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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: No S Diet Testimonials (new!) Reply with quote

I'm having trouble keeping the testimonials page up to date -- so I thought maybe it's time to create a forum for people to post (and update!) their own testimonials directly.

Here's the link to the new testimonials forum:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewforum.php?f=13

Just start a new discussion for yourself and update it periodically or whenever you have some new major milestone to report. You can name it whatever you want, though it might be helpful to stick some salient facts in the title like gender, time on the diet, pounds lost (or not -- don't stress). You can edit or delete whatever you post, including the discussion title.

I love the enthusiasm which people tend to have starting out on no-s, but testimonials are most meaningful when you've got a few months and some satisfying results under your belt. So a rough guideline for whether you're ready to post a testimonial is "the rule of 10": you've been on the diet 10 months OR lost 10 pounds OR 10% of your starting weight -- same deal as the old, static page (which I'll keep up and update sporadically). And if you love no-s so much that you feel compelled to write a testimonial even though you don't yet meet any of these quantitative criteria -- go ahead, I promise you no one's going to hold it against you. Smile

In terms of "update frequency," I wouldn't do it more frequently than every few months. The daily check in thread is better for finer granularity of updates -- this is more like "yearly check in." But again, do as the spirit moves you Smile And while updates are very welcome -- they're certainly not required. I value whatever you find the time and energy to share with us here.

On the other hand, don't be shy about updating your testimonial simply because your results haven't changed in a while. Remember: Maintenance is more important that progress. The mere fact that you're still with it after another 6 months or year IS news -- the most important kind of news. The inability to maintain is THE problem most of us have had in terms of diet, pre-nos.

Thanks in advance to all those who post to this new forum -- and to all those who have posted testimonials in the past. Double thanks to old timers who have already shared their stories and provide new updates here.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got our first new style forum "testimonial" yesterday.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4073

Thank you, funfuture!

Looking forward to many more,

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(a very impressive!) number two just arrived:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4114
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And (wonderfully detailed) numbers three and four:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4120

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4123

We're on a roll!

Thank you blueskighs, KCCC and beckym!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4134

Thank you, BonnieUK!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you who don't check the "testimonials" forum as obsessively as I do, there are some great recent additions I'd like to bring to your attention:

1.10 Weeks In, 30 Pounds Gone (Phineas)

2.Still NO S'ing... (3aday)

3.The Peanut Cluster Diet with Restrictions (Kathleen)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Psychological and social benefits Reply with quote

I've been on No S since mid-June 2008 and lost at least 10 pounds. I'm 5'10", female, 52 (we're talking menopause here), and an enthusiastic cook and eater. For years my weight was 172-175, no matter what steps I took: limiting certain foods, biking 3 times a week (on top of daily walks), and about 6 months of T-Tapp (an unusual form of exercise).

In a 2007 visit with my doc that was focused on losing weight, she told me I was within the normal limits for my gender and height and large frame. So she didn't exactly encourage me to lose weight. In fact, she seemed thrilled with my weight and overall health, which made me realize that lots of people my age must carry more weight than I do. I was not so thrilled, knowing more about my own condition than she did, and knew I had weighed about 20-25 pounds less through most of my 20s and 30s. Nevertheless, she gave me good advice about keeping portions to a reasonable size and eating 3 meals a day. I did pay more attention to quantities, but I also snacked and ate sweets any time I felt like it, so again no weight loss. (I know that hormonal problems make it especially hard for women my age to lose.)

So the No S diet came along and allowed me to drop these most unwelcome pounds. Besides feeling better about myself and my body, no longer being preoccupied with food has freed up lots of useful energy that used to be sucked into feeling bad about my weight and seeing it as the source of my other difficulties. My husband and I left the Boston area 8 years ago for Cape Cod--bliss, eh? Well, not really. Since I work at home, don't have kids, and don't go to church, my social opportunities are rather limited. Almost all our friends are still in Boston, and a trip to the supermarket doesn't count as socializing in my book. Here's the surprising thing: in September I was able to overcome my resistance to pursuing a volunteer opportunity I'd been interested in for at least 2 years. I signed up for some brief training at a local library to become a literacy tutor. This has really broken my isolation, given me an interesting non-work focus, helped me meet some great people, and provided a way for me to help other people.

