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Elyssa



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:12 am    Post subject: Elyssa's Check-In (yes... I am a newbie) Reply with quote

Today is what I would consider my first "real" S Day. My N Days so far (there have been 4 of them) went unexpectedly well. On Thursday, I was offered cheese cake. I accepted and saved it for today.

Today, when I got up, I figured my new normal routine is best (1 plate). But I had something a bit different: I had a plate of boiled beans (frijoles de la olla) with some mayonnaise, turmeric powder, and black pepper.

When I got to work, in honor of "S Day," I had a piece of very dark chocolate with my black coffee (a snack).

For my lunch, I had a bowl of soup. That would have been my plate, but since it is an "S Day" I also ate some crabcake in a baked potato that my husband had left over. Then I had that cheesecake, and then I was stuffed.

Now pondering dinner. Maybe I will just have a snack (an "S"). Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds yummy! Glad you had a good first week Smile.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! Hope NoS works well for you, too- sounds like you are off to a great start!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Sonya.

I must say, it's going better than expected!!!
Have a wonderful day Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check-in Sunday (3rd plate):
Delicious big bowl of soup w/kale, mushrooms, chickpeas, other veggies
4 very big slices watermelon

Check-in Monday:

Plate #1 (in a mason jar, had to be portable!)[/b]
Oats & amaranth & chia seeds, boiled in H2O with unsweetened soymilk
(a normal breakfast for me anyway)

Plate #2
Piled up high from "Whole Foods" market a salad bar plate (really, a container -- but which is kind of like a very large plate, I think) with tofu, a boiled egg, raspberries, blueberries, and different prepared salads from there (I didn't eat the artichoke because it tasted strange)

Politely declined samples inside the store. Tonight, hoping to make Plate #3 a bowl of the soup from yesterday, w/a piece of multigrain baguette with butter.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your food looks yummy Elyssa. Congrats on a great start for both N days and S days, I hope you're feeling the freedom that a lot of us feel comes from following sane rules instead of crazy ones. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Skycat.

Best of all I did NOT feel the urge or need to binge on multigrain baguette with organic butter when purchasing both yesterday - because, hey, I could just leave some room on my plate. And just ate that one piece, with butter - and was mysteriously satisfied.

As said - don't know if it's the novelty or what, but do think I am off to a good start, hooray Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We never know if we're on a temporary or lifetime honeymoon, but the odds of it being a marriage worth keeping are very high. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All is well here.

I have a scale at home that I am friends with. It does not rule my life - it provides me with helpful info. So I am not unhappy with it, no matter what. My old-fashioned scale --which is what it is-- is starting to budge. Finally a downward trend, not drastic but encouraging. Clothes are looser, too.

My schedule tends to vary greatly, so regular mealtimes are quite impossible for me. However, I think of my daily meals as Plate #1, Plate #2, Plate #3.
I always have breakfast - a strong positive habit firmly entrenched through Weight Watchers. The spacing of my meals and the timing of my meals varies a lot, but I do generally have breakfast not long after I wake up (after I do my daily exercise, another helpful WW habit that has stuck).

Reinhard's book arrived today, so I very much will enjoy starting to read it. I think that's it for now!!!

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, have a great time reading! So many good nuggets in No-S that encourage us.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read that book oodles of times. On Spark, I used to copy a line from each page almost every day.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for stopping by, Merry and Oolala. Very Happy

Yes, the book is super cool. I thought I'd already read SO many things about diet and nutrition in recent years that the "No S Diet" book (written in 2008, at that) would probably NOT give me any truly new/unique insights. WRONG!

Some of the things that jumped out for me:
-- we are already a low carb nation (we Americans, that is)
-- why focus on "carbs" as a diet foe, when SUGAR is a real obvious "carb"
-- use sweets as an "incentive" to stick to program on N days (interesting!)
-- that Einstein quote at the beginning
-- use the tools you've got, simple stuff: a plate, my taste buds,...
-- "don't spoil your appetite" - gosh, that really DID take me back!!!

Ending my N day week well, yay! Tomorrow an S day.
BE WELL, Y'ALL Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember it saying we are a low-carb nation. With all our potatoes, bread, pizza, sweets? But I haven't memorized it all...yet.

I know Reinhard posted somewhere a link to an article that said the in the U. S. recently, it was found that sweet calories are now the majority of the calories eaten. This is unprecedented in human history.

We'll fight the good fight! And enjoy our savory food to boot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Oolala, for stopping by. Very Happy
I think he means we are a "low carb" nation in the sense that a comparatively lower percentage / proportion of our calories comes from carbs (as opposed to come other cultures) due to high levels of protein consumption (meat and all that).

So, it's been busy but I have tried to stay in touch here a bit with my new community.

