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Larkspur



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:25 am    Post subject: Larkspur's check-in Reply with quote

Really grooving on No-S. I'm about ten days in, and I feel like my body is learning not to expect food between meals. I still need a coffee with milk and sugar at 4, as I can't seem to quite make it from 1 pm lunch to 7 pm dinner. Otherwise I feel really good and my system seems to appreciate the regular meals. My food is nicer overall, and when I go into a store, I'm not as attracted by junk food on display because I go in well-nourished. Weight wise I have only lost a pound or two. I'm hopeful as I get more confident I'll be able to start trimming dinners a bit.

So today was a fruit smoothie and oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast; a ham and swiss on rye and rainbow salad with nuts and raisins at lunch; coffee with milk and two spoons of cocoa mix at 4; chicken with spinach, mashed potatoes, bread at dinner. It's still kind of high in sugar, but I'm okay with it for now.

So far so good!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job! And, Welcome!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey everybody--

The good news is, I'm green for the week except yesterday-- a thought-out (I like to think) decision yesterday to have a goodie that I associate with childhood. Just had a few bites.

The bad news is, I haven't lost any weight. Well, yesterday I was down three pounds, but I'm back up today. This is not my first rodeo and I know not to get too worked up about the scale, but of course I would like to drop weight like a rock, right? I mean, who wouldn't? I have a weight averager app which is soothing-- downs are up are just points on a trend line. I know some people do better not weighing, but I am quite sure I am not one of those people-- the fit of my clothes is just not a reliable guide.

To be fair, I haven't been too strict about "no seconds" since I have been trying to convince myself I won't starve between meals. And I am interpreting "no sweets" as "except for a couple of spoons of hot chocolate mix in my afternoon coffee, sugar on my oatmeal or syrup on my Kodiak pancake." So, hm, maybe not so surprising dramatic downward action is not happening on the scale.

That said, I really like this way of eating. Going without snacks has gotten much easier. Some of my meals have been a little lighter since I've been able to trust I am not going to be chewing the stuffing out of my pillow from inanition. It's so nice not to think about food between meals, to be more resistant to junk and less jerked around by what I assume are random insulin surges. It's better for family life since it's more conducive to eating together which we always try to do-- it's harder when you had a giant snack at 4 and you're not hungry for dinner at 7.

This week I will be more careful about no seconds. Let's see what that does. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a fancy lunchbox from Wegman's for only $5! So, yay!

I think I'm doing all right habit wise. Sometimes I have to have a coffee with milk and cocoa mix at 4 to keep from chewing the furniture. And I am sad I have not lost any weight- maybe a pound? Maybe? But the other benefits feel worth it to me, and I can't help but think I might be gaining weight otherwise.

Working on no seconds this week.

b/ cherry whey shake, bagel with swiss
l/ham and swiss sandwich, rainbow salad with raisins and vinaigrette, tortilla chips
4/ hot chocolate
7/ gnocchi, cheese bread, 3 figs

Cheers, all!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither of us set the alarm and we had to condense our already streamlined morning routine into 25 minutes. Whee ha! It was exciting! So breakfast was:

7/ ezekiel 4:9 ("grapenuts with divine mandate" copyright Reinhard), half an english muffin with butter and jam

1/ gnocchi, apple chips, trail mix, hot chocolate and 2 mini chocolate bars-- can you tell I was annoyed by a delayed lunch/work woes?

5/ hard cider *yum*

7/ chicken breast, roasted potatoes and carrots, dark chocolate

Today is red, but not too far off the rails. I am thinking of adding a mod next week for some dark chocolate after dinner.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week 3 and have not lost any weight, alack. Enjoying meals more and liking how much easier it is to plan things, so that's all to the good.

Rolled over instead of getting up to exercise this morning. I did do my fifteen minutes of intensity yesterday, five minutes of hiking down a steep ravine with a creek at the bottom and ten gasping minutes hiking back up. At 50 I should probably be worried about my heart but I just don't LOL. I worry about everything else, but not that. I did do 4 sun salutations this morning, so that's something.

