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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 ironchef » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:51 pm

Newbie here, just found No-S and set up HabitCal.

Mon 30th July - GREEN

I'm a first time mother of a nine week old (hence typing this 1 handed at 2:30am local time). My main motivation is to get a handle on my eating routine, which has been erratic since the baby was born. Being up every 2 - 3 hours around the clock has really messed with my meals. Sugary snacks, instead of fruit and veg, have been dominating my eating.

Vanilla No-S for me. I've got about 12 pounds to go to get back to my pre-baby weight, so I'm not too worried if that takes a while to come off. My main commitment is to sitting down, with a plate and both hands free, for three meals each N-day. I'm also trying to avoid rushing meals, although sometimes that's inevitable with a grumpy baby on a bad day.

So glad to have found this very sensible approach. Wish me luck!
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Post by tobiasmom » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:32 pm

Thanks for coming by and encouraging me! I am really hoping to have these No-S habits strongly in place by the time the baby is born. I am going to live vicariously through you the next few months. I can imagine it is going to be a lot harder with the busyness of a new baby AND homeschooling my 5 year old! But once the habits are there I think it will be a lot easier.

Hope you're having a wonderful week so far! And congrats on your little baby!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:21 pm

Tues 31st July - GREEN

So far, so good. Harnessing beginner's enthusiasm by building that "fence around the diet".

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Post by ironchef » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:21 am

Wed 1st August - GREEN

Tougher today, as we had swimming at 12:30, and I decided to have lunch afterwards. 6am breakfast to 2:30pm lunch was a looong wait, but I made it without snacking. Probably a good way to break out of old habits, as normally I would have used the "I'm going to exercise" excuse to snack all morning.

More than half way to a completely green first week! Best not to get cocky too early though ;)

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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:19 pm

Thurs 2nd August - GREEN

Big effort today at lunch - I went to my grandmother's place. I was offered every S possible: snacks, seconds, four kinds of sweets! I must have refused food about 50 times.
Nanna: I'll put you out some fruit and yoghurt.
Me: Not for me, thanks Nan
Nanna: OK, just some cake then.
Me: No thanks, I'm full of that delicious lunch.
Nanna: Oh. OK, I'll get you a chocolate wafer to have with your coffee.

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Post by Ruff » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:22 am

Aren't nanas great! They seem to think you are going to waste away if they relax their vigilance for one second!

I remember that baby time. I don't think you will be sitting down hands free to a meal anytime soon...and it gets worse as they get older and try to grab everything you are eating!

Mine are 23, 21 and 16 so i am well past that stage. Everyone will tell you this, but enjoy it, it doesn't last long. I thought they would never sleep through the night, and now I cannot get my 16 year old out of bed! Actually I used to enjoy that special me and baby time in the wee small hours....

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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:34 am

Hey Ruff, thanks for stopping by. I'm doing ok on the sitting for proper meals, although they are sometimes at odd hours (breakfast at 4:20am anyone?).

I am enjoying the baby time a lot, and get a lot of help from my wonderful husband and family. Watching the baby fall back asleep (slightly "milk drunk") after his 1am breastfeed is pretty adorable, so I don't mind the broken sleep that much :)

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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:17 pm

Friday 3rd August - GREEN

End of first week - totally green! Just vanilla No-S, so no worrying about portions and content of main meals, just making sure no sweets, snacks or seconds.

I've been surprised that this is easier than I expected. I think it is the lack of decision making. If all snacks are out, totally, then there is no time spent thinking "ooh, I'm peckish, I should really have an apple, but I'd rather have toast with butter and honey, or perhaps a biscuit". There isn't any willpower to be exercised, since the line is so clear.

Looking forward to a few treats this weekend, including a TimTam tomorrow, and morning tea with my friends on Sunday.

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Post by tobiasmom » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:42 pm

Sounds like you had a great week!! Great job! Have a wonderful two S days!

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Post by Ruff » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:40 am

Congratulations on the great first week!

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Post by ironchef » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:45 am

Saturday 4th August - S-DAY!

Thanks for the congrats! Happy S days to you :)

One week down, lifetime to go...

