Lizzy6 -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 Lizzy6 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:42 pm

I started a journal on Monday, but deleted it because I had second thoughts about this. Fear haunted me and I began to think that I couldn't do this. I thought it wouldn't work for me. I thought I needed something more restrictive to see results. This morning I argued with myself about all the times I have tried other things and couldn't stick with them.

I decided that I should give this a try before I say it doesn't work. So here I go again.

My goals:
1. Follow NO S
2. Walk 20 minutes per day
3. Turn off all electronic devices by 8:45 PM


I am currently 172.9 pounds at 5'1. :shock:
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Post by Merry » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:04 am

I hope you give it a good try. You can do this!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:10 am

Thanks Merry!

My first week was rocky for sure. I had 2 green days and 3 red days. I hope next week will be better.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:21 am

Week 2

I started it off strong with 3 green days. Thursday and Friday were difficult, so I had to put red squares on my Habit Calendar.

I three green days for walking and all green days for PM Luddite.

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Post by idontknow » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:09 pm

Well done - that's a good start and much better than not doing No S :D
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Post by MaggieMae » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:45 pm

Hey lizzy! Three green days in a row is great! I admire your ability to be a pm luddite. I think I would sleep better if I didn't check my phone right before trying to sleep. I think there's some scientific explanation about the light from the screen messes up our circadian rhythm. I need to work on that. Enjoy your s day!

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:42 pm

idontknow wrote:Well done - that's a good start and much better than not doing No S :D
Yes, I agree! I am amazed I made it three days in a row.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:46 pm

MaggieMae wrote:Hey lizzy! Three green days in a row is great! I admire your ability to be a pm luddite. I think I would sleep better if I didn't check my phone right before trying to sleep. I think there's some scientific explanation about the light from the screen messes up our circadian rhythm. I need to work on that. Enjoy your s day!
I have the cut off because I did read that the blue light disrupts our sleep and for me being on the internet is too stimulating. I do use my Kindle Fire to read a book because that is not overly stimulating, but it has blueshade feature that blocks the blue light. I wish I could make an earlier cutoff but sometimes it is necessary for me to do work related browsing at night (after the kiddos are in bed). But I make sure it is done before 8:45.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:52 pm

I am crawling back. :oops: I had a diet-head moment and backslid on No S. Today, I realized that I felt so much freedom with No S. Tomorrow starts a new day.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:10 pm

Today is Monday (a great day to start) the 20th (a nice even number). I am going to try to get into the 21-Day Club.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:15 am

Today was my first successful day this week. Finally!

1 down
20 to go

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Post by heliz » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:48 am

Nice work!
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Post by Bluebell » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:28 am

Hi Lizzy. I just wanted to pop into your thread to say welcome back to NoS! I have also been on many diets over the years, always hoping to find the magic cure and of course never doing so. NoS is my best option and it sounds like it is yours too. I find it helpful to ask myself what else would be sustainable for me in the long term (nothing!). Good luck :)

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:09 pm

Thanks heliz and Bluebell. Encouragement on this journey is needed often.

Sadly, I only had one successful day this past week, but someone suggested that maybe I should just add in an afternoon snack. I think I will have to do that, because it's by far the most difficult part of the day for me.

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Post by oolala53 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:57 pm

What's happening? If you are having trouble, let's do some "pre-diet" or "after slip-up" trouble shooting. Unless you have found something easier.
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Post by Lizzy6 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:39 am

Oolala, I didn't find anything better. I am still struggling to make this work. *sigh* ...still feeling like a failure. But I am going to try again tomorrow.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:25 am

I am renewing my mind again....*sigh * This time I think I will try logging my foods. I don't know if it will help, but I know some people swear by it. It seems kind of diet-like, but I will give it a go. What I will do is refrain from "health" labels and amounts such as 4 oz, organic, low-fat, etc. I want my mind to let go of attachments to those things as being healthier than others. I will just eat the things I like and that make my body feel good.

1. Vanilla No S
2. Walk 20 mins each day
3. No electronic devices after 9:00 PM

Here I go.

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Post by Larkspur » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:53 pm

Lizzy, did you try coffee with milk or (what I do) whole milk cocoa at four? I find it really helps getting me through until dinner. My uncomfortable times are 10:30-11 (bf is at 7) and sometimes around 4 pm, because I always ate at four when I got home from work. The after school time has been surprisingly better, but I still find it challenging in the morning. It's just an hour or so though.

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Post by oolala53 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:00 am

Yeah, when are the failures? What are you saying to yourself, even if only metaphorically?

For me, the failures are more about my motivation than anything. How much do I NOT enjoy it when I fail, I mean, physically? Why do I think this is my best bet? I never feel quite as good as when I'm sticking to it, and I don't think it's just because of the sense of control, although that's part of it. I'm ruined now. I would NOT enjoy going back to eating as much or as often as I used to.

Which doesn't mean I don't occasionally wish I could enjoy eating more and not feeling stuffed and cruddy.

What do you NOT like about your life when you're snacking, second-ing and eating sweets? What would you like to avoid by delaying S's until the weekend?

Maybe you DO like your life getting to eat on a whim, and you are asking too much of yourself. Maybe it's NOT worth it.

