Worth it 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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Post by worth it » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 pm

January 9, 2018

40 min walk
30 mins Pilates Reformer workout

19.5/5 (?)

Just want to say thank you to everyone for their support... I am going to need it.

Oh boy, I didn’t expect that maintenance would cause me so much drama. The past few days have felt a little like my wild S days when I was doing vanilla No S! The first day of “maintenance†was pretty wild- At dinner, I ate a lot more pizza than I normally would have, but I just chalked it up to perhaps being a little hungrier since I had worked out a lot that day. Basically, I didn’t really sweat it. However, the next day, when I ate a large lunch and then proceeded to eat an equally large dinner, to the point where I was consciously stuffed....and STILL shoved dessert my mouth, I had to wonder what was going on. Although there have been some weeks where I’ve had several crazy eating days, I don’t usually have more than one day in a row, and I’m wondering if it’s perhaps a subconscious “challenge†to announcing my going into maintenance mode.

Could I really be testing myself? Could it be that I still don’t trust myself around food even after using No S/fasting seemed to have built my confidence? Ironically, my out of control journey with intuitive eating 5 years ago was what led me to No S, because I read somewhere online that doing No S was sort of like intuitive eating “with training wheels on†(I could be quoting Oolala). Anyway, today I cut back on carbs Because I noticed that when I don’t eat as many carbs for my meals I tend to not be as hungry and/or more in control of my meals. But could I be lying to myself that I’m just trying to limit my calories and/or control my eating habits instead? How will I know that cutting back on things like sweets and carbs for the purpose of “moderation†is not just another attempt to diet or essentially control my eating? What’s the difference anyway? Sigh. This is going to be a lot harder than I thought. 😬

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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:05 pm

Hang in there! I’m not in maintenance right now but kind of saying I’m just doing 19/5 and wherever my body ends up is good. Well if I gain, I won’t be good but if I don’t lose I’m okay with that. It’s not that different than maintenance but somehow the different wording seems to help with my mindset.

It’s hard to figure out how much leeway you can give yourself now that you’re not trying to lose more weight. It seems like it’d be very freeing but somehow it didn’t end up feeling that way to me. Anyway, can you just keep fasting in a comfortable window and eat to satiety when you do eat?
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Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:25 am

I find this really interesting because I don't ever see me eating any differently in the future to how I do now I just assume my body will reach a good weight and maintain it with no change from me.

For me thats what the plan has been about. The only thing I might change is how often I weigh.

I know it's called nos diet but I just don't see it as a diet. It's about learning to eat in a moderate way for life.

I know you've been fasting which from what I've observed on fasting boards has two types of people those that use it to lose weight then stop and because they've treated it as a diet have the diet rebound and those that use it for health and never stop.

I think what I'm clumsily trying to say is to lose weight and keep it off you need permanent diet and mental changes.


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Post by oolala53 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 am

I’m not fond of goal weights. Yes, I do think it could be messing with you.


Unless you had drastically reduced your intake, it takes only a couple of hundred calories, if that, to keep a body from continuing to lose. That’s really just a few more bites at each meal. But so what if it takes a little time to find your range? And it probably won’t be the same amount of food every day.

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:56 pm

Just to piggy-back a bit on what Soprano said, I also was a bit confused when I read the post (and Linda's shared experience). I am still not sure why I don't quite relate, but I think it might be what Soprano said - that I consider my NoS (and my personal mods) to be my "way of eating". If I started gaining, I'd reevaluate. I doubt we ever can just do the same thing for ever - our metabolisms like to change on us.

But even though I'm sorry I don't relate to the issue, my gut feeling is the same as Linda's suggestion of just finding some eating window you like (and feel is happily sustainable), and doing that one as long as it is working for you. Switch it up if you start gaining.
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Post by worth it » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:23 pm

January 10, 2018

(Will be) 19/5
35 mins Pilates Reformer workout

Hi All,

Thanks for your feedback and thoughts.

Linda, thank you particularly for your suggestion- I think perhaps it was just my declaring that I was going into maintenance that just messed with my mind-who knows? Maybe it made me panic that I’d have nothing to obsess/over analyze about any longer? But I’m with you- I’ll just “do maintenance†without yelling it from the rooftops.

As mentioned in my previous posts, I’ll just continue to do 19/5 like I have been for the past year and try not to think too much about it. If I throw a couple of low carb days in there or overeat a couple of days here and there, I’ll try not to over-analyze that I’m trying to control my weight vs. simply trying to moderate my eating. Either way, I’m not willing to do anything different than 19/5- which has changed my health and life in so many ways. I’m sure my eating will eventually end up “balanced†within my eating window. So onwards!

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:44 am

I’m guessing maintenance feels different for us IFers because there’s so many different IF schedules to choose from whereas NoS is NoS maintenance or not. I like 19/5 though too. It’s short enough to get Appetite Correction but long enough to be relatively easy and, therefore, sustainable.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:20 pm

lpearlmom wrote:I’m guessing maintenance feels different for us IFers because there’s so many different IF schedules to choose from whereas NoS is NoS maintenance or not.
Bingo. I think you've hit on it. The very great number of choices can maybe be overwhelming.

