Robin's 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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RobinM
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Robin's Check-In

Post by RobinM » Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:54 pm

Hi everyone. I'm new to No S. I was chugging along pretty good for almost two weeks and then had a couple of monumental red days. I thought I'd make a commitment to report on red days only here.

I have been doing really well on No S and losing some weight. However, last week I went on vacation. We took the RV out west to Utah and Colorado. I did well most of the trip. But the last days riding in an RV back home did me in. I had a craving for a snack and there wasn't access to the normal things I use to distract myself when that happens and finally I gave in. For whatever reason, after I give in once it feels really, really hard to get back on track. I end up breaking all the rules. For two days. But today I'm getting back on track.

automatedeating
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by automatedeating » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:13 pm

Welcome to summer 2020, Robin! :-)
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

pinkhippie
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by pinkhippie » Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:28 pm

Welcome Robin!

As someone that has left No S and come back since 2010, I have to say that just checking in here every day whether or not you succeed or "fail" makes a huge difference! I hope to see you around :)

RobinM
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by RobinM » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:48 pm

Thanks for all the support and encouragement!

Friday was a red day for me. I ended up mindlessly going back and snacking from the pantry after dinner. It's an old habit, and I fell into it again. I'm finding that it's very helpful to me to have a clear and to a meal - leave the kitchen, maybe go for a walk. Otherwise I hang around in the kitchen and eventually end up eating again.

automatedeating
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by automatedeating » Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:51 pm

Developing a new habit of a short walk after dinner sounds like it could be great for you!

Also, when I was first trying to quit drinking wine, I would leave the kitchen - take a bath or a walk, get going on laundry, etc. Staying away from the kitchen/couch area was imperative.

Good luck finding a systematic approach to handle those evening hours.
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

RobinM
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by RobinM » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:15 am

I had the smallest slip up today but I think I need to call it a red day. After dinner I convinced myself that "A couple of bites won't matter" and eating a few bites of a leftover dinner roll. I didn't do the walk right after dinner! I think that would help a lot. I'm doing it tomorrow.

RobinM
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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by RobinM » Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:58 pm

I took the dog out for a walk right after dinner yesterday and it worked really well. By the time we got back I was out of eating mode.

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Re: Robin's Check-In

Post by automatedeating » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:31 pm

This is great! Great for you, great for pup! :-)
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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