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oolala53



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The large dinner was a treat, too, no?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps it was in its way. Although as far as I remember, the food was nothing out of the ordinary.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just meant the largeness. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you might be right there. I still can't see myself having restrained moderate meals 21x per week, and I do enjoy(?) the feeling of really not wanting to eat any more. So having that outlet on weekends is good.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

I had a tough couple of days battling food cravings this week. However I didn't succumb apart from eating excessive amounts of cheese with my meals. Given how much I was thinking about eating outside meal times, and going back for seconds, I count this as a success.

Mon-Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals.

Exercise - one walk, about 10km
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Having the excess at meal time is a great step down strategy that Reinhard was very savvy about.

Give yourself big props.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon - Fri: success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

No funny business, although I have been hungry in the night a couple of times.

Exercise: 1 walk 8 km/5 miles with group (cut short because of the heat), 3 bodyweight sessions where I try to regain some of the muscle mass I have lost over the decades. I have noticed some strength gains over the last 6 months, which is encouraging.

I've been reading some of the posts on Michael Mosley's fastdiet forum. I tried fasting several years ago, but found myself in bed and feeling rather unwell by late afternoon. Obviously, not for me. I do do a limited form of IF which involves not eating until mid to late morning, and stopping eating eating early in the evening.

Recently I've tightened that up a little, to deal with a particular health problem (not to lose weight, or because I couldn't succeed with No S). I've been doing this on and off (interrupted by periods of disordered eating, which IF did nothing to cure) for several years, and have found some benefits. In particular, I find it convenient to be able to go out without breakfast and last until lunch time without any particular difficulty. I also believe that my tolerance for exercise has increased.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both nice benefits. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon, Tues, Wed - success
Thurs, Fri - S days - was staying in the mountains with a walking group. Had 4 meals each day, as too difficult to fit in 3. No disordered eating or impromptu nibbles.
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

edit: I had a couple of comments on the size of my meals. I pointed out that my meals had to last between lunch & dinner etc, and that I wasn't eating all the extras - wine, pre-dinner nibbles, cake for morning tea. I could have also pointed out that fruit and veg occupy a larger vol for fewer calories than more energy dense foods.

Exercise - 1 bodyweight session, more walking than usual - 8km/5 miles, 16km, 13 km and some ups and downs.

Back to the heat in my home town today after a wonderful 5 nights in the cool.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon - success
Tues - success by the skin of my teeth. Felt tired, restless and unsettled after lunch. Somehow managed to get some distance from the unpleasant feelings, and distracted myself until dinner. Coming back from being away is usually a difficult time for me as far as not overeating goes.
Wed - technically success, but ate too much lunch and dinner.
Thurs, Fri - success. Being more careful about how much I put on my plates.
Sat - 3 meals
Sun - 4 meals. Ending up having supper as I inadvertently had too little dinner to keep me going til I got to sleep.

Exercise: 1 walk 8km mostly on the flat with group, 3 bodyweight sessions (not really sessions: as I was still recovering from being away, I did the exercises at odd intervals during the day, instead of one after another in half an hour. It still works.)

Monthly weight report:

Dec: 140 - 143 lbs
Jan: 139 - 141 lbs

My weight dipped to a new low this month, but I didn't stay there as per usual.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not giving in on Tuesday is an extra success. Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon: success, but indigestion after dinner
Tues: success, but seconds after dinner
Wed: success
Thurs, Fri: technically success, but seconds after dinner again. On Friday I was strongly tempted to continue eating, something that rarely happens now.
Sat: dropped in on a friend at lunch time after a bike ride on an empty stomach and had a snack. 3 meals as well. Seconds for lunch. Indigestion after dinner again.
Sun: 3 meals. I've been eating a bit different food to usual, the result being either indigestion or feeling so unsatisfied that I ended up having seconds. I put a stop to this on Sunday, and went back to my usual diet and ate three satisfying but not excessive meals.

Exercise: walk with group in the heat: 10km. 3 lots of bodyweight exercises. One longer than usual bike ride.

There has been a cool change thank goodness.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

couple things -- 1) you have an active social life -- and I mean that really literally, since you walk with a group! SO COOL!
2) do you live in Australia? Somewhere it is very hot right now?
3) all that biking!

