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  • Your prayers for our DD are working! I cannot thank you all enough!

    10/13/2015 7:57:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I see her getting mentally and physically healthier week after week. She has a long road ahead of her but she is making a huge effort daily to get the help she needs (some of which was court mandated). She is helping much more with her Dad (handicapped after a stroke 9 yrs ago). She is wanting healt... Read more

  • The power of aphorisms

    10/13/2015 3:46:01 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I was just reading my Beck response cards, which are like affirmations. We are encouraged to do this daily, and as needed. It reminded me of how effective some aphorisms and phrases have been for me. For example: "If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got." Or, t... Read more

  • These Halloweeny foods might even gross me out! Kids will love them though!!!

    10/13/2015 1:47:35 PM, by CTUPTON
    paign=zergnet_724854 I was a biology teacher so I kinda like these ideas. I had a mold for jello that looked like a brain. chris... Read more

  • Beck Trek redo: Days 5 to 7. Big blog warning

    10/13/2015 2:05:55 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Any pro dieter will recognise many of the preparatory steps in chapter 5, and there are some really helpful articles on sparkpeople covering these topics. But Beck covers these steps in a way that reinforces what comes later. Days 5 to 7 are eating slowly and mindfully; find a diet coach; and ... Read more

  • sp halloween treats 100 cal.

    10/12/2015 6:04:23 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • easy to make cheesecloth ghosts

    10/12/2015 5:54:12 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • FUN Healthy Halloween Foods

    10/12/2015 12:16:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    carrots and crutons! Recipes and directions :
    althy/2/... Read more

  • So hard waiting for results of medical testing--thank you all for prayers.

    10/12/2015 9:32:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you all my wonderful sparkfriends. Yes, this is an awful disease. Doctors have made tremendous progress. Lets hope and pray results of testing show minor problems. chris... Read more

  • Beck trek redo, big blog days 1 to 4

    10/12/2015 3:05:17 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck Trek Redo Day 1 No dieting yet, this is a prep week.The first week is about laying the groundwork. Beck lays out a concept at a time, gives us lots of examples of what she means, discusses what we might be thinking in a challenging sitation, and how we can support ourselves better with our th... Read more

  • Beck Trek redo. Big blog warning, chapters 1 to 4

    10/11/2015 5:32:49 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck redo I'm going to summarize the first chapters on my redo, but I'll be working in sequence as advised by the Wise Ones. My format is: my summary today of what Beck says; my initial response from the Beck Trek only just completed; my thoughts about it now. These will be big blogs as I move th... Read more

  • Blog pruning

    10/11/2015 6:59:35 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I did spontaneous exercise, DH & I went for a bush walk. Then visited in laws, then came home quite tuckered out and a bit headachy. So I spent the evening pruning my blogs. I went through a whole lot of them and culled all the blogs I found that were just chitchat and not health, fitness and... Read more

  • Beck Trek Hall of Fame

    10/10/2015 3:59:12 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Slenderella has posted the First Wave of finishers in the Beck Trek "(In no particular order): GOINGGREEN, DAISYBELL, WATERMELLEN, SWEDE_SU, FIFIFRIZZLE, CAROLISCIOUS, ADVENTURE_GIRL, QUEENOFTHEFOREST, AZULPAPEL, BOROFITGIRL! Plus me and GABY1948. Hooray for Us!! Congratulations to all!! " When... Read more

  • Brother in law waiting for results of Ct and bone scans.

