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3squaremeals



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well today was my birthday and I are far too much and permasnacked all day but glad to be back to an N day tomorrow as I'm feeling rather blah.
I enjoyed chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie and chocolate to name a few things today plus wine. Will be glad to get back to regular S weekends now since Easter and my birthday are over. I really do need to reign in the S days if I want to lose some weight. Try to only have one S per S day rather than making it an all day thing. I managed to get out for a walk tonight and may go to the gym in the next few days
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's to a nice N Sunday after delicious extras yesterday.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Oolala, it is Monday here today Smile

Well today was a red day. I did so well until after dinner. I think having 3 S days in a row really throws me out of routine. Plus I felt so fat and bloated after the weekend I felt like I wanted to go on a diet and was thinking about diets throughout the day, and whenever I think of dieting it usually causes a binge because I used to binge then go on a diet. I need to focus on habit the rest of this week and not stress about dieting or how healthy what I am eating is. I also definitely want to limit my S day treats so that I am still on habit but might get some chocolate or a piece of cake or something to enjoy after dinner.

At least i have had a reminder of how rubbish I used to feel after binging! Anyway I will put it behind me and get myself back on track! If I don't I will spiral out of control.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great attitude-put it behind me and get back on track. The value of overdoing it, in my opinion is in how it is a reminder of how lousy we feel from the overeating that seems so important at the time. It's clear evidence, not someone telling us.

This week, give yourself lots of credit every time you get through to the next meal staying on plan, especially during any time that you used to be the most vulnerable. If it's at night, promise yourself a big breakfast if you make it to bed without snacking. (The big breakfast is optional. You probably won't feel like having it.)

I love that term: feeling rubbish
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Oolala for your advice. I really struggled through this afternoon but made it through the day. It feels good to have been strong. Just got to take it one meal at a time over the rest of the week. I am a little nervous about only having 2 more N days before being back to my S days again but if I just try to stick to my N day structure with a treat or 2 added in I should be fine.

B- crumpets with butter and marmite
L- toasted cheese sandwich with a sliced up Frankfurt in, ketchup, mustard and onion + a mandarin
T- chilli con carne with sour cream and cheese on rice with cabbage
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I humbly suggest trying to fill your S days with pleasurable or productive activities for awhile to take some of the attention off S's.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arghh yesterday was a very red day. I baked cookies for the kids and caved in and binged. I don't know what is going on lately, I think I maybe just felt guilty about the weekend and my weight had kind of plateaued after losing the first bit of weight. Which was due to wild S days. Anyway I can't dwell on it, I just need to move on and deal with the consequences which is weight gain and being out of habit.

Today was green. I have made a mod for the first week to help get me through my afternoons if I need something which is a cup of milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of hot chocolate mix. I figure we are allowed milk, and the teaspoon of hot chocolate mix is made up of cocoa and sugar and I put sugar in my tea. Once my No S habit is feeling in place again I will take that mod away. Anything to stop this awful binge eating that makes me feel so full and bloated.

Food today
B- baked beans and cheese on an English muffin toasted under the grill
L- Turkish bread with pastrami, cheese, tomato and aioli placed under the grill and an apple (it's Autumn aka fall here so I'm craving lots of hot food)
S- hot chocolate
T- chicken kiev, mashed potato, carrot, broccoli and corn
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do hot chocolate in the afternoons too.

I used to do clean eating with a cheat day, so the S days are kinda familiar to me. So that's what, 104 S days a year not counting holidays. If I think of it that way that helps me avoid the snatch and grab mentality. Whatever nice thing it is, it'll be there next S day. Sometimes that works lol.

The other trick I've had success with is: if I'm eating something I think I shouldn't, I try to slow down, stop other things, pay attention and enjoy it.

To be fair, I don't think of myself as having a binging problem. I have more of an entitlement problem <G>. So if anybody has any tips for that Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at what you like about being entitled but also what price you pay. Is it worth it? Maybe it is. There's something you can't get when you frequently eat out of entitlement, something you're missing out on. Do you enjoy your food as much when you eat because you feel entitled? See if the trade off makes sense. When we see these things rationally, the choice becomes easier. We realize we are really getting something we really want in exchange for something else we don't prize as much anymore.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your support and advice Larkspur and oolala.

Today (Friday) is usually an S day for me so I took it as an S day with the exception of having only one or two S events to help keep me on track with 3 meals a day and to make sure I don't go over a week without an S day.

Today's food
B- crumpets with peanut butter and a banana
L- Turkish bread toasted with bacon, avocado, tomato and aioli + an apple
T- chicken burger, fries, some popcorn chicken pieces
S day treat- 4 small homemade cookies, few extra fries from my son's plate
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm back and ready to start the new month fresh with no extra red days! I feel like I'm ready to get back on track, don't think it helped being that time of the month and the weekend sugar binge during my birthday weekend.

