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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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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:28 am

Yay for running!

Okay I read that temp wrong. 100 isn't crazy hot yet in AZ but definitely not cold. &#128512; In the summer the lows are in the 90 so biking means getting up really early.

Anyway great job fitting in some exercise. Enjoy your S days!
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Post by ironchef » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:27 am

Thanks Linda. Wow, overnight lows in the 90s, that is brutal!

Saturday 28th: Pilates DVD after bedtime.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:23 am

Phew, got about 30 minutes into my Hollywood Trainer video before I couldn't complete with good form. Goal for next time is to complete the whole 45 minutes.

Sunday 29th - took kids swimming, will do 15 minutes stretch and Physio exercises after bedtime.

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Post by Traci0829 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:11 pm

Ironchef- I just took time to read through all your threads!!!! I'm very encouraged by your overall consistency and honesty will No S. I love reading through the success of so many here!

wishing you success with your new goals!!!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:52 pm

Thank you so much Tracey. It's been such a great 4.5 years (and 2 kids!), with lots of ups and downs, but No S is so simple and so sane that I never stray far. Now that I'm done with pregnancy and nursing I'm looking forward to settling into No S maintenance. However, given I don't live in a culture that supports moderate eating, I check in here (sometimes more, sometimes less) for the wonderful community here.

Monday 30th - cycling to and from work
Tuesday 31st - had a medical procedure today that will prevent exercise tonight, however I organised things so I could walk to my appointment, so maybe that counts?

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Post by kaalii » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:26 pm

hey, ironchef, im also inspired by your consistency with noS...

and i also plan to check in for long time just to make sure not to "forget" about noS in this less and less sane eating cultures we live in...

oh. and for me all moving /exercising counts that is outside my regular moving which means going to and back from work, 2 times a day... and then moving at work... 3-4 days a week... all that doesnt count... part of the routine and used to be counted in my activiti level when i was calorie counting...
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Post by Traci0829 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:22 am

This community is wonderful and encouraging. I also have 2 littles, 3.5 and 6. Never a dull moment!!!

Kaalli- your thread has also been a great encouragement to me as well.

I'm good with actual movement/cardio, but hoping to incorporate yoga/strength training.

Have a great evening!

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Post by ironchef » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:25 pm

Thanks ladies!

Did leg strength work today (Wednesday 1st), as I couldn't cycle. I did work, but went in late because of first day of school. Avoiding arm stuff until a bit more healed.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:27 am

Feb 2nd good day, took a longer route cycling to work and back.

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Looks like you're doing great.

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Post by ironchef » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:15 am

Thanks Linda. It certainly gives us pause to consider our close military ties, but I'm hopeful that calmer heads will prevail :-)

Begin random politics rant/ Actually, I agree the people on Manus Island shouldn't be sent to the US, but not for the reasons I imagine the Cheetos in Chief thinks. The vast majority of men on Manus have been deemed genuine refugees, and the Australian government (both left and right leaning) have been illegally imprisoning them for years on the pretext that this will stop people smugglers. Has it stopped boats - impossible to know with the weird secrecy and difficulty journalists have in getting access. Most likely it has just been a cruel use of human lives to score political points. My view is that they should ALL be brought here, resettled and supported in Australia. I imagine some of them will have PTSD and need additional services, and that should be on us. /rant

Friday - did heaps of walking to get to specialist appointment without taking car. Also 10 min standing leg routine - phew.

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:05 am

Thanks for your thoughts iron. That actually helps me understand the situation a lot. I just think it's awful that he can't even hold a civil conversation with our allies. Embarrassment to us.
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Post by ironchef » Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:36 am

Oh, absolutely agree. To me the idea is to hopefully have the best people in the top jobs, who can deal with even the toughest issues with calm strength. The world of international diplomacy must be filled with thorny issues like this one, and you don't want someone getting mad and hanging up each time.