    10/10/2015 10:03:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    I feel so bad for my sister and her husband, I know many spark friends have had experience with this. I will send prayers for you, too. chris 459... Read more

  • Beck trek getting to goal weight

    10/10/2015 5:09:11 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    The next chapters are about what to do when you reach your goal weight, and finding your lowest achievable weight and your lowest maintainable weight. Plenty of time for me to reread this. I have reached my goal weight a few times then decided on a new lower goal and gained rather than lost, ... Read more

  • Beck Trek prep works

    10/9/2015 3:07:39 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Wow. Last night we went for dinner at a fabulous Italian Restaurant. Before I went I had an egg to knock my appetite on the head. I had done some Beck Prep so was ready to change my behaviours. It was awesome food. The chef has been given 5 stars from our local reviewer. I had a whole fish and a ... Read more

  • Beck 42 practice, practice...Celebratory eating occasion tonight

    10/8/2015 2:36:03 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    On day 42 Beck says practice practice practice. Beck says we have the skills we need; dieting will get easier and easier, and the thinking will become automatic. When I hit a rough spot, I will return to Beck. And recognize that rough patches are temporary and it is worth pushing through, and contin... Read more

  • Please prayers for brother in law--prostate cancer diagnosis.

    10/8/2015 10:18:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    thank you, all! chris You don't even have to comment--just say a prayer---thanks! His name is Bill. chris... Read more

  • Beck Day 8--make time and energy for dieting. I will be on this day for a few days!!!

    10/7/2015 8:56:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. NO PROBLEMO! I even remember all 5 due to the pneumonic! "cCRIED" ___I read other Response cards as needed. NO PROBLEMO! ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the ti... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Changing your environment

    10/7/2015 7:00:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. + __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors _... Read more

  • SP diabetes menu plan--does anyone use this. I have used it now for about 3 days.

    10/7/2015 3:56:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today's lunch was cooked cauliflower with a cheese sauce (cheddar, low fat sour cream, soy milk, Mrs Dash)over it. With a fruit and 2 pieces of Italian bread. Oh I precooked the canned beans and put it all together to microwave for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese. I had whole grain bread... Read more

  • Beck Trek 41, nearly done

    10/7/2015 1:47:24 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck day 41 Today we write the to do list that will carry us through to our goal weight and help us to stay there for life. There are daily, weekly, and as needed tasks. My task list is long! I look forward to having incorporated some of the new behaviors so they are more automatic, then I can rev... Read more

  • Beck Day 40 Enrich our lives

    10/6/2015 2:01:04 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck day 40 Enrich my life Beck sets us a ten minute exercise to list goals I would like to accomplish before or after I lose weight. I find myself resisting this, not because I restrict my activities due to my attitude towards my weight. I don't hold myself back because of my weight. I do what I ... Read more

  • My RUN AWAY foods

    10/5/2015 11:13:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can eat tons of these and not feel full: cookies muffins chips milk chocolate entrées like spaghetti, lasagna, most casseroles donuts bagels cereals can be a problem but I know (within reason) they are good for me chris 424 chris... Read more

  • Re-writing response cards -pneumonic so I can remember the list.

    10/5/2015 10:46:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    cCRIED clothes, confidence, respect, intelligence, energy, doctor The sentences are written in a previous blog about the Beck program. The list is typed on 3X5 cards taped to a few places in the house. chris 424... Read more

  • A featured blog I enjoyed.

    10/5/2015 9:54:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    HONEYLEA Sept. 28th (or 29th) I loved this blog. chris... Read more

  • Beck Day 6--make plans to get a diet coach

    10/5/2015 9:35:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    It is only morning but I am resolute today. I WILL eat at the table! I WILL eat slowly and savor every bite! Nothing can stop me! 521 +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every ... Read more

  • Thank you Indy~ for your blog about foods to RUN AWAY from--like in Monty Python and the bunny

    10/5/2015 9:16:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    "On my journey to healthy living, I have learned to group food into three categories: "good for you," "occasional treat," and "RUN AWAY." You Monty Python Fans got that, right? In case you’re not familiar, in the movie "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," a group of knights face a ... Read more

  • I have a "featured blog!" How exciting--about rewarding yourself!

