Traci’s 2019 check-in

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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Traci’s 2019 check-in

Post by Traci0829 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:37 am

This is not a resolution but an experiment in habit change. I’ve been an on/off no Ser for over 5 years now, maybe the habit will stick this time.
:D

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Post by Traci0829 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:53 pm

Tuesday 1/1:SUCCESS :D
Coffee x 2
Meal 1: smoothie with 2 mini muffins
Meal 2: 2 servings of trail mix (whatever fit in a small bowl); sparkling water
Meal 3: giant salad, matcha bowl of a few noodles with meat sauce
Tulsi tea
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Post by automatedeating » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:35 pm

Happy New Year Traci!
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Post by Traci0829 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:20 pm

Thanks auto and Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been trying this since 2013. Hoping 2019 is THE YEAR it sticks. I’m pretty good with no Snacking. I’m still working on putting together a single serving meal...and one that does not include chocolate!

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Post by Traci0829 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:20 am

Wednesday 1/2: SUCCESS

I haven’t had 2 honestly successful days in a row in awhile!!! Yippeee :D

I’m not sure how long I will track my meals here. I felt very satisfied my food choices the past 2 days:
Meal 1: smoothie with cocao nibs on top, coconut flour banana mini muffin; 10 almonds
Meal 2: Turkey and lettuce wrap dipped in ranch; nut & raisin trail mix
Meal 3: large salad with a small bowl of chicken & wild rice soup, 2/3 of a crescent roll

Tulsi sleep tea

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:54 pm

Your meals look great and yay for two days in a row!
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Post by Traci0829 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:44 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Linda!
I’ve always enjoyed following along with your no S and fasting journey.

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Post by Traci0829 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:41 pm

1/3: SUCCESS :D
MEAL 1: Smoothie, coconut flour mini muffin
MEAL 2: Turkey and greens on a wrap with ranch; a very generous portion of sweet potato chips...like 2/3 of a bag can fit on my plate with a wrap....(this behavior is a little questionable)
MEAL 3: giant salad with salmon, walnuts and cranberries; also was going to have 1/2 of sweet potato on the side but I was way too full

Back down to my normal weight (I’ve been up 2lbs for a few days)

I’ve been finishing my last meal by 6:)

My no S goal is more maintaining while developing sane food habits.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:45 pm

Your dinner sounds delicious!
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Post by Traci0829 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:23 am

1/4: SUCCESS
I’m super excited for 4 greens in a row!
My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow, so I’ll being having some homemade carrot cake!

Friday meals:
MEAL 1: 1/2 perfect bar before yoga (I can’t eat much and I eat my first meal late, b/t 9:30/10)...these taste like a treat. I think I’ll move them to an S day
MEAL 2: Smoothie, measured nuts and raisins, 2 coconut flour mini muffins
MEAL 3: Same salmon salad with a side plate of carrots and hummus and 1/3 of a wrap with almond butter and honey

Off for a run!!! Happy S Day!

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:05 pm

Enjoy your run!
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Post by Traci0829 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:32 pm

First S day since my 2019 restart...
MEAL 1: I had my usual smoothie but added some chocolate chips on top; 2 coconut flour mini muffins
No real lunch meal...my girls won a pizza at a basketball game...had 1 tiny piece, few bites of popcorn, diet Mountain Dew :roll: , small bag of trail mix
MEALISH 3?: another tiny piece of pizza, green salad with chicken salad; more trail mix with chocolate chips...
DESSERT? Part of a granola bar, a few more chocolate chips...do we see a theme
Decaf coffee with cream

I should also add, each day I usually have 2-3 cups of coffee (some 1/2 caf, usually 1 black and the others wcream)
I also typically run everyday, usually 4-5 miles, longer on Saturday
Hoping to start a better system of toning and strengthening exercises. My sledgehammer came, but i’ve Yet to open the box.
yoga once a week.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:38 pm

You're going to be a Sledgehammer girl! Nice!
And you run EVERY day? 4-5 miles? More on Saturday?! I am in awe! I feel like "all that" when I get out and walk/jog for 30 minutes in the morning. I guess it's all relative..:wink:
I will put in a plug for GMB - they have a program called Integral Strength that I'd like to try when I (finally) finish the 8 week Elements program.
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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:18 am

Sometimes being exasperated with haphazard efforts is the kick needed to really commit. Ask yourself if you want to keep living in eating limbo. I bet not! We're all on your side.

You sure are ahead of the exercise game. Kudos!
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Post by Traci0829 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:22 pm

Hi Auto and Oglala! Running is just so ingrained in my routine! I just wake up everyday and do it without thinking. I hope one day my eating habits will be like this. I definitely don’t snack much anymore, but some of the other S’s take a lot more thought.
Sunday- not real crazy, but I did feel like i wasn’t very hungry at dinner when we went out to eat- had a glass of wine and bread with my salmon salad. I also homemade grain free carrot cake for my daughter’s bday. I feel like wine triggers permasnacking for me.

I was full and definitely a little puffy on Monday!

Monday: SUCCESS only 2 meals, some days I only do 2 meals or 2 meals and a mini meal
Black coffee
Coffee with cream
MEAL 1: Smoothie, a few almonds and raisins and a small almond butter honey wrap
SF Carmel amond milk latte
MEAL 2: large salad with chicken salad, small piece of pizza (totally gave me heart burn)

I typically avoid gluten and strictly limit dairy, but since going back to No S, I’m not going to put any specific restrictions on myself yet. I did notice both times I had pizza, it definitely did not agree with me (even in small amounts).

