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Last of the Beck Blogs For Awhile: Snowdrops and Chickadees!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So if it's going to take me weeks -- or more likely, months -- to come to the natural plateau at which I don't lose any more weight, that means I'll be continuing on my Beck program for the foreseeable future.

Blogs will be more sporadic -- and (yes, I write this with some relief which is I'm sure shared by my most faithful readers!! ) on other topics -- until I get to that "staying at the new weight" point.

Bottom line: it's not just about sustainable weight. I know too that I need a sustainable exercise and eating plan that I can live with for the rest of my life.

And I also know that at my age my metabolism HAS slowed -- despite ST and cardio -- so that my maintenance calorie range is going to be relatively low. It helps to track calcium and various vitamins and minerals and fibre as well as protein/carbs/fats so that I can supplement as necessary: a multi-vitamin pill, extra calcium or D when needed, etc.

To be resisted: that unreasonable, perfectionist "I wanna be thinner" drive. Invidious comparisons of myself with other thinner people whose life circumstances or metabolisms make it possible to be achieve weights I cannot sustain. That way lies only persistent and unnecessary unhappiness which will ultimately (and perversely) result in giving up. Which will in turn result in weight gain and potentially in other negative health consequences.

To be embraced: a rich life in which a reasonable body weight is only one of many satisfactions. Together with that "oh well" which represents acceptance of the possible and the sustainable in the weight department!

A couple of cautions: Beck says she has never worked with a dieter who can stop tracking and maintain weight. She warns that in her experience "hunger" or "listening to your body" is never a reliable guide to how much you should eat.

She also indicates that those who are most successful in maintaining weight loss eat pretty much the same things day after day: maybe three different breakfast/lunch choices, six or eight different dinner choices most of the time.

That would be me: sounds boring, but sameness works for me so long as I change up the vegetables in the lunch salads, the seasonings in the dinner soups. It's my thought that spending a lot of time thinking about different recipes/menus/restaurant options only triggers cravings for foods. Better not to expand my choices!!

So: it's goodbye to Beck blogging for awhile, but not goodbye to Beck for me. I'll be staying the course, reporting back when I plateau and determine my "sustainable weight" and then maintaining without yo-yoing within a 3 pound range (Beck's magic number -- I had been permitting a 5-8 pound maintenance range, which kept creeping up from there). That's my plan. I'll be weighing daily and posting changes faithfully on my weight tracker.

Snowdrops!! There are snowdrops blooming in my garden! And I have been hearing chickadees experimenting with their "Sweet spring" call, although so far somewhat tentatively (with a few "dee dee dees" tacked on to the end . . . )

I'm loving the longer sunshine after work with daylight savings time.

Would we enjoy spring so much if we hadn't earned it by enduring the rigours of winter? And after all my cross-country skiing, I may be enjoying the winter to spring transition more than ever this year.

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PHEBESS 3/15/2011 7:28PM

    YAY for springtime! I've been enjoying the crocuses, a few daffodils, and the flowering trees of the Pacific NW for the past few days - those bright spots of color are so wonderful!!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/15/2011 4:59PM

    Congratulations on getting through the book, and enlightening me on every Beck topic. I deeply appreciate your well thought out analysis and applications. Great job!! I look forward to those infrequent blogs that report on your long term progress of plateauing and staying within that narrow healthy range. I feel so confident that you are going to live that rich life you envision. With deep respect, Marsha

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FREELADY 3/15/2011 3:10PM

    Uh-oh . . . if I start missing my Blog-o-therapy with you, I'll just have to nose into the archives of your past blogs to get my Watermellen fix.

Honestly, what you say is reasonable; you're moving into a new season with your health process!

