Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

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 Candace » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:54 am

lpearlmom wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:06 pm
Im with you on the not weighing when you’re feeling good. The scale can really derail me and sometimes i rather use my clothes as a guide. It’s much less stressful plus Im not really willing to change much else at this point so it’s kinda like wherever I land weight wise is going to just be as good as it gets. Im hoping after maybe 3 months of consistency Ill start to see some results. It takes awhile.
RIGHT ON. SO RIGHT ON! It's not worth stressing myself when I'm already doing as well as I am going to.

Sunday, July 28th

Some friends had a group over for taco salad and dominoes (the game, not the pizza) today.

Breakfast: eggs, part of a bell pepper. Coffee with whole milk.
Snack: half a small orange.
Snack: a peach.
Lunch: half a cup of barley stew, three slices of thin salami.
Snack: protein bar.
Gathering at friend's house: smallish portion of taco salad, too many Fritos, a margarita, a shot of tequilla, and part of a Truly drink. Oh, and two slices of chocolate cake.
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Post by Candace » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:56 am

Monday, July 29th

Breakfast: eggs, half a bell pepper, half an orange, a small tomato.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: 2 spring rolls, appetizer-sized bowl of chicken pho.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: five thin slices salami, hearty helping of barley stew. Too many cherries. Probably 15.
Crystal Light with a shot of vodka.

Lunch wasn't "by the book" but with soup, I think you just have to limit the quantity in order to have anything with it. I had the appetizer size, so I think I'm doing all right. What sucks is that with not enough protein and fat, I ended up even hungrier during the afternoon, resulting in overeating at dinner. Everything still fit on the plate, but I ate too much. At least we went for our walk in the evening and I did my workout in the morning.

On Sunday, we brought a cake to our friends' gathering. We left the rest of the cake there. That hurt, but it meant Monday was greener. My husband appreciated it as well.
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Post by Candace » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:12 pm

Tuesday, July 30th

I have a social occasion tonight with food and drink that doesn't start until after dinnertime. I will most likely just take the fail today, but try and limit any damage by making good choices and holding the quantities down. I just don't see myself waiting until 8 PM to eat dinner, and I want to make new friends rather than scare them away :-). It won't be dinner anyway -- there will probably be pizza and who knows what else. I'll eat something healthy beforehand to try and not show up famished.

Breakfast: eggs, small tomato, half a small orange
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: rice with beans mixed with tomatoes, and two eggs on top.
Tea with lemon.
(post written after tea)

Edited to add:
Protein bar before event.
Half a sandwich. Roast beef and cheese on a croissant. Yummy.
A few chips and a little cheese.
Two glasses of wine.

Sooo... aside from the protein bar and an extra glass of wine, I think I did all right.
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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:34 am

You did great! I like to kind of virtually plate or just call it an S event ahead of time so it’s not really a fail. NoS definitely should not get in the way of being social. Hope you had fun!

P.S. Ive got an event tomorrow and hoping mine goes as well as yours.
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Post by Candace » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:19 pm

@lperlmom, have fun at your event! I definitely appreciated mine more having planned for how it would be. I forgot to report the four bites of cake I took though :twisted: . It really wasn't very much.

I put on a pair of pants this morning that I haven't worn for a while, and they're definitely looser. Hooray!
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Post by automatedeating » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:05 pm

Hurray for looser pants! My favorite story ever on here was a dear poster (jw) who told us that on her afternoon walk her pants FELL DOWN. :lol:
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Post by Candace » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:06 pm

automatedeating wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:05 pm
Hurray for looser pants! My favorite story ever on here was a dear poster (jw) who told us that on her afternoon walk her pants FELL DOWN. :lol:
Hahaha! Great story.
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Post by Candace » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:11 pm

Wednesday, July 31st

Breakfast: eggs, tomato, half an orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: barley stew with egg. Four cherries.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: beans over rice with egg. Four cherries.
More milk with protein powder.

We had dinner early so I got hungry before bed. Second milk with powder drink was kind of "extra" but allowed under the rules.
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Post by Candace » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:07 pm

I wrote this originally in lperlmom's thread, but it kind of turned into something that should be here, so I'm pasting it here too.

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I have only been doing this since June, but when I've already noticed a bit of an evolution.

