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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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Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:48 am

I start a new job in the new year and have been spending a day a week at the new place. Today one of my new colleagues brought mince pies in for the office. I didn't really want one but it was such a nice gesture I didn't want to refuse.

It didn't derail me. I do think I'm over eating slightly at the moment though.

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Post by eschano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:15 pm

Congrats on the new job!
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Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:11 pm

esnchano wrote:Congrats on the new job!
Thank you

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:24 am

Sounds exciting, but change can be stressful!
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Post by Soprano » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:13 am

automatedeating wrote:Sounds exciting, but change can be stressful!
It certainly can :) but staying where I am was causing me stress and unhappiness. I've been working at the new place one day a week and whilst it has a lot more challenges the team are supportive and understand the issues.

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Post by oolala53 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:20 am

Congratulations on what sounds like a better atmosphere. Let’s hope the pies are a holiday thing.
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Post by Soprano » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:06 am

oolala53 wrote:Congratulations on what sounds like a better atmosphere. Let’s hope the pies are a holiday thing.
I think they were, if not I'll have to find a way to politely decline :)

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Post by Octavia » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:26 am

You were certainly right to have the mince pie, I think. It was a pie of importance! Bonding with a new colleague. I’m sure Reinhardt would have had the pie. :)

If they offer more pies....well you can cross that bridge when you come to it...
Just don’t do what I’ve been doing, with one very kind ‘feeder’ friend. She gives me chocolate biscuits and I hide them in my handbag, then forget about them. This is very bad when combined with my other habit, keeping a bottle of water with a loose lid in my handbag. A while ago I found my keys encrusted in a sort of pastry.
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Anyway, I’m delighted to hear about your new post, and wish you all the best! They are lucky to have you.

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Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:41 am

Thank you, sorry to hear about your handbag! Though it did make me smile :)

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Post by Soprano » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:44 am

It's been a stressful few weeks in the run up towards Christmas, I have served my notice period at work, had a family meal where my 21 year old nephew announced his girlfriend is pregnant, not planned and my sister turned on me over something and nothing.

Whilst I was in the wrong for which I immediately apologised, her reaction was way over the top and very upsetting when I consider all I did this year to support her through her second divorce. She was determined to have a fight over it. Hey ho we live and learn.

My eating has had little structure but I'm not too worried but I think I'll make an effort for a nos day today.

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:50 pm

Oh boy, I’m so sorry you’re having a stressful time. Sounds like your sister is trying to take out her frustrations on you. I hope she rethinks her reaction and appreciates all you e done for her. But if not make sure you take care of you.

Ps thanks for all your support on my thread & hope today goes well for you. 💜
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Post by automatedeating » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:44 pm

I know this is Soprano's thread, but the Octavia "pastry key" story had me laugh out loud!

Ugh about the sister stuff. It sounds like you, very wisely, understand that her reaction is all about her, really, and not about you.

My eating has been breaking records this week and I'm sort of stumbling my way back to structure myself today - here's to both of us finding moderation today and tomorrow.
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Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:43 am

Thanks for the support ladies, it is really appreciated

I didn't quite manage a full nos day but ate significantly less and I was hungry when I did eat.

I skipped breakfast as I wasn't hungry.

My son bought me lunch whilst we were shopping and as a treat included a cake without asking so I ate half out of politeness.

As dinner was going to be late the family had something to eat at 4 but again as I wasn't hungry I abstained. When we did eat it was buffet style and I was relaxed about the plate but no sweet stuff :)

Let's try again today


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Post by Octavia » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:45 pm

Sounds like you’ve had a good day, Soprano. I too have managed to be moderate today. It’s time, isn’t it? The N days call. And yet, we approach the weekend. A little challenge for us all. I’m hoping to do without sweets and snacks - for once I don’t need to release of the weekend. But we shall see.

Sorry to hear about your sister getting on to you like that. So upsetting.

Btw, I have a new handbag... :lol:

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Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Great news re the handbag, can't have too many. :)

I think I'll be happy if I can cut the snacking over the weekend!

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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:42 am

Happy New Nos year everyone and thanks for your support last year.

