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~reneew



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: * * * December challenge * * * Reply with quote

I challenge you to publicly set a goal for the month of December and tell us how it goes!
This is for anybody who needs encouragement and daily accountability, and boy do i need accountability during the holidays! Think of this as your own little cheering section.

- post your progress once at the top with your goal and edit that first post all month. It's easier to skim-read and find each other. Accountability helps!
- please re-read that last one, some people don't get it.
- after a couple days we can post encouragements and support at the bottom.
- anyone can start whenever through out the month. The more ~ the merrier!
- good luck and have fun with it!

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~reneew



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my.
Winter is when I gain (see my daily page 1 for ugly details).
But this year its all going to change! The only goal I REALLY want to meet is to maintain this weight through Christmas. I know the scale shouldn't be the measure, but it is a definite one and long-term which I think I need right now. I will weigh the same (or less hahahaha) on the morning of December 28th as I do now on Nov. 30th. (Fridays are my lowest) My reward will be an S day on New years eve. To do this I've re-arranged my Sdays instead of adding 4 more. Also... no pie for breakfast!!! That kinda starts me off on a bad note. duh.
December
1 Wink S day off to a nice start!
2 Wink bad... but I find that now that I'm looking at long-term goals, I care more about my S days. It hasn't made much of a difference yet but I care anyway.
3 Mr. Green yea! I need to get back to where I was last Friday. Cable issues and can't watch HGTV, so it seems I don't exercise much then.
4 Mr. Green go me! very happy. I would not be successful if it weren't for having to write it on here. Thanks guys. Upset about my lack of t.v. by my treadmill.
5 Embarassed cake at church dinner. ug. No HGTV ~ No treadmill.
6 Embarassed left over cake now! UG
7 Embarassed but not too bad, and still the same weight, which is my goal...
8 Wink ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. I feel nausia, guilt, regret, anger, and frustration.
9 Wink not too bad
10 Mr. Green Great day! Had a slight fever, but great day as far as eating goes of course. Also, cable fixed, so I'm treading again! Thanks HGTV! Also, right on track for my goal.
11 Embarassed had to wrap carmels. Should have taped my mouth shut.
12 Embarassed
13 Embarassed sweets are my December enemy
14 Embarassed but I'm maintaining my weight!!! That is incredible considering my sea of red. ug.
15 Wink
16 Wink
17 Mr. Green barely
18 Embarassed good grief
19 Embarassed carmels, cookies, bars everywhere I go. Why do people do that?
20 Embarassed grrr. I'm pretty sure I ate more sweets than actual food.
I'm gaining weight!!! Like I couldn't see that one coming with all of this red. One green successful day a week won't help me. I hereby declare a war on sweets! That seems to be the whole problem! I will have no sweets until Christmas eve when company comes!!! No sweets will mean a green day for me until the end of the year.
21 Mr. Green Yea yea yea!!! Not a bite of sugar, and a good day all around! woohoo! (finally)
22 Embarassed
23 Wink moving my Sdays around instead of taking 4 more. I usually treat it as an S-travaganza anyway.
24 Wink
25 Embarassed
26 Embarassed good grief, do I have to be honest and color these? I will just for the record.
27 Embarassed Just color me red
28 Embarassed this is my weigh day. Did I maintain? HA! Nope.
29 Mr. Green Wow! I'm throwing a green day in there. There's hope! Good, because I gained.
31 Wink

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eschano



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks reneew!

So I'm joining the challenge until the 23rd when I'm off on vacation. I'm still considering an advent calendar mod but will post it here before the 1st of December if I decide for one. Edit: No mod, just plain vanilla until I go on holiday.

1 S day
2 S day
3 Success
4 Success
5 Success
6 Fail - I had a snack at 4.30am after staying out the whole night. On the plus side I slept too long to have breakfast.
7 NWS Day
8 S day
9 S day
10 Success - although I was sick so only had 2 grapes and some tea for dinner.
11 Success
12 Fail - got a Hazelnut Latte by mistake and decided to go for it anyway. It was delicious.
13 Success
14 Success
15 S day
16 S day
17 Success
18 Success
19 Success
20 Fail
21 Success
22 S day
23 S day

Vacation for the rest Smile - wow, S days in December fall on dangerous days Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in. My goal is to continue with S events rather than S days - two per week, more when I am on vacation. I will be going on vacation for a week, but we'll cook our meals. We'll be with friends though, so that will be a challenge.

1 Very Happy - S day
2 Mr. Green
3 Mr. Green
4 Very Happy = S event
5 Mr. Green
6 Embarassed
7 Very Happy NWS day
8 Very Happy - S day
9 Very Happy - S day
10 Embarassed
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clarinetgal



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still not exactly sure of what my goals are. I think I want to stick to the overall No S structure, so for me, it will be 3 meals with the option of a 4th meal on the days I need it (I have late rehearsals twice a week). My other goal will be to eat any sweets with a meal. Also, no perma snacking at night (my other big problem). Since I'm not doing Vanilla No S, I won't have official S days, except for Christmas and possibly Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

