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DaveMc



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Seventh year Reply with quote

Hi everyone, I'm checking in after another "year on habit" with NoS. Here's last year's post in case you want to see that:

https://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=162007&highlight=#162007

(And that one links again to the previous year, so you can follow me back into the dawn of time if you're so inclined.)

Back then, I was concerned that I'd regained 14 to 18 of the 20 pounds I lost way back in year 1.

I can now announce that, although I'm not back to my year 1 minimum, I have lost somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds since last year (depending, as always, on what day you ask). So I'm up about ten pounds above my lowest weight, but I'm back on a downward path!

How did I do it? Childishly simple, here's the plan I've been following:

Days 1, 3, and 5: No carbohydrates of any kind.
Days 2, 4, and 6: Only carbohydrates.
Day 7: I can eat absolutely anything I want, as long as it is gluten-free and has been prepared with silver cookware by a left-handed chef in the light of a full moon.
(Repeat weekly)

I'm kidding, of course. Smile What I've actually used is the much less exciting method of eating a little bit less and exercising a little bit more, while following vanilla NoS (no extra special constraints beyond what's on the cover of the book). I also did implement my plan from last year of actually weighing myself once in a while, so I now get about five or six data points a month. Plotted on my phone, the weight-vs-time graph shows a long, slow, smooth decrease over the past year. (Well, except for a big spike in December/January when we visited relatives in Asia, where "I'm on a diet" doesn't always feel like a socially acceptable reason to decline food. They also have this dessert thing that's mostly made of butter and sugar and is insidiously tasty ... It wasn't my finest hour in terms of moderation.) But after that blip, the slow-but-steady decline started right back again.

I think I've succeeded in slightly down-shifting my sense of what's an appropriate portion of food, and I'm just going to stick with my current approach. Seven years in, I'm starting to think that this might just be a sustainable eating style, for me. Smile

Big picture, I'm 10 pounds lighter than I was seven years ago ... But I also know I can reduce a bit further if I keep on my current trajectory.

To anyone just starting out, let me say that I do remember how hard it was, getting started. Those first few months were tough, and I came to realize what people meant when they pointed out that "simple" was not the same thing as "easy". But these days (and for about the past six years), NoS requires zero effort on my part, it's just automatic. It's completely accepted by my family as one of my (several) quirks, and it really doesn't create any difficulty in daily life. If you're slogging through that start-up phase, do stick with it: you can do it! And there's a long-term, stable solution waiting for you on the other side.
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Shuggernaut



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great update, Dave! Dramatic weight loss stories can be inspirational, but let's not overlook or underrate tales of successful maintenance! Thanks for sharing Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on making it to the biblical span of 7 years!

(you had me scared, though, for a minute midway through your update!)

I love it that instead of freaking out when No S as you'd been practicing it ceased to be quite as effective as it had been initially and tossing it out the window, you recognized that it was still a strong foundation and successfully "rebooted" with only the slightest attentional tweaks.

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oolala53



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad just the basics are working. It's a delightful way to live.

Not having read all your years of reports, I apologize if you've covered this but have you altered at all over the years what you put on your plate or is it truly just less of the same? Fewer refined carbs or more veggies perhaps?
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RAWCOOKIE



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Seventh year Reply with quote

DaveMc wrote:

Day 7: I can eat absolutely anything I want, as long as it is gluten-free and has been prepared with silver cookware by a left-handed chef in the light of a full moon.


Laughing oh great..... thanks for the laugh Laughing

I'm in for the long-haul too - with a slow but definite downward trend, and painlessly diminishing portion sizes

Well done mate!
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DaveMc



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Not having read all your years of reports, I apologize if you've covered this but have you altered at all over the years what you put on your plate or is it truly just less of the same? Fewer refined carbs or more veggies perhaps?


Not deliberately ... But then again, I was already trying to have a reasonable amount of vegetables mixed in with other things, so that wouldn't represent a change. I don't have an official position on carbs, except for the vague sense that an entire plate of mashed potatoes, while technically allowed, is probably a bad idea if it happens frequently.
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Too solid flesh



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, DaveMc! That's impressive.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveMc wrote:
I don't have an official position on carbs, except for the vague sense that an entire plate of mashed potatoes, while technically allowed, is probably a bad idea if it happens frequently.
I miss your sense of humor from when you used to post regularly!
Glad things are still going well for you!
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knitapeace



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Day 7: I can eat absolutely anything I want, as long as it is gluten-free and has been prepared with silver cookware by a left-handed chef in the light of a full moon.
(Repeat weekly)


I only have stainless steel...and we're all right handed but we lean left politically...can I make this a mod?

Laughing

Thank you for checking in and giving us new guys a standard to hold ahead of us, and a view of what our futures can be.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RE: the plate of mashed potatoes. Got it. Keep up the good work!
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