Impressive
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walking with a group has always been one of my favourite things to do. I live in a rural city with plenty of bush nearby.

I do live in Australia. Talking about the heat while the northern hemisphere freezes is a bit of a giveaway that I'm not there.

Most of my biking is short distances over easy terrain, and hardly counts as exercise. I went off on a rail trail to a local creek to get out of the house. It was too humid to walk, but biking was OK.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So your days are getting slowly shorter now. I hated being in the dark for so long many winters because I often woke up at 4 (insomnia, not choice) Light! Light! I wanted light early! Now I'm on the other side because I'm not working and was enyoing being able to get out and walk during the civil twilight when the colors are so much more intense. Now it's coming earlier and I'm waking up later...

But there's always the sunset. In another month, it will be at a great time to go eat at a restaurant on the beach at a dinner time.

I hope you find the sweet spot regarding indigestion.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening walks - best time of day
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a coworker once that went on a family walk after dinner every night. For years! Always admired that.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon: success
Tues: success, only two meals as had first meal very late
Wed - Fri: success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise: walk with group 8km, 3 lots of bodyweight exercises
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two thumbs up!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon, Tues - success
Wed - success, 2nds for lunch
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat 3 meals
Sun 3 meals - 2nds for dinner

Exercise: walk with group 7 km or so. No bodyweight exercises - having a rest week.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly check in:
Mon - success
Tues - too hungry to sleep, snack middle of night
Wed - too hungry to sleep, snack middle of night
Thurs - S day - after 2 nights of broken sleep, I really needed to eat more. As I was out til after lunch walking, large meals were not possible. I had 6 smaller meals.
Fri - S day - still catching up on the food my body was telling me it needed. Had 4 meals, overdid the last one a bit.
Sat - 3 meals, seconds breakfast & dinner
Sun - 4 meals. Thought it would be 3, but started feeling hungry again near bedtime.

This has probably been the hardest week since I started reporting here as far as regulating my eating goes. I was hungrier than usual, and overtired.

Exercise: 13km walk in the bush with walking group, 2 lots of bodyweight exercises. More cycling than usual on Tuesday.

Monthly weight report:
Jan: 139 - 141 lbs
Feb: 139 - 142

My top weight was up a bit this month. I suspect it was bloat due to the heat. After the weather cooled down, my weight dropped back to where it was at the beginning of the month. So I will call it maintenance.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon - Fri: success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

A much easier week this week, after taking two S days last week to catch up on my food intake. My hunger this week was much milder.

I realise I'm not in the same place as many on this forum. I rarely eat highly processed foods and don't struggle with treats because mostly I don't eat that sort of food. I'm not wearing a hair shirt - I get just as much pleasure from eating a punnet of really good quality raspberries as I ever did from flour/sugar/fat treats.

My struggles are mainly in finding the line between excessive hunger and indigestion as well as still sometimes having non hunger food cravings outside meal times.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found that non-hunger desire for food between meals has never completely gone away. It would be convenient if it did, but it doesn't seem to be in my control. It's not all day every day, though. I hope that doesn't discourage you. I just say it because I believe it isn't an indication you're doing something wrong.

Riding that line between hunger and indigestion sounds really tricky.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks as ever for your words of encouragement
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon - success, seconds for dinner
Tues - fail - supper
Wed - success
Thurs - success, seconds for dinner
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals
Sun - 3 meals plus supper

Not a week when I could bear to do any sort of food restriction outside 3 meals. Hence having supper twice and seconds twice. Still not bingeing though. Always a victory.

Edit: exercise: walk with group 11 to 12 km on the flat, 1 lot of bodyweight exercises.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon - Fri: success
Sat - 3 meals plus supper as hungrier than usual
Sun - 3 meals

Exercise: walks with other people: 13km, 14km. 2 lots of bodyweight exercises
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is a punnett? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is it? I can't find the reference to it. But it's a basket, the kind berries come in, or used to, right?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's sometimes too hungry to sleep. A little worried that that hasn't gone away for you, with as long as you've been doing this!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What time do you have dinner and what do you eat, if I may ask?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A punnet is the little container, plastic nowadays, that they sell berries in. About 4 - 5 oz or 125 - 150g.

