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Soprano



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:35 am    Post subject: Wish me luck Reply with quote

Just want to say hi and that I am commiting to starting this way of eating today Very Happy

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Dalia negra



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Soprano!

I wish you good luck and that you are comfortable doing No S Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! 🌺 good luck with the plan!
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Soprano



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both for the lovely welcome

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well first day didn't turn out too bad. Breakfast and lunch were fine. My son and his girlfriend came home for the weekend unfortunately we were going to be eating way past my normal time so I did have a small snack to see me through and as it is rare they make it home I had made a nice dessert of which I did have a piece.

I'm pleased, as of late I have snacked between breakfast and lunch and sometimes lunch and evening meal even when it was at a normal time.

One thing I have learnt over the years, one day not going quite to plan is no reason to give up on the next day Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said! When I began No S I was used to never being ANYWHERE without a snack in my bag, in case I got hungry. So I began by trying to reduce my snacks from three a day, to one a day. Within two weeks, I was going totally without snacks - it amazed me! 2-3yrs in now, and I never feel the need to carry 'emergency food' these days. Hunger is not an emergency (for me, anyway - I'm not diabetic, I don't take any medication etc).

Keep going. And enjoy your weekend days (snacks, sweets, seconds allowed).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite yesterday being a Saturday and family celebration I stuck to just. 3 meals and didn't feel deprived. I did however have a dessert.

Feeling positive Very Happy

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Soprano



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm this isn't going quite as well as I expected! I've ordered the book to try and fire my enthusiasm and to ensure I fully understand. I have been completing the habitcal too so am going to treat March as a training ground and hopefully hit the ground running in April Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi! Not sure what you mean by not going as well as expected. It sounded like you did well so far. There's no one way it needs to go. It depends so much on previous habits, social situation, and other influences and even your own body. The training ground might be longer than a month- or even a few months, It is not necessarily going to be easy to change the habits, say no to all the wretchedly excessive excuses to eat, including plain old hunger, eat the right amounts, etc.. but you have to do that to some degree on any diet. It's just dang easier than figuring out the calories in every dang mouthful and recording them, trying to find recipes for low carb, low fat, gluten free, high fat, vegan, keto, etc.( I guess you can tell what I was dead set against doing.) But those are always options. Smile

The book will help in explaining the logic of it all, backing up why it might be worth the effort. It touches only lightly on the obstacles and encourages pushing through and trying to keep a sense of humor about it all, realizing that our hunger is minor in comparison with what previous generations took for granted. Habitcal is a feature I think I should have been more serious about.

You can do this! Give it through April at least!
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Soprano



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

Thanks for your encouraging response oolala53 Very Happy

When I posted that I had just got on the scales and my weight had gone up, one week later I was 2lb lighter! I think possibly the increase may have been a fluctuation but these can become a reality so pleased it's headed back the right way.

I have been completing the habitcal, how do I upload that to a post?

I now have the book!

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nearly finished the book which I recommend everyone reads Very Happy

Had a great week since I went back to work after the Easter break, looking forward to the weekend and intend sticking as much as possible to my meals but enjoying a treat if I fancy it.

Jx
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Octavia



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Soprano,
I found it really tough at first! I think No S works like that - it’s incredibly hard to go without snacks at first, but it gets easier. Whereas with other diets, they start out sort of amusing, but turn into a nightmare. Don’t forget you can have calorific drinks to help you. I needed lots of juice, smoothies, milk, even hot chocolate* and luxury milk shakes to get me through in my early weeks! But they still count as ‘green’ and they do help re-educate your appetite.

* my spellcheck somehow turned this into ‘hot cod’. Glad I spotted this, or you might have been very confused....

The book is great! Stick with it! 💐
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Octavia



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS. I don’t know how to upload Habitcal into a post, I’m afraid - Maybe one of the long-term No Sers will be able to give advice.
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Soprano



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Octavia wrote:
Hi Soprano,


* my spellcheck somehow turned this into ‘hot cod’. Glad I spotted this, or you might have been very confused....



Just spotted what my spell checker did, but too late to edit "tongue" to "to the"

Thank you for your words of encouragement, I know this will work it's just about getting in the habit Smile

I've managed not to snack or fill up on calorific drinks, plenty of tea and water though. I avoided alcohol until last night and stuck to two glasses of red wine.

Out for a meal tonight but I intend being sensible and just enjoying the meal and drink without excess

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoy the meal! Smile
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen Habitcal in a post only rarely. I'm curious, too. Maybe you can browse and ask someone who has it.