At first I didn't link this development to my success in losing weight and to following the No S plan, but I have come to realize there is a real connection. Occasionally over the years, it has dawned on me how much time and energy I have wasted castigating myself about my shape and obsessing over food in different ways. Once I arrived at a place where I felt in control of my eating, lost some excess pounds, and lost that unfruitful obsession with my appearance, I was able to deal with my other needs more effectively. So for me, No S has had unexpected benefits that have been at least as wonderful as finally losing weight. I feel happier overall, and I bring more of myself to each encounter I have with others, if that makes sense (I'm still trying to figure out how to describe the change I feel). I also still love cooking and eating, even more so now that I eat more consciously. Another benefit: my husband just started No S this week!

In case this sounds just too golden, I do sometimes get preoccupied with thoughts of chocolate or salty snacks on N days, especially when I'm under stress with work or otherwise, but I don't eat them. I also have 2 or 3 NWS days/month when we get together with a friend who loves to cook, but I don't sweat that and it doesn't seem to interfere with losing weight. The emphasis on forgiving yourself for screw-ups or exceptions really helps me.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:00 pm    Post subject: Wow! Reply with quote

Congratulations! That's a powerful story you've shared here.

Thanks and continued success!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Psychological and social benefits Reply with quote

Happy Cooker wrote:
At first I didn't link this development to my success in losing weight and to following the No S plan, but I have come to realize there is a real connection.


Wow! What an eloquent testimonial to No-S itself, as well as those unanticipated benefits it brings to other areas of life! Thank you, Happy Cooker, for so beautifully expressing many of the thoughts that I've been having, and very best wishes for continued success.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Once I arrived at a place where I felt in control of my eating, lost some excess pounds, and lost that unfruitful obsession with my appearance, I was able to deal with my other needs more effectively. So for me, No S has had unexpected benefits that have been at least as wonderful as finally losing weight. I feel happier overall, and I bring more of myself to each encounter I have with others, if that makes sense


Happy Cooker,

thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful powerful No S experience. And yes, it makes a lot of sense. I can relate to everything you wrote and ... the ability to "bring more of myself to each encounter" is really making the holiday season a much more joyous one this year!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:10 am    Post subject: Psychological and social benefits Reply with quote

Thanks for your encouragement, Winnie96, LA_Loser, and Blueskighs!
Good to know that other people feel this way too. I enjoy your posts and learn from them.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, Happy Cooker! (and welcome to your husband)

I'm so happy you've experienced such good results while being able to live up to your screen name! I too, am an enthusiastic cook and eater, and I think No-s is particularly attractive to people like us.

Thanks so much for sharing your success with us here.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Cooking Reply with quote

Reinhard, I suspected someone in your house likes to cook since your photos show a few of my favorite cookbooks.

No S helps keep the joy in my cooking. Thanks for your encouragement!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

davestarbuck has just posted a very impressive (-65 pounds) "testimonial" with "before and during" pictures:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4512

Congratulations and thank you, Dave!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, Happy Cooker!

Its so nice to read not only about your weight loss (which is great!) but also about the changes in your life. It makes me want to stick to this even more!

Thanks for sharing your story (so much of which I can relate to!).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vicki has just posted some very impressive 6 month results (both physiological, minus 20 pounds, and psychological).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4605

Lots of detail on how she accomplished what she did (the importance of the habitcal, limiting scale stepping, and more). Worth a look for detailed "how-to"s as well as inspiration!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gail just posted a short and sweet (-21 pounds) testimonial to Vicki's thread:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=54021#54021

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rose has just posted some very impressive numbers here: (2 years, -25 pounds):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=54260

But even more impressive than the numbers is her description of how automatic it's become for her.

Reinhard

P.S. Make sure to click on the chart in her signature!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too Solid Flesh, a long time No-s champion, has just posted her "new style" testimonial here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4734

Even those of you who are familiar with her story already should check it out -- it just keeps getting more impressive: 3 years, -84 pounds, "fairly automatically."

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AmyLiz has just posted a very moving and enlightening account of how no-s has helped her get past deep and long standing habits of disordered eating:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4847

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phineas recently posted our first (I think?) updated new style testimonial:

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Since the original post was made I have lost another 25 pounds, placing me right around 170. That makes for a net loss of 55 pounds in a little over seven months.


http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=57655#57655
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FinallyFree just posted a great "testimonial" here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4985

Her numbers are great -- but even better is her new found freedom from food obsession.