I've just had a wonderful walk in the winter sunshine to the coffee strip near our house, and bought a slice of my favorite red velvet cake to share with my husband after dinner. I'm happy with this S, as I've been thinking of it during the week, and plan to really enjoy it tonight. Waiting for the weekend really does make it special :)

ETA: Just opened the box - the slice of cake is ridiculous! Did they really intend that for one person? I'm a bit shocked I used to eat this serve alone. I think we might be sharing some tonight and save a piece for tomorrow too.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:32 pm

Sunday 5th August - S-DAY!

Had morning tea cakes at my mother's with a group of her friends who hadn't met the baby yet. Enjoyed the homemade orange and poppyseed cake.

Interestingly, had a bit of a headache last night after eating the red velvet cake - too much sugar all at once I think.

I find I'm really looking forward to returning to N-days this week - I was excited about S-days, but I think I prefer the way I felt last week during N-days.

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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:47 am

I totally understand how you feel about getting back to N-days after the weekend - a big sense of relief!

Congratulations on your new baby!

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Post by eschano » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:20 am

I feel the same about N-days too! Yet, I think it's great to have S-days, even if it's just to keep the deprivation-mindset at bay and to remind myself how awful too much sugar feels :D
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Post by ironchef » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:37 am

Hi Amy, eschano, glad I'm not the only one quietly relieved to get back to N-days. I'll have to think more carefully about my treats next weekend.

Mon 6th August - GREEN

Felt much better yesterday evening after 3 sensible meals, hold the sugar.

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Tues 7th August - GREEN

oops, stuffed up the edit on this one
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Post by Amy3010 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:17 pm

Hope you make it thru today - lack of sleep is probably (after emotional phone calls) my biggest sabotager so I can relate! Hang in there!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:02 am

Wed 8th August - GREEN

Thanks Amy. I did get through without snacking on sweets, but it was a close one.

Thursday lunch I have a strange situation - I am going on my first "date" with my husband since bub was born (11 weeks ago). We're leaving our son with my mother in law and going out for lunch together (easier than dinner!). I'm not sure whether to decide ahead of time to make this an "S" event, or just do my best and mark the day red if I have to?

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Post by eschano » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:40 am

That surely must be S worthy! :D
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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:41 am

Thurs 9th August - GREEN

Unexpectedly made this day green!

Our date lunch turned out to be one plate (steak sandwich and chips), so technically that is a No-S N-day! I love this plan - so easy to stick to and still have a fun date :) We went to a movie beforehand, but I found the ice creams (which I normally "must" have at the movies) didn't really have the same appeal.

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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:33 am

Fri 10th August - GREEN

End of second week totally green vanilla No-S. Thrilled with how this is going so far. If (when) I get to 21 days, I'm going to weight myself and see how things are going

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:45 am

10th and 11th August - S Days

Enjoyed my second S-Day weekend. Had a slice of lumberjack cake on Saturday (less sickening than the red velvet) and a soft serve ice cream on Sunday.

I did too much snacking on Saturday and had a bit of indigestion on towards evening. Clearly doesn't take long for the body to adjust to more sensible meal patterns!

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Post by ironchef » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:14 am

This Monday has been very interesting so far. I had breakfast at 5am (usually somewhere from 4:30 to 6am depending on baby). I then had Mums and bubs yoga at 10am. Normally I am absolutely starved by lunchtime. Today I didn't even notice, we actually went for a walk together after yoga, and it was only when we got home at 1pm I realized I hadn't had lunch and was hungry, so I made myself a plate. No snacks, but more importantly no URGE to snack. In fact, no thoughts of food between breakfast time and lunch time.

Every other time I've tried to eat better or lose weight, it's been all about having lots of small meals and healthy snacks, making sure I was never too hungry. But Reinhard is spot on - all this ever did was make me think about food all the time. And the more I think about food, the more I eat food. Not necessarily healthy food either. What a delight to get more than half way through a day and not have thought about food at all!

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Post by tobiasmom » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:29 pm

You are doing awesome! Such an encouragement to me!! I know No-S is genius. It's my brain that gets in the way. You are doing sooooo great!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:23 am

Thanks tobiasmom! I'm excited, but trying not to get ahead of myself. Once I get to 21 compliant days, I'm going to see how the actual weight is going.