B/2 kodiak cakes with butter and syrup, cherry/soy milk shake
1130/ tortilla chips, re fried beans, cheese, bread with almond butter, cherries
530/ ch soy milk (too hungry), 1/2 T almond butter
630/ pork, beans, roast onion, dark chocolate

Fail, I guess?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi! Well done staying on track. I'm new at this too. I'm a little nervous about weigh in day Sat. I hope I've lost at least a pound.

Hopefully your weight loss will start soon. Maybe your body has to adjust.

Have a great, in control day!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lackspur, Welcome! I've been a returnee to No S for about the same amount of time you've been here! Wishing you well! I like the way you are exercising by hiking! I think you're doing great!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Felt low yesterday. Physically pretty droopy by five-- I had to eat lunch at 11 for work schedule reasons, did okay after school not snacking. I take my daughter to ballet at 4:30 which takes an hour so I didn't get dinner on the table till 6:30. And I felt definitely droopy. I need some kind of mod for those 6-7 hour stretches till dinner. I think it would help me eat a little less at the meal.

Also struggling with some disappointment over not losing weight, which would be okay, except it's tying in with some body image stuff. I really dread Getting Into a Thing. I wonder if I need to just give up the hope of losing scale pounds until I'm out for summer break, when I can hike to tip the seesaw in the right direction. Just experiencing shades of my dad, who's been battling obesity despite regular jogging/walking and restricting for fifty years. He is legalistic about food and obsessed with his weight, poor guy, and not without reason. His thin brother is still playing tennis at 85. I've always felt I would prefer stable fat to Diet Head. I enjoy my meals much more, feel less conflicted/guilty about food, and I'm eating I think overall a better quality diet. So we'll go with that for now.


B/ egg and cheese on a muffin, chocolate soy banana shake with 1/2 T t whey powder
1215/ tortilla chips 8-10, bit of leftover beans, yogurt with pear, almond and apple


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Larkspur!

Thanks for stopping by my thread. I just wanted to give you some encouragement. The first time I did NoS was several years ago. I was perfect for a month but didn't lose any weight so gave up. 5 years later and 20 lbs heavier I was at the end of my rope. My obsessive thinking about food was at an all time high and I was experiencing a lot of body hatred.

I was completely convinced that my body was incapable of losing weight at this point but I just wanted some sanity with my eating. I decided to do nos again but this time without the expectation of losing weight. I only lost a few pounds the first year but I gained a lot of self-esteem just proving to myself that I could stick to a reasonable way of eating. It also took away my constant obessing over when and if and how much to eat so that was huge.

The following year my husband had a heart attack and it was a big wake up call for us. We start excercising and eating healthier. I started losing weight slowly but surely. I noticed it was easier for me than my dh to be consistent because I had the nos structure already in place. Over the next 2 years I made other changes like scaling back my drinks and eating off smaller plates. I'm now down 45 lbs and my eating feels very sane & normal.

Sorry for the long response but please don't get discouraged about the lack of movement from the scale. Right now you're just laying the groundwork by getting your habits in place and you can tweak things later (much later) to help you meet your goals. You didn't say how much you need to lose but if you really have weight to lose it will come off with nos eventually. Remember though Reinhard doesn't promise to get you model skinny but you should be able to get to a nice healthy weight.

Best of luck!

Linda

Ps reading fat acceptance books helped me a lot while I wasn't losing. It just helped me to see that a lot of these body standards are socially imposed.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda, this was so helpful for me. I did need to hear this. Weight loss is one thing, but feeling good mentally and physically matters more to me. I do feel really good on No S and planning meals, that bane of my existence, is way more fun. I did drop a couple of pounds, which I attribute to walking my feet off in NYC this weekend. I managed to stick with meals pretty much and did not go too overboard with the yummies. I have to watch myself Optimizing ("but is this EXACTLY what I want? Is it the BEST POSSIBLE treat?") I do that in general. Have to remind myself that another chance will come around soon, in food as in life.

I feel like I've persuaded my pancreas to wait for meal times, and I have good hope of persuading the rest of me that I don't actually need all that much food at a meal. I am hoping in the summer there will be more moving around and I won't have to spread my mealtimes so far apart. I might see more progress then.

I am adding a mod: a little dark chocolate at the end of dinner.