I'm not sure I'm entirely back in the Nos groove yet and haven't stepped on the scales, I'll save that joy for Friday!

I started my new job which I'm sure I will love but am feeling very stressed and overwhelmed by all that needs doing. This is affecting my sleep but hopefully things will settle down.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:06 pm

Hugs, Soprano. Starting a new job - sheesh - big life stressor.
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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:23 pm

automatedeating wrote:Hugs, Soprano. Starting a new job - sheesh - big life stressor.
Thank you auto :)

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:42 am

Happy New Year and new job, Soprano. What kind of work do you do?

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Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:08 am

Thanks oolala, I'm a finance manager in a hospice.

Yesterday was a typical S day, breakfast, piece of cake late afternoon and dinner which was 2 courses with a couple of chocs :)


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Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:35 am

I weighed today and from my lowest weight in November I've gained just under 2lbs. My scales weigh down to a 10th of a pound :)

I'm pleased with that as I did throw the nos rules out if the window for the latter half of December until after New year.

I ate more sweet stuff than normal but not in a binge like fashion. Most days were 2 or 3 meals of normal portions except Christmas dinner. But often 2 courses.

Back to normal now!

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Post by oolala53 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:34 am

Good going.
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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:50 pm

And the holiday "weigh-in" is officially behind you - so happy for you to have pretty much maintained over the holidays.
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Post by DellaBea » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:33 pm

That that after holiday weigh in is very intimidating! Glad you got it over with!
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Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:55 am

Still not got back to full nos and last weekend was a bit ott with sweet things. Managed another week of no alcohol Mon to Thursday so pleased with that. Weight today had stayed the same. Another win all things considered.

Quite a lot of stress with new job but I'm really enjoying it and I am managing my yoga twice a week.

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:16 pm

Progress for sure. Thumbs up!
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:52 pm

That's great news about the alcohol free days AND the yoga! Wonderful!
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Post by Octavia » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:40 pm

Great to hear that you’re enjoying the new job! :)

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Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:30 am

1/2 lb off this week which was pleasing. Two yoga sessions and just one alcohol slip, had a hot chocolate one night and slipped a baileys in it.....

I did have a couple of sweet things as part of my meals this week. Not fully in nos habits but all under control and moderate.

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:11 pm

Glad the job is going well and that youre still able to fit in some yoga time. Great job with the alcohol and 1/2 lb loss!
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Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:19 am

lpearlmom wrote:Glad the job is going well and that youre still able to fit in some yoga time. Great job with the alcohol and 1/2 lb loss!
Thanks Linda :)

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Post by Soprano » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:16 pm

I do seem to be struggling to get back fully to NOs. But today has been and will remain green
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Post by automatedeating » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:29 am

Boy do I know that feeling. We've had crazy snow here and I am so out of my routine!
It makes normal boundaries harder than normal.....ya know?
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Post by Soprano » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:31 am

Routine really helps, so yes I understand once it's upset things can change and new ones need establishing.. hope yours settles soon

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Post by Soprano » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:48 pm

4 days of green, it finally felt like something has slotted back into place. Scales are heading down again too, feeling happy :)

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:32 pm

Very good to hear!
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Post by lpearlmom » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:32 am

Yay!
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Post by Soprano » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:54 am

Since my last post on 22nd Feb I've not really been fully in the nos groove. I've decided on 4 nos days a week for now but no alcohol to be part of it. That way I can enjoy a pre dinner drink with snacks on a Friday. Actually I used to have a relaxed Friday most of last year anyway.

I stuck to it well this week and was rewarded with a small loss. Not yet back at my nos lowest but only 1.5lbs off it.

This weekend will be a challenge as we are away for a wedding on Monday.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:57 pm

I lost a couple more pounds when I firmly started sticking to my alcohol limits. I'm not sure if it was simply the extra calories of wine, or if, as I've read, alcohol can sort of make the metabolism a bit stickier, probably by making the liver a bit off its game.

Anyway, good for you.
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Post by liveitup » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:18 am

Good job Soprano!

I stopped drinking for a short time, and now I'm back to a drink here and there. It balanced out the entire lilikoi cake I ate pretty much myself over the course of our spring break vacation. :) I didn't gain overall, so it definitely helped. It's amazing how much it adds up.

