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sharon227



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:42 pm    Post subject: Sharon's daily check-in Reply with quote

Hello! I'm brand spanking new, and the idea of checking in daily for the first few days makes a lot of sense! I started yesterday, a Friday, and it was tough because we were going to a friend's party last night. I stayed away from all the sweets and didn't snack until the party, but then did have some pre-dinner appetizers AND seconds at dinner. So even though we're not supposed to swap "S days," I think this will work best for me if I do my S days as 2 out of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

I'm succeeding so far today. No snacks, no sweets, and no seconds at breakfast or lunch. Going out for Chinese dinner tonight, one plate should be OK (in fact I'll probably have leftovers). I do also want to have some hot & sour soup along with my meal, so I'll try the "virtual plating" and imagine it taking up a portion of the plate.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you have got your head around this Smile

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:11 pm    Post subject: Day 2 Reply with quote

Thanks @Soprano and @Larkspur .

I've been reading the book, and I see now that I'm not supposed to be swapping S days because it adds complexity. However, I'm going to try just if I have an extraordinarily challenging Friday to swap that in advance, which hopefully won't take too much rational thought/effort.

Starting on a Friday probably wasn't the best choice, but here I am.

Since I used Friday as an S day, I swapped it for Saturday. Yesterday I had no snacks and no sweets. I didn't really use one my plate because I had hot & sour soup first and forgot to leave space on my dinner plate for it to do the virtual plating. Plus I took some spoon fulls for seconds out of habit -- then tried to move them to a part of the plate where no food had been. Not exactly how this works, but I'm reasonably satisfied with how it went. I need to give myself some time to get used to following the rules.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be patient with yourself, you'll have the odd slip up whilst you adapt, just don't let it throw you off the rails Smile

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Soprano. Wise advice. It's unreasonable to expect myself to be perfect. Irrational, really. And yet I will Smile

Check-in from Sunday: Yesterday was supposed to be my day to treat myself to frozen yogurt. But it was also graduation at the nearby state university, and my favorite frozen yogurt place is across the street from the college. Since I have zero patience for waiting on long lines (if I had to wait on line to eat junk food, I would Never. Eat. Junk. Food.), I didn't go. Instead, my snack was a big bowl of some of my favorite fruits. I sat down and paid attention to them, and enjoyed every delicious bite.

We went out to dinner with friends. I had a small salad plate from a buffet without worrying about leaving room for it on my main plate, then chicken with cole slaw and sweet potato fries. I LOVE sweet potato fries. I'm supposed to limit (not eliminate) fried things for health reasons, but that seemed reasonable. I didn't have BBQ ribs. I didn't have the corn bread. I didn't have wine with dinner. And I was fine with all of that, because at the time I didn't want any of those things. But it's my S day and I wanted sweet potato fries. So I had them.

I also ate about 3/4 of the chicken portion instead of my usual half. Aha moment: I realized that I often eat smaller dinners and then, when I'm home and would get hungry after dinner, I'd have a dessert or snack. But I would feel so virtuous when I took home fully half of my large restaurant portion! It is really eye-opening how snacking has allowed me to deceive myself about how much I've been eating. Eating what I need to eat at dinner and then not eating afterwards seems a much better idea.

This morning I had the urge to check the scale to see whether I was "punished" for having those sweet potato fries. How sad a way to live is that? It's good that I'm not looking. I need to break that relationship in my mind between "I enjoyed my meal" and "I'll be punished by the scale for being 'bad'."

(I really do hope I see something good in early June, though. . . .)

This is my first full week of N days (starting on a Friday made the first few days pretty easy). I'm a bit nervous about how the no snacking and no seconds will play out. Especially on days I want to go to the gym.

Yikes a rather long check-in. I'd consider yesterday a successful S day, even though I don't know what the scale says this morning!
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:59 am    Post subject: Disappointment Reply with quote

I know I'm not supposed to be obsessing about the scale, weighing daily, or expecting immediate rapid results. But I did want to weigh in with a baseline this month, preferably before the holiday weekend. So I figure Tues, Wed, Thurs would be a good time this week.

I can feel my pants getting tighter still, and the scale confirmed I'm up a bit. Unfortunately, I think one of the things I've learned so far is how to artfully pack a plate with food. And I'm fooling myself if I think that adding "anything" -- including calorie-dense foods -- onto my single plate each meal is going to work well.

