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Core Health Beliefs

Friday, January 24, 2014

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write myself a letter as my own best friend. While mulling over the challenge, I tuned into the Fatloser course lesson #19
( ) and decided to write this blog instead. I've been following Onekidsmom's comparison of Fatloser homework questions from two years ago and from the present. Since this is my first time in the course, I can't compare, but I am pleasantly surprised by my answers to today's questions on beliefs. First, I have to note Steve Siebold (Fatloser coach) uses the word "diet" in the way we at SP use the words "lifestyle change," and after failing many "diets," I prefer "lifestyle change." So here are the questions and my answers, with some of the wording borrowed shamelessly from SparkPeople (especially the Mind Over Body plan), some from my friend Wendy Bumgarder ( ), and some from my own experience.

What are your five strongest beliefs about dieting?
1. Diets are limiting; lifestyle change is open ended.
2. Diets are superficial; lifestyle change occurs on many levels.
3. I can (and do) eat my favorite foods but as occasional treats and in smaller amounts even WHILE losing weight and while keeping it off.
4. Lifestyle change is long-term, while dieting is short-term.
5. The scale is only a tool; non-scale victories are just as elating.

What are your five strongest beliefs about exercise?
1. 10,000 steps a day is not enough; aim for at least 3000 steps in 30 minutes (get some cardio).
2. Strength training is a must.
3. Flexibility is important (yoga, pilates, any regular stretching).
4. Trying to force myself to like an activity is like dieting...formula for failure. Finding a fitness activity I enjoy keeps me coming back.
5. Changing up fitness routines keeps things fresh.

Have these beliefs contributed to your being fat?
Um, no. These are the beliefs I cultured and nurtured with help from SparkPeople to help me lose the weight and keep it off.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SWEDE_SU 1/27/2015 7:38AM

    i love reading these blogs that filter the words of the various gurus (beck, berkeley, seybold) into beliefs that work - and i pretty much share all of yours (except that i need to add that one about the flexibility, the only stretching i do is after running, and more would be better). your beliefs are pretty much the same as mine, and i love the way you laid it all out so clearly. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/27/2015 6:21AM

    I think there's a reason why our mouths are in our heads - Because it's ALL in our heads.

believe it
do it
become it

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TORTISE110 1/30/2014 8:21AM

    HI Celia, This is an interesting blog. I like that it talks about our "beliefs." What we believe about our efforts here, makes a difference. And I surely agree that picking things we like to build our fitness around is motivating. Thanks for the post!

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/29/2014 1:18PM

    Way to go! Love those beliefs. Thanks for sharing.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/28/2014 1:00PM

    Your beliefs are my beliefs. It nice to see them so logically stated. Good job!

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KANOE10 1/25/2014 9:35AM

    Those were very positive and realistic core beliefs. I like changing up exercise routines to keep them fresh. I also like non scale victories being just as important as the scale.It is a lifestyle change.


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BOOKAPHILE 1/24/2014 3:45PM

    Yes. I came at it from this angle as well...stating what I believe now rather than the beliefs that allowed me to get fat. My current beliefs should help me maintain my goals. I'm so thankful to Sparkpeople for giving me the initial tools to achieve my goals. Steve Siebold has helped ramp up my motivation in maintenance.

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CARRAND 1/24/2014 2:45PM


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KAB7801 1/24/2014 1:07PM

    I like! Well said

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    Well said! Thanks for sharing with us this letter to yourself.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/24/2014 9:08AM

    emoticon info/message!!! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/24/2014 9:07AM

    "4. Trying to force myself to like an activity is like dieting...formula for failure."
emoticon Now if I could only figure out something I liked....

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CAMEOANDLACE 1/24/2014 9:06AM

    Very positive Celia! Good job

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