Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This is how I will utilize the Beck Diet Solution Spark Team as my diet coach: I will report daily at the Daily Check-In forum, whether I am staying on my eating program or not, and whether I am following the Beck prescription or not. Weekly I will weigh in and report on the weigh-in thread. I will blog daily on my Spark Page. On tough days or setback days I will use the Coaches' Corner forum to get help or find specific problem topics in the other forum threads. If this sounds rigid, it's because I decided when I began Beck that I would follow the prescription exactly. For 15 years in my other diet campaigns, I have customized and personalized endlessly, and I ended up cutting myself so much slack that in early 2009 I was my heaviest ever. I definitely believe in cutting myself slack, but not in the area of my healthy eating changes, as prescribed by Beck. I have confidence in the Beck recommendations, and I'm going to follow them to the letter for six weeks. Then I'll evaluate and plan the next commitment. I'm determined not to blow this chance to be a healthy weight by the end of 2010. Jan 14 modification: I will use the Goals forum instead of the Check-In forum for my daily accountability .
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Today was a first for me. A dear friend was unkind and unjust, but I was able to use strategies to handle it without emotional eating. I feel better after a good night's sleep; perspective tells me this person truly cares about me. Back to eating issues: Amazingly, I was able to name how I was feeling and make a plan. "I am feeling hurt, but food will not change things." "When I get home, I will get started on that pile beside my bed; seeing a neat spot there will feel great." "I'm not going to let this distress torpedo my eating plan." I did distract myself with reasonable tasks, ate my reasonable dinner, and then went to bed early with a good book. Who is this person sitting at my computer wearing my pajamas?
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I'm experiencing some success with "saving" calories for later use. This is new to me--I usually eat in expectation of imminent famine. Now I have been
intrigued by Beck's chapter, "How Thin People Think." It was a real eye-opener. Beck says thin people know hunger (or cravings) will eventually go away. Thin people know if they pass up something good to eat, another opportunity will come along sooner or later. What a concept. Pretty embarrassing that I've lived this long with such skewed perpective. But today I was able to tell myself, "A nice dessert will probably be available tonight. I'm going to really want a little then I can forego this buttery roll at lunch and allot those calories to enjoy a treat after dinner." Can't do that every day, of course. Hee hee . . the postscript to that story is . . . no dessert was offered tonight! So maybe I'll make it to that next half-pound loss just a bit faster! Skinny jeans, here I come!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Spending days and nights as a hospital visitor has its own set of challenges in applying the Beck Diet Solution. Here are some approaches that are working pretty well, thanks be to God. Plan ahead: I think of the likely CATEGORY of the food I expect to be available and decide before mealtime what I will choose. I determined to eat a salad absolutely every day on this trip, both for nutrients and to help with regularity. The hospital cafe was pretty disappointing, but because I had committed to eating a salad, and they did have a (pitiful) salad bar, that's what I did. I was focused on carrying out the prior plan and did not even SEE the section with fatty bbq pork, sugary bacon-beans and white rolls--which would have been a strong temptation. I did bring my response cards and have been going over them. It definitely helps. I can still sit down, eat mindfully, eat slowly, and give myself credit. Web access is limited, but these different conditions WILL NOT STOP ME.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Friends, I will be continuing the quest valiantly; however, I don't know when I will next have web access. Through a whirlwind of phone calls and by God's providence, I will be traveling from Michigan to Georgia by car to be with my sister in the hospital. Beck says "I can follow my food plan no matter what is going on in my life." So I'm committed to seeing this program through. Don't know when I'll check back in, but I'll be trimmer and healthier--by a few days, at least!
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