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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I just did Day 25 in The Beck Diet Solution. Identifying sabotaging thoughts. Sometimes I think that I really don’t have any thoughts at all before I eat something I shouldn’t, but of course that is not true. What do I think? I ate some things last night that I wasn’t supposed to eat. What did I think before I ate that extra piece of fish and extra crackers and the tostitos? I’m tired, so I can’t resist. I really want that fish. Just a little handful of chips won’t hurt. Those crackers taste really good. I kow how to counter those thoughts. I CAN resist if I want to and I DO want to, because every calorie counts. I may really want that fish, but I also really want to lose weight, and every extra bite I take will delay me in reaching my goal. The crackers do taste good, but they will taste just as good tomorrow, when I can write them into my plan and eat them when I’m supposed to.
I have been doing well recently, and it’s partly because I have been countering sabotaging thoughts (lies!) with effective responses (truth!). The more I do this, the easier it will be.
I WAS tired last night, so I also learned another important lesson. (Like I didn’t already know this.) And that lesson is to get enough sleep. It is much harder to resist and easier to give in to sabotaging thoughts when I’m tired. I need to go bed earlier, because I like to get up early and get started on my day and exercise in the morning.
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