I just want to say that your attitude example, motivation, insight and practicality are extremely valuable!
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JHADZHIA 3/15/2011 12:21PM

    I find that very interesting, limiting meals to a select few choices, as that is exactly what I do because I don't know how to cook. I don't have oil, flour or any other baking stuff in my apartment. I use only the microwave or my rice cooker. I actually have the same supper, egg whites with cheese and whole grain crackers every night. Breakfast is usually a fruit shake, and lunch is a salad or beans. I add cereal or bread to get grains, but only one serving as I find I get more than enough fiber from all the veggies and fruit I eat (had 13 yesterday, a bit much and I went over on fiber)
I too, have the sluggish metabolism from hell. I find it very easy to pack on weight and very difficult to take it off. Not being able to strength train is a big minus for me. I am limited to 5 lbs because of my elbow replacement and that is next to nothing :(
Wow 3 lbs range, I sure have failed miserably at that. I have gained 7 lbs in 9 weeks during my surgical layoff. A lot of it is frustrated boredom snacking not being able to do my regular activities and being restricted staying at my Mom's..
I don't think I have ever watched this much TV in my life (I don't do it at home), but that is all my Mom does in the room she gave me to stay in..
Wow! blooms already?? So envious! We are in a major melt right now, water and ice every where, but it keeps freezing back up which makes walking very dangerous.. I am loving the sunshine too, been a long time since we have had any.
Looking forward to summer more than I ever have before lol. Its been a long cold and dark one here..
Enjoy it and good luck with finding your 'happy weight'!!

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CRYSTALJEM 3/15/2011 11:37AM

    May your journey continue to be rich and satisfying.

Snowdrops blooming in your garden?! I'm soooooooooo jealous! I've still got 1 meter of snow to lose before I can even begin to see my garden! However, thank you for the wonderful spring image that I will hold in my mind all day - flowers are actually going to start blooming again. Yeah!!!!!!!!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2011 11:00AM

    "To be embraced: a rich life in which a reasonable body weight is only one of many satisfactions."
Well said. Here's to a rich, full, healthy life(style)!

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When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining: Transition to the Rest of Your Life

Monday, March 14, 2011

There was "pre-Beck" (2 weeks). I've finished Beck (4 weeks). And now it's "post Beck" -- the "transition to the rest of your life" part. To which (not suprisingly) she allocates a chapter, but without specifying a daily program.

But -- based upon the comments of my fellow Beck trekkers, who've completed the program ahead of me -- I'm suspecting that Chapter 11 is the most important chapter of all.

And that's why I'm going to work through Chapter 11 slowly and consider the concepts jam packed within this final flourish carefully. It's clear that "post Beck" requires weeks and probably months of monitoring if I'm going to achieve what has so far been that elusive goal of maintenance without yo-yoing.

If only 20% of people who lose weight keep it off successfully, that seems to be because people lose weight and permit it to creep back on without deliberately and consciously determining what their maintenance weight will be. That's what I've done in the past: regaining and relosing the same 10 pounds over and over again during the past decade since I did the BIG weight loss of 80 pounds.

And so, if I don't want that yo-yoing to occur again, how do I know when I've lost as much as is appropriate for me? Beck helps by asking us to consider: what is the difference between "lowest achievable weight" and "lowest sustainable weight"?

Today I'm at 148, up 2 pounds from 146 where I hovered for several days. Oh well. Really. I do KNOW that this is a blip, because I do KNOW that I stuck with my program, without deviation. Well within my calorie range. Moderate exercise as possible (given recovery from flu).

Is 148 a good weight for me? My "ideal goal" might be 138 -- I remember weighing that little in first year university and feeling quite quite slim . . . .

What about my "satisfaction goal" -- what Beck defines as the weight at which I would be "minimally satisfied", or "slim enough"? Right now I am reasonably happy being under 150 -- into all my size 8s, a few generous 6s, wearing my "challenge" wardrobe items . . . everything comfortable. Is this my satisfaction goal? Umm -- still feeling a bit of a roll around the tummy. So maybe not quite.

(Reality check time: Either of these weights is lower than the "goal weight" of 155 SP originally set for me. But either of these weights is also within a healthy BMI range. So: I'm not over-reaching, not aiming for "model skinny" size 0 or anything remotely close to that . . . ).

Beck then asks me to consider: has my weight "naturally plateaued" yet? That's what happens when you eat a fairly consistent number of calories every day, get about the same amount of exercise a week, and your weight remains constant for several weeks.

So, no: my weight has not yet naturally plateaued. I have been very consistent with food and fitness, and I have not yet stopped losing weight. I don't want to be at a "good enough" weight for about 3 days and then start regaining. I want to break that pattern, for good. I need to carry this experiment on further, until my weight does stabilize.

