Sunday, May 06, 2012
I've been reading through Beck a bit quicker than one day per day, since I'm already 6 weeks into my weight loss program. But I wanted to at least comment on each one of the items and how I'm incorporating it into my life.
Day 2: Pick two reasonable diets: This day was easy for me, because I've already picked one diet (New Direction) that's working well for me. I suppose Weight Watchers would be my backup, but so far this plan is working really well and I feel no temptation to alter it.
Day 3: Eat Sitting Down: This is the first of several items on the list that doesn't really apply to me right now because I'm not eating "real" food. I suppose I should still sit down to eat each of my shakes, but I feel like the real purpose of this step is to encourage people not to snack between meals, which I can't while I'm on this plan. This will be an important part of maintenance for me.
Day 4: Give yourself credit: I'm definitely working on incorporating this one into my life. My last blog post was about what's going well, so I won't go over that ground again, but in general I can be proud that I haven't gone off plan yet (almost 6 weeks now), I'm working out 5-6 times a week, and I've completely rearranged my life to focus on fitness and health. The question isn't whether I will reach my goal, but just how long it will take. I also have a lot more energy and optimism, and I'm only 2/7ths of the way through my journey so far. And I guess we should note that I've lost 20 lbs. Yea! So, yes, I should give myself credit--both here and throughout each and every day.
Day 5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully: Again, this is a step that doesn't really apply to me yet. I suppose I could savor each shake rather than just sucking them down (ok--I'll do that), but I think it would mean a lot more if I were eating real food. Note to self: revisit Beck throughout maintenance!
Day 6: Find a Diet Coach: This step was easy--my husband. We already have a weekly appointment, which we've been doing naturally: a check-in conversation after I come back from my weigh-in every week. He's really good at problem-solving with me, helping me find time to exercise, and getting everything set up in my life so that it's a priority.
Day 7: Arrange Your Environment: This was a bit tricky, but what I eventually discovered is that it's a lot easier for me not to eat if I'm not around food. If I'm preparing food for my kids and can smell it and see it--well, then I feel deprived and jealous and bitter. But if I'm just not around food, it doesn't cross my mind. So, I asked my husband to take over the cooking for the family for the next few months, and he agreed to do it. It's not easy, because he doesn't like cooking and doesn't find food enjoyable, so this is definitely a bother for him, especially coming up with food the kids will like. But he has been doing it, and I just excuse myself while he's cooking and/or they're eating. It means I miss out on some family time, but I think it's worth it for the next few months. Which leads me to...
Day 8: Create Time and Energy: Part of the reason why I didn't want to start dieting (and thus put it off for months and months) is that I remember how much it takes over my life. It's all I think about, want to talk about, etc. It's like I get total tunnel vision. How many times a day can I calculate when I'll get to goal? ("Let's see, if I lose an average of 3 pounds a week, that's 12 pounds a month, which means...."). In the shower, on my way to work, at lunch, in between classes...etc etc. etc. until I'm falling asleep at night. It isn't difficult to create time and energy because dieting always becomes an obsession for me that takes over my life. In this case, I've devoted the time that I used to spend cooking to being on Spark, as well as the time I used to use for computer games (goodbye, Bejeweled Blitz...) and some grading, now that the school year is winding down. The good news is that with the meal replacements I don't have to focus on counting calories, planning my meals, or tracking, so all that time that I usually spend can be dedicated to blogging, sparking, reading up (Beck and Refuse to Regain, so far) and focusing on the mental part of this whole life-change. And exercising, of course!
So, that's where I'm at with these steps. Plus, I'm working on a vision collage, which hasn't been part of the Beck process but was an idea I picked up on Spark and I'm really enjoying it. Thank goodness for the Title Nine catalog!