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This is a very inspiring response to one of my questions about staying disciplined, that dear friend KRISZTA provided:

"I have never stopped completing the Beck to do list weekly, since I read Beck Pink in Jan 2015.
It takes about 2 minutes, reading the response cards another 5, and reading the escape plans another 5. Not much effort for a week ; )
A week is enough to forget about some skills, and the 2016 October reading showed me I can forget about the full meaning of some items, despite the weekly reminders.
If I extrapolate that, I get a good picture of where my skills would be in a month or in a year, if I had stopped reminding myself weekly. And I don't want to go there.
Instead, I prefer to have my advantages of continuing:
I'm free from cravings, overeating and hunger
Dieting is easy, I'm in balance
I'm happy, healthy and pretty.
I'm satisfied with the amount of food thin people eat ."

"You " KNOW" that sweets won't make you feel better, so your yearning is just a delusion. You are NOT depriving yourself when you choose to not give in to your yearning.

And keep remembering why you chose to avoid sugar! "

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER WHEN CRAVINGS COME:(as summarized by my dear friend Kriszta)

"I imagine SPT would say you may have
-high insulin levels due to overeating episodes in the past few days... leptin resistance in brain stem... insatiable hunger that makes you want to eat to survive threats
-dopamin receptor downregulation, that she describes as "absence of pleasure" and makes you want sugar and flour when you want to feel better
-depleted willpower at the end of the day
... and the Left Hemisphere Interpreter rationalizing that you ate the pastries because of the bad news - similar to the men in the separate vision field experiment

And all this is universal to all of us who are susceptible to sugar and flour and don't refrain from them. been here for ages. I do not give up! "

"Blog by Positive Hope on the importance of giving myself CREDIT ":

Celebrating 18 weeks: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Celebrating 18 consecutive successful weeks on this journey. I've lost 42 lbs. my greatest success isn't those 42 lbs. but things that I have learned and applied. Beck taught me the basic habits that lead to success. Plan, eat the plan, track, monitor sabotaging thoughts and apply helpful thoughts.

Lots of "diets" teach those same things but Beck taught me the value of giving myself credit for all those tasks. Drink a glass of water and take a moment to acknowledge it. Recognize a sabotaging thought and stop and give yourself credit for being aware. Apply a helpful thought and recognize the release from the stress. Credit again.

The tasks of the journey are very hard work. Most of my diet failures came from journey fatigue. I just didn't wanna do all that hard work. Giving myself credit has changed that dynamic. I do the work but I feel the affirmations. Affirmations feel really good. The good feeling of affirmation offsets the work. I feel balanced.

I feel like I have settled in to my journey. It doesn't feel hard anymore. It feels comfortable and peaceful. I feel the chug of the engine but I don't feel like everyday is an uphill battle.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I can do this and follow this journey and most importantly, I can be at peace with the process. "

Member Since: 6/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 7,727

My Goals:
to get in shape, to be healthy and strong

My Program:
I have been doing Miranda Esmonde-White's on line Essentrics program for about two years, with occasional group or one-on-one sessions at her studio.I will continue to do so in 2018, as it has made me more agile and changed my shape even if in the last year i did not lose any weight.
Will continue walking outside weather permitting and if not, do the Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds program.
Each at least 3 times a week.
I just started listening to the evening Jon Gabriel tapes and they are helping me feel better about losing more weight. I did not realize that i kept the weight as a security blanket.
Also occasionally I do the breathing and body scan meditation by Jon Kabat-Zin.
As far as food is concerned, i will continue to aim at 1600 cal. a day, and track my food.
My buddy has been essential in keeping me in the game and eventually understanding the reason for my stalling.

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Long time Beck member. Slow learner. Will retire in 2018 and want to be healthy to enjoy my new lifestyle..

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