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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 acs » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:57 am

Got here from slashdot last week. Bought 8lb sledghammer on Sunday. Started toiling and no-s-ing Monday.
Day 1 - success
Day 2 - success

So far so good!

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Post by JWL » Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:54 am

welcome, acs..... the no-s diet is superior to just about every diet out there, including the hacker's diet.

As with code, elegant simplicity wins every time....

Have fun shovelgloving, too.
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Post by reinhard » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:34 pm

Welcome, acs.

Thanks for the excellent compliment, Freakwitch! I know how to value it.

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Post by acs » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:57 pm

Thanks for the welcomes. I've been struck by how polite and friendly people here seem to be.

Actually, I think the analogy to programming is an excellent one. Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler. Automate as much as possible. Make the system as hands-off and robust as possible. Integrate and forget it, let it work automagically.

The "no snacking" is absolutely killing me! Fortunately I smoke and can usually distract myself by lighting up.

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Post by JWL » Wed Nov 16, 2005 10:18 pm

hang in there, acs. Your body will get used to the 3 plates per day. It will take a week or two, though (some might say 21 days).... in the meantime, drink lots of water and remember that if you feel hungry, it's a sign that your body is looking for fuel, and the only place it can get fuel if you don't eat is from your stored fat reserves!

That's a Jedi Mind Trick I've used many times on myself....
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Post by acs » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:05 pm

Day 3: FAILURE
Day 4: Success

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Post by gratefuldeb67 » Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:02 am

Keep it up AC!!!
I screwed up at least once a week in the first five or six months... I still lost weight anyway...
The good days win out overall!
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Post by acs » Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:31 pm

Day 5: Success
Days 6 & 7: S-days (woo hoo!) Success

Got up at my normal N-day time (5am) and experienced a huge energy crash from 8-9am. This would be when I'd normally start snacking, to keep my energy up. Fortunately, none of my co-workers arrived early enough to see me dozing at my desk. :)

My wife is starting to give me some support and encouragement too, which is really really helping. I'm also trying to distract myself from snacking by playing with the kids.

So far so good...

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Post by acs » Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:50 am

Day 8: Success

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Post by acs » Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:50 pm

Day 9: Success

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Post by carolejo » Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:28 pm

wow! Glad to hear it's going so well for you. Great work!
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Post by acs » Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:49 pm

Day 10: FAILURE

Not only that, I missed my shovelglove yesterday. I'll be shovelling today (5-10cm of snow!)

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Post by carolejo » Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:04 pm

oops. Hope I didn't jinx you!

Nevermind. Whereabouts are you with that 5-10cm of snow?

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Post by acs » Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:03 am

Ottawa, Ontario. Cold and snowy. Not fun.

At least it's not that cold, only about -14 degrees celsius (with the wind chill). It'll be a lot worse in January...

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Post by acs » Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:47 pm

I need to reboot...

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Post by carolejo » Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:44 pm

Oh dear!

Nevermind. Welcome back. Restart, reboot, redo, retry. It's the human curse.
:P

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Post by Kevin » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:30 pm

Failure is the human condition, and redemption is the human promise. It's always one decision away.

Keep at it! You'll be a happier man for it. I know I am.
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