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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Ari's Check-In Reply with quote

Hi guys. Just made my account yesterday!

I'm ashamed to say, I'm 313.8 lbs, as of Friday morning. This is after lots of gaining and losing. I'll be 21 in July and I've been gaining and losing weight via diets at various levels of difficulty (and safety) since I hit 270 lbs at 13 years old. My low is 210. Though my current weight at 314 is lower than my high of 320 lbs, it is not low for my recent weight fluctuations and efforts.

I just spent a week trying to re-nourish myself to help my hunger cues, by the rules of http://www.eatlikeanormalperson.com/
Don't get me wrong, it's helped a lot, and I love this web site; the issue is I overthink everything too much to follow it on it's own. The web site mentioned the No S diet and people's successes with it, and I thought well, these seem to really align with each other. So I'm hoping to use No S for a better round of portion sizing, and continue to use that web site I linked in to help me wrap my head on what foods can make filling mostly nourishing meals without being just a plate of greens and tears.

I hope to become an active user of this web-site, and a year from now be approaching college graduation with a good chunk of weight loss (though obviously not all of it) and a testimonial to contribute to your stories!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on your expected graduation next year. Take NoS as a long term project and not a quick loss solution. A lot of more knowledgeable people on here will give you great advice. It's more like a marathon and not a sprint. Welcome.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, thanks for the welcome! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No S is a sane and normal way to eat forever. I wish you well on it!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! I'm looking forward to Monday if only to start this properly.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously today was an S Day. Finishing it off with a candy bar and a soda.

Before someone comments on that, I'd like to also say that on S Days in the future I intend to allow just the three S-es. Snacks (fruit, as outlined as a good snack in the eatlikeanormalperson think I found), sweets (maybe some sugary drinks with my meals, a couple of servings of any sweets I've had offered to me throughout the week, or go out of my way to get a dessert at the end of an S Day should nothing have come up throughout it, if I want it and can afford it), and seconds (not thirds and fourths, as I have been guilty of eating in the past- SECONDS. A second plate. That's it.)

These restrictions in use of the S days may wiggle a bit due to social circumstance on a particular S day, or if I have a NWS day it'll probably be special enough to be lax on all the rules, so I'm not going to limit myself on say my 21st birthday or that stretch of week between Christmas and New Year where my family's constantly celebrating, but I'll do my best not to make myself sick either.

You might say, if you really often take 3rds and 4ths, it's no wonder you're fat! And yeah, nowadays, with lots of mental health issues and a shaky BED suggestion from my counselor, that's probably behind the extreme gain, but when I was 270 lbs at 12 years old there was never enough for more than seconds, and I rarely wanted it. There was just big portions, lots of soda, and lots of sweets. When I first lost to 210 lbs, I think I was unconsciously following many of the principles of No S- Sweets were the only thing off the table throughout the week, with a cheat allowed on Saturday, and I had really small portions throughout the week. My main issue was I wasn't looking at plate sizes or volume amounts, I was counting calories- and since I hadn't researched the area very deeply, I was often undereating by that method. So I plateaued, I ballooned up, and despite many continued efforts to lose it I've never once felt like I've eaten normally. It's what attracted me to the eatlikeanormalperson web site, and it's what attracts me to the system of moderation inherent in the No S Diet. I hope this works out well for me. It doesn't have to work quickly, I'd just like to see it working.
I might wait 2 weeks for my first weigh in after that really bad couple of S days, but I will try to update on my weight on Saturdays usually.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome!

Looking forward to hearing about your first days!

My first few days, I focused more on no snacks and no sweets and gave myself a little room with seconds, because I was worried about making it between meals. And sure enough, 10 am and 4 pm were really hard, because I was used to eating at those times and my body did the hormonal dance preparing for food that never arrived, and man was it confused and upset! What? Where's my SNACK????

I use juice with seltzer, coffee with cream and sugar, or hot cocoa made with whole milk to get me through those times. It has gotten much easier though it can still be a little hairy depending. I didn't lose anything much for about two weeks and then four or five pounds came off in the next couple of weeks.