When I do stop losing weight, then I need to consider: it will be sensible to do one of two things. I will need to decide:

Can I further reduce my calorie intake by 200 calories a day or so? Or can I increase my calorie burn through exercise?

After all, I do know that by increasing my calories by just 100 calories a day, over a year I will put on 10 pounds. So the reverse should be true, too: right? Possibly my weight will slow, and I will lose that further 10 pounds to my "ideal weight" of 138 if I persist with the program over the next year. Or . . . maybe not.

For now, I am going to follow my Beck trek AS IS. I will arrange my environment to hide the food triggers. I will preplan my meals, and track them. I will preplan my exercise, and track it. I will sit down to eat and eat slowly, waiting for fullness. I will tolerate hunger. I will identify and cope with sabotaging thoughts, including the sabotaging thought that I am all done with Beck: I will continue to take the time that dieting requires. And wait until my weight naturally plateaus. So I can see what that weight actually is. In relation to my "ideal goal", and in relation to my "satisfaction goal".

And then I will deliberately and consciously make the "maintenance weight" decision. Which will not be my "lowest achievable" weight -- but my "lowest sustainable" weight. And accept that the lowest sustainable weight is bound to be some pounds heavier.

And while I am waiting for my weight to plateau on the program I'm following, I will weigh every day and post my weight on the tracker. Every day. So there will be no fooling myself about being within maintenance range, and no "creeping up" into yo-yo territory again.

My maintenance range has yet to be determined. This is the transition to the rest of my life.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/14/2011 10:13PM

    Awesome blog! Lowest achievable vs. sustainable. Excellent point. I want to feel good and have my body in really good physical shape. I'm not sure what that weight is yet, but I do know what it "looks like" in my mind. I always thought that aging gracefully would be a breeze, I'm finding it isn't. My perception of reality and of myself is challenged daily. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.

While I admit I don't always make all the right choices, being a part of the spark community and reading your adventures on your Beck journey has helped me make so many better choices more often. I am actually in awe of how quickly and easily (at least compared to what I thought) making better choices became, once I started educating myself on techniques, exercise and calories. My fingers are crossed that those 100+ calories that I decrease each day will have visible payback in that year.

May we all allow our perfect bodies to manifest with perfect timing.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/14/2011 9:07PM

    Another great blog, Ellen!! I'm excited for you applying this natural plateau phenomenon. Sounds like a great way to choose a goal weight to me. I feel very confident it will work well for you!! -Marsha

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/14/2011 7:09PM

    So pleased you have found the lifestyle that is working for you.

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FREELADY 3/14/2011 4:15PM

    Reading your blog is so therapeutic to me. Thank you!

Even though I'm a year from goal, these issues are swirling on the edges of my mind. Hearing you process these matters helps me stay the course.

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KALIGIRL 3/14/2011 1:43PM

    Sounds like a super strategy - here's to your success!

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JHADZHIA 3/14/2011 12:53PM

    Very well written! I really like this concept of "lowest sustainable weight" I liken it to listening to your body. Its better than trying to force your body into the weight you think you would like. Ideally, it should mean you get to eat well balanced meals and not have to exercise your brains out every day in order to maintain.. I found if I can stay between 1600-1900 calories and get one hour of vigorous exercise a day I can maintain just fine and not feel deprived with my food at all..
Good luck with this!!
You can do it!!

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KRISTI2661 3/14/2011 11:20AM

    Good stuff! I need to get motivated to pick up Beck again - seems to be working for a lot of SP friends, I just need to take the time to do it! Congrats!

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Prepare for the Future: Beck Day 42

Sunday, March 13, 2011

You mean to say I've got to keep on doing this?

For the indefinite future?

Like, forever?

No kidding.

What are the statistics on diet recidivism?? Fewer than 20% of people who take weight off keep it off. Apparently that's so: see link below


And: see also the research from the National Weight Control Registry:


So: if I'm serious about maintaining weight loss, that means I can't go back to my old ways -- unless I want to go back to my old weighs too. Cruel truth. But it makes all kinds of sense.

Today I've finished the 42 day 6 week program. And I've gone from an estimated 163 Saturday January 29 at the start of "pre Beck" to 156 Sunday February 13 when I weighed in officially, to 146 Friday March 11 and maintaining 146 still today.