And worth it - yes onwards!
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Post by worth it » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:35 pm

Hi All,

I hope everyone is doing well.

So, here I am after one year of Intermittent Fasting, and I’m still at it. This morning, I made the very difficult decision to weigh myself, and I’m not sure yet how I feel about it. According to my last weigh-in that I remember about a year ago, I am down about 26 lbs. While I honestly thought it would be more (I thought closer to 30 lbs.), I have to say that I still feel great. It’s amazing what IF has done for my life, especially with the addition of the regular exercise on the Pilates Reformer and walking. I feel healthy, strong, and confident, my back is healed and my body shape has changed significantly (down 2 sizes)...so much more than only a 26lb. loss...But at the same time, I think, I should really be lower, no? All that for only 26lbs? Ugh. The scale is just so triggering for me... I hope the decision to weigh doesn’t lead to behaviors that make me rebel.

I recently got out of a period of about a month or so, where I had felt like rebelling. During this time, I continued to do my 19/5 regimen most days, but really tried to focus on how great I felt and tried to put my wish of being smaller on the back burner. In fact, I’m trying to have my focus be on only two things this next year: eating more mindfully (and slower) and eating more non-processed food, whenever possible. This part has actually been pretty fun, as I’ve done a lot more cooking and enjoyed getting back to enjoyable sit-down dinners with my family most evenings.

As I write, I’m realizing that I will just continue on this journey and accept the outcome and myself for what it is. Strong, healthy and confident about 80% of the time is much better than only 5%, which is probably where I was before. I will use this wonderful habit I built over the past year, day by day, to propel me mentally and physically forward into this continuing decade as I turn 41 on Monday. While I have been experiencing a crossroads of sorts in my career, I do feel good about my physical and mental condition personally. The best feeling is to know I can rely on these positive habits and feelings to guide me through other areas of my life.

Here’s to my continuing confidence and success no matter what the numbers say. I’m also wishing that for everyone else on this forum. Peace and good health to all!

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L: will be: avocado and maybe eggs (depends on how hungry I am)
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Break from Pilates Reformer workout today (sore from too many days in a row)

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Post by Soprano » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:26 pm

Lovely to hear from you and wow you've done brilliant with your loss.

So pleased for you

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:01 am

Hi Worth It! Amazing weight loss you've achieved. I'm not sure whether you still feel you are overweight or not, but I'm sure if you were to compare blood pressure, blood glucose, and overall energy you are in a much better place health-wise than a year ago.

I turned 42 last October, and I really feel I'm in a new phase of life. For me, this decade feels like its about following my dreams - kind of like my 20's felt. My 30's were just nose to the grindstone, survival. The author of a Wrinkle in Time wrote of her 30's - "The Tired Years". I concur.

Anyway, like Soprano put it, lovely to see you here. I've missed you!
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Post by ladybird30 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:13 am

Congrats!!
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Post by Octavia » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:49 am

Hi Worth! Congratulations on your brilliant achievement. I think 26lb is a fantastic result! So great to hear from you. X

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Post by worth it » Mon May 13, 2019 4:17 pm

Monday, May 13, 2019

B: skipped
L: (will be) Grilled chicken; lemon garlic cauliflower rice (I’m obsessed with making all different kinds/flavors of cauliflower rice)
D: (will be) beef/lamb kebabs; homemade tzaziki sauce; mozzarella, cucumber and tomato salad; crusty bread
Dessert: frozen yogurt bar (Linda, if you’re seeing this, I’m obsessed too!); square of ghiardhelli chocolate

(At least) 19/5 hours

Exercise: 40 mins Pilates Reformer workout; maybe a short walk too?

Hi All,

I hope everyone is doing fantastic! I thought I would check in since I have been lurking on the boards for the past several days. It’s so great to hear from our boards’ consistent posters (thank you auto, Linda, and ooLola), as well as to hear from the newbies, and even folks like me, that just post once in a while.

I have just spent the past several months in a crazed work state and finally things have calmed down for me. I am really looking forward to the summer and some upcoming vacations, concerts, and, of course, the weather! It’s amazing what a sunny day can do for one’s mood. Hopefully this summer will be filled with a lot more sun than we’ve experienced during the spring so far.

Anyway, my fasting regimen is still going strong. I just can’t get over how great I feel. It took me over a year, but I’ve finally made some small adjustments to my meals by reducing processed foods and desserts, and I’ve been experiencing even more benefits in the way of energy levels as well as better sleep. I may have even lost some more weight, but as you may know, I don’t weigh myself (except for that one time after having completed IF for one year). I guess the best news is that I really feel like IF is something I can do for the rest of my life. Some days I eat two meals, some days I eat only one, but I’ve realized that eating is something to be enjoyed, but not to build my schedule around. Bottom line, eating is really just not that big of a deal to me anymore. And I think that last statement has been the greatest benefit of my IF journey. I realize it is not for everyone, but that’s the beauty of this board-We are all supportive of each other‘s journeys, no matter what they are, which is why I keep coming back here.

Here’s to a relaxing rest of spring to all, as we anticipate the coming summer! 🤗

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Post by automatedeating » Mon May 13, 2019 5:30 pm

Lovely to see you posting, worth it! :-)

You sound like you are at a true happy place, and I love that!
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