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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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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:13 am

Whoop first weight mini goal reached this morning. I did a 17 hour fast and had a piece of cake at a colleagues leaving party yesterday..

I guess sometimes you can have your cake and eat it. :)

2 weeks alcohol free if I get through today which I will.

Hope you are all having mini successes too.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:31 pm

This is great news - amazing Soprano! Congrats on both the weight (and happy celebration) and the alcohol, too! What does your hubby have to say about your successful 2 weeks AF (alcohol-free)? BTW, on coach.me, our forum is called "No Alcohol". It's the most active forum on the entire site. Lots of people there are doing forms of moderation, etc., it's not all abstainers. They are supportive of everyone (although I have to say, still not as supportive as this amazing forum).
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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:14 pm

Thanks auto hubby doesn't see the necessity for alcohol free but I just think I was becoming less moderate in my drinking and this hopefully will help me reset. I don't think I had a problem but it was becoming more of a habit to drink than not :)

I did look at that forum, thanks but I am an active member on an unrelated hobby forum and don't want to spend any more time on forums than I do presently.

Good to know it's there though.

Today has been a bit carb fueled.

On another note my 14 yr old collie is not looking good, his back legs have given way a few times this afternoon. I don't want to take him to an unknown emergency vet so will wait till Monday as he doesn't seem in pain but I am concerned....

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:28 pm

Very sorry to hear about your collie.
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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:16 am

Oh J, I hope your collie is going to be ok. 😢

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Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:39 am

Thanks both

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Post by Soprano » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:13 pm

Good news for now re my dog. Vet has found an ear infection that might be affecting his balance. :)

I was stressed when I got home and hungry so had a piece of fruit cake. That makes today red but I'm still alcohol free, counting down to Saturday!!

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Post by Teammoney » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:57 pm

Oh good, fingers crossed that is it! Good thing about the alcohol too and sounds like your red day hasn’t been that bad either.

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Post by Soprano » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:28 pm

I'm marking my 16hr fast days purple so far Jan has green purple and yellow days and just one red.

Still alcohol free :)

Feeling happy with it all so far

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:05 am

Whoop I did it 3 weeks alcohol free, it wasn't that difficult. It's left me wondering if I even want to drink again, certainly not to the point where I feel rough the next day but the problem is once I start I tend to not stop. Though in the past I have controlled this by planning before I go out what I will drink :)

Weight slightly down too, I'm pleased with how my eating is going.

Dog is much better so all in all a good week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:11 pm

Thanks for this happy update!
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Post by Teammoney » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:44 pm

Whoop whoop for 3 weeks without drinking!

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Post by Soprano » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:13 pm

NSV one of my team members asked if I'd lost weight today... :)

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Post by automatedeating » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:44 pm

So gratifying to have someone notice!
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Post by Teammoney » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:03 pm

Ooh that is lovely!

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Post by Soprano » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:45 am

I've not been as compliant with my plan this month but still managing some green an purple days.

I was feeling very annoyed and fed up with work. I'm in a shared office which I don't mind except that sometimes it is very noisy and there are a lot of interruptions. I took the managers role here knowing there was a lot to do but uncovered more as I went on.

I've been asking for my own or a quieter office for some time as I find the office conditions extremely stressful, most managers do have their own or smaller shared office but I was accepting that we don't have the space. Someone is due to leave end of March and are not being replaced. They share an office with a secretary so I asked if I could move in there. Was told no it is to be used as a hot desk!

Since I gave my new team member my desk I'm hot desking or working from home. This other office would be perfect.....

Great weekend planned and I'm off on Monday

Have a good one all!

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:18 pm

Is a hot desk one that is used by whoever needs it that day?
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Post by Soprano » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:38 pm

Yes that's right auto I can see it might work for some roles but ridiculous for others.

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Post by Soprano » Sat May 30, 2020 7:20 am

Since my post on Jan 2nd much of what I decided went out of the window over time. Too many rules just don't work, though it kept me focused for a while.

During my first year on NoS I lost a stone, then due to stress at work I became lax on the rules and steadily put half a stone on.

During lockdown despite all the stress I have pretty much lost that extra 7lbs. I haven't really followed NoS but just been eating for health, which given the scary stuff around covid for overweight or diabetics (which I'm not but was close to prediabetic) has made it easier.

Also roped my sister in as a diet buddy which helps in making the right decisions.

I'm hoping to continue eating this way to lose some more, so far I've not felt deprived, have had some wonderful meals and feel so much better in myself.

With just a little focus I can probably stick with these changes for life which is really important.

