Archive for April, 2008

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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. 🙂 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! 🙂  My book should be here, soon, so I’m looking forward to reading that!

 

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NoS Day 5

April 25, 2008

Well, as of tonight, I’ll have made it through my first week of doing NoS + IE. And, I have to say, it’s been a REALLY GOOD week! I managed to have successes EVERY day! It’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say that. Now, mind you, today’s not over yet, but… 😉

Yesterday was difficult. I was soooo ready to give in and just snack on sweets. I even had the money in my hand, ready to go to the store for chocolate. Luckily, I didn’t have time before my DH had to go to work, so I was able to walk away from that temptation, and my day still turned out “on plan”.

Today, again, has had its share of difficulty. I keep wanting to throw in the towel, and “start again tomorrow“. But, then I’ll come across something online that reminds me that, if I make *exceptions*, I’ll just end up staying heavy, and that’s NOT what I want! I want to see changes, and the only way to see them is to put in the work required to reach my goals! Just thinking about weighing less is no longer good enough for me. I’m tired of looking at skinnier people and *wishing* I looked like them. I know I need to get up off my butt and do the work to actually BE one of those skinnier people! So, I’m sticking with the NoS/IE plan for now.

One other thing I’ve been thinking about is whether or not I’ll be frustrated (and therefore quit) if I weigh myself and find I’ve not lost any weight. BUT, the people on the NoS message boards constantly remind others that you aren’t necessarily going to see the quick losses of other diets with NoS. This is a slow, gradual process — and taking it off slowly is a GOOD thing, as that usually means it’ll STAY off! So, we *want* slow & steady! It’s just a matter of praying for patience. 😉

 

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NoS Day 3

April 23, 2008

So far, this NoS thing is pretty easy. I’ve had several “trials” — I’ve been ‘tested’ in my resolve a few times — in the past few days, but I’ve managed to get through them without giving in. 🙂

The first was when my husband wanted me to go to the store to get a couple of cans of pop. He didn’t know I’m doing this NoS thing (I didn’t want him to start playing “diet police”, like he usually does when he knows I’m dieting), so he didn’t know that suggesting I go get pop was “tempting” to me, more so than normal. I went to the store, determined not to give in, and bought him a pop… and got myself a bottle of flavored water instead.

The second incidence — which I thought would be really difficult, but turned out to be not so bad — was my attendance at Bible study last night. There’s usually a plethora of wonderful snacks offered, and I always have a hard time NOT having any. So, I thought for sure I’d not be able to resist. But, I took along my bottle of water, and made up my mind to stay far away from the snack table. And, I did just that. I moved the bowl of M&Ms away from the table where I chose to sit, and didn’t go near the snack table. So, no snacking for me!

The last “trial” was today… hubby wanted to go to McDonald’s for lunch. And, since we don’t go out to eat often, I really wanted to do so. But, I was having trouble figuring out how to get a combo-meal without the pop (not supposed to have “sweets” throughout the week, remember?). I finally gave up and just told hubby about my “diet”, and he decided to get us 2 BigMacs, super-size fries to share, and NO pop at all for either of us. 🙂  That was sweet. And, I was able to bring my meal home (we went through the drive-thru), and have milk instead of pop. Whoo!

You know, this isn’t as “difficult” as I thought it would be. I thought I’d have a lot harder time avoiding snacks and sweets. Mind you, avoiding the sweets still gets me at times — I’ll see an advertisement for chocolate something-or-other, or for candy, and I’ll get a craving. But, I just remind myself that I can have it on the weekend, and eventually the craving passes. 🙂  I think I can do this!

For the record (as you’ll see on my Progress page), I’ve had two SUCCESSFUL days, so far, out of 2! So, we’re on a roll! Hopefully I can keep it up! Two-and-a-half more days to go! 😀

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First “N” Day

April 21, 2008

So far, my first N day (that’s a non-S day, for short) has gone well. But, at the moment I’m struggling. It’s this time of day (mid-afternoon) when I’ve always gone to the kitchen looking for a snack — usually something “sweet”. I’ve caught myself 3 times, already, reaching for chocolate Easter eggs. But, luckily, I’ve realized it just in time to stop and say “nuh-uh!” and walk away.

