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Rubyslippers Returns . . .

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:14 am
by BeingGreen
It's a good thing you're such an accepting group of people. I can keep falling off the wagon forever and you'll keep welcoming me back with open arms! The only problem is, while you're all being so nice, I'm gaining weight--not exactly the results I'm looking for.

So here goes another run. Much simpler, lower expectations of myself this time. Vanilla No S. Three weeks. I know I can do it. Even through the holidays!

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:10 pm
by snapdragon
Welcome back!!!!

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:44 pm
by determined
Welcome back....

I've been here & left a number of times so I understand! This time around I feel if I'm just absolutely not going to give up. I've been fighting this unhealthy eating stuff all my life & I'm just plain tired of it. I'm going to win...period.

I'm glad you're back & I wish you much success!


Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:20 pm
by BeingGreen
Thanks Snapdragon and Janie! I love the positive energy on these boards.

Sunday, 12/11
Day 1

S day! Not wild. Success!

Monday, 12/12
Day 2
B: Muesli; goat milk; banana; coffee with milk and sugar
L: Veggies; hummus; whole wheat pretzels; yogurt; figs
D: Chickenless cutlet; collard greens; sweet potato; white wine


Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:34 pm
by Rea
great job! :)

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:31 am
by BeingGreen
Tuesday, 12/12
Day 3

B: PB on ww toast; banana; yogurt; coffee with milk and sugar
L: Out--Pear, bleu cheese, and walnut salad; cup of tomato soup with croutons
D: Small olive ciabatta roll; hummus; feta, carrots; 3 dolmas; dried figs


Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:08 am
by iknit247
Good luck to you!

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:32 pm
by BeingGreen
Thanks Rea and iknit247 for the good thoughts!

Wednesday, 12/14
Day 4

B: Muesli, goat milk, banana, coffee with milk and sugar
L: Carrots, beets, hummus, ww pretzels, yogurt; dried fruit
D: Baked tofu; sweet potato; collard greens; 1 beer


Thursday, 12/15
Day 5

B: PB toast, banana, yogurt, coffee with milk and sugar
L: Tofu salad rolls with dipping sauce; harvest slaw; dried figs and walnuts
D: Lentil salad on greens with feta and red peppers, roasted corn, guacamole; 1 beer


Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:09 pm
by BeingGreen
Friday, 12/16
Day 6

B: Muesli, etc.
L: Same as yesterday too.
D: Cranberry walnut bread with assorted cheeses, broccoli, wine


Saturday, 12/17
Day 7

As of midday, not wild :D

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:45 am
by BeingGreen
The rest of Saturday was good and not wild. Success.

Sunday, 12/18
Day 8

A little wild. Not exactly over the top, but not really a paragon of virtue either. I appreciated the analogy that someone referred to a while back about how no one would purposely wreck their car after making a small dent (KCCC got the credit for this and I'm sure she said it much better). The point is: after I ate too much at lunch, I didn't continue eating all day long.

Looking forward to tomorrow's green.

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:02 am
by BeingGreen
Monday, 12/19
Day 9

B: Almond butter, toast, yogurt, banana, coffee
L: Carrots, broccoli, hummus, roasted potatoes, dried fruit
D: Large salad with roasted squash and tofu, homemade pear sauce


Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:27 pm
by BeingGreen
Tuesday, 12/20
Day 10

B: Muesli, banana, goat milk, coffee
L: LO veggie pizza, brussel sprouts, tomato soup, dried figs
D: Leek and potato soup, roasted squash, chickenless cutlet


Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:40 pm
by BeingGreen
Wednesday, 12/21
Day 11

Sick day :( I'm calling it yellow.

Thursday, 12/22
Day 12

B: Muesli breakfast
L: Half eggplant wrap with spicy sauce, broccoli, squash, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit (really big meal--but hey, no sweets and I'm not feeling the need to snack or go wild)

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:40 pm
by oolala53
Happy New Year! come back! Research shows people who start their new eating regime around Jan. 15 have more success than those who start on the 1st. Better to let things settle down and get out of panic mode.

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:29 pm
by BeingGreen
Hi oolala!

Just by coincidence I decided to lurk on the boards here today--I knew I hadn't posted in several weeks (since before Christmas) and I wasn't planning on posting anything. I always wonder if anyone notices my comings and goings and clearly you do--so thanks for the cyber-space moral support! It's neat that there's a community here thinking kindly of one another across the miles. Gotta thank Reinhard for starting it all . . .

Anyway, things were bad before New Year's (especially since we were at my mom's house for a week and she's such a control freak about meals that I found it hard to eat the way I wanted to), but things have been good since last weekend.

I've been doing a lot of reading about healthful eating and I'm currently trying a little Joel Fuhrman experiment. His advice would not really play on this site very well (too extreme), but I have been able to tailor things in such a way that I've been basically on No S too. So I guess I'm back :D

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:00 am
by oolala53

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:39 pm
by LoriLifts
Welcome back Rubyslippers!

I don't think you have to be concerned about any dietary experiments. I've been off and on juice fasting, raw foods and primal diets without incurring any judgmental No S wrath. I've come and gone and came back again without any negative feedback.

The No S community is one of the most supportive boards in cyberspace.

I'll be interested to see how your experiment goes :)

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:25 am
by BeingGreen
Thanks WalkerLori!

