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Beck - Day 24 Continued; Preparing for 25, 26, and 27

Saturday, February 05, 2011

One suggestion in chapter/day 24 is to add up the hours that you struggle. Beck's point is that often the struggle is between 20 minutes and 2 hours several times a week; most of the time the dieters are not struggling. I think this is a very good point. Back in 1986 or 87 when I just gave up the struggle and chose to gain weight rather than struggle any more, I wish I had added up my difficult hours. I'm sure it wasn't more than a small fraction of the time. This exercise helps put some perspective on whole issue of how difficult it is to lose or maintain weight.

One other important point in this chapter is not to think too far in the future. I remember thinking I can't keep this up the rest of my life. Well, that's not the point. I can keep it up this minute and if I take it minute by minute it will all add up.

So there are 2 very good points I was about to overlook. Day 25 is about sabotaging thoughts, Day 26 about types of thinking mistakes in these sabotaging thoughts and Day 27 has seven questions to analyze and correct the sabotaging thoughts. So, I need to be looking for current sabotaging thoughts in order to do my Beck work. I've only caught a couple of these thoughts so far. I'll be on the alert today!!

Yesterday I did make a mistake. I wrote I hadn't weighed 124 since 7th grade. That isn't true. I forgot that in 10th grade I lost 60 pounds, from 172 to 112. It took me 9 months to lose it and 3 months to gain it back with virtually no maintenance time. I might not always remember it just right, but it is true that I have struggled with my weight for years and years and years.

By the way, my daughter found several pictures of me at over 200 pounds back in 1998 and 99. They aren't digital, though, so if I want to post them I'll have to figure out how to get them scanned. She looked at one and said, "That doesn't even look like you, mom." And then there was a series of pictures of me attending her performance of "L'il Abner" in high school. She said that I just looked really blown up and bloated in them. I'll try to get one or two posted when I can.

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/6/2011 9:46AM

    Said it before and will say it again...great blog series. You have really learned about yourself!

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KALIGIRL 2/5/2011 5:11PM

    You are a great role model for sparkers whose weight has yo-yoed.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/5/2011 2:09PM

    I noticed that I don't have many pictures of myself for the last 10-11 years or so since I've been over weight. One reason for this is because I've always been the one taking the pictures. The other reason is that I don't like the way I look so I hide from the camera. (I didn't used to be heavy until menopause hit.) It would be interesting to have some before, before, after pictures! LOL

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks, Marsha! Yesterday when I was unable to eat the way I usually do (because of a must-attend conference which included food) and chose not to eat much at all rather than to eat the high fat trigger foods on offer, I got hungry. And told myself "hunger is not an emergency". And reviewed my reasons for losing weight.

The hunger really did not last long. My satisfaction at not eating inappropriately (although I did have a few veggies "standing up" at the reception) has lasted a whole lot longer!

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JOHAL52 2/5/2011 11:00AM

    I posted my last two year photos (what there are of them, not many full shots, mostly head shots) in my first blog yesterday. Will post an update to the bathing suit photo on Monday. Way to go on confronting--and conquering--those sabotaging thoughts!!!

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    I threw out many of my earlier pictures because they were too depressing.

Right or wrong, it was a conscious decision on my part.

It is nice to have some before pictures!

WTG Marsha!! This time you are not putting it back on again!!

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Beck - Day 24 - Dealing with Disappointment

Friday, February 04, 2011

I would have greater use for a chapter on dealing with euphoria than a chapter dealing with disappointment!! I mean overall I'm just thrilled to be where I am. even if I'm .8 pounds over my happy weight. Today this chapter does not apply to me very well.

However, it did happen to me. In the mid 80's I lost 50 pounds and got down to my goal at that time, 143. I stayed there about 6 months and gained up to 155. My doctor said that was okay and that became my new goal. I stayed around that weight for about a year. I can still picture where I was when the thought occurred to me that it was just too hard, that I could not keep it up. I was taking on a much more responsible and stressful job and thought that in order to be successful I just could not be focused on eating and exercise. Then I adapted a new rule. I said I could eat anything I wanted as long as I did not binge, and I knew exactly what I meant by binget. For the next five years I did not binge once. However, I gained 10 pounds a year for 5 years. I know I must guard against such thinking. For one thing it is faulty thinking. In my twenties I learned how to comfort myself and quit depression eating. In my sixties I'm finally learning how to calm myself and quit anxious eating.