B/ 1/2 egg and cheese on an english muffin, chocolate soy banana shake with a T of whey Smile
L/ 1/2 bagel with butter, vegetable soup, granola and yogurt
4/part of a homemade cafe mocha
D/beef, potato salad, collard greens, granola with a little chocolate, seltzer and juice

Very sedentary alack!

BMI 30.6
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/ cherry whey shake, english muffin with butter and jam

12:15/ vegetable soup, granola, plain yogurt, popcorn
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't tell you how many people want to eat mid afternoon. It has actually never completely gone away for me. The only times that come to mind it doesn't is when I've had something like Costco pizza or flat out overate at lunch or am really really occupied during those hours. I think for me it's also about discontent in general. But others who are quite happy with how other things are in their lives say it's a tough time, too.

You are normal!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larkspur wrote:
7/ cherry whey shake, english muffin with butter and jam

12:15/ vegetable soup, granola, plain yogurt, popcorn


5/ juice and seltzer, soymilk

615: (too hungry) grilled cheese sandwich, roasted broccoli and potatoes, cherry shake (frozen cherries and milk), dark chocolate

Greenish? Slightly red?

Oolala: thank you for the encouragement! I do experience discontent/angst, but I don't usually eat my feelings unless I'm angry. I think most of my overeating is straight up insulin resistance where I know I have enough food on board but I'm not feeling it on a cellular level, if that makes sense. The 3 meals does seem to help with that.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding of insulin resistance is that longer gaps between eating events can get the body to process insulin better. It's very reasonable to think that some of the sensations are the body not being able to shift to its other sources, so would feel uncomfortable. Feeding it food often definitely doesn't give it a chance to get good at it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oolala: Interesting stuff. I'll look for more reading on the subject.

I meant to say earlier, but was typing on my phone: I am sorry you have afternoon discontentment! I hope it is no more than is normal-human stuff. I just read Maude, a fictionalized biography of the author's grandmother born in 1892. Reading about someone else barefoot in the Dustbowl was good for temporary adjustments of my own discontent.

Decided to eat bf at work today as I was not very hungry this morning. My 15 year old is having some struggles and even though this is our third child, and the other two seem to be more or less functional human beings, we are worried and feel like we're failing her.

Anyway--

7/ juice and seltzer
8/yogurt and granola, english muffin with butter and jam
1215/ plate of bean nachos and a few potato chips
4/cup of very fabulous homemade cocoa
630/butterchicken, rice, samosa, poori

Hm-- calling that green, but not really slimming. Lovely though. Dinner with DH at a favorite Indian restaurant, very quiet and smelling of warm spice and the owners very kind. Saved half my meal for a delightful lunch tomorrow. Eating very comfortable and happy today.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh big hugs re your daughter. Parenting is heartbreaking sometimes.

My daughter 13 yrs has a lot of angst and it's hard to deal with at times. Right now she's miserable because of her Jr lifeguarding class. Apparently she's the weakest swimmer there and the most popular boy happens to be in this class as well as one of the popular girls. She's finding it ever so humiliating and she's angry and near tears every night when I pick her up.

Ugh, okay didn't mean to make this about me and it sounds like you're daughter is going through something much worse. But I do understand how heart wrenching it is to see your kids in pain. She's lucky though to have parents who care so much. I'm sure she'll get through this okay. Hang in there.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda, all encouragement welcome! DD has been in preprofessional ballet for years, got a serious injury outside of ballet, and has not been able to work at anywhere near the same level. I figured she and major ballet were going to part at some point. But this was a hard way to have it happen. She doesn't really have anything to replace it, has some ADD and is getting poor grades. She's our baby and in some ways is young for her age. She also suddenly shot up to 5'11" which has been a major adjustment and of course not good for ballet. She's bright and sweet and pretty-- I hope it will all work out okay. But some rough water for the present.

Your daughter's experience sounds like a very typical 13 thing. It's great to be able to swim well enough to be training as a lifeguard, but I guess that's not much comfort, is it?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woke up not hungry. Decided to take bf to work. Which is less than relaxing, as I have to munch while trying to work. Not sure what to do about that.


