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Mini-Victories & Micro-Tweaks

 
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Izzy



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:48 pm    Post subject: Mini-Victories & Micro-Tweaks Reply with quote

Some thoughts on how I am approaching NO S recently that maybe someone will benefit from.

I am facing 3 extreme changes/stressors in my life right now, and am trying to stick with my modified NO S plan most days. It has been challenging. I have found changing my attitude to celebrating Mini-Victories is better than focusing on the failure of not being able to be 100% compliant 100% of the time. Sometimes my Mini-Victory is only one full day on plan, sometimes it is just making it to the next meal without a snack.

Meal timing has suddenly changed which is making me rethink how to continue to make this work with keeping the whole family in mind. My lunch is usually 1:30 or even 2 pm due to my work schedule, and as a family we used to eat at about 7ish, and is now 5:30 due to work/school schedule changes for them. So....I am not very hungry for supper with the new change, so have been having small portions of just the protein and veg when I eat with my family for supper, and saving "room" for a carb (granola bar, small bowl of oatmeal) for later at night. I guess this falls under virtual plating...

So instead of completely throwing in the towel as I've done before when stress and changes arise, I am finding that micro tweaks as needed may be the answer!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good to me! You are being level-headed and systematic about your tweaks and making the most of your successes. I think I read somewhere that four mini-meals can still be counted as N days if that fits your schedule better - as long as that evening eating doesn't become 'snacking' - only you know that. Keep going!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Izzy, if the mods are consistent and keep you moderate, that is right in line with No S. Also, it has ALWAYS been emphasized not to let failures become dramas. Successes SHOULD get more attention, even incremental ones. That is possibly the fifth but unwritten rule. (Resist WTH is the fourth.) But neither of those last two are canonical. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you two for your input! Much appreciated!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Also, it has ALWAYS been emphasized not to let failures become dramas. Successes SHOULD get more attention, even incremental ones.

I am going to remember this! I have a tendency to be way too hard on myself, especially where my weight and eating is concerned.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bluebell, you are normal; it is almost the rule rather than the exception to do that. There is a subtle way in which a part of ourselves thinks it has done penance for the "sin" and can therefore do it again, because all we have to do is feel bad about it. It's a habit, too. Isn't it great that breaking that habit helps reinforce the new eating habit?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Bluebell, you are normal; it is almost the rule rather than the exception to do that. There is a subtle way in which a part of ourselves thinks it has done penance for the "sin" and can therefore do it again, because all we have to do is feel bad about it. It's a habit, too. Isn't it great that breaking that habit helps reinforce the new eating habit?

I like the idea of being normal! I have spent a good number of years believing that I was somehow afflicted with a different mindset from most people, that I was abnormally wired to be obsessed with food and that I somehow lacked the strength needed to lose weight and keep it off. Its so interesting to read your thoughts about sin and penance, I never saw the connection before.
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(Apologies if I have derailed the thread and made it about me Embarassed)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bluebell wrote:
oolala53 wrote:
Bluebell, you are normal; it is almost the rule rather than the exception to do that. There is a subtle way in which a part of ourselves thinks it has done penance for the "sin" and can therefore do it again, because all we have to do is feel bad about it. It's a habit, too. Isn't it great that breaking that habit helps reinforce the new eating habit?

I like the idea of being normal! I have spent a good number of years believing that I was somehow afflicted with a different mindset from most people, that I was abnormally wired to be obsessed with food and that I somehow lacked the strength needed to lose weight and keep it off. Its so interesting to read your thoughts about sin and penance, I never saw the connection before.
Wow NoS is truly a game changer. Very Happy
(Apologies if I have derailed the thread and made it about me Embarassed)


I love this too!! Learning to not punish myself for oops has been one of the best things about No S. I like how Reinhard talks about when you punish yourself for food (he says it best):

I say it because when you punish yourself or try to make amends for having messed up, what you’re really doing, at a deep psychological level, is saying, “It’s all right to fail because I can make up for failure later.” You think you’re just paying off a debt, but you’re also, and more importantly, opening up a line of credit.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bluebell no apology needed! I am glad to see this inspired more conversation.
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