, and yes, also on waking up hungry for breakfast. I also realized that I slept much better without a full stomach.

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I used to be totally cool about not eating late at night, but I'm with you -- now that I have a small child, once she's in bed, I'm ready to celebrate me-time and I need to do that WITHOUT resorting to food.
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Hi Amy! Yes, I did! I truly feel like a switch has been flipped in my brain. I thought I had overcome the eating after kids were in bed, or not my sole responsibility anymore because I did stop snacking at night. But all I did was just eat A LOT at dinner, or have seconds, or basically make it where I was so stuffed, I wouldn't want to eat after dinner. I just pushed the timeline forward basically.

Sammybunny yes! I think being a parent is harder work than we consciously realize and we really need some kind of release or maybe self-care when we get a break. For me, I often see eating in celebration as self-care, so I have been trying to shift that.

Today I made french toast for dinner with sausage. (Ice storm here, I had to. :) ) And I fully intended to have 3 pieces as it was delicious! But, I was full after two and I just stopped. Like, I was done and it was amazing. It's like whatever emotional trigger that overrode my body isn't there or is much quieter now. It's incredibly freeing. In the past I used to have to substitue tea after dinner for food, and I realize now that I was trying to take the celebration/release of dealing with kids and home and just transfer it from food to tea. But, that just didn't stick. Its not the same feeling I guess.

Anyway, I will keep this check-in updated. Im interested to see if this lasts, and what happens the next time I have a REALLY stressful day. You know, in a scientist observing kind of way, not really looking forward to that scenario personally...

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Hope the after dinner ease is holding!
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Hi oolala! It HAS! It's pretty amazing. It's also amazing what a difference it can make over time weight wise. Since I had that realization, I have lost about 2 pounds. I finally went below the 163-pound mark! The nice thing is, I don't feel like I am depriving myself or struggling as I have in the past.

Becoming aware of the dinner eating trigger has made a huge difference. I really hope that I continue to stay aware.

I have started to work on meal quality a bit this week because I have been getting heartburn which is unusual for me. I have been having the kids cook meals and the only stuff they know how to make is stuff like grilled cheese and cheesy pasta and eggs. So... Im thinking of making myself something higher fiber lower fat and eating it for dinner a few nights a week. My heartburn is really mild, I am just barely aware its there, but I want to catch it before it gets bad.

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Post by Amy3010 » Sat Mar 12, 2022 6:49 am

Awareness has a huge impact, I am so glad it is working for you! And good luck with figuring out how to ease the heartburn, you are smart to intervene before it gets really bad.

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Post by Soprano » Sat Mar 12, 2022 7:36 am

Mentally noting something can have huge impacts on habits, well done and congratulations on the weight loss.

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Mar 24, 2022 7:29 pm

Amy, yes awareness does seem to make a huge difference!

The heartburn has been pretty ok. Now Im just making an effort to chew slower, have smaller meals and not overdo it on high fat or greasy stuff. So far so good.

Thank you Soprano!

I have not much to report. We just got back from a brief few nights away for spring break. I was careful to eat slowly and not overeat because of heartburn stuff. I felt good and the only time I ended up snacking was after a 10 mile bike ride. I have been reading about heartburn benefiting from more smaller meals more often, but I haven't done that yet. I have just tried to make my meals smaller and allow a small snack if I need it.

I now pretty much never eat to the point of being able to feel food stretching my stomach. (pain is a great motivator! :D) I reduced my breakfast size about 2 months ago so that I would be hungry for lunch and that I think has helped too. I used to have the usual serving of 1/2 cup of dry oats but I realized with all the fruit and nuts and milk that I put in my oatmeal that it was too much food. I wasn't hungry for lunch until almost 2 pm. So the past couple of months have just been 1/4 cup of oats with usually one or two fruits and nuts with a splash of milk and that lets me be hungry at lunchtime. Lunch is still a tricky meal... I think it has become my biggest meal now that breakfast and dinner have gotten smaller. And Ive been trying to add in vegetables to lunch as well on a more regular basis. We will see what happens!

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Post by ladybird30 » Thu Mar 31, 2022 12:33 am

Well done on your continued progress with moderate eating. I too believe that it is important, and so much more enjoyable,
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Thanks Ladybird!

