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carlaD



Joined: 23 Apr 2017
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:02 pm    Post subject: Ready to make changes Reply with quote

Hello
There is so much diet information on the web and in the library!!!! It seems like everyone has an opinion about what is healthy and what is not. It is hard to choose what to believe. This diet is almost like a breath of fresh air because you don't really have to believe anything. You just have to stop eating so much. I don't know that not snacking or having sweets everyday will be easy, but it makes sense. I haven't been overweight all my life ...maybe the last 10 years or so. (I am 40). I definitely don't look or feel my best and I really want to make some changes...without changing my entire life.

What are the biggest struggles for you?
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Merry



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, Carla!

No-S really is a breath of fresh air! If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend it. It helps me keep going when I'm tempted to change course. I've been doing No-S for over a year, so most of the time I don't have something that daily tempts me to go off-plan--for the most part, I feel No-S has given me a sense of self-control that I didn't have before. My S-days still don't look that controlled though. Maybe someday they will! Sometimes I long for a faster way to lose weight, but I didn't put this weight on overnight and won't take it off overnight. When I struggle with that, I try to remember that No-S has given me so many tools for maintenance (because I've done the yo-yo diet too many times in the past).
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one is promising that this or any eating behavior change will be easy. Changing habits isn't usually easy. But it's a lot easier than living on a calorie-controlled or elimination diet for most people.

But you can't know if it will be an improvement if you don't give it a good faith effort for a few months at least.

I can say with confidence that this is probably your best bet. You sound like you've never been on a diet. You are so lucky! Surrender to this and save yourself a lot of heartache, not to mention the regain of even more weight within two years that is so common among dieters.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Dieting-Does-Not-Work-UCLA-Researchers-7832
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 8 years & counting
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SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Dec/17 23.8

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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Larkspur



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biggest struggles-- Hmm.

1. Making it between meals was VERY hard at first. It's easier now but not easy. Schedules are hard to control-- I've gone 7 hours between meals, which is not my natural bent, I assure you!

2. The fact that it's a gradual trimming of calories versus a dramatic reduction. This is good, I think-- you're eating the way you mean to go on-- as in, this is kind of maintenance eating and you're going to (hopefully) do it always just the way you're doing it now. But the downside of that is that if you are sedentary by choice or necessity, or if you go too long between meals and eat a big rich plate of food, you're going to lose at a snail pace. And if you get discouraged by that you might quit. Or even if you don't quit, you could fail to lose weight because you're fudging too often. That's what I'm worried about-- the latter. I've lost just under a pound a week so far. I'm 50 and kind of not super worried about my hotness factor at this point, so I'm not in a hurry, but I can see me sliding off without really meaning to. Let's hope not!
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noni



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larkspur wrote:
I've lost just under a pound a week so far. I'm 50 and kind of not super worried about my hotness factor at this point, so I'm not in a hurry, but I can see me sliding off without really meaning to. Let's hope not!


Lol, Larkspur! I looked at my bulging belly this morning, and thought, "Who cares...it's almost cute." Well, almost, almost.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, my biggest struggles before No S were bingeing on mostly sweets, and giving up when it wasn't easy, thinking I should never have a desire to eat when it wasn't a good idea to eat, or that I was going to become an intuitive eater. Or that one slip meant I was a total failure. Getting over the thinking problems was essential to sticking with the plan.
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 8 years & counting
Age 64
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Dec/17 23.8

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having reasons to eating moderately even without weight loss is also extremely useful to stick with the plan during plateaus. Not losing regularly or fast is more of a reason to calmly adjust plates than throw in the towel.
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 8 years & counting
Age 64
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Dec/17 23.8

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.
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MaggieMae



Joined: 01 Nov 2015
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Location: Ohio, USA

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

noni wrote:
Larkspur wrote:
I've lost just under a pound a week so far. I'm 50 and kind of not super worried about my hotness factor at this point, so I'm not in a hurry, but I can see me sliding off without really meaning to. Let's hope not!


Lol, Larkspur! I looked at my bulging belly this morning, and thought, "Who cares...it's almost cute." Well, almost, almost.


You guys are cracking me up!!! Laughing

My biggest struggle with No S is definitley going all through the week without sweets. I LOVE my sweets!
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carlaD



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Having reasons to eating moderately even without weight loss is also extremely useful to stick with the plan during plateaus. Not losing regularly or fast is more of a reason to calmly adjust plates than throw in the towel.


Very wise words. I must remember them as I journey into the land of No S
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