When I first started, I wanted to make sure the habits "took". So in order to avoid backfiring due to excessive hunger, I tended to over-serve myself at meals and ended up eating until I didn't want any more. Then I put the extra back. I feel best when I eat lots of protein and fat, and try to add veggies to every meal for nutrition and to have a big-looking meal. So basically I keep an eye on the "bad" carbs by eating almost no bread and almost no potatoes, at least when I'm eating at home, which is most of the time. I do eat some of other white carbs like rice (too convenient and cheap to give up rice, plus my husband likes it).

Once I got the three meals a day and no snacks or sweets more or less under control, which was pretty recently, I started attempting to make small changes to what I ate at meals (and what I ate on S-days). This is only within the past couple of weeks. I'm eating a little less fruit at lunch and dinner. I'm learning how much protein and fat I need to feel satisfied-- not overly full-- at meals. I even measured a few times when it came to my go-to foods like chicken salad, so I know how much I'm eating. So I'm probably eating a tiny bit less. Between a little less fruit and a little less protein/fat, I hope I'm cutting out enough to lose weight slowly. I think it's working because my clothes are looser.

I also know I can have milk in between if the hunger really bothers me, and I know that that works, at least for a while, and at least well "enough".

I'm still quite hungry before lunch and dinner. But I think that's just necessary in order to lose weight. Pretty much anything I eat has to be either a high-satiety food like eggs or meat, AND a veggie (I try to eat a good amount of those), or a small serving of fruit to keep things a little bit fun. Throw in a couple of drinks a week, and that's all I can eat before I will gain. It sucks having no margin, but I can either suck it up or stay "thick". It's even hard to do something like go out for pho with my friend, because that's mostly carbs and I end up hungry afterwards. But that's just my situation in life.
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Post by Candace » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:04 pm

Just got home from a Costco run. Happy that I managed to get through the store without being tempted by all the samples. I just tried not to look. It definitely helped that I had just eaten lunch! I bought lots of fruit, a big thing of salad, a bag of bell peppers, chicken salad, eggs, coffee and one or two other items.

When I got home and put things away, it still hurt to not tuck into a big bowl of blueberries as my pre-No-S "healthy reward" for braving the crowds, but -- rrr--- I will wait until dinner to have any fruit. That is still annoying.
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:41 am

I have a blueberry bush in my backyard that has been producing so many berries this summer! It is crazy hard to not eat them all when they are beautiful and warm from the sun (OK, so yeah, sometimes I have some....sort of exception to the rules) :-)

I'm glad you documented out what works and what doesn't. Although the "margin" as you put it, isn't that big as we get older, I have to say that it's not like I was "happier" when I was 20 and ate whatever and whenever I wanted. I enjoy and appreciate my food and my health far more now, to be honest.
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Post by Candace » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:57 am

automatedeating wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:41 am
I have a blueberry bush in my backyard that has been producing so many berries this summer! It is crazy hard to not eat them all when they are beautiful and warm from the sun (OK, so yeah, sometimes I have some....sort of exception to the rules) :-)

I'm glad you documented out what works and what doesn't. Although the "margin" as you put it, isn't that big as we get older, I have to say that it's not like I was "happier" when I was 20 and ate whatever and whenever I wanted. I enjoy and appreciate my food and my health far more now, to be honest.
That's a great perspective. I've definitely been heavier than I am now, even when I was a younger woman. And back then, when I was eating a lot more, I bemoaned my inability to lose weight. So it goes to show, I guess, that I can feel bad or good independently of my age.

A blueberry bush? Sounds like a beautiful thing. Mmm.

About what works, as you know, it's highly individual. So what works for others may be completely different.

Thursday, August 1st

Breakfast: eggs, half a large tomato, half a small orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: Chik fil A sandwich, half a large tomato, four cherries.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: stir fried chicken with string beans and peanut butter sauce, over rice. Pretty big helping. About 3/4 cup of blueberries.
Water with a little Crystal Light and a shot of vodka.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Post by Candace » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:50 am

Friday, August 2nd

Breakfast: eggs, half a bell pepper, half a small orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: chicken stir fry with string beans and peanut butter sauce over rice. Blueberries.
Tea with lemon.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: Half a hamburger and some fries and ketchup. About 10 ounces of beer.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Post by Candace » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:04 pm

Happy news to report. No-S is helping me lose weight! After struggling to lose any weight for the first five or six weeks on No-S, I can report that I've lost four pounds in the ensuing weeks. I've been doing this for about two months now, and some weight finally came off.

