Solve Problems: Beck Day 34
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
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
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.
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Deciding about Drinking: Beck Day 31
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Diminish and Deal with Discouragement: Beck Day 24
It's just not worth the effort. It's too much trouble. My weight is up again .5 pounds to 152.5 even though I've been measuring and tracking and exercising and doing everything with complete compliance and . . . I might just as well give up.
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What's So Unfair? Beck Day 23
Beck is astonishing me with her ability to anticipate, over and over again, what the next stage of my mental response to her program will be. Beck is prepared with a counteractive cognitive strategy, almost before I know I need it.
What... Read more
Oh, Well: Beck Day 22
Beck tells us that's how to respond to disappointment if we fail to meet our weight loss goals; or when (not if, WHEN) we feel deprived or disgruntled. And that we should remind ourselves that "oh well" is essentially how we ... Read more
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Preparing to Weigh In: Beck Day 21
My relationship to the scales is hugely difficult for me and, I expect, for lots of people: why else would Beck devote a whole day to preparing for weigh in??
I've been weighing myself every day, and the scales still say 155.5. Arrgh. I k... Read more