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Dealing With a Plateau: Beck Day 38

Wednesday, March 09, 2011      5 comments

I am sitting at 149.5 -- a "short" plateau -- and cannot seem to make the scales move downwards. Beck says that expecting the scales "should" go down steadily, week after week, is bound to lead to disappointment. "It is more realistic" to ... Read more

Reduce Stress: Beck Day 37

Tuesday, March 08, 2011      5 comments

Once again, Beck gives us a real cognitive workout, synthesizing previous steps in her program. People overeat because they are stressed: therefore, reducing stress is an essential element of weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Ho... Read more

Believe in Yourself: Beck Day 36

Monday, March 07, 2011      7 comments

Official weigh in day: and it's 149.5. Oh, well. Middle number still a 4. Yesterday was the very best cross country ski weather this winter -- fresh sparkly snow, perfect temperature (-2C) and glorious sunshine with deep morning g... Read more

Preparing to Weigh In Again: Beck Day 35

Sunday, March 06, 2011      8 comments

OK. I am not good at this. Weighed myself this morning after an IMMACULATE day of eating and exercise yesterday and: up 1 pound. To 149.5 Duly tracked. WAHHHHHHHH! I do know, I do believe, that weight fluctuates. And said so, when I b... Read more

Solve Problems: Beck Day 34

Saturday, March 05, 2011      9 comments

I'm wondering how many Beck devotees skip or blip over this lesson? Because: as a cognitive psychology technique, this "solve problems" lesson is rigorous, daunting and intellectually demanding -- if a person were to carry it out conscientio... Read more

Soothing Emotions Without Food: Beck Day 33

Friday, March 04, 2011      9 comments

If Beck's musings on drinking and travel were perhaps not so immediately useful to me, this chapter has huge resonance. Like most people who've been around as long as I have (!) there have been many emotional challenges in my life and for m... Read more

Travels with Aunt Judith: Beck Day 32

Thursday, March 03, 2011      8 comments

Beck asks us to anticipate how we'll deal with the Beck program while on the road. I've kept off an 80 pound weight loss for almost a decade (with a few small blips here and there) so I've travelled quite a bit during that period of time. ... Read more

Deciding about Drinking: Beck Day 31

Wednesday, March 02, 2011      6 comments

Not a big deal for me: nice to know there is one aspect of weight maintenance which isn't troublesome! Beck advises that we consider carefully whether the calories in alcoholic beverages are "worth the price" -- given that those calories wi... Read more

Staying in Control While Eating Out: Beck Day 30

Tuesday, March 01, 2011      7 comments

In the workbook, Beck calls this chapter "eating out with ease" whereas the book uses the "staying in control" title. In both places she offers plenty of useful tips applicable to a certain type of "eating out" -- that is, eating in restauran... Read more

Weigh In, Saying No to Food Pushers: Beck Day 29

Monday, February 28, 2011      8 comments

Weight: 153. Wah. Wah. WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH11 Oh, well. Oh, well. Oh, well. I'm over it now. Up a pound from last week, just like Beck told me was possible. With the exception of eating those roasted veggies standing up ... Read more

Prepare for Another Weigh-In: Beck Day 28

Sunday, February 27, 2011      8 comments

I've got computer problems -- a massive virus on my laptop which means I'll have to take it to computer tech guy, have it wiped clean and all programs re-loaded. So I'm borrowing computers at home and may not get as much Spark time as I'd like.... Read more

The Seven Questions Response to Sabotaging Thoughts: Beck Day 27

Saturday, February 26, 2011      9 comments

This is quite the mental work out!! First, I am to identify my most frequent "sabotaging thoughts". OK, by far it's the persistent thought that Beck takes way too much time in a way which is inelegant, narcissistic, obsessive. I don't wan... Read more

More Reflection, Anticipating Seven Questions: Beck Day 26.5

Friday, February 25, 2011      10 comments

Yesterday was a looooooong day -- got to bed late after my meeting, did not get to the gym this morning (but have made it three times this week). I'd been highly successful at anticipating the foods which would be available at the dinner ... Read more

Recognizing Thinking Mistakes: Beck Day 26

Thursday, February 24, 2011      6 comments

This is kinda fun and reminds me of a previous existence when I studied and taught logic! Plus: the "cognitive" dimension is (ahem) intellectually appealing . . . Beck is training the brain, for sure. So: all of us make predictable errors ... Read more

Paying Attention to Thinking: Beck Day 25

Wednesday, February 23, 2011      9 comments

In the workbook, Beck calls Day 25 "paying attention to thinking", whereas in her book itself she directs us to "identify sabotaging thoughts". How do I know I'm having sabotaging thoughts? I feel tempted to eat something I shouldn't (w... Read more


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