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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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Nell1223
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Post by Nell1223 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:55 pm

Hi all
I’m a returnee from about 3 years ago. I’m also from Uk, 5Ft 7 and 185lb and I’m 68 - getting on! so it’s about time I got my bad eating habits and weight sorted out. I’m sick of diets and non-diets. I’m sick of reading about the latest holy grail of eating- I’ve tried them all, despite all this I’m still overweight - in fact I’m bigger than I was 4 years ago

I recently got to thinking, ok, I don’t snack much and I tend to eat more at weekends than in the week, and I prefer not to eat processed rubbish, so in my google searches up came my old friend No S diet, so I thought yup, maybe this is the answer, the way to clear my head of the muddle of diets-speak etc

In the past 3-4 years I’ve moved house and location, we had a year long building project to build an extension (finished jan 2019) for much of this time we had no working kitchen and ate takeaways and ready meals. It’s no surprise, although it shocked me at the time, that I developed GERD (GORD in UK) and a hiatus hernia and am on 20 mg daily omeprazole and I need to eat smaller more frequent meals - perhaps 4/5, avoid sweets, carbs and spicy foods; losing weight should help reduce it too. So I decided it’s time to change my habits and get myself fitter too, as my mum would say - “I’ve let myself so”

I’m trying to work out how best to eat my meals within the No S framework and, being retired, unless I’m going out in the morning, I will have my breakfast at about 11, then a light meal at about 4/5 pm then my evening meal about 7 and I’ll have some dark chocolate about 8 then some yogurt or kefir before I go to bed at about 12. Between these meals I’ll have biscuits some cake, and apples etc. Because of the GORD/GERD I’m better having 3 meals and maybe a 4th smaller one. I need to eat better and get out of my bad habit’s

Hope to get to know you people
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Post by Teammoney » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:12 pm

Welcome back!
So you’re sound NoS with 5 meals? Will be interesting to follow your journey. Fellow UK resident here.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:16 pm

I think your plan sounds fabulous! Using NoS as my framework was my starting point. Then, after about 5 years (I know, I know, I'm a slow changer), I eventually eliminated processed foods. That was such a HUGE turning point for me. Eventually after that I found that reducing carbs and increasing protein was my sweet spot for weight loss, maintenance, energy, all the good stuff. Somehow this inspired me to exercise more and more (probably because my joints felt better), and then even to quit drinking alcohol! At that point my occasional heartburn went away.

So welcome, and remember that small (but happy) habits formed today are the building blocks for being proud of your accomplishments in time.
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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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Post by Nell1223 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:49 pm

Thanks for replying teamoney and automatedeating - I like what you both say.

I started on Thursday 23rd January, all I did was keep to my usual food and had my meals at the usual times. I decided I’d make a start by cutting the nightly dark chocolate out.

Breakfast was oats, berries, seeds and nuts with milk and yogurt - this usually keeps me going for 4/5 hours
Lunch cheese and ham panini - I try not to eat much white bread because of the GORD/GERD but we we’re having lunch in a cafe as seeing an art exhibition
5pm Later a small yogurt and an apple as feeling hungry or nauseous - I’m not sure which
Dinner pasta, salmon, sauce and veg
I glass of red wine

Before bed 2 or 3 slugs of kefir drink - I think it helps my stomach and keeps the reflux down

Friday
11 The same breakfast as yesterday
4 a toasted crumpet and cheese and a slice of brown soda bread toasted with cheese
A cuppa soup and an apple

2 glasses of red wine in the pub with friends
8 o’clock Beef casserole with potatoes and veg
12 Before bed a drink of kefir

I didn’t sleep well - maybe too big a meal and the wine or the overly processed cuppa soup - I’m a bit intolerant of flavourings and preservative in foods

I’m adding times because I’m trying to get the spacing between meals better as I can go too long without eating in the day and pack too much food into the late afternoon/ evening eating - hence the indigestion and insomnia

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:10 pm

I also used to very frequently have hunger/nausea (never sure which). Eventually I learned NOT to eat when I felt like that - for so many years I thought eating would help. It never did. But I eventually tied this symptom to blood sugar regulation problems (along with so many other funny symptoms) once I started using the continuous glucose monitor and could see how the swings coincided with the hunger/nausea confusion.
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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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Post by Nell1223 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:56 pm

That’s interesting automatedeating. I’ll keep an eye out.

Saturday was my first S day. It felt quite strange as I realise how much I normally am constantly monitoring what I eat: is it healthy? Is it too carby? Is it going to set my GORD off? Etc etc I was wondering if I’d go a bit mad with my eating as it’s an S day

My usual breakfast, then we went off for a walk followed by a pub lunch, normally I’d go for a bland unappetisingly salad and feel dissatisfied and eat something when I got back home, so instead I had very tasty gammon egg and chips and a red wine.

Now I don’t want you all thinking I’m a big boozer 😀 because I’m not, but in the evening we were at the pub again with my step daughter and family including my granddaughter who’s off back to uni today -2 more glasses of wine some crisps rounded off by fish and chips ate in the car while they’re still hot. Then home and a square of dark chocolate (not my usual 2 squares)

I’m surprised I’ve not got a hangover this morning! 😀

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Post by lpearlmom » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:04 pm

Sounds like a good S day and i think you’re smart to go for something satisfying on the first go! I wouldn’t call 3 glasses of wone a “big boozer”. 😁

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Post by automatedeating » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:53 pm

Your post inspired me to go get some dark chocolate pieces to have with my coffee this morning. :-)
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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Post by Nell1223 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:03 pm

Automatedeating- glad to help, hope you enjoy it 😀

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Post by automatedeating » Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:20 pm

:-) You can call me Auto. :-) :mrgreen:
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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Post by Nell1223 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:12 pm

Thanks Auto 😀👍

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Post by oolala53 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:55 pm

I sent you a PM where I asked if you would start a thread, but I see you have.

I have made so many changes over the years. Sometimes when people would see that I had lost more weight, they would ask what I'd been doing, but I knew the recent change had been build on the previous habits, and sometimes new concerns. I couldn't have done them from the beginning. But having a problem beyond weight can be so much more efficient!

I think wondering frequently if a food will affect GORD is quite appropriate; the other things would probably get served by solving that. I hope :shock:

Have a great week workin' it out.
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1/12-26.8
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