Mon 13th August - GREEN

Had a delicious red duck curry for dinner last night - just one plate though :) I love this diet! I don't know any other eating plan where a red duck curry adn white rice would be 100% allowed.

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Tues 14th August - GREEN

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Post by ironchef » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:06 pm

Wed 15th August - GREEN

Also went for a long walk, and did a post natal aqua class. So, a busy day!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:17 pm

Thurs 16th August - GREEN
1 hour light weights at the gym too :)

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Post by tobiasmom » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:41 pm

Thanks so much for the encouragement. You are totally working it and doing awesome!!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:34 am

Thanks so much tobiasmom, I really appreciate it :)

Friday 17th August - GREEN

Now at the end of my third week, yet to have a red day. I feel a little odd, like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Shouldn't this be harder?

I'm going to weigh myself on Monday (which will be 21 days) and see what my body has done in these three weeks. I know I feel better, but not sure what the scale will say.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:03 am

I had an awesome Saturday: we've got heaps of winter sunshine here, and I went out with a good friend to have some churros and thick Spanish hot chocolate. I'd been planning the trip to the cafe all week, so really enjoyed the lovely warm churros with icing sugar and dark choc dipping sauce. I think this is one of my favorite aspects of No S, the return of treats as something exciting and to be looked forward to.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:28 am

Another sunny Sunday. We're having lamb roast with my sister and her fiance tonight, and I'm making peach and raspberry crumble. There is an S worth waiting for!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:04 pm

Made it to 21 days! No reds so far. I weighed myself this morning and found I've lost 6 pounds in these three weeks. Really, really pleased with this, as I've found following No S a lot easier than I expected, so losing 2 pounds a week is a surprise.
No-S start 30th July 2012
Start: 144lb, 33% body fat
Current: 131lb, 29% body fat, BMI

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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:50 am

Congratulations - well done! :D

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Post by tobiasmom » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:32 pm

Yay!! You're the NO-S poster child right now. You are following it one day at a time and enjoying yourself!!

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Post by ironchef » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks Amy, tobiasmom :)

Monday 20th August - GREEN

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Post by eschano » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:54 pm

Congrats to you too! :D
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Post by ironchef » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:16 am

Tuesday 21st August - GREEN

New goals - Urban Ranger and Weights / Other. I've just set up my HabitCal for these two.

Urban Ranger target: walk every day. I do this (almost) anyway, but hope to get a bit farther afield. It is winter here at the moment and raining a fair bit, but that's what wet weather gear is for!

Weights / Other targets: Mums 'n' Bubs yoga on Mondays, AquaFit with baby on Wednesdays, at least 2 (hopefully 3) weights sessions at my gym.

I used to be really into my weights, but had to go light during late pregnancy and post partum. Now 3 months out, I am excited to get back into it. I'm going to follow a split routine with the goal of building muscle. I find it very hard to gain muscle even when lifting pretty heavy (although I never have had a problem gaining fat!), so we'll see how we go. My body fat % is pretty high, so I figure the two angle approach (lose fat and gain muscle) will help.

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Post by ironchef » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:30 pm

Wed 22nd August - GREEN

Beautiful lasagna dinner made by my husband - yum! So glad I was truly hungry for it!

Urban Ranger - 1 hr walk with pram
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Post by Amy3010 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:55 am

Isn't amazing how much more enjoyable food is when you're really truly hungry for it?

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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:36 pm

Thurs 23rd August - RED

My first red day. It had to happen eventually I guess. I went to my local coffee place and my mocha came out with marshmallows in (I ask for no marshmallows, no sugar, no cream etc). Rather than pick them out, I let them melt and drank them. They were super sweet, so that's sweets.

The tough part wasn't the marshmallows, it was spending the rest of the afternoon and evening thinking "it's a red day anyway, why not have a snack?". I managed to make the marshmallows the only slip up of the day, so I'm pleased with that.

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Gym / Other: Rest day, did some stretching.

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Post by tobiasmom » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:13 am

Way to stick with your plan. I struggle a lot when I have one S to not go hog-wild! You are doing wonderful!!