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Post by automatedeating » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:31 pm

Traci0829 wrote: Running is just so ingrained in my routine! I just wake up everyday and do it without thinking. I hope one day my eating habits will be like this.
I love this! You are inspiring me to keep my morning walk/jog in place, even on the weekends. AutomatedMover. :-)

Do you strictly limit the dairy because of intolerance issues? I limit grains, not because of gluten intolerance but because I gain weight when I eat them, and luckily they just aren't satisfying to me so I don't miss them. But dairy is a large part of my diet, haha, and I seem to thrive on it. I took the 23andme test and I'm strongly lactose tolerant, which was no surprise. I think I have a lot of dairy farmers in my ancestry, lol.
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Post by Traci0829 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:16 pm

automatedeating wrote: I love this! You are inspiring me to keep my morning walk/jog in place, even on the weekends. AutomatedMover. :-)

Do you strictly limit the dairy because of intolerance issues? I limit grains, not because of gluten intolerance but because I gain weight when I eat them, and luckily they just aren't satisfying to me so I don't miss them. But dairy is a large part of my diet, haha, and I seem to thrive on it. I took the 23andme test and I'm strongly lactose tolerant, which was no surprise. I think I have a lot of dairy farmers in my ancestry, lol.
Thanks auto! I like that...AutomatedMover.
I do have issues with dairy- I can get away with small amounts a few times a week, but when I start putting cream in my coffee daily (like I am now), I definitely have a some discomfort (mostly bloating feeling). As for grains, I certainly don’t feel my best if i have them too regularly, but again I can get a away with a small wrap or some bread when I go out. I’ve done the Whole 30 program a few times and I know how good I feel without them, but for now I’m just working on habits. I’ve always wanted to do 23andme! I noticed in your check-in you use/used a glucose monitor. I’ve been researching them lately...do you have a favorite? Thanks!

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Post by Traci0829 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:24 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday: SUCCESS
Okay...Thursday was questionable- it’s my only full work day of the week and I get sooooo hungry on the way home. I should have planned better, because I very hungry when I was making dinner! That being said, I ate some of my dinner virtually (ie, while I was making dinner), but I’m wondering if I bent the rules too....you know “fence around the law...†I didn’t i eat more than one plate. I had no sweets, but I did have a glass and a half of wine Tuesday through Thursday.
Hmmmmm..... green or red, probably more like yellow!!!!

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:47 pm

At the beginning it's always most important to fence around the law, but I am firm believer that we have "yellow" days - we also have "climber's arrest" where we are falling but manage to stop the damage before we would have in the past. :-)

I don't have a favorite glucose monitor, actually. I got mine at Costco and didn't realize how expensive the strips would be (and the price raised in the past year). I'm actually looking into buying a new monitor, probably off amazon, that has cheaper test strips. Are you leaning toward a particular one? I currently have the OneTouch Ultra 2, but I do not recommend it due to the high cost of the strips. It makes experimenting expensive!

Have a great day! Oh - and I almost skipped my walk/jog this morning because I was so tired and then I thought - Traci never skips! I can do this! So thanks for inspiring me. In fact, you've even given me an idea to incorporate my other workout (the mobility/strength & flexibility one) - what if, as soon as I get home from work, I change into my yoga pants and do that program (it is only about 20 min)......then it could just become "ingrained habit" like your running. I know it will be another journey of habit, but I think it could be a sound approach.

Have a great Friday and S Days!
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Post by Traci0829 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm

Auto- I’m glad I have you some inspiration! Keep it up!

Friday FAIL - clear post dinner fail
Monday FAIL
Tuesday SUCCESS
Wednesday FAIL
Thursday- S day- event with my husband at his work, only had a few bites of dessert

I’ve been super tired and generally feeling off which i think does make it harder for me not to get off track. I also notice, as many do, the snacking carryover into Monday. I actually think I am better at sticking to 3 meals when I keep that consistency over the weekend.

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Post by Traci0829 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:52 pm

The fact that I’m still tracking in spite of my less that stellar week is a huge SUCCESS for me. :D

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Post by Emmanuella » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:34 pm

Traci0829 wrote: I also notice, as many do, the snacking carryover into Monday. I actually think I am better at sticking to 3 meals when I keep that consistency over the weekend.

Thats what im afraid of as well hence why I limit my S days to friday fom dinner time to whenever i go to bed/midnight if I stay up in the wee hrs of saturday, otherwise im afraid I would keep indulging and indulging and indulging in sweets al weekend long.


Keep going! You are doing well :)

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:21 pm

Congrats on tracking no matter what. Remember to get your "why's" clear. Is this really better than other ways of limiting food?

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Post by jenji » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:32 pm

Welcome - you are inspiring to me with your running routine. I am an on-and-off runner. Good luck getting your habits solid on No S!
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Re: Traci’s 2019 check-in

Post by Traci0829 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:26 pm

I’ve been totally MIA!!!! I started off so strong and then...crickets!
Hopefully I can get back on track with my check-ins!

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Re: Traci’s 2019 check-in

Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:48 am

chirp chirp happy to have you back!!! :lol:
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Re: Traci’s 2019 check-in

Post by Traci0829 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:44 pm

Thanks auto!!!

I’m still not totally on track but I’m still here!

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