Leanerman Daily 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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Leanerman Daily Check In

Post by leanerman » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:39 am

Starting today. No S-ing. Having a hell of a time with food and weight. Found this book a few years ago and tried doing it alone. But now I've checked the "discussion" area ... and I'm going public. This way of losing weight makes so much sense to me. But I've failed at so many attempts to lose weight (starting when I was a kid on Stillman's Water Diet -- remember that, anyone?), that I've lost some hope.

I have been there. I've had the 32" waist, actually less, and the body I wanted. Several times. But I can't keep trying, succeeding, then failing. It's too discouraging.

So, I've decided to use this forum to help keep me on track. And I'm not going to worry about calories, carbs, etc. I'm just going to do the behaviors, take the actions. I'll weight myself when I get up in the am. And begin. Also bought a sledge hammer today. And did 14 minutes of Shovelgloving.

I'm going to do this one day at a time.

I'm a 54 year old male. Growing out of my 38 pants. Probably over 200 lbs., but just. Something's got to change.
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Post by eschano » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:08 am

Welcome! Delighted you decided to be part of this community, looking forward to reading your thread.
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Post by jw » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:36 pm

Welcome, leanerman -- glad you've decided to join us!
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Post by Marianna » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:50 pm

welcome--post often!

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:53 am

Welcome, you are going to love this, I just know it!
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Post by ironchef » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:48 am

Welcome! The support here is great.

I'm the same way - I've succeeded several times with calorie counting diets, and been at the weight / size I wanted. But I never stayed there. And I've never been happy with the way I interacted with food: I was either strictly controlling while losing weight, or feeling out of control and miserable while gaining it again. A big benefit of No-S is the feeling of really enjoying food again, without a side-serve of guilt.

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Day One

Post by leanerman » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:44 am

Thanks for all the "welcomes."

Successful day.
Only one meal (binged last night), and it was at work. I make money as a waiter, so have to deal with food all the time. I had to do a virtual plate, but it worked.

Day 1 - W: 198lbs. BMI: 27.6 Body Fat: 29.4%

Did my 14 Minutes. Onward.
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Post by osoniye » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:52 am

Welcome leanerman- good to have you on the boards. Working around food is hard, I know. Sometimes it has helped me in the past to keep saying "not my food" to myself, in situations where a lot of eating is going on, and it's not my planned mealtimes or not the food I had decided to eat that day. You may find that 3 discrete meals, each on one plate is much better in the long run than virtual plating.
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Post by eschano » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:40 am

Oh, you're a waiter. That's great - means you're urbanranging in the restaurant. If you added the miles you're running to serve people it would probably be impressive.
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Post by Jill d » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:15 pm

Hello and welcome, leanerman...
"A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labour of a spasmodic Hercules." -Anthony Trollope

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Day 2 - Success

Post by leanerman » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:02 am

Had to eat out for both meals, but I know they both fit on a 9" plate.
Did my 14 minutes of anything.
Thanks for the encouragement.
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Day 3 - No S Success, but ...

Post by leanerman » Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:48 am

14 minutes of anything - Failure
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Day 4 - S day (yesterday)

Post by leanerman » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:39 pm

S day, which was strange considering I just started, but thought I should take these two S days since I don't want to end up feeling deprived, resentful, then eating out of control because of it.
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:00 pm

Glad you took your S Days!
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Day 5 - Another S day.

Post by leanerman » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:56 am

Too much indulgence.
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Re: Day 5 - Another S day.

Post by eschano » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:19 pm

leanerman wrote:Too much indulgence.
That's totally normal and will continue for a while. Don't fret about S days. Just fence-around-the-law on N days and you'll be totally fine!
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Day 6 - (yesterday) Fail No S / Success 14 min.

Post by leanerman » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:09 pm

Food was wonky. Stayed wonky. Somehow managed to exercise.
Today is better.
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False start.

Post by leanerman » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:13 am

Here I go again. Day 2.
Started, then derailed last week.
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Post by osoniye » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:03 am

Hi, leanerman- Hang in there... the main thing at this point, is not to drift away. Keep posting here and keep starting over each new day and eventually you will find your way. It helps me a lot to read old threads and see what worked (and what didn't) for others who have gone before.
-Sonya
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Post by eschano » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:51 am

Mark it and move on. No negative thoughts necessary - this isn't a "diet", it's a lifestyle :)
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Day 3: Success

Post by leanerman » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:02 am

Thinking about giving away my larger than 9" plates.
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Day 4 -- Success No S-ing and 14 minutes of anything

Post by leanerman » Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:16 am

My last plate was virtual (I ate out) so it was a little full--maybe wouldn't have fit on a 9" plate, which I have a home, but...I'm okay with this. Getting on track.
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Post by automatedeating » Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:27 pm

Glad you are being gracious with yourself! It's all part of the learning process......
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