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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

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


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