Last Saturday, a week ago, I went all piggy-style hog wild with the snacks. (No offense to actual pigs!). While this was "allowed" I learned that I really do NOT enjoy my food as much when I have snacked. And I learned that I then keep eating and eating. I don't use the red/green/yellow system (although I am sure it works well for others). Well, it is not even a required part of the No-S Diet. I still track, sort of, in my WW tracker. I have modified that to my new "Plate 1, Plate 2, Plate 3" system.
I have tracked for so long - some weeks more than others - that it seems normal. I always like to see what I had the last few days. That way, I am not eating e.g. spinach three days in a row, or meat three days in a row, or whatever. (After all, I like to think of myself as a mostly-Vegetarian.) If I eat too much of one thing, then I am aware and can perhaps change things up. Wait, I am going off topic!

So after last Saturday, I figured that perhaps I broke the rule "don't be an idiot" for S Days. I really think it was all that snacking.
I structured again on Sunday and felt happier. It was still an "S" day with relaxed rules, especially as to sweet stuff, but it was three meals.

On Monday night I had extra food - seconds or snacks or whatever. I knew this was bound to happen, if for no other reason than Oolala warning me, wisely, that sooner or later my smooth ride would hit some bumps. I decided to just let it go. I figure that "perfect adherence" is an unattainable goal, but I will strive for it anyway.

I do like what Reinhard says in the book about "building a fence around" the No-S Diet to build strong habits.

On Thursday I surprised myself by eating 2 slices of pizza (this is all my plate would accommodate. And trust me, I tried) & NOT inhaling the rest of the box. I did have some space on my plate for salad. I don't think I have ever eaten two slices of pizza as slowly. And enjoyed them!

Last night (Friday) also went off the rails like on Monday night. Again - I decided not to overreact to this, but instead, life goes on and No-S goes on! Except it was an S Day today, ha! Well, I have not snacked. Really feel so much better. My "S" was coconut macaroons as a "dessert" to my breakfast. Good! I felt they were slightly too sweet. But I did enjoy them.

Also want to report that, at least this morning, my scale said I was down 7 lbs from when I started. HOORAY, SUCCESS!!! Like LifeIsABlessing, I also have a habit of weighing myself 2x per day. This works for me. I find it keeps me accountable to what I do. I don't let it upset me. I just take it as information. I have learned a lot about those weird fluctuations, so they don't surprise me. For example, every night I weigh exactly 5 lbs more than I do in the morning. (I like the A.M. number better, obviously!)

But that rather large fluctuation is normal for me. If I really overeat, I can even weigh 7-8 lbs more at night than the same morning. I guess it's about knowing my body.

Anyway... I am less than 3 weeks into this, and I find things are going very well. Hope everyone out there is doing well, too.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad it's going well!
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Elyssa



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:15 am    Post subject: Okay, overall, as things go Reply with quote

Thanks for stopping by, Merry. And thank you for always being so encouraging. Very Happy

Here, it's been a bit of a mixed bag. I've learned that it's easy to get rather sloppy with virtual plating... so much so it can turn a nifty tool into what's really...second helpings, ahem!

Then I had a very "red" day last night at the Whole Foods market. Don't know why, but it just seemed to me all of a sudden like it's going to be "impossible"(or so I thought) to avoid all of the ubiquitous SNACKING "input opportunities" (as Reinhard calls it). To prove it to myself, I went on something of a snack bender on the way home while my husband drove and occasionally gave me a quizzical look that said "oookkaayyy..." and which I pointedly ignored.

When I woke up this morning, after sleeping poorly from eating too much yesterday, I felt miserable. I mean physically ill. That really helped me to move on & get back to my three plates and no snacks today. Rolling Eyes
I suppose I'm one of those "slow learners."

Anyway. Back in the No-S horse saddle, no looking back. Today was much better and I let go of some thoughts making FALSE promises that night time snacking would be enjoyable. No, not true! Reminded myself of that for a while and the thought dissipated. Back to...relief!

~ Elyssa
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slow learner? After just a few weeks? If you don't do something similar 20+more times over the next year, I think you will be very unusual. Then again, it could be that a lot of people do actually get it quickly and just stop posting here, so I haven't seen them in my years here. But don't assume you have to be one of them to make this work for you. I still have days like that, but I'm also pretty much maintaining the lowest weight of my adult life. I would actually prefer to weigh a bit more and NOT have these days, but I haven't found the the magic balance point for that. All I know is life is STILL better than it was before I started.

The three major reasons most people never make permanent reductions to their eating is that their motivation is not actually powerful or clear enough (weight loss alone is RARELY powerful enough), they try something too drastic to start, or they give up when they make mistakes, thinking it means they are doing something terribly wrong or will never get it, when all it means is reason one or two or they just haven't practiced enough.

You are right on track. Back to the structure!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Oolala. Smile

Here, life has gone on... in a good way, overall. Not perfect. No. But I did pretty much get right back on the old No-S horse.