Before the challenge, I'd have 1-2 drinks about 5 days a week. That's about a days worth of food in calories, so I'm happy I did it.

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Post by Soprano » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:51 am

Well done liveitup. You are right about the drink calories, they do add up and it slips down far too easily. :)

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Post by Soprano » Fri May 24, 2019 4:55 am

Still not in the nos groove, my weight went up a little for a few weeks but is going back down again.

I think work and now a house move are causing a bit of stress.

We go away in 4 weeks for a couple of weeks, I'm hoping I can relax and unwind if I can maintain until things settle down I'll be happy.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri May 24, 2019 2:41 pm

You are moving? That is a huge deal - exciting, stressful, busy, talk about no routine! And I know you've mentioned work has been a strain as well. We are here for you as you go through these weeks!

I hope that your upcoming vacation is entirely restful, peaceful, and surprised with bits of joy. :-)
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Post by Octavia » Fri May 24, 2019 8:17 pm

Sounds like you deserve a holiday! A house move is bound to cause stress. Hope you get some good rest and recuperation soon.

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Post by Soprano » Fri May 24, 2019 11:34 pm

Thanks guys your comments are appreciated

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Post by Soprano » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:36 pm

Having a fabulous holiday, we spent a week on the Keys and are now in Fort Lauderdale.

Happy 4th July to all in USA

We go home to the UK on Saturday

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Post by automatedeating » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:48 pm

Thanks Soprano! I am planning to win all the neighborhood party competitions (things like cornhole), primarily because I will be one of the only sober players. :lol:

Your vacation sounds heavenly, and I bet the ocean is amazing. But it's always nice to get home, too. Have you been able to unwind and/or relax on this trip?
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Post by Soprano » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:06 pm

Yes I've totally relaxed thank you. We've rented properties backing on to canals so the guys can fish. I've read books, chatted, shopped and sat looking at sunsets :)

Good luck in the competitions, you've done so well with not drinking.

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Post by sharon227 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:14 pm

Sounds like you're having a great holiday, enjoy!

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Post by Soprano » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:12 am

Whilst I'm here most days I haven't posted for a while. My weight is still up on my Nov nos low but is staying pretty consistent.

I finally bought a blood glucose monitor. Apart from a test reading mid afternoon when I bought it which was 5.1. I've been reading in the morning on waking. Interesting readings
Mon 5.9 but I did have dessert Sunday evening
Tues to Thurs consistent but slightly high 5.7
Today 5.9. tea last night was fish veg and mashed potatoes but as I was hungry at 9pm I had a small mug of hot chocolate!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:46 am

Finally got back to the Drs to arrange my follow up diabetes blood test.
Interesting discussion, he said they don't recommend people buying their own glucose monitor. I wanted to know how long to wait after a meal to test your blood to assess the impact it had on blood sugar.

Any way my last result was 41 which is just below the prediabetic range so I'll be interested to see the results of the next one.

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:18 am

For goodness sake, what reason did the doctor give for not testing our own blood sugar?
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:56 am

I think he thought it unnecessary unless you were type 1


I suppose they are used to it being done to inform insulin and food requirements which isn't necessary in non diabetic or type 2.

Personally I think understanding the impact of dietary choices is a good thing.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:14 pm

Finally got the results of my blood test.

Liver and kidney functions are fine.

Glucose reading improved from 41 to 40. Apparently normal. Still high for my liking and I'd like to bring it into the 30s.

Cholesterol was high but pushed up by good cholesterol :)

Triglycerides were high but apparently as it wasn't a fasting test not necessarily anything to worry about.

Dr has agreed to retest in March but do a fasting test.

I need a plan! :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:45 pm

Sounds like overall good results. Also, unless I'm missing something, sounds like you were proactive and pushed for the retest with the fasting lipid panel. Nice job there. :-) Remember, I already didn't like your doc because he's not a fan of individuals testing their own blood sugar (haha I know I'm an annoying patient for sure!). Seriously, though, most docs just don't know this stuff yet. They are so busy they don't have time to keep up on the latest research, etc. They only know what the pharmaceutical reps show them. Ack! There are exceptions, of course. And if you asked your doc for a fasting insulin test - omg he'd probably say he doesn't even know how to run it. Another 10 years and they'll all be doing it. End rant. :mrgreen: :roll: :lol: Thanks for putting up with me, Soprano!