Yesterday was in theory a success: I didn't snack, didn't take seconds (unless you count me picking at a couple of broccoli spears while they were cooking to test doneness, which I don't -- they would have fit on my plate), and didn't have sweets. And I took a 45-minute brisk walk.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday: SUCCESS. No snacks, no sweets, no seconds. I did pile a lot of food on my plate at dinner time Smile but to be fair, most of the piling was of salad and grapes for dessert.

Interestingly, more than half of my plate was taken up by the vegetables and fruit. That's the goal of good nutrition, and as Reinhard predicted, after considering what I wanted to be on that one plate, I "naturally" ended up making a good choice without purposefully splitting my plate up that way.

I'm in my "three consecutive days this month to weigh in." I am irrationally concerned with the number. Yesterday's number was somewhat depressing -- no, I didn't lose 3 lbs my first week yet like has happened with other diets. I didn't lose anything and might even be up a bit -- I didn't weigh myself at the start. I almost never weigh myself unless I'm trying to lose weight.

I was (allegedly) down 0.2 today and irrationally pleased (that would be almost 1.5 lbs a week if every day!)
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday and Thursday on plan.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday no sweets, no snacks. Went out to dinner and had several pieces of bread along with most of a plate of pasta, think I needed to consider that as having seconds.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject: Back on N days Reply with quote

Saturday - S day.
Sunday - S day.
Monday - S day Memorial Day and my birthday
Tuesday - ended up an S Day for my birthday because I had leftover cake for dessert. Two pieces. Fortunately, I put the rest of the cake in the freezer, if I want it on some other S day.

I feel a lot better when I'm eating healthy on N days than overindulging on S days.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Habit successes yesterday - no snacks, no sugar, no seconds. And I made healthy choices that I enjoyed and generally made me feel good: unsweetened yogurt and fresh fruit for breakfast, takeout salad from a local restaurant that was very tasty, takeout Chinese chicken with broccoli & brown rice for dinner. No home-cooked meals is not ideal, but there's only so much I can work on at a time!

I even walked for more than an hour yesterday (weather was beautiful).

I felt pretty hungry in the evening, though. Not sure if it was because of starches in the Chinese food or I didn't eat enough, or something else. For now I just sucked it up, but in the long run I'm going to need to figure out how to not be hungry at night if I'm going to be able to maintain this. Maybe my body just needs to adjust to no snacks. Hope so.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:45 pm    Post subject: Hunger Reply with quote

Really hungry again today between meals. Not sure what’s up with that. I’m going to try to add more fiber and fats to my lunch to see if that helps.

It was very difficult not to step on the scale today. I wanted validation that what I’m doing is “working.” That’s exactly what I shouldn’t be doing at this early stage, and I managed to stay off. But it was a struggle!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fat and fiber seemed to help. Had a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat baguette. Felt very strange to have that much bread and mayo while trying to lose weight. Actually, at all. Formerly "bad" foods. Or at least not "good" foods. But I wasn't hungry this afternoon for a change.

I'm finishing up week two. Still don't know if I've lost weight. I'm going to try to stick to weighing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday every other week. I just don't feel like being a slave to the scale anymore, seeking reward, fearing punishment. I'm going to try the No S way of focusing on my own habits.

Whatever the scale says, I'm feeling better.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you have found, healthy is not the same as low calorie or going hungry.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly, ladybird! There was nothing "unhealthy" about what I ate - the chicken salad mayo was canola-based. And my body felt good after eating, which it doesn't when I'm putting crap into it. Yet somehow I've been previously brainwashed that if I'm eating anything besides a salad with lean protein for lunch, that's not a "good" choice. What the heck??? I definitely need to readjust my relationship with food.

I went out to dinner with a friend last night, and ended up having a salad with grilled chicken strips on it because that's what I was in the mood for. With a glass of wine. I'd had a filling lunch and wanted a lighter dinner. It was very enjoyable. And I wasn't hungry last night. Interesting lesson. I've had that same salad with chicken for lunch and then was hungry in the afternoon.

I still have a lot to learn about how best to nourish my body.

I desperately want to go on the scale this morning to see whether That Number will "reward" me. But I really really want to break that habit. I agree with Reinhard on this. What good will come of it? If That Number doesn't show a big drop, I'll be disappointed, and that's going to affect my enthusiasm for building my new habits. And if That Number is down? Will I feel that maybe I can slack off a bit? And even if I don't, is that how I want to measure how I relate to what I choose to eat? So, I resist....
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thought about the scale, as I resist the temptation to just pop on and look right before I have a late breakfast: Seeking the reward of losing weight while eating properly becomes a problem for me when trying to maintain. Because the excitement of watching the number go down is over. Yes, maybe I should be just as excited at being able to maintain a good weight, but let's face it, that's just not as compelling. I'm not as enthused about maintenance after a couple of months as I am about watching my weight go down.

