CSHULLCSHELLS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CSHULLCSHELLS CSHULLCSHELLS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Beck Trek Day 22, Oh Well! I missed a few days… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000773 I’m back! I had to take a hiatus from blogging while I saved the world. Actually, I just had to organize 120 excited teenagers into a youth symphony! <BR> <BR> I am going to give myself credit for continuing to read and implement the Beck book and most importantly, for prioritizing my running schedule. While I have been crazy busy, I have realized that without keeping up my running, I would just be plain crazy! <BR> <BR> Glad to be back. Happy to read about all of your success! <BR> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 11:51:24 EST Beck Trek Day 12, I Didn’t Die! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993066 I actually did this fasting exercise on Sunday because it is a tradition in my religion that the first Sunday of every month is a day of fasting. We fast from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. The money that we would have spent on food is given to those who are truly hungry and in need. But the fast is for more than charity. Fasting brings a sense of emotional, physical, and spiritual clarity with it that I find very beneficial to have in my life on a regular basis. It feels like a day... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 23:15:29 EST Beck Trek Day 11, Changing My Relationship with Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992625 After incorporating the skills learned in this chapter into my life, my relationship with hunger has changed dramatically. <BR> <BR> I remember a time when I never felt hunger. Instead, I walked around in a food-induced fog. I numbed my feelings with food, and in so doing, I also numbed my mind. <BR> <BR> After my first Beck go-around, and completing this exercise, not only did I become familiar with the feeling of hunger, I became comfortable with it. Now, I even enjoy it. It sharpen... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:45:37 EST Beck Trek Day 10, Set a Realistic Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992393 This is not as important to me now as my goal is one I reach every day – and that is maintenance. It is more abstract than 5 pounds, which in some ways, makes it more difficult. It is a hard goal to measure sometimes as well. But do you know how happy it makes me to know that it is a realistic goal?! I am 3 years and 3 ½ months at goal (aside from the one week before this trek began when I was over). But I am back! I just needed a reboot. <BR> <BR> I do not say this to be prideful in... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 23:56:09 EST Beck Trek Day 9, Exercise Plan is Off and Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992390 This is another Beck skill that I feel I already have firmly under my belt! I have a very regular schedule of running and Pilates that includes about 20-25 miles per week. I spend at least 30 minutes every day (except Sunday) doing planned exercise. And because of Dr. Beck, I have included a laundry list of spontaneous exercise to my daily life from parking WAY out in the parking lot, to dance parties with my kids. <BR> <BR> I am really glad that Dr. Beck lists the many reasons that exer... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 23:48:30 EST Beck Trek Day 8, Get a Job With Great Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990802 I love this chapter! When I finally decided I was going to lose all of my excess weight, more than 3 ½ years ago, I decided I was going to make it a job. With a job, it becomes your priority. You don’t tell your boss that you have to stay home today because you aren’t feeling well, or because you just don’t have the energy. You don’t throw your job out the window because your family wants to go to some fun restaurant instead! A job makes you responsible, accountable, motivated, and oblig... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 08:32:53 EST Beck Reboot Ch. 5, Week 1, Day 7, My New Title: Health Environmentalist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990194 Finally! This is one that I am good at already! After days of struggling with a couple of Beck’s challenges, I feel like “Arranging Your Environment” is one I have under me belt. <BR> <BR> I have kept any treats that I have for my family in the freezer for years. I didn’t remember, until re-reading this chapter, it was at Beck’s suggestion that I did it. It just goes to show you that things that may seem unnatural right now, if practiced diligently, will eventually become second nature. ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:52:25 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 Week 1 Day 6 Put Me in Coach! I’m Ready to Play! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989525 Sorry for the silly title, but I can’t get that song out of my head. We are winding up our minor league baseball season here in Idaho Falls and this is the last week of games. It’s fun, but I am definitely ready to give up sitting for three hours surrounded by ball-park food. Ugh! <BR> <BR> I have done so well since starting the reboot, I am almost in maintenance range again. So, I don’t need a really involved, educated coach. Instead, I was thinking that I might as my teenage daughter... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:43:55 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 - Week 1 - Day 5 – I’d Eat Mindfully if I Hadn’t Lost It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989173 My mind that is! It has been a crazy day. It has NOT been the best day for being mindful about eating. <BR> <BR> Like sitting, I have a hard time with being mindful. I found this definition of mindfulness online: <BR> mind·ful·ness <BR> ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ <BR> noun <BR> noun: mindfulness <BR> 1. 