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Over the years, through two pregnancies, I've gone up and down on MANY diets, all with one thing in common: obsession with eating. What should I eat, when, where, how much?? AM I hungry? Am I just bored? Why do I think about food so much? And on and on.

Not any more. No S Diet has literally freed me from all that. Eating (or not eating) is no longer my primary occupation. 14 pounds from a starting weight of 168 doesn't sound like much, but losing it on NoS has been so rewarding and easy.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Very New To This Reply with quote

Hi there, my husband and I have just started this diet / way of life, and it all seems to be a little too easy. Certainly sustainable. Anyway, just wanted to have a go at the Forum and also ask one little question. As Monday was a Bank Holiday (UK) was I supposed to count it as a NoSDay?
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I count something as an S day if it's a big celebration that includes food -- so for me, if you were going to a bank holiday picnic or something, I would make it an S. If it's just a day off work, I would count it as an N day. I hope that's helpful!
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

turtledove from washington just added a "testimonial" describing how she lost 10 pounds in ~6 months and "couldn't be happier with this system":

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5011

Barbara: sorry you post slipped under the radar. Non-weekend S-days are pretty much your call. If you have off from work, then you could very easily, with good conscience call it a special day. But if it's not a holiday that involves celebrating with food, or if there won't be any special temptations you want to enjoy, you could also take it as a regular old N-day.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meg has just posted her 10 month "testimonial" here (big numbers! with pictures! of a baby!)

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5021


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catbert, a no-s veteran of 5 and a half years just posted her "new style" testimonial here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5112

She lost a significant amount of weight (30 pounds) but most impressive is how she's been able to keep if off all this time.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jules has lost 40 pounds in about a year on No-s, despite some pretty extreme stresses in her life. No doubt Jules is a remarkable person, but I think her story goes to show how the structure of no-s can actually be a de-stressing positive when things get crazy.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5253
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oliviamanda just reached the 10 pound threshold:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=63320#63320

She's also practicing urban ranger.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With admirable (and accurate!) determination, BeatGuy just met his precise target weight (-20 pounds) in time for a special event (the World Boardgaming Championships -- go team No-S!).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5282

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This wasn't posted in the testimonials forum, but it's certainly testimonials worthy.

Despite massive stress (her husband deployed to Afghanistan, a death in the family), Ifee five lost 53 pounds in 6 months (and she calls herself a "newbie!"):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5289
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Reinhard and friends Smile
I didn't remember about the "ten pound" thing for posting on the testimonials page, but I just took a peek and was reminded of it now, so I suppose I qualify for posting!

I've lost about 10 percent of the weight I would ultimately like to lose, and it so happens to be just over 10 lbs.

To be honest, I have been here for years, but my "official" starting month for this most recent *serious* attempt, is May 2009.
My hope is to one day be between 170 and 150 lbs.
I started at 255 and, after 2 good months and a radical increase in the amount of exercise I was doing before, as well as curbing late night eating,
I am now 243! Very Happy .

Thanks to all for your ongoing support and love!~
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deb,

Thats fantastic! Congratulations!

Maybe you should post your own new style testimonial discussion to the testimonials forum? You certainly qualify -- and it might give an additional motivational boost.

In any case, looking forward to many more updates!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vikki, a 50 year old mother of 5 with a thyroid condition, just reach the one year mark.

Her numbers are fantastic: -30 pounds, -5.5 inches off her waist (and more)

But I'm even more impressed with her qualitative comments:

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the WHOLE PROCESS has been VERY ENJOYABLE, and I wouldn't trade "speed" for the "sanity, superiority, success, and SATISFACTION" of NoS.


http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=63992

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friscobob (whom long time board members may remember from way back) has been No-essing for 3 years and is now down 28 pounds.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5351

It wasn't initially easy going, and he quotes a great Japanese saying, ""fall down seven, get up eight" that helped him tough it out.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thalia has just posted a wonderful testimonial describing her No S experience so far (-19 pounds, or 10% of her starting bodyweight, in almost 8 months) :

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5493
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathleen just posted a very thoughtful (and successful!) one year update to her "testimonial" here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=68160#68160

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Grimes recently posted a 75 pound loss in a year "without fretting."