Look forward to hearing about how it goes for you!
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the support! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday SUCCESS

B- Turkey sausage, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich and coffee

L- Poptarts

D- Subway and orange juice

I think the subway may have gone over what would really fit comfortably on a plate- next time I'll get less- but I don't think that's enough of a detail to mark today as a failure. Just a note for future uses of Subway.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe I should cut juice in the future as well? I just realized juice might count as a sweets S.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the same frame as juices, should chocolate milk/whole milk be counted as an S?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im going to go ahead and count all drinks that arent black coffee, water, or tea as S-es
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday SUCCESS

B-Bagel and chocolate milk (before I decided the milk would count as an S)

L- Poptarts and tea(I swear I dont do poptarts EVERY DAY I just happened to get cornered by my colleges christian organization and given free poptarts the past couple of days)

D- Sweet and sour chicken with fruit mixed in the sauce, lo mein noodles, and cauliflower.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Losingthediets wrote:
Maybe I should cut juice in the future as well? I just realized juice might count as a sweets S.

I don't count orange juice with breakfast as an S, it's usually in the 5-6 ounce size. No added sugar. If people can eat a grapefruit with sugar added, I don't see the problem with fresh natural juices with a meal. If I'm honest with my eSSes of the past, fruit has never been the culprit.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whosonfirst wrote:

I don't count orange juice with breakfast as an S, it's usually in the 5-6 ounce size. No added sugar. If people can eat a grapefruit with sugar added, I don't see the problem with fresh natural juices with a meal. If I'm honest with my eSSes of the past, fruit has never been the culprit.


That's good to know! I might take a glass of juice with breakfast here and there then. My only issue is worrying personally I'll take "juice isn't an S" to an extreme and be like "THAT'S ALL I CAN HAVE SO I'LL HAVE A TON OF IT." But a single glass with a meal makes sense, and I think would be sustainable since I didn't drink much juice before this.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hate to say it, but I already have my first

FAILURE

My hunger pains and headache-y symptoms of doing this so fast (which I didn't really expect because I didn't realize it WOULD be such a difference, I usually only get these symptoms on diets I super restrict myself on), plus class stress, then going to the financial aid office and getting my brain fried- let's just say I came into the office this afternoon, and our ads saleswoman had Easter eggs EVERYWHERE filled with actual candy to hunt and treat ourselves with. I immediately cracked and started to play, gathering a handful of bite-sized candies and Snacking my way through Sweets to relieve my headache, instead of storing them in my backpack for the weekend like I said I would.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It also just really kinda sucks because I had a bunch of other opportunities to break throughout today, free donuts offered after breakfast, classmates bringing food to class they offered because they decided they no longer wanted it- and a bunch of tiny bite-size candies broke me.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're learning, right? Not broken. Learning new things takes time and in this case, you have to persuade your body you can feel good on a different eating schedule. It's a perfectly reasonable, viable schedule, but your body may not see it that way at the beginning. I know mine didn't.

I am the mom of a college age daughter, and I have to admit that, mom like, I'm worried that you are not making enough space for nice meals that are social and tasty. We NoSers have only three meals, so those meals have to be satisfying, or I don't think this works so well. What do you think?
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really dinner is the only meal I can make extra space for and meet friends for. I appreciate the concern and I agree, but its just not gonna happen the way my schedule is, and when I go home, its unlikely to because of our finances and my parents eating schedules. I will keep that in mind so that I jump on the chance whenever I can, however- I will admit that I'm introverted and I get really uncomfortable being seen in general at my weight, much less being seen eating, so there probably is some level I could improve on that social aspect. I tend to forget that part.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive also done pretty bad the rest of the week since, which is why I havent been around. Hoping to recover on Monday
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you're having a rough time. I'm sorry.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. Im just ashamed my weights gotten as far as it is. I wish I could hide somewhere for a few months and focus on nothing but changing habits and losing the weight, but of course thats not how life works. Hopefully summer vacation will serve as the closest thing I can muster, but of course Monday Im making my renewed effort to get started, not waiting for summer vacation
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While a weight problem can be quite a visible thing, I am going to say here and now, that there are plenty of things one can do that DON'T show that would be significantly more deserving of shame than overeating.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I just wanted to stop by and offer my support. You CAN do this, and we're all here and understand how much you want to succeed and we're willing you on. I hope you stick around and continue posting.

There's a really great thread, in the 'sticky of stickies' I think it's called over on the general discussion board. I highly recommend reading it, it's called something like motivational phrases or catch phrases and it's awesome.

