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audiomama



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Yearly Check In Reply with quote

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!

At the end of Feb I weighed 234 (Female, 5’7”). I decided maybe No S’ing would be a good idea… so I did. The information on the cover was enough at first. I started reading the book within a few days for motivation and clarification.

Fast forward 28 weeks. On Saturday, I weighed in at 204. I’ve lost 30 lbs, and I’m more productive and balanced than I have ever been in my adult life. Since I can no longer distract myself with “I need a snack” whenever I’m having a hard moment on a project or with my family I have been facing my challenges directly. I’ve learned the value of clear goals focused on behavior rather than outcomes. I’m better able to forgive myself for not living up to my expectations from time to time and go forward from there. This is a whole new experience for me!

Did I mention I’ve also lost 30 lbs?!?! My experience with food has been nothing but positive during this time. Instead of feeling deprived, I feel grateful that I live in a place where I can choose whatever food I want for three filling meals a day. Food really does taste better when I’m hungry. I’ve struck a very good balance between flexibility and strictness by following the “don’t-be-an-idiot” policy. If it looks like gluttony, it probably is. If it seems reasonable, I don’t worry about it. On S days I try not to think about food, I can trust that I now know what it feels like to be satisfied.

I haven't intentionally exercised, but today I carried several grocery-filled bags to my 3rd floor office and then had to run back down for a forgotten item. On the way back up I noticed I hadn’t even slowed down. Everything is easier 30 lbs lighter. My energy is better when I’m eating whatever my body tells me it wants -- three times a day and only after looking at it all on the plate.

I highly recommend the book for understanding the complete picture. If everyone read it there would be no more posts complaining “No S doesn’t work for me. I haven’t lost any weight even though I only have one cookie each afternoon and a bowl of cereal before bed.” I’m so glad my husband bought a book I thought no one needed!


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Too solid flesh



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: 30 lbs lost, so much gained! Reply with quote

audiomama wrote:
I’ve lost 30 lbs, and I’m more productive and balanced than I have ever been in my adult life.


Congratulations, audiomama! The changes you have made in your life are really impressive, as is the 30 lbs weight loss.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audiomama -- Way to go!!! It is inspiring to read how No S has changed your life in addition to your weight. I've found that to be true as well. Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audiomama,

Congratulations and thank you for posting this!

This isn't just a great success story with very impressive numbers, but I love your pithy reformulation of something we talk about a lot on these boards:

Quote:
If it looks like gluttony, it probably is. If it seems reasonable, I don’t worry about it.


I also love the detail about mocking your husband. Smile

Congratulations and best wishes to you both,

Reinhard
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audiomama



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject: close to the year Reply with quote

I'm pretty close to my no-s anniversary (3 weeks away), but I know I won't be avail to post then so here's my yearly check in... As of this moment I'm 42 lbs lighter than I was when I discovered No-S last February. My BMI has dropped from 38 to 31. My fantasy goal is a BMI of 24, the upper edge of "Normal," only 40-ish lbs to go.

I choose to focus on my gratitude for being able to eat three satisfying meals a day-- when there are people in the world and even in my town who don't have that luxury. No matter what struggles I face in my life I can celebrate that abundance.

Make me sweet again, fragrant and fresh and wild, and thankful for any small event. -- Rumi
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fantastic, inspiring quote and attitude! Gibran quotes often have the same kinds of hopeful, powerful messages - I love to read his sayings when I'm feeling a bit down. Congratulations on your remarkable success Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

audiomama,

This is wonderful news -- thank you for letting us know!

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My BMI has dropped from 38 to 31. My fantasy goal is a BMI of 24


Two observations:

1. I love the way you put this: "fantasy goal." I think it's a deeply right way to look at it: yes it would be nice to hit that number, but you're keeping the focus on behaving moderately and not on unsustainably lunching towards some arbitrary goal.

2. 38-31=7 , 31-24=7 -- "fantasy" though it may be, it isn't so crazy, given what you've accomplished already.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Two years since discovering No-S Reply with quote

In Feb 2010 I weighed 234 lbs. In February 2011 I weighed 196 lbs. This week (my two year No-S anniversary) I weigh 196 lbs. As I reflect on the past year, which has included my husband's bone-marrow transplant (cancer treatment), I'm calling "not gaining 60 lbs from stress eating" a No-S success. Admittedly, I've used a very lax interpretation of No-S. (The Less-S Diet?)

Goal for 2012: Revive my gratitude for three-meals-a-day and recommit to my No-S practice.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maintaining under such difficult circumstances is an achievement.

I hope that your husband is doing well.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very inspiring!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

audiomama,

Thank you for your update here! I love to see people use this forum not simply for one-off testimonials, but as a vehicle for providing continuing evidence of how No S works long term, which is THE real issue for diet.

The fact that you have maintained a significant loss for another year is impressive. That fact that you did it despite serious life difficulties is a triumph. Congratulations and many thanks for letting us know.

Best of luck to you and your husband in 2012 and looking forward to more updates,

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oolala53



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are absolutely right that not having gained is success. Even without the stressors, most people in decent health are heavier a year later.

Good luck with greater compliance this year. I've had the greatest strides in months 22-26.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:26 am    Post subject: stopping No S results in weight gain Reply with quote

In Feb 2010 I weighed 234 lbs. In February 2011 and 2012 I weighed 196 lbs. Last year I stopped doing No S (because I "deserve a treat now and then"). Just now the scale said I am 213.

I've been struggling a little bit to get back to No S, but that's the motivation I need. If I don't change my trajectory I'll be back to my max weight in a year. Target weight is 170 lbs. Ready? Set? Go... slowly in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel ya. Food is seductive and available. And we DO deserves treats! It's just too bad what food treats do to us. Got to keep looking for others; at least, I have to

I am having a little struggle right now, too, though I don't think I've gained much. Let's root for each other.
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Mar/13-24.9 Stayed at +/- 8-lb. for three years Sept/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
Mar/18 22.2

There is no S better than Vanilla No S.


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, at least you caught yourself 20 pounds from your max.

It is tempting to say "I don't need to diet anymore!" once you've achieved your target weight.

And if we lived in a non "obesogenic" society, with traditional meal structures and cultural support for moderate eating, I'd agree with you.

But we live in a society where food is ubiquitous and cheap as garbage, where there are few social structures to discourage constant eating, where, on the contrary, we are constantly encouraged to eat, by marketers and even by self-styled health gurus.

So I find no-s necessary even now, years after I hit my "target" weight (I'm actually about 15 pounds below what I imagined was my ideal weight, going in). I don't view it as a "diet," but as a stand-in for cultural structures which no longer exist in a meaningful way. It's a replacement for (sadly) lost traditions -- though hopefully, if enough of us start eating this way again, we might build not only good personal habits, but rebuild some of these traditions again on a societal level.

In any case, thanks for keeping us posted and good luck picking up No-s again!

Reinhard
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back!
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reinhard wrote:


I don't view it as a "diet," but as a stand-in for cultural structures which no longer exist in a meaningful way. It's a replacement for (sadly) lost traditions.


This is absolutely the best summary of NoS that I've read--it really isn't about the rules (though they are very important). NoS's brilliance comes from the freedom within boundaries.

I've been following NoS for almost 5 years, and I still can't manage without the sane, sound, satisfying structure NoS provides for meal times.
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