But: I'm thinking that the two "post-Beck" lessons still to come are going to be rather crucial.

Beck offers two more days, in which she deals with the transition from LOSING to MAINTAINING. And MAINtaining is the MAIN thing I'm determined to do. Yes it is!!

So I will be paying close attention!!

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OHSOSVELTE 3/13/2011 10:41PM

    You've done it!!! Rocked 140ville and look at you amazing, amazing results!!
Sure am glad you're blazing the trail .... glad you stop by once in awhile too!!! Love ya'!! emoticon

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JOHAL52 3/13/2011 10:17PM

    Wow Ellen, congratulations on the terrific weight loss! emoticon emoticon. I backslid a bit after finishing Beck but I find that getting back on track is way easier than it has been pre-Beck.

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KALIGIRL 3/13/2011 4:03PM

    MAINtaining is the MAIN thing and if anyone can emoticon

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NANCY- 3/13/2011 11:09AM

    You rock!!!
New habits can give us what we want.

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JHADZHIA 3/13/2011 11:07AM

    Well done getting through the program with flying colors!! You are going to rock maintenance!! This was a great program with really motivating ideas!
Keep up the great work!!

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Keeping Skills Fresh: A New To Do List Beck Day 41

Saturday, March 12, 2011

In the workbook, Beck refers to keeping skills fresh: in the text itself, she recommends making a new to do list.

Here's the key sabotaging thought: "It's too much trouble to keep on doing this".

And the more helpful response: "Dieting and exercise DO REQUIRE a significant amount of time and energy".

But -- not as much time and energy as my nay-saying excuse-seeking self wants to assert!!

And: not as much time and energy as lugging around excess weight.

So I spend10 minutes a day pre-planning food and exercise -- and schedule 30 minutes cardio + ST at least 3 times a week (total gym run, with shower, door to door maybe 1 hour 30 minutes).

When I gain weight, how much time and energy does it take? Oh, yeah, that's right: I lug it around 24/7. When I buy a new bag of chow for Charlie (50 pounds) and carry it out to my car, I sometimes remind myself: until I peeled off the 80 pounds in 2001, I was lugging around way more than a bag of dog chow every where I went. I lugged it up and down stairs. I pumped blood through it. And I had to stretch my (size 18-20) clothes around it, with not a single skirt or pair of pants which was truly comfortable through the waist band! It was great to lose that weight.

But in the last 10 years, since I lost the weight the first time, I've lost 100 MORE pounds -- which would be 10 pounds regained, and 10 pounds lost. At least 10 times. Yo-yoing.

Learning cognitive strategies to make my "diet work" and eliminate the yo-yo (with all of the associated health threats of yo-yoing ) is absolutely worth it to me. Yes, it is. And I now believe that this is going to happen.

So: what are the key cognitive skills Beck has taught me?

1. Arrange my environment to reduce food triggers: hide the chips, the peanut butter and the cheddar cheese. The surplus of these foods in the cupboard/fridge since I started "hiding" them from myself has dramatically illustrated for me who (ME!!) was eating this stuff.

2. PRE-PLAN the food and the exercise: and thanks, SP, for providing trackers that work so well to support pre-planning. Still don't want to do this, still crave freedom and spontaneity ("now what would I like to eat right now") but pre-planning is very effective and supports the "NO CHOICE" at the heart of Beck. If it's not on the plan (food) I'm not eating it: if it is on the plan (exercise) then I'm doing it.

3. Sit down to eat; eat everything slowly and enjoy every bite. I was eating way too much food standing up -- food that was either "undocumented" or "underdocumented". And I've stopped, almost entirely. Eating slowly gives satiety a chance to kick in -- and now I've demonstrated for myself that fullness happens if I give it enough time, about 20 minutes.

4. Tolerate hunger. Hunger is not an emergency. Hunger actually helps me anticipate and enjoy my next meal more.

5. Identify and cope with sabotaging thoughts, including the self-indulgence which "permits" overeating because "life is so tough". My goodness, Beck does require a real mental workout. But, I can use my brains to make my life work. And I'm not embarrassed to admit, losing weight and keeping it off has given me more of a sense of accomplishment than quite a number of other accomplishments picked up along the way here and there . . .