For my tuppence-worth (or two cents worth depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on) I would remind you that weight is not a moral issue and your weight problem does not make you a lesser person. Hold your head up high when you go out in the world because, yes, your weight is an issue but you know that you are taking steps to deal with it. That makes you strong, not weak
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks you guys! It's nice to have people acknowledge my feelings on that kind of thing. It helps a lot to feel not alone or stupid.

Today is a SUCCESS but I think with a bit too much calorie-filled tea (I had some form of it with every meal)

B- a blueberry muffin
L- a mozarella and tomato sandwich
D- chicken fingers and curly fries
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I messed up. I was doing great but my boss left a bag of jelly beans open on the desk facing me and I broke. At least it didnt result in a full binge like last time. I ate too many but I still feel icky for last week.

I was thinking of a 3 bite mod- for things others share with me. Like if I can take 3 bites or less and stop I can accept an offer
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done on not having a binge either on or following the jellybeans. There's a great line, possibly coined by Reinhard which goes something like this.
If you dented your bumper, you wouldn't go ahead and crash the car into a wall'
You dented the bumper but avoided crashing the car, that's great.

My suggestion would be to try to stick with vanilla No S. You might have some failures, like with the jelly beans but if you do then

Mark it and move on.

Come on here, 'fess up, tell us all about it and then put it behind you and try again next time. With practice you might surprise yourself with how often you can turn down shared treats, but with the mod you will automatically have those 3 bites every time, you're denying yourself the opportunity to practice saying no and get better at it.

I recommend looking at the phases of No S thread in the sticky of stickies, you'll see how actually you're doing fine, we've all been there.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! I am going to stick with Vanilla No S. It'll be hard but youre right, I have to learn to say no. Thank you for the encouragement (and the understanding on the jelly beans haha).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, surprisingly I actually returned!

I've graduated from University and am in a much different place mentally. I think I'm much readier to long-term commit to something like this now.

Unfortunately, with this new start, know that I haven't been on here since April 18 2017, and am even heavier than my starting weight from before.

This time I'm:
-Strictly Vanilla No S-ing it
-Keeping up a Tumblr for it
-But my starting weight is actually 350.8. ;.;

Long journey ahead of me. This time I'm trying to say goodbye to all the unhealthy diets (starving/binging) that I followed hoping to make this quicker for a decade of my life.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Losing the Diets. Congrats on your degree.

I have just finished reading your thread. I hope this time that you focus on changing your eating habits. Weight loss will follow if you are consistent and persistent. Having a look at your self talk may help in difficult food situations, as does rehearsing how you would like to act in advance. I have found this very effective in dealing with difficult situations, although in a different context.

Consistency, persistence and focusing on permanent changes to your eating habits rather than weight loss will see you through. All the best.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, focusing on consistency with Vanilla No S from the start is my goal this time. n.n Not setting weight goals and only weighing once a month. I really want to focus on feeling better and being healthier this time, rather than letting the number on the scale control me and push up my anxiety.

As y'all say, follow No S correctly and the weight should come off. Making it center stage is going to make me rush and freak myself out and binge.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 2:

Food content hasn't been great, but hasn't been sweets, and has stayed within the rules of No S!

I noticed one issue with talking down to myself about my weight that's gonna be difficult to overcome with slow-pace weight loss today- I noticed my brain jumps on the chance to be hard on myself for my weight when I do something normal, and something goes wrong/breaks/doesn't work right because of my weight. For example, when I get in my car, my left leg kinda falls off the side of the seat, attempting to sit as I naturally would. Often I trigger my chair to bend all the way back and I can't tell I'm the one doing it until I find the trigger with my hands. Or, oftentimes, I'll get in at what I think is a natural pace and force and my chair will make a cracking sound, and I've recently found my chair to be less responsive to my messing with the side buttons in the first place for that reason. So basically I'm breaking the driver's side seat in my car and it's obviously because of my size.

It's incredibly embarrassing and whereas a part of me knows all the anxiety and worry about how I look is a bit superficial and not worth dwelling on, my brain takes things like these (and people having a hard time getting around me in narrow paths, not being able to fit enough people in x space, crowded backseats that should easily fit three people, new clothes as gifts that are the size I was recently that don't fit) and is absolutely horrible to me about these. These kind of things can be big triggers for me to convince myself losing the weight fast comes before losing it healthily, and actually makes it easier for me to feel valid in trashing myself about how I look. And I'll crash diet and binge. Or sometimes I'll get depressed and anxious and I'll say "I'm ignoring it, not gonna start a useless diet this time" and binge anyway. It's a sad cycle.

