April's Fresh Start

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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April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:35 pm

Making a Fresh Start today adopting LifeisaBlessing's modified No-S plan, quoted below.

Plan to check in randomly, and very hopeful this is the FINAL fresh start for me!

LifeisaBlessing wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:25 pm


How I achieved and maintain success:

1. Modify NoS to include any food (sweets included) at all three meals, and eat that way seven days a week.
April

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by Soprano » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:35 pm

I wish you luck and will be interested to follow your progress.

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:35 pm

Hi April! Nice to see you on the boards, and happy holidays!
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by LifeisaBlessing » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:10 pm

Blessings and best wishes on your fresh start, April! :)

Thanks so much for the kind shout-out. I still vouch for this modified NoS plan--it has enabled me to comfortably maintain going into my 4th year, and is so doable around the holidays--I love it! :)

A bonus tip: keep your NEAT up! Even if you're not into formal exercise (I'm not), it is SO easy to incorporate more movement into your day where you can achieve many of the same benefits (calorie burn, fat loss, muscle strengthening, etc.) as longer formal exercise plans, without making extra time for it. Obviously if you are training for a sport or another fitness endeavor, you'd need to set the time aside to exercise for it, but for better general overall health, increasing your NEAT is an easy way to do it!
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
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The second you overcomplicate it is the second it becomes the thing for which it is a corrective.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:06 pm

Thank you all for the encouragement!

Blessings, I love the NEAT reminder, so true! Great to hear you are still having long term success, very encouraging.

Day 1: SUCCESS

and -

Day 2: SUCCESS

B - Boiled Eggs

L - Salad with grilled chicken, French Fries and few bites of ice cream

D - BIG garden salad (lettuce and lots of shredded raw veggies, plus dressing), slice of quiche, 4 little christmas cookies...FULL!

Feeling great today! Slept better than I have in a long time!

Black coffee (half-caf) and LOT of water between meals has been a great remedy for "head" hunger between meals. I am CHOOSING to take 5 minutes to sit and relax and take a few breaths to let that "need to eat now" feeling pass, knowing that 3 meals is adequate fuel for each day. I am accepting the fact that this will take some time to adjust to, but feeling strongly that this is going to be the best plan for me.

(I swear I posted my 1st day meals and "success", but its not here!?)
Last edited by April on Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:02 pm

Day 3 - SUCCESS

B - Veggie Scramble

L - Chicken Salad Sandwich, Tomato Soup, Kit Kat Bar

D - Green Salad with Balsamic dressing, Salmon, 2 Dinner Rolls with Butter
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:51 pm

During my morning coffee hours each day, I plan to re-read the No-S book, and French Women Don't Get Fat (which is completely in line with LifeisaBlessings Mod that I am using), and also read more posts from LifeisaBlessing and others who use the same mod, seems as if there is enough of us now to start a club LOL... :D
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by alene1 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:45 pm

Looks like you're doing wonderfully!!

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:56 pm

Thank you Alene!

Day 4 - SUCCESS

I "virtual plated" today as I did not eat anything but my veggies at lunch, and did not finish my supper either, so I thought it was perfectly acceptable to eat something at bedtime as I was very hungry by then from not eating much at all for the 2 previous meals.

B - Ham and Eggs

L - Large serving of coleslaw. Did not want anything else, FULL! (what??) put the remainder of my meal back in the fridge (roast beef and potatoes)

D - Broccoli and mushrooms, few bites of a buttered baked potato, 3 bites of steak, it just was too rich/heavy tasting (odd for me), then 3 Hershey's miniatures - again FULL, couldn't finish my meal.....What is happening here? I was tummy rumbling hungry when I sat down to eat, but got full fast on very little.

Bedtime, very hungry, had a PB & J.

Calling today a WIN with 4 smaller meals instead of 3 normal meals.
April

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:55 pm

Coming in toward Christmas going strong! :-)
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:25 pm

Wow, there so much encouragement here, thank you!

Day 5 - SUCCESS

B - Cheese Omelette and Oatmeal

L - Broccoli and FIsh Sticks, 3 oreos

D - Butternut Squash Soup with Leeks, leftover steak, one slice of french bread
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:59 am

Days 6 & 7 -

Skipped breakfast both days as we were traveling, but added a mid afternoon meal, so still total of 3 meals each day.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:10 pm

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”

— Winston Churchill

Love this quote I stumbled on. Intense complexity (insert fad diet names here)=INsanity, intense simplicity(NoS)=sanity!

Still mostly on plan, with two holiday parties definitely was in the seconds and thirds although still sticking to 3 meals a day.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:10 pm

2020 here we come!
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:18 pm

My pants are looser in the waist, and scale says I am down 6 pounds... :shock: :!: :D

Still on plan 90% of the last couple weeks, some days have been having larger "brunch", then a light late afternoon "mini-meal" (handful of nuts and a piece of fruit or something similar that would fit on an appetizer plate), and average size supper instead of 3 regular sized meals.