There is more -- of course there is -- but these are my "top five".

These will be on my to do list for the foreseeable future.

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NANCY- 3/13/2011 11:07AM

    Great blog.
Doing Beck's program I prefer to think of it as cognitive strategies to make my "life work" I know what I was doing before did not work. These strategies are giving me the life I want.

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FREELADY 3/12/2011 11:54PM

    Number 5 hit where I am today. Thank you.

Your courageous confrontation of reality in all these areas really blazes the trail for many of us who are thrashing through the bog of denial and avoidance. You are fighting the good fight for honesty and responsibility. I can do this, too!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/12/2011 8:00PM

    Are you still"hiding" that food? If I buy, I have already decided that even with the best of intentions someone in the house is going to eat it and it's not the best thing for anyone. So, I have to start from the moment I make that shopping list to decide not to buy or I will eat it. Temptation is not good for me. I am way too human.
Once again Ellen your blog is very illuminating and gives much food for thought. Thank you.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/12/2011 4:07PM

    Once again, your blog is very responsive to Beck and helpful to me. I have become more and more aware that hunger is not an emergency. And, surprise, dealing with hunger does not cause me to binge. I really can withstand hunger. I had not thought about the fact that hunger helps me prepare for my next meal and enjoy it more. Either I missed it in Beck or you added another concept totally appropriate and helpful. You are right.

In reading your blog, it hits me that my pre-planning is slipping. I need to get back on it. I do really love the lack of struggle that the NO CHOICE approach affords. Thanks for the reminder.

You are almost done with the intense Beck days!! Here's hoping we never leave them totally behind us.

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ERIKO1908 3/12/2011 3:43PM

    I'm with you on the taking the time to recognize satiety. My son and I went to Famous Dave's last night...I ordered the Georgia Chopped Pork w/ Firecracker Green Beans & Wilbur Beans - the corn-on-the-cob & cornbread muffin were included. I also ordered a glass of red wine. I sipped my wine slowly prior to the food showing. Once it arrived, I looked it over & slowly started nibbling on the green beans. When they were gone I tackled the corn...slowly...next up a couple of bites of the pork & then the baked beans. At that point I looked at my plate and realized I was full & I still had half a glass of wine to sip. I packaged up the rest of the meat and the corn muffin...still haven't touched it now that it made it home. It is amazing to know that just months ago this same plate of food would have been polished off the whole meal without even starting to think about what I was "feeling" hunger-wise. I love Spark and all the tools it has given to me!!

Keep up all your hard work...yo-yoing will become minimal!!

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CMB2048 3/12/2011 12:15PM

    Of your favorite 5, I think the first one is the most important for me and probably a lot of other people. I just read The End of Overeating for the second time and that book really points out how the "triggers" and food "cues" cause us to overeat. Just seeing food, smelling it, works on our brain circuitry to make us eat it. If it is out of sight, you have a much better chance of not eating it. You might want to read that book. It also points out how the food industry consciously designs and creates foods to make us want to eat more. Really an awful story that our food industry would purposely work to make us want to eat more. AND it points out that our American culture sets us up for overeating. He says that in France, no one would even thing of bringing their coffee or donuts into a morning meeting, no bagels with cream cheese either, BECAUSE it is considered impolite in that country to eat at a meeting. In general they woudln't dream of doing it. Interesting book with a lot of information about how our brains are changing in response to all this food we have around us. The chapter on children is really interesting. The researchers said that even a decade ago, children stopped eating when they were full and if they overate at one meal they naturally ate less at other meals to compensate for it. NOW, they said, children in their studies just eat and eat and eat until they have to tell them to stop. They said they've never seen anything like it before. Oh well, I'm babbling but suffice it to say that the old saying "out of sight, out of mind" is true and good for people watching their weight!

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Life is Rich: Beck Day 40

Friday, March 11, 2011

Beck's important advice on Day 40 is to enrich your life now. Not to wait until you're slim, not to assume you're not worthy of the good times until you've lost the weight. But to make your life worth living in the present.