I read my advantages response card, my sit down to eat card, NO CHOICE card, It's Not Okay to Eat Unplanned Food card, and my Get Back on Track cards twice.
I ate slowly every time.
I gave myself credit for helpful eating behaviors (and activity) repeatedly. I enjoyed the way my body feels thin.
I did spontaneous exercise.
I did a great cardio and strength training workouts.
I monitored my eating in writing right after I ate.
I said oh, well, I'd like to eat more at this buffet but I'd rather live at my happy weight.
I did not weigh myself yesterday, but I did this morning, and I will report it to my diet coach. (Hey, Val, I weighed 126.8 this morning. Only .8 over my happy weight.)

I caught a sabotaging thought first thing this morning. I woke up thinking I feel skinny. Maybe I weigh 124. This is fantasy thinking. I haven't weighed 124 since 1978 on a fast and I only weighed that or below -- got down to 121 -- for three starving weeks. (Before that I hadn't been 124 since 7th grade.) I stopped. I did my Beck. I said to myself day before yesterday when I weighed I was 127.2. Today I will weigh between 125.2 and 129.2. I couldn't stop other thoughts like "but I weighed 125.4 just a few days ago. I could be 124. No, you ate out last night and had more sodium than usual. It is more likely you are up. No, I feel thin. Today I will weigh between 125.2 and 129.2. Yeah. Okay. We'll see." Getting more tuned into this internal dialog is a hoot! Man I argue with myself a lot and never really realized it!!

The next sabotaging thought was about how much fruit I can eat this morning. On Weight Watcher fruit is free and I frequently just put "fruit" on my meal plan. I think I need to specify amount so that it is NO CHOICE and I don't struggle over whether to have1 or 2 or 3 or 4 servings. This morning I had three. Two is enough. Not a big mistake. I'll be fine.

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WATERMELLEN 2/4/2011 9:16PM

    I put on 10 pounds a year for 7 years while commuting by bus, going back to school, under a whole lot of stress -- and I believe (if my math isn't too shaky, and a pound is 3,500 excess calories) that represents only about 100 "extra" calories a day!! Not so terrible on any given day-- excess only by one large apple, say. Cumulative effect: terrible!!

So after 7 years -- 70 pounds! Plus a few more for good measure . . . 80 pounds altogether which I had to strip off.

Love the internal dialogue about "what I will weigh today": my, that sounds familiar!! Good for you, dealing with those sabotaging thoughts.

You are doing great and deserve a whole lot of credit for learning all these "thinking thin" cognitive strategies.

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2011 1:03PM

    You should be thrilled - you are doing emoticon

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PARKERB2 2/4/2011 12:58PM

    I've been doing the fruits and veggies, Power Foods, in Weight Watchers too. I am up and down so I assume I'm eating a little too much of these as things are not good for you in too much quanity. So I think I'll go back to points for a month or too. Will try to fill up with the Power Foods but I can have some of the not Power Foods. I admire how your maintaining your weight. .8 is not bad. Keep Sparking. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/4/2011 12:34PM

    Glad you caught the 2 sabotaging thought in time....great job

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JOHAL52 2/4/2011 10:45AM

    Great going Marsha!!!! And as always I found your blog inspiring and enlightening. The truth is, as we have discovered, we can't eat anything we want and not expect to put weight on unless we spend the majority of our day exercising. If we don't have the time or willpower to do that then the eating has to be cut back.
I am SO looking forward to being with you in the 120s in a few months emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/4/2011 10:18AM

    That is interesting fruits are free on WW. I guess people don't eat enough of them, and that may be one way of encouraging them to eat more..
I won't ever get a fractional weighing scale, that is too much.. You see how much you are obsessing with it there.
I have no doubt you will make it to a weight you feel comfortable with.
Keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/4/2011 10:14AM

    Yes, Linda, since November when WW went to PointsPlus, fruits are free. Not in any amount, but up to satisfaction. Juice is not allowed for free. Drained fruit that was packed in juice is free. Dates, raisins, all dried fruit are not free. Bananas are free, but my leader says don't expect to lose weight if you are eating 4 bananas a day.

Also, Linda, I think the average American gains 9 pounds a decade, not a year. I was gaining almost a pound a month.

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    "on WW fruit is free" - all fruits? In any amounts? Am I reading that right? Wow!!

Sort of Atkins with meat! I was totally unaware.

Anywho - you are doing great!!