    10/5/2015 9:10:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Can I gloat? I am just doin' what I love to do--share and chat with sparkfriends! chris... Read more

  • Beck Day 39 exercise

    10/5/2015 9:10:09 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck says we should apply the  techniques we have learned to motivate ourselves to exercise as well. For example read ARC, give myself credit for exercise. Beck says lots of people hate exercise, but I don't. I like how exercise makes me feel. I like to swim and do water exercise and I like Zumb... Read more

  • Cat Halloween costumes! Hilarious!

    10/4/2015 6:27:43 PM, by CTUPTON
    t-a-smile-on-your-face-01037524 Do you have a favorite? I keep picking a favorite and then changing my mind when I see the next one. I think I'll pick the witch hat cat. Or maybe Red Ridin... Read more

  • Ideas for rewards when you make a healthy choice. How do you reward yourself?

    10/4/2015 6:24:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    from an SP article: Compliment yourself. Write down what you would say to anyone else who accomplished what you did. • Create an actual plaque or trophy. 208 • Give yourself badges of honor for different levels of accomplishment. • Take a vacation or weekend getaway. 334 • Tak... Read more

  • Beck Day 5 Give myself credit DONE

    10/4/2015 4:20:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. + ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. +__Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors __Every t... Read more

  • Day 38 Deal with a plateau

    10/4/2015 1:05:14 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Day 38 Deal with a plateau Beck reminds us that weight loss isn't linear, it goes up & down & flattens out, sometimes for long periods. Most people with more than 20lbs to lose plateau within the first six months, perhaps because the body doesn't need so many calories. The responses are: 1 conti... Read more

  • balls to the wall

    10/4/2015 8:41:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    balls to the wall  term used by pilots. when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall). Hence, balls to the wall. I bet you all looked, didn't you!... Read more

  • Beck Day 4 done--sort of

    10/4/2015 8:14:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. -___I read other Response cards as needed. +___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. -___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. -___I gave myself credit __E... Read more

  • Beck trek 37 Reduce Stress

    10/3/2015 6:29:13 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Laughing because a glitch stole this post, talk about stressful! But here we go again... Beck says whether or not we are stressed at the moment or not, we will be one day and here is what to do. 1 solve the problem: check my priorities chart; use 7? Technique; ask for help. 2 Relax 3 Change ... Read more

  • Beck bonus blog

    10/3/2015 5:25:10 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck Trekkers, it's Sunday here in NZ and I have a confession to make. In the last few weeks I have been preoccupied & not as diligent as I ought with the tasks & to do lists. I've lost focus from time to time & haven't made dieting a priority. But I have made working through Beck Pink in sequence a... Read more

  • Day 36 believe it

    10/3/2015 4:42:10 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    The title of this chapter made me smile. Believe it or not Justin Bieber has just been in New Zealand... Trekkies, I admit, I am not a Belieber. 20 Back to Beck, she says we should believe that consistently using the cognitive techniques and skills we have learned will help us to successfu... Read more

  • Beck Day 9: Select an Exercise Program. Note, this is an UNFINISHED blog

    10/3/2015 9:43:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 8: Make time and energy for dieting. Unfinished blog . To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:41:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Arrange your Environment. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:35:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 6: Find a diet coach. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a couple of days from now.

    10/3/2015 9:32:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 5: Unfinished to do list. To be continued tomorrow.

    10/3/2015 9:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 4-Unfinished to-do list-to be continued later in the day....

    10/3/2015 9:26:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. ___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit __Every tim... Read more

  • Beck Day 4--Give Yourself Credit

    10/3/2015 9:19:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I ate at the table 4 times--breakfast , mid-morning , lunch, afternoon snack... Tootin' my own horn for those successes! 243 244 380 224 I will try again to eat at the table--even when I am tired...... NOT while using the computer! NOT while reading in bed! N... Read more

  • Beck-my 3 sabotaging thoughts-not the way I always feel--just my thoughts sometimes

    10/3/2015 9:10:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I might have mislead the Beck Trekkers. 198 I did not mean I feel that way all the time. I just mean those are my thoughts --sometimes 24 ! Those are the hardest times for me. Sorry 245 if I made you think I am totally tired all the time! Oops! 198 I did get plenty of sympathy. 2... Read more

