Jean’s new check in 2020

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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Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:04 pm

I started the NoS System 12/20/2010 after picking up the NoS Diet book on a sale rack while I was out Christmas shopping. I had a very successful first year. I lost 45 lbs and developed a whole new relationship with food. However, I stopped short of achieving a weight in the average range. I am longer obese but I am still overweight. I became content with that.

Over the past 9 years, I have maintained my weight loss, but from time to time I find myself getting lazy with the habits, and my weight starts to creep up. When that happens, I return to this forum for help and inspiration. I also always think of losing the additional 25 lbs that would bring me back to a ‘normal’ and more comfortable weight.

So here I am again. Our family started 2020 with the death of an immediate family member on New Year’s Day. It was an elderly person, and the death was not totally unexpected but sad nonetheless. This was followed by a persistent case of Bronchitis that went on for several weeks and then a persistent case of Bursitis in my hip that has been painful and has been hampering my mobility for the past several months. I am in my 60s but very active; so, this has been frustrating. Add the isolation and restrictions that COVID 19 has placed on everyone, and this all adds up to struggling to maintain my weight.

I am lucky. I have a strong family base, a strong faith base, and the means to access everything I need. However, I am struggling with my habits terribly right now.

It is obvious to me that losing my extra pounds is crucial to overcoming chronic hip Bursitis; yet, my weight is creeping up instead. My activity is building back up but it is slow. My eating habits are fairly NoS compliant, food choices are poor. My overall ambition is lacking.

So I am back to post and read posts and to get myself going again.
The journey is the reward.
Maintenance is progress.

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by ladybird30 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:34 am

Welcome back Jean
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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by Soprano » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:38 am

Welcome back

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by lpearlmom » Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:07 pm

Wb & GL! Glad you’re still around!
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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by automatedeating » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:09 pm

Hi Jean! :-) So nice to see you posting. I'm sorry about your hip pain and I really hope that improves for you soon.
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:57 pm

Thanks for the welcome!

I just finished my first week of stricter tracking of my behaviors. I have a list of a few things that are just red or green each day (or yellow on S days for my NoS tracking). I detest detailed logging, but I can do a checklist!

I technically was NoS compliant, but one of my S days was out of control. Overall food choices were just okay, indulgent at times. I got better at drinking water but had too many beers this week. 🙄

My exercise was more than compliant as well both for regular exercises and physical therapy, but I feel slow.

My weight stayed the same.

On to week 2.
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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:58 am

I am not posting much but I am visiting this site and reading and settling back in to better habits. I do appreciate this site.
The journey is the reward.
Maintenance is progress.

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:00 am

I have been doing pretty well this week right up until I got home last night after grilling outside with my son and daughter-in-law for supper. I just went over the top with snacking. Discouraged. 😒

Oh well it is a new day.
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Maintenance is progress.

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by automatedeating » Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:28 pm

I love your signature, Jean:
The journey is the reward.
Maintenance is progress.
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:02 pm

Thank you automated. The maintenance quote from the NoS book is one I have always hung onto. Even though I have not gotten down to an ideal weight, I am so much better than before. Right now I am struggling to maintain so it is very apt.

I have an appointment for my hip this week. It has improved but is not completely healed. I also am still on a prescription anti inflammatory that I want to get off of, and there is still some pain. Exercise is so crucial for me, and I am still at a much lower point with being able to exercise like I want to.

But I am on a better eating and cooking routine!
The journey is the reward.
Maintenance is progress.

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by r.jean » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:29 am

I rarely eat sweets. I found out when I gave them up that during the week for NoS that it was easier for me to avoid them completely than go back and forth on weekends. Since then I have figured out I can eat fruity sweets such as sherbet, but many others are ‘red light’ foods. There are just some foods that prompt me to eat them until they are gone. Chocolate is involved in most of the red light foods, although I can enjoy a frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate with out going crazy. So....this week I overindulged in York peppermint patties. They were a favorite treat for me as a child. Needless to say, I am now trying to stop eating them!!!
The journey is the reward.
Maintenance is progress.

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by automatedeating » Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:38 pm

Interesting about what foods we can enjoy (moderately) and others that flip some switch in our brain and it gets stuck in the "keep eating this" mode. :roll: My "red light foods", as you put it, are Doritos and Cheddar/Sour Cream Ruffles. Well, also pizza and french fries!
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;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5

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Re: Jean’s new check in 2020

Post by oolala53 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:11 pm

Welcome back, Jean! Weighing less than you did ten years ago when you started is against the odds in your age group, I'm pretty sure! But I completely get the dissatisfaction with too much freedom. I always suspected that it actually isn't natural to be moderate with food in general; there have been comments just about all through written history of admonishments to go easy on food. Only lack of access or cultural valuing of moderation lead to slim societies. (Freely eating slim individuals are another story. They're called exceptions.) I knew before I started 10 years ago that "highly palatable" foods have a profound effect on the brain. It's part of what helped me surrender to No S. It wasn't just emotional problems. Or even mainly emotional problems. It's the availability of the dang modern engineered foods. In the meantime, I've read other stuff along these lines and they have helped me accept making other adjustments that didn't come about naturally. But I had to be ready. I never made any of the changes specifically for weight loss, but it has happened. It's definitely convenient to be thinner, but I can never aim at it. I CAN aim at what I think of as "eating for supportive aging." It's pretty strict in comparison with Vanilla, but the stakes get higher every year! No husband, no kids, not really close to family, though there are some younger ones who would probably step in if needed. I'm not one to think I don't want to be a burden on anyone, but it makes a difference to me whom I am a burden on. I'd like them to be on more wavelengths than just DNA, though that may be asking a lot.

So sorry about your aches and pains. I am so lucky, knock on wood, and don't take advantage of it. Every time I do get some little twinge, I think, "Is this the beginning of the end? Why didn't I move more when I could?" Maybe thinking of doing it in your honor until you're well will help.
Count plates, not calories. 10 years "during"
Age 66
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
1/12-26.8
3/13-24.9 +/- 8-lb. 3 yrs
9/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
3/18 22.2
2 yrs flux
6/21 22

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