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. <BR> 2. 
a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's fe... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:28:55 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 - Week 1 - Day 4 – Credit Worthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988054 I will start by giving myself credit for sitting while eating yesterday. (If you read my blog, you know that sitting is very difficult for me.) Not only did I force myself to sit, but I discovered something about my silly condition that I didn’t understand until now; as long as I have something to concentrate on, or something to take my mind off of the maddening feeling in my legs, I am okay with sitting! If my family is eating with me, sitting is pleasurable. It is only if I am sitting a... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:41:50 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5, Week 1,Day 3 – All Those Who Want to Succeed, Sit Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987297 This is the hardest part of all for me. Not because I am willful. Not because I want to continue snacking. Not because I believe that whatever you eat standing up doesn’t count. I know this sounds really weird but I HATE sitting. <BR> <BR> I have had Restless Leg Syndrome since I was very young (although in the 70s it wasn’t a syndrome, I just called it “the Stretchies”). A lot of people develop this frustrating condition as they age. And it seems that the biggest concern for the major... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:33:40 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2: Any Diet Will Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986754 I love that Dr. Beck stresses that any diet will do! She stresses that the goal of every diet – no matter how fantastical – is to reduce the number of calories you consume. This is so important to remember, because it is not the diet fad that determines your success. It is your own ability to reduce the number of calories you consume so that they are fewer than the number of calories you expend. <BR> <BR> (In)-(Out)=Loss or Gain <BR> <BR> My husband is an oncologist – a cancer speciali... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:25:17 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 - Week 1 - Day 1 My Advantage Response Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986080 When I was 40 years old and over 200 pounds I went to see an internist for a general physical. He took all of my vitals, listened to my heart, and then sat down with me to review my family medical history. And the list goes: Type II Diabetes (mom, brother, sister), Graves Disease (mom), Addison’s disease (sister), heart disease (mom, brother), kidney disease (mom, brother, sister) rheumatoid arthritis (great-grandma, grandma, mom, sister). My doctor looked at me and bravely said, “Right n... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:29:06 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 4: I Flipped My Own Switch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985506 This chapter seemed to serve primarily as a pep talk – a last push of persuasion to those who might still be on the fence about deciding whether or not to follow the Beck program. In reading the “In Session with Dr. Beck” section I was struck by the memory of my own “aha” moment. <BR> <BR> I had been overweight for years, and while I had successfully lost 40 pounds, my weight loss had stalled. I found myself going back over the same territory again and again. In fact, I fell into just abo... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:15:39 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 3: I AM a thin person, therefore I THINK like one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985085 Not very far into reading chapter three, I began to realize that I am a thin person in more than physical appearance. I am not one to often give myself credit, but the feeling that came over me as I read Beck’s list of questions was one of confidence. I have maintained my weight for more than three years – you can’t do that without thinking like a thin person! <BR> <BR> However, as I have stated before, my resistance muscle has started to get flabby and my weight (before our reboot!) sta... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:42:37 EST Beck Reboot Day 2 -- My Flabby Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984392 My “resistance muscle” got flabby! <BR> <BR> I know, because yesterday, I used it, and today I can feel it. It was like running for the first time after an illness when I am so conscious of every little thing – breathing, footfalls, pain. I was amazed at how many times I had to stop myself from mindless eating – at least the perception of mindless eating. Like Beck said, “You may not be conscious of it, but you always have a thought before you eat…You don’t automatically reach for a cra... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:15:20 EST Beck Reboot Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983689 In reading Chapter 1 of Beck Pink, one phrase leapt off the page at me: “It matters every single time.” Beck listed this phrase as one example of an answer to sabotaging thoughts. I am reading the book for the first time during what is essentially a time of maintenance. But I have been getting sloppy and the scale has shown it. Over three years, I have stopped believing that it matters every single time. In fact, maintenance began to feel “easy” precisely because I had mastered many heal... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:17:53 EST You've Come a Long Way Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577038537.jpg"> <BR> I'm sitting in my hotel room in Phoenix Arizona basking in the glow of personal accomplishment. Yesterday, I ran the first race of 2013 with two girlfriends that travelled here with me just to run a 10 k. Living in Idaho, it is difficult to train for a greater distance than that because you can only train on a treadmill and the snow! I ran the race in 55:00! A full 12 minutes faster than my first 10 k 7 months ago. I ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:03:31 EST Ring-a-bling-bling!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829300 Which to wear! What to do! Isn't this perplexing? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897208881.jpg"> <BR> This is the beautiful wedding band I have worn for the last 5 years. I love it. It is like wearing my own disco ball around my finger! And it shows how much my husband loves me -- because he bought it for me because I was too heavy to wear the original wedding ring he gave me 21 years ago. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l193942032.jpg"> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:27:03 EST It Must Be Close to St. Patrick's Day 'Cause I'm A Lucky Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777810 This morning, my husband asked me how far I have to go before I will call it good. I said that I really don't know. He is a doctor, so of course he asked me how much I have to lose to be at a healthy BMI. At 5'5" I can weigh at most 150 pounds. That is 28 pounds away. My wonderful husband then told me, "Well please don't go below that then. I have seen you super skinny and overweight. Don't go back to super skinny." <BR> <BR> "Well fine," I'm thinking, "if you twist my arm!" <BR> <... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:03:19 EST