I have never been very good at judging how much I need to eat, so a year is probably not enough time, especially as I am still pretty irregular in my eating habits as far as meal times go. Also my hunger levels vary a lot depending on how much exercise I get and how much I ate the day before, as you would expect. Don't worry Friyay, your experience may be quite different to mine.

Tonight I am having mince + buckwheat + some salad veg, olive oil, almonds, and an apple for dinner. A fairly typical meal. I'm usually finished eating by about 7:30, bed by 10.

edit: and a bit of salty, jellied stock to make dinner tasty
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, a punnet. And here I thought it was something to do with Gregor Mendel and genetics (haha just kidding).

If that's what a punnet is, those are the things my kids finish off in about 5 minutes as an after-school snack. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a punnet of peas perhaps?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon - Fri: success
Sat - 3 meals
Sun - 3 meals - had seconds for dinner and regretted it almost straight away.

Exercise: 1 walk 8km, 1 lot of bodyweight exercises, usual pottering around and shorter bursts of activity to keep my step count up.

I haven't been as hungry this week, which makes things easier. The weather is cooling down, and I have been getting back in the garden. Out with the old summer veg, in with the cool weather goodies.

Edit:
Monthly weight report:

Maintenance again

Feb 139 - 142
Mar 139 - 142
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

I had a difficult week this week in some ways as my mood and energy levels were both down. Only No S kept me from resorting to me usual temporary fix of lots of food.

Mon - Fri: success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - no walk with group this week as not up to it. Completed one lot of bodyweight exercises.

Today I have a couple of friends coming for a garden working bee, so that will give me a boost.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great idea about the garden bee!

I'm glad you were able to hold onto your NoS practice when things got tough.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So was I. The working bee went well, did a big clean & tidy and now have all my pots in a row (metaphorically).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you all trade off to work in each others' gardens?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We take it in turns, more of less.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love that idea. I'd like to do it with housework, too! People think I'm crazy for that one, but extended families did the work together, I'm pretty sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly check in:
Mon - Fri: success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals, 2nds for Sun lunch

Exercise: 1 walk with group 11km, 2 lots of bodyweight exercises completed

An easier week this week.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weekly report:
Mon - Fri: success
Sat, Sun: 3 meals

Exercise: no walk this week or exercises as I had a cold. Did some light gardening on the weekend when I started to feel better.

Another working bee, in a friends garden today.
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Weekly report:
Mon, Tue success
Wed - success, seconds for dinner
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat 3 meals
Sun 3 meals, but struggled to stop eating at dinner when I was getting stomach signals that I'd had enough. It took a real effort to stop eating, so a partial success.

Much as I dislike the lack of structure of intuitive eating, I do try to take notice of my body signals of hunger and fullness.

Exercise: 1 walk 13km, including a climb of 350m. I haven't been doing enough walking up hills lately, so I was a little sore the next couple of days. Some bodyweight exercises, but not a fully set.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, ladybird, just popping in to say I have read all your thread, and found it very encouraging.....especially the end of the binging! Thank you for posting your story.

I am also waving to you across the Tasman!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Merrygoround. I am still a work in progress, but things are a lot better now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the intuitive eating. It never worked for me but I think it can be applied to our one plates.

Great job!

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon - success, larger meals than usual
Tues - Fri - success
Sat - only 2 meals. I overdid the peanut butter for breakfast, and as a result wasn't hungry again until much later. I find pb very easy to eat too much of, so it is usually an S for me.
Sun - 3 meals

Exercise: 12km walk with group, shorter walks, cycling, bodyweight exercises

Monthly weight report:

Dec 140 -143
Mar - 139 - 142
April - 139 - 141

I think I've lost a little weight since Dec, the last time I noted a weight loss. December was the last time I saw 143 on the scales.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on your loss

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Very Happy on the weight loss.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly check-in

Mon, Tue success
Wed - success, only 2 meals due to some sort of GI bug
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - bodyweight exercises, gentle cycling, light gardening. one short walk. No long walk as wasn't well.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:
Mon, Tues - success
Wed - technically success, but not quite enough food (too little is not moderate)
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

I was tempted to have seconds for Sunday dinner, as something in my meal was lacking. But I didn't, & went to bed knowing that I'd had enough to eat.