7/ juice and seltzer
9/ yogurt, granola, chopped apple
12:15/butter chicken, rice, pourri, diet soda (craving sweet)
4/cocoa
6/pancake and a half, omelet, smoothie


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm probably doing something hazardous, but I actually sometimes eat in the car. I put a dish towel over my lap. I can chew much more slowly on the freeway than when sitting at home. I could lie and say I always take things I can easily pick up with my fingers, but I spoon some things. Do you want to know which freeway so you never drive at the same time I do?

It's a conundrum.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you make a smoothie and have it on the way to work?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
I'm probably doing something hazardous, but I actually sometimes eat in the car. I put a dish towel over my lap. I can chew much more slowly on the freeway than when sitting at home. I could lie and say I always take things I can easily pick up with my fingers, but I spoon some things. Do you want to know which freeway so you never drive at the same time I do?
I'm not worried, I'm on the east coast Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That does sound really tough Lark. I imagine a lot of her identity is wrapped in being a ballet dancer. I hope she finds something else to be equally passionate about.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really nice weekend, though heavy on the Swedish Lemon Pie. I want to remind myself that though it did take the equivalent of a third of a pie (via the "just a sliver more" system) I did reach a place of satiety and contentment even with that extremely fabulous pie. I was not even jealous of my husband when he had the last piece for breakfast this morning. Did tons of moving around doing yard work, so a healthy appetite. Can't wait for summer when I hope to do a morning's work in the garden, followed by afternoon doing pleasant things indoors like writing, sewing and cooking dinner. Of course there will be tons of errands but I can fantasize Smile

7/ juice with seltzer
8/egg and cheese on a muffin-- got hungry at 1030-11 and then it kind of subsided a bit
1245/ granola with yogurt and a small box of raisins, apple chips, gnocchi
4/ hot cocoa I feel a little guilty about, but man does it help
7/1 slice pizza, rainbow salad with raisins and sunflower seeds and vinaigrette, 8 oz berry smoothie
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/ not hungry (hmm) and sort of rushed and fussed and cranky. English muffin with butter and jam and a cherry whey shake which I brought to work.
11:45/ couldn't wait any more-- two slices of marathon bread, 8 triscuits, cheese stick, blue cheese, rainbow salad with sunflower seeds and raisins and vinaigrette dressing
4/ seltzer with juice
6:15/ a little bran muffin batter (hungry! and it was yummy!)
6:30/chicken, pasta, roasted broccoli, banana bran muffin

Have to mark this one red, but I did yard work for about an hour and I was pretty pleased at my ability to get through between meals, though the morning was uncomfortable.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just reading this reminds me that I meant to do some weeding before dinner today! Too late.

A green hump day tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minor fail & great job on the yard work! 😍
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/ kodiak cake with butter and syrup, banana bran muffin, juice with selzer

12/ 2 bran muffins with butter, nachos with beans and cheese, 3 figs

615/ 3 chicken wings, cucumber salad, 3 potato wedges, a few cashews and a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips

I am calling kodiak cakes green. So there. Sticking ok so far, it's 1015. Getting bf to last is a thing.

Lunch stuck nicely. Not hungry till 6.

My pants that used to need a pin and then didn't need a pin now need a pin again. So some slooooow progress.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an old roommate used to say, you know what you have to do. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but am I doing it? LOL

I'm tryin'! It's hard when Duties don't let up-- 50 year old perimenopausal balogna in a big ole generational sandwich. Neither husband nor adult son can drive; we're managing three properties (and three mortgages) since my FIL died suddenly last fall, MIL is failing, father is aging far away, daughter 15 is struggling, I'm working full time and DH is working more than full time... What a sob story LOL. I need to get up earlier to exercise and lately I have been full of no doubt sort of valid excuses, but the bottom line is, I'm just shortchanging myself. Summer's coming and things will get easier soon.
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All you have to do for now is put non-sweet food on a plate 3times a day and eat it.

For exercise, start with just floor exercises for 4 minutes.

Don't underestimate the power of small, consistent changes leading to bigger ones. Just don't try to plan what those are now. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oolala, I did some sun salutations this morning LOL. So that's something!

B/ cherry whey shake, half a bagel with blue cheese, some orange juice with very disgusting psyllium that I didn't realize was flavored space age orange. Gross. Did not finish.
12/ plate of homemade nachos, bran muffin
4/cocoa
6/2 kodiak cakes with butter and syrup, an ounce or two of trail mix, juice and seltzer


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That's exactly something! I swear, if I had just kept doing 12 sun salutations on N days since I learned them at age 27, I'd definitely have a different body.