Don't. Get. On. That. Scale. ...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still waiting for a "normal" time without unusual, special things going on. Latest: I've got a medical procedure Monday, one that means no solid food tomorrow (Sunday) in preparation. In addition to getting cheated out of one of my two S days this weekend, I'm somewhat freaking out about the whole thing.

So, I've sort of overcompensated today. "I'm eating today for two days!" I'm just getting used to the idea of hunger between meals, and now I'm looking at being hungry for a day and a half.

Rational me understands this isn't really a big deal. Rational me knows that I am very fortunate I'm not in a situation where I'm hungry much longer than a day and a half. Rational me says I could look at this as a medically approved way to do a little system cleansing. But irrational me is not happy.

I had a rather full-plate lunch -- the other half of my whole-grain baguette from yesterday for a big sandwich, plus big pile of salad and cole slaw.

And then dinner out. I ate my entire veal dish, several pieces of bread, a glass of wine, PLUS half of a tiramisu dessert. And I'm snacking on banana pieces tonight before my solid-food shutdown in a few hours. Just as well I'm not going on the scale tomorrow. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: No Solid Food Day Reply with quote

It's my no solid food day before medical procedure tomorrow. And it is definitely time to get over myself. There are, sadly, many people in the world who face serious hunger, without knowing there's a defined end and good, healthy food waiting for them while they're hungry.

What I need to do is stop whining, count my blessings, and make a donation to an organization that fights real hunger.

And be thankful that I found No S (thanks to my wonderful doctor, who suggested it.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope your procedure goes smoothly and wishing you a speedy and full recovery Smile

Jx
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Soprano!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd cheer myself up before heading to the hospital this morning, and look at my weight. I was sure it would be down after a day of no solid foods. It's not. Perhaps all that liquid is accumulating.

No exercise today, eating will not be 3 one-plate meals today, basically this is a lost day in every respect. Hoping all goes OK, one more lost recovery day tomorrow, and then back on track.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with your procedure!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think of it as resting your gut Smile

Hope everything goes smoothly and well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jen and Larkspur! All fortunately went well, one more resting day and then back in business.

I did make the mistake of going on the scale this morning and I was up a pound and a half! Not amused, although I did have an IV yesterday so it could be fluid. Clearly I shouldn't have picked this Tues-Thurs as my twice-a-month weigh-in days since everything's kind of haywire.

Although I keep telling myself right now the important thing is to build healthy habits and a better relationship with food, I have to be honest: I am very disappointed that after 2 weeks on a plan, I'm not showing a weight loss. Even though I know that weight loss is supposed to be slow and perhaps nonexistent at the outset. Something else I need to work on.

My eating was wildly off yesterday. I had soda and crackers in the hospital and then lots more crackers when I came home. Trying to get my eating back to sound No S today. Visitor came by with some cake. Am debating whether I should have a slice ("I deserve it!") or freeze it for the weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a medical procedure you will have inflammation, which equals fluid, which equals weight (but not fat!).

Take heart. I bet it’s not as bad as it seems.

PS freeze the cake. That way you get to have your cake (in the freezer) and eat it (at the weekend) Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Merry! I did manage not to have the cake yesterday, your support helped!

I was back on track yesterday: no sweets, no seconds, no snacks. Will try to get back to moderate exercise today.

I tried to eat how I know is healthy yesterday, and I had a fair amount of hunger between meals. But I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to tough out some hunger for awhile. If I'm still having unpleasant hunger after a month of this, I will reassess, because that's not something I can live with forever. But it's hard to know yet whether I'm feeling hungry out of habit -- I was used to eating more before -- or because my body really needs more food. So I'll give it a month of habit-building and see.

I also need to be a little more health-conscious about what I eat on S days. It's just not realistic to expect that at this stage of my life I'll be able to lose weight without some additional limits. What works for Reinhard as a guy may not not work for me as a 50+ woman.

The bread I add to my plate still ought to be whole grain. Liquids I drink should not be calorie-dense fruit juice (which, minus fiber, is just not as healthy as the whole fruit.)