Allowing yourself to reflect on that may bring some clarity either way.
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Post by oolala53 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:40 am

Oops, I guess I inundated you with too many questions... :shock:

Team 2017 would love to hear from you, rain or shine.
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Post by Lizzy6 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:28 pm

It's been 2 years since I checked in. I gave up but want to try again. I didn't do any diet in my absence. I just ate and gained 30 pounds!!!! I think I am ready now. I have reached my breaking point. I look in the mirror and at pictures and I just can't believe I let myself get here. I really want to hate myself, but I know that will not help. I just have to change my habits so I can give my body a chance to do what it's supposed to do.


The habits I would like to work on are the same as they were 2 years ago.

Vanilla NoS
15 minutes daily exercise
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th)

I am not going to use the scale right now, because I want to focus on changing my habits. I will use my clothes as a guide for now.

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Post by automatedeating » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:28 pm

Hi Lizzy! Those goals sound really good for self-care. Nourishing for your body and your spirit.
Glad to see you on the boards again. :-) Happy September!
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Post by Soprano » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:35 am

Good luck! :)

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Post by gingerpie » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:54 pm

Hi,

Best of luck to you. Glad to see you back on the boards. 😊

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Post by Lizzy6 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:07 am

Thanks for the welcomes!!


Monday 9/2
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Tomorrow is a new day!!

Thursday 9/5
Vanilla NoS GREEN
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED
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Post by honey » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:02 am

Hi Lizzy,

I'm recently back to No S too.

Good luck with the new day today!

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:42 am

whew...what a week!
I didn't have too many green days, but I am still aiming for a full green week. Friday and Saturday are my weekend Sdays. I just love to unwind on Fridays after a long week. The hubs does bath duty for the kiddos and I can relax after I cook dinner.

Tomorrow is a new day.

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Post by Lizzy6 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:29 am

Sunday 9/8
Vanilla NoS GREEN
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN

Monday 9/9
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Tuesday 9/10
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Wednesday 9/11
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN

Thursday 9/12
Vanilla NoS GREEN (WooHoo!)
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN

Friday 9/13
Vanilla NoS SDAY
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Saturday 9/14
Vanilla NoS SDAY
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:27 am

Nice green day there!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:35 am

Sunday 9/15
Vanilla NoS GREEN
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Monday 9/16
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise RED
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN

Tuesday 9/17
Vanilla NoS GREEN
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) RED

Wednesday 9/18
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN

Thursday 9/19
Vanilla NoS RED
15 minutes daily exercise GREEN
No devices after 9:15 PM (Su-Th) GREEN??

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Post by oolala53 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:53 pm

I have been sporadic on the boards, but wanted to welcome you back. Warmest wishes to just keep going this time!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:25 pm

Thank you oolala!

I am trying to look at this as a journey and not a diet. I think that even if I can manage to stay the same weight until the end of the year, I will be happy. If I do not gain, I would think that I had at least gained some control over food, because I have definitely gained weight every year for the last five years.

I am going to add a modification starting this week. Between lunch and dinner is a hard time for me, because I have about 7+ hours in between. I am going to allow myself a small snack but I am going to put restrictions on it. I have been having a free for all, and that is because I have chosen things that I know I will over eat like nuts or chips or granola bars. So my pre-dinner options are: fruit, cheese, nut butter, or milk. I have to sit down and eat it without doing anything else. I do not tend to overeat these.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:07 am

Good luck with your mod this week!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:38 am

I have been super busy the past two weeks so I didn't post. Things should be back to normal now.

I have had a mixture of green and red days. We will see what this week has in store.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:53 am

I hope you have a calmer week filled with green!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:12 am

I have been so terrible about posting. My goal is to start checking in each day. It really helps.

Friday, Nov. 1 SDAY (for me)

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:00 pm

Hi Lizzy!
Happy S Days!
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Post by Lizzy6 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:30 am

Saturday 11/3 S Day
Sunday 11/4 Fail
Monday 11/5 Success

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Post by Lizzy6 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:29 pm

I have been reading a lot about carb restriction and "addiction" (if that is really a thing??) I have to admit that I do have symptoms of someone who doesn't process sugar and starch very well. I think that this week I will aim to reduce my carbohydrates a little. I am not talking about Keto.. I know that is popular right now. I mean slight adjustments.
Example:

Current Meal
cheeseburger (whole bun)
fries (medium)


Adjusted Meal
cheeseburger with half the bun (open face)
cut amount of fries by half
add a salad to make up for lack of volume

OR

Current
3/4 cup oatmeal with brown sugar

Adjusted Meal
1/2 c oatmeal
reduce amount of sugar or maybe use a substitute
add flax or something similar

I don't know. It may be a fluke. I would like to see how I feel though. Do any of you reduce carbs?

I know I keep tweaking things, but I am really trying to find the best method and types of food for me without having to "go on a diet". I hope I don't sound wishy-washy.

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Post by Soprano » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:28 pm

Not wishy washy at all. Sounds sensible, small adjustments are easier to stick with.

I think moderation is better for us sometimes than total changes. You might end up in a changed way of eating but take it slowly and see how you feel..

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:56 pm

Seems like very reasonable changes.
Yes, I reduce my carbs. I describe my diet as "moderate" carb. I only go as low as I need to in order to stay trim, feeling good, and to keep my blood pressure and blood sugar stable.
And yes, carbohydrate addiction is a "thing", although perhaps it's not really fair to call it that compared to something like heroine.
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