It probably is a good time for Australia to be extra careful with our diplomacy - we've relied for years on a special relationship, built partly on shared service in WWII in the pacific and other conflicts since then in Asia and the Middle East. But it looks like the new approach is "what have you done for me lately", so we need to be wary that we don't rely on something that is no longer in place.

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Post by ironchef » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:21 pm

Saturday was a crazy day, so despite a lot of incidental exercise running an climbing, I didn't do anything extra, so I'm calling it red.

Sunday - redid my Hollywood trainer video and this time got an extra 5 minutes through it.

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Post by ironchef » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:44 am

Mon 6th February cycled to and from work.

A bit over two weeks in now and I'm pretty much in the habit of doing something every day. I mostly do more than 14 minutes, but if I do at least 14 minutes I call it good.

I'm now cycling every work day, and my knee seems better. Onwards and upwards.

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Post by Merry » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:43 am

ironchef wrote:Mon 6th February cycled to and from work.

A bit over two weeks in now and I'm pretty much in the habit of doing something every day. I mostly do more than 14 minutes, but if I do at least 14 minutes I call it good.

I'm now cycling every work day, and my knee seems better. Onwards and upwards.
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Post by Amy3010 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:20 am

You're doing great on your exercise!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:33 pm

Tuesday - fail. Had a crazy day with our strata meeting for our units, and an overtired Squiggle who spent the afternoon having tantrums about nothing. Bleurgh. This serves me right for my last chipper check in :-)

Wednesday - just getting ready to cycle to work!

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Post by ironchef » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:35 pm

Thanks Merry and Amy. It's so nice when posting a less stellar update to read such lovely comments!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:26 am

Feb 8th an 9th cycled to and from work. Love riding past stationary traffic too.

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Post by ironchef » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:40 am

Had a very blah weekend with lots of heat and humidity and laziness. Back on track now - took dog for a run last night and cycling today.

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Yay for getting back on track!
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Post by ironchef » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:35 am

Thanks Linda!

Cycled to and from work again today (16th), and feel much better for it.

It's probably a bit TMI, but I am on a different birth control the past 10 days and I think it is making me a bit flat. I'm feeling a bit negative and unmotivated on a lot of things at the moment, and I'm trying to identify what changed.

Moving on to good stuff - recent quotes from my kids!

Overheard at bath time:
Squiggle: Hello Ironbaby! I love you!
Ironbaby: Thank you Squiggle.
Squiggle: You're welcome!

And then yesterday:
Ironbaby: Squiggle, guess my favourite number.
Squiggle: Green! Blue!
Ironbaby: No and no. And those aren't even numbers.

At the shops (note - the local shops stock a lot of imported fruit and veg out of season, which I refuse to buy)
Ironbaby: Mummy, there are grapes! Please, please can we have grapes?
Me: Yes, these grapes are from Western Australia, where we live, so we can buy them!
Ironbaby: Yay! I love grapes, and they are FINALLY from our planet.

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Post by Amy3010 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:29 am

LOL! :lol: Kids say the cutest things - thanks for sharing!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:16 am

Thanks Amy, they re super cute now they can talk to each other.

Inspired by Linda's mega bike ride I walked the hour to work this morning. A bit harder, but I made it!

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Post by lpearlmom » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:58 am

Awww so cute! I miss those quotes. Crazy that squiggle is talking now! I still think of her as a little infant. &#9786;&#65039;

Really cool that I inspired you. Usually it's the other way around!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:44 pm

Thanks Linda, yes they are super cute, and crazy to think my "baby" is 20 months old!

Sat - red!
Sun - did arm exercises, even though I'm tired and a bit headachy and didn't want to. So that's a vibrant green :-)

I'm also adopting kaali's 14 min tidy for all N days - we'll see how we go...

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Post by ironchef » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:14 pm

Mon 20th cycled to and from work and did first day if couch to 5k. Finally time to return to running!

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Post by Merry » Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:17 am

Love the quotes, so cute!
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Post by ironchef » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:00 am

Thanks Merry :)

Tuesday 21st - 14 minute leg and back stretching routine from Bender fitness

Wed 22nd - cycled to and from work.