Anyway my point is, if I'm gonna try to improve my relationship with my body as I go like I intended to, I feel like I need to deal with this self-bashing, even when these things go wrong that are clearly related to my weight. Cause obviously, I'm still gonna be big for a while.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heartbreaking to read how your self talk is sabotaging your efforts. But you already know fast plans don't work long term.

Hope we can support you on your journey and here's to a lighter freer 2019 for you

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww thank you <3

Day 3: Feeling really good at the end of each meal, which is nice!

Question- do y'all count Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as NWS days if they fall inside the week?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christmas and New Years Eve are just normal N days for me if they occur on weekdays.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See I know in the future I won't totally be able to use Christmas Eve as one because family has Christmas Eve Dinner/Celebration on Christmas Eve, but
I know taking the whole "if it'd get you out of work in an office job it's an S Day" Christmas Eve wouldn't count. In which case I guess I could reduce it to an S event? (Treat is as an N day until I arrive at family gathering and cease S Day treats after I leave)

More relatives sometimes like to be around for New Year's and would save the celebration for the night before but this year they'll be doing it over the weekend. My brain sees both of these Eves as valid holidays because that's how my family has always celebrated them but I don't think 4 days of S days for next week is really appropriate in this scenario.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your answer though! I will probably treat it as an N day this time as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting nos at Christmas isn't the easiest time but you seem to have come up with a sensible approach.

Remember it isn't a diet, more a way of life so it has to work for all occasions. It's possible to enjoy celebrations without feeling stuffed or deprived. Enjoy your family time Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, and congrats on your graduation. No small feat. Don't beat yourself up over trying to make special holidays like Christmas as an N day, but that call is yours. Try to find a small physical daily activity like shovelglove, yoga or walking that is sustainable. There's something a little magical about a regular activity that cranks up our metabolism. Hoping to see you posting regularly. Happy New Year.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the warm welcome you guys! I didn’t feel like posting over the weekend, being S Days and busy evenings independent of that. I came to kind of an in-between- New Years Eve itself isn’t an N Day but the last 6 hours of the day (New Years Eve Evening) are a part of New Years Celebration so, my N Day ends at 6. (Ie; this stops me from pigging out on Starbucks and snacks throughout the day, but allows me to have a treat for New Years Night.)

The day so far has gone well- I brought my tuna and crackers I’d bought a bunch of to stand for my lunches, had my eggs for breakfast, and have otherwise been downing diet soda. I do think I’ll have to give up diet soda pretty soon, but want to at least hit the 21 club, and be more adjusted at my new job first
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Diet soda can definitely have a place in our lives as needed. Smile
21 day club here you come!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 8
Eating dinner between typing- beef stew and a piece of cornbread.
n.n Really wasn't feeling well today. Instead of taking a real break from No S, as the child that is my brain was telling me to, I got Subway for lunch instead of the little package of tuna and crackers I stocked up on to have for lunches- that way I could make sure my lunch was filling so I'd be in a decent mood to return to the office, rather than gorging on sweets and making myself worse like I wanted to. The piece of cornbread wasn't exactly "on my plate" because I didn't grab a plate, I grabbed a bowl. I still count it as compliant, and I don't think it breaks the rules by anyone standards so bad I'd be kicked off the forum hehe. n.n
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your lunch strategy sounds like a win to me.
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lpearlmom



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It’s totally fine to do a little virtual plating for things like that and if I haven’t been kicked off yet, you certainly won’t be!

Hope you feel better soon!
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Ladybird! n.n

Ipearlmom- By virtual plating do you mean approximating the amount, or actually using some kind of virtual plate app? Surprised
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy S Days everyone! Having potatoes and ham for dinner with my Nana n.n
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We mean eyeballing it for virtual plating -- approximate. That's why it's not a good thing to do on a regular basis; we humans are masters of self-deception. Smile

Sounds like a yummy dinner -- happy S Days to you too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back! I don't know how I missed your thread the first time. (I started in fall of 2008 with short success and long failure until December of 2009. Been pretty steady since then. Still kind of addicted to the boards.)

You don't need to defend your eating choices and you are just getting going again. It is very likely what and how much are on your plates will be different in a year. This isn't like some 12-week plan where it's all set out. You are learning! You don't have to be planning now what you need to give up.