Fasting blood tests definitely most important for looking at cholesterol ratios.

Probably the one I trust most to predict heart attack risk is Triglyceride: HDL ratio (which you'll need the fasting panel to do this).
Here's a little description from a fun website: https://www.thebloodcode.com/know-your- ... olesterol/

Your TG:HDL ratio is calculated on a fasting lipid profile. A calculator is here: Simply take the Triglyceride and divide by the HDL; the closer to one, the better. For example: TG = 120 mg/dL and HDL=40 mg/dL. 120 / 40 = 3.0, and indicates an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, at 3:1 the likelihood of a heart attack goes way up!

Low TG:HDL is desirable. As long as the TG is not below 40, your ratio can be below 1:1, as it is in many well-trained and properly nourished athletes, for example a TG of 50 mg/dL and HDL of 80 mg/dL provides a low TG:HDL ratio of 0.6.

High TG:HDL, especially >3, indicates significant risk of heart attack and stroke. I realize that high cholesterol, especially LDL, gets most of the press, and this is due primarily to the interest in pharmaceutical industry interests hard-selling the cholesterol story. The research and relevance about the TG:HDL ratio is detailed further below if you like reading about research.
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:22 pm

No need to thank me for putting up with you :) I value your opinion.

I saw a different Dr this time, a lady, very easy to chat with and the retest was actually her idea!

I think if I can lose some more weight that will help. Fortunately that has started to go down albeit slowly.

I think reducing alcohol will help the triglycerides, since moving we are socialising more. I also read high triglycerides can cause pancreatitis!

I'm going to switch to more wholegrains and reduce carbs a bit. I tried Atkins a few years ago and it didn't suit me but less carbs I'm sure will help.

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Re: Soprano

Post by sharon227 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:44 am

The South Beach diet is a bit over restrictive for the long haul, and unfortunately IMO doesn’t offer enough guidance for weight maintenance. But I think the basic principles are excellent. Designed by a cardiologist, and a very healthy way to eat to get levels of things like triglycerides, blood sugar, and cholesterol down.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:05 am

Thanks Sharon I'll look it up :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:05 am

My weight has been pretty stable at around 3 or 4 pounds higher than this time last year, which considering it went up from Christmas onwards is quite pleasing.

Work is still stressful which doesn't help.

I still eat pretty much 3 meals a day but if I have a late breakfast, especially cooked one will then only eat again at tea.

I've missed the odd breakfast to do a 16 hour fast.

I am eating the odd chocolate or biscuit when I shouldn't and since moving we are socialising more which means more food and drink.

I have also been trying to reduce carbs in my meals especially refined ones.

With Christmas looming I'll be happy to see the new year in at my current weight.

If I can stick to max 3 meals without overeating at them this might be achievable :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:36 pm

Very nice progress/maintenance, and goals!

Overall sounds like your new location (since moving) is working out nicely for the social aspects of life? That is so important - happy for you about this.
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:51 pm

Thanks Auto, I really should be able to do better but work stresses do take it out of you.

I'm having a long break over Christmas so that will help. I'm also interviewing for an assistant so light at the end of the tunnel :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:12 pm

3 meals today and a rogue mince pie that was shouting eat me!!

So I did, it was very nice and got me through a late meeting :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by oolala53 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:17 pm

Continued success maintaining through the season. A real feat!
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:39 pm

Its going to be pretty busy at home now. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas.

Remember you are only ever a meal away from getting back on track.

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:11 pm

Merry Christmas, Soprano!!
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:40 pm

Thank you, hope you had a good day :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by oolala53 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:30 pm

Just saying hi. When I first pulled up your thread, it was actually from a year ago and I didn’t realize it till I read several entries, but it does sound like the job stuff and mincemeat pie’s are still having their effects! Warmest wishes for a good year of the systematic moderation.
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:54 pm

Thanks Oolala, wishing you a good year too :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:59 pm

Time to take stock I think.

