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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 Soprano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:48 am

I start a new job in the new year and have been spending a day a week at the new place. Today one of my new colleagues brought mince pies in for the office. I didn't really want one but it was such a nice gesture I didn't want to refuse.

It didn't derail me. I do think I'm over eating slightly at the moment though.

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Post by eschano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:15 pm

Congrats on the new job!
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Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:11 pm

esnchano wrote:Congrats on the new job!
Thank you

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:24 am

Sounds exciting, but change can be stressful!
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Post by Soprano » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:13 am

automatedeating wrote:Sounds exciting, but change can be stressful!
It certainly can :) but staying where I am was causing me stress and unhappiness. I've been working at the new place one day a week and whilst it has a lot more challenges the team are supportive and understand the issues.

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Post by oolala53 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:20 am

Congratulations on what sounds like a better atmosphere. Let’s hope the pies are a holiday thing.
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Post by Soprano » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:06 am

oolala53 wrote:Congratulations on what sounds like a better atmosphere. Let’s hope the pies are a holiday thing.
I think they were, if not I'll have to find a way to politely decline :)

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Post by Octavia » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:26 am

You were certainly right to have the mince pie, I think. It was a pie of importance! Bonding with a new colleague. I’m sure Reinhardt would have had the pie. :)

If they offer more pies....well you can cross that bridge when you come to it...
Just don’t do what I’ve been doing, with one very kind ‘feeder’ friend. She gives me chocolate biscuits and I hide them in my handbag, then forget about them. This is very bad when combined with my other habit, keeping a bottle of water with a loose lid in my handbag. A while ago I found my keys encrusted in a sort of pastry.
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Anyway, I’m delighted to hear about your new post, and wish you all the best! They are lucky to have you.

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Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:41 am

Thank you, sorry to hear about your handbag! Though it did make me smile :)

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Post by Soprano » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:44 am

It's been a stressful few weeks in the run up towards Christmas, I have served my notice period at work, had a family meal where my 21 year old nephew announced his girlfriend is pregnant, not planned and my sister turned on me over something and nothing.

Whilst I was in the wrong for which I immediately apologised, her reaction was way over the top and very upsetting when I consider all I did this year to support her through her second divorce. She was determined to have a fight over it. Hey ho we live and learn.

My eating has had little structure but I'm not too worried but I think I'll make an effort for a nos day today.

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:50 pm

Oh boy, I’m so sorry you’re having a stressful time. Sounds like your sister is trying to take out her frustrations on you. I hope she rethinks her reaction and appreciates all you e done for her. But if not make sure you take care of you.

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:44 pm

I know this is Soprano's thread, but the Octavia "pastry key" story had me laugh out loud!

Ugh about the sister stuff. It sounds like you, very wisely, understand that her reaction is all about her, really, and not about you.

My eating has been breaking records this week and I'm sort of stumbling my way back to structure myself today - here's to both of us finding moderation today and tomorrow.
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Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:43 am

Thanks for the support ladies, it is really appreciated

I didn't quite manage a full nos day but ate significantly less and I was hungry when I did eat.

I skipped breakfast as I wasn't hungry.

My son bought me lunch whilst we were shopping and as a treat included a cake without asking so I ate half out of politeness.

As dinner was going to be late the family had something to eat at 4 but again as I wasn't hungry I abstained. When we did eat it was buffet style and I was relaxed about the plate but no sweet stuff :)

Let's try again today


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Post by Octavia » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:45 pm

Sounds like you’ve had a good day, Soprano. I too have managed to be moderate today. It’s time, isn’t it? The N days call. And yet, we approach the weekend. A little challenge for us all. I’m hoping to do without sweets and snacks - for once I don’t need to release of the weekend. But we shall see.

Sorry to hear about your sister getting on to you like that. So upsetting.

Btw, I have a new handbag... :lol:

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Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Great news re the handbag, can't have too many. :)

I think I'll be happy if I can cut the snacking over the weekend!

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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:42 am

Happy New Nos year everyone and thanks for your support last year.

I'm not sure I'm entirely back in the Nos groove yet and haven't stepped on the scales, I'll save that joy for Friday!

I started my new job which I'm sure I will love but am feeling very stressed and overwhelmed by all that needs doing. This is affecting my sleep but hopefully things will settle down.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:06 pm

Hugs, Soprano. Starting a new job - sheesh - big life stressor.
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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:23 pm

automatedeating wrote:Hugs, Soprano. Starting a new job - sheesh - big life stressor.
Thank you auto :)

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:42 am

Happy New Year and new job, Soprano. What kind of work do you do?

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Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:08 am

Thanks oolala, I'm a finance manager in a hospice.

Yesterday was a typical S day, breakfast, piece of cake late afternoon and dinner which was 2 courses with a couple of chocs :)


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Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:35 am

I weighed today and from my lowest weight in November I've gained just under 2lbs. My scales weigh down to a 10th of a pound :)

I'm pleased with that as I did throw the nos rules out if the window for the latter half of December until after New year.

I ate more sweet stuff than normal but not in a binge like fashion. Most days were 2 or 3 meals of normal portions except Christmas dinner. But often 2 courses.

Back to normal now!