But we have a lot of those, "If I had just...."s, don't we?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B/ cherry whey shake, 1.5 English muffins with egg and cheese
L/barely remember. Swamped and working. Big headache. Muffins? 2 cheese sticks. Small box of raisins. Very sad lunch.
2/ cup of coffee with vanilla creamer. Somewhat comforted. Head better.
5/ chicken, 7 or 8 cashews
730/ rest of chicken, potatoes, roast broccoli, , dark chocolate

Have to mark this one red. Inadequate lunch plus late dinner means I needed to eat something in between.

Weight is down a bit. Could use the cheering up Smile Entering the minor hell of I didn't have time to make a nice lunch. But it's Friday, so yay there.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here to Very Happy cheer Very Happy on your weight being down a bit! Have a great weekend!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you have more experience, even imperfect lunches won't seem like such a big deal. Guess it's too late in your evening to recommend doing whatever you can to have a moderate rest of the day. But it's over. Now for a bit more spontaneous weekend before the peace of routine again.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your good wishes! I think I did ok not overeating-- I just would have been too uncomfortable for too long without the snack, and eating together as a family seemed like my more important goal. Another one up for no S: I am really enjoying the habit of satisfying hunger all together around the table.

Scale down again (practicing nonattachment, but still lol) so I am hopeful I can have a lovely fun weekend without excessive emphasis on food.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay for scale going down. Hope the weekend went well!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having meals be social and satisfy hunger is a nice reinforcing pairing. The way it's supposed to be!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So a good weekend, maybe not what I consider ladylike S days, but not too messy. I did have this weird dream where I was definitely experiencing scale anxiety. The nature of No S is moderate, but there is no question I am trying hard and invested in the outcome, and I had this bad dream involving weight gain. I have lost probably 4 or 5 pounds solid, finally, and I am anxious about putting them back on. I'm trying to chill out and focus on habits. I know many people get around this by not getting on the scale, but I think I would be too devastated to finally get on and have lost less than I thought. I prefer to keep an eye on it which entails its own set of difficulties.

My younger daughter has taken an interest in jogging and we made a pact to get up early. We did some sun salutations (to the rising sun, no less) and I walked the dog while she jogged.

My older daughter comes home from England for a short visit this week. Woot!

Bought some glucomannan (konjac root) after Oolala mentioned it. Interested to see if it helps me hold out till lunch.

Hope everybody had a good weekend! I got lots of garden work done!

B/ cherry whey smoothie with konjac root, English muffin with butter
1230/ small box of raisins, cup of beef barley, cheese stick, six or eight triscuits, coffee with creamer, apple chips
4/ hot cocoa
6/ juice and seltzer with Konjac root-- weird texture but sort of entertaining
730/ small bagel with cheese and bacon, green salad with vinaigrette, 1 small slice pizza, dark chocolate
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 sun salutations

730/ 2 kodiak cakes with butter and syrup (one of my mods, people), juice and seltzer with konjac root, tangelo
1115/ ate early because I had to schedule wise. Also very hungry. Small bagel with bacon and cheese, half a banana, cherries and plain yogurt
4/ juice seltzer konjac
6/ ch soy milk
615/ super hungry-- 1/2 burger, roasted potato, salad with vinaigrette, English muffin with butter and jam, shot glass of chocolate chips (another mod). A little too full but I was so hungry.

Gorgeous day which somewhat makes up for unfortunate tax news which for the moment has quite taken away my appetite. We don't have the final word yet but it is definitely not going to be the best-case scenario. But, what are you going to do? These things happen.

Hoping to get a nice walk in and some enjoyable fambly time. And my older daughter is coming home tomorrow!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 sun salutations. Not counting walking the dog around the block, which is too lame to qualify as anything. But the dog liked it.