Hope you had a nice meal.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meal was lovely thanks, we missed dessert as it was getting busy and noisy. Portions were not over large so I didn't feel I'd overeaten. I'm not good at leaving food on my plate but am working on it Very Happy

Hope you had a good weekend

Jx
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Soprano



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling really good Smile

I am absolutely convinced this way of eating will work and to date have lost 2.5lbs. I have achieved my first goal weight. They are small goals but I would rather this and know I can achieve them than look at a large loss that feels like I'll never get there, onwards to the next.

Anyone reading this unsure if it will work, I promise it will and it brings with it a sense of freedom. I have tried many diets over the years, granted I have lost but the weight goes on again. I stopped dieting some years ago and tried intuitive eating and maintained well for a while but changes in lifestyle and stress eating have caused me to gain weight over the last 3 years, albeit slowly and I just find I can't lose it with IE alone. Plus sometimes it's hard work deciding if I'm hungry etc etc........

So as I hit those menopausal years I am determined to halt the weight gain and lose that extra stone I'm carrying but in a sensible maintainable way

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're an encouragement! Keep going and I'm believing you will make this your lifestyle. 🌅
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beginagain wrote:
You're an encouragement! Keep going and I'm believing you will make this your lifestyle. 🌅


Thank you, I am hoping so Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anybody is struggling with this I can't recommend the use of the habitcal highly enough.

I'm actually coping quiet well with the NoS system but today I got home really hungry and had to walk the dog and wanted to wash my car before eating. I decided on a mod early on and that was no starvation thereby allowing for a small snack if I was desperately hungry and I mean fainting/gnawing hunger....

So I had a few nuts and walked the dog, I was still hungry as the nuts took the edge off but the walk was long. It was only the thought of not being able to mark today green that kept me on track. I actually don't think I would have jeopardised any weight loss by another snack but I didn't want to risk my commitment.

So if you haven't already, start a habitcal Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I ask what percentage of your weight was your first goal loss? tx
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Soprano



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting question, I hadn't thought of it in those terms. It's 1.9% Smile

I just wanted to see any number under 11stone

My next goal is 10 stone with a single number for lbs so 10st 9 or less Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked because so often people aren't willing to shoot for small amounts in steps when they really should because it's so much more realistic!. Also, when someone says, "I lost 2/5/10 lbs., it seems like it would make a difference about its significance if the person started at 150 lbs. or 250. That sounds contradictory and it is! Just my quirky voyeurism.

Also because for health reasons, losing even 5% has been shown to net the greatest gains. Obesity researchers are ecstatic when a person loses and maintains 10% because it actually happens so rarely. They are not expecting nearly anyone to get to a normal BMI, even though that is what so many hold over their own heads. Which makes me think it's much smarter to set modest goal weights in stages. Some researchers think it's even smart to stop and settle at certain weights and stabilize there for a few months before cutting food a little more. That often happens anyway and people get discouraged and go back to eating more.

Ok, I'm going on and on. Enjoy the process and get your greens before the weekend! Smile
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Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You make a lot of good valid points. I agree small incremental steps is the way (weigh Smile ) to go. The advice about maintaining along the way is good too.

I haven't an end weight in mind or a series of goals I'll decide each one as I go. But they won't ever be more than 4 or 5lbs.

I think it will be slow progress but the alternative is quick losses and regain which I really don't want to do.

I feel I have found a way to eat to lose slowly and maintain so I'm sticking with it Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been at the same weight for several months now. I don't feel discouraged. Why? I recognise that I am still overeating at meals some times, so I have further work to do in becoming truly moderate with my eating. A plateau at this weight is far preferable to past quick rebounds from overeating. And I am still optimistic that eventually I will lose some more of the weight that has settled around my middle.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If anybody is struggling with this I can't recommend the use of the habitcal highly enough


I agree - I am a sucker for a star chart and those green squares are very motivating! I love to log the exercise and calories burnt on my watch for the same reason. I have no idea how accurate it is, but meeting a goal every day is very motivating. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Especially a behavior goal, which you can pretty much make nearly every day, instead of the infernal scale, which is measuring something you have only about 30% control over, and even then, it's sketchy because you can't be sure you have all the right data!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wise words, end of the week got difficult as I jumped on the scales and haven't lost anything this week. I've been hungry before all my meals so was really expecting a loss. I know all the stuff about variations in weight blah blah but still really wanted to see a loss. It was the habitcal that stopped me overeating last night.

New day and the weekend and I am feeling more relaxed so will not be going silly but will have what I fancy Smile

Happy weekend all

Jx
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Courage Soprano! The same thing happened to me and the simple habit saved me from binge eating. I could not imagine eating without stopping until I was very uncomfortable and with abdominal pain. Simply, this is not for me now! But I also need to recognize that those moments in which the scale does not move are very frustrating ...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Smile

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