Two days ago food:

9 am: 3 hash brown patties. (Yep-no balanced meal here, just the carbs please. Still a better choice by far than 3 donuts LOL)

Noon: Pizza, garden salad, 3 hershey's miniatures

6 pm: Small Steak (3-4 ounces estimate), buttered broccoli, baked potato


Yesterday's food:

11 AM brunch: apple, banana, turkey sandwich, fried potatoes, Starbucks Mocha

4 pm "mini-meal": handful of pistachios, apple

6 pm supper: chips with salsa and two tacos

Between meals I have been sticking to ONLY water, black coffee, and unsweetened plain peppermint tea. Trying to drink at least two-three 12 ounce glasses water between waking and before breakfast (or brunch). Just started this rather strictly about 10 days ago. Prior to that, I was sipping on a latte (no sugar) or a vitamin drink (with sugar) frequently between meals at least once a day. I also rarely have a caloric drink with my meals, just water except for maybe once/twice a week a lemonade or soda. And sweet coffee instead of dessert sometimes.

I am finding I think I sleep better if I keep my sweets/desserts to my lunchtime (or sweet coffee with breakfast) instead of dinner time. Don't know if it's true or not, but if it keeps my dinner healthier I will keep believing it is.
April

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:29 pm

Way to go, well done you :)

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:33 am

I have been observing that my sleep scores are better - more deep sleep & fewer awakenings, specifically - if I eat a very early, very low-carb dinner. That's just me, though, because I have blood sugar issues. But it does slightly make me wonder if you are experiencing some blood sugar swings that might be affecting your sleep.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:42 pm

Thanks Auto, Soprano - that is what my Chiropractor said too! She actually suggested Keto JUST for better sleep but not trying that again - NOT for me at all.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:40 pm

Rough week, 4 red days on a row. Ugh, this shouldn't be so hard.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by Soprano » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:19 pm

Sometimes it can be difficult if other life stressors get in the way.

What is making it red?

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:15 pm

What is making it red.......

Seconds and 3 pm snack attacks. And...my meals have been very off-balance lately too, not making quality meal choices, which leads to increased appetite.

Ex. Veggie sub and cheese with fries = still hungry: add more fries, and then ice cream, and then hungry again mid afternoon! Opposed to a turkey sub with tomato soup and a couple hershey's kisses = totally satisfied. Lack of protein/meat sure increases my appetite, but sometimes I just don't want it. And I am not a big fan of vegan protein sources, and I can't digest yogurt well at all.

Today is another chance to get it right, trying not to feel discouraged! So thankful for all the success stories on this board to keep me motivated to keep going.

Scale holding steady.
April

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:51 pm

April, I've also learned the importance of protein for keeping me happy. :-)
I'm sure you will find some more great combos (like your turkey sandwich) that can be nice options.
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:36 pm

Protein and fats can really help reduce hunger.

Hope today goes better, once you get a green Day you'll feel better :)

If still struggling work on one thing no seconds or no snack.

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:18 pm

Thanks for the encouraging words both of you!
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:13 pm

It's been almost a month since my last post. I have been frustrated with my weight stalling out, which made me have a lot of RED days if I had even a small slip (what the hell affect, anyone?). Then after the remorse....trying other unnecessary restrictive tweaks (I need to stop looking elsewhere for new shiny diet ideas).

SO---I have been tempted to jump ship (again), but then decided to go back and look over my first post on this thread and am reminded of how much success a SIMPLE plan has been for many of you here, whether straight up vanilla or a slightly modified NO-S.


Making a Fresh Start today adopting LifeisaBlessing's modified No-S plan, quoted below.

Plan to check in randomly, and very hopeful this is the FINAL fresh start for me!

LifeisaBlessing wrote: ↑

How I achieved and maintain success:

1. Modify NoS to include any food (sweets included) at all three meals, and eat that way seven days a week.


Thanks again, Lifeisablessing, for sharing how you made No S work for you!!

Note to self
: Keep It Simple, there is NO reason add any more complicated rules, don't prematurely optimize. Just stick to the basics, get back on the horse every time you fall, and BE PATIENT...
April

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:44 pm

Happy to see you here, April. Horse out of the stall, I like that. :-)
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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: April's Fresh Start

Post by Soprano » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:58 pm

It's not a fast way to lose but consistency will pay off...


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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by LifeisaBlessing » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:25 pm

April wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:13 pm

SO---I have been tempted to jump ship (again), but then decided to go back and look over my first post on this thread and am reminded of how much success a SIMPLE plan has been for many of you here, whether straight up vanilla or a slightly modified NO-S.


Making a Fresh Start today adopting LifeisaBlessing's modified No-S plan, quoted below.

Plan to check in randomly, and very hopeful this is the FINAL fresh start for me!

LifeisaBlessing wrote: ↑

How I achieved and maintain success:

1. Modify NoS to include any food (sweets included) at all three meals, and eat that way seven days a week.


Thanks again, Lifeisablessing, for sharing how you made No S work for you!!

Note to self
: Keep It Simple, there is NO reason add any more complicated rules, don't prematurely optimize. Just stick to the basics, get back on the horse every time you fall, and BE PATIENT...

Hi April! So glad you find my advice helpful. 😊 But honestly, your “Note to self” above should be a sticky for everyone! :) It perfectly describes the spirit of NoS, summarizing everything beautifully and positively. You’ve got it! 👍
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
~Jimmy Dean

The second you overcomplicate it is the second it becomes the thing for which it is a corrective.
~El Fug, on the NoS Diet

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Re: April's Fresh Start

Post by April » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:02 pm

Thank you all for your continued words of encouragement :D .
April

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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