I continue to eat moderately, but the past two weeks have been birthday week! First mine, and then my oldest daughter and husband. I have definitely had deserts on N days. But, I feel ok about it. I have fallen back into IF with not eating until around noon and then 3 small meals in about 6 hour window. Meals might be too strong a word, but I feel good about it in this season of my life. It could change at any moment, and that is fine too.

I have a friend who posted today on Facebook about how much she hates her body. Which I think is amazing and open and honest and I applaud her for it. And then immediately, a whole bunch of people also chimed in about how they hate their body. So, it made me think and reflect and I realized that somewhere along the way, I don't hate my body. I like it just fine. I would like to lose 10 pounds, mainly for health, since I think it's mostly in my midsection as I get older. But even with that, I am happy with my body. I don't feel disgust when I see myself in the mirror as I get dressed, and I even feel an odd little contentment. Like "there she is". This body has done so much amazing stuff for me! and it's mine! I don't know, it's weird. I never thought I would get here. Anyway, needless to say, I did NOT get on that post and talk about how much I like my body. :D But, it did help me realize that somewhere along the way, I got off the body hate rollercoaster and I didn't lose a bunch of weight to do it. Also, I exercise when I can, but definitely not as much, and Im not in the kind of shape that I was last year and I STILL like my body. I appreciate its softness. And Im happy when I see myself in clothes. I don't feel self-conscious about going anywhere. Sometimes, I will catch a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror when Im out and about, and I will recognize that IM a little bigger than I would like to be, but that's it. It's fleeting, and I dont' feel bad about myself or change my behavior, or even give it much thought. I think a lot of it happened because I have had a lot of health issues these past few months and it has made me just grateful to have a functioning body. I hurt my back INCREDIBLY badly on my birthday(still healing from that) and before that, I got some terrible illness that wasn't Covid but made me feel worse than I have in a long time and lasted for weeks, and before that, I was struggling with an ulcer and heartburn. It really made me re-evaluate my priorities and my health and wish for the days when my biggest concern was my pant size.

However, I still really would like to lose 10 pounds! I also would like to eat a little healthier and just FEEL healthier. I notice certain foods make me feel worse and certain foods make me feel better and I now think it was a luxury to be able to eat whatever I wanted (just obsessing about the calories or fat or whatever) but not notice any impact on my health other than a full stomach. Maybe it's just part of getting older. My focus has definitely turned more towards my health and feeling good.

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Post by Soprano » Thu Apr 14, 2022 6:58 pm

Not hating your body is a great place to be. I feel much the same way about myself now as you do, so much more accepting. Like you everything I do now food and exercise wise is for health and it just makes it so much easier. Wonder if it's an age thing :)

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Apr 15, 2022 4:59 pm

Thats so great that you are there too Soprano. It really does feel great, and Im amazed I got here. I think age definitely helps, but my friend is only a year younger than me who posted that, and a lot of her friends are the same age as well (In their forties)
I think another thing that really helps is No S. For me, the moderate approach to food and eating and getting in touch with my hunger signals and taking away the guilt around food, really helped me heal my relationship with food, and so also my body. I think it all goes together. I think you can do No S in a way that doesn't allow for that, but I think truly embracing the moderate approach changes your mindset and so helps along with the journey of being in a better place with food and your body image. At least it did for me.

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:48 am

so inspiring to hear how other women have cone to terms with their feelings about their body. i’m feeling much better about mine lately but had to get surgery to get there. and i want to still lose 15 lbs and get more toned. but i don’t equate it with me self worth anymore which is big for me. sadly, when i was younger i secretly loved my figure even though everyone around me was telling me that my body needed fixing. sigh…
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Yes, I remember the rude comments when I stopped being a skinny teenager.
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Fri Apr 15, 2022 4:59 pm
Thats so great that you are there too Soprano. It really does feel great, and Im amazed I got here. I think age definitely helps, but my friend is only a year younger than me who posted that, and a lot of her friends are the same age as well (In their forties)
I think another thing that really helps is No S. For me, the moderate approach to food and eating and getting in touch with my hunger signals and taking away the guilt around food, really helped me heal my relationship with food, and so also my body. I think it all goes together. I think you can do No S in a way that doesn't allow for that, but I think truly embracing the moderate approach changes your mindset and so helps along with the journey of being in a better place with food and your body image. At least it did for me.
Intuitive eating and No s really were the turning points for me. Like you say learning to eat moderately first and then making other tweaks along the way got me to where I am. I don't specifically follow no s any more but it taught me I could lose weight without counting anything or having to miss anything out of my diet. I feel really sorry for women that haven't got to this point. Food just doesn't have a hold over me now and life is so much better for that.

