The 21(day) Club

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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LuxJones
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21 Day Club

Post by LuxJones » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:55 pm

Hi--I finally got 21 days in! I've cut way back on oil, so that helped keep me on track because when I've tried in the past, I'd maybe get 10-14 days in and see no change on the scale and then screw up--pretty silly, I know. But I think I knew that even though I was eating three meals of mostly fruit and vegetables and beans, I was using too much oil on my salad and in cooking--especially the wonderful sesame oil. So now I am three weeks in and I've lost three pounds--which is cool with me because I had been gaining crazily for nearly a year. I've been breastfeeding for nearly three and my metabolism has shifted. I was eating way more two years ago and weighed nearly thirty pounds less! It's as if I was burning like crazy, then after my daughter turned two, my body wanted to hold on. But whatever happens, it's nice to be on the sane NoS train. I'd love to lose, but if I can just keep from gaining and keep from obsessing about food, that would be great. Love to all.

Emmama
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Post by Emmama » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:51 am

21 days success here. Cheers!

bunsofaluminum
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Post by bunsofaluminum » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:22 pm

DAY 75

wow. I've been at this since the middle of June, and doing real well with the NoS. There were two days in a row last week, one time an apple mid afternoon because my stomach was so empty it hurt about three hours after lunch (a VERY light lunch) and one time at Costco munching on samples I suddenly remembered HELLO? Costco samples ARE between meal snacking.

So maybe I don't REALLY belong here because I flubbed a couple of times, but since I've been thru 21 days more than three times, and didn't post for 42 or 63...anyways, wishing the weight would start to fall away, feeling REALLY GOOD to be sane about food, and just starting today with yoga instead of shovelglove. I would walk every day as an urban ranger, but currently my ankle is healing and I want to let it rest a bit longer. Meanwhile, some yoga, and I plan on continuing that. I know it will be the best practice in my life, to keep me healthy and active longer, and I REALLY LIKE doing it. Once my ankle is good, I'll be out walking all the time. It is my favorite exercise, bar none.

Appetite still giving me grief more days than not and the scale hasn't budged. But this is permanent. I don't eat anything sugary anymore ever at all, not even on S days, and I am enjoying my fully functioning body, getting hungry before the next meal, and ME, not my STOMACH, being in charge. It's good!

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Post by kaalii » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:08 pm

...aaand my second 21 days completed!!

it took me 6 months to do it again! :lol:
still no fully green months... but the physical and mental results are there even without it...
im maintaining effortlessly and enjoying being relaxed about the food... noS is all the framework i need to look and feel this way... im so grateful for it!! :)
Age:40
BMI: 18.8
Body Fat %: 17.6
in it for maintenance and, more importantly, sanity!!

bunsofaluminum
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Post by bunsofaluminum » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:39 pm

kaali posting here reminded me to check my habitcal and sure enough, I've got 21 days in! My first was right at the beginning, no problem, but it took quite some time to get thru 21 green days again.

Meanwhile, like Kaalii, I'm delighted to have the mental sanity about food, and even my red days teach me things about myself.

yay No S!

Quayette
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I did it!!!

Post by Quayette » Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:53 pm

YEI!!!!

I did it.... 21 days straight!
I've got little weight to loose. I don't feel lighter, but I don't feel heavier either... but I definitely feel a much more sense of self control and freedom at the same time.

Still.. I'm really looking forward to see my numbers go down. Let's see what the scale shows me after a month of No S.

:D
New mindset + new lifestyle = happy life
Wishing it works for me...

naeman
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Post by naeman » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:32 pm

21 days in the row as of yesterday! Glad to be part of the club. Now I'm off to start the December challenge. 8)

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Post by babybird » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:41 pm

Just to confirm the 21 day club is continuos N and S days with no reds?
Or is it 21 N and S days with the Red days cancelled out. Thanks.
Recovering from binge eating disorder

Aiming for 21 days vanilla no s

babybird
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Post by babybird » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:43 pm

I have 24 continuos N and S daysbut 6 red days. It's my first month! I might never be part of this club!!
Recovering from binge eating disorder

Aiming for 21 days vanilla no s

bunsofaluminum
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Post by bunsofaluminum » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:01 pm

babybird wrote:Just to confirm the 21 day club is continuos N and S days with no reds?
Or is it 21 N and S days with the Red days cancelled out. Thanks.
cancelled out?

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Post by bunsofaluminum » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:04 pm

bunsofaluminum wrote:
babybird wrote:Just to confirm the 21 day club is continuos N and S days with no reds?
Or is it 21 N and S days with the Red days cancelled out. Thanks.
cancelled out?
Oh I think I understand. By adding up all the green days, when you get to 21...nah, we want 21 green days in a row, with yellow in there as our S days. No red present.

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Post by babybird » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:06 pm

Thanks for letting me know. I guess I will be starting again!!
Recovering from binge eating disorder

Aiming for 21 days vanilla no s

Traci0829
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Post by Traci0829 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:22 am

I'm hoping to knock out 21 days starting tomorrow!

bunsofaluminum
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Post by bunsofaluminum » Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:27 pm

tracey0829 wrote:I'm hoping to knock out 21 days starting tomorrow!
Let's do it!

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Post by Traci0829 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:49 pm

Yes! Let's do this!