For the last year I have been allowing myself seconds if I felt like I needed it. It's nearly four weeks since I last had seconds, and it's time to do without this mod. From now on, seconds on an N day will be a fail. I will still have seconds on S days if I really feel like I need to.

One day last week I went into the kitchen to do something & my mind drifted off. I found myself at the frig with the door open - pure automatic reflex. Up til that point I hadn't been thinking about food. And no, I didn't eat - wasn't even tempted.

edit: exercise - walk 9km with very steep climb, shorter walks, body weight strenght exercises, cycling, gardening
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon, Tues: success
Wed - split my dinner into 2 parts as didn't have time to eat it all before going out. Ate the 2nd 1/2 for supper. As there was no excess food eaten, am going to call the day a success.
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

I found myself unexpectedly eyeing off treats on N days this week. This hasn't happened for a while. It may be due to getting more exercise and doing more than usual. I had a couple of rest days, and seem to be OK again.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your response re splitting dinner seems sensible to me. Much more likely to stay with it if sensible life style choices can be made as needed.

We know when we are kidding ourselves Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly check in

Mon - success
Tues - success, extra hungry am and tired
Wed - success
Thurs - fantasising about the next S day when walking while hungry
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, tempted to have seconds after first meal, but decided against it in the interests of habit maintenance.
Sun - extra hungry am, so had breakfast before walk, which I don't usually do.

So, a bit hungrier than usual this week, in spite of having fuller plates than usual at several meals. Probably the combination of exercise and colder weather. No seconds on N days is going well.

Exercise: Bodyweight exercises, gardening. Last week walk of 15km, this week 9km and 13km both with ups and downs. We broke Sunday's walk with lunch at a chocolatier where I bought some good quality chocolate as a treat to eat in small bits over the next month on S days. This is not something I would have even tried to do prior to No S, but it is much more enjoyable.

Monthly weight report

April: 139-141
May: 138 - 141

A brief dip to a new low, then back into current weight range.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’m envious of your exercise. I haven’t managed to run, except once, since the flu. If I do, I cough. It’s doesnt help that the weather has been awful, wet, grey, dank and damp. I shall give it this week, and then try agin.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon, Tue - success
Wed - success. Ridiculously hungry soon after lunch, which wore off by late afternoon. I don't know why.
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat - 4 meals, as found myself hungry before bed
Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - walk 13km, shorter walks, gentle cycling, bodyweight exercises.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon - fail, seconds for dinner
Tue - Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - 1 walk about 8 km, some heavy garden work with axe and mattock, bike riding

On Sunday I finished off a chocolate bar that I have been eating a piece at a time over the last few weeks. It just doesn't have the same charge that it used to. I don't know whether to be pleased or disappointed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mon, Tues - success
Wed - fail - 2nds for dinner
Thurs - success. Split lunch into two as out walking with group
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals
Sun - 3 meals and supper

For some reason I am having more trouble than usual in sticking to 3 meals and no seconds. It's hunger, not cravings. I tell myself to eat more for b'fast, but I don't like feeling weighed down by a lot of food early in the day.

Exercise - walk 13km including a steep climb, gardening, gentle bike riding, a few bodyweight exercises.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weekly check in

Mon, Tues - success
Wed - 3 meals on one plate, but at dinner I ate past the point of comfort, something I haven't done for a while, so I can't really count it as a success.
Perhaps yellow - a partial success. I had a mild cold, so perhaps that was influencing my desire for food.
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - weekly walk with group 13km. I wasn't quite up to it, but after spending the previous day in bed, I really wanted to get out.
Gentle bike riding, bodyweight exercises, gardening.

Monthly weight check:

May: 138 - 141
June: 138 - 142

My weight was up the first half of the month, at least in part because of eating more salty food than usual. I was also hungrier than usual. After being more careful about what I was eating, my weight ended up in the same place as the previous month.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report

Mon - success
Tues - fail. Had supper, presumably because I was hungry. Still a fail.
Wed - Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, seconds for lunch and dinner
Sun - 3 meals, seconds for dinner.

The seconds were fruit - still, usually I dish everything out at the beginning of my meal, and I don't want to slip back into bad habits.