I told myself at the outset that I'd be happy if I lost a pound a month. So far, 2 weeks in, I'm up slightly. I'll see where I am in another 2 weeks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hungry a lot in the beginning, but after a few weeks, I was no longer hungry between meals. I bridged the gap by drinking milk or even occasionally a glass of unsweetened kefir, but I no longer seem to need it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's encouraging, Jen, thanks for telling me. Because I was RAVENOUS this afternoon. I made sure to eat a substantial lunch, but I was still REALLY hungry. I'm hoping it's just habit and this will subside in a few more weeks.

I came very close to having a handful of nuts! Instead I had a cup of clear vegetable broth (if that didn't count as solid food medically on Sunday, I figured it was fine Smile ) and a little apple juice.

Counting down until Saturday!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jenji wrote:
I was hungry a lot in the beginning, but after a few weeks, I was no longer hungry between meals. I bridged the gap by drinking milk or even occasionally a glass of unsweetened kefir, but I no longer seem to need it.



I subscribe.

At the beginning, I was very hungry between meals, but I would drink a glass of milk and hold it and I felt proud of it. Then, over time, I even felt heavy after eating and this feeling lasted until the next meal (without putting more food on my plate or more caloric food) and I no longer needed to drink anything between meals.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear from another voice of experience, Dalia! Thanks.

I can certainly tough this out for a few weeks, but I don't see it working long term/forever if I'm going to be this hungry all the time. I really would like to retrain my appetite if at all possible, though. Many people throughout the world seem to be able to live on three meals a day without problems, why shouldn't I be one of them?

Off I go to the gym to get some exercise in, which I believe will make me feel good even if it's not doing much for my weight loss. Nothing seems to be. I'm up about half a pound since I started (based on averaging 3 days this week vs two weeks ago). I know it's still early, but I was hoping to be on track to lose a pound a month, not gain a pound a month. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was even more hungry this afternoon. Really, genuinely hungry. Drank lots of fluids, still didn't help. So I didn't tough it out. I had a hard workout at the gym this morning - over an hour with both weights and running intervals. I had some roasted cashews late afternoon. I'm fine with that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, and I learned how important planning is to keep my eating on track. There wasn't food in the house for me to have a substantial lunch before we left (I'd been planning to go shopping lunchtime but unexpected plans meant I had no time), so when we arrived at our friends' place, I was snacking until dinner time. Not good.

So, Friday ended up as an unplanned S Day, along with the weekend.

The good news was that I didn't really have any sweets -- they were around, I had a small piece of cookie but otherwise wasn't all that interested. And sitting and eating pretzels in the car on Sunday wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be. "I can finally snack!" But chowing down junk food actually isn't all that great.

It was interesting going shopping Sunday evening. I realized I didn't need to go down the snack-food aisle. No need to buy crackers. No string cheese, either. With my extra food budget, I splurged on a loaf of artisan bread: whole grain, sourdough ... It made a nice sandwich today.

I love the NoS idea that I can just move on from my "failure" on Friday, instead of having to pay for it this week by cutting back my eating more. It's always so important not to let one slip-up turn into a week or month's worth. Not having to pay penance for my day off plan makes it easier to get back on track.

I was still hungry this afternoon back on my N day. Had a mix of apple juice and seltzer and that seemed to do the trick. I'm still trying to figure out how much food is enough but not too much at mealtime.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharon227 wrote:
Not having to pay penance for my day off plan makes it easier to get back on track.



That's worth remembering - good thought. I spent years trying to compensate for overindulgence, and that thinking is probably still lurking somewhere.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ladybird It feels like common sense to try to make healthier choices a day or two after indulging. But that's not the same thing as drastically cutting back on food intake, which is how it felt on Weight Watchers after I'd have a day with a lot of points.

I'm still discovering what a poor relationship I have with food. But it's nice to finally be taking some action to fix that!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went out for pizza with my husband and friends last night, planning on having 2 slices, some salad, a glass of wine, and no rolls.

Well, I had a very small piece of roll, which probably would have crammed onto the plate. But I'm counting that as a "failure" on no seconds, even though I'm pretty OK with it. What I didn't do is have 2 complete rolls, which was pretty common on other nights.

I also had a LOT of salad, but my own modification of NoS allows up to a mountain of salad as long as it's truly healthy -- no croutons, no bacon bits, no cheese (which is generally fine but has to be counted on my one plate), no slabs of creamy dressing.

Wondering what that might have done to my weight this morning, but stayed off the scale.