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Post by bunsofaluminum » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:39 pm

Yay! a perfectly executed 21 days on plan! I flubbed several times in December, and made a fresh start on Jan 1...and here I am, on the 21st, posting a 21 day testimonial.

The major difference now, from where I started: I am finding that my eyes are too big for my stomach nine times out of 10. and yes, I am leaving food on my plate! Quite unusual behavior for me. But my stomach gets full and I don't want to get stuffed even with delicious favorites.

Today is an S day and I'll allow myself whatever I want, but breakfast is behind me (I left four or five bites of food on my plate...full!) and I'm having some chocolate but not hungry, not wanting anything else. WHAT a good feeling!

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Post by Traci0829 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:15 am

Congrats, Bunsofaluminum!

I didn't make it! But I'm going to keep trying!!!!! I'm keeping up with my daily check in even though it's hard when I fail!

I'm going to try for the next 21!

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Post by Merry » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:35 am

Congratulations, Bunso! Great job!!

And hang in there Tracey--you can do this!
Homeschool Mom and No S returnee as of 11-30-15.
2 years and counting on No-S.
29 lbs. down, 34 to go. Slow and steady wins the race.
Respect Moderation

beginagain
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Post by beginagain » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:56 pm

January 9, 2017 ~ January 29, 2017 = 21 days on habit. It feels mentally and physically good to be 21 days in. The habit is taking hold and it takes less willpower to follow the No S Diet now. I was listening to Reinhards podcast last night about Extreme Moderation. That is a powerful teaching. Thanks for everyone's encouragement. :D

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Post by kaalii » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:09 pm

excellent bunsofaluminium and beginagain!
always great to hear of 21 days on habit sucesses!!
Age:40
BMI: 18.8
Body Fat %: 17.6
in it for maintenance and, more importantly, sanity!!

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Post by Traci0829 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:09 pm

Merry- thanks for the encouragement! I need it. I have mostly small fails, but fails none the less.

Congrats to you beginagain I think I will listen to extreme moderation again!!!

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Post by Merry » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:20 am

tracey0829 wrote:Merry- thanks for the encouragement! I need it. I have mostly small fails, but fails none the less.
If you're anything like me, small fails are still a success of sorts, because they don't become big fails. Keep at it!
Homeschool Mom and No S returnee as of 11-30-15.
2 years and counting on No-S.
29 lbs. down, 34 to go. Slow and steady wins the race.
Respect Moderation

Skycat
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Post by Skycat » Fri May 12, 2017 6:11 am

First 21 green days done!! Feeling rather chuffed. To be honest, I've had no huge challenges, I'm sure I'll be faced with great temptation in the future but for now I'm just going to take a moment to be pleased with this.
I CAN do this.

breeze94
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Post by breeze94 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:15 pm

Made 21 days. easiest "plan" I've ever followed. Thsnks

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Post by oolala53 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:42 am

Ooooh, our first summer triumph! Congrats. :!:
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

bd88
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Post by bd88 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:50 pm

FINALLY!
I just passed my first 21 successful days on no-S, and I am super stoked!
Determined to break the diet mindset, confront my disordered eating, and embrace myself fully and unconditionally.

SpiritSong
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Post by SpiritSong » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:19 pm

I am now a member of the 21-day club (my first since my return to No S on September 15th)!

Woo hoo! It hasn't been too hard. What tripped me up in the beginning was a couple of Saturdays where I left too much time between lunch and dinner (I take my Saturday S-Day on Friday).

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:21 pm

Belated congrats to bd88 and big yay to SpiritSong. Relapse is a real thing and can't become a reason to give up on a reasonable plan.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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Post by elegantportions » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:00 pm

I am a revived member of the 21-day club.
The last time I managed to string even 5 green days in a row was July 2016.
But once I got serious in mid-February 2018, so far I have not had a single red.
Moderation sure feels great!
EP
5'5" Female Age 62
Dec 2018 Year 5 BMI = 25.8 with too many red days

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Post by oolala53 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:05 pm

Better to crow than to eat crow! Good for you.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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Post by Soprano » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:29 am

Whoop 21 days completed yesterday, there are extra yellow days because it was my birthday just before Easter and over the Easter break I was away celebrating my sister's 50th but even with all that I've lost a little weight over the period :)

Jx
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Post by oolala53 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:13 pm

Kudos!
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

beginagain
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Post by beginagain » Wed May 02, 2018 5:59 pm

Made it to 21 days!
And continuing onward 😀✅
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God. 1Cor.10:31

Dalia negra
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Post by Dalia negra » Thu May 03, 2018 5:02 am

Congratulations beginagain !!! :D

I've been with No S for three months and I still have not, but this month I do not have any NWS scheduled, so it's a good opportunity to do it.

Staff Assistant III
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Re: The 21(day) Club

Post by Staff Assistant III » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:33 pm

Yay I hit 21 days on January 31 2019! The snacking issue is much better, as is sugar.
No S start date 1/11/19

BMI Jan 19 22.7, FEb 19 22.9

automatedeating
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Re: The 21(day) Club

Post by automatedeating » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:28 pm

Yay for you, Staffy!
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7

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Re: The 21(day) Club

Post by margot17 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:03 pm

:lol: Staffy...
congratulations!!!!

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