I'm pleased to report that I did NOT break the "don't be an idiot" rule on Saturday and Sunday. Hooray!!! That said, I work on Saturdays & did not plan my food very well this past Saturday. My mistake was that I let TOO MUCH time go by after my first plate -- which was not even a plate, but just a fancy coffee drink plus some dark chocolate.

Since becoming a "NO-S" eater, I am MUCH MORE comfortable now with longer spaces between meals, both physically and psychologically. I no longer fear going into "starvation mode" after not eating for 3 hours.

But this past Saturday, I inadvertently overdid it with JUST HOW LONG I went before consuming something caloric again. I got caught up with work and... before I knew it, about ten hours had gone by WITHOUT me consuming anything else except water. Nope, THAT was not a good thing. I was then literally too hungry to eat a normal portion, let alone eat slowly.

I paid more attention on Sunday & did okay. It was an S Day, so there was an extra helping of pizza. Nothing sweet called out to me yesterday.

In other news....

The plate thing is tricky for me sometimes on N Days. There is some "virtual plating" that happens, especially when my husband serves me. I also think he plays little mind games with me - cute games, but still.

Like today, when I sat down for lunch. DH put a big plate in front of me with three (3) sandwiches on it. I just laughed and said: "I don't care how many sandwiches fit on this plate, I am only eating one!" (I ended up eating one and a half & he ate the other one and a half). Then, on two separate side plates, he had served up cucumber slices with chili-lime powder + the other side plate held tomato slices with basil and some authentic "queso fresco" that came to us from the State of Chiapas.

I ate the cucumber slices, on the theory that many No-S members have reported eating side salads with just veggies/lettuce in addition to their plate. And as to the tomato slices with that authentic "queso fresco"... yeah, I had some of that as well. I guess I should have put my final selection down on the one plate (the one that was holding the 3 sandwiches) BEFORE digging in.

My husband definitely likes to test (my) boundaries. When he offered me blueberries after I was done eating my virtual plate, I said: "No... that would be seconds. Not today."

So, it's going although there seem to be days where I am eating more "meal-based" than "plate-based." But I think I am going in the right direction.

The most amazing change is that I am able to come home at night (or able to have dinner at home at night, as the case may be) and then NOT (!!!) snack, feel compelled to snack, binge, overeat, or otherwise engage in various forms of night-time eating.

For that reason alone, No-S rocks. AT LEAST FOR ME!
For those in the U.S., have a lovely Fourth of July (that would be an S day!)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I"m glad you have a sense of humor about your husband's antics. I hope turn about is fair play on something he's trying to change... Twisted Evil

Only SOME people eat their salad on separate plates, and some who do also leave space on their regular plate to do it.

It's great that longer gaps are becoming fine. In a year, even a 10-hour one once in awhile may not lead to overeating.

But I have to say in over 7 years, I have never forgotten to eat. I have sometimes been on a medication that made it seem logical to keep putting off a meal, but I always knew I was doing it!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Checking in, folks. Just so you know, I kind of fell off my No-S horse. Not blaming the horse, just me not using my muscles with enough determination to prevent this.
(Well, let me not waffle on again with my strange metaphors. Ahem.)

I overate like once, then wasn't hungry for the next meal. So then I overate at that next meal. Then I wasn't hungry for the next one after that, and then... it's just gotten a bit out of control. Definitely feeling much lower energy levels as a result. I feel so sluggish, yuck!!!

Today, I stopped eating at 4:30 PM, on the theory that I was just too full.
That was my third plate, and I finished it early.

Hopefully, by tomorrow morning, I can re-set myself back to normal.

No-S has DEFINITELY come to feel normal, that's the good news.
The bad news is how easily I let myself get stuck again in the bad pattern of eat, eat, eat, and never hungry. (And food not even tasting good!)

I shall persevere and hope to report good news again soon!!!

Yours truly, member of the No-S tribe,
Elyssa
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elyssa wrote:

No-S has DEFINITELY come to feel normal, that's the good news.
The bad news is how easily I let myself get stuck again in the bad pattern of eat, eat, eat, and never hungry. (And food not even tasting good!)


Isn't it weird how easy it is to slip back into that? I do that on S days sometimes and then think, "why am I doing this?" Doesn't happen much any more, but every once in awhile.

The good news is tomorrow is a new day and you can reset. Don't look back. Clean slate. Go for green!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to find someone this hasn't happened to. Got three days this week to get the momentum going again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Fellow Members of the No-S Tribe:
I am still around! Still a member of the tribe, although I went off on my own for a bit and was experimenting. Soon more! It's been crazy at work, too, so time has been short. I just want to reassure everyone that, yes, I am still around. I did not "ride off into the sunset" with my No-S horse, never to be heard from again, but I also did NOT despair and thus fall silent. Instead, I have been here, living and eating and thinking deep thoughts and tweaking things for myself. Details to follow, I promise!
~ Elyssa
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