The holidays are over, so no more having to deal with them. But remember what we can choose two extra days a month for S's. (Called NWS days) You'll see that you can almost always keep to that. NYE was definitely a NWS day for me. And even if you fail one or two extra days in December, in the grand scheme of things- and the possibility of a LOT more overeating than that-, that would still be doing pretty darn good.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Welcome back! I don't know how I missed your thread the first time. (I started in fall of 2008 with short success and long failure until December of 2009. Been pretty steady since then. Still kind of addicted to the boards.)

You don't need to defend your eating choices and you are just getting going again. It is very likely what and how much are on your plates will be different in a year. This isn't like some 12-week plan where it's all set out. You are learning! You don't have to be planning now what you need to give up.

The holidays are over, so no more having to deal with them. But remember what we can choose two extra days a month for S's. (Called NWS days) You'll see that you can almost always keep to that. NYE was definitely a NWS day for me. And even if you fail one or two extra days in December, in the grand scheme of things- and the possibility of a LOT more overeating than that-, that would still be doing pretty darn good.


I didn't realize most people stuck to two NWS days a month! That will be a good frame of reference for the future though.

Thank you for the support and understanding, too! Everyone on these boards is so helpful so I see why you'd hang around, consistent or not.
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Losingthediets



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking about including Coke Zero in my S-es because I'm so anxious all the time I can't like, function.
But I'm afraid of the side effects making me useless at work, where I'm already new and struggling
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sorry you are feeling so anxious. Please be easy on yourself. No S shouldn't be a strain, so just do the parts you think you can without making yourself feel worse. Remember, something is better than nothing, and small amounts of progress are still worth having. All the best with your new job.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you are Ari's Check-in but your username is Losingthediets, yes? Sometimes I get mixed up and I'm not sure whose thread I'm commenting on, lol.

So are you saying that the diet coke is amping you up at work too much? Maybe you could switch to Sprite Zero? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

automatedeating wrote:
So you are Ari's Check-in but your username is Losingthediets, yes? Sometimes I get mixed up and I'm not sure whose thread I'm commenting on, lol.

So are you saying that the diet coke is amping you up at work too much? Maybe you could switch to Sprite Zero? Smile


Yes, I'm Ari! sorry it was confusing of me to make that screenname, I was just trying to be clever when I made it way back when I guess lol.

Honestly I'm just kinda dependent on Coke Zero and I know no matter when I get off of it, it's going to make me grouchy and give me withdrawals. And now is not a swell time for me to deal with withdrawals, considering I'm at a completely new job and three weeks in I'm still struggling with basically everything- my anxiety is getting in the way of me performing well with customers, and that's most of the job. Switching to a caffeineless alternative wont stop my brain from recognizing I'm caffeine less and demanding caffeine, yknow.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also I'm finally counting today as a failure, and starting my count fresh tomorrow. Weighing in tomorrow and everything.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don’t worry about the Coke for now. Just get eating the plates down. Plenty of time to make beverage adjustments later.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Don’t worry about the Coke for now. Just get eating the plates down. Plenty of time to make beverage adjustments later.


Thank you, you're right. I'm going to try to
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So this week was a struggle. I completely zoned on starting. Everything got very stressful very quickly come Monday, and not starting that day just kinda bled into the next. I also didn't get a fresh starting weight, which was kinda demoralizing at the time.

Anyway, those weren't supposed to be /good/ reasons to get off track, they're just the reasons it happened lol. What I think matters is I'm back, and I'm going to try and power through my stress and improve from here.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No time like the present! You can start today. I always like starting on S Days. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's okay. Do your best tomorrow to look ahead and make sure you have some plan for meals. You do NOT have to have diet meals. Often just knowing that you will have food waiting for you can boost your resistance to between-meal food cues. I don't mean you have to plan the week of meals. Just have the basics. Some entrees. some starches, some veggies. Or even some frozen foods. Of plan to get something out sometimes, if that's what you need.

I tend to cook big batches of simple foods and then assemble them and add commercial sauces or spice mixes at meal time. I can do it in about 15 minutes! And I like the foods, so I think about them and how good they'll taste if I wait. But I've also stopped for convenience foods, too.

If it seems too overwhelming, consider just getting one meal gap down. Like between lunch and dinner, or after dinner. Then build from there.

You don't have to go from zero to 60!
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