I really think you have to sort out your emotional attachment to food first.

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Post by pinkhippie » Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:32 pm

Linda Im glad to hear that you are feeling better about your body lately! However you get there, as long as you dont' attach your worth to your body I think is the most important thing. And a huge very hard thing to do, especially for women! I wish I had appreciated my body when I was young. It makes me sad to remember how much I hated it and all the energy I spent starving myself and feeling inferior and sad and dating guys who were more than happy to confirm my negative body image. Blech. And I was thinner than I am now and obviously more toned and youthful! Now my mission is to try to help my daughters be comfortable with their bodies and not attach their worth to their body image. Thats pretty tough in our society, but at least Im not like my mom, praising and acting like they did something great if they lose weight or look thinner than normal.

Ladybird yes! When I hit gained 40 pounds and went through puberty, I got all kinds of comments. My body had changed drastically and it was a terrible time with my family making comments.

Soprano, I agree, and good point about the intuitive eating. That really helped me so much. The legalizing foods aspect of IE really helped, and I don't strictly follow No S, but I do eat moderately, and I guess that is the point. But, No S is a great framework to start on to get there. I am glad food doesn't have a hold on me either. For my birthday I got a chocolate cream pie. This used to be a crazy trigger food for me, like I couldn't stop eating it. When I legalized foods I don't even know how much of that pie I ate, and how many I had in my freezer at one time. It was pretty amazing to have a piece and a half for my birthday, have a piece the next day, and then forget all about it. I have come a long way and I am grateful.

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Post by Amy3010 » Wed May 04, 2022 5:00 am

Wow, it sounds like you are in an amazing place right now and have really learned a lot getting here. And if you can help your daughters to avoid the trap of equating their self worth with their body, that will be a wonderful gift to them! :mrgreen:

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Jun 16, 2022 8:39 pm

Thanks Amy! I hope I can give that gift to my daughters, it is such a careful balancing act.

I have been dealing with acid reflux? Heartburn? I dont' know. I looked it up and it can apparently be a perimenopause symptom. Estrogen does something to our stomach valve? Anyway, I have changed my diet quite a bit since I last posted. All whole grains, lean meats, veggies, and legumes.. I gave up coffee and limit dairy to a few times a month. :shock: And any kind of soda. I still have frozen yogurt sometimes for a treat and occasionally on the weekend I will have a few pieces of pizza with light sauce and cheese and then pay for it that night.

But, I have lost weight. Not as much as you would expect though! I've been maintaining at 162. I have an appointment for a physical with my Dr at the end of June so we will see what they have to say about any of this. I miss the days when I just didn't want to eat a food because it was "fattening" versus not wanting to eat a food because it will cause me pain. Sigh.

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Post by Amy3010 » Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:50 am

Oh, wow, I am sorry to hear you are dealing with acid reflux! It sounds like you are really looking at lifestyle factors to improve your symptoms, which is exactly what I did when I started having this a couple years ago (and yes - it was definitely during my perimenopause) - gave up coffee, became really vigilant about not eating anything several hours before bed and avoiding foods that seemed to trigger symptoms. I couldn't tolerate the medication my Dr prescribed, so changing my eating habits (and occasionally using an antacid) was pretty much my only option. But what I want to share with you is that now that I am on the other side of menopause, my acid reflux has resolved itself, and while I am still careful about certain things, I am back to having coffee (I limit myself to two cups per day, before 2 pm or so) and I don't have to be super vigilant about my eating habits. So hopefully for you, it is also something related to your body's changing hormones, and once those get back into an equilibrium, your symptoms might calm down. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, good luck with continuing to rock the lifestyle factors - and the added side benefit of their effect on your weight!

