Monday, March 07, 2011
The certified trainers who coordinate our workout program at church keep telling the weight loss group how beneficial food tracking is.
When I read blogs of people who have lost 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 pounds, THEY ARE TRACKING FOOD. Every day. For months. For years. Countless sparkers, literally too many to count, testify that food journaling is key.
Research tells me it's effective to log my food. ScienceDaily (July 8, 2008) — "Keeping a food diary can double a person's weight loss according to a study from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research. The findings, from one of the largest and longest running weight loss maintenance trials ever conducted, will be published in the August  issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine." from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/
Mamasuds gave out a personal challenge for tracking and I accepted the first of February. I have done it dutifully and I know it is helping me in many ways.
This garrulous introduction leads up to . . . tinkerbell chimes . . . today's light bulb moment. Wordy anecdote to follow:
After playing taxi driver I got a day-old French bread at Jimmy John's (45 cents) and a Coke. What I call stupid food. My young daughter and I split them, but it's still stupid food. (I could have taken that bargain and made nutritious sandwiches for 3 people---that's not stupid, especially if I improved the glycemic index value by toasting the bread) I did not need to eat; it was simply recreational and I immediately regretted it.
I was on my way home, thinking about getting back on track, thinking about not letting this mistake keep me down. I NEED TO PUT THIS IN MY NUTRITION TRACKER. That thought felt good. There was something specific and concrete I could DO to immediately begin working my plan. Log everything I put in my mouth. When I choose to track the good, the bad, and the ugly, I am taking back control. I am active on my own behalf to carry out a behavior that has been proven to work. I'm quickly stepping back into the "do what's good for you" zone!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Reading all your Sparkblogs, plus the Beck Diet Solution, has brainwashed me in a positive way.
Right now feels like a major setback, a snag out of my control, but with all of your advice and support behind me, I have not responded in my old defeatist habit . . . instead I am taking tiny steps, of better thoughts and better motivation, to take responsibility for moving forward in the midst of difficulty.
I still have vertigo, which the doctor says is from a mild ear infection. This struck the 3rd day of my 5K training program, which I had been very excited about. The 5K element really boosted my motivation and focus.
The vertigo waxes and wanes, but I have to walk exceedingly carefully, holding on to something. Even jogging is out of the question.
I have felt very disappointed about not having 5K training these past 5 days, but with God's help and your support, I didn't sink into diet apathy or self-defeating behaviors (well, I didn't start any--of course I have my ongoing projects!). Thanks be to Jesus, I was able to catch my own stinking thinking and start planning: what chair exercise can I do safely? what floor exercise? where can I use a machine free/cheaply such as stationary bike or rower?
Progress! Mind changing! Instead of saying, I can't do what I planned so what's the use?----I said, I can't do what I planned; what CAN I do?
Your stories have paved the way for my baby steps. So many of you are overcoming far, far greater obstacles. This is so minor, yet I recognized it for exactly the kind of trivial frustration that in the past derailed my enthusiasm and distracted my commitment.
My program has to look a bit different until this passes, but my program is still moving forward! It is my responsibility to make it happen, and I am embracing that responsibility.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Even if I don't find the Spark right away I will fake it until I make it! In other words I'll do what I would do if I had the Spark!! - from ID_VANDAL blog 3/28/10
Dr. Beck [in the Beck Diet Solution] goes right at the impatient, pessimistic thoughts in this program. You like most all of us, want easy instant results, and she addresses those thoughts. An answer would be something like "I have tried quick fixes in the past and I'm still obese and have never gotten to my goals, so this time I'm going to read this book and do what Dr. Beck tells me to see that I finally get the results I want. There is no EASY way to do this, but just doing the work it requires."
- from Jibbie49, reply to Beck Diet Solution Team Forum, Other Uses for Cognitive Weight Loss, 4/12/10
I know that if I meet my goals as listed above, that weight loss will come along all on its own. Because one thing that I have learned from Sparkpeople is that this is truly a change of lifestyle that we need to set out to attain, and then one day we look down and actually can see our feet and tie our shoes without having to hold our breath and put our jeans on without laying on the bed and go up a flight of stairs without losing our breath . . .
- from Suzy6281 blog 1/24/10
An inferior plan well implemented is better than a superior plan never implemented - at least it will have you moving towards something.
- from ID_VANDAL 5/03/10 blog
Thursday, March 03, 2011
A therapist came to talk to our group after workout. One idea from tonight was to think of very specific, detailed outcomes related to reaching my goal. Verbalize it, record it, bring it to mind often, SEE it in my mind repeatedly.
This is tough for me to do. It is hard to see myself and my life at that goal weight. But I believe that it would be beneficial, so I'm working on it.
I did think of one thing. I saw a very attractive coat, a fitted shape with a belt detail in back.
When I am thin I will wear a coat with a belt.
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