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Post by ironchef » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:51 pm

Thurs 23rd - ran to work (couch to 5k day 2).

Work is suddenly very busy, so I am flat out trying to get everything done in only 3 days a week. This morning was very tempting to just go on the bus and be a bit earlier, but I pushed myself to do the run. There will always be lots of busy in all areas of my life, but I am determined to make exercising a habit and priority!

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Friday - walked to and from play group instead of driving
Sat - couch to 5k day 3
Sun - not sure yet, hope to do my Pilates dvd

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Post by lpearlmom » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:56 am

Great job fitting in exercise. You're so worth it!!
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Post by ironchef » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:22 pm

Thanks Linda!

Sunday - no time for full DVD, but did 14 minutes :-)

Monday - cycling to work this morning. I'm due to do my week 2 day 1 run today, but might have to be tonight.

Edited to add: yes, did my run tonight. Took the dog out after kids in bed, so a bit dark but still did it!

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Post by ironchef » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:16 am

Tuesday - 14 minute arm and upper body weights work out.
Wednesday - ran to work, C25K Week 2, Day 2.

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Post by ironchef » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:58 am

Thurs 2nd March, cycled to work. Proud of this, as had nasty headache last night from walking in hot humid weather, and didn't sleep well due to thunderstorm and kids getting up.

Had a specialist appointment yesterday, and found that I'll have to have a procedure in a few weeks to cut out a skin cancer. Upside - great, no more cancer. Downside - will not be able to do any running, weights or generally anything for 4 - 6 weeks to promote wound healing and prevent reopening stitches / scarring. It's on my chest, so pretty much anything with arms, upper body and anything that will jostle the body is out. So, stuck with leisurely walking for a month.

I'm going to keep on with my C25K and my daily exercise habit until the procedure, then will need to get re-started a month of so later and try to rebuild again. Feels a bit disheartening, but life will always throw these things at you I guess.

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Post by ironchef » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:01 pm

Friday - did my couch to 5k week 2 day 3. Definitely getting easier!

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Post by kaalii » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:10 am

im impressed, really exellent work with making exercise a daily practice... i love how you interchange different types of activities... it makes it more interesting and, imo, better for the body...
i just checked what couch to 5k and c25k is... sounds like something i might want to do, too... once my dog realises that running is not necesarily invitation to pull me or play with me, hahaha...
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Post by ironchef » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:25 pm

Thanks kaalii! Yes, my dog loves it and I'm sure yours will too.

The variation in my activities is mostly out of necessity - can't always get a baby sitter, or a space, to do things :)

Weekend - a bit of a write off, but did lots of walking and swimming with the kids.

Monday - Couch to 5K, Week 3, Day 1

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Tuesday - pilates video, swimming with kids
Wednesday - cycle to work

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Post by ironchef » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:30 am

Thurs ran to work- couch to 5k week 3 day 2
Friday - nothing yet, hope to do some strength work once kids re in bed!

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Post by ironchef » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:49 pm

Friday, red - no exercise, spent the evening with my husband though and it was really nice.

Saturday / Sunday - a bit lazy actually. Looking forward to cycling to work today.

Been completely distracted by politics this weekend. We had our election here in Western Australia on Saturday. Heaps of people were very dissatisfied with the incumbents, which was a conservative / right wing government. We've had a pretty hard time here the past few years with the end of our boom and collapse of the resource sector. Lots of people lost jobs / houses etc and had to leave the state. Those not in a position to leave of course are often those who are doing it the toughest. Several of my friends were laid off while on maternity leave, which is a double blow.

Anyway, there were a few parties running, including our usual moderate left party, the Greens, and a populist, anti-immigrant, "wasn't it great in the 50's" type group. All the conservative commentators were on about how the mainstream conservatives needed to "accommodate" these nasty, ill informed, "alt right" type people in order to get elected, so they did some deals to try to support one another. And you know what? The disenfranchised, disappointed people, in the city and the country, who are struggling, who are unemployed, who can't pay the rent...they swung Left! They didn't get duped into voting conservative against their own self interest. I feel really pleased, that we realised the answer to hard times isn't blaming other races / religions / poor people for our troubles, it's getting together to take care of our people. Our state is still in a bad way, don't get me wrong, this doesn't make jobs appear out of thin air, but at least we're not taking the path of blaming the most vulnerable for our problems.