Exercise - walk with group 8km with short climbs, bodyweight exercises, gardening and some running up the stairs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weekly check in

Mon - Fri: success
Sat - 3 meals plus supper
Sun - 3 meals, ate too little for breakfast because I was disorganised. Got very hungry and then ate too much dinner.

Exercise: 2 walks, about 15km each. Bike riding, gardening, bodyweight exercises.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report

Mon -Fri: success
Sat- 3 meals. Out all day with only lunch, so the 2nd and 3rd meals were really two goes at dinner.
Sun - 3 meals, more food than usual

Exercise - brisk walk with group 11 km, felt disinclined to do any other heavy exercise, so just some light gardening and cycling
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report

Mon - fail - 3 meals and no seconds, but overfilled my bowl and ate to the point of regret. No way to call that a success.
Tues, Wed - success
Thurs - split lunch into two while walking with my walking group, still call it a success
Fri - fail - seconds for dinner - more miscalculation than overeating
Sat - 3 meals
Sun - 3 meals, seconds for dinner. Thank goodness for the mental out on S days.

Exercise - 14km walk with group, bodyweight exercises, light gardening, gentle bike riding.

Somehow I am not feeling the pressure I did at the beginning to avoid that word fail. I don't want to derail my habits, or undo all the hard work I have put into establishing them, but now a fail seems neither here nor there. I certainly don't have any thoughts of throwing the whole thing in because of the occasional bit of meal based overeating.

Giving into the desire to self soothe with between meal eating would be another thing altogether. That is something I really don't want to go back to.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon-Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, seconds for dinner but not excessive
Sun - 3 meals

No overeating this week at meal times.

Exercise - walk 13km, gardening, strength exercises

Monthly weight - saw a new low this month.
June 138 -142
July 136 - 141

Time to get on the bike and ride over to my weekly garden working bee. This is at the home of a very keen garden, and her garden is a pleasure to visit.
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Weekly report

Mon - Fri - success
Sat & Sun 3 meals, ate a bit too much for dinner Sun.

Exercise - not feeling like doing much this week. 14km walk with group, some gentle cycling. Spent most of the week lying around doing nothing much useful in particular apart from a small amount of gardening and an AGM for one of the clubs I belong to.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that biking and gardening sounds heavenly. Like food for the soul.
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Especially at this time of the year which is the main planting time here - late winter/spring while the soil is wet. The cycling is much more enjoyable than driving.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weekly report

Mon - Wed success
Thurs - count as success, had lunch in 2 parts as walking with group. If I don't do this, I get too hungry.
Fri - success
Sat 3 meals, seconds for dinner which ended up being more food than I really needed
Sun 3 meals

Exercise - walking - 14 & 8 km, heavy gardening - using a hand saw, mattock, axe, carrying heavy lumps of wood, digging all counts as exercise
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly check in

Mon, Tues - success
Wed - fail. Technical success, but an immoderate amount of one particular food at a meal wasn't consistent with my goal of being a truly moderate eater.
Thurs, Fri - success
Sat. sun - 3 meals. Had a much smaller portion of the food I had a fail with on Wed, and enjoyed it without feeling seedy afterwards. The rest is in the freezer.

Exercise - walk with group 13km, a small amount of bodyweight exercises, gardening, light cycling.

I may not have mentioned that I keep a spreadsheet where I track success/fail daily and keep notes of failures/difficulties and exercise, including logging daily steps. I find this logging very helpful, and it takes very little time.
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I think it's great that you log! I do too, but on here. However, it would be very powerful to have it in a spreadsheet like you've done -- then I could graph things out to see long term trends.
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Hi Ladybird,

I like how you use your own internal “compass” to determine if you’ve eaten moderately or not, rather than letting “the rules” be the determinant. This is something I’d like to start cultivating on this next 6 months of my journey.

Cheers to a good week!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi automated - one of the pleasures of spread sheets are those nifty little graphs.

Hi worth it - my internal compass is built on the rules - without the base of No S, it didn't work particularly well.
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weekly report:

Mon - Thurs - success
Fri - success. Not really hungry for dinner after a large & late lunch, but ate it anyway.
Sat, Sun - 3 meals. Not eonough veg as I really didn't feel motivated enough to cook them.