  • Beck: sabotaging thoughts

    10/2/2015 10:10:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    -I am so tired! I am drained and I just want to lie in bed and read and eat and shut out the world. -I need to 'veg' at the computer, playing Trivia Crack or Solitaire---and snack on something tasty. In fact, I like to eat my meals at the computer , too. -I am very, very uncomfortable, anxious, ... Read more

  • Beck: Day 3 Sit Down to Eat

    10/2/2015 10:03:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine should say "Sit up to eat." and "Sit at the table." I tend to read in bed and eat. Or, I eat while at the computer. Or, I eat in the car while driving. Maybe if I kept my cell phone attached to my ear, like many people I see, I'd not gain weight. Even this "cell phone thing" is a sign... Read more

  • Beck Day 2-- anyone want to be my Beck coach?

    10/2/2015 9:38:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    I believe I am a challenge to help. 24 I am way, way resistant to actually eating fewer times a day. 4 I have only been able to lose 40 lbs (6 years) by changing(drastically) the foods I eat, 550 through the day drinking tonic water 91 instead of eating something, and doing water aerobics fait... Read more

  • Beck 34 & 35

    10/2/2015 4:19:53 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Day 34 solve problems First step- identify it. This can be hard. Perhaps I notice the emotion & don't know what to do about it. Asking for help to sort it out might help. Uh, I'm struggling to focus here. I am actually great at solving problems. Except for when I ignore them. Here Beck sugges... Read more

  • Beck 33 emotional eating

    10/2/2015 3:21:06 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Emotional eating Well, that surely is the biggie for me and I o ly wish I had learned at my mother's knee to go off my food when feeling sad, mad, bad, and glad. Because I would then be slender. Ooooh hear the 'it's not fair' in there? I've been fooling myself! Beck says hunger is not an emerg... Read more

  • AFL footy grand final this Saturday

    10/1/2015 10:16:31 PM, by RKOTTEK

    We will be hosting a gathering to watch this event. Expect there will be much drinking, eating and festivities. Cheers... Read more

  • Beck accountability

    10/1/2015 1:45:08 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Just a quick check in for accountability purposes. Stuff, some good, some not so good, has been happening to take my focus away from Beck. I've read but not posted the last two days. I'll catch up in the weekend.... Read more

  • Beck 32 traveling

    9/28/2015 3:29:34 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Dr Beck says it is usual to gain weight on a trip. Before leaving we should plan how we are going to eat and read it every day for a week before. How closely will I follow my diet? What different foods and beverages will I be considering consuming? What exceptions will I make to my diet and how much... Read more

  • What is healthy at Wendy's? SP article

    9/28/2015 10:34:06 AM, by CTUPTON
    parkdining-eatery.asp?id=4 My husband almost daily asks for food from one of the fast food restaurants. He is on a diabetic diet by the way. He also recently developed some choking while eating--a speech therapist has been working with him and advising us... Read more

  • Beck pink day 31 decide about drinking

    9/27/2015 10:53:46 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I like to drink and figure if I factor in 2 or 3 drinks on two days a week that should suit, until those calories are competing too hard with good nutrition, in which case I will adjust downwards. The thing for me is not to get into the habit of looking forward to a particular drink. DH & I were ... Read more

  • SP article: What does 5 fruits and veggies look like? Great visuals!

    9/27/2015 10:35:02 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=2044... Read more

  • Day 30 Stay in control at special events

    9/26/2015 3:01:30 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Dr Beck says we will encounter a lot of triggers at meals out, celebrations, & special events, & if we indulge we can come unstuck. Today we create a plan for eating out/celebratory meals and on Tuesday I will put it into practice as my niece comes to dinner to celebrate her birthday. It requires ... Read more

  • Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

    9/25/2015 9:30:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese 2-4 servings-- sorry nutritional info was not available but at least there are veggies in this dish!--chris Kick up your mac 'n' cheese with some roasted brussels, bacon and lots of Pepperjack cheese. Delish! Prep: 10 mins ... Read more

  • Weekend healthy eating!

