Pinkmug, you were the one who gave me the initial inspiration to nose clip lots of food.† You said: ďOne thing is sure: the best AS day ever was when I noseclipped ALL meals.Ē
† Well, your comment has stayed with me, and motivated me to nose clip more.† Thank you!† Initially, it took a number of days of nose clipping lots of food, to really see/feel results.† Milk and oil seems like a good combo.† I hope it works well for you.
Hereís a detailed update on what Iím doing, if anyone wants to give it a try.†
Typically, I eat two meals a day plus a snack or two.† I tend to nose clip entire meals.† I almost always nose clip lunch, and I sometimes nose clip dinner, too.† Dinner is usually larger than lunch.† So on days when I nose clip just lunch, I estimate that I nose clip 35-40% of my caloric intake.† When I nose clip both meals, itís probably about 90%.† A few times I nose clipped dinner instead of lunch.† On those days I probably nose clipped around 60% of my intake.† Iím guessing that 60% might be my overall average.† On occasion, Iíve nose clipped 100%, but in general I try not to do that.† I want to condition myself to comfortably go back and forth between nose clipping and not.† It somehow feels better to me to have at least one unclipped snack.† Clementines have been one food that I much prefer to taste.† They are a delicious treat that I crave during the winter.
I eat a wide variety of mostly healthy food.† Every meal is different.† I often have some kind of healthy mush for lunch, but I make the mush differently every time.† Itís easier for me to be really good about what I eat earlier in the day.† Later in the day is harder.† Most of the time, I just nose clip regular food.†
I found some food ďtastesĒ better to me when nose clipped.† Some examples are: sardines, canned oysters, prunes, cooked carrots, baby food.† Iíve been buying baby food as an easy way to consume more vegetables.† Typically, I mix the baby food into yogurt or some kind of cooked whole grain.† Lotís of food surprises me by how delicious it ďtastesĒ when nose clipped.† For example, I sometimes drink a roasted grain beverage (coffee substitute) with a little milk and honey.† Yesterday, I realized that the roasted grain part wasnít necessary.† A cup of hot water with a bit of milk and honey was creamy, sweet, and delightful!†
As I mentioned previously, I donít worry about the two hour window.† On occasion, Iíve eaten a piece of fruit, and then had a meal a Ĺ hour later.† Iíve also occasionally had an unclipped dessert, following a nose clipped meal.† Most of the time I nose clip entire meals, so I do follow the two hour rule, without trying to follow it.† In general, I do better when I donít have rules and restrictions.† Letting go of the two hour rule was psychologically helpful.† Iím trying to make nose clipping lots of food as easy and effortless as I can for myself.† Easy and effortless is always more successful.
On Sunday night, our friend who is a chef had us over for dinner again.† It was an extremely rich heavy meal of the kind of food I donít usually consume.† I pigged out until thoroughly content (no clips).† Afterwards, I thought for sure that Iíd ruined my diet, and that my weight would go back up.† Lol!† I had to remind myself that you donít gain a pound from one big meal.† Perhaps, I slowed my weight loss down a bit, but I definitely havenít gained.† My mind canít seem to grasp that it might be possible to eat rich food and still lose weight.† Rich food = fat.† On SLD: eating fat = weight loss.† Intellectually I understand, but I have yet to emotionally internalize it.
After nose clipping a lot of food, the taste of food can get extremely heightened.† The meals I eat unclipped are these incredible, sensual, feasts.† Itís an incredible drug free high to eat without clips.† With clips, eating is still really enjoyable.† Itís like Iím gaining pleasure in eating, rather than losing it.
I donít do oil.† Sometimes I mix a teaspoon of flax oil into my mush.† But last week I went out and got me some honest to goodness real (organic) butter.† 5 years ago when my weight reached its all time high of 150 pounds (and I was shocked into dieting), I completely gave up butter, mayonnaise, and bottled salad dressings.† So now Iím nose clipping real butter on toasted sprouted wheat ďessene or manaĒ bread.† How can I feel deprived on something that ďtastesĒ so moist, buttery, crunchy, and good?† Iím thinking nose clipped bread and butter might work beautifully for maintenance.† I could live with that for a LONG time!
For most of my adult life, Iíve worn pants in the size 10-14 range.† †5 years ago when I lost 20 pounds, I made it into a size 8.† Since then, through constant vigilance and hard work, Iíve managed to stay in the size 8 to 10 range.† SLD brought me effortlessly and miraculously into a size 6.† Iíve never been a size 6 in my entire adult life!† Size 6 seems too tiny.† I look at those pants and think those arenít my size.† I canít fit my butt into THAT!†
Yesterday, I went shopping.† I wanted to buy some pants that were a bit snug.† Iím hoping that Iíll continue to lose, and thus will comfortably shrink into them.† Well, almost all of the size 6 pants that I tried on were comfortable now, but a bit too loose.† If I lost a bit more weight, they would no longer fit.† This store didnít HAVE pants that were smaller than a size six.† I walked out with nothing but amazed happiness.† Iíve never been so happy to leave empty handed having found nothing that fit!†
I have a pair of size 4 pants that I wear now, I assumed they were a fluke.† I think my internalized body image is still stuck in size 10.† Size 4 or 6 is for ultra thin women and that canít be me.† Though I must confess that Iím dreaming about buying myself a bikini for my 46th birthday at the end of the month.† What Ė a bikini at age 46!† Outrageous!† Especially since the only time in my life that I wore a bikini, I was 14.† Iíll be in Florida visiting my parents then.† Two weeks with my folks will be a time of gaining back weight, or a plateau if Iím lucky.† I'm not sure how much more I need to lose, before Iíd feel comfortable wearing a bikini.† I canít believe that Iím even fantasizing about it.† I have to say that Iím very happy with what I weigh now.† Losing more will just be thicker icing on an already yummy cake.† SLD is miraculous.