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Post by Amy3010 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:33 am

Good for you - that is hard, to not go wild when you've had one thing to make it a RED day - and you succeeded!

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Post by eschano » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:21 am

Well done! Great way to beat the "What the hell" effect and a good practice in how to deal with Red days. No guilt, remember.
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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:40 am

Thanks guys, that means a lot - a bit of cheerleading was just what I needed today, as sleep this week has been pretty rocky.

Friday 24th August - GREEN

Back to green, but a real struggle as I was so tired, and just loved the idea of a sugar hit in the afternoon. Managed to take a short nap instead while the baby slept, so that got me through to now (early dinner).

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Post by ironchef » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:56 am

Saturday 25th August - S Day
Heading out to a baby shower lunch, so might enjoy some S's :)
I'm planning to stick with my usual three meals this weekend, with snacks and sweets if I want them, to see if I can avoid the sick feeling / sugar headaches of previous S days.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:16 am

Sunday 26th August - S Day

1 serve walnut and treacle tart - yummo!

Urban Ranger -30 min am walk with dog, 1 hr with baby and my sister, 30 min pm walk with dog!
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Post by ironchef » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:59 am

Monday 27th August - GREEN

Very pleased to get back to N days, as last night I had a bit of indigestion. My tolerance for snacking has gone waaaay down apparently.

Urban Ranger: 45 minute walk to and from health nurse appointment
Gym / Other: FAILURE. Had an afternoon nap instead :oops:

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Post by tobiasmom » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:20 pm

Glad to see you are getting some rest in! Doing great as usual!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:27 am

Thanks tobiasmom, hopefully this 3 month growth spurt will be over soon!

Tuesday 28th August - GREEN

Urban Ranger: 1 hr walk to cafe with pram
Gym / Other: 1 hr chest, biceps and abs

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Post by tobiasmom » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:25 pm

So the baby is three months? I've been wondering how old. Is it getting better? I just dread those first three months......no sleep!! Ha. You are such a great example for me of how I can stick to vanilla NO-S while breast feeding!! Any hints?

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Post by ironchef » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:33 am

Yep, he is 14 weeks tomorrow. There is not much sleep to be had around here at the moment - it was actually better at 9 weeks than it is now. But, he is smiling and gurgling and generally super cute, so there is a huge upside as well!

Don't be too hard on yourself in the first few weeks post partum. Just pick yourself up and try again each day.

Hmm, tips for sticking to No S. Well, It's only been a month, so I'm not sure I'm the poster child here! A couple of things I've done:
1. No snacky or sweet things in the house. If there is cake on the counter, I'll cave in for sure at 3am. But I'm never going to jump in the car at 3am to buy a snack.
2. If I feel hungry at night wake ups, I have a glass of water, then a drink of milk (whole milk, not skim). Just a small glass takes the edge off being hungry, otherwise I can't fall back to sleep.
3. Substantial, well balanced firsts. So, a typical breakfast for me is a small serve of steel cut oats or rolled oat porridge, fruit (e.g. a banana, some peaches), a slice of whole wheat bread and an egg.
4. Set up all my meals on a plate (no virtual plating), and either get my husband to help or put the baby on his play mat, so I can eat properly from the plate with utensils. Standing up eating was a huge trap for me, especially for snacking, and having no idea how much I'd eaten.

You are setting up good habits now, so you'll be one step ahead of me! I'm sure you'll do great.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:30 am

Wed 29 August - GREEN

Really pleased with how Wednesday went. I met a friend at her place, and she and my husband had raspberry chocolate brownies, and I had a lovely cup of decaf and a good chat. It wasn't weird at all - I just said no thanks once and then we all carried on.

Urban Ranger - 1 hr to and from a friend's house with baby, 30 minutes with baby in sling and dog at park.
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Post by ironchef » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:59 am

Thurs 30th August - GREEN

I had an "aha" moment today. I was running a bunch of errands at a local mall, so of course walked past a million and one food outlets. And each time I saw something tempting (like the donut shop, the sweet shop, the ice cream store, the cafe with fancy cakes) I thought to myself "if I really want x treat I can come to the mall and get it on Saturday". Immediately, the pull of the donut or whatever seemed to be switched off, as if by saying "not now" instead of "no" my appetite is able to let it go.