I'm just popping in to say that the weekend was fine and the week's off to a fine start. I made the mistake of stepping on the scale this morning, when I had promised myself I would wait! I was disappointed with the number, but luckily, I did not allow that to fling me into a tailspin. So far I've stuck pretty well with Dr. Fuhrman's plan and No S. I did break down and drink some whole milk kefir after dinner because I was honestly hungry and couldn't even concentrate on my book. This was fine under No S, but not under "Eat for Health." I see No S as my safety net when the other plan seems a little too restrictive.

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:08 pm
by BeingGreen
Checking in on Friday afternoon. A good week, I think. My experient with green juice and green smoothies in combination with No S is going nicely. The books all say that when you fill up on fruits and veggies your cravings will be more manageable. So far, so good. I feel satified generally and I am not hugely hungry between meals. The smoothies are not the most delicious drinks I've ever tasted, but they are mildly sweet (because of the fruit) and reasonably filling. They allow me to eat more greens without eating lots of salad dressing or oils. I am aware that I will not likely eat this way forever, but I suppose anything's possible. The long term plan of course is to go back to eating more "regular" foods and still stick with No S.

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:15 pm
by BeingGreen
It's Monday morning and I'm pleased to report that the weekend went well. And I'm officially down another 1 pound (17 to go). I also have to report that the frustration over slow weight loss is very difficult. I've gained and lost the same 20 pounds a handful of times in my life and kept it off most of my 30s. But I am now almost 42 and I notice it is definitely not as quick even when I think about how much less I am eating these days. I remind myself slow loss is better and more "permanent" (although lord knows, I could easily gain it back without trying very hard). I tell myself patience, patience; it's only been two weeks! So far I've stayed the course. Lots and lots of fruits and veggies at each meal help me feel very good about what I'm putting into my body. Saturday and Sunday were great. I found a very satisfying healthy little to treat to end these two days on: a lovely homemade trailmix with dried cherries, toasted walnuts, and dark chocolate chips.

Have a great NO S week everyone!

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:45 pm
by NoSRocks

Enjoying your posts, btw!!

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:30 pm
by BeingGreen
Good and busy week. I haven't been good about not stepping on the scale, but the good news is that I had a "minor" breakthrough! Although I didn't weigh myself on January 1 (the date that I'm counting from), I'm pretty sure I was 142 or so (based on how my clothes fit). This morning I was 134.8 :D

Three weeks in with my green smoothies and green juices and all unprocessed foods and I'm feeling fine. The best part is the reduction in cravings. Only time will tell if the foods are helping lower my cravings or if I'm still on a weight-loss/stick-to-my-resolution high. I've been exceptionally careful at the grocery store and haven't bought any junk of which I planned to eat "just a little"!!

My goal weight is in the 118-120 range. Suddenly it feel SO much more doable in the first half of the year. Then I'll have to do the real work of life-time maintenance.

P.S. Hi NoSRocks! Glad you are enjoying my posts; I enjoy yours too!

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:44 pm
by BeingGreen
Hi all.

Weekend was good. If you can believe it, I planned for a small dessert on Saturday night but after dinner I really didn't crave it or want it that much so I just skipped! I'm sure that's almost never happened before. I had a little treat last night so I feel good about heading into this week, nothing out of the ordinary is coming up to throw me off course.

Have a good green week friends.

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:21 am
by BeingGreen
M/T/W all green :D

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:15 am
by BeingGreen
Th/F were green. Yay. The weekend is now wrapping up. It was a couple of nice days at home for the four of us, although the kids and I went out and saw "Tin Tin" in the afternoon today. Fun! I only took one S this weekend after dinner tonight. Same lovely treat from last weekend: dried cherries, toasted walnuts, dark chocolate chips, and a new edition, dried coconut!

My weight is down 10 pounds for the month of January. This seems like a lot, I know. But initially some was definitely water weight. I need to slow down the pace a bit. I can sometime be overzealous and rigid. I have 13.5 pounds to go to my goal weight. I'm just looking to lose 5 of those in February.

The green smoothies and green juices are still prominent every day. I've also got really creative in the kitchen and have been able to trim quite a bit of oil from my cooking with very satisfying results. I made some delicious braised delicata squash with no oil at all. I never would have believed this possible six months ago.

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:36 am
by NoSRocks
Hi Ruby! Just popping in again to say congratulations on your 10 lb weight loss! That is just fabulous! Thanks for being such an inspiration.


Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:32 pm
by r.jean
Rubyslippers wrote:

My weight is down 10 pounds for the month of January. This seems like a lot, I know. But initially some was definitely water weight. I need to slow down the pace a bit. I can sometime be overzealous and rigid. I have 13.5 pounds to go to my goal weight. I'm just looking to lose 5 of those in February.
It is good that you realize that being too rigid can backfire on you. I struggled with this issue as well when I first started No S. After a lifetime of bouncing between strictness and overeating, I seem to have finally found a balance.

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:58 am
by BeingGreen
Thanks for your posts, r.jean and Roxy! I always welcome feedback. I never imagined myself an inspiration though. I'm just like everyone here--struggling to keep the demon cravings at bay through reasonable, rational habits. Luckily, I really like to exercise and have a been a runner for over 20 years. That really helps. But tonight I had a hard time of it. Sweets were calling my name. I ended up eating some extra raisins and dried figs and an apple, but I'm not really considering that a "failure." I felt really hungry, despite a huge salad for dinner. Maybe my body is reacting to the quick weight loss and is ready for a temporary plateau. I'm looking foward to better green day tomorrow.