Good luck all, moderation is key but it's a learning journey and takes time.

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Post by clarinetgal » Sun May 31, 2020 7:20 pm

Good job! Yes, this quarantine has been a great time to focus on developing healthier habits!
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Post by Soprano » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:17 am

I hopped on the scales this morning to find I'm at my lowest weight in over 15 years.

I'm really pleased.

Thanks to a combination of IE, No'S and IF I think I've settled into a way that suits me.

Hope you are all doing ok

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:35 pm

Hi Soprano! Congrats on a healthy sustainable lifestyle that makes you feel great and even gets you working together on something important with your sister. :-)
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Post by Soprano » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:42 pm

A belated thanks auto :)

3 weeks on and I've maintained my loss which is really great. I've more to lose but if I didn't would be happy as I am as long as health is ok. I'm top of normal range for my height so all good.

Found another yoga video which I love. Yoga has really helped my shape and strength and it's absolutely no effort to put the dvd in and do it as I feel so good afterwards.

Gutted we have been put in local lockdown, haven't seen my son since Christmas because of Lockdown and we had plans now scuppered!

Hope you are all in a good place

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Post by Soprano » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:27 pm

So a month on and coming out of lockdown on Wednesday.l have maintained my loss. I should probably press on and try lose some more.

I have just been offered a new job, closer to home, less money but I think I will be happier. Unfortunately I'm on 3 months notice but it will soon pass.

Still doing my yoga. A few personal issues going on but I seem to be coping reasonably well without turning to food.

Just wanted to post an update to give hope to newbies. You can do this, it's a journey not a diet be open minded and make health your goal not just weight loss..

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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:16 pm

Congrats on maintenance Soprano! I have also been working on maintaining and I find it tricky. I am so grateful to have the bedrock of these habits in place to help with it.
You can do this, it's a journey not a diet be open minded and make health your goal not just weight loss..
I totally agree with this! Especially with maintenance, I don't find weight loss that has already happened to be as much of a compelling motivation to maintain the loss. But keeping health in mind makes a big difference for me.

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Post by Soprano » Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:02 pm

I agree health is a much more compelling reason. :)

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Post by Soprano » Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:28 am

I'm eating a few more carbs than I want to as I've not got the mental energy to be creative at the moment.

We are back and forth from the vets and our 14 year old collie is now receiving palliative care at home. We think he has a bladder tumour. His illness is impacting on our mental and physical health through lack of sleep and I know the decision to let him go isn't too far away.

We've kept him going partly because we have just lost my Dad and he is a comfort to us and mum. The vet has seemed reluctant to put him to sleep but his quality of life is diminished.

Dad's cause of death isn't clear which is hard to deal with. His funeral is tomorrow, which would have been their 57th wedding anniversary.

Dealing with all this during covid and constant rule changes is a little trying.

Stay safe everyone.

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Post by Whosonfirst » Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:20 pm

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Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:28 am
I'm eating a few more carbs than I want to as I've not got the mental energy to be creative at the moment.

We are back and forth from the vets and our 14 year old collie is now receiving palliative care at home. We think he has a bladder tumour. His illness is impacting on our mental and physical health through lack of sleep and I know the decision to let him go isn't too far away.

We've kept him going partly because we have just lost my Dad and he is a comfort to us and mum. The vet has seemed reluctant to put him to sleep but his quality of life is diminished.

Dad's cause of death isn't clear which is hard to deal with. His funeral is tomorrow, which would have been their 57th wedding anniversary.

Dealing with all this during covid and constant rule changes is a little trying.

Stay safe everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:32 pm

Soprano, hugs and hugs and shared tears. So much heavy on your heart right now. Thank you for letting us know so that we can support you.
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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:02 pm

Soprano I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Not having a known cause is hard too; we dealt with that with my husband's dad. Big hugs.

I am thinking of you and your family, and I am so sorry about your collie too. <3

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Post by Soprano » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:02 pm

Thank you all for your support it is appreciated. We said good bye to our collie and I'm missing him loads but it was the best thing for him and us.

It's been a difficult couple of weeks but trying to get back to some normality now.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:13 pm

I'm very glad to hear from you. Always here to support you, even from all the way across the pond....
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Post by Soprano » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:57 am

Thank you auto :)

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Post by Octavia » Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:49 am

Oh Soprano, I’m so sorry for the sad time you’ve been through. Sending you love and lots of sympathy.

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Post by Soprano » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:43 pm

Thank you Octavia.

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Post by Soprano » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:20 am

It's been a funny few days, I've had a few more carbs than normal, all wholemeal but now I find I'm starting to crave them a little, also wanting to eat when I'm not really hungry. Not had these feelings for a long time.