As to why none came off in the first several weeks, who knows. It was frustrating, though. I hung in there because it just seemed like I was eating less (I am certainly hungry often enough) and so it should work. I do know that for two weeks in there, ending about two weeks ago, my body was retaining water like mad. It was worse than any pre-menstrual retention I ever had when I was younger, and water retention was definitely a factor back then. I read up on it and apparently that happens during menopause too. I guess I can't get away from it by getting older :roll: . Anyway, that has abated, and thankfully somehow my body decided to release a few pounds. I'm at 151 this morning. My goal is 145, and my stretch goal is 140. Honestly, I feel so much better after losing only four pounds that it's liberating.

My next weigh-in will be three weeks from now, on Saturday, August 24th. I had intended to wait until the first Saturday of every month, but we'll be away on vacation then. So I'll do it beforehand.
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Post by 3squaremeals » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:55 am

Great job on the weight loss, it certainly does feel good to see the scales drop!

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Post by Candace » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:32 pm

3squaremeals wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:55 am
Great job on the weight loss, it certainly does feel good to see the scales drop!
Thank you 3squaremeals!

Saturday, August 4th

Breakfast: Waffle House eggs, grits, half a piece of toast, 1 slice of bacon, coffee with half and half.
Lunch: 3/4 of a cheeseburger with ketchup. Part of a brownie. Lots of unsweetened iced tea.
Snack: 11 cherries.
Snack: 3 cups home popped popcorn. Popped in peanut oil and sprinkled with Nature's Seasonings, which is great on popcorn.
Dinner: spaghetti and a meatball with marinara sauce. About half of a restaurant portion. Five ounces of wine.

It occurs to me, after keeping track for a while, that I am drinking alcohol more days than not. I'm not sure whether I should be concerned about this. My husband drinks more than I do. It's not interfering with anything we want to do, and it's confined to weekday evenings and weekends. But it seems a little like coffee: I could give it up, but I don't want to. It makes life a little nicer.
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Sunday, August 4th

Breakfast: two fried eggs, half an orange. Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: half a cup of chicken salad on leafy greens with a little dressing. Half an orange.
Snack: protein bar.
Snack: a bell pepper.
Snack: two scoops of ice cream.
Dinner: leftover restaurant spaghetti and a meatball. Big bowl of blueberries with sugar sprinkled on top.
There might be another snack before bed.
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Post by Candace » Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:40 am

Monday, August 5th

Breakfast: eggs, half a bell pepper, half a small orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: chicken salad on leafy greens with a little dressing. Three cherries. A handful of blueberries.
Tea with lemon.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: half a large pork chop, seared and baked. Half a cup of white rice. Five cherries.
Spoonful of traditional Greek yogurt before bed.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
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Post by Candace » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:02 am

Tuesday, August 6th

Breakfast: eggs, half a bell pepper, half a small orange.
Coffee with milk.
Herbal tea.
Lunch: chicken salad with greens and dressing. Four cherries.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: a minor fail. A smoothie of pineapple, orange and non fat yogurt, and a little rice and egg.
Protein bar (fail).
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:07 pm

Looks like you're doing well! I don't know why but i tend to drink more when im eating less. I think it’s because even though i know food is off limits after dinner, i can still have a glass of wine so it’s like a little treat.
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Post by Candace » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:54 am

That's so true! It's a bit ironic that this diet effectively encourages drinking.

Wednesday, August 7th

Breakfast: eggs, bell pepper, orange.
Cafe latte from Panera.
Lunch: chicken salad with greens and dressing. Three cherries.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: pork stir fry with string beans and white rice. Thai stir fry sauce. Four cherries.
Small glass of milk.
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Post by oolala53 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:11 pm

Hi, Candace. I, too, will not have read all your posts but wanted to respond to one you left on my thread. Yes, I had what I would call great success on No S for years. Great success for me was reducing my compulsive overeating and finding an eating plan that gave me pleasure and pep. Some sacrifice but worth it! I did lose, too, though it was in fits and starts, but I maintained for years. As time went on, the plan gave less pleasure. Not its fault, but it threw me. Also, I started feeling more vulnerable to possible problems in old age (I had turned 62) and wanted to change the content of my meals. I just don't want to give up on that, even though it, plus some forays into fasting, seems to have started a pendulum swing that has not come to rest. With the brief fasting stints I did, I actually did lose a bit more, but that is now back on, and it feels it will take too much heroism to dislodge. I'm still just looking for a satisfying way to habituate my eating again. I'm afraid that three meals isn't it right now, but please don't be discouraged by that. It was marvelous for about six years. Perhaps if I had been at it even longer before becoming a senior, instead of the previous nearly four decades of disordered eating, the transition would have been easier. It's still the best years of eating of my post-childhood life! I don't know how old you are, but the younger, the better. These are basically the habits, with just a little more restriction-valid, I say, in this food-rich culture of excess-, of generations of slim cultures, at least ones who have access to food.
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Post by Candace » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:32 am

