ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONEKIDSMOM ONEKIDSMOM'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/ Dear Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886717 Dear Body: <BR> <BR> Thank you for being responsive to good care. Thank you for forgiving me for years of overeating and failure to move. Thank you for continuing to pump blood, cycle oxygen, digest food and eliminate waste. Thank you for repelling invading "bugs" and building muscle in response to use. <BR> <BR> Seriously, thank you for being my home! <BR> <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> I was having these thoughts as I ran yesterday after work. I had been swapping storie... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:58:06 EST Failure and success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886529 I was bummed today as I failed to qualify to donate blood. The hemoglobin came in at 11.5, a point too low. Must not be as recovered from that HM as I thought. But it kind of explains feeling a bit fatigued yesterday and giving myself a pass on spin class. <BR> <BR> Yes, people, I give myself extra rest days now and then, when my body says "enough". And my body was saying "sleep". <BR> <BR> So the blood bank people said, give it a couple of weeks, eat your iron rich foods, build back up... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:25:51 EST Just a quick blog before work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885327 Breathe deep... this is the first full week of work after the Florida trip... which at this point has faded into dream-like memory. The bracing cold of the reality of a Nebraska Winter / transition to Spring has snapped me back to being present not just WHEN I am but WHERE. <BR> <BR> My 'fridge has been refilled with healthy foods (I left it pretty empty, as SPINNINGJW can attest, since she was here the weekend I was away). Including a lovely pot of veggie soup I simmered on Saturday (thin... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:56:18 EST Adjusting new things into routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884862 I don't think I'd mentioned it on Spark yet, but I invested in a new tool for the swim portion of my triathlon training: prescription goggles. I got two pair. One of them clear, one smoked lenses. The clear pair was one where you can replace each lens with an independent prescription... and I did. <BR> <BR> Today I worked with the clear pair, playing with the straps and the fit, stopping where needed to get them to stop leaking by appropriate adjustments. <BR> <BR> I also re-introduced ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:49:12 EST We are tough runners, here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894442682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The ambient temperature was 7 F, which is the coldest I've ever run in. The wind, however, was not bad, 4 mph from the SSE... so it wasn't bad. Once you're moving, you warm up. I wore my running tights, with my pirate capris on top of them. Wool socks, regular running shoes (it wasn't going to start snowing until after we were home & snug). Five layers on the torso, two on the arms and hands. Three on the hea... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:34:52 EST Back in the swing of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883568 Ariel missed me. (Ariel, for those of you who might have missed all the blogs about the naming of things... is my siren-calling treadmill). She told me so as she warmed up last night when I decided I just didn't want to run outdoors in the cold and wind. <BR> <BR> Ariel and I had a lovely time together, doing 3.4 miles. While I don't want to do treadmill for ALL of my training, one thing I like using one is that I can set her belt speed, and *do* intervals at 7 mph, or even faster... wh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:58:24 EST Post-trip tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882405 A week ago I blogged that I was turning my trip and my eating on the trip over to my Higher Power. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878362 </link> <BR> <BR> That is exactly what I did... I packed some healthy snacks and a couple of lunch options for the two days on the airplane and then I just trusted that healthy choices would be available. I was pretty confident as I knew I'd be eating with SLENDERELLA61 Thursday evening, and that my cousins ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:27:54 EST Adventures continue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881848 I'm up in the air again. On my way back to the chillier air, my skin a bit pinker, my soul at peace... and hoping that there are no hitches in the connection, since at this point BOTH bags are checked through. I fished my prescription meds out of the roll on before the airline took it away (full flight, probably would have been force checked anyway) and of course snagged the tablet, and splurged for inflight internet which I'm indulging right now. <BR> <BR> Glad I stayed the extra day and ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:18:04 EST That weekend went fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l854344636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In case it does not show, the magnet says, "There will come a day when I cannot do this. Today is not that day." First, the results of some pampering, which happened on Saturday, the planned pedicure. I chose pirate gold for the color: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783685439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then there was the concert which was wonderful, by the way... an amazing blend of double ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:26:02 EST Busy Expo day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1946796936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's "The Wall" at the Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo yesterday. All the runners in all four events, 5K, 8K, 15K, and Half Marathon have their names up on this HUGE poster. My cousin and I found ours. <BR> <BR> We also shopped for pirately gear. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902120378.jpg"> New head sweat band to go with the theme. <BR> <BR> And managed to find a couple of familiar ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:16:40 EST These are out of order, but here's YESTERDAY's travel report... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879291 After an episode straight out of Seinfeld from the car rental counter... to taking the upgrade and driving a sweet Ford Mustang for more $$$... to finding Marsha's house, to a 6.7 mile walk past orange groves... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837108238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful few house with SLENDERELLA61, even got to read out her granddaughter's spelling words and we highlighted with a 6.7 mile walk that Runkeeper's upgraded app told us took us 0.00 ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:59:39 EST Trip report - safe arrival - and it's COLD in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879274 Not as cold as other places, mind you. But being around my 34 year old niece who has such fresh eyes to the cold... I ended up here on a chilly morning, watching her ply her craft as a photographer: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60234977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She knew what she was looking for and was up early monitoring temperatures. And then we were off to the local strawberry fields where the berries had been under sprinklers overnight. They were forming littl... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:38:34 EST Blogging at 15000 feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878601 Oh, my, goodness! It's only been a few months since I've flown, but in between times they have upgraded the aircraft. I had to try it out. I'm on my tablet in my airplane seat, blogging! <BR> <BR> Got up really early this morning, before 3 a.m. because the flight was to start boarding at 5:45 a.m. That puts a bit of a monkey wrench in the meal schedule. So I had planned my banana, a breakfast bar and a little single serving fat free greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> Only when I got to the airp... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:31:34 EST After a very busy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878362 If I have forgotten anything, it will just have to remain forgotten, and I'll live without it. <BR> <BR> Today I continued cleaning like a fiend, did laundry, and packed. It's cold here, and I will be bringing cooler weather South with me... but a whole lot warmer than it's been here. 50's may seem chilly to the native Floridians, but to someone who just came from highs in the teens? It will be like Spring. Or like last month was here. <em>211</em> And by Sunday when the race is ru... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:56:39 EST The paralysis of tidiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877232 Some people are paralyzed by clutter. I tend to be paralyzed by tidiness, too. Yesterday I made significant "Spring Cleaning" kinds of progress. I even cleaned the teakettle (which I love by the way, it was a gift from my daughter in law, and over the course of a year, it gets kind of cruddy...) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652985285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did not make a lot of progress on Mount St. OhMyGawd East (the name Mt. St. OhMyGawd copyright ALICIA363'... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:50:38 EST My Spark friends make me laugh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876601 About yesterday... yes, I'm sure one of my neighbors would have let me in to warm up, but it really wasn't THAT bad out. I calculated that it was probably close to the day's high (18F), and the sky was partly cloudy. Not too much of a wind, but I could tell the difference between heading North and heading South. The wind was from the South. <BR> <BR> I really wasn't that uncomfortable. I've been out running in worse. And yes, had one of the neighbors seen me out "pacing" they would have... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:34:32 EST Pre-trip adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876282 Some of you may have this syndrome: clean house before leaving on trip so you come home to a clean house? And of course so your cat-sitter won't see how high the piles of unmade decisions have become. <BR> <BR> So... today, I set out to clear the surface enough to mop my tile floors. Swept. Check. Dust mopped... almost check. I ran the mop, and stepped out onto my deck to shake out the dust, sliding the glass door shut behind me. Shook the mop. Went to open the door and YIKES! It wo... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:49:35 EST Getting real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875783 Taper continues. I'm not doing a "real" taper, more a modified one, because the HM training class targeting Lincoln is more important to me to not miss the shorter workouts that will contribute to getting faster. <BR> <BR> So I went out for the group run this morning. Ambient temperature was 31F, according to my phone, Garmin thought it was 34F. But there was a 10 mph wind in our faces heading out, and my hands were cold. I sucked it up... after all, I was not the only runner out there i... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:58:56 EST When you work out, do you embrace the experience? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874927 Most of you know I've been taking a half marathon training class. One of the "features" of this class is a private FaceBook page where the trainers post various things, including links to articles. As the weather went from fantastic to questionable... suddenly this link showed up: <link>running.competitor.com/2014/09/train<BR>ing/comfort-discomfort-mental-practice<BR>-matters_112954 </link> <BR> <BR> It's about mental strength as applied to endurance events, particularly running. The... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:05:51 EST Sometimes it takes a few days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873459 before a decision appears to have been a sound one. Saturday morning I "wimped" on the outdoor group run, noting how slick it was on the sidewalk and in the parking lot. I came home and slogged out six miles on the treadmill. And I do mean slogged. I seemed to be forcing it. <BR> <BR> And then I was HUNGRY. All day long. I let myself eat. <BR> <BR> Sunday it was gorgeous outside. I got my haircut, then could not resist going for a walk. And while I was out walking, could not resist ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:52:12 EST A good day to revisit the pebbles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869863 I awoke to a lot of comments on my December 31, 2014 blog "The pebbles in the jar", in which I shared my visual reminder of the passage of time. The Spark Mail Community Highlight featured that blog today and as I saw all the new comments pouring in, it occurred to me that today is the perfect time to feature it. <BR> <BR> Why? Because folks have moved past the glow of New Year's Resolutions. Because folks are starting to look ahead to Spring. Ground Hog has made his prediction. Six wee... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:47:37 EST A work in progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869469 That's something many of us say of our journey to health and wellness... that we are a work in progress. Well my work in progress today is clearing the drifted white stuff. It's a whole lot lighter and fluffier than the batch that Mother Nature delivered on Sunday! <BR> <BR> In fact, it stopped by about noon, and by 1:30 p.m. the wind had dropped off, and we have SUNSHINE out there sparkling on the white. The temperature isn't that high, but it's certainly not as bad as it was on Sunday..... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:18:45 EST Icy footing run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868964 Never been so grateful to be running in a group as tonight after work. Yes, I made it to work today, and the temps got up to nearly 40, if they didn't top it. That's Fahrenheit... 40 Celcius is really, really HOT. Anyway, warm enough to turn the snow into slush... and tonight it will all freeze over again. And more snow is predicted to fall... I might be taking tomorrow as a snow day, too... if they are right it will be falling during morning commute, ending around 1 or 1:30 p.m. So if I... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:14:04 EST Feeling lazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867903 Today I took a snow day off work. A part of me is berating myself. I'm so tough. But faced with the slightest bit of slick on the roads and I start in with the "let's not give the crazies an extra target on the roads". I drive, you see, like the cautious little old lady I am. <BR> <BR> What? You're having trouble believing someone who has done triathlons and mud runs and half marathons would be cautious? Darn straight we are. Especially those of us who carefully train for our event da... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:48:47 EST Bonus blog: Today's workout sponsored by Mother Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867241 The reality of the calendar has returned. After a very mild (for us) January, February is starting with a climate-normal revenge. <BR> <BR> The temperature is in the process of falling, throughout the day. The wind is strong. The precipitation form is tiny frozen bits, and it doesn't just fall, it gets picked up again and blows around into drifts. <BR> <BR> I have been "piecing" at the white cross-training equipment (copyright MOBYCARP), mostly uncaught by the SPAT, because I'm not m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:25:47 EST The Beck Diet Solution Going Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866985 Up until now I had skipped writing about the last couple of chapters of what some around these blogs have been calling "Beck Pink"... i.e. The Beck Diet Solution: train your brain to think like a thin person. <BR> <BR> I deferred it because several others have covered it very well. I'm writing it now because I feel a need to give my review of the book closure. <BR> <BR> The final section is about "going forward" beyond the six weeks of daily tasks, exercises, and check lists. It's about d... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:27:48 EST The weather and running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866506 MOBYCARP likes to say that there is no inappropriate weather for running, only inappropriate attire. <BR> <BR> Last week I mentioned my Thursday ugly run, when I went out underdressed and dang near froze my thumbs off in 2 and a half miles before wimping to that shorter distance. This past Thursday, I dressed much warmer and let myself run outside even though the forecast said we'd be returning to much closer to seasonable temperatures. <BR> <BR> The first two miles of that 4.6 mile outi... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:17:50 EST Sometimes low tech is better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864999 When I took my big sister to the hospital a couple of weeks ago for her follow up procedure, she handed me this "thing", "bag"... and it felt like a bean-bag, but it was warm. The look on my face was enough for sis. Last week, she called me and asked had I opened my front door... I hadn't that day. She had her friend who makes these things make two more... one for me, and one for her friend that takes turns with us on sister-watch when she has one of her episodes. <BR> <BR> I learned that... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:15:09 EST Enough with the boring day counts, already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864283 Yesterday was day 6 of my "getting serious" about eating over Spark's linked tracker range. Statistically and with the averages, I appear to be succeeding in my goals, which are to eat more in a controlled way to stop both the losses on the scale and the tendency to have very high calorie "make up" binges. So that effort will go on, closely monitored, of course <BR> <BR> Miscellaneous observations on the efforts: <BR> <BR> * I feel fuller with each meal (big surprise) even though I'm e... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:50:37 EST Day 5 of Getting Serious about over range eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863554 Perhaps I should title these "Getting Serious about seeking my training range"... because that's what this effort is all about: finding out how many calories I need to take in to MAINTAIN a healthy weight AND an athletic training schedule. <BR> <BR> Over the course of this experiment (starting the day after I discovered I had a deficit for the prior 7 days and got serious)... I have moved my "average overage" above the top of the Spark range to 250 calories... and my average intake from w... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:22 EST Day 4 of Getting Serious about over range eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862740 I have this image in my head of a stereotypical Jewish mama, chasing me (cast as a scrawny kid) down the block, shouting "Eat, eat!" I feel like I'm eating ALL DAY LONG. Oh, wait, that's because I pretty much am! Yesterday I finally succeeded in eating more than the recommended range by 500 calories! <BR> <BR> Which brings my running 7 day overage to 1208... still not enough to result in a gain on the scale today (my official reporting day). So... pulling up my response cards to trust th... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:56:01 EST Day 3 and Redefining slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862108 I have to report failure in the goal to eat above the top of my range yesterday. I tried mightily, mind you, but that ten mile run, followed by meeting my son and walking from his house to the Pinnacle Bank Arena for the Husker Men's Basketball game, and back afterwards? The calories expended outmatched what I consumed by 264 calories. I patted myself on the back for making it INTO the range the synced tracker gave me, which required me to eat (yeah, like it was a hardship, these are reall... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:54:33 EST Day 2 of Getting Serious about over range eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861412 Friday was an optional (in my mind) 2 mile day. I opted to rest, because I am planning on today's long and slow going 10 miles. <BR> <BR> Since it was a "rest day", it was a lot easier to plan and achieve the eating over the Spark range. My rough goal is to be 500 calories over the top of the range... yesterday I achieve 492 over. Yes! Well done! <BR> <BR> Interestingly enough, I ate about 50 calories less than the day before, when I was only 303 over. This is the effect of the linked ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:28:43 EST Day One of Getting Serious about over range eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860801 Yesterday was an experience, for sure. Things I observed: <BR> <BR> 1. Linked tracker adjusts itself as the day goes on and the Spark Activity Tracker syncs. I started out planning about 500 calories over the high end of the initial range, and added from there. By the end of the day, the net was 303 calories over the top of the range. Good job, woman. <BR> <BR> 2. I felt "fuller" than I normally do after each meal, particularly those I added the calories to. Almost uncomfortably so by... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:48:53 EST Planning to eat over range - yes, deliberately! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860073 Now that I've linked the trackers, I am seeing this pattern - on days when I don't have scheduled training, I am eating above the range that the tracker says, and on days when I have scheduled training, mostly in the range it says. <BR> <BR> Being me, I decided to "do the math": I wrote down from my Spark nutrition tracker what I had recorded for intake, and what the top of the range said for the day, each day, stuck them in a spreadsheet, did the over/under, and added the week. <BR> <BR... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:03:20 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 42 - Practice, Practice, Practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859296 How does one learn to think like a thin, fit person? Same way one gets to Carnegie Hall! My single largest argument with Judith Beck's book, "The Beck Diet Solution: train your brain to think like a thin person" is one of vocabulary. <BR> <BR> In almost every chapter, she intones that doing whatever it is for that day, or in this case, in the final day... rinse and repeat... will make DIETING easier. I could go on a long rant about my feelings about the word "diet"... but most regular rea... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:41:50 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 41 - Make a new to-do list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858504 This is the day that Beck lets us loose from the training exercises to this extent: some of the tasks she'd been having us do daily drop off, and become "weekly, monthly, or as needed". <BR> <BR> Daily: <BR> * She still wants us eating a healthful diet. <BR> * She still wants us thinking about what we're eating before it goes in the mouth. <BR> * She still wants us sitting down to eat and eating slowly and mindfully, noticing each bite. <BR> * She still wants us eating only to mild fulln... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:12 EST Three topic blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858161 Topic 1: it's Beck weigh in report day for me... and I'm pleased to note that the scale *did* adjust itself. Last week I had an artificially high 120.9 on the scale, but seven day average at 116.3, and I was OK with that. I got myself back on track during the week, and began my experiment with linking the trackers. <BR> <BR> I don't have enough history with the linked trackers yet to give an informed opinion, but "so far, so fair" as they say. <BR> <BR> This morning, the point in time... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:39:52 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 40 - Enrich your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857100 Day 40 is another topic that resonates with my personal philosophy of life, so it was not really a challenge for me. I think it harks back to my mother's attitude toward life: it doesn't matter what you weigh. You are an important human being right now, and you can reach for other goals, enjoy other kinds of activity right now... no need to wait. <BR> <BR> So she was a few pounds padded? Didn't stop HER from petitioning the city to block off the street on our hill and take us all sleddin... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:15:08 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 39 - Keep Up with Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856341 OMG, if I thought YESTERDAY was a light day... this one was a total "does not compute" for me. And then I went on a group run this morning, and it took me down memory lane... I was not always so in love with exercise. <BR> <BR> I got to the running store, where we were clumped around in the pre-dawn darkness. I mentioned that I wanted to go 6 miles, not 4 as on the plan. Turns out that the marathon runners were going 6 today, so that was perfect. They grouped us by pace... I claimed I wo... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:29:21 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 38 - Deal with a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855574 Day 38 is a light one for me. Plateaus are something we all experience... for me it's not just when the weight stays the same... it's when it stays in a narrow range. Since I'm in maintenance, the goal is pretty much TO be on a plateau! But whether you're losing or maintaining, the message about plateaus from ME is the one I just wrote a new response card for, so plateau day is a good day to write about it. <BR> <BR> Beck has choices for when (not if) you encounter a plateau on your weigh... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:37:33 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 37 - Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855259 A few words about Week 6 as an overview. Week 6 is about refining the skills learned in weeks 1 - 5. I can see echoes of "give yourself credit" in the Believe It day 36. And I'm going to write a bit more about Day 36 before moving on to Day 37. <BR> <BR> Because I did not write a "Believe It!" response card for myself, I hereby offer up what Beck has as an example in the book. I will follow it with why I didn't change and write one for me... YET! <BR> <BR> "Believe it! <BR> <BR> I am l... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:26:45 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 36 - Believe it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854581 I'm now moving into the last week of the six-week program espoused in the book "The Beck Diet Solution: train your brain to think like a thin person". I haven't mapped days exactly, so it's taking me more than six weeks to blog my way through it, but it has been worth it to me to take the time to augment, tweak, and tailor to fit a program to ME. <BR> <BR> It's what we all need to do, with any program. Without fail there will be parts that are more helpful, that fit YOU, and parts that nee... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:00:37 EST The first training class - Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854081 There are many training classes starting up around town. You see, coming up on May 3rd is our town's prime running event, the Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon. It's a BIG deal. And not just for those of us who run it. It's a party day throughout town, when people give up on the idea of getting out of their neighborhood without waiting in line. They come outside and play their boom boxes, pass out tissues or smarties, and generally join in the fun. <BR> <BR> Last year I ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:44:03 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 35 - Get Ready to Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853282 Yesterday was actually my weigh in day, but given my behavior on Saturday and Sunday, it's an appropriate topic to write about. Preparing for what the scale might say when I KNOW I've been over-doing the food, and under-doing the exercise, i.e. I've had a cave weekend in more than one sense... I caved to the temptations/impulses, and I hid from the world. <BR> <BR> Bottom line, the scale is STILL just a GPS, telling me where I am at a given point in time. In fact, I was secretly happy I we... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:55:25 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day 34 and the Rebel Within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852445 Day 34 of the Beck Diet Solution is Solve Problems. <BR> <BR> I have a recurring problem. I argue with absolutes. For four days I blogged about "eliminate emotional eating"... in depth, and from my experience. But the whole time I was having issues with the word "Eliminate" as it relates to almost anything. It sounds so absolute, so perfectionist. <BR> <BR> My issue is that everybody chooses to eat in response to emotion at times. One of the statements Beck makes (page 227, it's in lar... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:09:18 EST Eliminate Emotional eating part four: anti-craving behavioral techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850837 The past three blogs I dealt with my mainstay for strong emotions: actually facing them, feeling them, and working through them. <BR> <BR> A few people commented about the value of working out/exercise as a coping mechanism, and I want to second that motion (pun intended). Exercise while working through emotions can be a great benefit... think punching out your anger with a kick-boxing workout... or running with tears streaming down your face while you remember a loved one who passed, takin... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:33:39 EST Eliminate Emotional eating part three: But HOW do I sit with this emotion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850063 I realized after writing last night's blog that I mentioned deciding to sit with an emotion, but I didn't much talk about emotions that are SO intense that "sitting" doesn't seem like enough. So I'll spend a few words on some specific emotions, and how I "sit" (or otherwise process) through them. <BR> <BR> Sadness and sorrow: for me, I sometimes indulge these with a book or movie that plays into the feeling, and frees the tears. Bring the tissues. Leave the cannoli. Apologies for The ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:41:23 EST Eliminate Emotional eating part two: now that you've caught it, what are you going to do with it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849822 There's this old cartoon of Marmaduke, the great Dane. In it, you see a driver who has rolled down the window of his compact car, saying to the big dog, "OK, now that you've caught it, what are you going to DO with it?" <BR> <BR> You've done step one: you have identified an emotion that you are feeling. You know it's making you want to eat. What can you DO about the emotion OTHER than eat? <BR> <BR> Beck's item 1 on her anti-craving strategies still applies: label it. Give it a name. ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:43:58 EST Eliminate Emotional eating part one: realize that you HAVE emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848949 Sounds really, really basic, but I'm dead serious here. Some of us have a history of suppressing our emotions to the point that they all appear to us as HUNGER. <BR> <BR> I was one of those. I was in such deep denial particularly of emotions like anger, resentment, sorrow, irritation, anxiety, the blues... anything "negative"... that the way I discovered I was having an emotional episode was by finding myself "in the food"... at the bottom of the ice cream carton or empty chips bag, or sta... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:50:22 EST