My new dear SparkFriend, Freelady, made a great observation yesterday. She said that reading the comments on my blogs from my "sensible & compassionate" friends always gives her something to think about. She is absolutely correct. I am blessed w... Read more
One of my great friends pointed out to me that I have lots and lot of experience dieting, and much of it successful. And although a lot of people think I've been maintaining since March 2009, actually I've lost 29 pounds since I hit my first wei... Read more
Well, this morning the scale said 125.8. I weigh exactly what I want to weigh. So why did I spend three days feeling bad, kicking myself, and overreacting to an 800 calorie splurge and subsequent 5 pound gain? I'm not sure. I know better.
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I'm down a little over 2 pounds from yesterday. I feel better. I had a good eating and exercising day yesterday.
But I really felt just sick about losing control. I need to handle it better. I don't know why I felt like it was a tragedy. I... Read more
The good news is I made it 40 days binge free. And 39 of those days I actually stuck to my pre-planned food intake. I don't ever remember doing that well in my whole life.
The bad news is my streak is broken. I am back on track, doing fine ... Read more
While working out today at the YMCA a younger woman went out of her way to stop by and compliment me on my weight loss and increasing fitness. She told me I had inspired her. It made me feel so good. I really appreciate her taking the time and m... Read more
I calculate that I have been on a diet approximately 11.7 years of my life (one third of the time since 1968 minus eight years I did not diet). I estimate I have tracked my food intake on 4,271 days. I estimate that I stuck to my plan, staying w... Read more
I bet we'll get our monthly trophies today. I should get Perfect Attendance, Consistency, Fitness Minutes, SparkPoints and Trivia A+ Student. In January I did not get the Trivia trophy. I answered 87 out of 97 questions that month and on the Tri... Read more
Reducing stress is a great way to reduce the risk of gaining back weight. Yes, it is possible to deal well with food when stressed, but it is definitely more difficult. Both Chris Downie's book, The Spark, and my recent read, the Beck Diet Solut... Read more
Yesterday I enjoyed an MP3 treadmill workout from the Baptist Memorial Health Care web site, narrated by Wendy. You may want to download all these free workouts -- bike, walking, elliptical, abs, cool down, and maybe a couple more:
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Now that I've finished the Beck book, what will I blog about?? My structure is gone! Oh, no.
Not to worry. I wasn't without words before and I can think of 10 things to blog about today! Which one to choose? hmmmm
Well, I went to FitNi... Read more
Since there was some interest I decided to include my improved Beck tools, "cards" that I read twice a day and my new checklist I use every evening, as a blog.
Beck Diet Solution ˇ§Cardsˇ¨
Maintenance Advantages Response Card
1. Impr... Read more
Day 41 is about Making a New Daily To-Do check list. I did that, and I have 18 items I will check off daily from March 1 - April 12. At that time, I will review the check list and undoubtedly simplify it.
Day 42 is titled Practice, Practic... Read more
I believe I will maintain my weight loss because I have the skills to do so. The most important of those skills include:
1. selecting healthy foods. My tastes have really changed. I enjoy lots of fruit and veggies, lean protein, skim milk, and... Read more
Beck says, "Once I create a consistent routine of using my weight-loss skills, dieting will be easier." I'm adapting that to, "Once I improve my consistent routine of using my weight-loss skills, maintaining my weight loss will be easier."
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