B/oatmeal with chopped apple, sliced almonds, raisins, brown sugar and butter, coffee with creamer
1215/ triscuits, cuppa beef barley, raisins, apple chips, cherries
And 2 cheese sticks
1 pm/ tiny mounds because my coworker saved it just for me, and a cookie because I had the mounds
6/ 2.5 slices homemade pizza, salad with vinaigrette, hard cider
8/ 1 lemon candy my daughter brought back from Italy

So RED. It feels like an S day though. Daughter's home! Woot!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/ cherry whey konjac shake (sounds awful, but it's good), 1.5 english muffins with butter and lemon marmalade my daughter brought back from Italy

11/ coffee and creamer
1230/ beef barley soup, apple with peanut butter, slice of homemade spinach pizza while lunching with my DAUGHTER, yay
4/ small glass ch soy milk
6/ juice and seltzer, chicken stirfry, English muffin with butter and jam, strawberries, shot glass of ch chips

Scale is making me sad. Up 1-2.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/ 2 kodiak cakes with butter and syrup, banana
1230/ 2 slices pizza at the mall with the fam Smile
5 pm/ cup of light sweet coffee
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a great week!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a lovely weekend, I took today as an S day because I knew it would be that or a fail. All the kids home which feels really festive and I wanted more time with our nice treats. Boxing things up, and asking the kids to put their own candy in their rooms. It's incredibly simplistic, but it helps me a lot not to see things. The sole advantage of a poor memory Smile

I am nervous about getting back on the wagon. I have enjoyed this way of eating so much. I feel so much better physically and mentally this way. I am happy to be losing rather than gaining fat, even if it's slow. Really don't want to lose momentum.

Back to work/ packed lunches tomorrow. Gah!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crying or Very sad

R u weighing infrequently? I would weigh the last three days before the weekend and average the 3 days.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wishing you luck for getting back on the N day wagon. I'm in the same position as I also took yesterday as an S day, without even having children and their treats around, for me it was just the treat of having a long weekend with my husband.

On the plus side, there are now only 4 N days until the next S day..... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday was green, whew.

7/ smoothie (ch soy milk, whey powder, banana, konjac root = weird but tasty)

1/ lunch out. Did ok despite lateness. Thanks to the Easter refueling Smile Half a chicken salad sandwich, bowl of chili, potato chips which I usually ignore but these were good and I was ready to eat.

4/ coffee with 2 creamers

630/ pasta with mushrooms, english muffin with butter, salad, 3 small chocolate eggs (mod!)

I did get on the scale this morning and I am up 1 pound, which is not too bad considering. Did my token 4 sun salutations and took the dog around the block.

So far today:

7/ 2 kodiak cakes with banana, butter, syrup, and a little bit of cherry shake (frozen cherries and milk)
1030/coffee with 2 creamers
1230/ 7 or 8 triscuits with 2 cheese sticks, bag of apple chips, hardboiled egg (of course), walnuts
4/ 1/3 c juice with selzter
5/ hot cocoa made with leftover chocolate bunny (fail)
7/ naan, butter chicken, rice, some lovely appetizer thing with chickpeas

Red today, alack. But I did dodge the Second Arrow, aka the WTH effect.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay for green days! Don't you love how you can't really fail on NoS? The green days are the goal but the red days teaches us something and when they're just mini fails that's a success as well.

Hope the rest of the week goes well!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

b/ ezekiel with raisins and milk
l/leftover Indian with, yes, naan
d/matzobrai (however you spell it-- I'm only an honorary Jew) with butter and syrup and banana, and six malted milk eggs

RED

Annoyed at myself for eating too much delicious naan with the family at dinner last night. I'm never going to lose weight that way, and I do, in fact, NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT. Grr.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think eventually we get that if we want to avoid that feeling of disappointment or regret later, we have to make the choice when the food is available NOT to have as much. One researcher said something interesting: getting upset afterwards didn't really change the behavior but wanting to AVOID getting upset later did! I hope you can remember you don't want to be sorry later next time you are at a dinner where it would be easy to overdo it.

But at least I hope you enjoyed what you did eat... Naan is pretty easy to eat a lot of.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oolala, I really think you could be an awesome health coach. When I was looking around at What Am I Going to Do About it, I almost hired a coach-style service. Somehow you put things in a way that's very helpful.

