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Today's Check-in

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dr. Beck Checklist
Look at my advantages twice per day--check
Eat sitting down--check
Give yourself credit--check
Eat slowly & mindfully--check
Find a Diet Coach by going back on Spark People to get support--check
Arrange Your Environment--check
Three Days/Week at Gym (this week)--planned for tomorrow, Fri, Sunday
Spontaneous exercise--working on 10,000 steps right now
5 lb. weight loss goal--check
Overcome Cravings Chart--I did overcome cravings today for candy. I reminded myself I could make healthy choices.
Track My Distraction Activities--I didn't do any today
Tolerate a Craving--I did for awhile, then I gave in and had a gyro and falafel and soda for dinner. I held on for awhile though and I felt at peace. At the point I realized that I didn't give myself enough food for dinner and I was very hungry, I knew it wouldn't work. It was really more hunger than a craving. Also, before a job interview, I ate pretzels because I was quite hungry. I ate healthily for the most part and am so proud of how I did. These are issues from not planning big enough meals, not cravings.
Practice using cards--no practice with that today. I didn't have them with me because again, job interview.
Up next: write down tomorrow's food, finish my steps, read the next section in the book which is related to food monitoring. I have another job interview tomorrow morning, then I'm going to work out , go to Sam's Club, and prepare for company this weekend.
I'm not perfect, but I think I did great. I really did do better because though something very crazy happened today, I didn't use food to comfort myself. I still ate my planned dinner.


Pitta dosha

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

If you are familiar with ayurvedic medicine, you know what this is. I am pretty familiar with it, and my pitta dosha is so flaring up right now! Canker sores in my mouth make eating painful and my stomach just burns. It's the same stuff I've dealt with for years, so no need to see the doc. I'm taking lysine to try to help and I still have some "magic mouthwash" from last time to use! I think this is from trying to consume a bit more vinegar. And then I ate some pineapple on Sunday. I just went through an enormous hormonal swing and now this. Yikes. I need to study some more ways to balance my fiery dosha.
My routine is returning again, so I am following Beck more closely. Must be careful not to overdo right now. It's a very delicate balance.

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SNUZSUZ 3/12/2012 11:00AM

    I don't know what you are talking about, but it doesn't sound fun:) hope you feel better soon!

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Mega PMS

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm in the throes of some hardcore PMS today. My mood just spiraled in the last couple hours. Dang! I almost just lost it when I couldn't find how to add a blog entry.
Despite all my hard work, my pants are tight. I'm bloated. Telling myself I'm bloated doesn't help me feel physically more comfortable, though. I'm just going to vent. I feel sorry for myself that I don't get to diet the way other people can because of migraines. So I lose weight slooowly. And I just ate something with sugar in it. Sugar maybe isn't really an option for me because it seems to make me feel terrible. I went without it for so long that I don't think I was aware of what it does to me. I almost just started bingeing and then I realized one of my favorite songs was playing ("Expecting" by The White Stripes). And then I felt like I already have what I want inside me. I closed the refrigerator door and listened to the music. I don't know if I've ever stopped when I was about to binge. Even though I stopped myself, I still feel mad at myself that I was going to do that, I thought I was over that. I feel like I'm going to cry. This is all PMS.

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MERRIER75 3/6/2012 12:38PM

    I have had six neurologists in my lifetime and many medication tries. The medications offered many side effects but none seemed to treat the issue. Self-care. I did look up botox, but I can't see that it is indicated for classic migraines. I'm glad you've had success, though, Barrister! Do you have migraines with aura--the vascular kind? Mine are not related to tension, they're the electrical storm kind that are closely related to epilepsy (a diagnosis I lived with for years).

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BARRISTER2011 2/28/2012 2:37AM

  You should consult a Neurolgist about the Migraines. Botox has helped me with my migraines.

Good job on not binging. Feel Better!


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PHEBESS 2/27/2012 5:36PM

    Vitamin B6 can help with the emotions as well as the bloating. Really, it's like a miracle vitamin!

