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Spring Shopping in my Closet
Wednesday, March 16, 2011      9 comments

It's too soon, temperature-wise, to wear spring clothes - but I've certainly wanted to rotate out some of the winteriest tweed and flannel things because they don't fit my mood of pending-spring euphoria! There are certain colours, as well, th... Read more
Last of the Beck Blogs For Awhile: Snowdrops and Chickadees!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011      6 comments

So if it's going to take me weeks -- or more likely, months -- to come to the natural plateau at which I don't lose any more weight, that means I'll be continuing on my Beck program for the foreseeable future. Blogs will be more sporadic -... Read more
When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining: Transition to the Rest of Your Life
Monday, March 14, 2011      7 comments

There was "pre-Beck" (2 weeks). I've finished Beck (4 weeks). And now it's "post Beck" -- the "transition to the rest of your life" part. To which (not suprisingly) she allocates a chapter, but without specifying a daily program. But ... Read more
Prepare for the Future: Beck Day 42
Sunday, March 13, 2011      5 comments

You mean to say I've got to keep on doing this? For the indefinite future? Like, forever? No kidding. What are the statistics on diet recidivism?? Fewer than 20% of people who take weight off keep it off. Apparen... Read more
Keeping Skills Fresh: A New To Do List Beck Day 41
Saturday, March 12, 2011      6 comments

In the workbook, Beck refers to keeping skills fresh: in the text itself, she recommends making a new to do list. Here's the key sabotaging thought: "It's too much trouble to keep on doing this". And the more helpful response: "Diet... Read more
Life is Rich: Beck Day 40
Friday, March 11, 2011      8 comments

Beck's important advice on Day 40 is to enrich your life now. Not to wait until you're slim, not to assume you're not worthy of the good times until you've lost the weight. But to make your life worth living in the present. I'm reminded o... Read more
Keeping Up With Exercise: Beck Day 39
Thursday, March 10, 2011      6 comments

Not a problem. I'm at 249 minutes of cardio this week already conservatively estimated from cross country skiing and gym sessions on the elliptical (plus two vigorous ST workouts). I'm a life-long exerciser, going well back to my ... Read more
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

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