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Cognitive Thinking

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

So now I'm trying to remember to use the Cognitive Thinking skills that I've learned from the book, "The Beck Diet Solution." It's becoming something that I hope I can continue to gain strength from in the Battle of the Bulge. Whenever it's approaching mealtime, I try to remember to ask myself, "What am I feeling?" or "Am I really hungry?" or "Do I really need this?"

I also have some cards that remind me what i can think of when I'm having a particularly hard time resisting certain foods or treats. These are some of the things I think of when confronted.

"If I keep eating things like this, am I ever going to be able to:

1- Feel happy when I look in the mirror?
2- Start playing tennis or basketball?
3- Be a good example of strength and perseverance to my children and grandkiddles?
4- Look nice in a swimsuit?
5- Be able to play and feel confident at the family reunion in Lake Tahoe next summer?
6- Be attractive and alluring to a good man?
7- Be able to clean my whole house in one morning?
8- Be able to play with my grandkiddles?
9- Enjoy life again without GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease?)
10-Feel independent?
11-Feel light and full of joy when I move my body?

When I ask myself these questions, I need to remember to give myself truthful answers, because the mind has learned throughyears of experience to play evil tricks in order to rationalize overeating.

The real key continues to be persistance and enduring to the end to keep doing what I'm training myselfto do! emoticon

  
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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/11/2010 7:01AM

    I am glad that you posted your reasons for making the choice to live healthy. One day at a time, one choice at a time and your goals will become a reality!

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PUREHEALTH 2/11/2010 3:37AM

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, BLUEANGELLK. However this book is by Judith Beck, the daughter of Aaron T. Beck, the father of Cognitive Thinking and Therapy. Of course the principles found in Judith Beck's book are in agreement with her Dad's work, but she focuses cognitive thinking directly on how to eat healthily, and actually learning to notice what we really are thinking when it's time to eat and especially when you are presented with sweets, treats and opportunities for overeating! It makes you take responsibility for all of your actions which is sometimes difficult and even time consuming at first, but the end result, I'm learning can become permanent healthy thinking and therefore permanent good health! Endure to the End!! emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 2/10/2010 7:04PM

    Sounds like you have a great system going. I have read some of Beck's other works and he seems to make everything very practical. Keep it up! You will attain your goals!

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Have You Read Your Copy of "The Spark"?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Dearest Reader,
I purchased "The Spark" as soon as it was available, but hadn't really begun my journey with it until last week! I don't like to dash through books like this, because there is so much great stuff in it, that I like to take my time to scrutinize and digest it.
And so it was that last night I still was only on page 18, but the part I want to mention is that Chris is talking about goals here. I had set up my short term goals when I first joined SparkPeople, but they were only like the 10 lb. ones, such as: When I've lost my 1st 10 lbs. I'll go get my nails done, when I've lost my 2nd 10 lbs. I'm going to completely change the color of my hair, and so on for the nearly 150 lbs. I need to lose. The more lbs. I lose, the larger the rewards get.
But when I made those, I wasn't thinking of my long term goals as he suggests that we make, too!! Of course, I've made my long term goals in the past, but it's been quite sometime and since SparkPeople is the miracle program I've prayed for, to achieve a lifelong Healthy Lifestyle - Today, I'd like to 'put it out there' that my long-term goal is: "In 730 days (2 years) I want to weigh 123 lbs., be firm, fit & healthy, and be on a mission for my Church - either alone or with my future hubby." There's no way I'd be strong enough for the rigors of missionary life if I didn't get myself in the best condition p0ossible! That's it! That's my Dream of a Lifetime!
Hey, I know most of you have bought the Spark - now, are you actually reading it and reaping all the wonderful wisdom Chris has filled it with??? Take some time every day and feast on the marvelous banquet of healthful knowledge & commitment contained in it. Don't miss out, it's right there for the taking!
Love you all,
Contessangel - Ellen emoticon

  


My Nature is Changing

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I've been anxiety-prone for so many years now (abusive marriage, ensuing divorce), that it's pretty hard for me to make the turnaround and start thinking in a healthy manner these days. Since I started logging onto SparkPeople, making my SparkPage, getting on the teams, etc., it has been fun, of course, but it is so much more. So uplifting, and ennobling, really. I'm learning so much more of being patient with my shortcomings, more of life itself, health, what I'm capable of, who I am, and that is -truly a daughter of God. This is happening as a result of the support and encouragement that is in such rich abundance here. So now, I've finally decided what my program will be.
stay away from sugar as much as possible
aerobic exercise 30 min/day
8 cups of water/day
more fruits & vegetables
eat nothing after 7:00 p.m.
I'm not quite ready to track my food yet, but using my new-found cognitive thinking skills I've gained from reading the Beck Diet Solution, reading "The Spark"and getting the support - mental as well as emotional, I can't lose. I have literally had my nature changed, in a real sense, I've been re-born.

  
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COOPERD44 1/8/2010 6:32AM

    I know how you feel. It is strange that it to 45 years of earth-life for me to reach this level, but here I am. God bless the broken road that led me straight to Him! emoticon

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PUREHEALTH 1/7/2010 11:55PM

    Thank you for your warm, helpful comments, one and all!

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CDKEIL 1/7/2010 12:28AM

    You are well on your way to success. Even if you don't want to track your food yet, why don't you try tracking how many days in a row you were able to be successful on your program. One thing I have learned from the Spark is that you can start tracking how many days you have been successful. Streaks as Spark calls it. It's amazing how after we get a few days of positive success under our belt, we don't to see the streak come to an end so we try harder to get to the next day.

Keep up the great work and keep posting your success.

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 1/6/2010 8:42PM

    That is wonderful, keep up the good work :)

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BLUEANGELLK 1/6/2010 7:22PM

    What a really nice way of putting it! You are doing a good job making the changes gradually. I know you can do it!!!

Keep in touch!

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