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Sit down. Eat slowly. Enjoy.

Friday, January 17, 2014

This is one of the Beck Skills that is going to be hard for me. I do have a habit of standing to eat. I understand why this is something I should do...I agree it is a worthwhile habit to learn. But, it is going to take quite a while for me. Old habits die hard. Also, there are times when sitting doesn't work any "magic."

Today for example...I stood over the sink and ate one boiled egg for breakfast. It was low carb, low calorie and totally on plan. I just like to salt it and eat it over the sink so it doesn't leave a mess to clean up. Later when the kids came home from school I sat on the couch mindlessly munching Apple Jacks that were my 9 year olds snack not mine. Not on plan. Not low carb. AND, worst of all was that quantity was more than a serving; maybe even closer to two servings.

I read a section of the book last night that was discussing rebellious teen attitudes toward eating. I really don't think I have an inner rebellious teen though. I have inner BRAT that just doesn't feel like eating chicken and broccoli sometimes. I have this thing where I say "Well, today IS my high carb day. Apple Jacks are high carb, right?" Well, yeah technically right but, they are junk sugar carbs and not exaclty the kind of carbs I am supposed to be eating . Oh Well. Moving On. It's done and over. Back on Track. I am learning more Beck Skills every day. See what I did there?

  
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CINDYWAGNER1 1/21/2014 2:12PM

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OOLALA53 1/18/2014 10:54AM

    I've been using this sit-down-enjoy habit for four years. (I actually never went on the to calorie counting, but still lost 40 lbs.) I've found I can never enjoy food the same way when I am standing up. The feeling is always that I have to rush a bit when I'm standing. Fearing making a mess is usually a recipe for eating too fast. It really is worth it to keep at this habit. It takes about six months to get really good at it. It will change your life.

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BATCHICK 1/17/2014 10:34AM

    Nice attitude. Let it go and move forward.

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POSITIVE41 1/17/2014 5:55AM

    Being aware is a great start. Keep up the good work!

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Beck Diet for Life

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I got both the pink and green Beck books from the library a few weeks back. (I had to renew them because I wasn't ready to give them back.) I started reading them before/during the holidays with the plan of getting serious about the skills in January. I have got a lot out of the books and I really think this is something that is going to help me.

Right now I am two years into this thing and really only half way there. Thankfully, I have found some new things to work on in the two books. It is giving me a new focus for the new year. I finished the pink book and made a card for each of the 42 days so that I could refer to them later when the book goes back to the library. I am now about a third of the way through the second book. Today, I am on the lesson about giving yourself credit.

I deserve credit today for getting my 10,000 steps in, for keeping motivated by visiting Spark and some other online weight loss hang outs, for having a successful low carb day today and most definitely for not quitting whenever it got tough over the last couple of years. Today was a good day. If you are reading this and haven't read the books by Judith Beck I highly recommend them. :)

  
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CINDYWAGNER1 1/16/2014 4:24PM

    Will have to check them out as well. Thank you!!

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BATCHICK 1/16/2014 12:14PM

    I'm going to see if they have those at my library!

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BEAUTIFULPATH 1/16/2014 2:04AM

    I used cognitive therapy techniques for stress management after my dad died and I started having panic attacks. They helped me head off those panic attacks and once I realized how I was working myself up I was able to calm down and the attacks never came back - so I am a fan.

I did not know there were any cog. therapy books regarding reaching one's fitness/weight loss goals. I will definitely check out Judith's books. Thanks for posting about them!

And, by the way, congrats to you for having a successful day!

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144AUTUMN 1/16/2014 1:57AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Yay Me!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Stuck to my guns today and ate on plan even when it seemed like the universe was conspiring against me. I was determined to stick to my low carb day today. When I went out to run errands today, I was so tempted to grab a crunchy taco @ taco bell. It is one of the few things I occasionally allow myself because it is not horrible calorie-wise or on the carbs. But, instead I bought some cashews and a single serving mozzarella stick. It was lower carbs, cheaper and I stayed away from the drive thru.