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KATIAT325 2/27/2012 5:12PM

    Oh I feel you on the PMS thing, and the bloat thing...totally me right now too. Hopefully your week goes better, it's only Monday, and the bloat will go a way with it.
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Oh, I read your intro on your spark page too, and I just want to say hi to someone else that sews. Have any projects going

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MERRIER75 2/27/2012 4:18PM

    I'm aware of the irony that I had a great morning and now I feel lousy. Sorry it's confusing, if you're comparing my status with my blog! I'm not used to mood swings, again, making me mad at myself today.

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Getting momentum

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Consistency and giving myself credit for what I'm doing well have been helpful. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so that most of the time, I'm doing healthy, "thin people" thinking and activities. But I do not get down on myself when it doesn't go as planned. This is a lifestyle and I will do better next time. The point is keeping it going, so it's MOST OF THE TIME. Creating a habit. I feel like I am creating good habits. Because I'm standing up when my hubby wants me to eat dinner on the couch and I say I need to have it at the table so I notice what I'm eating. And I'm weighing myself every week, but not obsessing over the number, just using it as feedback. And I am doing what I need to do. My Beck stuff is working for me. And I go on SparkPeople everyday, even if I can't spin the wheel because it doesn't work on an ipad! :) So now I'm measuring my calories and just learning about how to count calories. Also thinking about ways to boost my metabolism, as I have a slow heart rate. Learning a lot of things at the same time. I feel patient with it. Slow and steady. I'm approaching healthy changes with a crockpot vs. a microwave attitude. Handling cravings is a curve I am just approaching now. Just looking at them, rating how difficult they are, how long, and what strategies I use to get through them.

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CARDAMOMMA 2/22/2012 10:34PM

    I agree with SNUZSUZ, a low heartrate is a good thing! But you can always boost your metabolism through exercise and building muscles. You are doing great!

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SERIOUSLIM 2/18/2012 8:46AM

    Hi Merrier,that is the best attitude; very realistic.
It is a learning process.
I hope you find the time to post on the daily Beck thread, you may find it quite supportive and helpful!
Have a good week-end, and hoping to get to know you better. emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 2/15/2012 11:54AM

    wow! You are doing fantastic! If you go to "spin the wheel" on your phone, and it won't let you spin, there is a little blue link that says something like "get login points" and you won't see the wheel, but it will give you the points.
Also, if your heart rate is low, that means you are really fit! I read on here, that the reason you monitor your heart rate, is to try to lower it when you do the same exercise at the same intensity, because it means your heart is not having to work as hard as it does at a higher heart rate. You should look that up because I think it's a good thing from what I've read:)

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JUDI_CUTIE 2/12/2012 6:06PM

    Very wise! My coach says we should make "sloppy progress" (as in, NOT perfection!)

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Setback city

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Binge eating tonight and lastnight. I've strayed from the lifestyle attitude by going to the "I screwed up" attitude and feeling bad, so eating to feel better when I didn't know what to do after I'd already messed up. I do know that I really can't mess up. I ate more calories than I need to for weight loss. And then I lost hope in myself.

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OPTIMIST1948 1/4/2012 9:05PM

    I had a bad day too. About 3 pm, I started craving sweet and chocolate and it just ... went downhill from there. They cant all be good days, but tomorrow is another one.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/4/2012 4:07PM


Have you seen ~INDYGIRL's page already? She has some great sayings she's come up with during her journey about the "messed up, so let's mess up more" thinking:

Having a bad day is like getting a flat tire. You fix it and get back on the road; you don't have a tantrum & go around popping holes in the other 3 tires! ~Indygirl

If you got a traffic ticket would you break every traffic law the rest of the day? Then why toss the whole day over a slice of pizza? ~Indygirl (first spoken by me at the 2009 Spark Your Life convention)

When you make a wrong turn on the road, your GPS does not go berserk, berate you and drive you off a cliff. It calmly tells you to get back on track. ~Indygirl

You do have the inner strength and you do have the support of SparkPeople here to turn back around and keep going in the right direction. There might be many of these side-trips off into binge territory before you find ways to avoid them or not feel drawn to them. Sometimes the biggest goal may need to be as simple as "end a binge as early as possible and get back on track immediately after".


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