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Post by ironchef » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:08 pm

Monday - cycled and tried out Shovelglove! How can I have been No Sing so long and never tried it??

I used my adjustable dumbbell, with the plates off one end. Not as long as a sledge hammer, but not bad :-)

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Post by ironchef » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:36 am

Tuesday, ran to work, couch to 5k week 4 day 1. This will be my final week before my skin cancer procedure next Monday, so I'm trying to stay focused.

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:40 am

Oh wow so awesome about the election iron! I'm feeling like the rest of the world is learning from our HUGE mistake or maybe they're just smarter than us. Either way looks like I have some options for moving if it comes to that.

Hope everything goes okay with your procedure.
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Post by ironchef » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:47 am

Thanks Linda. I don't think we're any smarter, but I think people have the benefit of hindsight - we've seen the Brexit vote and the US election, and although at first there was a lot of excitement about "sticking it" to whomever or whatever, it has seems like a big protest vote doesn't necessarily create any big positive change afterwards. Also, I think the centre left here did an ok job of connecting with people and concentrating on issues that are hurting people in the economic downturn.

Anyway, I probably won't be here much for the next month, because I'm not meant to do any exercise beyond walking for 4 - 6 weeks while I recover.

Best of luck to everyone No Sing and exercising!

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Post by Merry » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:03 am

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Post by ironchef » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:27 am

Wow, thanks everyone! This is such a lovely community.

All good so far - they say they've got everything, so that's a relief. It's a pretty large slice, much longer than the actual cancer location, just because they needed to do a "no tension" suture, and due to the location (near my right collar bone) it's pretty visible. But they did all internal sutures, so at least there won't be any "track mark" type scarring.

Anyway, pretty sore, but otherwise all good.

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:42 am

Yay! So glad to hear--speedy recovery!
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Just saying Hi from a fellow Aussie. Glad to hear you are ok after having your skin cancer removed

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Post by Larkspur » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:48 pm

So glad it went well with your surgery, and also with your election :)

Politics are so painful here. I'm so glad other people have learned from our mistakes.

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Post by kaalii » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:47 am

im glad the operation went well and i wish you good recovery, ironchef! :)
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Post by ironchef » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:26 am

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Everything went well, post-surgery tests confirm nothing missed and no chance of recurrence / spread. I am healing ok, and have just started the first of about 6 - 8 weeks of scar treatment with silicon type dressings - kinda looks like colourless jelly.

Since everything looks pretty good, I am going to re-start exercising. I'm not going to dash off running or anything, but I'm going to start stretching and strengthening from home and get back into cycling to work. It is autumn here now, so perfect cycling weather.

This also seems like a good time to recommit to Vanilla No S after an incredibly wild Easter long weekend. We went away "glamping" with our kids and caught up with a lot of family. There were egg hunts, and presents, and special lunches, and marshmallows toasted on the fire, and, and, and...
Then today I got back to work and there were chocolate and coffee cupcakes for a coworker's birthday, plus a whole bunch of eggs and so on. Seriously, I am sugared OUT. I probably won't be able to look a chocolate bunny in the eye for a whole year. Bleurgh!

So, first order of business - get through from lunch to dinner with no more "reds". Secondly, do some exercise tonight after kids are in bed. Let's do this!

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Post by ironchef » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:44 am

Yep, made it green Tues and Wed, and so far today (Thurs). Re-started cycling to work today - yay!

Very happy to be back on track again.

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Woot! Great job!

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Post by ironchef » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:43 am

Thanks Linda, yep, the time difference is a bit funny.

Today I brought ginger cake for my birthday at work, so I had about 1/3 slice and I'm cool with that.