1. Exempt. Since I hadn't decided on my goals, I'm not going to penalize myself. Plus, my eating was more moderate than it had been the previous few days.
2. Fail
3. Fail The Christmas goodies are proving to be a huge challenge for me right now. Thankfully, we have just about run out of the processed goodies we bought, and I don't plan on baking anything quite yet, so with a little will power, I may be able to have a success tomorrow.
4. Fail but a better eating day overall, which is why I'm not making it red
5. Fail I've resisted Vanilla No S, but I'm starting to wonder if that's how I should go. I'm part of the minority here who counts calories, and I use a softwear program (My Fitness Pal). According to MFP, almost 50% of my calories today came from sweets. Embarassed I've GOT to get this under control! I'll think about Vanilla, but in the mean time, I will work on actually sticking to my calorie target (I'm still basically following the No S structure of 3 meals, and no seconds. I have had sweets in the evening, after my kids go to bed, and that habit needs to go.
6. Fail
7. Fail
8. Fail. Okay, change in plans. My new goal will be to not eat after dinner. I figure if I take it in baby steps, maybe I will get my eating under control. Here's hoping for a success tomorrow!
9. Success! Finally!
10. Success!
11. Success!
12. Fail
13. Success!
14. Fail
15. Fail, but barely. I just had one small cookie after dinner.
16. Fail
17. Fail. I've had a bad cold the past few days, and I've used that as an excuse to eat a bunch of junk. I want to try really hard to have a green day tomorrow, though, because I'm getting tired of all of the junk.
18. Fail
19. Fail
20. Fail
21. Fail
22. Fail
23. Fail
24. Exempt
25. Exempt merry Christmas!
26. Success!
27. Fail
28. Success!
29. S Day
30. S Day
31. S Day


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ironchef



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I've had some time to think about it.

My holidays will be vanilla No-S, but I'm considering an additional goal for non-special of "small s" days. I've found that since I've been dairy free for my son, I'm getting some treats I don't really love (e.g. dairy free chocolate that was kind of blah), and I've been mindlessly scoffing them.

So for December my goal is a new S - Social. On small s days (just weekends) I'll have S's if they are social, for example shared with my husband, or eaten out at a cafe with a book or the newspaper. No eating standing up alone and quickly. Big S days will just be free for all, but since Christmas and so on are family days I figure they'll end up social anyway.

1 s day Went well, kept treats for lunchtime with my parents and after dinner with mr. chef. Everything on a plate, sitting down.
2 s day Doing ok today, but just ate a cookie without any company or a meal. So, posting here to remind myself of my goal.
3 GREEN
4 GREEN
5 RED - marshmallows in my mocha
6 GREEN
7 GREEN
8 s day Good
9 s day Poor, did some eating alone and while walking in the park. Need to re-think my goals, as social time limited with the baby and I felt quite resentful on Saturday that I didn't get any time to savor treats.
10 GREEN
11 GREEN
12 GREEN
13 GREEN
14 GREEN
15 s day - success, lovely day, morning tea with friends
16 s day - more snacking and sweets alone. Not sure Dec goal is really working
17 RED - olives, mushrooms and bread on date with DH
18 GREEN
19 GREEN
20 S event - lunch - Success, kept it to just lunch
21 GREEN
22 s day
23 s day
24 S day
25 S day
26 GREEN
27 GREEN
28 GREEN
29 s day
30 s day
31 S day


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jos22



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: December Challenge Reply with quote

Yes, I'm in. The goal this month is to have S events rather than whole S days. For me this means sticking with No S when at home but having freedom to eat when at a social event. This is important to me because when I try to restrict my eating too much at a party or social gathering I tend to binge when I get home. Also, I try to eat paleo style as much as possible but I don't aim for perfection on this as trying to be perfect on any diet plan is a major derailer for me usually results in binge behavior as soon as there is even a tiny mistake made.

1 - Very Happy Wedding S event from 6pm
2 - Very Happy Birthday dinner S event
3 - Mr. Green
4 - Mr. Green
5 - Very Happy S event Dinner - this was unplanned but it did not lead to a binge! Success
6 - Mr. Green
7 - Mr. Green Success - kept to my paleo eating plan even though family had pizza!
8 - Mr. Green
9 - Mr. Green
10 - Mr. Green *
11 - Mr. Green *
12 - Mr. Green *
13 - Mr. Green *
14 - Mr. Green missed lunch and was in danger of a binge last night when I got home from work. Instead, Sat down, had a big glass of water and resisted the urge to eat everything in sight. Had a small protein snack and called it lunch. An hour later had normal dinner. This is a big success for me, especially on a Friday night!
15 - Very Happy S Event - Restaurant Thai dinner,ice cream to finish. Did not binge when I got home.
16 - Very Happy - missed breakfast. Result = lots of snacks today
17 - Embarassed chocolate after dinner. Fought off the urge to eat all evening so I'm actually very happy that it didn't turn into an all out binge. I can recognise the danger for me this week. It's hard to explain but I often experience a delayed reaction to stress. For example - I'll feel incredibly anxious/fearful/stressed about an event and during this period I can generally keep my urges to eat under control, but when the event passes the urge to eat comes back even more strongly and it usually ends in a few weeks of uncontrolled eating. I guess it's a comfort thing. I'm determined to not let it beat me this time!
18 -
19 -
20 -
21 -
22 - Very Happy Wedding Anniversary S Event Dinner
23 -
24 - Very Happy
25 - Very Happy
26 - Very Happy
27 -
28 -
29 -
30 -
31 -

* really tough days on a personal level but managed to keep it together foodwise. Kept reminding myself that food was not going to make the situation any better. Proud of myself! Mr. Green Mr. Green

For anyone reading this and wondering if this type of challenge will help them, I'm finding it extremely helpful. I haven't had such a good run of greens for months and I can only attribute my behavioural compliance with having to write it down.