I read your blog and felt sad - because I could relate to the weight gain of 10 lbs per year for 5 years - this is actually the average. I believe SP has an article where it states the average person gains 9 lbs per year.
*** I am editing this because Marsha says my number is way too high. Since I cannot find what I read, I am doing this edit.***

I averaged 2.5 lbs annually for 20 years - but you know what? That is still 50 lbs!

I am just so thankful that you and I have found SparkPeople! It really helps!!

I could be wrong here - but as long as you are 126 you are at happy weight. Before the days of digital scales, 126.0 or 126.9 are still 126.

Does that help?

Love you,

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Beck - Day 23 - Dealing with Unfairness

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Some people think dieting, having to limit their food intake, is unfair. I don't currently have those thoughts. In fact, I often give thanks that I'm 5'6". I know that 1200 calories is the minimum recommended even if you are only 4'9". If 1200 was my planned amount and I would gain on 1300 I'm not sure I would have ever lost the weight. It seems like whatever my target calorie range, I'd usually go just a little over. I think about those people with RA and other painful conditions. Jhadhzia is an example of one who workouts through pain. My hero! I workout and feel good. How lucky am I??!!

My own feelings of unfairness are mostly around all the minutes, hours, days, months, years I spent so ashamed of myself and my behavior. I think of all I missed out on due to fat -- prom painfully comes to mind. I try not to blame my mother for raising me fat. I know she did the best she knew to do and never meant me harm. (I was put on my first diet at one year of age, skim milk.) It is unfortunate that my mother was absolutely convinced that some very unhelpful beliefs were accurate in regard to food and dieting.

I'm not quite ready to say, "Oh, well." I was raised fat. I had poor role models. I was taught all wrong thinking about dieting and food. OH, well, oh well, oh well. Not sure I've quite got it. The pain of the fat years is still very stinging. I need to let it go. It isn't fair that I grew up fat, that I was taught bad eating before I had the ability to know any better. It isn't fair that I didn't have a prom date and that I spent many, many hours feeling so bad and undesirable. It is bad that no adult close to me understood how the fat limited my teen and early adult life; that the expectations for me were so unrealistically high and oppressive.

I want now to say that it all brought me here. That it is all my life. I wouldn't change a thing. But I'm not there yet. I've read some amazing revelations from other Sparkers who went through abuse and far worse than I experienced. I've read of amazing forgiveness and acceptance. I can get there, too.

As far as Beck goes, I don't use unfairness as an excuse for eating now. But the chapter made me realize I'm still working through the unfairness of my fat youth.

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2011 9:00PM

    Positive, cathartic blog.
emoticonfor sharing - you're on your way to letting go!

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2011 8:33PM

    This is such a powerfully honest blog. Unfairness really does sting. And it's so hard to bear the memories of past unfairness-- fat related or otherwise -- or even the current unfairness that some people seem to be able to eat whatever they like, or not exercise, and nevertheless don't look fat. (They may not be "healthy" from a cardiovascular perspective -- but they aren't stigmatized or ostracized!). So why can't I eat a giant bag of potato chips every day? And french fries with my cheeseburger (not that I can or do eat a cheeseburger very often either!!).

Oh well oh well oh well. I'm practising this one. Hope it becomes more persuasive/convincing with repetition! Because just as sitting down to eat may be the core action, I'm suspecting that "getting over" unfairness may be the core attitudinal change.

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    At some point I let it go. Being obese in elementary school was not fun - and yet I knew fatter children that were happier and better adjusted because they were accepted by their parents and thought of as wonderful and beautiful.

I had a parent that although I was loved, I was also shamed daily for my size. As though I was responsible for the food being brought into the house and put on my plate.

One day you wake up and realize that if the worst that can be said is, "Linda is fat" - then "Linda" did pretty darn good. I'd rather be known as fat than as a thief or a liar. The day I accepted my fat self is the same day I found true happiness.

Now I have it all! You will too!!

