Pipina's Check In

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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Pipina's Check In

Post by Pipina » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Hello... After two years of being a member and not having posted a single thing, I think it's time to start... just to be a little more conscious about my eating habits...

In my experience, I ALWAYS lose weight when I stick to my "three meals no snacks" routine. It doesn't matter if I eat low-carb, vegetarian or whatever. Doing just that, even imperfectly, has allowed me to maintain a 15-pound loss over the last three years. (With seasonal ups and downs). It's not much, I need to lose substantially more than that, but it is something.

So I'm going to spell out clearly my particular meaning for the 14-word version of the No S Diet.

-No snacks: 3 meals and nothing in between.
-No sweets: I also include alcohol here.
-No seconds: For me this means "food combining": a starch or a protein plate plus vegetables (or fruit at breakfast).
-except: the little word that turns this into a way of life rather than a diet.
-(sometimes): meaning "never alone".
-on days that start with S: Saturdays, Sundays, Special. My not very original mod is that Saturdays actually start on Friday evenings.

That's all.

Yesterday, February 20th: GREEN.

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Post by eschano » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:24 pm

Welcome Pipina,
great to hear from you! I joined a few months after you.
I start my S days with Friday evening as well, so I'm glad to find another NoSer doing that.
Really like how you defined NoS.
Looking forward to reading more.
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Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:22 pm

Hi Pipina,
You have clearly though a lot about NoS and are far more experienced than me with it! Welcome and I look forward to your 2-years of accumulated NoS wisdom. You know, 15 pounds kept off for 2 years? That sounds like TESTIMONIAL time to me! I'll eagerly await that!

So.....I'd love to know more of your history, and especially what brings you to NoS posting when you've been successfully doing it without the forum until now?

Oh, and the no alcohol thing....I'm considering something like that. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Pipina » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:03 pm

Thank you for visiting. You both are obviously seasoned NoS dieters, much more successful than I. I hope to learn a lot!
Being an all-or-nothing person, I used to hate the advice of moderation. Thanks to NoS, I have discovered that moderation can have "the clarity of cold turkey abstinence" ("Extreme moderation" podcast).

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Post by jw » Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:01 pm

Welcome, Pipina! I am usually a lurker, too, but something about this board makes it easy to join in. Glad you decided to post!
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Post by Pipina » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:53 am

Technically I've stayed these two weeks within NoS limits... but I don't feel that way, because S-days have gone a bit wild. Two birthday parties (my sister-in-law's and my brother's) plus the inauguration of my sister's new bar... We are a beer-lover family and every time we get together we drink way too much :? .

I'm thinking of trying Reinhard's Glass Ceiling, or maybe even quitting the booze until summer.
Being an all-or-nothing person, I used to hate the advice of moderation. Thanks to NoS, I have discovered that moderation can have "the clarity of cold turkey abstinence" ("Extreme moderation" podcast).

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Post by Pipina » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:16 am

...Nevertheless, my weight tracker program tells me I have lost 4,5 pounds over the last month, and it's pretty reliable, as it smooths out day to day fluctuations. For crash-dieters that may be laughable but I know what it's worth. Bottom line: NoS works. I call it THE POWER OF N!
Being an all-or-nothing person, I used to hate the advice of moderation. Thanks to NoS, I have discovered that moderation can have "the clarity of cold turkey abstinence" ("Extreme moderation" podcast).

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Post by eschano » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:52 am

4.5 pounds is great! I think the beauty of NoS is that you can even do it at 80% compliance and still lose weight.
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Post by automatedeating » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:12 pm

Hi Pipina,
Sounds like a great month! Wow!

I .... sort of ... instituted glass ceiling about 6 months ago, but I wasn't really keeping track of it. I noticed that my drinking moderated on its own as my eating moderated. I now have a "stop" button in my head at 2 drinks, and I think glass ceiling is a pretty cool way of moderating drinking. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Post by Pipina » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:30 am

Two weekends have passed since my last entry, both of them pretty heavy on the social side... but two pounds more are gone. Slowly but surely!

I never weigh myself the morning after an S-day... I think it leads to ungrounded discouragement, as the weight gain is due to water retention and, er, solids (as John Walker of The Hacker's Diet would put it). I track my weight Tuesday to Friday.

Reinhard has designed a fabulous eating plan... but it hasn't cured me of obsessive tracking and recording :wink:
Being an all-or-nothing person, I used to hate the advice of moderation. Thanks to NoS, I have discovered that moderation can have "the clarity of cold turkey abstinence" ("Extreme moderation" podcast).

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Post by eschano » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:31 am

Well done!

I think there's nothing wrong with tracking and recording as long as you don't get upset when there's a fluctuation. Also, I think once your habits are unconscious that obsession will die down.
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