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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
Diminish and Deal with Discouragement: Beck Day 24
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      7 comments

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. ... Read more
What's So Unfair? Beck Day 23
Monday, February 21, 2011      7 comments

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
Sunday, February 20, 2011      11 comments

Oh, well. 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
Preparing to Weigh In: Beck Day 21
Saturday, February 19, 2011      9 comments

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
Get Back on Track Right Away: Beck Day 20
Friday, February 18, 2011      4 comments

Beck tells us that one of the main ways we can fool ourselves occurs when (not if, when) we fall off the rails. At that point I can decide that I might as well go hog-wild bingeing. Indulge in self-loathing as well as the "mistake" food. Or a... Read more
Don't Fool Yourself: Beck Day 19
Thursday, February 17, 2011      8 comments

Back to Beck -- and thanks so much for all the supportive comments on dealing with our medical emergency yesterday. I'm grateful, and also grateful that DH (very dear) is OK. I'm still musing over the "redefine full" concept, still worki... Read more
Small Emergency: Beck Break
Wednesday, February 16, 2011      9 comments

A small family medical emergency (thankfully, turned out to be small) had me zooming to the emergency department in the early hours of the morning -- and home only at about 2 pm. So needless to say: did not get to the gym for my pre-planned exe... Read more
Redefining Full
Tuesday, February 15, 2011      8 comments

Yesteday's experiement with throwing out excess food went well. It was a very very rushed day at work. I set aside and then threw out a significant portion of my lunch salad: and I did not ahve time to eat my lunch fruit at all (it's waiting ... Read more
Ending Overeating: Beck Day 17
Monday, February 14, 2011      10 comments

Yesterday's preplanned nutrition planning and fitness planning went even better than the first day's attempt: I had put in a number of foods that I didn't in fact eat, and that helped to quell any feeling of possible panic about "maybe there won... Read more
Saying No Choice to Unplanned Eating: Beck Day 16
Sunday, February 13, 2011      6 comments

Yesterday's experiment with entering all foods and exercise into the Spark nutrition and fitness trackers the day ahead went quite well. I had forgotten to enter my usual post-cross country ski granola bar (PC peanut butter) into the nutr... Read more

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