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JOHAL52 2/3/2011 12:23PM

    Wonderful blog Marsha. I would have been very happy to have grown another three inches to 5'6! Or to have had a few of my 5'3" inches allotted to my legs :)
And I can certainly relate to your feelings about mom. From my birth, when mom thought I should be a "bonnie baby" and fed me mashed potatoes with plenty of butter.... Well, I understand. And we are NOT our pasts, we learn from them :)

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AQUAGIRL08 2/3/2011 12:04PM

    You are very wise to evaluate where you've been and where you are now. If you don't know why something occurred it's hard to fix it. I think you've been brutally honest with yourself. That takes away all the excuses and lets you see the "why" of things. Kudos to you Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 2/3/2011 10:13AM

    Good for you to look at everything and evaluate where you are today and where you came from. I really can identify with your journey as I was a fat teen as well. Very painful. There was not near enough education and help back when I was growing up. I sometime wish that I had known then what I know now as I am sure I could have done things differently. And now just getting ready to turn 59 years old this month I see my sagging skin and know that had I lost and kept the weight off earlier in my life it wouldn't be so droppy.
But we have to love our bodies and treat them with respect which means to eat right to be healthy and strong.
Best of everything to you. You sure are beautiful now with a beautiful family.

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JHADZHIA 2/3/2011 10:00AM

    Even though my diet was unhealthy growing up, I wasn't fat. Staples would be mac & cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. and pop. Sweetened cereal and 2 % milk.
I am responsible for getting fat as I did it in my 20's when I was responsible for my own food. I was eating what I had learned though. I missed my prom due to being in the hospital with a collapsed lung. I have no regrets, I had no friends and would have been a wall flower anyway, insulted and teased by others.. I gave up pop on my own. One day I simply got sick of it and couldn't stand it any more. I don't miss or crave it.
I never much liked meat and so it wasn't hard giving it up, but pasta and cheese were huge staples. My lifestyle change has been gradual, in bits and pieces long before I found Sparks. Was sorry it took 28 years to get it right lol.
Here is to making our twilight years the best they can be..

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/3/2011 9:58AM

    excellent blog, your series is fantastic

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Beck - Dealing with Disappointment

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Day 22: This morning I weighed 127.2 for the second day in a row. Part of me thinks that is strange since I weighed 125.4 earlier this week. I have not strayed from my food plan one bite. I have not gone over the recommended sodium limit either. However, I know weight fluctuates and I know a lot of the reasons why it does. So, as Beck recommends, I look at my weight and say, "Oh, well." I wish it were 126, but it will just take another couple days to get there. Truly I am on my way. I am doing great! Actually, this close to goal and having come so far it is pretty easy to be optomistic, but I'm still determined!!! That is what Beck says to do, face disappointment with "Oh, well."

Sabotaging thought: I did catch myself with a sabotaging thought earlier today. I considered adding coffee creamer to my coffee this morning - I was thinking that it really wouldn't matter. I wasn't home and didn't have access to skim milk. I said to myself, "It does matter. I do not want to strengthen my giving in muscle. NO CHOICE," it isn't on the food plan today! Give myself credit!!!

Planning: I also recognize that I need to do a better job of planning my meals in the evening. They are ending up too plain. I was better at grabbing a spice or not too caloric-too full of sodium sauce or something to make my meal tasty when I didn't plan. Plain eating is good, but too much of it is going to make me feel deprived. I need to spend a little more effort on the meal planning.

Anxiety around food: I have less anxiety when eating food when I plan ahead. The "No Choice" attitude does reduce anxiety. I find the planning anxiety-producing, however. I have often eaten in response to anxiety. I want foods to be perfect. I want fish to have no heavy metals and produce no pesticides. I want my food plans to be perfect. There is no such thing. Oh, well.

Correction: I realize that yesterday I might have given the impression to blog readers that Beck is advocating daily weighing. She actually recommends weekly weighing for most people, but says that for some daily weighing desensitizes to the scale.

Other observations: I lost weight by eating often and preventing hunger. I am becoming a more normal eater by learning to deal with hunger when I need to do so. Hunger really is not an emergency.

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JOHAL52 2/3/2011 12:23PM

    That happened to me this morning--weighed 137 when yesterday I weighed 135.4. Oh well and go figure emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 2/3/2011 12:06PM

    I lose weight by eating often to prevent hunger too.

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NOTFATCAT 2/3/2011 11:11AM

    Training ones mind to be different is difficult and, I believe, never ending.
Don't fuss over the scale but take it as a sign that you should pay extra attention to your food consumption and exercise for the next few days.
I am in the weigh daily camp as I believe it helps me catch this little up days so I can redirect myself. It also allows me to celebrate those down days that I may have missed if I hadn't weighed.
Good luck. You are doing great.

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JHADZHIA 2/2/2011 10:27PM

    That is awesome not giving into hunger or extras.. I would think spicing (lots of non sodium alternatives out there) is allowed in meal plans. Should be no reason for boring foods...