And you know what, I probably won't go to the mall on Saturday for those crappy donuts, I'll probably get a slice of Tuscan Apple Cake at my favorite cafe and enjoy it with a hot chocolate. But just knowing that I could go back and get that donut makes all the difference. Reinhard's system is ingenious in using something so simple to tame the appetite so effectively.

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Post by r.jean » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:01 am

Woo Hoo! You are getting there! It is amazing how seemingly simple habit changes can make so much change in the way we think and act.
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Post by tobiasmom » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:05 pm

You are really getting this mentally. That's where I'm weakest!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:21 am

Friday 31st August - GREEN

Woohoo, only one red for August!

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Post by eschano » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:06 pm

Well done! I still have half a day to go and hope to be able to say the same.
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Post by ironchef » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:18 am

Thanks eschano - I'm sure you'll get there too!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:02 am

Saturday 1st Sept - S Day and the first day of Spring in Australia!

I went to my favorite cafe for a delicious slice of Tuscan Apple Cake. Apple, cinnamon, walnuts - yum!

It is Father's Day here tomorrow, so looking forward to making French toast in the morning for my husband and myself.

Urban Ranger - walk with dog at park 30 minuts
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Post by ironchef » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:35 am

Sunday 2nd September - S Day

Probably my most successful S-Day so far. I had French toast for breakfast (with cinnamon sugar). I had a slice of cake after Father's Day lunch with the family, and it was a lovely banana toffee cake baked by my SIL. Then I had a small bowl of yoghurt after dinner. No craziness, no continuous snacking - not through exercising my will power, but just because that's how the day worked out.

Exercise - day off :)

Monday 3rd September - GREEN

Urban Ranger - 40 minute walk with dog
Gym / Other - 1 hr Mums 'n' Bubs yoga

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Post by ironchef » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:53 pm

Tuesday 4th Sept - GREEN

I've decided I'll check in on my weight again after I hit another 21 day mark. I had a red at the end of August, so that will mean next week before I weigh. I feel pretty good though.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:27 am

Wed 5th Sept - GREEN

Urban Ranger - No, hail here again
Gym / Other - rest day

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Post by ironchef » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:50 pm

Thurs 6th Sept - GREEN

This feels harder at the moment. My son is going through some kind of growth spurt (3.5 months) and is waking 3+ times a night at the moment to nurse. That's on top of every 2 - 3 hours during the day. Especially at night wake ups (like right now) I feel hungry and think a lot about snacking. I haven't caved in yet though. Ugh, better get back to bed.

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Post by tobiasmom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:34 pm

Oh, I'm so sorry. No fun at all. Great job hanging in there, though!!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks tobiasmom. I know it will get better soon, just need to stick it out until he is past this growth spurt.

Friday 7th Sept - GREEN

I was given a raspberry muffin today at mother's group. So, I wrapped it up and brought it home. It's all set for tomorrow's breakfast. I love that No-S gives me an option for that situation: if I really want to enjoy a sweet, I can take it home as a treat for the weekend. I don't have to cut or modify another meal to compensate, I don't have to complete a set amount of exercise to "earn" it, I don't have to get a diet version of the muffin that is fat free with fake sugars, I don't have to turn down a lovely homemade muffin that my friend brought to share and I don't have to feel any guilt when I do enjoy that muffin tomorrow. It's such a nice feeling.

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Post by tobiasmom » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:50 am

I really wish we could LIKE posts cuz what you wrote is just the essence of No-S!! Love it!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:35 am

Thanks tobiasmom! Happy S-days.

The raspberry muffin was lovely for breakfast yesterday.

Also, I made lemon butter during the week (lemon curd to some) and waited until Saturday to enjoy some. Yum!

Last night was a friend's feast of meat (he's from Portugal), and we enjoyed eating meat fresh from the spit with our hands. He also made the most delicious mini custard tarts. Very glad it was a Saturday!

This morning I'm going for morning tea with some good friends and their babies.

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Post by ironchef » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:11 am

Monday 10th Sept - GREEN

Really a relief to get back to N-days this week, after feeling a bit gross after the feast of meat on Saturday night.