    9/25/2015 7:28:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Keep calm and continue the healthy habits over the weekend. We don't think this way anymore: Have a great , healthy, happy weekend! chris ... Read more

  • Beck: food pushers

    9/25/2015 7:03:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is hard to say "no" to someone who is offering their hard-effort, home made foods to us. The food is usually the very delicious kind and made to look as tempting as possible. My Mom even cried once when I said no thanks to her . Yeah--she actually cried. But saying I will have some later... Read more

  • Beck 29 deal with food pushers?

    9/25/2015 3:12:00 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    For me it is not a difficulty resisting food offered by food pushers, I have many techniques to deflect them and can either turn down unwanted offers or accept them and discreetly get rid of the food – usually not down my neck, unless I forget. I feel quite entitled to say no to food pushers and d... Read more

  • where to find trivia crack

    9/24/2015 12:11:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I play it on the desktop and on our kindle. I did n online search. It seemed best for me to use it from my facebook but that is not necessary. My daughter uses it on her cell phone. that is probably an app. I hope you can find it. chris... Read more

  • Beck 28: get ready to weigh in

    9/24/2015 6:42:37 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Dr Beck reminds us that our second week of dieting is done and our weigh in is tomorrow. Today we need to prepare ourselves for disappointment by making response cards. Guess what happened if the theoretical response is… *Its great, I’ve lost weight. I did a good job following my diet this ... Read more

  • Beck 27: seven questions

    9/23/2015 1:17:30 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Dr Beck advises us to make response cards to help respond to our sabotaging thoughts and thinking mistakes. Reading these cards regularly and also in response to sabotaging thoughts will help me to respond automatically to them. The method is to ask: what do I wish I could remember the next tim... Read more

  • Beck 26: Poor deluded Fifi

    9/22/2015 11:02:04 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Dr Beck says we need to realise thoughts are ideas that might be true, partially true, or completely false. Of the nine common dieting thinking mistakes, I know I make these: *Fortune telling, either negative (as in, I’ll never be able to plan all my meals), or positive (as in, I can make a good... Read more

  • Beck 25 Spot sabotaging thoughts

    9/21/2015 4:55:49 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck includes some sabotaging thoughts in each chapter. One inspired me to recognize that I feel resentment about needing to diet & that has been helpful for me. We must recognize & respond effectively to our own personal permission giving thoughts, which sabotage our efforts to persist with our pla... Read more

  • Nine days (after today) left in Sept.

    9/21/2015 12:06:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    40 How can that be?... Read more

  • Trivia Crack

    9/21/2015 12:04:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a fun game on the smart phone, Kindle, or desktop. Is anyone else hooked yet?... Read more

  • Lest we forget.....

    9/21/2015 5:40:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    Buffalo, NY last winter! My niece's house.---winter of course, not right now! I am living in Connecticut. But my plans are to move "back home" near my family . Maybe I should rethink this move... chris... Read more

  • I want to change my sparkpage but I am loving the little owls too much!

    9/21/2015 5:33:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite owl? Right now the sleepy one with the zzzz's is drawing my attention. chris... Read more

  • Beck24. Deal with discouragement: it gets easier

    9/20/2015 4:49:48 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck says that starting our new eating regime we are confident, motivated, energetic & determined, but it gets harder as life intervenes. I might think: I won't be able to keep this up; I don't want to do this anymore. It's OK to have these thoughts and feelings, but not OK to be overwhelmed by them... Read more

  • H.A.L.T. and R.I.D. and how to use your

    9/20/2015 12:48:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hope I can remember this when I get my next bout of anxiety--and I want to EAT! 198 Anxiety is from a fight or flight response, triggered when the amygdala in the brain perceives threat. It doesn’t matter whether the threat is real or not – the brain thinks it is and acts as though its... Read more

