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Small Dish
Sunday, March 20, 2011      9 comments

Here's another principle from Brian Wansink's research in the book Mindless Eating: Using a larger plate or bowl influences me to serve more. Even nutrition science professionals were fooled by this illusion. (p. 66) At an ice-cream s... Read more
You Can 5K
Saturday, March 19, 2011      5 comments

Today our workout leader told the group that the church's Fit & Healthy program will be sponsoring a 5K in late May. Looking around, I saw stunned faces and worried looks. We are not typical gym rats. Many never exercised regularly before thi... Read more
Sports Banquet Strategy
Friday, March 18, 2011      7 comments

Thanks to Beck Diet Solution, I planned ahead for tonight's sports banquet and I'm giving myself credit for following my food plan. I feel good about staying within 100 calories of my prescribed range for the day's total. I kept reaching in... Read more
Make it Work in Your Favor
Friday, March 18, 2011      8 comments

Brian Wansink is a food lab director. His premise is that many factors constantly cause me to be mistaken or deceived about how many calories I'm taking in. Some factors are behavioral or environmental; others come from someone trying to sell ... Read more
Thursday, March 17, 2011      8 comments

I have been thinking a lot about Dr. Beck's "NO CHOICE" technique in the Beck Diet Solution. The idea is that I have ALREADY made a choice, to stay with my food plan, and thus no decision remains to be made. Lately what helps is to tell my... Read more
Oh Well . . . [Quote Digest 22]
Wednesday, March 16, 2011      5 comments

I have given myself permission to not feel responsible for my mother's negativity. - from MISSY7KIDS blog 4/22/10 Life is too short for drama and petty things . . . - from an anonymous quote, given by Qwander on signature ... Read more
Out of Sight
Wednesday, March 16, 2011      4 comments

Amazing experiment from Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink: "The convenience of a food can also lead us to seek foods that are most convenient. One cafeteria tested this by leaving the lid of an ice cream cooler closed on some days and open ... Read more
Put it Away
Tuesday, March 15, 2011      6 comments

To avoid mindless munching, when I've had enough, I have to remember to immediately put away what is left. I was pleased to feel satisfied and make the choice to put aside a good amount of the stew I served myself at lunch. But it was stil... Read more
Action Statements
Thursday, March 10, 2011      7 comments

I had to talk to myself a lot today. Don't know why some days my excess pounds get me really upset and other days I don't let it drag me down. Today by God's grace, and definitely thanks to all the healthy kinds of talk I've been hearing from ... Read more
New "Emotion & Appetite" Pathways
Tuesday, March 08, 2011      5 comments

I'm re-writing my mental scripts. Chapter 1. "As the friends stomped in from the sledding hill, laughing and shedding layers, the spicy aroma of Chai green tea drew them toward the table. Numb fingers began to warm around each fragra... Read more
Light Bulbs and Logging
Monday, March 07, 2011      6 comments

emoticonThe certified trainers who coordinate our workout program at church keep telling the weight loss group how b... Read more
Shrinking Stinking Thinking
Sunday, March 06, 2011      13 comments

Reading all your Sparkblogs, plus the Beck Diet Solution, has brainwashed me in a positive way. Right now feels like a major setback, a snag out of my control, but with all of your advice and support behind me, I have not responded in my ol... Read more
Affirmations from Counselor's Presentation
Saturday, March 05, 2011      4 comments

emoticonI can work on one new healthy habit each week. ... Read more
Strategies (Quote Digest 21)
Friday, March 04, 2011      6 comments

Even if I don't find the Spark right away I will fake it until I make it! In other words I'll do what I would do if I had the Spark!! - from ID_VANDAL blog 3/28/10 Dr. Beck [in the Beck Diet Solution] goes right at the impatient, pessimist... Read more
Specific, Detailed Visualization
Thursday, March 03, 2011      6 comments

A therapist came to talk to our group after workout. One idea from tonight was to think of very specific, detailed outcomes related to reaching my goal. Verbalize it, record it, bring it to mind often, SEE it in my mind repeatedly. This i... Read more

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