I have been having trouble lately using excessive amounts of screen time to numb myself out in the same way I used to use food. So starting today, I will be tracking a purposeful activity/limit recreational screen time habit. I will be starting small, the first hour of the day on N days, which I think is quite doable.

Exercise: walk on flat 11km with group, bike riding, gardening.

Monthly weight check:

July 136 - 141
Aug 136 -138

No new low, so I will call it maintenance.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good luck on the reduced screen time!!! I've been working on that too, and I feel better for it, that's for sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report

Mon - Wed success
Thurs - success, split lunch into morning tea & lunch while out walking with group
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, seconds for dinner which is quite OK.
Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - walk with group 16km (10 miles), heavy gardening, small amount of bike riding

No Screens - have managed to not do recreational screening til 8am, and replace it with purposeful activity. This week I will aim for No time wasting screens til 9am.

Overall a good week.
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Weekly report:
Mon - Wed success
Thurs - fail. supper
Fri - success
Sat 3 meals + supper
Sun 3 meals + afternoon snack which I really needed.

I have had 3 days this week where I have had an unplanned eating occasion, which is unusual. I think my meals have been too light for the amount of exercise I have been doing. This week I will try to eat more at meal times.

Exercise: 11 km with group, including a steep up and down. Walked back from shops with back pack of heavy shopping. Heavy gardening. Bike is in the shop being looked at, so no cycling to speak of. Too tired from other exercise to feel like doing any strength training. Average daily steps over 11,000.

No Screen - success this week. This week there will be no recreational screening before 10am. Already I am starting to get through chores that I have been putting off, which is good for my general mood.
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Hey congrats on the screen limiting and the resulting improved productivity! Very cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes automated, you may recognise my source of inspiration.
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Weekly report:

Mon- Fri: success
Sat, Sun, 3 meals

I ate slightly larger meals this week, and was only tempted once to have seconds which I decided against. This was better than last week when too light eating at meals led to unplanned eating.

Exercise: walk with group 13km with steady ups and downs, light gardening, some bike riding

No Screen - made it to 10 every am without diving into mind numbing screening. I did struggle one morning when I really wanted some distraction, but managed to potter around the garden instead.

This week, I will be going to 11am.
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Hey, great week!
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Thx Larkspur.
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So impressive about the screen limiting. Yay! I bet you feel great about that!
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My mood has gone up, and I am getting some tidying up done that I have been putting off for far too long.

No S has been so useful - I've used the same tools that I have for my eating. Daily tracking, reporting here, start small, specific and achievable and build on that. It makes it easy that I have given myself permission to do as much screening as I like outside my No Recreational Screening window.
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I think my motto one year was something about how NoS spilled over into so many other areas of my life. I love that about it.
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Weekly report -
Mon - success
Tues - success, but didn't eat quite enough
Wed - Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals. I didn't feel quite satisfied after Sunday dinner, but decided not to have seconds in the interest of maintaining the no seconds habit. It turned out that I didn't need the extra food this time.

Exercise - 2 walks, 10km each, some bike riding, a few exercises.

No Screen - had a bit of a struggle two mornings this week, but managed to avoid recreational screening every morning til 11am, only because of reporting here. This week my aim is noon.
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good luck on your screen-free mornings!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Automated.

I forgot to include my monthly weight check

Aug 136- 137
Sep 135 -137

A new, if temporary, low for the month.
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Weekly report:

Mon - Wed - success
Thurs - success, divided lunch into two while walking with group
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, divided lunch into two again while walking, mostly because I was too hungry to want to wait. I didn't pack enough lunch either.
Sun - 3 meals & a snack. I deliberately had larger meals and a snack as I have been doing more walking than usual and hadn't eaten quite enough. This was making me feel stressed, and I feel a lot better today (Monday) after a bit of a feedup and rest yesterday. One of the reasons I used to binge was to boost my energy.

Exercise - 3 walks - 13, 11 and 7 km, a little bike riding, gardening

Added Tuesday

No Screen - success for week, although had quite a struggle one morning when I was feeling tired and out of sorts.

