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Update as of Jan. 14, 2013. I have completed three years of the No S diet/lifestyle. Still no really consistent exercise, but I lost another ten pounds over the course of the year, approximately, so the total is that I weigh about 82% of what I weighed three years ago and it feels pretty easy to maintain. I'm so grateful for finding a program that is reasonable and fits into my life so well. I'm also incredibly grateful to Spark for providing this site to share with others. My writing about the ...
Update as of Jan. 14, 2013. I have completed three years of the No S diet/lifestyle. Still no really consistent exercise, but I lost another ten pounds over the course of the year, approximately, so the total is that I weigh about 82% of what I weighed three years ago and it feels pretty easy to maintain. I'm so grateful for finding a program that is reasonable and fits into my life so well. I'm also incredibly grateful to Spark for providing this site to share with others. My writing about the topic has been a big part of my success, as writing is one of the aptitudes I wanted to develop. I've often quoted a psych therapist I read years ago who said of alcoholics the question is not why they drink but what would they do if they didn't drink. This year I want to devote more time to developing other talents and/or perhaps a real live support group for implementing No S or a version of it.
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Update June 18, 2011. The scale is moving down again, but what is even better is I am working out more and more of the kinks so that eating smartly is becoming natural. Part of that is just from perseverence. I finally learned -not perfectly- that the big difference is continuing to make the effort and say no to urges when it's hard, not just when it's easy. I am able to separate how many triggers there are for urges and cravings, but see that the "triggers" don't make me eat. I am the one who has to pick up the food with my own hand (or fork!) and put it in my mouth. An urge cannot do that. The lovely smell of cinnamon buns cannot make me eat the bun, and I am kidding myself if I say it does. It's okay to joke about it if I am also willing to be honest. Nobody and nothing makes me eat except me. But I can also accept and forgive myself if I do make the choice to eat under non-ideal circumstances.
Update Feb., 2011. I lost 17 lbs. last year. I actually lost a bit more, but didn't stay down. I certainly haven't implemented my whole plan, so I'm hopeful about taking off another 14 lb.s this year--perhaps more. No calorie counting! See my post on the Living Binge Free team, 21-day BF streak, Feb. 19 if you want to see my list of 6 basic steps, which does contain a modified version of calorie counting.

Jan. 2010. I was reading or hearing about people who lost 20 or 30 pounds over a year and most had just changed their worst eating habit. Mine is bingeing on chocolate candy, ice cream or cake. Sometimes pizza. Not burgers and French fries. Not eating huge meals, though, if I did, it was MORE likely I would binge. So I've targeted bingeing this year. I realized that I've got to believe I can live sanely with food all the time and that I can be just as happy, if not more, without using it as a drug. I realized that in the past I would just hit periods of time in which it just wasn't that much of a struggle to stick with the "program." I realized I never learned how to overcome the urges to eat when they were strong. That is the moment I have to learn to face the desires and say no! I'm going through an easy phase now. I won't push it away, but I hope I learn something I can use when things get tougher. Why can't the memory of how good this feels stay with us? Oh, yeah: all things must pass.

2007. I'd rather lose five pounds and keep them off than lose 15 and put ten back on. Now, if I can just do that four times! I lost 20 lbs, about 5 years ago, then whittled another 7 off, slowly put the 7 on and stress-ate my way back up 16 pounds this last summer and fall (2009). I have to start where I'm at. This time it's become important to give up the self who uses food inappropriately and become new.

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My Goals:
I feel food is not a problem, that I can eat sanely no matter what the situation. 7/14, 98% there!

I accept my body. as of 7/1, pretty close!

I am in my "normal" BMI range. done 3/12!

I wear a size 10. 3/13 (got into size 8 3/14)

I am at 25% or lower bodyfat. not yet, but doctor is pleased

I have a waist measurement under 31" 3/13 done!

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As of Dec. 26, 2009, use the No S Diet plan to reduce bingeing. Eat 3 plates/bowls of mostly whole, unprocessed foods in a mix of light and luscious food (but no sweets) on weekdays, and free eat on S (weekend) days. Eat plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits and whole grains or high fiber carbs. Have not figured out a consistent exercise program. Use the principles from non-diet/ending emotional eating programs such as Shrink Yourself to help keep me on track, and the thinking strategies from Judith Beck.

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Live in San Diego. Am a high school English ans World History teacher to classes of general and Spec Ed students. Have lived in several US cities and two overseas cities. Looking for a humorous local man who values at least 3 out of the 4 following things: one or more of the arts, not collecting the most "toys," being a realist rather than a Pollyanna, and enjoying intellectual things without being a snob. Hook us up! Love cooked rye berries. Used to teach yoga, but you'd never know it now!

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Have taken West African dance classes for 20 years. Makes me feel young to dance almost as vigorously (or more so) than women half my age. Used to live in Iran. Used to sit zazen, but I'm a lousy Buddhist. Old favorite book: Small is Beautiful; Economics as if People Mattered.

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QUEENIEBELLE
7/26/2014 5:57:24 AM

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. emoticon Have a wonderful week-end.



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7/18/2014 9:20:04 PM

Thanks for the insightful welcome. I had a great healthy day of eating and exercise. I hope to do it again tomorrow. emoticon



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MANDELOVICH
7/15/2014 10:53:38 AM

I'm not sure what no S is, but I totally agree that it's all about making peace with our journey. And yes, Geneen Roth is one of my favorites.

And yes, that whole notion of how we eat is how we live is so powerful. I too have that very negative voice that is so strong when I'm not perfect! And then I get into all sorts of trouble as I try to be perfect and always fail. So my blog, though I was very gung ho about it, is all a work in progress...still learning how to fail right now!!

Thanks again for your great blog. I ordered the book. I love books on changing the brain. Have you read any of Jeffrey Schwartz' books?

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OHMEMEME
7/13/2014 10:58:53 PM

Thanks for Sparking!!! You mentioned No S as a side note somewhere recently so it sent me to google. I heard and even read it a year or more back in time but your post made me revisit it. Considering the strategy... Sometimes we are just "not there yet" and certain approaches don't seem relevant. However, after revisiting your page, your emotional eating story, and your No S approach, I am considering to reconsider...lol. Thanks again for sharing. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon



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7/9/2014 11:17:16 AM

Thanks for the goodie lunch pack. I hope you had a great July 4th holiday and will continue to have a great and healthy summer.

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