Urban Ranger - 1 hr park walk with dog and baby, afternoon 30 minutes with pram
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Post by ironchef » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:09 am

Tuesday 11th Sept - GREEN

I went to lunch today in our city's big central park (King's Park) with my husband and baby. They had a fantastic wildflower display growing through the main grassed area. Beautiful. I love Spring.

Urban Ranger - walk morning and evening with dog total 1 hr. 1/2 hour at the park with baby (mostly up a very steep hill!).
Gym / Other - 2 clients (6 - 8pm)

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Post by tobiasmom » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:42 am

Sounds gorgeous!! I would love to go to Australia some day. We have family living in Alice Springs.

You're doing awesome!

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Post by ironchef » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:32 pm

Thanks tobiasmom! I've never been to Alice (it's a long way from here in the West), but I've heard it is amazing.

Wednesday 12th Sept - GREEN

Very busy day driving out to a friend's house to pick up a cot and making 2 lasagnas (one for us, one for a friend who just had a baby). Was exhausted by dinner time.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:33 pm

Thurs 13th Sept - GREEN

Completed my second set of 21 days, so I've worked out my weight loss again (I weigh every day, but don't pay any attention to individual values, I use the data to calculate a trend). According to my trend values I've lost another 4 pounds, taking the total to 10 pounds since I started this in late July.

This past few weeks has become easier. I think I've retrained my appetite, so although I get hungry about an hour before meal time, I don't get so many random hunger pangs through the day and night. This week in particular has been great. Normally I spend at least some time during the week thinking about the treats I would like or can have on the weekend. This week I've almost been surprised it is Friday, and can't really think of anything I'm craving to have tomorrow.

Yesterday at lunch I made myself a great sandwich - whole wheat bread with pumpkin seeds, leg ham, cheddar cheese, whole egg mayo, rocket from our garden, juicy tomatoes, cucumber and beetroot. As I was eating it, I suddenly thought "hey, this is a treat!". Sure, it wasn't sugary or decadent in a typical treat way, but it was absolutely delicious and I felt kind of spoiled each time I took another tasty bite. I didn't have to worry that the mayo was full fat or think about the serving size. I just ate and enjoyed. Then it hit me - this is an eating plan where everything I eat can be a treat. Without the constant sugary snacks messing with my palate, all my meals can taste this awesome!

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Post by tobiasmom » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:36 am

Twomsets of 21 days! Awesome! You are doing wonderful. Really looks like a lifestyle for you now.

Btw, that sandwich sounds amazing! Have a great weekend!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:14 am

Thanks tobiasmom, I'm really loving No S so far.

We're off on holiday in the morning for 2 weeks. I'm going to keep a log of green and red days on paper, and check back in when we get back to town (and our internet connection). I'm hoping that the habits formed over the past month and a half will stick enough to at least maintain while I'm away. Having lost 10 pounds already is a big motivator to stay with No S.

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Post by tobiasmom » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:01 pm

Have a wonderful time! "See ya" in a couple weeks!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:09 am

Hooray, back from holidays. Vacations are good, but home is good too.

From my notes while we were away:
Mon 17th - Red. 1 apple cinnamon muffin, baked by my friend, plated as part of lunch.
Tues 18th - S Day, my Dad's birthday. 1 slice birthday cake with lunch.
Wed 19th - Red. 1 slice pumpkin fruit cake, baked by my mother, plated as part of lunch.
Thurs 20th - S Day, date with my husband. 1 multi course winery lunch, shared dessert.
Friday 21st - Red. Share a berry blondie with my Mum at our favourite bakery.
Sat / Sun - S Days!

Mon 24th - GREEN
Tues 25th - GREEN
Wed 26th - GREEN
Thurs 27th - Red. Cup of dark hot chocolate at Gabriele's bean-to-bar chocolateria.
Fri 28th - GREEN.

I had such a good holiday, and kept my No-S habits mainly intact. So pleased!

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Post by tobiasmom » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:56 am

Ao wonderful to hear you had a great time and stayed on track!!

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Post by Strawberry Roan » Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:47 am

Hi, Just read your entire journal and you are so upbeat and so happy. I love it!