  • Day 24, Deal with Discouragement

    9/20/2015 12:05:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Day 24, Deal with Discouragement Oh yeah! this is my day! I am dealing with allergies. No energy. Itchy eyes. Slight headache. The no energy is my downfall! I have fought that all my life. I am doing everything I know how to lessen these allergies! This morning it seems to be h... Read more

  • names game

    9/20/2015 11:52:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe make your screen zoom to 200% I do that in my lower right corner of my screen I chose Elderly Hermione Granger chris... Read more

  • Virtual visiting

    9/19/2015 10:18:06 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It being a rainy Sunday, I have been visiting with the Beck Trekkers who have posted on my blogs. Hi there! It is quite the time commitment for me as a newbie catching up with the front runners, because the program does take time to work. So most of my energy has been spent on that. Hard to bel... Read more

  • BECK trying some things to lessen allergies

    9/19/2015 8:44:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    -put the air purifier on high in our bedroom -used the nose irrigation bottle of saline-yuk I hate it but it works -took one mucinex -used a mask to filter the air I was breathing when I was reading my book in the bedroom--mask like for sanding or painting projects--it couldn't hurt, right? ... Read more

  • BECK problems

    9/19/2015 2:34:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not been feeling good in general. How does a person keep doing the "to do " list when they don't feel well? Again this morning I again (like a week ago) had a slight headache, very tired , body somewhat sore. None of these symptoms are pronounced. It is more than a blah feeling. Possibl... Read more

  • Day 23: it's not fair!

    9/19/2015 4:23:35 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I didn't think I suffer from the unfairness syndrome Beck writes about. I don't much trouble myself with what other people can and can't do. And I certainly don't expect life to be fair. I accept that if I want my ARC benefits, I'm going to have to diet. However Beck's sabotaging thought "I shouldn'... Read more

  • Beck Week four review and day 22, say Oh well to disappointment

    9/19/2015 3:06:30 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Coming up we will be looking at how to deal with disappointment, unfairness, feeling overwhelmed, & coping with sabotaging thoughts. Today we learn to say Oh well to disappointment. When I feel discouraged or disappointed, I need to remember that I've chosen to diet, & the disadvantages of dieting... Read more

  • Beck day 21 prepare to weigh

    9/19/2015 2:50:46 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck says it's OK to weigh daily but we should record our weight weekly. Weekly weighing can be an occasion to celebrate the loss of weight, if I don't lose or if I gain; it is a reality check to remind me that I might need to tweak the program, and it is important to have the right mindset when I s... Read more

  • HALT

    9/17/2015 5:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I traditionally have used "HALT" to analyze how I am feeling when I have a craving. Well--I try to use it anyway. Why do I want food? Am I hungry for real? Am I angry at someone? Am I lonely (bored usually)? Am I tired? The idea is : if it is not hunger, then food won't fix it! 40 Right now I ... Read more

  • coconut rice

    9/17/2015 4:32:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is pretty good. I cooked brown rice in half light coconut milk and half water. chris... Read more

  • Fluke--I Know WHy the Winged Whale Sings --a book I think I want to read...

    9/17/2015 4:18:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly tha... Read more

  • "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion"

    9/17/2015 11:46:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion." Duh...but a hard lesson to learn! chris I found this on a 12 stem program page of quotes. ... Read more

  • A freeing feeling: I am enough.

