Joined: 31 Dec 2014 Posts: 171 Location: North Carolina
Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:47 pm Post subject: 2 plus years on No-S and need advice
Hi everyone. It's been a while since I have been on the boards. I have been doing No-S for a little over 2 years. I braved the scale today and weighed. A little background. I want to say that NO-S is my forever way of eating. It has brought sanity to my once eating disorder and compulsive diet head. That being said I have never lost weight but I have maintained for the last couple of years. That is a great thing, but I do want more. I want and need to lose. I am 5'3 and have stayed at 183 the last couple of years. Today I weighed because my clothes have felt tighter. I weighed 186. Not a huge gain, but a gain. I immediately felt that old panic if I have to lose weight and how can what am I going to do about it. I know diets won't work, but I need your advice on what to do. Can any of you suggest some things? Oolala, I need your input!!! We are around the same age. Maybe you have some suggestions to get the weight off? I don't do any exercise so I know that needs to happen. My S days remained pretty wild until a month or so ago. I now only eat an ice cream cone or one sweet on the weekend. Ugh, so frustrating. This has to work for me. I just can't go back to dieting. Thank you. _________________ Always learning.
First, congratulations on staying with No S for 2 years and maintaining your weight. I consider this a huge achievement.
I think that asking yourself if there is anytime during the week that you feel you are eating more food than you need, or consuming calories when you are not hungry may help. Depending on the answers you get, you may be able to change your eating and lose weight without dieting by identifying any excess (if it exists).
I have found accountability vital, so I report every week. It has made a big difference to my compliance with the No S rules. _________________ Three meals a day - not too little not too much, but just right
Joined: 06 Apr 2014 Posts: 879 Location: Pennsylvania, US
Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:26 am Post subject:
HI Lovedby2, It's nice to see you back. Honestly, I find it shocking how few calories I need in a day. In my case, I've has a slow but steady steam of reasons change my diet (blood work results showed sugar too high, then later cholesterol too high.) As a result of those dietary changes, the number of calories I was eating lowered naturally. I'm not sure I would have made the changes if I hadn't had an alternative motive but even with the change in diet my weight has stayed the same. I imagine that if I hadn't made changes it would have gone up despite the many, many areas of my eating habits that have improved. That being said, I know there are places throughout the day that I could painlessly, decrees the amount I'm eating. For example, I often leave the table just a bit overfull, in the evenings I could eliminate my wine completely (make it an "S") Things like that. I encourage you to make note during the day of places that you might be able to trim the amount you're eating. Maybe take a double helping of vegetable but 1/2 the amount of "starchy" food. Things like that.
Joined: 06 Mar 2017 Posts: 274 Location: Pennsylvania
Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:41 pm Post subject:
I have been on No S since March and have lost, let's see, about six pounds. So no dramatic weight loss here either (though like you I am sold on this lifestyle). Have you tried totting up calories for informational purposes? On the day I checked I had at least 2,000 calories, which for a 51 year old woman not working on a dock explains the slooooow movement on the scale.
Things that I think help me--
*weight training/whole body activity (also feels good when you're done)
*being firmer with myself about sweets and plating
I also do better when I pick filling foods, still working on identifying the best ones
Joined: 30 Jul 2012 Posts: 1589 Location: Australia
Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:22 am Post subject:
Nice to see you here and well done on 2 years of No S.
One thing I found a while back was that I was not arriving at meals (especially breakfast) with any hunger. So I slowly dialled my portions down until I found some simple defaults that mean I’m peckish about an hour before the next meal is due.
If you’re not active at all that’s a great place to start. Are you able to do a daily walk or something like that?
Joined: 31 Dec 2014 Posts: 171 Location: North Carolina
Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:40 pm Post subject: Good to be back
Thank you for the replies. I am going to take a good look at everything. Part of my new and sustained normality with food is not being consumed and focused on food. Maybe the answer for me is exercise. I'm stubborn about that and uh, lazy. I am going for Vanilla No S because to me that is where true freedom from a food disorder is. The food disorder for me is fed by focusing on food in any form, counting, measuring, etc. You guys know the drill. I went on the FB page but it seemed like it was too far from NO S for me and felt too much like dieting. That is just me. I love No S. Honestly, it feels divine inspired for those of us who have traveled far down the road of insanity in relation to food. Feeling inspired. 🙂 _________________ Always learning.
Hi Lovedby2, I'm about your age, and even shorter than you. When I needed to cut another 20 lbs, I began to weigh myself daily and use a 7-1/2" plate for lunch and dinner. Even a salad will go on it as a side dish, although sometimes I'll eat few grapes or 1/2 banana as an extra, if I haven't been eating enough fruit. For lunch, I would eat a half sandwich, a few chips and a small piece of fruit. When I'm in the mood for a whole sandwich, I'll skip the chips. Dinner is whatever I cook, and it could be calorie laden, but I still only have that small plate. This has been since Jan 1st of this year.
Weighing myself infrequently or even weekly did not work for me. At my height and age, there can be significant weight gain in a week. Maybe in a couple years, the habit will become strong enough to scale less, but knowing myself, I doubt it! The 20 lbs came off, but I'm still working on the S-days, so the weight-loss can be more stable.
I hope you find your answer. _________________ "Never go back for seconds. Get it all the first time." - Garfield
Joined: 06 Oct 2008 Posts: 8154 Location: San Diego, CA USA
Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:52 pm Post subject:
I just wrote you a long message. I'll say here that you should give it a few months of non-wild S days before allowing yourself to fret. Since you've been compliant for a couple of years, I'll wager you'll be safe implementing this through the upcoming season of even greater egregious exposure. If weighing yourself won't become a trigger for self-abasement and subsequent starving or abandoning the ship, try it. Just whatever you do, try to do it in the spirit of rational discovery, not panicked desperation. That has an abysmal track record, making it what I now often quote an old friend's estimation: unproductive suffering. I'm a queen at that at work, but I don't recommend it. _________________ Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 7 years & counting
Age 64 SBMI Jan/10-30.8 Jan/12-26.8 Mar/13-24.9 Dec/15 24.8 held steady +/- 8-lb. for two years Sept/17 22.8
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