Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

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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Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:54 pm

Hi everyone!

After years of trying other things, I am back to No-S. No-S never really stuck with me before - I wanted to lose weight NOW. :roll: However, I am more patient now that I am older. Plus, I am happy to focus on behavior rather than outcome at this point in my life. I want to develop simple and sane habits before I turn 50 next year. :shock: So here I am.

This is technically day 3. Yes, I started on an S-Day!! Was totally successful Days 1 and 2! :lol: First N-Day today.

Plan:
B - Cereal and apple slices
L - Chili
D - chicken, potatoes, carrots; Updated: had grilled cheese and tomato soup instead.
Exercise 30-40 minutes
No alcohol

Starting weight - 146.5
Updated: First successful N-day!
Last edited by joy&balance on Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by automatedeating » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:24 pm

Welcome Joy&Balance! (Love that username!)
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by Soprano » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:19 pm

Welcome, S days are a good place to start :)

Good luck

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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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:52 pm

Thank you, automatedeating and soprano!

First successful N-day under my belt - yes!

Day 4
Weight: 145.6
B; cereal and milk, coffee and cream
L: Asian chicken salad
D: not sure yet, stopping by store on way home
Movement: 20 minutes of HIIT when I get home
No alcohol

Was very pleased last night that I did not have a glass of wine on the plane home. (What I typically do to unwind/relax on my travel days.) I'm sure I slept better because of it. Right now, I am experimenting with having alcohol only on Fri, Sat, Sun. I need to moderate this better and was inspired reading automaticeating's journal - thank you for the inspiration!
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:13 pm

Day 5

Weight: 145.6
Yesterday was a success, although I did not get in my 20 min of exercise. However, I made sure to get up earlier today and got 20 min in plus a little stretching! I like to exercise, but have a hard time making time for it. I'm working on making time for even 10-20 minutes just to try to be more regular with it.

B: eggs and yogurt
L: bbq pork, slaw, corn
D: not sure (I need to get better about getting to the store - challenging with my schedule) Update - burger and fries, was hungry!
No alcohol

20 min HIIT, plus stretching - done!

Had a mini-meltdown yesterday after work just with stress level about work/house stuff etc. Did not use alcohol to relax - win! Just took a little time, played with the dog, settled down. Sweetie is always so good with me when I'm stressed - so thankful for that!
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10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by automatedeating » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:20 pm

I'm relating on lots of levels, JB!

The mini-meltdowns, the huge emotional support of our pets, the working in of the exercise, and of course your desire to moderate your alcohol!

Just a couple thoughts - first, the exercise really will come with time, but the eating habits need to be firmly in place. Work on solidifying one habit change at a time. Also, I think your very small movement goal is excellent. Build that habit with frequency of movement first, not worrying about duration or intensity. All of that can come later, if you want it to.

Have a great day!
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:43 pm

Thanks, Auto!
Yes, the exercise is something that just makes me feel better when I do it, but I'm not tracking it on habitcal or anything. And definitely working on just trying to do something most days, even if it's just a few yoga poses. I'll build up over time - no pressure on myself over it. Really am focused on the eating right now!!

Day 6
Weight: 145.2
B: eggs and ham, coffee and cream
Latte
L: Wendy's salad I think
D: Chicken teriyaki and rice
No alcohol
Exercise - 20 min elliptical and 5 min yoga - done!

I have been thinking a bit about Halloween. I really didn't decide when I started if it would be an S-day or N-day. I think I might feel a little bummed if I don't allow myself anything tonight. So, the plan is N-day for snacks and seconds, but S-day for sweets. Why not try it?! I don't tend to eat a ton of sweets anyway, so I'm ok just having a little bit. We'll see how it goes. Will also work on planning extra S-Days at the beginning of the month for November.
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:21 pm

Day 7

Weight: 143.2
B: yogurt & granola, coffee and cream
L; TJ's salad, apple
D: ?
alcohol ok today (2 drink max)
planning to exercise for about 20 min, a few yoga stretches

Feeling good!
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:56 pm

Days 8 & 9
S-days; weight 144.2 and 145.2
Didn't go horribly crazy but defnitely ate sweets and snacks!

Day 10
Weight: 145.0
b - yogurt, granola, coffee w cream
latte
l- chicken salad, ceasar salad, fruit
d - chicken, noodles, strawberries
HIIT 20 min and yoga

All green N-days so far!!
Last edited by joy&balance on Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by liveitup » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:53 am

Woohoo!
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. --Epictetus
BMI Goal: 23.0
Progress: 10/2019 - 26.5

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by automatedeating » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:34 pm

Good job to use that latte between meals. That was/is a staple "tool" for me to use as needed.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:58 pm

Day 11

Weight: 144.0
B- cereal and milk
L - half sandwich and salad
D - 2 wings, chicken salad
20 min HIIT and yoga - done!
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:26 pm

Day 12

Weight: 144.0
B - yogurt and granola
L - chicken quesadilla
D - spaghetti

25 min elliptical, yoga stretches - done

All green N-days so far!
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:07 pm

Day 13

Weight: 143.2
B - yogurt and granola
L - chicken salad, ceasar salad, fruit
D -

20 min HIIT and yoga - done

Given some social things this week, I've switched to doing glass ceiling instead of no alc M-Th. but it's not my main focus (nor is exercise). I'm really targeting solidifying the eating habits. Once I have 21 days under my belt, I'll assess if I want to just keep at it or add in anything else.
Yesterday was really carby, and I don't like how it makes me feel. Just going to keep an eye on that.
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:51 pm

Day 14
Weight 143.2
Stayed on track

Days 15 & 16
S-days

Day 17
Weight: 145.5
B- eggs & ham
L - brisket, ceasar salad
D - brisket, ceasar salad
no wine :)

I'm noticing how crappy I feel when I eat lots of starch and refined carbs. I think I need to start reining this in. Friday will be 21 days on habit. I'm feeling pretty confident as it has been relatively easy so far. My plan this week is not to require any changes, but just to have more meals that have fewer refined carbs and pay attention to how I feel when I eat them v. when I don't. Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but want to keep track of it here.
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10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by automatedeating » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:08 am

I hope you have a great week and celebrate 21 days on Friday! :-)
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:57 pm

Thanks, auto! I know I can do it!

Day 18
Weight 144.8
B - eggs and ham, coffee and cream
latte
L - brisket, mashed sweet potatoes, apple
D - leftover chicken, apple, pb
1 glass wine

20 min HIIT, yoga - done
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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Re: Joy&Balance's Daily check-in

Post by joy&balance » Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:26 pm

Day 19
Weight 144.0
B - coffee/cream
L -
D -

Will do 20 min elliptical, yoga stretches

Minimizing starchy carbs has been pretty easy so far this week (2 days, but hey) :)
10/19 - 146.5 (26.8 BMI)
Goal: 126.0 (23.0 BMI)

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