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Day 3 with Beck

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 3: Eat Sitting Down

I know it is important to eat sitting down, one important step in eliminating mindless eating. As empty nesters, my husband and I have gotten into the terrible habit of eating dinner in front of the t.v. But mindless eating is more than that. It is the nibbling while cooking, the free samples at the big box stores, the candy dishes at meetings. While cooking yesterday, even when I am being hyper-vigilant about what goes into my mouth, I caught myself several times lifting the strawberry or piece of shrimp up towards my mouth. Most of the time I was able to correct the behavior!

The true test begins today. In just a couple of minutes my husband and I take off for the airport. We are off to New Orleans to visit our youngest daughter (and meet the beau)! Initially when I picked up the Beck book, I thought I would start after we returned from our trip, but we are going to have others trips, and this program or new lifestyle has to be something I can do everywhere, not just at home. So wish me luck, no not luck, wish me perseverance.

  


Day 2 with Beck

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 2:

Yesterday's task following the Beck plan was to pick two reasonable diets. You know, diet is such an interesting concept. My mom, a healthy, trim, physically fit woman, has been questioned by acquaintances over her food choices. People want to know why "she" would need to be on a diet. She informs them that we are all on a diet each and every day of our lives. She just happens to be one of those people who are very aware of what her diet consists. For me, changing the mindset around the word diet is important. I am just replacing my current diet with a healthier alternative. It's a life long choice, not a short term solution.

Beck has you make two choices, having an alternative chosen in case you are not successful with your first choice. My two choices are #1 Spark Eating Plan and #2 Weight Watchers. I believe these are two solid choices. I feel like the Spark plan will help me eat a more nutritionally balanced diet. While I have been successful counting points in the past, I haven't always incorporated sound nutritional choices in my menus.

  


Here we go with Beck

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So, I've been reading Judith Beck's The Beck Diet Solution, a book about changing your thinking in regards to dieting and weight control. I am going to use this blog to record my thoughts throughout this six week journey.

So far (through chapter 5) she makes a lot of sense. The idea is all about addressing the cognitive issues related to food consumption. We eat for a lot of different reasons, the least frequent probably being actual hunger.

Day One: One of the first things Beck asks you to do is "Lay the Ground Work" by recording the advantages of losing weight. The idea is to write them down on strategically placed index cards and read them several times a day to cement the reasons your want to lose weight in your mind, being able to draw upon down the road when the going gets tough. So here are my Advantages of Losing Weight

1. I will like myself more. I will have more confidence and increased self esteem.
2. I will physically feel better and have more energy in all aspects of my life.
3. I will look better and be happier when I look in the mirror. I will be less self-critical.
4. I will be in better health and will likely live longer.

I've written them out on three index cards and placed them strategic places in my home. I also have entered them as events in my on-line calendar that allows me to read them at two designated daily times (7 a.m. & 3 p.m.) no matter where I am.

  
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MILLISMA 7/12/2012 9:45PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

hugs....Mary Anne

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TESENISIS1 7/11/2012 11:20AM

    Sounds like the beginning of a great plan...always keeping your goals where you can read them and reimnd yourself of the end and what it will look like helps you to make the better choices along the way...eating more fruits and veggies also makes you feel better, less tired and seems rather filling, since you can eat more of them and not consume many calories!

Good luck

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What Happens When You Can't Remember?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Last Tuesday I came home from the hospital and wrote this in my journal. Things seem to be returning to normal, so I guess it's time to post it.

The endless loop of confusion and fear has finally ended. This weekend I experienced what I have come to know as Transient Global Amnesia. While today I can say that this is a medical condition is relatively low in the health risk department, I can tell you it is a very frightening experience for the patient, although I would guess, it is even a more frightening experience for the loved ones around you.

My hospital experience started in the emergency room, being examined by an endless stream of doctors, all of whom were asking the same barrage of questions. Luckily for me I didn't even have a clue that I had been asked these questions moments before. Frustrating for me is the fact that I had no idea how to answer their questions. How did I get to the hospital? What was I doing before coming? Had I bumped my head? Used cleaning products? and on and on. I don't remember, I don't know, confusing looks, tears, although my husband tells me I balanced the tears with laughter. Over a period of time, whether by instinct or a learned reaction, I would simply turn to my husband for answers. I just didn't know the answers to their questions, but somehow I did know that I could trust his answers? Around and around we went. I guess for a lot of this time I was in the emergency room, which is still a total blank to me, and then I was finally admitted to the hospital.

The doctor's questioning loop continued but with that also came a CAT Scan, Lumbar punch, MRI, and some test where the connect 24 wires to your head and take a reading (EEG). As time progressed I started to build new memories again of my time in the hospital, and I started to recognize recurring faces in my treatment process. Listening to my husband's answers I started to piece some things together. Over time real memory pieces of the last couple of days started to stick. And I actually started to talk about some pieces that I hadn't been told about. I think my recalling these moments was the moment that started to put my husband at ease.