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Too solid flesh



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On S days, of which there will be many this month, I plan to have three meals, plus one or two treats, and no random snacking. This should allow for enjoyment without excessive overeating. I will track them on this thread, as Very Happy/Mr. Green for successful S days, and Very Happy/Embarassed for S days on which I eat more than planned. (They will all just be yellow on HabitCal.) Exceptions: Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day, which will be unrestricted.

Sa 1.12 Very Happy
Su 2.12 Very Happy
M 3.12 Mr. Green
Tu 4.12 Mr. Green
W 5.12 Mr. Green
Th 6.12 Mr. Green
F 7.12 Mr. Green
Sa 8.12 Very Happy
Su 9.12 Smile
M 10.12 Mr. Green
Tu 11.12 Sad / Embarassed
W 12.12 Sad / Embarassed
Th 13.12 Sad / Embarassed Stressful few days. Oh, well, a bona fide celebration tomorrow.
I really need to keep my N days strict and S days moderate this month if I am not to undo all my recent good work.
F 14.12 Very Happy
Sa 15.12 Very Happy Moderate
Su 16.12 Very Happy
M 17.12 Mr. Green
Tu 18.12 Mr. Green
W 19.12 Embarassed Home baking (not by me), my Achilles heel.
Th 20.12 Embarassed Still the home baking.
F 21.12 Mr. Green A well earned green, given that I went to a social event with lots of goodies.

I've been doing unusually badly this month. Thank goodness for this thread. Knowing that I would be reporting here really motivated me to get that green today!

Now I will be having a long run of Special days. To reaffirm: I will be trying to get good S days, basically like N days with one or two treats, rather than free for alls. Except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when I won't be restrictive although at this stage I am unlikely to go too wild.

Sa 22.12 Very Happy
Su 23.12 Very Happy Both days moderate.
M 24.12 Very Happy
Tu 25.12 Very Happy Only a pleasant degree of overeating.
W 26.12 Very Happy
Th 27.12 Very Happy / Very Happy
F 28.12 Smile / Embarassed Ate too much at dinner, but otherwise OK.
Sa 29.12 Smile / Embarassed Again, day OK but ate too much in evening.

Previous Decembers have not been this bad. I'll do better next month.

Su 30.12 Smile / Embarassed Ate while preparing dinner. Roll on the New Year.
M 31.12 Very Happy Not too bad.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm back for the millionth time (I come back regularly to read posts but it's been a while I haven't posted anything). In the past, when I continuously don't do well, I just stop posting -- I'll try to stick to posting even if it doesn't go well. I want to work on the sweets and snacks, but I'll modify it because I've tried the strict vanilla no-s and I can't stick to it and then I give up. With snacks, I'll allow myself fruits (I know I won't abuse because I'm not a fan of fruits -- so when I eat them, it's just giving me good vitamins). With the no sweets, I'm going to take the approach of some of the other people here: Sweets allowed only for social events (I tend not to abuse as much when there are other people around). If no social event during week, I can have a sweet on the Sunday.

My definition of social event (I'll update/modify as I go along if I see I have too many reds):
Dinner at someone's house or special dinner at home.
Restaurant (I don't eat out much so shouldn't be an issue).
Out for coffee with Mom (I take my Mom out for coffee sometimes and we always have something sweet with it -- I don't want to change this)


SNACKS
Mr. Green = none (unless it's fruit)
Embarassed = snack other than fruit

(REVISED DEC 5: removing this objective for now -- only tackling the sweets)

SWEETS
Mr. Green = none
Neutral = social event
Embarassed = sweets for no reason

S1: SN= Embarassed .....SW= Embarassed (for snack I was hungry; for sweet have no excuse) Not off to very good start -- I'll try harder tomorrow.
S2: SN= Embarassed .....SW= Mr. Green (controlled the no snacks until 8:00 p.m., then had one, and another, and another -- no control)

M3: SN= Mr. Green.....SW= Mr. Green This was a tough day to get through -- constant debate in my head on whether or not I should eat this or that.
T4: SN= Embarassed .....SW= Embarassed Managed to do well during the day but got totally out of control in the evening.
W5: Embarassed cupcake at home -- no excuse
T6: Neutral 3 small pieces of chocolate from a box given to me as gift
F7: Embarassed Someone brought cookies to work (with x-mas coming up, this is just the beginning). I took one small one but didn't use that as an excuse to go crazy the rest of the day, so I guess that was good. Smile
S8: Neutral Birthday party -- had a piece of cake
S9: Embarassed 3 separate sweets -- out of control

M10: Embarassed
T11: Embarassed Not doing so well so far. Haven't gone totally out of control with sweets, but the snacking on other things (especially in the evening) is out of control. Even though my objective now is the no sweets, I was kind of hoping to get in some complete No-S days (no sweets, no snacks, no seconds). I'm going to keep trying. Sad
W12: Embarassed
T13: Embarassed
F14: Embarassed a very definite red
S15: Neutral Social event for sweet so that's o.k. but have to stop eating when not hungry (whether it's during meal or in between). Logged in today planning to write that I was going to stop posting here because too discouraged but changed my mind as I read the other people's posts. Will try to continue posting even if not going well.
S16: Mr. Green No sweets

M17: Neutral Had a very small piece of dessert someone brought to work.
T18: Embarassed With x-mas coming up, people keep bringing goodies to work. I tried to resist but all I could think of were those cookies sitting there and then I had some. To top it off, I used it as an excuse to make things worse by eating more sweets in the evening. Embarassed Embarassed

I'm going to stop tracking here for now. I'm feeling overwhelmed with work and with x-mas coming up. Coming here to put reds just seems to add to my stress. Maybe December wasn't a good month to start.

I'll be back to read how people are doing though. Happy Holidays to all of you!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vanilla with possibly two extra NWS days. Minimum 10 minutes exercise on weekdays. I might post more often as I tend to forget if the thread doesn't move up. I've also made a partner commitment on another site and that has already made a difference!

I've been successful in eating on all but one day. I have missed the exercise several times. I'm amazed at myself about this. 10 minutes! And it is absolutely what I need. But I'm not the first to not do what I need.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: December Reply with quote

Finally starting mid-month. I'm 2weeks post-partem...and ready for some accountability and schedule. Goals for the month: stick with 3 meals, concentrate on N days, try a bit of walking.

12.10:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

butterfly1000 wrote:

Out for coffee with Mom (I take my Mom out for coffee sometimes and we always have something sweet with it -- I don't want to change this)


Quite right. Time with mothers is precious, and should be cherished.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject: Re: December Reply with quote

tobiasmom wrote:
I'm in. Just had the baby 3 days ago. Gonna just do my best this month. Vanilla. Some walking.

12.1:

Wow, tobiasmom, congratulations!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet! Sounds like fun. (:

My goal is to have all green N days. I also like the ideas of social S's... My binges ALWAYS occur at home, so if I make it a habit to not stand in my kitchen and cram my face full of food just because it's an S day I think I should be good. Lots of motivations this month too, so here we go!

Also, I think I'll take this month in two parts. Baby steps are probably better for me at this time.

Part I:
1 - little s
2 - little s (also my uncle's birthday)
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7
8 - little s
9 - little s
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12
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15 - little s

Part II:
16 - little s
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22 - little s (might eliminate this one since the next three days are all-out S days)
23 - S day (Christmas dinner with my nana and parents)
24 - S day (Christmas dinner with my aunt and parents)
25 - S day (Christmas; Christmas dinner with my mom's side of the family)
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29 - little s (might eliminate this one too)
30 - little s
31 - S day
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in. November was green for me, yay! Mr. Green
My Goals= Almost vanilla NoS. Mod: I do taste food while preparing it to see how much salt or spice it needs, and allow myself to eat raw veggies while preparing dinner.

I am doing a couch to 5K program, (C25k) I will start my third week tomorrow morning. My commitment to this is 3 times a week. So far I have been loving this, and did my routines this week even though I've been in pain with a pinched nerve causing pain in my neck, back, shoulder and arm. Also going for brisk walks on the off days, marking in the same place.

I'm working on portion control, but do not mark failures only successes. If I do well on portions even S days count, I want to see at least 20 green days with good portions.

I'll use smiley faces to mark my days Mr. Green for success, Smile yellow for S-days, Embarassed for failures or reds.


Date/No S/C25k or exercise/Portions
Sa1 Smile Mr. Green Mr. Green in pain most of the day, had a couple sweets, but portions were good
Su2 Smile Wink Mr. Green a good day, had a couple small treats
M3 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green I did the C25k on my neighbors treadmill because I didn't get out there before it was hot outside.
Tu4 Mr. Green Mr. Green Wink Portions a little much for supper, still one plate
W5 Embarassed Mr. Green Mr. Green I had my first red since October. I had bought one hand made coconut macaroon from a street vendor the other day, because you can't always find them here. It sat in my cupboard for 2 days, but yesterday after dinner, it was calling my name! I did cut it in half and ate the smaller half (it was fist size). I did freeze the rest. ANd I was good for the rest of the day.
Th 6 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
F 7 Neutral Mr. Green Mr. Green Today is a NWS day for Sick, I was up at 3 AM in pain, had breakfast at 5 and it threw off my day. Still a good day portion wise.
Sa 8 Laughing Mr. Green Mr. Green
Su 9 Cool Mr. Green Mr. Green I did do a 4th c25k session in the aft. I'm enjoying it. It's good not to feel sluggish!
M 10 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
Tu 11 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
W 12 Wink Mr. Green Mr. Green went to a friends house, had a snack and a sweet there. NWS day because it was planned.
Th 13 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
F 14 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
Sa 15 Cool Mr. Green Rolling Eyes
Su 16 Wink Mr. Green Neutral Too much food! 2 AM snack, chocolate for breakfast and a green smoothie, 3 bananas snack, 3 tacos and a fish fillet with tartar sauce, more chocolate, soft serve cone, granola with milk and toast at bedtime!
M 17 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green I'm having a good day. Made some yummy picadillo and brown rice for dinner, but used the small plates.
Tu 18 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
W 19 Mr. Green Mr. Green Neutral A good day but put too much food on the plates. I got extra exercise though, running in the morning, then walked for about an hour looking for my medication in the afternoon.
Th 20 Mr. Green Mr. Green Wink S event day. Our date day got switched to today because of events Saturday. A small dessert with dinner, and popcorn from home with the movie. Not bad.
F 21 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green finished week 5 of c25k with a 20 min run! I ran slower than some of the speed walkers, but I did it!
Sa 22 Cool Rolling Eyes Wink Had a couple events today, so an S day, but it was an overall good day eating wise, a little chocolate.
Su 23 Smile Mr. Green Mr. Green Our Sunday service was switched to evening with a supper, so I started week 6 of c25k this morning. A mild S day.
M 24 Confused Confused Confused Lots of eating today, no exercise but it is Christmas eve!
Tu 25 Cool Mr. Green Mr. Green I did get out for my run this morning, a quiet day at home, but lots of cookies and nuts! I don't bake, but our friend sent them home with us yesterday... there's a reason why I can't have homemade cookies in the house!
W 26 Embarassed Mr. Green Rolling Eyes You would think I would be happy to get back to normal eating today, but I had to have seconds on soup for lunch! Hmm...
Th 27 Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
F 28 Embarassed Mr. Green Mr. Green OOPS, I have to learn to put the food away before I have my after dinner coffee. Just an avocado slice and a little bite of chicken, but then in the evening I gave into the thought, "Oh well, I'm red already" and ate some granola.
Sa 29 Cool Mr. Green Neutral
Su 30 Laughing Neutral Mr. Green
M 31
Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
Not too bad for December! In past years, I've gained several pounds in December. I feel pretty good about this! [/b]
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Yes, I'm in! My goal is vanilla NoS. I am going to opt to not make my weekend days before Christmas and New Year's S Days because I just think 4 S Days in a row would be downright dangerous for me at this point. First goal is 21 days straight on program. Today is day 6!

December

1 S Day Day 5
2 S day Day 6
3 Mr. Green Day 7 Got on my exercise bike today too for 30 min. Haven't done that for a few months. Yay!
4 Mr. Green Day 8 I worked for this one! Exercise bike 30 min.
5 Mr. Green Day 9 Took a walk today with my kids. Beautiful day!
6 Mr. Green Day 10
7 Mr. Green Day 11
8 S Day Day 12
9 S Day Day 13
10 Mr. Green Day 14 Faught for this one. Baked a brownie chocolate chip cookie and took it to a dessert banquet for my son's football....did NOT partake!!!
11 Mr. Green Day 15
12 Mr. Green Day 16
13 S Event...work Christmas lunch Day 17
14 Mr. Green Day 18
15 S Day Day 19
16 S Day Day 20
17 Mr. Green Day 21!!! YAY! I had to fight VERY hard for this one too. Arrived to work to find the most beautiful Christmas cookie on my desk, along with a bag of yummy chocolates. Then at noon they brought in pies for the staff. OH MY! I managed to say NO to all of it! Whew!
18 Mr. Green Day 22
19 REDgrrr! Ate one of those beautiful Christmas cookies. You would not believe the sweets I am surrounded by right now! My students are all Amish. Need I say more?
20 S Day Party at school! Moved our party to today instead of tomorrow. Forecast indicates a possible snow day tomorrow.
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25S Day MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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1 S Day HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in too:) December is the worst for me as far a weight gain. I'm gonna try doing S events this month as the whole weekend of Christmas I'm gonna relax and enjoy myself. This will help keep me accountable.

1. Did good, felt satisfied not stuffed and feel thinner sunday morning.
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Already messed up, but it was not crashing the car. Got a good day in mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, this looks like fun! My goals for December are to continue Vanilla No S with 7 inch plates, and continue Shovelglove and Urban Ranger habits. (note: I post more detail in the Daily Check In thread under Gepetto's Journey.)

12.01 - S-DAY
12.02 - S-DAY
12.03 - SUCCESS
12.04 - SUCCESS
12.05 - S-DAY (No S - a family birthday)
12.06 - SUCCESS
12.07 - SUCCESS
12.08 - S-DAY
12.09 - S-DAY
12.10 - SUCCESS
12.11
12.12
12.13
12.14
12.15 - S-DAY
12.16 - S-DAY
12.17
12.18
12.19
12.20
12.21
12.22 - S-DAY (4 s-days in a row? danger, danger!)
12.23 - S-DAY
12.24 - S-DAY (No S - family event)
12.25 - S-DAY It's Christmas!
12.26
12.27
12.28
12.29 - S-DAY
12.30 - S-DAY
12.31
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets go everybody! Start the month off right!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm new to the board, but have done no s on and off for awhile. I'm ready to get serious and finally lose the weight I've hung onto after 2 kids. My goal is to keep all of my n days green for the month. I'm switching my s days since my birthday is also this month and I don't want too many s days.

4 First green day! At one point I mindlessly picked up a chocolate, but came to my senses before eating.
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I want to pick this up again! Goal is one mod which is defined as 2 ounces of cheese at 10 a.m. Everything else will be typical No S.

1. S Day
2. S Day
3. Fail (afternoon snack)
4. Success
5. Success
6. Success
7. Success
8. S-Day
9. S-Day
10. Success
11. Success
12. Success
13. Fail (Sweets)
14. Success
15. S Day
16. S Day
17. Vacation. Success
18. Success
19. Success
20. Success
21. Success
22. Success. Last day of vacation. No snacks, no seconds, no Christmas goodies, although I did indulge in two small sodas.
23. Success
24. Success. Avoided the cookies and candies in the staff lounge.
25. Merry Christmas!!! Apple Crisp for dessert.
26. Success
27. Fail (dessert after dinner)
28. Fail (virtual plating may have exceeded one-plate rule)
29. S Day
30. S Day
31. Success
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I think I may join this. But, I'll be a bit unconventional if that's okay. My only real goal this month is no binging. I've decided I can't even think about losing weight until I have this strongly under my belt and deal with it once and for all.

The plan is still always 3 meals a day, no S days, sweets only in company, and no fail if I take a sweet outside that rule or have a snack (although not encouraged or ideal).

Saturday December 1 - Very Happy
Sunday December 2 - Sad
Monday December 3 - Very Happy
Tuesday December 4 - Very Happy
Wednesday Dec 5 - fail (ate in secret but no huge binge)
Thurs Dec 6 - fail (same as yesterday)


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I just wanted to point out that freegirl has entered "one"derland. That's my goal... I'm going to catch up with you! Keep it up!

Also, for those of us (M's sick of dieting) tempted by all of these Christmas treats... freeze them until Saturday! Even if it doesn't need refrigeration. It helps! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Renee, wish I would have followed your advice before yesterday! Embarassed The rest is in the freezer now! Rolling Eyes
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Thanks Renee!
Yes, count me in. Oh boy, do I need this December challenge. My goal is simply vanilla NoS and hiking the nearby hills every other day.
The following will be s-days with 0-2 special and/or portioned treats: the weekend before Christmas, the weekend before New Year's Eve, Christmas holidays, NY Eve and NY day.
My challenge starts Dec 8. Razz

December
08 S-DAY
09 S-DAY
70 min hilly walk
10 Embarassed
good day but after dinner 2 gingercakes and 3 sm. bread with sandwich meat
11 Mr. Green
60 min mountainous hike (w/Nordic walking sticks); was snowing, yay!
12 Embarassed
seconds after dinner
13 Embarassed
45 min walk; snacking in aft and evening
14 Embarassed
30 min walk; snack. on cake/sweets, but not as bad as *prehistoric* NoS
15 S-DAY
one treat and two hot chocolates besides the two meals; a mildish S-day overall, yay Smile
16 S-DAY
85 min hilly walk; perfect day with 2 meals; no-sn-no-sw-no-2nds Very Happy
17 Embarassed
good day but seconds @ dinner (Italian 4-course meal)Rolling Eyes
18 Embarassed
good day but cookie and snacks before/after dinner
19 Embarassed
snacking in aft and eve (pastries, 2 i-c cups)
20 Mr. Green
great day with 2 meals
21 Mr. Green
great day with 3 meals; very hungry before dinner and felt happy about it Razz
22 s-day
40 min walk/steps; perfect day with 3 meals; no-sn-no-sw-no-2nds Very Happy
23 s-day
pretty hefty day, not wild
24 s-day
1 3/4 hr. mountain hiking with NW sticks; small dinner, then snacking often in evening
25 s-day Merry Christmas!
50 min walking nbh with DH
26 s-day Merry Christmas!
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30 s-day
31 s-day
01 s-day Happy New Year!


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Hi there. Here goes
I am 196 lbs. I want to be that weight on 31st December. I have family all over Xmas. I am also a keen cook and love Xmas. So it is going to be a real challenge. I thought I would jiggle around my s days a bit but also accept that Xmas is special to me and I should enjoy it. This seems to be in the spirit of NoSing. So making space but keeping the boundaries is going to be a real challenge for me. I will make lovely food and cake. But freeze anything I left over when I am back on noS days. So here goes Very Happy I had a tricky day on friday 7th very long drive to see relatives. Ate biscuits so turned that into an S day and just had Saturday and not Sunday. I have plotted my S days. It looks like a lot but I am trying to be realistic. I want to use colour but can't make it work sorry!!
Dec
1 S
2 S
3 N
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 S
8 S
9 N
10 failed had bad day ate jam in the evening
11N hooray back on track
12 oh dear failed late evening
13 failed again nibbling in the afternoon. No binging though
14 N
15 S
16 S
17 N
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23 S - family
24 S - family
25 S - Merry Christmas
26 S - family
27 S - family
28 S - family
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweetness wrote:
Renee, wish I would have followed your advice before yesterday! Embarassed The rest is in the freezer now! Rolling Eyes
If only I could have followed my own advice. Cake blew 2 days for me!
I will freeze all sweets that I covet this week and eat some on Saturday.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Renee, would you believe I forgot about that macaroon in the freezer this weekend? It should still be yummy on Saturday! Rolling Eyes
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You're all doing so well! It's December - arguably the hardest month of the year and I can't see a lot of red. Fantastic!!!
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I see more green than red! Yea!
I once froze a fairly large container of all of the sweets that tempted me during the week and forgot them all weekend until sunday evening and then I didn't want them. Notice I said "once". But, I almost always only want only a portion of it, not all which I would have eaten if I had been impulsive and eaten it on the spot. the freezer works great for seconds and snacks too... if you don't loose them in there.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone, just want to point out that Eschano just reached her goal weight!!! Please join me in congratulating her. Eschano, kudos!! High fives!!! You did it!!!! And no S is the best way to maintain. Hip hip hooray for Eschano! Mr. Green Laughing Cool Mr. Green Very Happy Cool Mr. Green Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wooohooo! Congratulations Eschano!
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Thank you Sweetness and Reneew Very Happy

Your support combined with the NoS principles is the most effective lifestyle change I ever experienced! It made me much kinder to myself which I believe in my case was the key issue - to not beat myself up, think WTH, and binge like there's no tomorrow. So THANK ALL OF YOU!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, congratulations! And achieved in December, too.
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~~~ CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS EsChaNo~~~
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Congratulations, Eschano! Very Happy
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Thank you for all of your advice and great posts! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Eschano! It's success stories like yours, and seeing people who don't give up that keeps me coming back (and makes me stick around even if I haven't been successful so far -- one day I'll be posting more happy faces -- not giving up).

Keep it up!
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CONGRATULATIONS ESCHANO!

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[img] Iwant to say Congrats to Eschano, clarinet gal, ironchef, jos22, zippadee, Gepetto, and Jammin Jan for the green I'm seeing! I think this is awesome considering what month it is. If I missed someone, congrats to you too! There are also several who are keeping up with this tracking even in the struggle, which is also commendable! Lets keep it up people! Surprised Mr. Green Laughing Cool Idea Exclamation[/img]
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we all should congratulate ourselves for taking the time to come to this board, participate in the holiday-seasoned challenge and are TRYING, whether we'll be doing well or our *days on habit* can barely be found...

People are very busy
Some are away from home and/or family for the holidays (DH + I)
Some have other physical/emotional/spiritual issues during Christmas/New Year's...sun deprivation any one?
Parties upon parties.

We are wonderful. More power to us Razz Laughing Wink
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heddi55 wrote:

We are wonderful. More power to us Razz Laughing Wink
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I love this! We are wonderful!!
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Thanks, Sweetness! This hasn't been my best month, but I'm hanging in there. I'm not going to give up! Very Happy
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The kindly posters to this thread are a great comfort!
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I agree with you, Too Solid.
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What a wonderful thread this is. Well done us. I have not done brilliantly but am so encouraged by everyone's else's example. Thank you. I am determined to have a good clean green week before the Xmas family festivities. I hope I can do it. Good luck to you all.
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Hi, I am in for the December challenge. Just beginning this weekend so tomorrow is my first N day.

1. S DAY: success
2. S DAY: success
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Well, it looks like absolutely everyone is doing better than me. I am maintaining my weight though which was my goal. Shooting for a green today just because I wrote this!
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~reneew wrote:
Well, it looks like absolutely everyone is doing better than me. I am maintaining my weight though which was my goal. Shooting for a green today just because I wrote this!


Maintaining IS SUCCESS!!! Lets go for green today! I want to see if I can get a totally green week, with S events allowed not S days! Not sure what I will do with Saturday and Sunday, since theyre followed by Christmas eve and Christmas.
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Sweetness wrote:
~reneew wrote:
Well, it looks like absolutely everyone is doing better than me. I am maintaining my weight though which was my goal. Shooting for a green today just because I wrote this!


Maintaining IS SUCCESS!!!


Absolutely, at this time of the year.
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Nice work, eschano!

I am wearing the same red slacks I wore last Christmas/winter, but they are noticably loser. It's a good feeling! I remember it took some very concentrated effort for awhile Jan-March, but that seemed to get me to a new stage and some things got easier.

Hang in there, everyone! Vow that tomorrow you will not be saying you did so well until... but that you made it through a successful N day. It's worth the effort.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not doing better than you. I've been basically maintaining, though. I will try very hard to have a green day tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not doing better than you, reneew, clarinetgal, either. Trying real hard for a green day.
Last night dinner invitation at friends' house. They cook outstanding Italien food and made my favorite (eggplant parmesan), two different ways). Rolling Eyes
Well, it was more than a plateful.
The Christmas shopping trip to Freiburg, Germany (Black Forest area) today, won't be much easier. The best food there!
Let's shoot for green this week, before the holidays arrive!...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heddi, I'd have a hard time with sticking to one plate of Italian food, too!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaining now, red days will do that. Duh. So...
I hereby declare a war against all sweets of any kind! I vow to not have any sweets until Christmas eve when my compay comes.
Anyone else with me on this?


...Sugar is my enemy.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

~reneew wrote:
Gaining now, red days will do that. Duh. So...
I hereby declare a war against all sweets of any kind! I vow to not have any sweets until Christmas eve when my compay comes.
Anyone else with me on this?


...Sugar is my enemy.


I will support you, but it may be unrealistic for me since I have several Christmas events before your company comes. Wink but I'm with you in the sense of cheering for you! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh thank you! I just wanted to add that I just built a gingerbread house without even one tiny snitch!!! Wow!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Renee. That is an achievement.

And keep going, all of us. There is lots of green around, and those of us, like me, who are not doing as well as we would like are probably doing better than we would otherwise be!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wishing everyone a very good weekend, and Merry Christmas. We celebrate Monday with my family and Sunday AND Tuesday with mr. chef's family, so we've got a lot of treats ahead of us. My aim is to truly savor those delicious treats that only come around at Christmas, and I think this is the best way for me to ward off permasnacking on substandard treats.

A peaceful and joyful holiday to all!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a sugar fail. Not freaking.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Renee, I am with you!
This has been my plan, no sweets this weekend, looking forward to some special pre-determined treats SOMETIMES on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1 and 2.

This is a good group of people. I'm glad to have found NoS and its forum Exclamation

Merry Christmas to everyone and a blessed, prosperous New Year.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heddi55 wrote:

This is a good group of people. I'm glad to have found NoS and its forum Exclamation

Merry Christmas to everyone and a blessed, prosperous New Year.
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I feel the same way! Dittos to all! Wishing everyone the best Christmas ever, may all your best dreams and prayers come true!
Mr. Green Mr. Green Cool Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nine days left. Nine of the toughest days of a challenged eater's year. The good news is the worst is almost over. Starting to have the feeling of a wild S day. Going to nap, dance, and divert, divert, divert.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oolala53 wrote:
Starting to have the feeling of a wild S day. Going to nap, dance, and divert, divert, divert.


Dancing! That's a good idea. I hadn't thought of that as a distraction activity.

Season's greetings to all.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a dance class I've been to many times. It was supposed to be over at 6:30 and I wanted to shower and go to a movie afterwards so that I wouldn't be sitting aorund food. We started late and ended very late but what a class! So much fun! I didn't get to the movie and did some eating I didn't plan, but not bad.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, I for one am getting back to normal eating today after 4 S-days and a fail! I have kept up with my running, however. It felt really good to run 25 minutes straight today (not fast, more like a jog, but different from walking!)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep! I got back on track yesterday, and it went well, and today is going well, so far. Here's hoping for 2 green days in a row!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't feel burdened as much this year by holiday eating, but I'm also glad to get away from the focus.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in a lowly slump state right now. I'm trying. Kinda. I totally ignored any and all plans of eating restrictions for most of the last 2 weeks.

I'm going to start a New Year's challenge... Maybe that will help. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too! I'm definitely ready to get back on track in January.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here Here!! These last two weeks of December have not gone well for me. Will happily see you all on the January thread! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was doing well till the past week. Funny how 4 S days could mess up my established habit. I look forward to getting back on track too!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, December habits were not a total bust but I didn't stick to my plans, either. However, I still feel I'm ending on a good note and my Christmas went well and I feel my pants are still fitting more loosely after a few more pounds shaved off this quarter. On to January.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heddi55 wrote:
Thanks Renee!
Yes, count me in. Oh boy, do I need this December challenge. My goal is simply vanilla NoS and hiking the nearby hills every other day.
The following will be s-days with 0-2 special and/or portioned treats: the weekend before Christmas, the weekend before New Year's Eve, Christmas holidays, NY Eve and NY day.
My challenge starts Dec 8. Razz

December
08 S-DAY
09 S-DAY
70 min hilly walk
10 Embarassed
good day but after dinner 2 gingercakes and 3 sm. bread with sandwich meat
11 Mr. Green
60 min mountainous hike (w/Nordic walking sticks); was snowing, yay!
12 Embarassed
seconds after dinner
13 Embarassed
45 min walk; snacking in aft and evening
14 Embarassed
30 min walk; snack. on cake/sweets, but not as bad as *prehistoric* NoS
15 S-DAY
one treat and two hot chocolates besides the two meals; a mildish S-day overall, yay Smile
16 S-DAY
85 min hilly walk; perfect day with 2 meals; no-sn-no-sw-no-2nds Very Happy
17 Embarassed
good day but seconds @ dinner (Italian 4-course meal)Rolling Eyes
18 Embarassed
good day but cookie and snacks before/after dinner
19 Embarassed
snacking in aft and eve (pastries, 2 i-c cups)
20 Mr. Green
great day with 2 meals
21 Mr. Green
great day with 3 meals; very hungry before dinner and felt happy about it Razz
22 s-day
40 min walk/steps; perfect day with 3 meals; no-sn-no-sw-no-2nds Very Happy
23 s-day
pretty hefty day, not wild
24 s-day
1 3/4 hr. mountain hiking with NW sticks; small dinner, then snacking often in evening
25 s-day Merry Christmas!
50 min walking nbh with DH
26 s-day Merry Christmas!
27 Embarassed
28 Embarassed
29 s-day
45 min looping nbh
30 s-day
31 s-day
01 s-day Happy New Year!
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