CAROLISCIOUS's SparkPeople Blog CAROLISCIOUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cheating vs. Unplanned Eating I've just completed a 44 day "Beck Trek Pink Reboot" with members of the Sparkteam "The Beck Diet Solution," by Judith Beck. Many of us blogged about a chapter a day as a group. It was my second time through the book...and it was awesome. <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I dropped 9 pounds in those 44 days and now I find myself 12 pounds below what I consider my 60 pound sparkpeople loss for my maintenance anniversary (which just rolled around to 7 years). <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> B... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:17:03 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 12 - How to Stay at Your New Weight First of all I want to say how much I have enjoyed this Beck Trek reboot. And I want to thank SLENDERELLA for her leadership and devotion to daily emails and constant encouragement. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I also want to thank <BR> <em>442</em> SANDICANE <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> QUEENOFTHEFOREST <BR> <BR> for telling me about The Beck Diet Solution and for helping me and encouraging me along the way. <BR> <em>223</em> for life! <BR> <BR> The QUEEN kept ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:59:40 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 11 - When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining For 7 years I thought I knew my answer to this question. My "happy" weight has been 130, my "center" weight has been 135 and my "OMG, I'm in trouble" weight has been 140 (I'm 5'3" and a comfortable size 6). <BR> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Since my 60 pound weight loss in 2008 (from 200 pounds to 140), I've developed a philosophy of "living a life that I can live with." Meaning...I decided that I didn't want to live a life that was constantly under pressure about my weight. I wanted to be ab... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:30:44 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 42 - Practice, Practice, Practice! <em>52</em> I need to remember that I have the skills I need to stay thin. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I need to remember that, over time, the skills I have learned will become automatic. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I need to remember that rough patches are temporary. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> I need to remember that being able to wear every item in my closet brings long-lasting fulfillment, and that eating unplanned foods only bring temporary fulfillment followed by remorse. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 22:56:23 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 41 - Make a New To-do List I've made and paper copy of the to-do list on page 265 to post in my office at work and taken a pic of it to carry with me on my phone. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Everyday I feel stronger and more confident in my Beck skills. I haven't been the most perfect Beckie (I still eat on my feet sometimes), but apparently perfection is not required for this program to work. My weight continues to drop and I don't feel like I am struggling. It's a good feeling. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 21:01:04 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 40 - Enrich Your Life Losing weight has helped my self confidence tremendously. I know there was a time when I had the thought, "I'll do that after I lose weight," but that doesn't happen any more. Well...I say it doesn't. After hubby and I finished our half marathon in March 2015, we never took a pic of the two of us with our medals because I felt too fat in the t-shirt, We still haven't taken that pic. <BR> <BR> <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> My life is very rich. <BR> <BR> Fulfilling. <BR> <BR> Happy. <BR> <B... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:17:44 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 39 - Keep up with Exercise My current exercise plan: <BR> <BR> M-W - RIPPED <BR> T-Th-Sa - Spin <BR> Su - Outdoor run/walk (minimum of 3 miles) <BR> All weekdays: Three 10 minute walks around my work campus (morning, mid day and afternoon) <BR> M-F - Plank for 5 minutes <BR> <BR> I meet this plan about 90% of the time. The hardest part is the short walk 3 times a day. Breaking away from the desk is tough! <BR> <BR> I pack up my gym clothes for the whole week every weekend and make sure I have everything I need with ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:19:45 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 38 - Deal with a Plateau Last week I thought I was in a weight plateau. <BR> <BR> I wasn't. <BR> <BR> I've had one true period of weight plateau, and that was in 2008 when I lost 60 pounds in 9 months. It happened at about 30 pounds down. I started to really focus on sodium, and that got me through it. <BR> <BR> I know what to watch for now. A plateau is more then just a couple weeks of not losing. Based on where I am right now, for me it could mean my weight is right where it needs to be. I'm planning to go th... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:24:12 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 37 - Reduce Stress Maybe it's because I'm getting older...but I have changed the rules for my life as well as my rules for others. <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> I put way too much pressure on myself with my self-imposed rules for far too many years. <BR> <em>514</em> (Yup! About 50 years!) <BR> <BR> Letting go is not easy, but letting go means dealing with far less disappointment when things don't go my way. <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> (Someone please belt out the theme song from "FROZEN.") <BR>... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:48:09 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 36 - Believe It I get the way "Brenda" feels... <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Even after keeping 60 plus pounds off for 7 years...sometimes I still don't really BELIEVE IT. <BR> <em>175</em> <BR> <BR> I fear that I will wake up one day and the weight will be back. <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend I will work on a response card for this thought. <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to so many of you who stopped by my page to congratulate me on this 7 year milestone. I really do appreci... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:52:02 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 35 - Get Ready to Weigh In The scale has been a beautiful thing for me lately....all sunshine and flowers. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>192</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> My clothes are feeling fabulous (even the skinny ones). <BR> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> I've gotten a few nice comments at work. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I'm below the weight ceiling I've stuck to for the last 7 years, and I see the weekly losses slowing down. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Still...I've had a dr... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:46:10 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 34 - Solve Problems Resorting to food won't make my problems go away. <BR> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> Food won't help my feelings of loneliness. <BR> <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Food won't help me when I'm bored. <BR> <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> Food won't help me when I'm frustrated and overwhelmed with work. <BR> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:52:36 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 33 - Eliminate Emotional Eating I left my Beck book at work today...going from memory... <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Boredom is my worst trigger for emotional eating. It typically occurs when I am waiting to go somewhere with hubby...I'm ready to go at the time he said we would leave...but he isn't. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Over the last 6 weeks I have overcome the urge to eat while I wait by using Beck's tools. I call this my 4 Ds. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Distract - find something to do...It has to be... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:01:18 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 32 - Prepare for Travel I have weeks vacation coming up in October. We like to go to Vegas for Halloween. <BR> <em>431</em> <em>423</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>333</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <em>424</em> <em>275</em> <BR> <BR> What? (I see those raised eyebrows!) <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We have family there...we go to visit the FAMILY! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> No more questions please. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> In December we are taking the grands for a... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:02:13 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 31 - Decide About Drinking <em>478</em> <em>181</em> <em>439</em> <em>408</em> <em>274</em> <BR> Hubby and I popped over to Biloxi, MS (2 hours away) yesterday for a quick get-a-way and a Billy Idol concert. It was great fun and good to get out. <BR> <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> Back in my overweight days we went to Biloxi a LOT...almost every weekend. We would start the trip with drive through McDonalds in the car (along with various unhealthy road trip snacks), then pig out on Mexican food and margaritas ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:54:08 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 30 - Prepare for Eating Out I pack my lunch every day...and we rarely eat out. We do have family gatherings with our kids at our home and an occasional social event. <BR> <em>183</em> <BR> <BR> When we do eat out, we are very selective about the restaurant and it is a very special treat. I do all the things Beck says to do...prepare ahead by checking menus, planning what and how much I will eat, asking for things to be prepared a specific way (this was hard to do at first), etc. I've also done things like bring my ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:32:27 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 9 - Day 29 - Resist Food Pushers I've witnessed major food pushing at work this week. I know people aren't out to purposefully sabotage others who are trying to pursue a healthier lifestyle...but sometimes I wonder.... <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I am a tuff gal when it comes to the food pushers at work. I made up my mind long ago that it is my business what I choose to eat or not eat. Beck gives good advice on how to politely turn down the food pushers. Do it enough...and eventually they won't even ask. <BR> <em>216<... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:59:19 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 28 - Get Ready to Weigh In <em>67</em> <BR> I weigh every morning at about the same time. I've done this for years. I've read that people who are maintaining weight loss do better if they weigh themselves every day. It has worked well for me. <BR> <BR> I have this posted over my scale: <BR> <BR> The number on the scale is "exactly what it should be" based on what I ate, how much I worked out, water retention, and other biological influences. I will use the scale as one tool to tweak my program. I will also look a... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:55:38 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 27 - Master the 7 Question Technique - UPDATED Todays assignment is to answer the 7 questions about each of my sabotaging thoughts. I have chosen to focus on my weekend issues and those times when I just flat out just want to eat. The two are closely intertwined. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <BR> "I can't lose weight or even maintain my weight on the weekends." (Predict the future negatively without considering other outcomes; telling myself things I don't really believe at other time... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:28:56 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 26 - Recognize Thinking Mistakes Todays Beck task was to link the sabotaging thoughts that I identified in yesterdays blog to common thinking errors. I've narrowed my list to the top 3. <BR> <BR> NEGATIVE FORTUNE TELLING: I can't lose weight or even maintain my weight on the weekends. (Predict the future negatively without considering other outcomes) <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> JUSTIFICATION: I want it, I deserve it, and I don't care. (Linking two unrelated concepts to justify eating) <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:17:56 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 25 - Identify Sabotaging Thoughts I worked on this list over the weekend...since the weekends are my nemesis. <BR> <BR> My list of sabotaging thoughts: <BR> <BR> I can't lose weight or even maintain my weight on the weekends. <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Even if I lose more weight, I won't be able to maintain it. <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> I want it, I deserve it, and I don't care. <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> No one will know. <BR> <em>36</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:13:43 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 24 - Deal with Discouragement "Discouragement: a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness" (Oxford University Press) <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Well who needs that shizz in their life? <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> Sadly...we all live with disappointment. The important thing is to see it as a normal part of life and to respond to it in a positive way. <BR> <em>525</em> (with Ms. Beck) <BR> <BR> TRIGGER: Seeing my flabby/saggy upper arms in the mirror or a photo <BR> SABOTAGING THOUGHT: "No matter how ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:26:35 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 23 - Counter the Unfairness Syndrome How many of you live with a significant other who can eat whatever the h they want and not gain a freakin' pound? <BR> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>483</em> <em>473</em> <em>495</em> <em>468</em> <em>471</em> <em>472</em> <BR> <BR> Or, they decide to "take off a few" and it appears to happen overnight...whist you struggle to see a half a pound drop in a whole week? <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Me! Me! Me! <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> While I know I have so ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:19:34 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 8 - Day 22 - Say Oh Well to Disappointment <em>524</em> <BR> How was your weigh in? However it went, I hope you were able to use the number on the scale as a tool to tweak your plan. <BR> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> I lost almost 2 pounds since last Friday. Then, today I finished and submitted the desktop portion of an audit that has been all-consuming. The site visit is still to come, but having the desktop portion complete, on top of the great weigh in, made me feel as light as a flittering butterfly. <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:43:53 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 21 - Get Ready to Weigh In I weigh first thing every morning. I record my daily weights in an excel file/graph. I've been doing this fairly consistently since 2008. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I've been known to avoid the scale when my weight is not in a happy place. I remember once I was going through a particularly long stretch of avoiding the scale. My good sparkfriend THECITYMOUSE told me, "Do yourself a favor and step on the scale." <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It was uncomfortable, but in the end, I was g... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:36:41 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 20 - Get Back on Track…Immediately "Once I regard my slips as just mistakes and decide to recommit to my plan immediately, dieting will be easier." Beck, page 170 <BR> <em>523</em> <BR> <BR> One slip does not a diet disaster make… <BR> <em>310</em> <BR> <BR> Unless it is followed by many more slips. <BR> <em>310</em> <em>310</em> <em>310</em> <em>310</em> <em>310</em> <BR> <BR> Draw a line. Turn it around immediately. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:34:17 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 19 - Stop Fooling Yourself The self-deluding sabotaging thought that causes me to eat unplanned food <BR> most often is...I WANT IT! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Which quickly leads to...I DON'T CARE! <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> Beck is right....I may think I don't care at the moment, but I will care at some point. <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> When I want to eat something unplanned because I think I want it (or deserve it) and I start to feel like I don't care, I will tell myself that I want/deserve to be ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:00:09 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 18 - Change Your Definition of Full This is one of the chapters I skimmed over on my first run through Beck. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I am paying more attention to it this round. It has caught my attention because after lunch yesterday I was reading ahead...and I suddenly realized how stuffed I felt from my lunch. I like salads...BIG salads. <BR> <em>551</em> <em>551</em> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> And there is certainly nothing wrong with that. My calories for the day were well within range. I ate all of the fo... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:40:41 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 17 - End Overeating Generally...I don't overeat. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Unless it's a vacation, <BR> <em>534</em> <BR> or a holiday, <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> or my birthday, <BR> <em>44</em> <BR> or a special restaurant meal, <BR> <em>190</em> <BR> or a family gathering, <BR> <em>191</em> <BR> or a weekend... <BR> <em>439</em> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Right now I'm working on not overeating on the weekend. I've had four non-overeating weekends in a row (counting this ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 15:50:17 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 16 - Prevent Unplanned Eating NO CHOICE. <BR> <BR> Period. <BR> <BR> "Once I accept the fact that I have to give up spontaneous eating, dieting will be easier." <BR> Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. <BR> _______________________ <BR> <BR> My weekday resistance muscle is so strong. I can resist even the slightest crumb of food not on my food plan, Monday through Friday at 5 PM. <BR> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> Sadly, my weekend resistance muscle hasn't had much practice at strengthening...and it remains a bit on the weak side. My w... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:01:04 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 7 - Day 15 - Monitor Your Eating A moment of silence for the innocent lives lost 14 years ago today. <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> The "diet" started today and I am 0.1 above my center weight. I'm lowering my goal by 5 pounds. I've lost that same 5 pounds before, but was unable to hold on to it. Seems like a good time to give it another shot. <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Today Beck talks more about food planning and sticking to it. The "tip" on page 142 cautions about those times when you are tempted to walk away from... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:04:49 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 6 - Day 14 - Plan for Tomorrow (EVERY day) I'm so grateful for the sparkpeople food tracker. It makes this part so easy. You can put food into your tracker before you eat it...look at it, think about it, tweak it...and then decide if it fits well into your plan. <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> I couldn't imagine trying to do this without a food tracker like the one here on sparkpeople. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> We are so lucky! <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> My food tracking mantra for when the scale creeps up a little is "Can't track it, don... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:21:33 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 6 - Day 13 - Overcome Cravings Day 13 is the meat of the whole my humble opinion. <BR> <em>496</em> <BR> This chapter is so lists both mindset and behavioral techniques to help you resist cravings. <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> I like practical. <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> I have the techniques posted on index cards on my fridge. I read them and I do them. <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> I used to think I could not get through the weekend without chips and salsa. <BR> <em>371</em> <em>370</em> (... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:06:45 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 6 - Days 11 and 12 - Hunger Games I'm tired and I'm under a lot of work stress, so this has to be short. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Since this is my second time going through Beck, I knew these hunger games were coming. I did the "practice hunger tolerance" exercise last weekend, and the "hunger monitoring chart" yesterday. Even though I didn't do the exercises the first time through, these 2 days plus day 13 were the words that really caught my attention. <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> It's clear to me that when I nosh on the ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:10:50 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 6 - Day 10 - Set a Realistic Goal Yes, I'm a little behind. I kept my two older grandkids on Saturday night, and then celebrated Sunday lunch and some beach time with all of my kids and grandkids. <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> My daughter made BBQ ribs. I ate one so that I could tell her how wonderful they were...and then fully satiated myself with loving on my family. <BR> <em>261</em> <BR> Who needs food when the plate is already overflowing with all that? <BR> <em>183</em> <BR> My weight goal is to keep my BMI in t... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:08:52 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 6 - Day 9 - Select an Exercise Plan I had written a really nice long blog about exercise. When I went to post it, my log in to sparkpeople timed out and I lost the whole thing. I'm too tired to type it again. <BR> <BR> Here is the short version: <BR> <BR> Exercise. Some days it sucks, but I do it and you should too. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 23:22:58 EST Chapter 6 - Day 8 - Create Time and Energy I had my initial weigh-in in May for employee health at my job. My BMI was slightly "overweight." They had measured me at an inch less than last year! I don't really think I shrank and inch, but oh well? What can ya do? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> If I lost the weight I needed to lose to get back to "normal," I would get $350 back on my insurance vs. $300. Still a lot of money...but I knew I had to buckle down and get that extra MONEY! <BR> <em>528</em> <BR> Weighed in today...and BAM! I ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 21:25:56 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 7 - Arrange Your Environment Although my house is pretty much a diet trap free zone, I have very little trouble with getting distracted by food things that aren't on my eating plan. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> Hubby keeps ice cream in the fridge and he brings chips into the house on occasion. He likes to have a doughnut on the weekends. It doesn't bother me...other than I don't like to see him eat those empty calories. He isn't overweight, and he is healthy, so I don't nag him about it. <BR> <em>76</em> <em>367</em... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:10:23 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 6 - Find a Diet Coach Why is it so hard to ask for help? It's not admitting failure. It's just saying "This journey is hard and having someone to talk to while I go through it will help me be successful." <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> My coach is NVDONNA. I'm her coach too. We've been sparkfriends since we both lost 60 pounds in 2008, and face friends since we met up in Vegas and celebrated our accomplishment that same year. <BR> <em>408</em> <BR> She gets this journey. She knows the havoc sabotaging thoughts c... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:20:20 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully I appreciate the techniques listed in this chapter to help us slow down and eat mindfully. <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> As a nurse I spent many years working in hospitals where a full lunch break was unheard of and any chance to eat something had to be stuffed in as fast as you could get it down. No chewing allowed. That bad habit transitioned to my home life as well, and I am sure was a huge factor in my weight topping 200 pounds. <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> I am quite guilty of eating while... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:25:55 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit I am prone to not giving myself credit for the things that I know I should have, and for the most part do have, down pat. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I'm a calorie counting/exercising rock star during the week. <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> I plan, prepare, and follow through. I don't succumb to pressures at work to eat off plan. I get my work out clothes ready for the week on the weekend, and make sure they are all packed up in my bag before Monday. Barring illness or an opportunity to see my g... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:11:55 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down The first time I read The Beck Diet Solution, I breezed right through this chapter thinking to myself, "I never eat while standing." HA! <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> It wasn't until a week or so later that I caught myself eating while standing in the kitchen. And then it happened again....and again...and again What? I suddenly realized that I was eating while standing a LOT. <BR> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> And the really scary part was that I had totally dismissed it from my brain...tell... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:58:47 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 2 - Choose Two Reasonable Diets My "diet" of choice is just simple calorie counting. As a back up, I use calorie counting and low carb. This has been the eating plan that has worked for me since 2008. I use the spark people app and track my food like a nun. <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> If it ain't broke, don't fix it. <BR> <BR> Give myself credit....I've been forgetting to do this...catching up for the week. <BR> <em>205</em> <BR> 1. I lost 2 pounds this week. That puts me back into my maintenance range. First time all ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:10:36 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 1 - My ARC Advantages Responses (these are modified a little from my first time through the book) <BR> <BR> 1. Look and feel better <BR> 2. Improve self confidence <BR> 3. Won't feel like a failure <BR> 4. Better health <BR> 5. Live longer <BR> 6. Less back pain <BR> 7. Keep up with my grandkids/more energy <BR> 8. Stay in my skinny clothes <BR> 9. Enjoy clothes shopping <BR> 10. Be a good example to my family and friends <BR> 11. Earn my full health insurance refund ($350) every year <BR> 12. Show the... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:51:16 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 4 - Get Ready! I've had my best weigh ins all year this week (I weigh every day). I have my 3x5 cards, sticky notes, and my notebook.. I'm ready to see how far I can go. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:04:52 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 3 - The Skinny on the Skinnies Reading this chapter again helped me to see that I do have some characteristics of thin person thinking, at least on most days of the week. On work days I am the Queen of thin person thinking...but it all kinda falls apart at the closing bell on Friday. Fat person thinking reigns until Monday morning when it's time to go back to work. And that's more than enough time to sabotage all the hard work I did during the week. Any holy cow if it's a LONG weekend or a vacation...I'm in real trouble. ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:01:10 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 2 - What Really Makes You Eat Triggers ------> Sabotaging thoughts -------> Unplanned eating ------> Temporary tension reduction <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Triggers -------> Helpful thoughts ------> Resist unplanned eating -------> Lasting tension reduction <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:22:13 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 1 - Committted to the Challenge I'm committed to try to blog every day through the Beck Pink challenge...not so much for anyone to read and comment, but just for me to document my own journey. I'm a busy gal, so some days may have to be combined into a single blog. I won't beat myself up if I miss some days. <BR> <BR> I've recently read Beck Pink through once. Admittedly, I skimmed a lot of the chapters and didn't actively participate in all of the steps. Even with that, the information in the book (and the encouragement o... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:35:27 EST ROCK N FLY Take Two - My Second Half Marathon - Celebrating Finish Lines, NOT Finish Times A year ago at age 55 I did my first half marathon. It was a major accomplishment for me just to sign up, much less to actually DO it! I'm typically a "stay-in-my-comfort-zone run-from-any-possibility-of-a-challenge" kind of girl. I knew what I had done was commendable, but I walked away disappointed in myself for a finish time of just a few seconds over 3 hours. I had not met my goal to finish in under 3 hours. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Over the past year I've heard from a lot of seasoned ru... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:50:51 EST Change your mindset, the rest will follow... I've been thinking about "starting over" a lot this weekend. No...don't panic...not ME starting over...but rather the concept of staring over. It happens to so many of us. We start strong, we make a little or even a LOT of progress, we slip, and before we know it, we are starting over. It sucks. <BR> <BR> What if we went into this with the mindset that it was our last it now or forever let it go? Like jumping out of a plane with no parachute...and nothing to fall back on. <BR> ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:22:35 EST