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5556

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldyoueva blasted through all three of our "quantitative criteria":

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5818

And KCCC posted a thoughtful update on a challenging but successful year:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4123

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sinnie hasn't been a regular poster in a bit, but she has been a regular (and very successful) no-esser!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5846

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veteran no-esser Thalia whom I'm sure all you old timers remember fondly has just posted her "testimonial" here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=72783

A particularly choice quote:

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I started 11 months ago, give or take. I am now down 21 pounds from my starting weight, and I haven't been posting here because it really has become second nature for me not to eat between meals, so much that talking about it much would be like talking about how I get out of bed every morning


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, a teacher from from Michigan, has just posted a very thoughtful and impressive testimonial.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5888

I particularly love this bit:

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Reinhard's approach seemed to give a voice to our non-obese ancestors -- he gave a "vote" to the dead and listened to what they had to teach us about diet and living. He listened to the voice of tradition: "Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about." -G.K. Chesterton


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hunter Gatherer has now been no-essing for FOUR YEARS.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5899

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Navin, formerly a prolific poster here (even from the yahoo group days!) is still no-essing!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5922
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulating ShannaR and MerryKat for their achievements (and thank them for sharing them with us as testimonals!)

ShannahR's testimonial, besides containing an impressive story, is organizationally interesting. She divides her testimonial into three points ("me," "the diet," "exercise") which might be serve as a template for future testimonials.

Read more at:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6102

MerryKat provides an outstanding example of someone who ran into some pretty serious initial difficulties with No-s, but kept coming back until it clicked. And click it did!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6100


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmarchin hit the -10 pound threshold in just 4 months despite some very difficult events:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6297

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No-s old-timer and reigning bulletin board champ gratefuldeb has had a fabulous year on No-s. Please join me in congratulating her here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6334

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Reinhard! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bookman old school has posted a guru beating (-64 pounds in a year!) testimonial here (with chart!):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6376

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashbeephoto has posted a POWERFUL testimonial here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=82480

Some highlights:

* No-s helped Ashbee conquer BED (Binge Eating Disorder -- pretty serious stuff)
* She lost 60 pounds -- in time for her wedding
* While "enjoying food" and eating like a "sane person"
* And actively participating in church and (large!) family life (she's one of 12 siblings!)

If you're a wavering newbie, do yourself a favor and take a look. I think you'll find her story very encouraging. If you're already in the "promised land" of firm healthy habits, please join me in congratulating her.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In March of this year, ShannahR hit her first "testimonial" milestone: -10 pounds.

She just posted an update saying she hit another: -10% (down to -17 pounds).

Please join me in congratulating her. She also provided a helpful month by month breakdown of her weight loss which might be helpful to newbies in budgeting their expectations (first month she didn't lose anything).

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveMC recently completed his one year anniversary on No-S (-20 pounds).

Here's a small "teaser" from his testimonial:

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NoS is a *perfect* match to my personal psychology: simple, effective, and unobtrusive, just as advertised. I took to it right away, and was lucky enough to have it stick the first time I started. I still use the HabitCal, but nothing interesting ever happens there: I now just fill it in a month at a time, in advance, as a way of "declaring" which days I'm going to count as S-days, and I never need to touch it after that. Now, if a day is an N-day, I just don't eat sweets or snacks - it's as automatic as getting up in the morning.


But please do yourself a favor and read the rest. Among other things, he reports on his success using a slight but often discussed "mod."

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6595

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kassabma from Michigan has hit a testimonial-qualifying milestone in a little over a month (-16.8 pounds):

It isn't usually this quick, but it's possible, and it sure is nice when it happens:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6611

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KCCC, a long-time no-esser and a pillar of this online community, recently updated her testimonial to let us know that she's slowly and steadily (and with "minimal panic") recovered from a very difficult year. Please join me in congratulating her.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=83039#83039

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vicky has lost 30 pounds in 2 years:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6629

Although these are great numbers, as is so often the case with no-s, Vicky's "qualitative" achievements are almost more important that the quantitative.

She experimented with a bunch of different mods and tweaks, but in the end, it was good old vanilla no-s that did the trick for her.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It's a marathon, not a sprint" and all that, but some people do get startlingly fast results. Ironsickel just reported losing 18 pounds in a single month:

That's probably some kind of quantitative record for no-s, but the following qualitative comment made me very happy to read as well:

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Really enjoying the diet. I've never said those words in succession before. Smile


http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6676

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwidener7 just reported passing two of my three suggested criteria for testimonials in just 7 months (-18 pounds, -10%+):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6689

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Staria recently reported losing a whopping 65 pounds in her first year on No-s.

Her secret? Plain old vanilla no-s.

