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4 months in and 14 lbs down - time for a testimonial

 
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nettee



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:32 pm    Post subject: 4 months in and 14 lbs down - time for a testimonial Reply with quote

Hello there. I am posting this because I have lost a stone on No S and have kept on with it for 4 months now. I am so pleased with this way of eating for so many reasons and can imagine sticking with it for a long time and keeping up the motivation for maintenance although that does seem a long way off.

I lost the first half stone quite quickly and the weight loss has slowed down to about 2 lb a month but that is fine as I believe I will reach a healthy weight and stay there.

The best thing about the diet for me are:

Eating nearly anything for my three meals a day - very healthy and home cooked, supermarket sandwiches or takeaways/ meals out. I find I want healthy food which I think has to do with having an appetite.

Enjoying the meals more - appetite again.

Feeling in control and escaping my sugar addiction. I still need to crack this on S days as I am sometimes an idiot but not every S day and I can get back on track on Mondays.

Being able to mark a NWS day where necessary and not feeling that I have broken the diet.

Thinking about the diet very little - escaping the obsession that is required for some other diets and can't last forever.

It fits in so well with social eating especially with my husband. No special diet food and I am motivated to cook supper!

The support available on the boards here and the simplicity of habitcal.

The hard bits:

Learning to say no thank you to sweets and snacks being offered (although people don't really care what you eat)

The sugar cravings - these might go away if I didn't eat sugar at the weekend.

Feeling hungry in the afternoons - not always and I have got used to it as not that bad, learned to eat enough at meal times or I have a cup of tea to calm it down

Getting S days right

My mods:

Mainly relate to S days. I have tried a maximum of 5 S events and keeping off sweets 7 days a week. I have relaxed this now and aim for only having Ss that really feel worth it. Some days go better than others....

Intelligent dietary defaults:

Breakfast - toasted pitta bread, Brie and sweet peppers in the week, fried egg on toast with mushrooms and tomatoes at the weekend. I always aim to include some protein.

Work lunch - sandwich, salad, fruit and yoghurt - no crisps

This is my 3rd start and I do know that it is very possible to fall off the no S wagon and gain plenty of weight. I hope though that two episodes of that are enough for me. We will see. I hope to be back at a year in or 2 stone off with continued enthusiasm.
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kaalii



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent, nettee!!! such a great summary!
congratulations on great progress!!!
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reinhard
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Nettee! And thanks for letting us know.

Of the many benefits you list, I think this is my favorite:


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Thinking about the diet very little - escaping the obsession that is required for some other diets and can't last forever


Thanks for listing your hard bits, too. This is the one that resonates most with me:

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Learning to say no thank you to sweets and snacks being offered (although people don't really care what you eat)


I think the secret is really learning to believe that second part -- they really, really don't care! Should be obvious, right? Do we care what others eat? Do we notice? And yet the other way around our funny self-obsessed psychology somehow doesn't want to let us off the hook.

Best of luck going forward and looking forward to your next report!
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's very interesting that it seems the holidays came and went without a lot of drama. They just fit in, as we would all like them to.

No matter what happens next, four months of relief sounds like a pretty good deal.

(Actually, I think there are some people who DO care what we eat and take it personally when we don't, but that's ultimately possible to overcome, too. But maybe you meant you might feel a little like you are missing out?)

Looking forward to updates.
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nettee



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your comments - it means a lot to me - especially hearing from you, Reinhard as the inventor of the system.

Most people really don't notice or care if you don't eat the snack they have offered round. Once I tried it I found that to be a revelation. Some people might especially if the baked something especially for you. I am used to the rules so don't really feel tempted in this situation but do think about how I can manage it without upsetting anyone 🙂.

Re the holidays - I had 2 nws days in December and one in January. I gained about 2lb and lost it again before long (this does not take account of my immediate post holiday weight but is Saturday 24th Dec to Sat 7th Jan. I am quite pleased that, although I do weigh daily, I am not freaked out by fluctuations.
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MaggieMae



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go, Nette! You've inspired me!
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Imogen Morley



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this. Your perspective is a much-needed encouragement.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing, netee.
Very helpful!
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