April Challenge

No Snacks, no sweets, no seconds. Except on Days that start with S. Too simple for you? Simple is why it works. Look here for questions, introductions, support, success stories.

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oolala53
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April Challenge

Post by oolala53 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:29 pm

Month four (4) of 2018.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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butterfly1000
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Post by butterfly1000 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:06 pm

Erased everything.
Wish I could stick to it but I can't seem to do it :(
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Dalia negra
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Post by Dalia negra » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:47 pm

Let's go for it!


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oolala53
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Post by oolala53 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:27 pm

No Solitary Eating on S days unless at social event

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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

oolala53
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Post by oolala53 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:41 pm

update below
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

Marina
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Post by Marina » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:17 pm

I'm in!

I'll be tracking No-S as well as 6k steps a day. I'll be increasing the amount of steps every week by 500 if i have a whole green week.

No-S:
:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :D
:oops: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :D :D
:oops: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :D :D
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:oops: :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen:

7k steps
:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen:

9- Upped my steps goal to 6.5k steps
23 - New steps goal: 7k a day.
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Post by Soprano » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:39 am

Had a great first week, good luck everyone, enjoy your weekend :)

Jx
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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Post by AlphaBeta » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:59 pm

Late to the party! But I have been slipping of late! Seems like every 2 or 3 days, I am craving - and caving in - and wanting to eat everything in sight. (Especially sweet treats such as chocolates and cake!) Did No S sucessfully around 5 yrs ago, in fact I eventually got to the stage where I only ate 3 times a day every day, No S's at all! Lost most of my weight this way. Over the past year or two, have gained more than a few lbs due to redisovering my sweet tooth and not avoiding the WTH effect!! My goal as my signature says is to try to break this habit and I hope by allowing myself S Days or S Events on S Days, I can get back on track.

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :D :D
:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::oops::mrgreen: :D :D
:mrgreen::mrgreen::oops::mrgreen::oops: :D :D
:oops::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: :D :D
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No S Returnee: 4/13/18
CW: 135 lbs
Goal: Lose 5-10 lbs but more importantly, to feel at peace with food for the rest of my life

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:19 am

Welcome back, AB! A little curious about the green filled in for the whole month. Maybe it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy? I'd like that.

Even after all this time, I find that my desires vary over the course of weeks. I don't know why some people get into a groove and stay there: biologically, there's actually more reason for ease and resistance cycles to exist. But it's the interpretation of the resistance that I suspect makes a big difference, that is, if someone believes it should get and stay easy, it's going to be harder to take resistance in stride. If it's just considered part of the pattern, and not some personal failure, nor an excruciating burden that will always have to be borne, it's easier to minimize the "work" and maximize the benefit.

Update below
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Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

HeatherG
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Post by HeatherG » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:50 am

Can I join in for the rest of April - a few weeks away.
I wish I understood my waxing and waning determination more! It is high just now - so here goes! Well done to others for maintaining motivation in March - March went sideways for me. Wishing your strength in the small things.

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Post by elegantportions » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:30 pm

Update below.
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EP
5'5" Female Age 62
Dec 2018 Year 5 BMI = 25.8

oolala53
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Post by oolala53 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:14 am

EP, I don’t know what your S days have been like, but I see 70% compliance on N days. And you still have two weeks to raise the percentage. I hope you have lots of nights where your head hits the pillow after your having marked a green.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

AlphaBeta
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Post by AlphaBeta » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:43 pm

LOL! Love the analogy, Oolala! I had a bit of trouble re-creating the calendar, particularly the icons, so I just cut n paste as much as I could, intending to edit later. However, I kinda like the idea of having all greens in advance, maybe it will help me stick with the plan better...??
No S Returnee: 4/13/18
CW: 135 lbs
Goal: Lose 5-10 lbs but more importantly, to feel at peace with food for the rest of my life

oolala53
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Post by oolala53 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:29 am

update below
Last edited by oolala53 on Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:34 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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Post by milliem » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:14 am

A bit of a NoS break due to a stressful life situation (basically a few weeks of fails and S days!) but back on it this week, determined to start eating sensibly again!

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Going to log fails and 'funny stuff' in this challenge thread:

18/4 - two scoops of vanilla light ice cream and a chocolate bar after dinner

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Post by elegantportions » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:23 pm

8) :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: 8)
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April is being a real struggle:
04/02 Continued Easter-size portions of everything, 2d deviled egg.
04/06 2d burrito
04/12 succumbed to dessert at a dinner meeting
04/17 UGH! Too much pizza & then bread sticks instead of carrot sticks
04/24 Legitimate S-Day, oldest son's 30th birthday. Almost got away with just a slice of birthday cake but then kept eating other Ss as well. :roll:
Glad to have this month finally over.
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EP
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Dec 2018 Year 5 BMI = 25.8

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Post by elegantportions » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:29 pm

Oolala,
Thank you very much for the encouragement!
S Days have been so-so, not too bad.
Last Thursday & Friday felt much better, so here's hoping the SLOG is over for now...
I am definitely finding that drinking water to get me over the hump or getting more sleep helps a ton.
EP
5'5" Female Age 62
Dec 2018 Year 5 BMI = 25.8

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Post by oolala53 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:32 pm

No S's on S days unless at social event/ in public

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :)
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: :) :)
:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :) :)
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A crazy jag started last Friday when between breakfast and lunch, I ate free popcorn made by the Spec Ed students in my charge at my sub job. I don't like thinking that I may have set myself up by being too strict in the weeks before. I wasn't intending to be and if felt rather natural. I've relaxed my standards from Vanilla in my own mind for a few days, just glad not to be buying copious sweets after work. I've got to be mindful of where the urges are coming from. Just have to go through withdrawal again.

EXERCISE

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen: :oops:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen::mrgreen: :oops::mrgreen:
:mrgreen: 25 26 27 28 29 30 :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
Age 65
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
Jan/12-26.8
Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.

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