Incredibly, I wasn't too hungry between lunch and dinner either yesterday or today. Is it possible that I'm finally starting to train my appetite???
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sharon,
I saw your post about the scale, and I can't remember if I mentioned the Happy Scale app to you? I weigh myself on a regular scale, then I enter it daily into Happy Scale, and it calculates a moving average.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Jen, I'll have to take a look at Happy Scale.

Speaking of the scale, I went on this morning and the number was a bit better. Happy Scale without an app Very Happy

It clearly will take more time to deal with the "spare tire" around my middle, though.

I took a walk after dinner last night and then was hungry late in the evening. I don't know if those were related. My new way of dealing with that is to have some seltzer with a splash of apple juice. (I want to cut back on having straight fruit juice, since that's a rather large infusion of sugar, especially when not accompanied by food.) I was able to push through and get to sleep.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turns out I am still hungry between meals, but the bit of apple juice mixed with seltzer seems to be tiding me over. It feels decadent -- even cut with seltzer, it tastes sweet -- and there's no way I want to have more than a cup or so. Unlike, say, grabbing a handful of nuts. That can definitely lead to more nuts.

Knowing that's an option is making me feel a teeny bit less like I need to pile food on my plate at each meal in order to stave off between-meal hunger.

It really is kind of pathetic, "worrying" about not being able to eat between three healthy, full meals! I'm trying to follow Reinhard's advice and laugh at myself, as opposed to being mortified. Talk about First World Problems.

I'm definitely appreciating my food more now that it's not unlimited. Isn't that the way with most things? It's hard to fully appreciate things that you can have as much as you want of, any time at all.

I still remember my intro economics class at college, when the professor was demonstrating the law of diminishing returns. He had a student volunteer come up and keep eating donuts, describing the enjoyment from each one. The 4th or 5th wasn't nearly as pleasant as the first. (I doubt that a professor today would feel OK about stuffing a student with donuts until it became unpleasant....)

I had fruit and Greek yogurt for breakfast -- happily, a bit less than I've been having these first few weeks -- with some walnuts for extra protein. Healthy and tasty. Salad with half a tuna sandwich and a few grapes for lunch. Sounds like "diet food," but it didn't feel like it! Taking care to arrange my plate and savor my food makes a huge difference, especially when the only limit is plate size and my own choices. And not just grazing while standing up or eating out of a container.

I had a free personal trainer session at the gym today. I'm tired and sore. But hopefully getting my body in better shape!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinner out is a problem for me in trying to keep to the "one plate" rule. I had two very tiny pieces of bread and figured I'd leave room on my plate for them, but then my vegetables came in a side dish. I left over half my fries and tried to consider that space for the veggies, but basically I had too much food tonight. I'll count that as a failure on no seconds. I should have had the veggies instead of the fries and not in addition. Live and learn.

My weight was a little down this morning (yes, I looked yet again). I wonder if I felt free to overeat because I'd been succeeding. Even though I made mostly healthy choices: vegetarian burger on a roll, fries (had less than half of them), brussel sprouts, one glass of wine. I definitely ate too much. It's been awhile since I've had that feeling of being unpleasantly stuffed. I don't like it.

It was rather unhelpful how everyone at the table was pushing me to have dessert. I ended up taking 2 fractional teaspoons of my husband's, which I'm not counting as having sweets. I'm trying to pattern my new habits after traditional eating cultures like the French. While, like NoS, the French keep sweets as an occasional treat, I don't think they'd go crazy about having what's the equivalent of a small square of chocolate after dinner along with a cup of herbal tea.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a practical matter, I know that I can't go wild on S days and achieve my weight-loss and health goals. It was a tough Saturday, party at a rented hall with tons of appetizers followed by a buffet (WARNING!!!) dinner. I tried to keep to more healthy appetizers, but did load up on not one but two dinner plates, followed by a (small) plate of sweets for dessert.

I discovered that my stomach didn't feel great after eating too much not super-healthy food. And the sweets were very, very sweet. Pretty much all my European friends think American sweets are overly sweet -- when they want treats, they'll often go to European-style bakeries here -- and I'm starting to see why.

I sat and ate a bunch of crackers after dinner Sunday because I "could." I felt a little ridiculous.

I've been weighing myself more than I planned, but so far it doesn't seem to have derailed me. It sort of does help hold me accountable to make healthy choices and limit my portion size. On the other hand, I don't want my motivation with No S to be watching my weight go down. That's been a maintenance problem before -- once I don't have the positive reinforcement of losing weight, I lose interest.
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