Sunday will be my actual birthday, and I'm having a morning tea party. Not a lot of time for exercise this weekend, lots of baking though! Hopefully will be some time for a walk or bike ride with the kids.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

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Post by 3squaremeals » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:36 am

Happy Birthday for Sunday, it's my birthday too on Sunday. Hope you enjoy your morning tea :)

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Post by RAWCOOKIE » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:53 pm

What a coincidence that you share the same birthday - and both in Australia! Have a wonderful weekend
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Post by lpearlmom » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:32 am

Happy birthday!!! Hope it was a fun day!
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Post by kaalii » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:04 am

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Post by ironchef » Mon May 01, 2017 5:52 am

Thanks everyone! It was a lovely day, and didn't rain as forecast. And especially belated happy birthday to 3squaremeals!

I've had a really up and down week. Normal green Monday, then had Tuesday public holiday and a really nice day with family. Then Wed everything went downhill - our tenant put in a formal complaint to the government regarding us as landlords. It's a pretty serious thing, with large potential fines for us (up to $20k - I have no idea where we would get that kind of money). I won't go into details, but essentially she has mental health issues, including paranoia and hearing voices, and we're at our wits end trying to manage her. The neighbours in the other units are also starting to complain about her.

We've spent all our spare time since then preparing our submission to the investigation. Once this is over we're going to pay an agent to manage the unit, because we just don't feel able to handle her issues and can't cope with the stress anymore.

So, here is my Monday, 1st May recommitment to eating vanilla Green and getting back on track with exercise. I know it will make me feel better, and I will be better able to cope with the stress. I also need to start meditating regularly again, as the past week I've really felt my mind racing at times. Ugh.

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Post by Skycat » Mon May 01, 2017 10:40 am

Wow, that sounds like a really tough situation. Good luck with the investigation, it certainly sounds stressful. Good luck with getting back on track with vanilla green too, it's great that one of the benefits of following this diet is that it results in fewer complications rather than more.
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Post by 3squaremeals » Mon May 01, 2017 11:49 am

Thanks ironchef! Glad you had a great day.

Your situation with your tenant sounds awful. I definitely recommend getting a property manager. It helps relieve some of the stress with renting out your property. We rent out 2 properties but we are lucky to have pretty good tenants and a great property manager.

I too am recommitting to vanilla No S for the new month as I really fell off the wagon towards the end of the month with Easter and birthday celebrations!

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Post by Larkspur » Mon May 01, 2017 2:28 pm

So sorry about the stress, ironchef. DH works in the field and he has had the experience of a truly loony person calling the Board. There was no merit in the claim-- it was truly weird-- it was dismissed and all was well, but it was very stressful for him. Hopefully the overseeing body will have had their share of nutty tenants and will respond appropriately.

Weird to read of all these rental issues on the board. DH's dad died last fall and we have his condo and were thinking of renting it out. I don't know!

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Post by ironchef » Mon May 01, 2017 10:43 pm

Thanks everyone, truly appreciate the support and yes, hopefully the dept of commerce is reasonable. For anyone considering renting out a property - it really isn't that bad. We've self managed for 8 years and only the past 6months has been tricky.

Green yesterday and cycled to work and home again!

Weighed myself (just a single reading) at 62.1kg, so if that is correct I have put on a bit with the lack of movement since surgery and Easter / birthdays. Ah well, back to weighing daily for a while until I'm back on track.

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Post by oolala53 » Mon May 01, 2017 11:53 pm

Decided to drop in on your thread, but had to skim a lot. So sorry about your tenant issues. I'm a landlady, too. I, too, usually have things go smoothly, but when it doesn't, it sure gets me going. I had a water leak issue today. Thankfully, tenant with no water for several hours was good-natured about it, but even if not, I was doing things in good faith. I have daymares about tenants like yours. I have property managers at my little places in Utah. It costs, but I'm here and he's there. I have even thought of hiring someone for the other side of my duplex, but I need to just be a big girl for the time being. The problems are actually small and not worth my paying someone over $1,200 a year, I don't think. Hope I don't eat my words, even though they are allowed on Vanilla...