    9/17/2015 10:33:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    “Say it, and feel it, carry it with you and be it:
‘I am ready to let go of the chase, of the escape, and simply be myself. I am enough. What I am is enough. There is no failure. There is no lack. There is nothing going wrong. I release all expectations that I put upon myself, either dir... Read more

  • I am (already) enough.... so spread my wings and fly! More thoughts on "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 10:06:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are... Read more

  • More about "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 9:46:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    This seems to be a complex idea. It seems like women especially are always striving to be better and better and do more and more. I am a bit confused. I am thinking women are programed to try to make others happy. If it doesn't work , we feel like failures. -am I on the right track? -d... Read more

  • Beck 20: Don't overreact, just get back on track

    9/17/2015 3:05:08 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck says we need to beware of blowing the whole day as a consequence of making one slip. I feel pretty confident this all or nothing/slippery slope thinking is well behind me. Beck says we should acknowledge our slip, "I made a mistake, but this one mistake won't make me gain weight this week." S... Read more

  • Beck 19 quit fooling around

    9/16/2015 3:15:38 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Beck says we must stop fooling ourselves. Delusions and sabotaging thoughts for me include: I'm celebrating, I really want it, it's a special occasion, and my very good friend, the mutinous I don't care. They delude me into eating what and when I shouldn't, and I need to accept that I must stop fool... Read more

  • Struggling to get my right knee to bend..saga--finally 5 whole minutes on the recumbent bike! Yeah!

    9/16/2015 1:09:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been working in many ways to improve my right knee. I have been working with at least 3 198 professionals about this problem. It was the result of being "out of commission" for several months after a total shoulder replacement last Dec. 24 My daughter has suggested using my recumbent b... Read more

  • Who you are is enough!

    9/16/2015 12:50:15 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • In His Grip...

    9/16/2015 12:04:12 PM, by _RAMONA His grip. His grip. His grip. I keep trying to reassure myself that we are all truly and still in His grip.... But it's hard today to remember, and even more so, feel it with conviction. I am Canadian. We are the world's Peace-Keepers. Truly... this sort of thing... Read more

  • Trending Now: Fatty Liver!

    9/16/2015 12:02:50 PM, by DOTSLADY

    Seriously, on Yahoo this minute! I must've been burning up the internet with all my searches. Here's one article from Time if you have the time. (Sitting too much is killing us.) Seems my apathetic giving-up attitude (life can be like an emotional roller-coaster when you h... Read more

  • Beck 18 a new definition of full

    9/16/2015 5:13:38 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Eating when hungry and stopping eating when full is a skill I need to perfect. Beck says, before I eat, & after eating, I should imagine how easy it would be to take a brisk walk. It should be as comfortable both times, and if not, I ate too much. I need to learn how to eat to normal fullness. Why... Read more

  • Beck 17 end overeating

    9/15/2015 3:06:25 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    When dieting, overeating is eating more than is on my plan, or eating beyond the feeling I have during a meal when I experience fullness. Other overeating occasions can happen when served food while dining away from home. I need to identify when I am no longer hungry so I can stop eating. At dinne... Read more

  • Beck 15 & 16 start the diet monitor your eating, prevent unplanned eating

    9/14/2015 1:05:45 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    So I woke up early and read a few Beck Trek blogs. Then I got over myself & planned my food for the next week. 24 Then I read the next chapter, Day 15 start your diet: monitor your eating. Starting with weighing myself. Today, as a fast day, it will be easy to follow my food plan and monitor... Read more

  • 14 SP easy slow cooker recipes-- I just found this article!

    9/14/2015 11:55:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    oker_recipes I can make sort of plain meats and plain veggies. But making them more palatable is tough for me. these slow cooker meals might help me! Now that it is fall in New England, USA, I will be needing these even... Read more

  • BECK Day 18 "to DO" list from SLENDERELLA61

    9/14/2015 11:42:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am not organized (yet) enough to actually do all these things. But I am getting more conscious of my eating. Thank you SLENDERELLA 61 for typing out the to do lists. It helps me greatly! chris Check off when you read your Advantages Response Cards, read cards addressing your sabotagi... Read more

  • Plan for tomorrow revision

    9/14/2015 6:01:43 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    OK, the birthday festival is over. Tomorrow is a fast day, 500 calories, I've planned what and when I will eat. Planning my eating Is diet friendly Eliminates spontaneous eating Provides practice at tolerating hunger & cravings Saves me from triggers Makes it easy, eliminates struggle. ... Read more