Wednesday, January 02, 2013
What will this year bring? Opportunity and promise, investigation and entrigue.... Oh, who knows But New Years always seems to bring the feeling of a fresh start. I remember when I couldn't get use to writing years that start with 20... And now it is already 2013. So, join me in a fresh start. Be what you dream to be, embrace the good in your life and take a step forward in good faith. Of course I speak mostly to myself... But if you are out there enjoy your journey in 2013.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Day 11: Differentiate Between Hunger, Desire, and Cravings
How many times have we said, "I'm starving"? I am sure I am as guilty as everyone around me, but I can visualize hearing those words out of my children's mouths as they were growing up. What they really meant to say was either I'm hungry (my stomach feels empty, it's been quite awhile since I ate or I'm want/crave/desire some food (those chocolate cupcakes on the counter look really good). Beck wants us to slow down and actually identify our motivation behind our reaching for food.
Every time I start to closely monitor my food intake, I pay more attention to those feelings in my stomach again, and when it is feeling full or empty. It doesn't take long to get use to the feeling. I know with me, if my stomach is rumbling a little bit around bedtime, if I ignore it and go to bed, I wake up feeling fine. It's the desire to want to consume food that can be more difficult to harness. I can go all day without really even thinking about being hunger, but then between 5-6 p.m. when I am transitioning from work, preparing dinner, I experience what I refer to as my "witching hour". I am hungry, but my desire for snack foods can spiral out of control. I have my own thoughts of how I can deal with this, but look forward to seeing what Beck has to say about it.
Day 12 - Practice Hunger Tolerance
My husband does this all the time. It seems like he has had stressful weeks where he can pack one lunch for the whole week. Beck wants us to practice hunger tolerance to help us control our reaction to hunger. Is hunger painful? If you are hungry, you are not really in a dire emergency.
Making a discomfort scale 0-10 of non-food related experience is a great way to classify hunger on a scale. As you can see, most of my discomfort is not physical discomfort, but related to emotions.
Level 10 - Transient Global Amnesia
Level 8 - Chicken Pox as an adult.
Level 5 - Job interview
Level 3 - Making presentation to peers
Level 0 - Hanging out with family
Beck then asks you to practice feeling hungry by skipping lunch and to track how uncomfortable you are throughout the day. If I had to put hunger on this scale, I would probably put in at about a 4. I can usually function normally and be hungry.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Day 8 - Week 2 Find time to be Successful
Beck wants us to find time in our week and schedule time to plan out meals, shop for food, and exercise. All my life I have been a list maker and planner. I have always tried to schedule my dinners for the week, planning around activities and commitments. During the summer my exercise routine is set. During the school year I struggle with carving in time to exercise, but with a new teaching job, my after school hours will be somewhat less demanding and I plan to take that time to concentrate on exercise.
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