I think you've done really well getting through surgery and Easter. I mean, that's life, right? We can't wait for it to be seamless. If our eating depends on that, we're sunk.
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Post by ironchef » Tue May 02, 2017 1:14 am

oolala53 wrote:I mean, that's life, right? We can't wait for it to be seamless. If our eating depends on that, we're sunk.
This is so wise oolala. It took me so long to realise that I can work on stuff imperfectly NOW, not wait until I have "all my ducks in a row". There will always be something that comes up!

Good day so far today, up early enough to eat my breakfast quietly before family woke, which was very peaceful!

Our tenant is a sad story, a pensioner with no family that we know of and clearly not having her mental health properly managed. In person she is sometimes very normal and friendly, other times very anxious and paranoid. For example, she is convinced the gentleman in the next unit is a corrupt policeman who breaks in when she's not home, when he is in fact a chemistry teacher. The saddest thing is that she's told us that she is very lonely, but of course her issues mean she can't trust anyone or make any friends.

She's told us if she sits quietly she can hear the police radio, and they are discussing her and planning how to sneak up. It's no wonder she is freaking out if that's what she hears in her head.

It is very frustrating that there doesn't seem to be any action we can take to help her - all the advice we have received is that we can call police if she eventually becomes a danger to herself or others, or seriously disruptive to the neighbours. But I wish there was some way to ask a health professional or social worker to help her now, rather than having to wait until a crisis. She doesn't seem to have any quality of life, you know?

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Post by oolala53 » Tue May 02, 2017 3:22 am

True, but it can be dicey to decide for someone else. There was a similar case in my old neighborhood when I rented. Only her death solved that issue, not self-inflicted as far as I know. It's part of the fallout of our nuclear family society. I could be that woman some day, except that I own the joint.
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Post by lpearlmom » Tue May 02, 2017 5:31 am

Oh dear somehow I missed all this! Well I can definitely relate though things aren't quite that bad fir us. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Sounds incredibly stressful. I hope it gets sorted out soon.

I swear I want to sell that house but dh thinks it'll be good to have as part of our nest egg someday. I dunno...

Hoping all goes well.

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Post by Larkspur » Tue May 02, 2017 3:02 pm

Ironchef, I'm thinking you're in Australia? Is that right? Do they have an equivalent to an Office of Aging there? We have them on the county level here and they can sometimes help people over 65. I used to work with the chronically mentally ill and the Axis 1 paranoid folk are very hard to deal with-- they really just don't have any insight at all. The danger feels very real to them and talking doesn't do much. If you have low income/subsidized housing that might be a better place for her-- here at least they sometimes have social workers on staff.

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Post by ironchef » Wed May 03, 2017 1:29 am

Thank you ladies - I'm always amazed by the sense and support on this board!

Thanks Larkspur - good tip! I have found an organisation in my state called COTA WA (Council of the Ageing Western Australia), which includes housing and advocacy, so I will contact them and see if they have any services or advice.

If she can find a way to feel at peace in our villa I would like her to stay, but obviously we have to be able to resolve her current complaints. It is of course impossible to decide for another person what constitutes a "good life".

Cycled to work today (Wednesday). Green eating Tuesday, but no exercise. It was one of those days where I went straight from work to kids dinner/bath/bed to housework to paperwork and then looked up at 10:30pm and said "my goodness, time to sleep". This is why cycling my commute is so important: it automatically puts the exercise into my schedule.

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Post by gingerpie » Wed May 03, 2017 3:47 pm

Hi Ironchef,

Thanks for stopping bye. It's good to be back among the boards but I'm sorry to hear of your current stresses. I hope the next few days go a bit better but it sounds like you have your priorities well in order.

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Post by ironchef » Thu May 04, 2017 12:28 am

Thanks ginger!

Wed 3rd green. Cycled as well.

