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Giving Myself a Break
Tuesday, March 08, 2011      14 comments

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
Craving Sanity
Monday, March 07, 2011      10 comments

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. ... Read more
Better Day
Sunday, March 06, 2011      9 comments

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
Don't Feel Like Blogging Today
Saturday, March 05, 2011      12 comments

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
Appreciating Support - Both Virtual and in Person
Thursday, March 03, 2011      9 comments

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 Cheated and For The First Time I Don't Feel Bad About It!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011      15 comments

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
Trophy Day and What You Do Day In and Day Out
Tuesday, March 01, 2011      9 comments

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 -- the Car Edition
Monday, February 28, 2011      7 comments

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
Workout Coincidence
Sunday, February 27, 2011      10 comments

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: www... Read more
Ready, Set, -----
Saturday, February 26, 2011      10 comments

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
My Beck Tools "Cards" and New To-Do List
Friday, February 25, 2011      10 comments

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
Beck - Day 41 Completed & Day 42 Plus the Last 2 Chapters
Thursday, February 24, 2011      8 comments

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
Beck - I Believe
Wednesday, February 23, 2011      3 comments

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 - Day 41 - Make a New To-Do List
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      8 comments

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." ... Read more
Beck - Day 40 - Enrich Your Life
Monday, February 21, 2011      10 comments

Day 40's concept of don't put off living your life until you are fit and slender is a good one. There have been times in my life when I let opportunities pass because I thought I was too heavy. But I'm at my goal weight and there is nothing righ... Read more

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