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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

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


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