Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:43 am Post subject: Second year practising No S, first year on forum
62 years old female, long time binge eater, moderately overweight for decades. Life long habits of exercise, home cooking from fresh ingredients and avoiding processed food in between binges. Although my eating had improved a lot from when I was younger, it was stopping me from losing the weight I wanted to. My motivations were both health and vanity.
Year 1 (May 2016): started doing No S on my own, moderately successful in compliance on N days, lost a few lbs, went on holiday with lots of hiking, lost a couple of lbs in 2 weeks which took me below the low of the weight range I've been maintaining for the last decade. Started overeating again, and ended up slightly heavier than when I started. This year when I hit the same weight, there was no rebound.
It still was a valuable year, and I thought of myself as practising No S the whole year.
Year 2: joined the forum, committed to weekly reporting and not eating between meals. Put stopping bingeing before weight loss. Mods: allowed myself seconds if I felt like I hadn't had enough, and ate quite large meals for a while. Decided to stick to 3 meals on S days, as this was easier for me. My approach has been to commit to what I think I can be successful at.
I had to do quite a lot of clock watching in the early months, but it has got much easier. The accountability of regular reporting was what got me through
while I waited out the cravings.
After a year, and achieving a month with no seconds, I decided to do without that crutch. My compliance with the no snacks rule has been very good. Most of the year I didn't take that much notice of the one plate rule, but (except for the occasional seconds), I am very strict about dishing everything I want to eat out at the beginning of the meal. My meal size has decreased by itself during the year, and mostly my meals are on one plate now. I have been training myself to pay attention to how full I feel, and quite often leave food on the plate.
I don't eat a lot of treats, but tend to have more energy dense food and sometimes bigger quantities on S days. I don't keep food I have trouble with in the house.
The main benefit has been finally getting my eating under control. I have also lost some excess weight and improved my fitness through regular strength training and walking.
Weight change: I weigh daily, but only record the start of the month and monthly highs and low.
May 2016: 147 lbs
May-June 2017: 146 -151 lbs
May 2018: 138 -141 lbs
That is enough to be noticeable. More importantly, I believe that if I keep on with No S, it will stay off.
Many thanks to everyone who posts on this forum. My daily reading keeps me inspired. I couldn't have had a successful No S year without you.
And a huge thanks to Reinhard to starting and maintaining the forum, and introducing me to the idea of practising systematic moderation. _________________ Three meals a day - not too little not too much, but just right
Joined: 10 Jan 2018 Posts: 221 Location: Barcelona (Spain)
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:55 am Post subject:
Ohhh, ladybird30, I had not seen your testimony ... it's absolutely wonderful !!! I love your evolution and how you say that little by little the size of your food has decreased. These things are what make me see a better future for me regarding food.
Joined: 12 Apr 2005 Posts: 5785 Location: Cambridge, MA
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:13 pm Post subject:
Congratulations on your sustained success, thank you for letting us know about it, and apologies for my very delayed response! (my parents health plus kids plus a very full time job have been keeping me inhumanly busy these last few months).
So interesting to hear the details of your No S practice. Among other things, I like your monthly weight range tracking technique... very elegant and minimalist while still capturing a lot of information in just those two numbers.
I used to be a little taller, about 5' 4'', no doubt somewhat shorter nowadays.
When I was 15 I had a BMI of about 19.5, and still thought I was overweight. Talk about not being able to see myself as I was. Nowadays after so many over weight years, I feel happy with a flatter stomach even though I am 25 lbs over my skinny teenage self. Much better than the 45 lbs over I was at one stage. And no, I don't want to be 114 lbs again. _________________ Three meals a day - not too little not too much, but just right
Joined: 19 Apr 2011 Posts: 217 Location: Australia
Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:54 pm Post subject:
Nice one Ladybird. Its silly and sad looking back and realising just how perfectly fine we were but couldn't see clearly. Its a good lesson to appreciate our bodies right now because we dont want to look back in 10-20-30 years and do the same. No S seems to help somehow, it doesn't just balance the body but the mind too!
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