When you don't fool around, stay strict on your N-days, and enjoy your S-days (without too many non-weekend variety) it's amazing how powerful it can be.

Lots of details as to how she pulled this off here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6745

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Last year I mocked my husband for spending $12 on No Sweets, No Snacks, No Seconds—yeah? Who needs to read that book? Just read the cover!


Click here to find out who -- and the impressive results she achieved. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BonnieUK has been successfully no-essing for 3 years now.

Read her update (and new insights) here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=85554#85554

Pounds are one thing -- and Bonnie's lost them. But years on habit -- this is a metric that impresses me far more.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulating Ashleigh on some much anticipated weight gain:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=86241

Beautiful pictures -- and no less beautiful story (some of you will remember Ashleigh's post a few months ago on how No-s helped her lose 60 pounds and overcome BED).

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AmyLiz has just update her testimonial after another successful 6 months:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4847

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating He>mE, who has been "consistently loosing a pound a week, and not even trying." (so about -14 since he started about 3 months ago).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6898
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarls lost 15 pounds in three months on the no s diet WHILE TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7045

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you have temptations? Well Annie works in food service, and she's lost 20 pounds in six months on the no s diet:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7094


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like we've got a bit of a bit of a testimonials backlog at the moment!

In somewhat confused order:

audiomama has updated her testimonial -- she recently reach the one year mark and is now down 42 pounds.

kassabma lost 30 pounds in a little over 6 months and seen her cholesterol numbers improve significantly.

He>mE is down 21 pounds or 10% of his starting weight.

ShannahR has maintained her 15-17 lbs loss for another 6 months. I love maintenance stories. Any diet can do steep drops. This is what No-s really excels at.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TLMWA just posted a nice and quick 10 pound loss after a couple of false starts:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7457

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been a little remiss in keeping this testimonials thread up to date with the amazing progress people have been making in the testimonials thread, but I'm going to start remedying that now.

In reverse chronological order, please join me in congratulating Sienna on an incredible first year (she's down 65.5 pounds or 28.93% of her starting body weight).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7765

Her "less compliant" husband also lost 20 pounds doing no-s -- not too shabby either!

This isn't just great news, but it's greatly presented great news. She's got graphs, and regression lines, and detailed qualitative analysis.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before I let the backlog pile up even further, some more testimonials you should check out (you guys have to slow down on the success, I can't keep up!):

I'll let Sheepish's discussion thread title speak for itself:

Imperfect? You can still get results

Strawberry Roan has not only succeeded on multiple levels (1 year on habit, more than 10 pounds down) but reached her precise quantitative goal:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7814

DaveMC now has 2 YEARS of systematic moderation in eating under his ever more snugly fitting belt:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7816

More soon...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vicki has now been no-essing for 3 years and is down a grand total of 45 pounds:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7858

Please join me in congratulating her on this tremendous achievements -- and learning from a true No-s master.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long time no-esser Sinnie (~6 years?) is still with it and still going down:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=106984#106984

Not bad at all for someone who reached their "ideal" weight two years ago.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulating Staria, who has maintained her tremendous progress (-65 pounds) through a VERY difficult year.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7993

Lots of people can lose a bunch of weight. But very few can keep it off in times like these.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clarica has now lost ~50 pounds and brought her total weight under 300 pounds.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8004

You all know how I feel about scale numbers, but hey, this is a milestone to celebrate.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda is now down 65-70 pounds and has just crossed into "Onederland," as she puts it (<200 pounds).

Please join me in congratulating her and reading more details here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8165

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anonymous 5'5 Woman is now down 80 pounds after six months of no-s.

Please join me in congratulation her here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8186
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reinhard, I'm so glad you have this thread going. All I have to do is scan down the page to see example after example of people using No S to lose a lot of weight. I almost had a dietary freak out yesterday ending with me running full speed back to extreme low carbing (we know how that would have ended) but while cruising this site I came across this post. What a life saver. Thank you for keeping this updated.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulation r.jean, a mom of three who has lost 45 pounds in her first year on no-s:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8269

r.jean is no longer obese and provides many helpful details as to how she pulled off this impressive and inspiring feat.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: controlling disordered/emotional eating Reply with quote

I'm nervous and excited about finally writing this because I love No S so much and want to sing it to the high heavens, and not after just the honeymoon phase of success. At age 58 and two years, this marriage is going to last!