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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:40 pm

Thank you Amy! That is indeed encouraging to hear and makes me hopeful for a light at the end of the tunnel. I miss coffee! Im glad to hear of your experience because sometimes it's hard for me to believe that this could be a perimenopause thing. It just seems so crazy! Im also so glad to hear that this probably won't be a rest of my life thing! I tried an over-the-counter Nexium for 14 days and that made me feel terrible. I stopped taking that and use antacids as needed. Usually on the weekend where its harder to keep the no processed food low fat thing going. It's hard to eat completely different than my family.

I can tell Im eating healthier and feeling better and my taste buds are slowly changing. And, now my weight has dropped even more and I saw 158 on the scale today for the first time since last year. Looking for the silver lining here. :)

But something else I have discovered is that by eating this way, Im not having as much trouble stopping eating dinner. It really does make a difference what we eat, unfortunately. I think we can still eat what we want but certain foods require more work to be aware and feel that you are satisfied.

Anyway, I will continue to update.

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Post by Amy3010 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:28 am

Woo hoo to silver lining weight loss! It's funny how these health challenges, if we are lucky, can be an opportunity to clean up our diets for reasons other than weight loss, and then the weight loss is a nice side effect.

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Jun 30, 2022 8:16 pm

Yes! I seem to be maintaining at 158 for now.

In other health news, I finally went to the Dr. and she thinks I have an ulcer. AND after my blood test results came in, I am anemic. She is worried it's from ulcer bleeding but I haven't seen any signs of that at all. But as perimenopause marches on, periods have gotten heavier and heavier, so Im wondering if it's that... so now Im working on eating iron-rich foods, and taking my ulcer meds and I have to go back and get my blood tested again in 2 weeks. I try to stay out of the medical world as much as possible so this has been tough. At the same time, my husband found out he has high cholesterol and is freaking out. They want him to go on Lipitor and he wants to change his diet first. Ahhh getting older, so much fun. :)

Oh but good news! My cholesterol and fasting glucose are great! No pre-diabetes or anything. This is good to know, I had been worried about that.

I had noticed that simple things like vacuuming the living room seemed to make my heart beat faster and make me feel tired but I just figured it was because I wasn't exercising regularly. I also started getting a lot more headaches but assumed it was hormonal. Apparently, these are signs of anemia! Oops.

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Post by Amy3010 » Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:31 am

Oh, wow, you guys have a lot going on. Thank goodness your cholesterol and blood sugar were normal. I hope in the end both you and your husband get things sorted out - it is not fun to get hit with that stuff as we get older!!!

But nice that you are maintaining at a lower weight! :mrgreen:

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Post by pinkhippie » Sat Jul 02, 2022 3:06 pm

Thanks! yeah getting older is kind of surprising that way!

Im just grateful I have health insurance for now. I usually try to stay out of the medical system but apparently I needed some help!

Im realizing that small things tire me out and make my head feel like I did intense exercise. This whole time I just brushed it off, it never occurred to me that anything could be wrong. I got iron pills prescribed so hopefully, I will get better over time. Im very motivated to keep taking care of my health though! Honestly, I have felt bad for months, but I just thought it was getting older. Hah!

I have discovered that having a small snack between dinner and lunch really helps me with several things. I don't have a big lunch, and I eat less at dinner. I have experimented with the snack and without and I can really notice a difference in how I feel when I sit down to dinner with a snack versus how I feel when I sit down to dinner without one. When I say a snack, I mean about half an apple. My 10-year-old and I share one around 3ish, and we eat 5ish. Without a snack, I just want to eat everything when I sit down. I care a lot less about eating moderately and I am more likely to make unhealthy choices. With just half an apple, I don't have that feeling. I am more likely to make healthy choices and eat less. My mental state is different. Because I don't have that extra hunger deprivation feeling, I feel different about eating less at dinner too. Not frantic or worried. It's crazy what a difference it makes!

So, I am still following No S, but I have added a half apple snack and it's made a difference.

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Post by Soprano » Sat Jul 02, 2022 7:03 pm

That's really interesting about your half apple, so pleased it is working for you.

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Post by ladybird30 » Sat Jul 02, 2022 7:50 pm

That's also nice for you and your 10 year old having that moment together
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