I was going to make a mod that I only have one S day but I don't want to go interfering with the system just yet. I will just try hard to make sure I don't go crazy on my S days as I want to stick to my routine of 3 meals and have a treat rather than eating what I like all day long and feeling rubbish. I would like to plan in advance something I will really enjoy.

Yesterday's food
B- sausage and egg mc muffin
L- ham, cheese, tomato and aioli toasted sandwich + apple
T- chilli con carne (with lots of hidden veg for my fussy toddler) on rice and broccoli

Today's food
B- crumpets with butter and a cappuccino
L- ham, tomato paste, cheese and basil toasted sandwich + apple
T- Thai Red curry on rice with lots of veg in the curry and steamed cauliflower
E- kicking the ball around the yard with my son for 30 mins + lots of housework
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good S day plan for May.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today was an S day
B- crumpets with butter and marmite and an apple
L- Turkish roll with pastrami, cheese, tomato and aioli + watermelon
T- Korean spicy pork on rice and stir fried veg
S day treats- piece of caramel slice, some of the kids homemade fried rice

Glad I was able to have a tame S day today after many days of binging. I'm really starting to work on my binging. I am doing the 21 day challenge to help me get out of the binge cycle/rut I've gotten myself into. Today was day 1 starting with my usual Friday S day. I'm really wanting to get back on track with no S as this is the only plan I enjoy or ever want to do again. I really enjoyed the month that I was on track before falling off the wagon.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep trying to remember that, not just on S days, but often every day, even when there is no temptation. Honestly, for me, it didn't (and doesn't) always make it easy on S days to be moderate. (Mine has more to do with the aimlessness that I have not been able to change.) But it makes it worth it every time I am.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks oolala.

Another pretty good S day yesterday. Had a friend's birthday barbeque dinner that I went to.

B- 2 crumpets with butter and marmite
L- chicken and vegetable soup, garlic butter toast and an apple
T- barbeque meats and salads

S day treats- soft serve ice cream, few chicken nuggets and fries from kids, extra piece of meat at barbeque
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have decided to take a week or two break from posting just to give myself time to work on my binging habit. I will be loosely following No S but don't want to feel as though I have to be green or I binge. It usually takes me a week or two to get back out of my binging habit and I can stay on track for a while but if I start having 2-3 days of binges I start spiralling out of control until it is a daily thing. I may make some mods for my S days to prevent binges too, will have a good think about it while I'm getting everything under control.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just reading through the No S book again to get me in the right mindset. 2 quotes I need to focus on from the book are 'fight one enemy at a time, not three at once' this resonates with me because I am too focused on what I'm eating being perfect nutritionally when first off I need to just focus on one thing which is forming the No S habit.

Secondly is 'you have no business worrying about antioxidants when you are 50lbs overweight' I need to stop focusing on trying to eat clean, low fat and only wholegrains while binging on bars of chocolate because I feel deprived. I would be better off just moderating my intake of food in general.

I was looking at photos of myself from only a month ago and I don't actually look too bad. I had gotten down to a size 8 (US sizing) size 12 (AUS, UK sizing) Not my ideal weight but it is so much better than where I'm at now mentally and physically. I currently feel chained to food, up about 9lbs and absolutely miserable after a few weeks of binging. I know I need No S in my life, it makes me feel sane. I don't have to obsess that I'm eating low fat dairy, whole grains and if my snack is low enough in calories. I am going to focus on eating food I enjoy while sticking to vanilla no S because I hate how I'm feeling at the moment, I want to be back where I was a month ago, enjoying my food and feeling not too bad about my body.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very worthy strategies. I've seen a fair number of people give up because they kept trying to eat "diet" meals and then overate other stuff. I personally think it really undermines one's own faith in oneself to profess the need for purity and then reneg on it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arghh I'm finding it so hard to get back on track. I think I have depression too so am heading to my GP on Friday to hopefully get some antidepressants. Have just felt so lethargic with no motivation to even do daily chores or activities lately. I know having the structure of No S again will really help me. I've also brought a new stroller that is suitable for walking along rugged terrain, so I will be taking my toddler for walks as well as going to the gym maybe 2 times a week.

I know that when I am eating properly and exercising that it helps me to feel less down and more in control of my life but I do still think I need an antidepressant to stop me going into depression every few weeks or months.

Anyway, I will make an effort to read the rest of No S and try my hardest to get through an N day tomorrow
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done No S on meds just about the whole time.

It is really true that the structure helps. It doesn't make the thinking problems or the body's reaction go away, but it does feel better overall to use it. Better, but not necessarily great. Do whatever you can to muster the effort to stick with it. Remind yourself that you will never be sorry you didn't give in.
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