I can’t be a source of hope for anyone who is trying to get into the low end of his/her BMI range, but there are others who can. However, No S HAS SAVED MY EATING LIFE AND MY SANITY AROUND FOOD. In 2 years, I’ve gone from 185 to 161 (13% of my weight) and am still losing. Not the huge drops some have, but I had some setbacks, and yet I’m stronger now than ever, unlike most people who follow traditional diets; they are usually heavier 2 years later. Plus, I look good in my clothes and I feel confident and peppy. I wasn’t even sure I would lose weight on No S, but I knew I had to do something about my insane compulsion to overeat, mostly sweets, and mostly in private. If you want freedom from the tyranny of food as much as or even (as I did) more than weight loss, I ecstatically recommend it!

(BTW, the National Weight Loss Registry reports that it takes 2-5 years of compliance for the likelihood of relapse of overeating to drop to 25%, and this is only in the 3-15% who actually do lose weight in the first place. And those people do not usually get thin, just thinner. Sobering news, and more reason not to choose radical plans, in my opinion. Consistent moderation forever!)

• I no longer worry about the pull of fattening or processed foods/ carbs/sugar. I can have small amounts without going overboard-- or none.
• I don’t fear restaurants or social eating situations where lots of food is available.
• I don’t feel deprived or in food prison.
• I’m completely happy with the program. I’m not afraid that there’s a better, faster way to get lean and mean that will last.
• I love my three meals a day and love getting hungry. I overeat some on the weekends, but less and less, and I enjoy all that I do eat.
• I stuck it out even when I was bingeing on weekends much longer than many and it has paid off. Don't fear the weekends!
• Thank you, thank you, thank you, Reinhard and all the long-term No S-ers here.

The challenge for anyone with disordered eating is to find the right balance of ordered eating to counteract it. As I see it, the major problem is too many random decisions to eat a lot of calorie-dense food, especially in the face of promises to self not to eat. No S has been the best of both worlds for this recovering disordered secret “emotional” binge eater, even though it was not designed for it: a program that promotes flexible food choices with ordered limited access to food, and free eating on weekends to promote more independent judgment. Jackpot! I found that it didn’t matter what the reason was for my wanting to eat during the week. I just didn’t do it between meals. So freeing. And two years of mostly compliant weekdays tamed my weekends enviably.

History for those who need to hear if it matches their problems: I started eating sweets secretly when I was about 10 years old and was told at 12 to lose 10 pounds (I weighed 120 at 5’4”). I did not and weighed 145 after high school when I went on my first real diet for a gymnastics class (even though I was in my normal BMI range). I managed over 40 years to stick to diets and lose weight for probably about 3 years total in that time. The rest of the time, I agonized over eating and my body, never able to stick to my attempts to cut eating sweets, especially at night. My disordered eating got progressively worse so that my weight rose from mostly in the 140-150’s before my 40's to eventually to over 200 for a short time. I first joined No S in October of 2008 (age 55), probably weighing 180, had brief success, but fell off after Thanksgiving and didn’t return in earnest until Dec. 26, 2009 at 185. I WAS DESPERATE AND KNEW THAT MY DISORDERED EATING WOULD ONLY GET WORSE AND BE WITH ME MY LAST YEARS ON THIS PLANET IF I DIDN'T DO SOMETHING. I knew that eating 5-6 meals a day as I had been for 7 years was not stopping it. I knew that though intuitive eating had helped me get rid of a lot of food prejudices against supposedly fattening foods, I hadn’t been able to use it to lose weight. I knew that though I had actually learned a lot about what combinations of whole foods I enjoyed and actually satisfied me on traditional diets, I wouldn’t follow one, nor track calories forever. And I believed that at least for me, there was no food I couldn't learn to eat in moderation. No S was and remains my best bet, and I am so grateful I found it! I may alter what I eat at meals or how much on weekends but I will never go back to snacking, tracking, or sweets every day. This is it!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: controlling disordered/emotional eating Reply with quote

Congratulations, oolala! That is a fantastic testimonial, and great results. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53,

Many, many congratulations and thank you for this thoughtful, inspiring post!

More comments and congratulations here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8296

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since Nov 21 (so less than three months ago), Anonymous 58 year old man writes:

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I have gone from 164 bs and a 34 3/4" waist to 150 lbs and a 32 3/4" waist. I look like one of those guys on the "P90X" commercials except that I didn't have to shell out $$$ to make it happen or eat eat special foods. And I have absolutely no doubt that my approach to eating has changed forever.


