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AnnaBell



Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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Location: Midwest

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Non-Vanilla Newbee Reply with quote

Hello, fellow No-Sers! I wanted to introduce myself to all of you, especially those who found that a few tweaks to Vanilla is what worked best for them (LifeisBlessing, ladybird30, 3-0-7 girl and more I'm sure). I am a SAHM who has tried everything to lose the baby weight (well, my baby is a senior in high school truth be told, LOL).

I have found that a couple tweaks have really allowed me to feel this could be long term sustainable for me, and I am losing, although VERY slowly, only 4 pounds over two whole months, but that is better than gaining right? I have over 50 to lose.

Here are my "tweaks":

7 Days a week: 3 meals a day - I found by letting the rules loosen up too much on S days, I perma-snacked all weekend and felt icky and bloated by Monday. This way I am preventing the "all day graze" which has been my biggest reason for gaining weight to begin with. So No "S Days" for me on the weekends, however....

7 Days a week: Larger Lunch and anything I crave is allowed, PLUS a dessert and/or appetizer no more than 4 times a week with the meal. I don't have specific days I add the app or sweet, but I do keep tabs on NOT doing this every day. So I guess I allow up to 4 "S Events" per week...

And lastly and more importantly, to balance out the above indulgences:

7 Days a week: Breakfast & Supper - Small, Simple, Clean & Low Carb
I.E. Small serving of a good quality protein with veg and/or salad with non-sweet dressing, butter on veggies, etc. This helps me get between meals with less hunger, but I can't do just straight low carb (been there, failed that, but I don't deny it helps with appetite control).

So for me this seems to be the best of both worlds, following the 3 meal a day structure which I strongly believe in, but added the lower carb meals for B & D to help curb my ravenous appetite in between while allowing one meal a day of my choice to keep from feeling too restricted and throwing in the towel. Finding sustainable habits is key (Reinhard, you are a genius!), even if what is sustainable for me might not work for everyone, I still wanted to share.

Hope this helps someone who may be struggling with straight up Vanilla, although I see MANY of you have found that is the way to go and have had incredible losses!


Thanks for listening
Very Happy
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LifeisaBlessing



Joined: 02 Jun 2016
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi AnnaBell! Smile

Welcome to the NoS boards! Your "tweaks" sound perfect--I'm all about modifying to suit your own specific tastes and lifestyle, so whatever you have discovered that works for you and your goals--more power to you!!!! Very Happy
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osoniye



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you're really making it your own. That's great!
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Lilac Bell



Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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Location: uk

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anna Bell

I am newbie too and I have to tell you I am going to name your NoS tweaks; the AnnaBell way, and give it a shot. The reason is it is very close to my own name and I have always said I would love to find a personalised diet!

Like you I like the main ideas of the No S plan but having total freedom on S days I find myself slipping into too much snacking. I have lost quite a bit of weight recently on a reduced carb and calorie meal replacement diet. But when I got to my goal weight I found I couldn't keep it up and started to regain weight. Even though I have found it unsustainable long-term there were some things I found helpful about the MR plan. The reduced carbs definitely help my appetite and the very strict rules made it simple to make the right choices.

I like Reinhardt's explanation of why strictness makes dieting easier and how we should "Fence about the Law". But I also want a little bit of freedom to make my own choices and have some treats and fit in with my family and social things. So I think your version of No S may be the right balance for me.

The only changes I would make to your plan is that I might have the main meal at dinner or occasionally breakfast depending on what I am doing that day, and then the other two will be the small meals.

I know I could just make up my own mods but having someone else make the rules does give that extra authority to the rules and it's so funny about the name suiting me perfectly that I definitely have to try it.

So thanks for posting your method and I will let you know how I get on with it.
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oolala53



Joined: 06 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only time will tell, and I look forward to your long term success.
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AnnaBell



Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LifeisaBlessing, osoniye, oolala thanks for the support and encouragement!

Lilac Bell!! Don't give me too much credit just yet I am still in the early stages and have a long way to go but so glad you resonate with my post!

I think I will add that my favorite Reinhard reference is "speak softly and carry a big stick".
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And not a stick of butter.
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