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2011 8:06PM

    This is so specific, it really zeroes in on what you're doing. The weigh-in disappointment: even when we "know" that weight fluctuates, we want the lower weight. The sabotaging creamer!! Tne planning anxiety. I'm not pre-planning my meals just yet but I do in fact eat pretty much the same thing every day anyhow. I'll be interested to see how that works when the time comes . . .

Thanks for your encouragement about my baby steps on the sitting down and eating mindfully: a pretty good day today but have to say, did not eat any meals alone as it turned out. DID eat all sitting down (except for one licked vanilla yogourt spoon!!), did eat slowly and mindfully. Will this ever be "natural"?

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    You are a work in progress! You are shaping the inner you!

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OPHELIA105 2/2/2011 3:24PM

'Hunger really is not an emergency' - I love this. It reminds me of before I lost weight - when being hungry seemed like such a panic. If I was hungry I HAD to eat NOW!!

After quite a bit of hard work my brain has finally accepted that being hungry is not a HUGE issue. In fact it can be quite nice to have an appetite.

And as for perfection - I think if we get it right 80% of the time then thats a good thing.

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Beck - Day 21 - Getting Ready to Weigh In

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Beck says when you weigh you should not say to yourself that you want to weigh a specific weight. She suggests you say to yourself that yesterday you weighed ______ pounds and today you will weigh .5 - 2 pounds more or less than that weight.

Usually I do wish for a weight. I see that sets you up for disappointment. Today I told myself, yesterday I weighed 126.2 ( I couldn't help but also think that the day before I weighed 125.4) and I haven't binged - in fact I stuck to my food plan for the last two days perfectly - so I will weigh 128.2 or less. I weighed 127.2.

I was not really disappointed. In my old mindset I would have been. My weight just confirms for me that if I want to live at my happy weight of 126, it is not yet time to add more calories. SparkPeople already added calories to my nutrition tracker. I'll need to manually adjust it back down.

I believe that this is probably the first time I have come close to using the scale as a tool.

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/2/2011 11:15AM

    I believe this is excellent advice, everytime I am really specific and don't get the number, I start to feel bad about myself.

So, I get on the scale, mark it down in my spread sheet and use it to analyze the time between weights. Actually by weighing everyday I am amazed at how I can go up and down 2.5 lbs.

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HAWKEYERANT 2/2/2011 10:08AM

    I get on the scale for official weigh-ins once a week (Weds), and sometimes maybe twice a week? I jump on just to check on how I'm doing. Sometimes it's a motivator not to keep eating that night when I don't need to, and sometimes it's a motivator to get me out the door exercising the next day. I usually get on it and I don't look and think,, ughhhh I'm 12x, and I wish I was 11x. I get on there and think - what can I do to get as much pounds off before my weigh in day? I think that you (and Beck) have the right idea about it - we should shoot for just less than we were before. We shouldn't make it into a numbers game!

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JHADZHIA 2/2/2011 1:13AM

    I do not agree with daily weigh ins, there are just too many fluctuations and can lead to micromanaging. These scales that measure fractions aren't doing anyone any favors -there is a Spark article do not become a slave to the scale I believe...
A tool is a healthy way to look at it.. Beck has great ideas..

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KALIGIRL 2/1/2011 10:07PM

    emoticonSo proud of YOU for using the scale as a tool!
You HAVE arrived!

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INTHELOOP 2/1/2011 9:55PM

    Just dropping by to see how you are doing - I enjoy your posts!
Here's a scale obsession story from this morning.

I decided I was going to take a picture of my toes framing the "number" - I stepped on and realized just how ugly the linoleum floor was - so I decided to move the scale to the colorful throw rug - To my surprise it weighed me 5.5 lbs lighter! Ok, back to reality - I did take the picture for the vision and this experiment may have cost me new flooring and a pedicure.


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JOHAL52 2/1/2011 9:31PM

    I just posted my blog and I am down 1.6 pounds. Can't figure that one out at all except that scales are funny things.

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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2011 7:43PM

    This "disappointment around weighing" is something that I really need to learn about . . . nice to have you leading the "weigh"!!

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    it is not an exact science - I had to quit adding extra calorie burns when I realized they are already configured in with the 1.2 of the BMR

you will figure it all out. of this I have no doubt.

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BIKE82X 2/1/2011 3:51PM

    That sounds like a good mindset. A happy weight and good feelings about your body & energy level are the best scales!

Thanks for sharing the information from the Beck program. It sounds worthwhile.

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