Everyday Systems
Home * Discussion Home
No S Diet * Shovelglove * Urban Ranger
HabitCal
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterJoin! It's free and easy. 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Confessions of an Eatosaurus

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Everyday Systems Forum Index -> Daily Check In
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject: Confessions of an Eatosaurus Reply with quote

1st of June, first green N day. Starting weight 71.7kg, height 5'4"

I'm planning on using this not only as a daily check in, but also a blog type arrangement to note my thoughts. I've decided to start on a mostly vanilla No S plan but with a few intelligent dietary defaults already set in. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to eat gluten free due to coeliac disease and I have to get ungodly amounts of calcium due to a parathyroid issue. These external impositions often make me feel like I have little agency over my own food choices and has led to issues with compulsive eating, for which I saw a professional for briefly with not much improvement. So No S is chance for me to switch off from food.

I have previously said I'm going to stick to No S but I've been putting so much pressure on myself with deadlines to lose X amount of weight by a certain date that I've panicked and swapped onto some other plan with precisely zero luck. So here is my way of eating, which I'd like to stick with until at least my birthday in October to give it a fair trial. Vanilla No S with some provisos (I know it's not recommended to prematurely optimise but these are decisions I've been reaching over the past few weeks of experimentation and observation).

Typically I don't eat breakfast, especially on weekdays. However, on weekends I find that I often wake up thinking about food already (moreso after a long lie in) so a breakfast is in order. Lunches during the week will usually be a cheese and crackers arrangement followed by a yogurt. One concession I may need to make is a banana or something prior to pole dancing classes. This isn't so much that I'm excessively hungry, more that i can feel a little weakened due to the times involved (lunch at 1-2pm, strenuous dancing at 7-8pm and not then eating until closer to 9pm) and by the time I'm done I can reach a decision fatigued and hungry state that doesn't bode well for smart decisions around food. However, I feel that the volume of food if virtual plated would be one decent plate i.e. lunch components a little spread out. Equally, the banana could be my "third meal" since there's no breakfast involved on a weekday.

I'm in the process of compiling a list of things I can rely on for dinners to help when I'm decision fatigued and approaching a trigger situation. I'm also writing down those triggers, be it foods (avocados on corn crackers are my kryptonite) or situations (like being tired, or second guessing what I want to eat). While I'm not actively calorie counting, I've given these a once over so I know that the generous portion I see on my plate is in fact a sensible amount given that I am a short female who isn't excessively overweight but looking to drop some of it. The daily calorie counting thing isn't for me and I'm not going to weigh and measure everything, it wouldn't fit with my lifestyle anyway. I'm just making sure I've got those intelligent dietary defaults in place.

So that was my plan of action. As for my first accountable day, well I ordered takeaway but despite filling my plate, I ate maybe half of it and the rest is in the bin. I wasn't necessarily "full" like the fit to burst feeling, but I'd had enough of the food and eating the rest of the plate to prove a point seemed stupid. I have noticed that I'm often thirsty rather than hungry, or just chronically fatigued.

This has turned into an epic first check in post! But it will be interesting to see what else I discover about myself along the way. Onwards and upwards (hopefully not in weight!)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ladybird30



Joined: 07 May 2017
Posts: 245

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lady B - I too have food restrictions due to health issues, and I can understand feelings of rebellion and resentment that can go along with this. None the less, it is still possible to establish habits of 3 meals a day with no seconds and treats only on S days. Good luck, Ladybird.
_________________
Three meals a day - not too little not too much, but just right
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First S day success.

Had perhaps a little too much at lunch which meant I wasn't really ready for my dinner but had to eat due to heading out to work this evening. Saving myself an S day treat for when I'm home at 4am.

Feeling good today!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
TexArk



Joined: 27 Dec 2008
Posts: 719
Location: Foothills of the Ozarks

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been at this for a long time and want to offer my encouragement and am cheering for you. The weight will gradually drop off as the habits get into place. I, too, have diet restrictions due to an autoimmune disease which developed after age 70! Thought I had escaped all those. At times I have to be on prednisone and it really increases appetite, but so far NoS has kept everything in check.

There are some folks who jump right in and are able to be in perfect compliance the first 21 days and then they disappear. I think the all or nothing people have trouble with this way of eating. They are used to being on diets and look at weight and size goals and dates to get there. What this is all about is retraining our brains and getting old habits to fade and training new ones. That takes time and patience but it is so worth it. It is so nice to get all that "diet chatter" out of our heads! It truly is for life even when other stuff gets in our life. We don't have to wait until this or that crisis is over to start our "diet." Also, maintaining is the time most dieters have problems. We tend to think if this weight would just disappear I would be so happy and could keep it there, but we know better. The statistics are discouraging for those able to maintain a longterm loss from dieting. I am at a maintaining spot, and actually life doesn't change. We are not coming off a diet when we begin maintaining. Still one enjoyable plate at a time, baby!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ladybird, TexArk, thank you both! It's nice to know the system works even for those of us with other dietary restrictions and that I have the support of yourselves and the rest of the forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
lpearlmom



Joined: 02 Aug 2013
Posts: 3583
Location: Arizona

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Lady B! I really enjoyed ypur first check in. NoS has been amazing for me in getting my emotional eating under control and I’ve lost a good amount of weight on it with some tweaking. I also love the support and encouragement from the people in this group. I tend to use my check in as a diary so do feel free to write as much as you want. It’s your thread!

Sounds like you’re off to a good start. Great job!