I committed to Nos in March 18 when I was, apart from pregnancy at my highest weight of 11st 3.2lbs. by the end of November 18 I was 10st 3.2lbs a stone off and it had felt relatively easy to achieve. I was disappointed in the beginning at how slow my weight came off to the extent I went to the Drs in June 18 who did a blood and thyroid test. All was well except my HbA1c test was 41 and the doctor suggested as it was quite high we retest in a year.

By November I was unhappy at work and finding it stressful so I left to start a new job in January which whilst more stressful I was happy in. However I had lost the Nos habits over the Christmas period and never fully got back on track. We then moved house in June and still wasn't fully back in the groove I delayed my blood retest because I hadn't registered at a new Drs but eventually went in Oct 19 the results were an improvement down to 40 :)

Meanwhile my weight had been increasing, the highest was 10st 10.8lbs in Aug 19 but by mid December was 10st 5.8lbs.

I rarely get on the scales directly after holiday periods so am not sure where I am now but I don't want to waste another year not improving my health or eating habits.

I have anther blood test due end of March and really want to see improved figs again :)

So my plan for this year is to gradually introduce changes that will improve my health namely

1. Continuing to not eat in between meals but also to stop having tea and coffee with milk in between meals as this induces an insulin response.
2. To aim for a 12 hour period between my last meal or drink of the day until the next morning. I can quite easily not eat for a while but will miss that cup of tea with milk when I wake, though I can get round this by not having a late cuppa before bed!
3. To have 2 days where I have a 16 hour period between the last and first meal
4. To continue to eat as little processed food as possible
5. To reduce carbs in my diet, I already eat very little bread but need to look at alternatives for pasta potatoes and rice
6. To enjoy S days
7. Remember everything is ok in moderation

I'm setting Monday as the day to start which will also include a 3 week alcohol free period.

I'm not intending on working on it all at once but will have a couple of days deciding where to start :)

I've not been one for daily updates but might include some for a while to keep me focused

Wish me luck

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Re: Soprano

Post by iflytoohigh » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:56 pm

Wishing you bushels of luck and good vibes. Sounds like you've got a solid plan. Hopefully that blood test in March will reveal great improvements! I suspect that with your adherence to your plan, you'll have exemplary results. :) You've got this!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:13 pm

Thank you :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:12 pm

Very interesting plan and how good that you still saw improvement.

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:27 am

Hi Soprano!

Well, we are all back to work after the holidays, aren't we? And we got this. We know what we need to do, and we are going to feel better while doing it, too!
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:24 am

I'm going to start logging drinks and meals until I get in the groove.

5 glass of water on waking
7 mug of tea with milk
7.30 another mug of tea with milk and homemade wholemeal bread toasted with butter and marmalade
10.30 mug of yogi tea
12.15 slice wm toast scrambled egg and fried toms
mug of ord tea with milk
3.15 mug of tea with milk

Dinner will be later, we have friends coming round and are eating leftovers from both fridges probably consume some wine too :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:27 pm

eating leftovers from both fridges
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: What a fun night!
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Re: Soprano

Post by iflytoohigh » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:48 pm

Any meal that includes wine sounds like a winner to me! :D

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:46 pm

I decided to start my 3 weeks without alcohol today! Success for day 1

Somebody in the Facebook group suggested using Google sheets to track green day's which is great. I used habitcal when I first started but not found it working well since the upgrade so rather than recording everything here I'm going to use that. Marking days green was a real motivator for me in the beginning.

Mentally I'm pretty geared up for this which is 90% of the battle :)

Just wondering whether to weigh or wait..

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:17 pm

Oh well done for the 3 weeks without alcohol starting now. Thanks for the tip as I cannot get the habitcal to work either.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:48 pm

Day 2 no alcohol success :)

S day for food but 13 hour overnight fast broken with two mugs of tea and slice of toast 4.5 hrs later

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:03 am

Props for no alcohol, Soprano!

You know, you might check out Coach.me website for green check marks. :-) I use it for a whole bunch of habit-building - no alcohol being the primary one I log. The No Alcohol forum is highly active and has been a good support for me.