You are doing great. Congrats on the new baby, you caring so much about your healthy eating and exercise will be a blessing to him in years to come as he learns habits of his own.

To your health,
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Post by ironchef » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:51 am

Thanks Berry - that really makes my day :) I am really blessed to have so many good things in life.

Actually really relieved it is Monday today, as we ate a multi-course Spanish inspired "tapas" meal yesterday and I felt really quite sick by the end!

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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:47 pm

Sounds like you have been doing really well the past few months!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:17 am

Thanks Amy :)

Monday 1st October - GREEN

So pleased to be back to N days, felt really queasy after Sunday. My husband made a lovely gnocchi tonight with a bunch of veggies from our garden (chard, snow peas, broad beans). Yummo!

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Post by Amy3010 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:57 am

Sounds delicious!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:11 am

Tues 2nd Oct and Wed 3rd Oct - GREEN

Off for my first run today since about half way through my pregnancy. Very excited! Baby is 4 months and 1 week, so I figure that's enough recovery time :)

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Post by ironchef » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:45 am

Thurs 4th and Friday 5th - GREEN

Wow, what a week. The bub woke to eat every two hours on Thursday night, I thought I was going to go nuts. He hasn't slept anything more than a 3.5 hr stretch now for 7 weeks (he stopped the nice long 5 hr stretches at about 12 weeks, and he's 19 weeks now). This isn't just a growth spurt - he's eating all the time!

I put a lot of effort into staying positive and reminding myself it is only for a short period of my life, but the constantly broken sleep is really wearing me down. I was so starving on Thursday night, but kept reminding myself that breakfast was only a few hours away.

It's true what Reinhard says, No-S is actually a nice little bit of order and routine in the midst of chaos. It is the one thing I can stay on top of. I don't need sugar, I just need sleep.

Well, that was a bit whiny. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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Post by ironchef » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:27 pm

Mon 8th October - GREEN

Our little guy has quite bad eczema, and all our efforts at removing irritants, keeping him dry and moisturized and so on haven't really helped. I was intolerant of casein (cow milk protein) when I was little, so I'm going to try cutting all cow milk and casein products out of my diet. The proteins can be passed through breast milk, and it will take up to 4 weeks for them to be gone from my system and the baby's system.

I'm not too worried, as my No-S habits are firmly in place, but it is a bit of a challenge. No milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, chocolate, baked goods (unless they are casein free). Also, many babies who are intolerant of milk are also not tolerant of soy, so I've been advised not to replace with a bunch of soy equivalents. This will mean a big change to my "default" meals. It also means that my glass of milk if I'm hungry in the middle of the night is at an end.

Anyway, it will only take 4 weeks to check if this is the solution. And if it does work, it is totally worth it!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:50 am

Tues 9th Oct - RED

We went for lunch today at a shop recently opened by a good friend of ours. He is doing a great job! However, I unthinkingly ordered an orange drink which was mostly sugar. Working now on confining the failure to lunch only.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:56 am

Wed 10th Oct - GREEN

I'm struggling a bit this week with the introduction of the "casein free" experiment. I really want to do it, because it is important to me to rule out causes of the eczema for our poor little guy. But, I'm finding that having to modify a lot of meals is making me focus on food again and feel a little rebellious. Turns out casein is in all sorts of non-obvious things, like bottled pasta sauces and things like that. There is definitely a thought process that goes "ugh, there are so many rules and things I can't have, stuff it, I deserve a few chips if I can't have any milk". I'm trying to be aware of it and remind myself that stuffing up No-S really isn't what I want, even if I'm feeling childish about some extra food rules.

I think things will get easier once I find my "new defaults" and don't have to think about things too much.

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Thurs 11th October - GREEN

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Post by ironchef » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:47 am

Friday 12th October - GREEN

I've decided I'll just use the habitcal. Things are going well, and the No-S habit is well established now, so I'm going to do as Reinhard suggested and only post here when I get a red day. Hopefully this means I won't be posting too often on this thread!

My weight trending calculation says I have lost 11lb, and my rate of loss is starting to tail off (as one would expect when getting close to goal weight). I now weight about 60.5kg (133 pounds), which at 172 cm tall gives me a BMI of 20.4. I'm finding No-S to be a fairly effortless plan, so I hope I can use it to stabilize at this weight.