A good win for me yesterday - I met some very old friends for a drink, including some who've been working overseas, so very special to see them. Everyone else shared beignets and rum balls, but I just had a glass of wine and said "oh, I just ate a full plate of dinner at home", which was true! It was such a lovely, laugh- filled catch up. And I did not miss out by skipping those desserts, not one bit!

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Post by oolala53 » Thu May 04, 2017 4:31 am

No, you actually gained! You got to keep faith in your word to yourself, more comfort from not overeating, the flexing and growth of your "resistance muscle," and a weakening of the bond of situational eating. All this you would have missed out on. You SCORED!
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Post by ironchef » Sat May 06, 2017 5:53 am

Thanks oolala, that's a truly motivating reframing!!

Ended the week green, and unless chasing my kids counts, didn't do the exercise I hoped. But, feel much better just from returning to the letter of the law :-)

Today (Saturday) have had one Anzac cookie so far, which I baked with my son. Hope to keep the rest of today low key, as I have a morning tea and a 90th birthday tomorrow.

Best wishes to all for a good weekend.

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Post by ironchef » Mon May 08, 2017 4:22 am

Did some body weight exercises on Saturday night - oof, I am out of practice!!

A good Sunday, without totally overdoing it, but plenty of lovely desserts at the 90th birthday :) Still, felt pretty good this morning.

Monday 8th - Green so far. Skipped my cycle as very late to work, but did do a fair bit of walking.

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Post by oolala53 » Tue May 09, 2017 2:31 pm

Is it a downer to say I almost can't believe I have another 27 years? That's how long until I would turn 90. At least there'll be cake! Hope you enjoyed every bite.
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Post by ironchef » Wed May 10, 2017 8:28 am

Made it to Wed still green, and cycled to work today. Yay!

Yes, I loved the 90th, and I know Bobby did too. He's sharp as a tack, but getting a little frail, especially his breathing troubles him in the winters. Amazing to think that at 38 I may not even be half WAY - sort of great, sort of freaky!

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Post by ironchef » Thu May 11, 2017 1:33 am

Thursday, green so far, cycled to work.

Win last night - had some wine with my DH after the kids were in bed. Usually this is a situation where I tend to break down and snack - he's snacking, we're "indulging ourselves" and a bit of alcohol lowers my inhibition level etc. But last night I decided I was going to enjoy my glass of wine, not join in the nuts, crackers and cheese and just focus on having a lovely conversation with my favourite man. And it worked! So there's one step in the right habit direction :)

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Post by oolala53 » Thu May 11, 2017 1:56 am

Yes! Rinse and repeat!
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Post by Skycat » Thu May 11, 2017 4:56 am

Now you've done it once, and you know you can do it, this can become your new habit :D
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Post by ironchef » Fri May 12, 2017 11:36 am

Green week, phew, haven't had a completely green week for a while.

I've been realising something about "normal" eating in my culture / circles - No S will lead me to be moderate, but not normal. Normal in my community and workplace means cookies from the jar with every coffee, random morning tea treats any time on any pretext, fundraising always means a cake stall, and on and on. Even the health conscious have stocks of healthy / raw / paleo snacks on hand.
So, maybe if I lived in an Italian village, my three ordinary meals would be normal. But I don't.
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Post by oolala53 » Fri May 12, 2017 1:37 pm

Yes, it has become normal to eat for countless reasons. (But so have most cultures that have gotten more and more access to food.) If our culture supported moderation, we wouldn't need diet books, not even No S. SOME people, like Reinhard, can see the wisdom of the alternative to the "normal" culture and just do it on their own. Many of us need this kind of support (the board) to buck the "normal" system.

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Post by ironchef » Mon May 15, 2017 5:36 am

Pretty huge weekend with the family - baptism and party for my nephew, then Mothers' Day with the other side of the family. Pretty glad to be back to a normal N day today!

Green so far, didn't cycle as I've wrenched my back over the weekend - probably from all the carrying of small children on Saturday...