You know it's funny, but when I went to see that movie with friends about the husband who daily visited his wife with Alzheimer's and talked to her every day about their life together because on occasion she would have moments of lucidness, I went away from the theater saying, "Oh yeah, that is my husband, he would do that for me." I guess he reaffirmed my thoughts that he would do that for me. I'm sure he's glad that he only had to do that for a couple of days.

Memories from Saturday to Monday have been effected. I think of Monday as the lost day. I'm not sure if I'm really remembering that day, or have just heard the story often enough that I am remembering the retell. Saturday and Sunday are coming back to me in pieces. It can still be confusing trying to get my thoughts in order. As I began to recover yesterday (Tuesday), it became the day full of self-doubt. I became aware of what had happened to me, and I was really scared to think that I might have to think quickly. How would I respond to my students' actions? Could I answer questions and make good decisions? It took me a good part of yesterday to just be able to remember the names of all my first graders. But as the day progressed, I realized that I could start to again have confidence in the brain inside my head. I am going to be alright! I am remembering.

The doctors say this is a rare affliction. The neurologist we saw had only seen a dozen cases in twenty years. Because of the transient aspect of this illness, it doesn't last long and is usually starting to clear up by the time they rule out the more obvious triggers (stroke, brain tumor) and call in the neurologist.

While the only thing that remains for me are a few aches and pains from medical procedures and a couple of swiss cheese days, I can say that I am thankful it's over and look forward to this being a once in a lifetime event. But beyond that, I am even more thankful for the love and kindness of my family, for the strength of my husband who was there with me every step of the way. I wish I could erase the worries I caused them and hope this experience is truly a once in a lifetime event.
1/20/2010

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 12/24/2013 1:59PM

    Thank you for posting this account of your experience.

Yesterday, my husband had an episode while we were out shopping, and that was the first time I'd ever heard of it. we spent several hours in the ER and all the test came back okay.

I appreciate reading your experience as it confirms and fills in some of the blanks.

From my researching this morning, it sounds like it's not a recurring experience.

Blessings to you.


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NORASPAT 7/12/2012 3:05PM

    OH MY GOSH I will NEVER forget the day my DH had a TGA.
We were putting a cover over our camper and the wind kept blowing and we both were just not in the mood. DH had been to work on a Saturday. I left him in the garage folding the tarp. I went out after what seemed like too long and as I walked towards me he said Have I been to work today-I said YES, the he asked what day it was. After 30 minutes of answering those questions i too panicked and went to the ER. A young intern told me not to leave his side and I talked to dh.
I stayed through the night talking with him and he too cannot remember any of this experience.
He is fine now but when He says I don't remember, It takes me back to that day. HUGS Pat in Augusta Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELAUG 1/29/2010 1:36PM

    This is very helpful to all of us. Thank you.

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SCHAUJODY 1/26/2010 9:09AM

    You are really brave to post this blog. I'm sure anyone else who experienced an episode such as this will appreciate your description of the event and outcome.
I am especially glad that you are 'all better'.


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More Than One Way to Lose Weight

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Not only do extra pounds weigh me down, but the extra stuff in the nooks and crannies of my life weigh me down. Today I became a little lighter.

One of my goals is to live every day with a sense of order and simplicity. When my sister-in-law posted on Facebook today that she was working on tossing out 50 things to relieve some of the clutter in her life, I knew it was a sign. It was time to work on my order and simplicity goal.

My order and simplicity goal comes with a hitch...or at least a partner, my husband. I know that I can't throw everything away, but instead I know the two of us balance each other and together we decide what we get rid of. What is of little or no importance to me, may be very important to my DH. So today we worked together on this project and actually did a good job filling the van with items that should have seen the door years ago.

We are by no means done, but we have started. I felt better with every box or bag that I saw leave my house. There is more than one way to lose weight.

  
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NORASPAT 7/12/2012 2:54PM

    I could not abide another throwing my things away. We are immigrants from Britain never intended to stay here but we loved Maine and stayed Consequently we left almost everything there so I am a pack rat trying to keep some memories.
I love looking back on those memories even if it's of no value except to me or DH. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCHAUJODY 1/19/2010 5:20PM

    I read recently that there's a whole new career where people come into your home and organize (including throwing out) your surplus stuff. What a relief that would be.

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JAVAFAN 1/18/2010 5:04AM

    I'm glad I helped kick this off for you. I was amazed at how many things I've abandoned in place and then kept with the thought that some day I might get back to it or might find a use for. I guess since you've been in your house even longer, you might have it too. What is embarassing is that I moved some of this stuff from previous houses. Sigh. The important thing is to find a new home for it all and move on. Lighter and happier. Enjoy the simplifying.

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SCAETHACH 1/17/2010 3:52PM

    Great start! Physical clutter is so emotionally clogging. My goal each day is to spend 10 minutes organizing things in the new house and it helps sooo much! Here's to each day being less cluttered than the previous ;-)

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