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Post by ironchef » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:54 am

Had a completely green week. Looking forward to some treats this weekend, although with the "no cow dairy" thing, it is hard to come up with suitable treats, so I'll be baking them myself.

In good news, removing casein (cow dairy protein) appears to have fixed our son's eczema! I'm delighted to have it sorted, however a tiny part of me is a bit annoyed, as now that I know it works I'll have to keep it up until I stop breast feeding (or he grows out of it). My mother tells me I grew out of my casein intolerance at about 18 months.

My trend line tells me I've lost another pound to reach 132 pounds, for a total of 12 pounds. That puts me back at my pre-pregnancy weight, which was my initial goal. Since I'm not counting any calories or such, it will be interesting for me to find out where I stabilize by continuing the No-S habits.

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Post by eschano » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:22 am

Hi Ironchef,

You're doing so well! I admire that you removed casein from your diet. I would find that very hard.

While I wasn't looking at the boards I really missed your comments - they were always insightful and inspiring.

Keep up the good work!
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Post by tobiasmom » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:34 pm

You continue to be such an inspiration for me! It really gives me hope for after this baby is born. Six more weeks....

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Post by ironchef » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:18 am

Thanks eschano! Removing casein was hard that first week, but now that I see such great results in our son's skin condition, I'm so motivated to keep going. I've worked out my new "dietary defaults", so habit is taking over. Eating out is tricky though; probably something I could afford to do less of anyway.

Thanks tobiasmom! Wow, only a few weeks to go now, how exciting!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:25 am

Mon - Wed GREEN
Thursday 25th - RED
We had a friend over for a drink this afternoon, and I did strawberries in champagne and orange. One strawberry in my drink I would have considered ok, kind of like the olive in a martini. However, the strawberries were on the table while we had our drinks, and I ate 4 - 5 more while we sat there. So, that's a snack, not a garnish!

Sure, it's fruit, but snacking while I have an afternoon drink is not a habit I want to create. It could just as easily have been cheese and crackers, dip, or whatever.

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Post by tobiasmom » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:52 pm

How was your weekend? Are you getting any sleep these days??

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Post by ironchef » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:27 pm

hey tobiasmom! the weekend was lovely, although pretty warm here (35 deg C). I baked some banana cake that was non dairy, so I could have a slice, as it was my mom's birthday.

Sleep is still pretty erratic. Some nights (like last night) we do quite well and just have two or three quick wake ups. I know he can do it though, as he's slept 5 and 6 hour stretches before (and even a 7 hour stretch, one time!). I'm really looking forward to next month, when he'll be old enough to start solids. Hopefully that might contribute to some longer night sleeps.

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Post by Sweetness » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:41 am

Ironchef, Stopping by here to say Hi and thanks for posting on my thread. Looks like you are doing well, and congrats on the new baby. :D

Something I used to do that helped my babies sleep longer... I was nursing and I would get tired in the evening, so I don't think I had as much milk. I would make a small bottle for the baby- just at night. Baby was usually hungry enough for another 4 oz. and he slept longer.
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Post by ironchef » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:58 am

Hey Sweetness, thanks for stopping by.

A green week here, and another 1/2 pound lost. I checked my body fat % on the scales at the gym this morning and I'm sitting at 29%, which I'm really pleased about. My secondary goal was to get my body fat % below 30%. Now I need to think about building me some muscles!

And, just for eschano, here is a full list of my Saturday S's!
Breakfast - same as N day, but with a teaspoon of golden syrup on my oats. Sweets.
Mid-morning - 2 dairy free mint slice biscuits. Snack and a Sweet.
Lunch - same as N-day, except with honey on my peanut butter. Sweets.
Mid-arvo - 1 slice dairy free orange and poppy seed cake. Snack and a Sweet.
Dinner - same as N day.
After dinner - mint slice biscuit. Sweet and Seconds!
ETA: and a 375ml can of lemon squash. Sweet!

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Post by Sweetness » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:50 pm

Wow, you are doing great, kudos on the green week, and have a great weekend! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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