I’m drinking water like crazy, hoping it’ll get me through until dinner. And, dinner will be earlier today than normal … I don’t need to wait as long as I normally do, and I don’t want to get *too* ravenous from having gone all afternoon without eating. So, eating one hour earlier seems like a good plan, and it won’t completely ruin my evening. I’m not really big on eating in the evenings anyway (except, sometimes, when I watch a movie… but, even that is getting better… I don’t watch a lot of movies any more, either).

In fact, I do have a movie home to watch tonight, so that’s going to take some extra diligence in sticking with my new “plan”, but I’m willing to go through the “trial” in order to come out on the other side successful!

 Edited to add: I managed to have ONLY water while watching my movie, and did very well for my first day of “No S”! I didn’t cheat, and didn’t give in. So, I’m looking forward to my next “No S” day!

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First “S” weekend

April 21, 2008

Well, given that they’re not all that far off from what I’ve already *been* doing, my first two “s” days went really well. I didn’t go crazy with sweets and snacking — in fact, my snacking was mostly done only when I was actually hungry! So, very good for a first “S” weekend.

Mind you, I hadn’t had a full week of “no sweets” prior to it, so this may be an entirely different story next weekend! LOL.

For now, though, I’m feeling good about this. Today will be my first “No S” day… the first one where I have to be disciplined & say “no” to sweets & snacks.

I’ve come up with a “Good Constraint“, though. A Good Constraint is basically a phrase that helps you counteract “automatic” actions… it limits your choices so you don’t get stressed and just go with what’s “easiest”. My phrase is “Not An Option“. So, say I want to snack despite the fact that the NoS rules say “no snacking” throughout the week. I have to tell myself “Not An Option” and walk away! Or, say I want to NOT exercise when I know that exercise is good for me… I’ll tell myself it’s “Not An Option” to avoid exercise, and I’ll “do it anyway“. ((Note: I borrowed the “Not An Option” phrase from Lisa Delaney — she recommended this phrase in her book, “Secrets of a Former Fat Girl“.))

I’m a little torn on whether or not to consider my morning “French Vanilla” fake-coffee as a sweet or not. It’s awfully sweet, but listed as “coffee” (the instant stuff). The NoS website says you can still have “coffee”, but that it’s also up to you to decide what you’re going to label a “sweet”, and what you’re going to allow. So, my thinking is that I’ll keep the “French Vanilla” this week, and slowly wean myself off it — going back to having more decaf. teas instead. I don’t need the caffeine anyway. But, I can’t just totally give up caffeine today — I’ll go through major withdrawl! Been there, done that, don’t wanna do it again! LOL. So, given that I can’t have any other sweets this week, I need to slowly let go of the caffinated “coffee”. Next week I should be able to go without it without having to suffer the consequences of withdrawl symptoms.

Now, this isn’t to say I *have* to give up the coffee. But, I’m thinking that I’ll CHOOSE to do so, solely because I’d like to cut out as much caffeine from my diet as possible. I know it’s not good for me, and it really doesn’t help me in any way (other than to wake me up in the mornings! LOL).

 

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The No S Life – intro

April 20, 2008

This is just a place for me to track my progress, following both my old “Intuitive Eating” plan, along with my new “No S Diet” plan.

And, for those of you wondering how an “intuitive eater” could possibly be reverting to “dieting” tactics, I’ve been reading a lot about the No S Diet, and fully believe that it can mesh with IE. It just gives me a few extra boundaries that I seem to need. I have been snacking relentlessly, despite my intentions to “eat only when hungry“, and I’m always reaching for the sweets when I snack, despite knowing that I should be reaching for something ‘healthier’ or more ‘beneficial’ to my body. 😕

The No S Diet seems like it will help me in those two trouble areas… and I can still wait until I’m hungry to eat. Basically, my eating patterns have already stayed (mostly) within the “3 meals per day” guidelines. It’s just that one extra snack, between lunch and dinnertime, that always trips me up! Hence the need for the “No S Diet” rule of “NO snacks …except on days that start with ‘S’“. And, going without sweets (except on the weekends & holidays) can only be a GOOD thing, right? It’s just healthier, and Reinhard (author of the No S Diet) claims that it helps you to *appreciate* your sweet treats more when you only have them *occasionally*. 😉

So, bear with me as I learn this new way of doing things. I only just started the No S Diet today, so the next few weeks will supposedly be tough — I’ll be building new habits that, hopefully, will stick for life! 😉