I think I will keep my limit at no recreational screening til 12 noon this week.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm impressed with your big walks Ladybird, good on you.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I’m impressed with your No Screen system, Ladybird! Great idea. I go down so many silly rabbit holes and end up watching cute dog videos....

Long walks are great - now the weather is turning, I’m not doing so much, but I think my long summer walks helped with weight and overall fitness. I found that on a long (as opposed to short) walk, my mood really could change. I could set off trudging and grumpy, but at some point, energy would come.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Octavia wrote:
I found that on a long (as opposed to short) walk, my mood really could change. I could set off trudging and grumpy, but at some point, energy would come.


Yes, I have found walks a great mood lifter.

Weekly report:

Mon - Wed - success
Thurs - success, lunch in 2 goes while out walking
Fri - success
Sat - 3 meals, lunch into 2 while walking
Sun 3 meal plus supper

Exercise - 2 long walks with 2 different groups this week, 17km mostly flat, and 16km with lots of ups and downs. Some bike riding. Today (Monday) I am pretty tired, and will be having a rest until the walk next Thursday.

I had a break from bodyweight exercises because I was developing too many little niggles. I have settled on doing them at a lower level 3 days per week as well as incorporating more stretching into my routine, and some specific exercises for various bits that give me trouble.

No Screen - success with no screen til 12 last week. It will be 1 pm this week.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ladybird30 wrote:
I had a break from bodyweight exercises because I was developing too many little niggles.


This happens to me every time I try to up the intensity. It's frustrating but I try to be grateful that I can still be active with other things (like biking, walking, and yardwork and housework) Sounds like you have a good strategy.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon- Fri - success
Sat, Sun - 3 meals.

Exercise - had a rest week after last weeks exertions, apart from one lot of exercises.

NoScreen - managed to restrain myself from mind numbing screening til 1 pm, although I was strongly tempted. Distracted myself with tidying up and light gardening, which is at least productive.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly report:

Mon, Tues - success, although not enough food on Tues
Wed - fail. Went camping overnight and for dinner had seconds, and then accepted some dark chocolate from my camping friend. If I had planned ahead, I would have declared it an S day, but as the extras were unplanned it was a fail. I didn't eat too much though.
Thurs - success, although not enough lunch. I was hungrier than expected and didn't take quite enough food with me.
Fri - success. I had a big dinner, making up for Thurs probably.
Sat, Sun - 3 meals

Exercise - not much, still hadn't quite recovered from my exertions of 2 weeks ago.

No Rec Screen before 1pm - success, by the skin of my teeth.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice job on the camping. that is a scenario that can make the wheels entirely come off for me.....permasnacking etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Auto.

Weekly report:

Mon - Wed success
Thurs - technically a success, but not enough lunch which is probably why I ate more than was entirely comfortable for dinner. I've managed to reduce excessive meal time eating to a couple of times per month, so an improvement over when I started, but still a little way to go.

Exercise: walk with group was a leisurely 7km urban ramble, urban commuting on the bike, various exercises, gardening - nothing very strenuous.

NO mind numbing recreational screening til 1 pm - much easier this week. I am now going to aim for 2pm every day.

Monthly weight report:

Sep - 135 -137
Oct - 136 - 138

Up a little this month - I have been hungrier than usual, so not surprising. Third month in row I have weighed in at 136. Had another comment on my weight loss on the weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ladybird, can you remind me of the specifics of your electronics rule? I get that you aren't doing stuff like facebook or TV before 1 or 2pm, but what about budgeting, or to-do lists, or reading articles, etc. I'm just curious, because electronics are always a bear to manage in my house.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Auto - its TV, laptop patience & mindless internet browsing - pure time wasting mind numbing stuff. If I have a specific useful purpose in mind, such as updating my tracking or looking up something in particular on the net that is OK. But I have to be careful to keep focused on the task at hand and not get side tracked.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you don't use electronics before 2 PM unless you have a legitimate reason to do so? Did I get that right? I try to cut back on my mindless web surfing, too, and to honestly ask myself whether I'm really going to use the laptop for something productive, but I haven't decided on any time limits. Might be interesting to give it a go.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Imogen, that is right. I have been gradually increasing my time limits. I wanted to find something more useful to do with my time when I really don't feel motivated to do anything in particular.
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