Lots more impressive detail in his full email (anonymized and posted with permission):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8354
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulating audiomama on another year of no-s success:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=114338#114338

Despite very challenging family medical issues, she has maintained a 38 pound loss.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anonymous dad of 4 has emailed me last week that he's now down 40+ pounds since starting no-s.

Lots more details, posted with permission here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8398

(I sent him the link, so rest assured he'll be reading your comments and responses.)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 has done it again: in her latest "testimonial" update she reports making it to the "normal" BMI range for the first time in over a decade:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=115357

Please join me in congratulating her!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After one year, ShyKitty has lost 0 pounds on the No S Diet -- and she's thrilled about it.

Find out why here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8494
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Years on habit" is my favorite success metric for No-S, and DaveMC has just racked up three of them. Please join me in congratulation him.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8736


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just noticed in my campaign to figure out facebook I neglected to report the last batch of testimonials to this thread. Have to log off and luddite now, but I will transfer them in a bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, forgot to transfer, but lest I use that as an excuse to fall even farther behind, here's Vicki's 4 year testimonial update.

She's down over 50 pounds and 4/5 pant sizes, but that's just a small part of the benefit she's enjoyed.

Please join me in congratulating her -- and in learning from her considerable experience:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8821
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NoSRocks just reported losing 26 pounds using an "all caps" mod of No-S (limiting S-days to really special or "capital S" days).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8873
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been bad about keeping this thread updated again... (I've been posting testimonials to facebook and forgetting to put them here as well. I should probably figure out some kind of feed thing to stick them both places at once...)

Anyway, here's the latest:

What's the most important component of diet and exercise success? Focus on a "sustainable minimum of compliance." It doesn't take much; it just takes consistency. Chentegt's 2 year testimonial is a case in point.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9081

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long-time board member Noel has had a great year!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9117

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulating "Sweetness" on her 10-12 pound loss (and great new habits):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9265
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NoSRocks has some impressive numbers to post -- and an interesting reversal of the order in which people traditionally tend to approach diet (first lose, then maintain).

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9304
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 new testimonials to report, one rather overdue. Forgive the self-plagiarism from facebook.

"Slow and steady wins the race." If you have kids, I bet you've read the story of the tortoise and the hare to them a bunch of times, perhaps with a pang of conscience at how you've failed to apply its simple and obviously true lesson to your own behavior. Take a look at Minkymoo's recent No S testimonial to see how she finally has applied it -- with impressive results.


Yes, it's still true, MEN can lose weight on No-S! We've had so many testimonials from women recently that it's hard to believe people used to worry that No-S might only work for males. See jakemart's testimonial for details on how he combined No-s and shovelglove to lose ~25-30 pounds.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please join me in congratulation Friscobob on another 2 years of successful no-essing! (maintaining a 40+ pound loss)

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=133387#133387
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicest of the Damned has posted a "photo testimonial" (including adorable baby!) here:

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9440

Please join me in congratulating her.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More good news in the testimonials department while I was on vacation last week: DaveMc has racked up yet another successful "year on habit" (4 years and counting);

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9467

And eschano reported impressive first-year results: down over 18 pounds or 10% of starting weight.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9472
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicest of the Damned has just reported that she's now down at least 65 pounds since starting No-s (doctor's scale!):

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9513
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late summer is usually a slow time for diet (everyone has given up on trying to fit in their swimsuits already), but No-essers have been steadily plugging onward!

Three testimonials to report since my last update here, in chronological order:

#1. TigerCrane tried No-s successfully about 5 years ago. Then she "fell of the wagon." But a significant part of the weight she lost (20 pounds) never came back, even without her consciously continuing to apply the rules -- "permanent weight loss." Think what results she'll achieve now that she's back to conscious no-essing!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9515

#2. As I say every time a No-S "old timer" posts another yearly update, "maintenance testimonials" are my favorite kind. And at year five, sustaining a 55 pound loss, Vicki's recent check-in is among the best of the best. How few "dieters" ever make it that far.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9529

#3. Imogen has also racked up quite a few "years on habit" (3 and change ) and impressive results (-28 pounds). But what I love most about her testimonial is her description of what it took to force these initial habits in place, and the unanticipated positive side effects they have had for her in other spheres of life.

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9546
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is humility the key to weight loss? iamtami's testimonial (among others) makes me think it might be!

http://everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9556
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