So my home scale is a not very fancy analog thing, and if you push it the wrong way with your toe it will convince you you've suddenly gained five pounds. We have a calibrated digital scale at work and per that I've lost about four or five pounds since I started four or five weeks ago. My tummy is less squishy, I feel better, and I'm enjoying my meals more. I'll take it.

B/ english muffin with butter and jam, banana chocolate smoothie
L/ salad, fruit, most of an Arby's roast beef (thank you to daughter!)
4/ice cream with the family-- last day DD1 is in US until June
630/ 2 slices pizza and then that thing where you want more and you have another half a slice, also known as ____!

So RED.


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Thank you so much for saying that! Though I think of myself as possibly an eating coach, with a smidgeon of health. I'm just guessing on that front.

So, can pushing your toe the other way bring a 5-lb. drop? So much for measurements. Wink
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So, a great Saturday, a little high rev food wise, but lots of heaving and lifting and shoveling in the garden. Was feeling good about weight loss and NoS, loving life and everybody.

Sunday not so good. Did hours of byzantine financial aid forms for daughter 1, which were late and we didn't realize it because the deadline changed. DH's income changed again this year so the amount of the grant is always in suspense, very stressful. DD 2 keeps missing big assignments, dropping her grades from A-Bs to Cs and worse. I suppose if that keeps up we will not have to sweat paying college tuition for her, because she will not get in. So some stress eating.

Kind of a relief to get back to N days. Hope I do well this week because it helps me to have this little personal practice when other things feel out of our control. I keep thinking back to what my dentist told me-- "you have got to slow down!" I have to scale down what constitutes Defcon 1. I'm sort of vibrating all over, lol. Hmm, wonder if my thyroid dose needs adjusting...

9/ late bf, not hungry am--- homemade egg and cheese muffin
1/mcChicken, Apple chips, 2 figs
5/juice and seltzer
7/sesame chicken, potato wedges, apple fennel salad, chocolate disks (mod!), juice and seltzer
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Oh geez I'm not looking forward to the whole college thing. My kids won't qualify for anything with dh's income but doesn't mean we've saved enough to cover college. Ugh, hopefully they're grades will be good enough for scholarships or something.

Anyway sorry for the stress. I hope it all works out. Yay for N days!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda, sounds like you'll be looking for merit aid versus need-based aid. Certainly we did not manage to save $250K per child-- DD's college is $67,000 a year. It's a small liberal arts school that meets full need so we usually pay about half that, but it's always a bit of a nailbiter. I was really worried when she was looking around at schools, but it's been okay so far. It's just hard not to know each year going in, since DH's income varies a lot. I get paid a comically low salary but I do provide the health insurance Smile

With DD 2's freshman year grades, I don't think she will be looking at the kind of school that meets full need, alas. We'll have to find something less than $67K a year LOL.

Gratz on your daughter being chosen for the school-wide honor! Awesome!

7/ juice with seltzer
8/bagel with cheese
10/ coffee w 2 creamer
1215/ gnocchi, banana, apple chips, 4 triscuit
615/ pork chop, broccoli, potatoes, half e muffin w butter, 9 chocolate wafers
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So two green days, woot. Feels good.

b/ezekiel cereal with a small box of raisins, ch soy smoothie with banana, whey and konjac root (sounds like I should be mixing that in a cauldron with an incantation-- "Keep me full until lunch!")
10/ coffee with two creamers
1145/salad, small ham pretzelwich, tortilla chips
4/hot chocolate
7:15/ spaghetti and meatballs, salad, trailmix, part of a yucky bagel with butter

Some juice and seltzer. Lunch was light and it was a LOOOOONG way till dinner. I was exhausted after dinner, as in checked out from family life at 8 pm, which makes me sad. Next time I am going to have a banana or a spoonful of peanut butter or something like that if it's going to be more than six hours between meals. There's only so much coffee and milk I can be drinking in a day Smile

So green, but at a cost.

In other news, I am trying not to be too fixated on weight, as I feel there is enough benefit to NoS without that. I have been losing tiny bits on a pretty regular basis. I'm down about six pounds per the digital scale at work. So a little less than a pound a week, yay.

today--

7/ not that hungry (big surprise)-- shake with konjac root, English muffin with butter
1215/ pork chop, potatoes with broccoli and cheese, a few chips, bag of apple chips. A little too full, erg!
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