ladybird's check in

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by automatedeating » Sun May 10, 2020 11:55 pm

I bet you miss all your social groups! And I'm sure all your friends miss your enthusiastic and supportive presence, as well!

Interesting you said you need to cut down on the fatty foods. LOL, that's exactly what I have to face - for me, it's massive quantities of cream in my coffee everyday that I think might be causing me to gain weight. :roll: Ugh. I hate being hungry and I think the only solution is to have a little hunger sometimes. Sigh.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
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6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by ladybird30 » Mon May 11, 2020 4:52 am

Thanks for the kind words Auto.

Yes, calories still count. I also hate being hungry, but I pick my battles and find being hungrier earlier in the day much easier to tolerate
than later. So I don't usually have my first meal til late morning.

Some restrictions have just been lifted here, so I can now visit my friend's homes for garden working bees. Yayyy!
Three meals a day - not too little not too much, but just right

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by ladybird30 » Sun May 31, 2020 8:54 pm

Monthly update:

May

26 days: 3 meals a day
5 days: unplanned snacks

The effect of cutting back a bit on the extra fat at mealtimes was to make me hungrier & lead to unplanned snacking.
Net effect on my weight - zero as far as I can tell

Weight still sitting between 140 and 142.

Still exercising. My hiking group has resumed with shorter walks. No car pooling, so all walk are in the local forests, of which we have quite a lot.

For June I will be concentrating on 3 meals a day. I want to get that base line solid.
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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by ladybird30 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:35 am

Wow, over 3 months since I posted last. I am still doing No S, my weight chugging along around 142 lbs for June and July.
Then after logging my food for a month on a calorie counter, I dropped a couple of lbs. A month is as much as I could bear, but it did show
me where I could cut a few calories relatively painlessly. (I didn't eat to a calorie target, just noted a rough count of what I ate).

Current weight: 137 after being sick and not eating much for a week. I expect there will a bit of rebound as
my appetite gets back to normal.

One thing that please me is that after several years of practicing NoS, my former habit of overeating at meal
times has disappeared without me really noticing it. Earlier this year, not long after lock down started, I found my
weight creeping up a bit with a bit of comfort eating & unwise food choices. But I was able to nip that quickly
in the bud. What a change.
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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by automatedeating » Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:15 pm

Great news and update! Glad you are feeling better after being sick.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by Soprano » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:39 pm

Always good to hear from you Ladybird

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by oolala53 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:41 am

I logged calories for two months, I think, at the beginning of 2020. I was looking for a certain limit to protein and fat, and had relapsed a fair amount at the end of 2019, so I was willing to do it to recalibrate things. It helped me see what reasonable meals looked like. Just the idea of having to track forever is enough normally to keep me pretty honest about how much I serve myself.
Count plates, not calories. 10 years "during"
Age 66
SBMI Jan/10-30.8
1/12-26.8
3/13-24.9 +/- 8-lb. 3 yrs
9/17 22.8 (but more fluctuation)
3/18 22.2
2 yrs flux
6/21 22

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Re: ladybird's check in

Post by Octavia » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:42 am

Hey Ladybird,
Great to hear from you and this all sounds very positive. Calorie tracking for short periods of time is a good idea I think. I occasionally do vague ‘tot-ups’ of roughly how much I’m eating, and it helps to remind me whether I can truly expect to lose any weight.

Hope your week goes well!

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