oolala53 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:11 pm
Hi, Candace. I, too, will not have read all your posts but wanted to respond to one you left on my thread. Yes, I had what I would call great success on No S for years. Great success for me was reducing my compulsive overeating and finding an eating plan that gave me pleasure and pep. Some sacrifice but worth it! I did lose, too, though it was in fits and starts, but I maintained for years. As time went on, the plan gave less pleasure. Not its fault, but it threw me. Also, I started feeling more vulnerable to possible problems in old age (I had turned 62) and wanted to change the content of my meals. I just don't want to give up on that, even though it, plus some forays into fasting, seems to have started a pendulum swing that has not come to rest. With the brief fasting stints I did, I actually did lose a bit more, but that is now back on, and it feels it will take too much heroism to dislodge. I'm still just looking for a satisfying way to habituate my eating again. I'm afraid that three meals isn't it right now, but please don't be discouraged by that. It was marvelous for about six years. Perhaps if I had been at it even longer before becoming a senior, instead of the previous nearly four decades of disordered eating, the transition would have been easier. It's still the best years of eating of my post-childhood life! I don't know how old you are, but the younger, the better. These are basically the habits, with just a little more restriction-valid, I say, in this food-rich culture of excess-, of generations of slim cultures, at least ones who have access to food.
Hi oolala!

I hope for you that you find the satisfying way to habituate your eating again, regardless of the method that turns out to work for you. It's encouraging to hear that you had several years of success on No S. I can definitely identify with the feeling that losing would take too much heroism. I'm 53, so not quite a senior yet, but I'd be lying if I said I felt young. I'm glad you overcame your disordered eating period, as well. I'm curious about how you changed your diet to fend off problems that have you feeling vulnerable. Feel free to chat about that or not, just as you would like or not like to. I don't mean to pry.

Thank you so much for posting here. I hope to see you around the boards!

Thursday, August 8th

Breakfast: eggs, half a bell pepper, half a small orange. Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: chicken salad over greens with dressing. I was going to eat a kiwi fruit, but I forgot to eat it. Then I left. Oh well.
Milk with coffee.
Dinner: one egg over white rice (maybe 2/3 cup). Two thin slices of salami. A kiwi fruit.
Small glass of milk.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:55 pm

Well at least you got a kiwi with dinner! :-)
I remember first learning what a kiwi fruit was in middle school - my teacher had said it was her favorite fruit so I tried to buy her some. I remember looking in the store and being very confused about how you would eat them. :-)
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Post by Candace » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:08 pm

Kiwi are yummy.

Friday, August 9th

Friday was difficult because I was traveling with my husband and hanging out with his kids and their SOs. I decided to go with the flow.

Breakfast: eggs, bell pepper, orange. Coffee with milk.
Lunch: chicken and greens with dressing.
Snacks: green beans, orange.
Latte.
Dinner: two slices of pizza. One beer.
After dinner: watermelon juice with vodka and sugar.

When I see it written down, it doesn't look that bad.
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Post by lpearlmom » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:31 pm

I always feel better after writing down what i felt like was a really wild day as it’s inevitably not nearly as over the top as i thought.

Auto: funny about the kiwi and how sweet of you to want to buy ine for your teacher. Sometimes i pack one in my kids lunch with a knife and spoon so they can cut it in half then eat the insides with a spoon. It works pretty well!
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Post by Candace » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:51 pm

Sorry for not really replying. Writing on my phone in-between family activities.

Saturday

Breakfast: McDonald's bacon egg and cheese biscuit. Coffee with cream.
Lunch: egg and sausage patty sandwich, yogurt with berries and granola, more coffee with milk.
Dinner: four ribs, rice, potato, broccoli. Two glasses of wine. Three squares of chocolate.

I'm probably forgetting something. We just had large quantities of food.
53 year old female. Height 5' 5.5". Goal: 145 lb. Stretch goal: 140 lb.
Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:25 pm

lpearlmom wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:31 pm
I always feel better after writing down what i felt like was a really wild day as it’s inevitably not nearly as over the top as i thought.