Then, before I even made it home; hubby calls and says we are expected at a last minute BBQ! Come on, seriously? A family gathering on my lowest carb day of the week's rotation?! I would have said no if it wasn't for the fact that his brother is only going to be here two more days before he goes back to Seattle. The BBQ actually turned out to be ok since there were all kinds of proteins cooked on the grill with only spices. I had a small piece of chicken and one of the center cut pork chops.

Steered completely away from the carbfest sides (mac n cheese, potatoes, corn and baked beans.) Seriously, not a green veggie in sight. Plus, pumpkin pie and watermelon! Three different people asked me to cut the pie. Um, no thanks. I'm staying completely away from the dessert table. Doggone food pushers! I went home and had my salad and got through my lowest carb day of the week with or without the family gathering and food pushers. :)

Normally, I would have just rotated my days and done my lowest carb cycle day on another day. But, it was my last rotation before our vacation and cruise and there was no other way to work it. Plus, it probably helped that the scale showed a new low this morning and that made me more determined to keep on my plan.

  
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BEHAPPY0201 10/23/2013 11:36AM

    Good for you for sticking to your plan!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 10/17/2013 7:33PM

    That's great you were able to eat the meat at the party at least.

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BATCHICK 10/17/2013 11:37AM

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Nice work, thats how you know you're commited to your lifestyle.

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WHYNOTJ1 10/17/2013 8:13AM

    Good for you!

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/17/2013 6:33AM

    Wow, you really went into the belly of the beast, didn't you?

Great job of sticking to your guns, particularly in telling the food pushers you wouldn't enable them by cutting that pie!!!

Have a wonderful cruise.

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A few more days...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm finding it a little hard to stay on track this week because we have a vacation coming up this weekend. I managed to stick mostly to plan today even though I woke up with a sore throat and a runny nose. I did have some hard candy for the throat; but, I didn't really go off plan. I just struggled with thoughts of planned indulgences next week while on vacation and on the cruise. I am so ready for a break. But, there is no need to let this break ruin my week. I got 15,000 steps in today, I did ok on food and I am going to save the indulgences for the actual trip by not allowing a treat mentality to creep into the week before or after the trip.

  
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WHYNOTJ1 10/15/2013 9:11AM

    I'm anxious about my upcoming vacation, too. Good luck!

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/15/2013 5:53AM

    Trips away can truly derail me. Good luck!

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EOWYN2424 10/15/2013 4:26AM

    Have a good trip!

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Personal Trainer Walking review

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am loving this Nintendo DS game. I have been using it for about 3 weeks. It is perfect for summer. I haven't been doing as much on the Wii because we are walking outside daily. The game has a pedometer type thing that tracks your steps and daily rhythms. I love the records that it keeps...it will store your step information for a month, I think. Also, if you have a great day walking, you can lock in that day so that it won't rotate out.

In the record section it tracks minutes walked, your highest total steps in a day, total steps since starting the game and a few other things. I just went back and added all my steps to my spark fitness minutes. A lot of days I don't track them here because the Wii and the DS track them for me. It is nice to have these records to look back on and be able to transfer my minutes over to the SP if I want. Our internet isn't super fast, so it is usually easier for me to track things on paper or through the games.

One thing I don't like about the pedometer is that it just turns green when you hit your target steps for the day. It doesn't show your step count. I guess there is another game, Weight Loss Coach that has a pedometer with the steps on it. But, it doesn't record time/minutes. Maybe with the next game they can combine the two.

I have found that by wearing the pedometer 24/7, I am more aware of how active I am all day long...not just when I am exercising. Also, I have exercised every single day for 10 days straight. :D

  
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FITBITFAN 8/12/2009 5:02PM

    LOL, XNANNY. I got a pedometer from Walmart that was really inaccurate. We live in the country, so it is pretty easy to tell from the road signs (1 mile apart) how far we walk. We could walk the exact same amount and one day it would say 6,000 steps and the next day it would say 12,000!! Neither were right. I think four miles is usually about 10,000 steps for us. I took that one back to WM, LOL.

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XNANNY 8/12/2009 3:03PM

    I tried a pedometer and it counted as a steps when I was only beating eggs in the kitchen. I didn't find that at all helpful. emoticon

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