I'm reminded of lawyer Susan Estrich's wise counsel in her remarkable book on weight loss, "Making the Case for Yourself", which is to begin by dumping the granny panties. Buy yourself some pretty underthings right away -- you deserve satin and lace. It's uplifting! (Yup: literally quite often as well as figuratively, all puns intended!!)

On a more serious note, consider JANEWATKINS's recent and thought provoking blog, "Dying is part of living", in which she poignantly speaks to the attitude of her sister-in-law during her end stage of cancer treatment; here is the link:


This blog reminds me -- and it's number one on my Advantage Response Card list -- that my primary motivation for weight loss maintenance is reducing the chances of recurrence of breast cancer given my history -- the type of estrogen rich tumour which thrives in fat-tissue environment.

What's on Beck's list of "enrichment activities" for right now? When I review the list, I'm reassured that yes, I'm squeezing all the juice possible out of my life right here and right now.

Travelling: Done plenty, will do more.

Buying new, more fashionable clothes: Guilty as charged, need no encouragement here (and thrift store works very nicely too).

Taking up a hobby: Gardening, my renewed interest in cross country skiing which has made this past winter my best in decades.

Signing up for a class: Just enrolled in a mediation course which will begin next month.

Improving your work situation: Mine may be stressful but it's very good, with supportive colleagues -- and we're in a process of continuous improvement procedurally and substantively.

Looking for a new job: I love the new jobs which roll in the door with each new client-- no two cases are ever the same.

Dating: DH is fulfilling that role very nicely, thank you!

Joining a group, club or team: I'm active at my Y and my golf club, and really enjoy my collaborative team members professionally.

Going to the beach: Yes, regularly in the summer, and love living so close to great beaches.

Making social plans with new people: Regularly, including a business lunch today, a planned get-together with a "cancer support" team which has been helping a colleague very soon.

Volunteering: Doing that.

So check, check and check.

How about just noticing the abundant pleasures of the natural world all around us? Not on Beck's list: but there are birds, flowers, sunsets, dogs, little kids and so much more. The world brims over with mentions. Mentions of joy.

How about participating in Spark People? Also not on Beck's list -- but it's a key source of resources, friendships, support and fun in my life. For which I thank you all continually. And most sincerely. .

Should you enrich your life now? Find things other than eating which are fun to do? Which you cannot do while simultaneously eating? Which are more fun to do if you haven't engaged in a lot of excess eating?

Yes yes yes.

Thanks, Judith S., for helping me notice: My life is rich. I am continuously seeking out opportunities to keep it that way. And to enrich it further.

Gonna keep on doing that. More consciously. More deliberately.

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CMB2048 3/12/2011 11:06AM

    I love her list of how to enrich your life. I need to re-examine those things for myself.

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FREELADY 3/11/2011 11:06PM

    GREAT blog!

About not waiting until I've lost the weight, not thinking that THEN I'll be "worth it" . . . Last year after this item I decided to go ahead and get the new hairstyle I'd put off "until I'm thin." It gave me such a boost. It really made me feel, "Hey, I'm worth it!"

Thanks for sharing!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/11/2011 10:00PM

Awesome reflection Ellen and so uplifting. Thank you.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/11/2011 7:20PM

    Your life is rich! Celebrate! Celebrate! Thanks for another great blog, Ellen. I love what you said about the abundant pleasures of the natural world. You are right. Although my absolute favorite thing is to share those natural abundant pleasures with my daughter and granddaughters! My life is rich, too. We are blessed!! -Marsha

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CRYSTALJEM 3/11/2011 11:05AM

    Awesome! Thanks for the reminder of just how wonderful this very simple moment is. May you find the joy each moment holds. Namaste.

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SUCHAHOOT 3/11/2011 9:53AM

    What a wonderful blog! You have inspired me to look as my life, what I am doing now and what I would like to do differently. You seem to be on a wonderfl track. Thank you!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/11/2011 9:26AM

    What an inspiring blog! You are so right; there is so much we can doand notice right this minute to improve our moods and lives. You've turned your bout with cancer into a positive that's fundamentally improved your life on every level. That's amazing and exciting. "Squeezing all the juice possible out of my life" -- what a wonderful thing to be able to say!

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NANCY- 3/11/2011 9:17AM

    Life is so exciting, if we just open our eyes. What a wonderful way to live life!

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