Linda
_________________
"Every weakness contains within itself a Strength."
Shūsaku Endō

3/14-210 lbs;
3/15- 202 lbs;
1/16- 172 lbs;
9/17-177 lbs;
1/18-162 lbs;
4/18-157.4 lbs


Current weight: 153.2 lbs






Instagram "lpearlmom"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

June 3rd, S day

Again nothing too bad, a couple of snack bags and a curry for dinner, although the doubts are setting in about whether I'm eating too much in general. But, habit first, questions later
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooft, I'm calling this a red day. Didn't stick to my one plate over dinner and I know I've simply eaten too much today. Chalking this one up to experience and back on it tomorrow
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Merrygoround



Joined: 22 Apr 2018
Posts: 88

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just popping in to say hi, and welcome. Don’t let one red day derail you. Mark it and move on.

In fact for me, that is the essence of no s. After so many diet when ‘I’ve blown it so what’s the point’ was the name of the game, no s is quite a relief. It’s impossible to blow it. You just mark it and move on. Each meal is one.
_________________
Merry
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merrygoround wrote:
Just popping in to say hi, and welcome. Don’t let one red day derail you. Mark it and move on.

In fact for me, that is the essence of no s. After so many diet when ‘I’ve blown it so what’s the point’ was the name of the game, no s is quite a relief. It’s impossible to blow it. You just mark it and move on. Each meal is one.



I definitely agree with that Merry. Sure I've marked today as red on my calendar but I don't feel exceptionally guilty about it, more like "oh well, I overate, I can do better tomorrow." I'm actually liking the process of reviewing whether I had a successful day after the days eating is done. It sort of removes me from the judgement of the food/eating behaviour so I can be a lot more neutral about it
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
lpearlmom



Joined: 02 Aug 2013
Posts: 3583
Location: Arizona

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true! Btw, hope you saw my welcome post. I didn’t see a response so wasn’t sure.

Have a great day!!
_________________
"Every weakness contains within itself a Strength."
Shūsaku Endō

3/14-210 lbs;
3/15- 202 lbs;
1/16- 172 lbs;
9/17-177 lbs;
1/18-162 lbs;
4/18-157.4 lbs


Current weight: 153.2 lbs






Instagram "lpearlmom"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lpearlmom wrote:
Very true! Btw, hope you saw my welcome post. I didn’t see a response so wasn’t sure.

Have a great day!!


Oops, I'd missed your post! I was on my mobile though, not sure that's the best way to be viewing the forums in hindsight as I've been reading loads of older things today having not seen them on the phone. Anyways, thank you so much for the encouragement, it's nice to see that you've dealt with similar issues to mine and achieved the coveted weight loss!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disappointed to report another red N day however I think it occurred because I failed to plan a suitable dinner and subsequently was disappointed in what I had available.

Fail to plan, plan to fail
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green N day now I'm back home! Was feeling snacky but realised I was tired, not hungry. Proudly writing this from my bed sans chocolate
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sharon227



Joined: 18 May 2018
Posts: 54

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on understanding the difference between tired and hungry! That's a tough one (especially resisting the chocolate). Good thing for me to keep in mind, too. I learn so much from other people's threads.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm

Going to call today a red day. While I stuck to three eating occasions, I had a lot of chocolate as my lunch, I think again because I was tired and a little stressed out re thesis writing work.


I've also noticed that a lot of the time in the evening I'm not interested in cooking anything, I'm not hungry enough for any specific food to make the effort of cooking worth it. I think a default to a soup would be a good shout, nothing too heavy for limited hunger, easy prep and might help deal with the feeling of thirst being confused for hunger
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit late but yesterday was green!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

S day and a sane one!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh busy few days!

So Sunday 10th was a good S day, boyfriend and I made a pie and a chocolate torte, had fun baking and making most of the day.

Unfortunately Monday was then a red day. Leftover chocolate torte and a weird lack of motivation for my day job is a bad combination. I did however, get a lot of walking in, covering 5 miles to and from a pole dance class and this is a habit I intend to keep up since it saves me enough cash each week that I could have another class! So maybe red, but I did achieve something.

Today has been a green day, I think because I ate a lot more at each meal and just enjoyed it.

Here's to the rest of the week!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lady Brachiosaur



Joined: 12 Jul 2017
Posts: 29

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another busy week and weekend! I really should make more time to reflect each day.


Wednesday and Friday were red N days. Stress and feeling overwhelmed with work got to me on Wednesday and Friday was a hangover driven binge fest. Thursday was a black tie dinner event, which I was going to keep as a non weekend S day, so I marked it yellow. I actually didn't eat too badly even with the moderately portioned 3 course meal.

This weekend I've been travelling again to see family. Again lots of alcohol. However, food was ok, moreso yesterday when with the family. Today was a little too much really but it's an S day so I'm not stressing about it.

I've noticed my S days aren't really that excessive at the moment but I think that's because I'm failing to get the run of green days during the week. There's no need for the release valve since I haven't actually stopped the behaviour during the week.

I'm thinking over this next week I'm going to just have whatever I fancy at lunch time, without thinking too much about the cost or nutrition etc. I usually try to have a sensible lunch to meet my dietary requirements but maybe this isn't cutting it well enough to keep me maaking sensible decisions for dinner. So winging it for lunch but then planning better for dinner is the plan. Tomorrow I really want a sausage and egg sandwich (something which I've actually been craving since Friday, but been putting it off) and I'm planning on having soup and a cheese toastie for dinner post pole class.


A plus of this week is that I've been walking 2.5 miles to and 2.5 miles from pole dance classes, rather than taking the tram. It feels good to save on the fares and it gives me time to clear my head, so definitely something I'm keeping up. Consider it my first foray into urban ranger!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Everyday Systems Forum Index -> Daily Check In All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum