June 14, 2008

I’m going to restart today, as I’ve been “out of sinc” for several weeks. I haven’t done anything toward my health, aside from a little bit of exercise.

Going back to trying to do IE and NoS today (though, it’s Saturday, so it’s an “S” day). Easier to start on an “S” day, anyway. πŸ˜‰



Starting Over

May 20, 2008

So, I’m starting over this week. Not today, as I decided to give myself one more day to really think through what I’m doing and WHY I’m wanting to do it. But, tomorrow we go back to giving 100% to my “NoS” and “IE” combo.

I realized, last week, that I haven’t been serious about my weight loss efforts. I’d lost my motivation. And, today I came to the realization that I’ve also been wanting to lose weight for a bunch of reasons, other than just doing it for myself. And, apparently, to have it “click” for you — to reach that point where things just start working — you have to be ready to lose the weight for YOU only… not for family, not for friends, not for any other reason… just for you, personally. And, I think I’m there (can’t be sure, but I *think* I am! LOL).

So, onward and –hopefully– downward! Gonna give it my full 100% effort tomorrow!

As Oprah once said, “Any goal worth reaching *always* requires hard work.”



Downhill Slide

May 15, 2008

This week has been a totally “red” week. I let go of even trying to follow the NoS principles this week as I’ve had a rough go of things… I had a pretty upsetting weekend last weekend, and then have been suffering from mild depression all week. I just haven’t cared.

But, I really want to keep going with NoS. I want it to work for me… I really do! So, next Monday I will start over. But, this week I’m not going to worry about it. I’ve got enough other stresses going on currently to try to start again right this minute.

And, before you go leaving comments saying how I’m always going to have this or that stress come into my life to mess me up, yes, I already know that. πŸ˜‰ I am not quite at the point, though, where I’m ready to push through the stress and persevere with the diet/eating plan at the same time. πŸ˜•Β  I’m sure I’ll get there — I’ll have to if I want to be successful for life! But, not this week.


I think I see

May 8, 2008

I think I finally see it… following the No S diet isn’t going to get me thin any time soon. I am going to have to really trust the wisdom of the principles, and just keep consistently plugging away at things one day at a time, and *eventually* I will see results.

It may be just one pound every couple of months… or it might be more. But, I have to stop thinking in terms of weeks, or months, where reaching my goal weight is concerned. This may just take up to 2 years! But, I am starting to realize that, if it takes that long — and the weight STAYS off afterward— I can probably be okay with that.

Mind you, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed at the prospect of still being quite far from my goal when summer gets here. I’d really like to wear my cap-sleeved tees, or even the new swimsuit I bought several years ago (when I’d lost a lot of weight). And, I’m disappointed that there’s a good chance I still won’t be able to fit into my favorite skirt come Christmas… it’s something that I’d really like to wear, as I love it — but it’s currently 2-3 sizes too small. 😦

I’m willing to try waiting, though. I will do as Reinhard says, and measure my progress in “days on habit“. I am using his HabitCal tracker to do this — the visuals are always more motivating to me. πŸ˜‰

I tell you, though — I’ve begun really living for the weekends! I love that I can eat how I want! And, with Mother’s Day this weekend, I’m happy to know that I won’t have to avoid any foods at the family meal I’ll be attending… I can have pop, and chips, and any other goodies, and I won’t have to feel that I’ve blown my “diet”. πŸ˜‰ Yay!

I think that’s probably my FAVORITE part of the No S Diet, so far — the freedom to enjoy weekends and holidays without guilt or shame or condemnation. Whoohoo!

Small progress update: This week, I had one red day on Tuesday, but otherwise I’ve done well and stuck to the principles. My IE “training” had to come into play, yesterday, though — I had to eat something between lunch and dinner, because I was starting to get the low blood-sugar symptoms, and I didn’t want a migraine. I knew it’d be another hour or two before I could eat dinner (dinner was going to be late), so I went ahead and ate a yogurt cup and a granola bar. But, I decided something there and then: If I’m not able to eat for several more hours, and I’m getting shaky, I will allow myself to eat *something*, but I will do my best to make that ‘something’ healthy, and I won’t snack just for the sake of snacking — I will not snack unless I’m absolutely, without a doubt, NEEDING to eat (example: getting low blood-sugar symptoms). This is where my combination of IE and No S comes into play. πŸ˜‰


Going into Week 3 of No S

May 4, 2008

Today is an “S” day, so I’m enjoying my treats — Coca-Cola, buttered popcorn, chocolate, and cheesies (in moderate quantities, when mostly hungry, anyway).

But, tomorrow will be the start of my 3rd “NoS” week, andΒ I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. So far I have had one really good week where I stuck to the plan strictly, and one week where I totally didn’t do anything towards following the guidelines set out by the No S Diet. I’ve done some “observing and correcting”, and I realized where I went wrong.

Instead of outlining all that here, I’ll just tell you what I’ll be doing to *correct* what I did wrong. In the coming week, I hope to (in addition to following the No S guidelines)…

* not weigh myself on the scale!

* eat more protein/fiber at mealtimes, and keep my portions normal-sized (instead of big!)

* move more — get in at least 14 minutes of “extra” movement every day (more than I’d do on any “normal” day for me).

Here’s to a great “Green” week! πŸ˜‰


2nd week NoS – crash and burn!

May 1, 2008

I don’t know why I always do it to myself, but as of my 2nd Monday on NoS, I crashed & burned! I decided to give in to the craving for chocolate brownies, and baked myself a batch. Then I proceeded to eat most of them myself over the next couple of days. I also bought myself Coke, and chocolate bars. 😦

Something Reinhard Engels said, on the NoS bulletin boards last week, really hit me today. He said something to the effect of this: “Maybe I should post a sticky that tells all the new people not to expect ANY weight loss for the first MONTH!

Wow. A whole month of playing (strictly) by theΒ rules without seeing any progress? Could I handle that?

And, that’s where the insight came in: I still want the “quick fix” (that doesn’t really exist, anyway). πŸ˜• I’m still hoping to be down 12-15 pounds by July 1st (no longer realistic, given how long I’ve procrastinated this year).

I need to wrap my head around the fact that, if I want to lose the weight AND KEEP IT OFF FOR GOOD, I need to let this process be S-L-O-W and gradual (which the NoS diet, supposedly, is). If the weight comes off slowly –so say many studies– it’s more likely to STAY off… for good! And, that is *definitely* something we want! πŸ˜‰

So, with this week being a complete wash, I’m going to start NoS-ing again on the weekend, and give it my best… and hopefully, by the weekend, I’ll have my head in the right place, no longer expecting a quick loss, but willing to put in the time and effort, and to just TRUST the process a bit more. πŸ˜‰



First REAL “S” days

April 27, 2008

Well, much as I started doing NoS last Saturday, and called that weekend my first “S” weekend, in my mind it didn’t really ‘count’ as I hadn’t started my NO-S days, yet. Now that I’ve gone a full week doing NoS, I can say these “S” days (this weekend) are for real!

And, I’m doing okay! I bought a bottle of Coke, and have been enjoying it… in moderation. And, I had dessert (chocolate pudding) last night. And, I’ve had snacks mid-afternoon, but only because I was hungry. It’s been nice to have this “leniency”, knowing I haven’t “screwed up my diet”. I’m free to eat like this because these are “S” days. πŸ™‚ Whoo!

I haven’t seen any progress on the scale yet, but that’s okay. This is supposed to take a while, and the losses are supposed to be slow and gradual. So, I’m going to keep plugging away at it.

Really, other than a few incidences last week, I am finding this way of doing things to be really easy! I hardly have to think about it! πŸ™‚Β  My book should be here, soon, so I’m looking forward to reading that!