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Post by oolala53 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:34 am

Good going.
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:50 pm

And the holiday "weigh-in" is officially behind you - so happy for you to have pretty much maintained over the holidays.
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Post by DellaBea » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:33 pm

That that after holiday weigh in is very intimidating! Glad you got it over with!
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Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:55 am

Still not got back to full nos and last weekend was a bit ott with sweet things. Managed another week of no alcohol Mon to Thursday so pleased with that. Weight today had stayed the same. Another win all things considered.

Quite a lot of stress with new job but I'm really enjoying it and I am managing my yoga twice a week.

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:16 pm

Progress for sure. Thumbs up!
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:52 pm

That's great news about the alcohol free days AND the yoga! Wonderful!
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Post by Octavia » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:40 pm

Great to hear that you’re enjoying the new job! :)

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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:30 am

1/2 lb off this week which was pleasing. Two yoga sessions and just one alcohol slip, had a hot chocolate one night and slipped a baileys in it.....

I did have a couple of sweet things as part of my meals this week. Not fully in nos habits but all under control and moderate.

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:11 pm

Glad the job is going well and that youre still able to fit in some yoga time. Great job with the alcohol and 1/2 lb loss!
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Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:19 am

lpearlmom wrote:Glad the job is going well and that youre still able to fit in some yoga time. Great job with the alcohol and 1/2 lb loss!
Thanks Linda :)

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Post by Soprano » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:16 pm

I do seem to be struggling to get back fully to NOs. But today has been and will remain green
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Post by automatedeating » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:29 am

Boy do I know that feeling. We've had crazy snow here and I am so out of my routine!
It makes normal boundaries harder than normal.....ya know?
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Post by Soprano » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:31 am

Routine really helps, so yes I understand once it's upset things can change and new ones need establishing.. hope yours settles soon

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Post by Soprano » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:48 pm

4 days of green, it finally felt like something has slotted back into place. Scales are heading down again too, feeling happy :)

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:32 pm

Very good to hear!
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Post by lpearlmom » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:32 am

Yay!
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Post by Soprano » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:54 am

Since my last post on 22nd Feb I've not really been fully in the nos groove. I've decided on 4 nos days a week for now but no alcohol to be part of it. That way I can enjoy a pre dinner drink with snacks on a Friday. Actually I used to have a relaxed Friday most of last year anyway.

I stuck to it well this week and was rewarded with a small loss. Not yet back at my nos lowest but only 1.5lbs off it.

This weekend will be a challenge as we are away for a wedding on Monday.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:57 pm

I lost a couple more pounds when I firmly started sticking to my alcohol limits. I'm not sure if it was simply the extra calories of wine, or if, as I've read, alcohol can sort of make the metabolism a bit stickier, probably by making the liver a bit off its game.

Anyway, good for you.
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Post by liveitup » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:18 am

Good job Soprano!

I stopped drinking for a short time, and now I'm back to a drink here and there. It balanced out the entire lilikoi cake I ate pretty much myself over the course of our spring break vacation. :) I didn't gain overall, so it definitely helped. It's amazing how much it adds up.

Before the challenge, I'd have 1-2 drinks about 5 days a week. That's about a days worth of food in calories, so I'm happy I did it.

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Post by Soprano » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:51 am

Well done liveitup. You are right about the drink calories, they do add up and it slips down far too easily. :)

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Post by Soprano » Fri May 24, 2019 4:55 am

Still not in the nos groove, my weight went up a little for a few weeks but is going back down again.

I think work and now a house move are causing a bit of stress.

We go away in 4 weeks for a couple of weeks, I'm hoping I can relax and unwind if I can maintain until things settle down I'll be happy.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri May 24, 2019 2:41 pm

You are moving? That is a huge deal - exciting, stressful, busy, talk about no routine! And I know you've mentioned work has been a strain as well. We are here for you as you go through these weeks!

I hope that your upcoming vacation is entirely restful, peaceful, and surprised with bits of joy. :-)
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Post by Octavia » Fri May 24, 2019 8:17 pm

Sounds like you deserve a holiday! A house move is bound to cause stress. Hope you get some good rest and recuperation soon.

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Post by Soprano » Fri May 24, 2019 11:34 pm

Thanks guys your comments are appreciated

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Post by Soprano » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:36 pm

Having a fabulous holiday, we spent a week on the Keys and are now in Fort Lauderdale.

Happy 4th July to all in USA

We go home to the UK on Saturday

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:48 pm

Thanks Soprano! I am planning to win all the neighborhood party competitions (things like cornhole), primarily because I will be one of the only sober players. :lol:

Your vacation sounds heavenly, and I bet the ocean is amazing. But it's always nice to get home, too. Have you been able to unwind and/or relax on this trip?
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Post by Soprano » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:06 pm

Yes I've totally relaxed thank you. We've rented properties backing on to canals so the guys can fish. I've read books, chatted, shopped and sat looking at sunsets :)

Good luck in the competitions, you've done so well with not drinking.

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Post by sharon227 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:14 pm

Sounds like you're having a great holiday, enjoy!

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Post by Soprano » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:12 am

Whilst I'm here most days I haven't posted for a while. My weight is still up on my Nov nos low but is staying pretty consistent.

I finally bought a blood glucose monitor. Apart from a test reading mid afternoon when I bought it which was 5.1. I've been reading in the morning on waking. Interesting readings
Mon 5.9 but I did have dessert Sunday evening
Tues to Thurs consistent but slightly high 5.7
Today 5.9. tea last night was fish veg and mashed potatoes but as I was hungry at 9pm I had a small mug of hot chocolate!

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