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Just an Ordinary Day . . .

Thursday, March 24, 2011      7 comments

. . . and my goodness, how I cherish such days after a time of "crisis"! My workout felt good: I'm using the 8 km podrunner downloads on the elliptical trainer since running is not working for my knees, and the music keeps me moving efficie... Read more


Tuesday, March 22, 2011      11 comments

There it was, chirruping loudly in the birch out front of my office when I pulled into the parking lot yesterday. Clearly a web-savvy robin. And (ahem) perhaps a tiny bit plump: so maybe a member of SparkPeople? I'm thinking he ... Read more

Listening for Robins

Monday, March 21, 2011      11 comments

I hear them. I just haven't seen one yet. It's a cold morning, with semi-solid rain pouring down from a grey sky: and I've got my light-box on! The north wind shall blow And we shall have snow And what will the robin do then, poor... Read more

Joyous Exuberance

Sunday, March 20, 2011      7 comments

That's pretty much been my mood for the past couple of days, and I'm enjoying it. "Many a green isle needs must be In the deep wide sea of Misery, Or the mariner, worn and wan, Never thus could voyage on . . . " That's Percy By... Read more

Waiting to Exhale: OK Now! Whew!!

Friday, March 18, 2011      14 comments

Suffice it to say, these past few weeks I've been waiting for medical tests. Lump. And: got the results today. No worries. I'd told myself it "would be nothing" but clearly didn't entirely convince myself. Because now I kno... Read more

No Motivation to Run? Blame Evolution!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011      6 comments

I pretty much just take it for granted: I never want to work out. Any motivation which I experience is always "after acquired": after I've done it. Never before. And now there's scientific evidence which explains this phenomenon: see this... Read more

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

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