Auto: funny about the kiwi and how sweet of you to want to buy ine for your teacher. Sometimes i pack one in my kids lunch with a knife and spoon so they can cut it in half then eat the insides with a spoon. It works pretty well!
Isn't it funny how that works with the "wild" days? I've evolved so that I'm not quite so concerned with red days as I am with making sure that even if I snack, the day as a whole doesn't look too crazy. On Friday, I just didn't want to be "that person" that constrains the whole family group because I have to have things a certain way. I'd rather fly under the radar a bit and not have the spotlight on my eating habits.

For kiwi fruit, I cut them into quarters and then just bite into the flesh, avoiding the skin. I wouldn't do that in public though :-). Too messy. I'd probably do what lperlmom described above.

Sunday:

Breakfast: Two boiled eggs.
Lunch: omelette with cheddar and bacon, one piece of toast, few bites of my husband's extravagant French toast, coffee with cream.
Part of a McDonald's latte.
Two scoops of ice cream.
Dinner: Bowl of bean soup.
Half an orange.
53 year old female. Height 5' 5.5". Goal: 145 lb. Stretch goal: 140 lb.
Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by oolala53 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:46 pm

I'll vent a little here but have recently been perturbed that in order to be smart about what, how often, and how much we eat. we have to contend with so much. I,too, don't want to be the wet blanket, and used to eat with gusto and much admiring of the usual suspects of dietary indiscretion at social events, but as I've gotten older, I feel we're bringing so much on ourselves that it seems absurd that it looks abusive if we try to put brakes on. I went to a senior event a week ago Saturday and the portions of chicken were at least twice as big as most people would need. Why not divide them and let those who feel the need take two? BTW, there were a few people with walkers and oxygen tanks. Sure, I can't say their problems were diet-induced, but the odds are probably good that they weren't helped by SAD.

In any case, keep up the efforts!
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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:40 am

oolala53 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:46 pm
I'll vent a little here but have recently been perturbed that in order to be smart about what, how often, and how much we eat. we have to contend with so much. I,too, don't want to be the wet blanket, and used to eat with gusto and much admiring of the usual suspects of dietary indiscretion at social events, but as I've gotten older, I feel we're bringing so much on ourselves that it seems absurd that it looks abusive if we try to put brakes on. I went to a senior event a week ago Saturday and the portions of chicken were at least twice as big as most people would need. Why not divide them and let those who feel the need take two? BTW, there were a few people with walkers and oxygen tanks. Sure, I can't say their problems were diet-induced, but the odds are probably good that they weren't helped by SAD.

In any case, keep up the efforts!
Thanks oolala! I'm hoping that No-S simplifies eating for me, at least when I'm eating at home, which is most of the time. It sounds like that senior event must have not only wasted a lot of food, but could have given some people tummy-aches because they would try to eat more than they should to be polite. I see what you're saying that no one should ever feel pressured to accept more food than they want, and shouldn't get any pushback if they say "No. thank you".

Monday, August 12th

Breakfast: eggs, half an orange. Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: salami slices with mustard on crackers. Four cherries. Half a bell pepper.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: bean soup, chicken salad, four cherries, a kiwi.
Small glass of milk.
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8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:40 pm

Tuesday, August 13th

Breakfast: my usual-- two scrambled eggs made with milk and cheese, half a bell pepper, and half of a small orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: out at a Thai restaurant with friends. I had the small lettuce salad and then ate half of my entree, which was Drunken Noodles with chicken. It had some bell pepper slivers mixed in, but was mostly carbs. Although this was not strictly one plate, the salad would have fit so I'm not calling it a fail.
Tea with lemon.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: baked chicken thigh, a little bell pepper, small amount of rice, four cherries.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:33 am

Wednesday, August 14th

Breakfast: eggs, bell pepper, orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: chicken thigh, about a third of the leftover noodles from yesterday, kiwi, four cherries.
More coffee with whole milk.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: small amount of chicken salad, small amount of bean soup, bunch of string beans, four cherries.
Spoonful of yogurt before bed.
53 year old female. Height 5' 5.5". Goal: 145 lb. Stretch goal: 140 lb.
Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:23 am

Thursday, August 15th

Breakfast: eggs, string beans, half an orange.
Coffee with whole milk.
Lunch: chicken thigh, part of leftover noodle dish, string beans, kiwi.
Milk with protein powder.
Dinner: chicken sandwich, four cherries.