I don't know if it's the time of year, winter coming in and natural instinct to eat more on cold damp days or an emotional response to last few weeks and my body using food to lift my mood. Or is it just eating more carbs creates a desire for more?

Whatever I need to get a grip, scales only show a couple lb gain but I don't want it to get out of hand, especially with Christmas looming!!

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Post by automatedeating » Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:53 pm

Hi Soprano - I think maybe all of the above! You've had a rough go lately.

Definitely eating fun stuff makes me expect more fun stuff, and want to eat for "fun", not because I'm hungry.
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Post by pinkhippie » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:40 pm

I agree with auto definitely! I have only had a small amount of hardship lately and I find myself eating more fun stuff and it seems to lead to craving them more and then kind of a vicious cycle.

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Post by Octavia » Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:17 pm

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...

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Post by Soprano » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:50 pm

The eating carbs came to an easy and abrupt end when I got my HbA1c reading. I've tipped into prediabetic. I was quite shocked 2 years ago it was 41, last year 40 and I was hoping to have dropped again but now it's 43!!

I suppose the last 3 months haven't been as good as the rest of the year but it was the kick up the backside I needed.

Weight heading down again, cut carbs and alcohol right back and I'm going to do a weekly morning blood sugar test to see if it goes down over next few months.

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:21 am

Sorry to see that you are in the prediabetic territory. I guess though, it's good to have that data so you can make your food choices for your best health.

Good luck with your weekly tests, I hope your numbers start heading down.

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Post by Soprano » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:20 pm

Thank you, it felt scary at first but fingers crossed I can sort it.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:31 pm

You can sort it, Soprano! You've had such a challenging time - remember that our stress and sleep and other things like that also affect our blood glucose.
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Post by Soprano » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:53 pm

Thanks auto. I really hope so. Our family does seem susceptible to diabetes but it is reversible at this stage.

Must admit it has been surprisingly easy to cut carbs and reduce alcohol intake so far !!

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Post by Dandelion » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:22 pm

I feel for you - my last blood-works showed the same thing. I'm getting retested this week.
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Post by Soprano » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:20 pm

Hope you're ok this time

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Post by Soprano » Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:26 pm

When I wrote the post on 25th October I was 10st 3.5.

Scales showing 10st this morning that's 1st 3.5lbs lighter than when I started Nos.

Like others I have adapted it to suit me along the way.

I no longer have s days and really don't miss sweet stuff. My indulgence is a square or 2 of quality dark chocolate and a couple of glasses red wine, though trying to limit these to the weekend.

That said I opened a bottle of champagne on Friday to celebrate my new job, which I am really enjoying.

Managing quite easily to not eat pasta bread and rice often. Though suspect I may have to curb these further to improve blood sugar but we will see.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:02 pm

So happy to hear this positive update for your weight and your job!
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by pinkhippie » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:55 pm

I am happy to hear of your weight update! Congratulations on your new job!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:19 am

Thanks, auto and Pink

I got on the scales again this morning and have dropped to 9st 13lb.

Whilst I'm loving the weight loss my main motivation at the moment is to improve my blood sugars :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:46 pm

My morning blood sugar was 5.6 last week it was 6.8 week before 6.3 and before that 6.0.

I wonder if my liver has now dumped all sugar stored and possibly insulin resistance improving.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:19 pm

I hope so, Soprano! Good job checking those blood sugars! :-) I take it you have bought a glucometer?
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:46 pm

Yes bought a while ago. I did play around a bit in the beginning but now I'm going to monitor once a week.

It's a year until my next HaB1c And I'm determined to get it to normal levels. I figure if my morning readings are dropping, things should be looking good for the HaB1c?

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:12 pm

Yes! If your morning readings are dropping, that is an excellent sign! My morning readings stay somewhat stubbornly prediabetic unless I restrict a LOT. My post-prandials, however, respond really really well to my basic diet.
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:51 pm

Thanks auto, I'm hoping the morning reading wasn't a one off!!

I suppose I should do some pre and post meal readings. How long after eating do you recommend to test?

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:34 pm

Generally, it's suggested that you test at the time you start a meal, and then 2 hours after the meal. Ideally you will have returned to your baseline within 2 hours. You probably eat many similar meals throughout the week, so once you have a good idea of how you respond to a particular meal, you probably don't need to retest for a while.

Are you aware of diabetes UK forum? They have a lot of great members there. They have a forum just for prediabetes, too.

