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Kittson's Yearly Check-In

 
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Kittson



Joined: 20 Mar 2015
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:53 pm    Post subject: Kittson's Yearly Check-In Reply with quote

Today marks my one year anniversary of starting No S. I was a healthy weight to start with and I can happily say that No S has allowed me to maintain my weight for one year!!

I have a history of yo-yo dieting, so maintenance is absolutely wonderful for me to achieve. The year wasnít without a few bumps in the road, but I can happily say that No S is it for me. Itís what works for me.

No S has allowed me to enjoy all the other parts of my life that were neglected the years that I spent focused on food and weight. I am LIVING life and not allowing myself to be distracted by calorie counting or left exhausted from excessive exercise.


Some things have happened or that I've noticed/learned
1. The debate over food is gone. "Should I/Shouldn't I eat this" and "BUT I WANT IT" don't happen anymore. That makes me feel so much peace.
2. Hunger isn't going to hurt me. It's normal to be hungry for meal time.
3. Food is being enjoyed again. I don't dread what food does for me, I enjoy how it makes me feel, because on N days I'm never over full.
4. Negative self-talk is quiet unless I ďoverdoĒ an S day.
5. Iím not punishing my overeating with exercise because there isnít any overeating.
6. I now use mild exercise, itís what my body likes. T-Tapp and walking. Anything more intense it affects my sleep and energy levels.
7. Iíve become an audioaddict - Iíve listened to over 30 audio books in the past year. Every Jane Austen novel, 3 Outlander novels, most of the Anne of Green Gables series, and many many more. I am so thankful for finally taking the time to listen to these, theyíve brought such joy to my life.
8. My relationships are better. Husband is benefitting immensely from the lack of my negative self-talk. I FEEL good = better self image/no negative self-talk = transferring my good feelings to others.
9. I feel more present with my son. Huge for me!
10. I am saving money. No Snacking means my grocery bill has been cut by 2 mini-meals per day.
11. Good habits are transferring to others - just a few weeks ago my husband finally got on board. I didnít push him, that never works. I actually didnít even tell him I was doing No S until after a month or so into starting. He sees that it works.
12. I have feelings of gratitude when I eat. I have never been one to be thankful for food. Itís easy for me to acquire, easy to come by. Now that I am hungry for meals I am very thankful for the meal I am getting.

So thatís the good. The year hasnít been all roses though! I went through a rough patch over the holidays where I went back to calorie counting. I am most likely to revert back to dieting behavior when stressed and the holidays will trigger that. Next year I will be ready for the urge to calorie count. I should mention that I didnít lose a SINGLE POUND while restricting and actually gained weight from the ďrefeedĒ after stopping the counting. Biology is nothing to mess around with and restricting/counting will leave you heavier than before! Iím just finally starting to regulate down to my normal size and feeling great again.

Some of my words of wisdom would be to fill your plates when you first start. Also be aware of your triggers. I absolutely cannot read healthy living/lifestyle blogs, look at fitspo, etc. All these things make me want to calorie count, restrict, over-exercise, etc.

Thank you to Reinhard for developing No S. I am forever grateful for the amazing year I had living in moderation. I will update again next year. Smile
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osoniye



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cogratulations Kittson!
I'm glad NoS is working so well for you!
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No Added Sugar. No Snacks and No Seconds, Except (Sometimes) on days that start with "S".
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minimizer



Joined: 05 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! Wonderful read!
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reinhard
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, Kittson!

"Maintenance is more important that progress" and great to see another, successful and thoughtfully expressed example of it here.

Love that somehow audiodidact slipped into there too! The everyday systems do work well together, sometimes in mysterious ways... I tremendously enjoy Jane Austin in audio as well (try Trollope when you get a chance -- also very funny, yet human and warm, with a great reader in Timothy West, and an almost inexhaustible supply of novels).

Reinhard
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oolala53



Joined: 06 Oct 2008
Posts: 8252
Location: San Diego, CA USA

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear, hear, Kittson! Our society needs more women (and men) at peace with food and not fretting over her body. AND not chasing after the worshipped snack.

I lead a No S team on another site, with Reinhard's permission. May I excerpt some of your post with them?
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 7 years & counting
Age 64
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but harder to maintain)
Dec/17 23.8

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saw your post on the Skier. Mazel tov!

Your junior high basement gym sounds like what i see when I peek into Crossfit doors. I guess this is what we get now that we can't spend our days running down game and scouring the countryside for lunch.
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 7 years & counting
Age 64
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but harder to maintain)
Dec/17 23.8

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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Kittson



Joined: 20 Mar 2015
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:


I lead a No S team on another site, with Reinhard's permission. May I excerpt some of your post with them?


Yes, of course! Smile

Reinhard - thanks for the suggestion of Trollope - I will add him to my Audible Wish List!
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vmsurbat



Joined: 19 Jul 2008
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Location: Montenegro

PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your success story!
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Vicki in MNE
7! Yrs. with Vanilla NoS, down 55+lb, happily maintaining and still loving it!
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