My username over there is Auto E and I even have a picture of HappyHerder as my avatar.
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Re: Soprano

Post by iflytoohigh » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:36 pm

Good job on no alcohol! I really do love my wine, so it'd be hard for me to not have at least a glass or two 2-3 times a week. LOL, I'm not sure what that says about me. :P

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:20 pm

Thanks Auto and ifly :)

Day 3 Another success re no alcohol and Green re Nos.

Achieving 12hrs fasted is difficult now I'm back at work but I did only drink water between bfast and lunch. By 2.30 I needed a mid afternoon cuppa :)

Auto I'm struggling to find that forum?

Work is really stressful still...

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:58 pm

Just wanted to say hi and show my support. (Not that you need it - doing great!)

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:34 pm

Sorry to hear that work continues to be quite stressful for you. I think the cuppa makes perfect sense!

www.coach.me is the website. No Alcohol is the habit.
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:35 pm

Thanks Auto

I found you on the coach me site, happy herder looks adorable

Day 4 another success re no alcohol and another green Nos :) I just drank water between breakfast and lunch again.

Had a cup of tea tonight at 6 and will not have anymore for 12 hours!

Feeling positive re this, work was calmer today though I worked half a day at home which is always more relaxed and I get so much more done.

Full day in tomorrow but then hopefully from home again Thursday.

Thanks all for your support

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:10 pm

Day 5 no alcohol :) hubby had a glass of red wine with tea but it wasn't too difficult to pass it up especially as I am popping out later in the car!

Green Day for Nos. 12 hour fast over night and planning 16 for tomorrow as I'm working from home.

Hoping to do yoga dvd in the morning, I did it on Sunday and can still feel some aches.

Drinking few cups of tea and getting hungrier, guess my glycogen stores are now lower.

Still feeling confident and positive about this and also eating reduced carbs.

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:56 am

Hurray on your various accomplishments and also it's fun that you are feeling so motivated right now!
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:31 am

Thanks auto, I just hopped on the scales and am only 0.2 higher than my mid December weight so feeling pretty happy with that.

2.5 hrs left of 16 hr fast. Fingers crossed

Yesterday one of my team members gave me a piece of her birthday cake. My heart sank when I saw it. My response was "How lovely thank you do you mind if I take it home and enjoy it after my dinner" Hubby had it, I wasn't even tempted :)

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:16 pm

Day 6 no alcohol :)

Hubby had wine again!

Managed my 16hr fast and just had 2 meals today.

Tomorrow we are out with friends so not drinking will be a real test but since tomorrow marks a week that should help me desist!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:12 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:19 pm

Thank you

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:31 pm

Whoop one week alcohol free and 5 green days.

Have a good weekend all.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:29 pm

Brilliant you managed today! Happy weekend.

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Re: Soprano

Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:22 am

Great stuff re: resisting wine when hubby is drinking + birthday cake!
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:07 pm

Thanks Auto

Still no alcohol :)

Reasonable weekend, hoping for another week of green.

Good luck everyone

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Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:55 pm

10 days alcohol free, must admit my mind is much clearer :)

I was 15 mins short of a 16hr fast today, I was really hungry and it was a convenient time to eat at work.

Despite work still being stressful I'm coping well.

Jx
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:02 pm

Well done! I have been on a pregnancy/nursing imposes alcohol ban for four years and found my mood massively improved (before it went back down from lack of sleep 😂). Do you find that?
15 is probably physiologically irrelevant as your body doesn’t have a clock.

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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:11 am

Thanks Teammoney, I got my head around my moods a couple of years ago but I can easily see how it is affected by alcohol.

Lack of sleep is a killer but it will pass :)

I agree re the 25 mins it is easy to get hung up on things that don't really matter.

Jx
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Re: Soprano

Post by Soprano » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:39 pm

12 days alcohol free and green this week by the skin of my teeth.

Working long hours and really getting fed up with it but it will pass...

Jx
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Re: Soprano

Post by Teammoney » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:20 pm

Well done! I know those days where I hang on by the skin of my teeth will come and anticipate them with dread as so far I’m still in the honeymoon phase and I am very inspired reading that it is possible.

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