I definitely struggled with cravings this afternoon. I was able to recognize it as stemming from anxiety, and just dealt with it until it went away. I was also very tired from waking up five times overnight to pee. It just seems to be my lot in life. If it's two or three times, okay, but five times is ridiculous.
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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by lpearlmom » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:05 pm

5 tines?? Ugh, sorry! :/
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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by automatedeating » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:56 pm

tired and anxious - a powerful craving concoction....
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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:47 pm

Friday

B: eggs, string beans, orange
Coffee with milk
Lunch: chicken thigh, string beans, noodles, five cherries
Tea
Milk with protein powder
Dinner: frozen meal. Palak paneer. Five cherries.
Truly drink. Two spoonfuls of canned corn.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:18 pm

Saturday

S-Day

Breakfast: restaurant scrambled eggs, 2 sausages, coffee with cream.
Protein bar. Blueberries. Half of a bell pepper. Tea. Half an orange.
Cookout: hamburger (no bun) with ketchup, two bites sausage with bun, veggies with dip, 7-8 Triscuits, handful of Doritos, cole slaw, three shrimp, one hard seltzer, one beer.
Later: approximately one cup blueberries with sugar sprinkled on top.
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Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:51 am

Sunday: S-day

Breakfast: eggs, bell pepper, orange.
Latte at Panera.
Lunch: Onion soup at Panera. My husband ate the baguette and most of the croutons.
Protein bar
Lots of roasted Brussel sprouts
Two cups of tea with lemon.
Small glass of milk
Two scoops ice cream.
Dinner: chicken stir fry with rice.
Blueberries doused with sugar.
53 year old female. Height 5' 5.5". Goal: 145 lb. Stretch goal: 140 lb.
Weight 6/14/2019: 155 lb.
8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Octavia » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:49 pm

...just popping by to say hi. Hope all’s well with you Candace!

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:46 am

Hi Octavia! Nice to "see" you again. All is well here. Sounds like things are going well in Octa-land too.

Monday, August 19th

Breakfast: eggs, bell pepper, orange. Coffee with milk.
Small glass of milk with protein powder.
Lunch: small amount of chicken salad, four slices thin salami, and the rest of the noodle dish from last week.
Glass of milk.
Dinner: chicken stir fry with rice. Blueberries. I kind of stretched the one plate rule. But blueberries just don't belong on the same plate as Thai stir fry sauce.
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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by Candace » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:01 pm

Counting the days until this Saturday, when I will weigh in for the first time in three weeks. I sure hope I've dropped a little more weight, though I should know better now to have much of an expectation. I weighed 151 lbs. at my last weigh-in. It would sure be nice to crack the 150 barrier.

Next week we're going away on vacation for two weeks. I'm not going to try and do strict No-S while we're gone. But I do intend to limit sweets to the weekends, and basically limit the damage that will inevitably be done while we're traveling and eating rich foods on a haphazard schedule and not at home. I think it might help to set another intention or two (besides only having sweets on the weekends), otherwise I'll end up just slipping into eating whenever I get the chance. Maybe just concentrate on portion sizes at meals and limit any snacks to one per day. Or something. Maybe try to keep having veggies at two meals per day. But again, on the road, that might be difficult and I don't want to set myself up to fail. Basically I want to enjoy my vacation without backsliding -- ideally, without backsliding at all, but realistically I could gain a couple of pounds.

I know that the upcoming months could be a bit of a roller coaster between vacation into September, then hosting Thanksgiving in November, and then the inevitable Christmas season inundation of treats. Maybe my realistic goal should be to end the year at whatever I weigh in at this Saturday, while keeping my No-S habits during the times I'm at home and not hosting a feast holiday :). Happily, I don't have to deal with going to an office and finding some kind-hearted person has left a big plate of brownies out somewhere. I don't miss that.
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8/3/2019: 151 lb.

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Re: Candace's Newbie Check-Ins

Post by automatedeating » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:24 pm

Yeah, those "kind-hearted" people and their brownies! :-) Flyingpig's workplace always has me in shock at the amount of chocolate those teachers try to give to each other to survive their regular workdays.

I like your reasonable expectations for vacation and the remainder of the year. If I remember correctly, you've never been overweight, really.... just a few pounds more than you'd like to be (I think). That gives you the advantage of being able to (for the most part) trust your gut in making just a few small changes that, if you make them habitual, will keep you reasonably trim for the rest of your life.

And blueberries definitely shouldn't be tainted by stir fry sauce. Speaking from my position as a serious blueberry-lover. :-)
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