Starting 'No S'

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Over the last 6 months or so I have been feeling pretty bad. With the way my clothes fit, the way my body felt and about how much I reached for food when I really didn't need to. I am sure most everyone who is reading this blog has been there. It was bad, I was feeling desperate.

I felt like I would NEVER lose this weight. Mostly because I was realizing how much I am NOT going to track my food calories for the rest of my life. In fact the only time I lost a large amount of weight in my life was on Weight Watchers old 'Core' diet. Where basically you can eat as much of the 'good food' as you need not to feel hungry and just had to keep track and restrict the 'bad food'. So I learned how to cook edamame, whole wheat couscous and i ate a lot of broccoli and Soba noodles. It was great! I actually really loved it, and I loved what I was eating. Plus going to meeting was an excellent way to keep at it. It was expensive, a bit obtrusive and obviously not sustainable. But it worked!

Until I started cooking for more then one person. hmm, it didn't quite 'stick' then. I love to blame it on my husband's love of Velveeta (don't tell our friends!!) but the truth is that *I* was the one who put things that were NOT Core in MY mouth and gained back all the weight I had lost.

So in review: #1) I know that I can not make a habit of eating only a certain kind of food and strictly forbid 'bad foods' anymore. In my new life of cooking for more then one person, the temptations are too strong, I would never last long before the siren's call of the Mexican Velveeta in the fridge overtook me. Call me weak, but it's the honest truth.

#2) I HATE tracking for more then a few weeks at a time, so while that helps me lose weight when I do it, it is not sustainable for me. So scratch that off the list of permanent solution for me.

But I ran across a post from a spark member named Oohlala and saw that in her post signature was written "The No S diet saved my emotional life"

Being the curious cat that I am, I googled "No S Diet" and found a hilariously snarky website promoting a way of eating that goes like this.

No Snacks
No Seconds
No Sweets
Except (sometimes) on days that start with S.

That is it.

I know, its so *weird* how simple it is. It kinda seems like a joke. I wasn't won over, but I started poking around and realized that This. Sounds. Awesome.

You eat three meals a day. (I love routine) You eat one plateful of whatever you want at each meal. (perfect, I still cook rather healthy and I always eat veggies at meals, plus I LOVE all food. Yahtzee) Then on the weekends you can eat sweets or snacks if you want (thank god). You can have snacks, seconds and sweets on "S"pecial days. (good, cause I was gonna do that anyway, I look forward too my birthday cake all year) These would be birthdays, religious holidays and anniversaries.

Anyway, I am blabing on about this because I think this sounds perfect for me! I CAN do this kind of thing! I eat way too much between meals and I have a tendency to treat my hunger like an emergency. No S can help all of that. I know I will be eating a meal soonish, so I can now enjoy being a bit hungry and enjoy eating food that my husband and I love. Plus I can see this being a way of life for me, it is so sensible and old timey. You save eating special foods for special times (like chocolate sometimes on the weekends, not everyday) and I can enjoy them, That Much More.

I started eating like this about two weeks ago and so far I have lost a few pounds and started to see how this "easy thing" is going to take some getting used too. But I am tracking on my calendar which days I succeed and which days I slip up.

I feel good about it. I feel hopeful. I feel in control. I feel so much better.
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  • OOLALA53
    Ha! I saw that you are starting No S. I hope you'll be glad you ran across my testimonial. Yes, it is a snarky site, and I love Reinhard's dry sense of humor, but he is also wonderfully kind and supportive. I swear, that guy is one of the most emotionally healthy people I've come in indirect contact with. No wonder he came up with such a simple plan and is willing to poke a little fun at himself.

    Now, know that most people don't lose weight fast and it can take awhile to not overeat on weekends, but it is truly a way you can live. You'll be surprised how much having gaps between your meals makes it so much more obvious when you overeat. And a satisfying plate of food is never more than a few hours away. You can make it a few hours, right? You might get hungry, but if you starve while eating three meals a day, well, that's on you! Welcome to sanity. emoticon
    2275 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2012 7:52:31 PM
    I hope this can help you get your goals in order so you can achieve!
    2277 days ago
  • MELLY3183
    ah congrats on finding something that works for you. I too hate tracking my food but have found now that it is a game/challenge to get within my calories. I don't always track but when I do I feel better.

    Good luck with this!!
    2277 days ago
    I'm glad it is working for you! I just love the idea of No S but can't seem to do it. It is a lot harder than it sounds, so you should be pretty proud of yourself that you are doing it!
    Good job!
    2277 days ago
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