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/

You mentioned on my thread that you have some concern over some underlying physical symptoms? I got the impression you are talking about some things aside from your blood sugar .....
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:13 pm

Thanks auto, I will do some testing around meals at some point :)

The physical symptoms are anxiety related. A sense of not being able to breathe deep enough and general edginess at times. I think possibly related to covid, worrying about mum after losing dad and what the relaxing of rules over Christmas might do to infection rates in January.

I suppose the new job isn't helping either though I
am really happy with it, I feel an urgency to get up to speed and feel I'm contributing. They waited 3 months for me and have a backlog of work to catch up on.

I know it will pass....

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Re: Soprano

Post by Jen1974 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:17 pm

I always feel more anxiety in December. The stress of the holidays combined with it getting dark so early seems to leave me feeling more anxious!! I hope it passes quickly for you!!

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Post by Soprano » Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:20 pm

Thanks Jen it is a stressful time of year, hope you are ok.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:12 pm

The combination of the intensity of the new job, COVID stresses, and the still-processing-grief from losing your dad sounds like a mighty mix for anxiety, Soprano. And you lost your collie, too!

I hate to have to ask this again, but can you remind me what kind of work you do? I know I asked once before, and I feel like it was finances or something, but that doesn't seem quite right.
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:02 pm

Thanks auto, you remembered well. I was a finance manager in a hospice but I am now an accountant in practice, a job I did whilst training and for 23 years before I went to the hospice.

Work is much less stressful in that my days are calmer, fewer interruptions and demands on me but a lot to catch up on in the 14 years I was away from it.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:55 am

A moment to reflect.

I was that person who could never eat just one chocolate, who right after finishing one meal was planning the next. Who no matter how full I was would cram in dessert, who was overweight and lethargic. Who despite generally being good at cooking from scratch ate too many processed snacks, hungry or not.

Now, I give boxes of chocolates away, I can walk past sweet and cake counters and really not feel any temptation. I rarely eat 3 meals a day but when I do eat really enjoy my meals. I have just been given a gift basket of home made biscuits but they are covered in gold and green and I don't want to eat them and having tasted a little and not liked them will sadly put in the bin.

I still have weight to lose and blood sugar to correct but I know I'll get there.

Don't get me wrong I still occasionally binge but that would b 4 squares of dark chocolate instead of 2. Nuts taste so sweet and are my go to snack if I'm hungry before a meal.

I received some bad news yesterday about Christmas and lockdown and opened a bottle of beer, got a small bowl put maybe half a handful of crisps and nuts in it and consoled myself but that was enough, I didn't need the whole bag.

If I can do it so can you but you have to work on the mental challenges too and I didn't get here overnight :)

Stick with the journey.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:22 am

Thank you for sharing this Soprano! As I struggle to get back on track, reading your confidence in the process really helps me feel calmer - that I CAN get back to that more confident place with clear boundaries and no need for excessive use of willpower.
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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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:14 am

Auto I know you'll get back on track, just build on your successes.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Jen1974 » Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:38 pm

Sounds like you are in a really great place Soprano!! I always love reading the success stories people have here!!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:30 am

So Christmas is well and truly behind us. I never weigh straight away after hols. I usually give it a couple of weeks of normal eating.

I put a 1lb on over Christmas and strangely another half the week after that. However just to make the point that just keeping going works regardless of scales yesterday I hit my lowest weight since starting.

A lovely 9st 12.2lbs. I can't get used to being 9st anything!

Blood sugars seemed to have taken a turn for the worse though, which is my driving force for doing this now.

Hey ho, I'll keep on going and give the process time :)

I hate this lockdown and being unable to plan for the future. I've not seen my son by since September and really want some normal back.

Loving my new job though, the paycut was worth it. Hopefully in a year or so I can look at cutting my hours :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:41 pm

Soprano - my blood sugar seems to have a mind of its own. All we can do is keep on keeping on.

So so so sorry you haven't seen your son since September. That is heart-breaking; I didn't realize it's been so long since you've seen him. Hugs.

Congrats on the weight-loss and also on LIKING your job!!! Yes, yes, yes!!!!
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:17 pm

Thanks auto, we should have seen him at Christmas but with tier restrictions we couldn't.

I'm hoping my blood sugar increases are because of the 16 hour fasts which will be a good thing, if not a slight worry.

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Re: Soprano

Post by pinkhippie » Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:09 pm

Thats great about your weight going down when you just kept on keeping on. I need to keep on keeping on myself. I am so sorry you haven't been able to see your son since September! I hope you are able to see him soon. I am so glad you love your new job! That is great.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:39 pm

Thanks Pinkh, not giving up is what will get us there :)

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