Monday, February 14, 2011
"Once you recognize that eating will not make your problems go away, dieting will be easier." -Judith Beck, PhD
It is true. Food does not solve problems. It may even numb us to the point we won't take action in our best interest to solve our problems. Some problems can be solved or partly solved; Beck admits not all problems can be solved. Most of the time we can learn to live a better life in spite of problems. Overeating does not help us live a better life.
So my paraphase is, "Now that I have recognized that eating will not make my problems go away, eating healthy is easier." In thinking of my situation right now, I don't think I have any problems causing me to overeat that I need to work to solve. In the past, there have been.
I'm reading my cards, sitting down to eat, planning my meals and following my plans (skipped it one day, but back on track), exercising regularly both planned and spontaneous. I'm on the look out for emotional eating and think I'm doing fine (giving credit). I'm using the scale as a tool (credit here, too). Ready for day 35!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
"People without a weight problem don't think of eating to feel better......... Food can be an effective distractor - temporarily. But eating doesn't solve the problem that lead to your distress in the first place........ You have to deal with stress in non-food-related ways if you want to sustain permanent weight loss." - Judith Beck, PhD
In my twenties I learned how to comfort myself and pretty much quit eating in response to sadness and the emptyness that isn't related to food. However, when I felt overwhelmed and overworked, I would let myself get too hungry as I tried to be productive. And real hungercombined with my nerves would get me eating, and then I just would not stop. There are times, especially when I'm writing proposals and reports that combine many different ideas, that I feel anxious. I have found that pacing inside or brisk walking outside can get my mind to settle down and be productive much better than the brain-numbness that results after overeating. Judith Beck also suggests mindset techniques and behavioral techniques that might be helpful in overcoming emotional eating. Next time I feel like using food to deal with my life, I'll try to remember Beck's techniques, especially if the methods I have developed aren't working.
I don't know if I'll every truly think like a thin person and not even think of food as a source of comfort and calmness. But I have already come a long way on this issue.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I'm good at eating out. Usually I can handle eating out and stay totally on my food plan, often with the exception of sodium. Beck says she allows herself to eat 25% more calories on special occasions. Perhaps when I get to maintenance that may work for me. I also have had to break the cycle of relief eating. I used to keep myself so tightly reined in at parties and special occasions, that as soon as I got home I'd start munching. I learned to eat healthy before I go and then plan a healthy snack after. Also, giving myself credit when I do well it a very good thing.
On Wed, Feb 2nd, I went to a Chinese buffet with my SparkTeam for our monthly dinner. I did very well. I took broiled salmon as my main dish, some crab legs, and boiled shrimp. I splurged on one stuffed mushroom and had less than half a cup of broccoli chicken with as little sauce as I could get. I stuck to one plate. Drank lots of water. Had fresh fruit for desert. Avoided the soy sauce that is high sodium. I had planned approximately what I was going to eat. I deviated from my plan a little because I really wanted more protein and there was no whole grain option available so I skipped the rice.
I don't think I need to practice eating out. I had actually red the Beck chapter before I went to the buffet, so it counts. I am going to my granddaughter's 4th birthday party tomorrow. My assignment is to bring a veggie tray and a fruit tray. I'll probably take some mozzarella sticks, too, and stick mostly to the things I bring. Eating out really isn't my problem. Eating home alone is much more challenging to me. Will address later.
I've read my Beck cards faithfully.
I are slowly, sitting down. My only slip was I mindlessly ate one cooked baby carrot standing up, as I gave my granddaughter one, too.
I gave myself credit for engaging in good eating behaviors.
I followed my food plan 100% yesterday; I planned it the night before and checked it off as I ate it. I fell asleep and failed to write out my food plan for today. I had a banana dipped in 2 T wheat germ before going to the gym to workout. I had 1/4 cup skim milk in RoBarr. At the gym I had one tsp of coffee creamer in my coffee - the second 1/2 cup I drank black. I will plan my lunch and supper right after I finish this blog. This is the first time I failed to plan the night before since I started planning about 2 weeks ago.
I enjoyed spontaneous exercise with my granddaughter yesterday and did a great 40 minute run on treadmill (20 minutes at 5.7mph) and my strength machines.
I'm dealing with my frustration with the scale okay. It has not diminished my commitment.
I'm not worried about food pushers or eating out.
Day 31 is Decide About Drinking. I drink an average of one drink every 3 or 4 years, so it simply is not an issue for me. I'd much rather spend my calories on FOOD. I'm skipping day 31. Ready for day 32!!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I'm good at saying no thanks to food pushers. I feel entitled to follow my healthy eating plan. I rarely worry about hurting the cook's feelings. I agree with Beck that the cook's momentary disappointment that I'm not eating is mild and fleeting, where the ramifications it could have on my program is profound. My most difficult relative was my 24 year old neice who likes to bake cookies. She has learned that I appreciate her efforts, but really really really do not want the cookies.
I am regularly reading my advantages card, NO CHOICE, It's Not Okay to Eat Unplanned Food card, and Get Back on Track card.
I ate slowly, sitting down every time yesterday.
I gave myself credit repeatedly yesterday for helpful eating behaviors.
I wrote a food plan the night before and monitored my food right after I ate. (Day before yesterday, after over 10 days of eating 100% on plan, I went over by 180 calories. I was aware that I needed to strengthen my resistence "muscle" and not let it become a pattern. Yesterday I was 100% back on plan. Give myself credit!!)
Yesterday I did both spontaneous and planned exercise.
I dealt with my discouragement and feelings of unfairness at the scale.
I don't have problems saying no thanks to food pushers.
I weighed 127 this morning. Better. I still need to graph yesterday's weigh in. (I think I'll stay off the scale now until Saturday, my Weight Watcher weigh in day. Probably should change my Beck day to Saturday, too, and stick to once a week. Might be a good first step to overcoming the scale obsession. Honestly, I wasn't this obsessed until I hit goal and then bounced up almost immediately. It is hard waiting for that goal weight, 126, to appear again. Patience, Marsha, patience.)
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