I still think it is THE most sustainable, sane, and satisfying way of enjoying good meals through all seasons of life.
For those who want the whole story, here are the links to past testimonials--all those insights still hold true today (including never once making it into the 21-day club. Perfection not required for long-term success!), so I won't repeat.
Year 1: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5306
Year 2: http://www.everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6629
Year 3: http://www.everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7858
Year 4: http://www.everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8821
Year 5: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9529
Year 6: http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=10250
So where am I now?
In my current season, with unexpected (but Lord willing) temporary health issues, I gained 10lbs since the spring of this year. I suspect it was a combo of
- 1. Going from a 10000 step a day habit to just 3000 on average,
2. Continuing to eat what I "always" ate even though my activity level decreased so much, and
3. Rationalizing a few too many "this extra bite/sweet won't hurt/count" moments.
After casting around for something to add TO NoS, I realized that I really didn't need to--I just needed to double down on No Excuses and take the time to really enjoy the meals I do eat, particularly paying attention to what satisfies rather than "what I've always eaten." I've also been able to start building up my walking endurance which can only help (currently working on 5000/day average). Thus, in the past two months (including vacation!), I've lost 3 of those 10 pounds....
And I must say that I appreciate a thousand times over the hopeful, proactive mindset that NoS engenders. On another forum (not weightloss related, but the topic comes up often enough) the whole tone is one of all the reasons why one *can't* lose weight: "Not my fault", "Carbs to blame", "Hypothroidism keeps me fat", "Too short", "Too old", "Pre-Menopause", "Post-Menopause". Really, it is SOOO depressing to read and sadly few want to hear that habit changes make for real (albeit slow) progress...
However, YOU guys do, so celebrate with me! NoS *does* work for this post-menopausal, short (5'2"), Hashimoto (thyroid)-stricken, recovering from illness woman.
Thanks again, Reinhard!