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Post by ironchef » Wed May 17, 2017 5:35 am

Still green for No S, but no exercise this week, apart from (gingerly) stretching my back.
This really is a wake up call for how much I need to strengthen my tummy muscles (and back as well).

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Post by oolala53 » Fri May 19, 2017 12:47 pm

Ouch! I swear by slow lie-backs (rather than sit-ups).
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Post by ironchef » Tue May 23, 2017 12:05 am

Very busy few days with ironbaby's 5th birthday and Squiggle's birthday coming up next week. My back seems stable, so last night I restated some exercise.

Not much green with all the cake around, will do better today!

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Post by ironchef » Wed May 24, 2017 11:11 pm

Great week so far, exercise every day and just 1/2 cupcake yesterday for ironbaby's birthday. Yay!

In annoying news, our tenant has not waited for the outcome of the department of commerce investigation (which is ongoing). She has been direct to magistrates court and filed a court order - we have to appear on a work day in 2 weeks, so more time and money lost for us. We've also had a call from the police. My sympathy is done now. This is harassment, and clearly the work of a very competent person.

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Post by oolala53 » Thu May 25, 2017 2:49 am

What bad luck. But good going on half a cupcake! May your sanity continue.
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Post by ironchef » Thu May 25, 2017 3:36 am

Thank oolala.

I keep reminding myself of what I've read here over the years from other posters - that No S can be a little corner of peace and sanity in chaotic times. I'm trying to let my eating be calm, so I can feel like I have at least some of my ducks in a row, even as the other ducks are all out there quacking and trashing the place :)

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Post by ironchef » Tue May 30, 2017 12:56 am

I'm on a real upswing at the moment. I had a low key, enjoyable weekend, with some yummy cake for Squiggle's birthday, just enough to feel celebratory without feeling sick!

This week so far Mon and Tues green, and exercise each day. It is really amazing how stringing together a few moderate days in a row can make such a change in how I feel and think!

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Post by oolala53 » Tue May 30, 2017 3:36 am

Yes, the most recent experience is the one that feels like it's got the upper hand.
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Post by ironchef » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:01 pm

Yes, I remember reading some fascinating research on how our brains can rewrite / reframe memories to fit our current narrative, making it seem as if something negative (or positive) has always been that way.

A beautiful long weekend here for Western Australia Day. Sunny, 25 deg C, you call this Winter? Ha! Truly feel blessed by my gorgeous family this weekend, even though 2 and 5 year olds don't always see eye to eye :-) Managed to get lots of walking and running done, with a few yummy treats. Today back to cycling to work and yummy savouries.

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Post by lpearlmom » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:02 pm

Glad things are going well! I cannot believe your kids are 2 & 5 already! Where does the time go??
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Post by oolala53 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:57 pm

Not having children, I"m fond of saying that other people's lives are racing past me.
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Post by ironchef » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:06 am

Yes, it is amazing to think just yesterday they were little Ironbaby and pudgy Squiggle! Definitely big kids now :)

Had a macaron at work today with a colleague who was announcing a new pregnancy, so a small red today. Otherwise very good this week (Wed here at the moment).

We had our court appearance today. We were in mediation with a Registrar who was very helpful and professional. Unfortunately our tenant was not able to participate constructively in the mediation, so we will now have to go forward to a full court hearing, probably in December.

The positive thing, from my point of view, is that our tenant did not manage to restrain her behaviour and the Registrar quickly recognised that she is not of sound mind. We didn't have to say anything on that topic ourselves, she was unable to even keep silent when instructed by the Registrar. She gave a very bizarre letter to the court, and also insisted she would only negotiate "with the Truth". So, a weird experience, but not too bad.

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Post by oolala53 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:04 pm

What will happen at court if she's still acting bizarre? Is there a chance the case will get thrown out? Why does it have to go that far? Waste of your time, court's time, your money, taxpayers' money... grrr.
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Post by Merry » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:45 am

So sorry for all the trouble with your tenant. I'm glad the registrar realized what's going on. December is a long time to wait though!
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