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7/22/16 10:46 P

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Hi all and kudos to communityand support of healthy goals~
Back in action after being gone for five days. I prepared all food and didnt have any cravings although lack of variety was a little old. The last day I ate a burger on the way home but no fries and they looked pretty darn good....I used the mantra that I had worked hard and it wasn't worth it. Other than that one unplanned beer after a day of rafting and a lack luster scoop of icecream..ha!! All together I have lost 8 pounds in the 2 week period of starting Beck and have been off sugar completely....a miracle as I still certainly noticed the offerings when stopping to gas up, etc. My overconsumption of chocalate would usually have had me engulfing a few choices!

I am so thankful for this forum and am about to plan my food for the next few days! Congrats on the 15 pounds Jane--way to go!!! and Kbehnke81 the tea sounds great! Alrighty-- have made a fire and homemade soup for dinner on a rainy day so signing off......happy Friday to all!


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7/22/16 9:33 P

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Yeah Jane!!!!
I think weight loss is kind of like when kids are growing. They hold, hold, hold at one height/weight, then all of a sudden - blam!!! - growth spurt. So weight loss is maybe something like that in reverse. Hold, hold, hold, then - blam!!! - drop that stubborn pound and a couple more follow. I hope that's how it goes for you.

Enjoy your peaceful celebration of your Big Drop!!!

Oh, if you enjoy herbal tea, have you tried Celectial Seasonings Blueberry Tea? That would be a delicious, no-calorie reward for me.

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7/22/16 1:36 P

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Thanks to the two K's . . . Kriszta and Kathleen!
Kathleen, I really appreciate your encouragement. It was very down to earth and helpful. And positive!

SOOO . . . drum roll, please . . . I lost my 15th pound today. Finally! It has taken me over two weeks to get one new one gone . . . forever, I hope.

Kristza, you are barking up my tree! I was trying to think how to celebrate reaching this 5 pound goal. My growing up years included celebrations that were always about food. So hard to break with that tradition. Right now my funds are tight (just bought a new queen sized bed for Scott), so tried to think of a good way to celebrate. I decided that today I will allow myself to have one hour of time to myself to read in my current novel. I have a difficult time in the hub bub finding time for anything personal outside of taking a shower and combing my hair and brushing my teeth! So I will reward myself with reading time.

I'm excited that my next five pound goal will be at the 20 pound mark

Susan, sorry I missed you! Sounds like you did SO well with your food management. on your trip to the music festival. I will try to call you later today.

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7/21/16 12:57 A

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Hi friends, this is my last check in before vacation.
I don't take laptop so that I can't work ; )
will try to log in from DD's iPad but not sure...
I wish you all a great weekend!
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Jane, that sounds like a lot of stress to deal with!
Take good care of yourself and try to steal some peaceful me-time, and try leave as much as possible to the men.Things to be managed tend to gravitate towards the Responsible Adult Female in the family, but that doesn't mean you have to do all!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/20/16 2:23 P

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Hey Jane, don't worry if you have to hover on Day 28 (or whereever you left off) for a little while as you get things in order at home. The book and the concepts will still be there when you get back to it. I'm sure you have SOME Beck techniques stored away in your memory. Do what you remember as best you can. And if you can't find your cards, make new ones. Who knows; maybe you'll come up with some additional responses that are helpful to you.

Remember, Kriszta posted a list of links to the individual days, so maybe check that out
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7/20/16 12:40 P

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Last week's binge day has now cost me an entire week. SO frustrating. This morning I finally got back to where I was last Wednesday. I am having a difficult time preplanning meals in all the current chaos. We have been working over the entire house to accommodate Scott's moving in with us. I get up in the morning and go until I drop about 11 or 12-midnight. And I'm doing all this while caring for the baby for the most part. I haven't touched my Beck book in over a week and feel so frustrated with myself . . . but not frustrated enough to eat a Klondike bar!

I need to make time today to read the next chapter. I can't even put my hands on my book or my cards right now. Part of the internal chaos involved deconstructing my home office and moving it to our bedroom. I'm slowly getting the boxes of my life unpacked and put back together. Hopefully it is isn't Freudian that I "misplaced" the entire Beck section of my life!

Hope hope hope to find that today!!

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7/19/16 11:30 P

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Kriszta, a short work week AND a long vacation in sight sounds blissful. Enjoy both.

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7/18/16 12:43 P

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I had a nice peaceful weekend, just DH and myself. It was raining on and off, but managed to get my walk and run in.
This work week is only 3 days for me, on Thursday we are leaving for a 10-day vacation.
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Goal weight:
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/15/16 9:50 P

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Today went very well for me. I'm still not using my cards like I should, but will get back to that tomorrow. We are in real upheaval at home with moving things all around to accommodate my son, so staying on my plan alone seemed Herculean. I need to find time in the chaos that this weekend promises to hold to read another Beck chapter and review my cards. Fingers crossed.

My computer has behaved today without shutting down at all. I hope I have time tonight to at least plan tomorrow's meals. That is my primary focus today. I won't have time to read blogs etc. and I really-really miss those when I get behind.

So onward to my planning . . . see you tomorrow.

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7/15/16 3:09 A

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Susan, congrats to your successful End Overeating exercise!
Empowering experience, isn't it?
It was life changing for me. In fact, I'm still a notorious plate cleaner, but I counter strike by making sure I only put my portion on the plate, nothing more ; ) I rarely eat out, but at those times it is good to know I can portion off the extra food and take home for another meal. I hate to waste food, so this was always difficult for me.

Jane, I admire your ability to get back on track after a slip up, and your staying within range despite thinking about food a lot during the day. One day of that is harder than following a plan for 100 years, really!
I'm glad pre-planning for tomorrow took the pressure off you.

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Goal weight:
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CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/14/16 10:50 P

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Kriszta, thanks for the thoughts here as well as on my blog. They help.

I had a truly scandalous day and one-half. Re-entry is so hard! Today I stayed within my ranges but had not preplanned so all day I feel about two blinks from going to town again on anything and everything. Fortunately I held the line. I have tomorrow preplanned so I feel a sense of relief that I don't have to think about it tomorrow . . . all day . . . like I did today.

Susan, congratulations on slipping back into Onederland!! So proud of you. Your meal plans for the trip sound so good I wish I could join in. But since it is a nine day drive between my house and yours, I will have to pass this time.

I think my computer is dying. It just shuts down at the drop of a hat. It shut down about six times on me today and I'm frustrated. I think I probably need to go shopping. Anyone have suggestions on a computer or tablet? I think I really would prefer a computer since I do compose things that I print. I can print off a tablet, but I really like to use a wireless keyboard since I can process at about 105 words a minute on a keyboard. (That explains the lengthy blogs!) Ideas??

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7/14/16 5:12 A

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Thanks for the ideas Kriszta..working on a plan...Jane....left ya a voicemail and text..will check your blog! All is well here..did the leaving extra food on your plate exercise and had a No choice card just sitting there as I eyed the extra turkey burger and grilled veggies with olive oil ignoring their meager pleas to be consummed! So far, so good!

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Hi Jane, thank you for your excellent blog,
I loved your smart analysis of what happened, and your sense of humor!
You can get back on track anytime you want,
and follow your, one day at a time.
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/13/16 9:04 P

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Hey Susan. When you say homemade hummus, are you using that recipe of Bob Harper's? I think it is really good.

Hey everyone! So, if you read my blog you will know that I went down the rabbit hole last night and the lingering effects are still with me . . . craving, listlessness, and a bizarre welcome stupor. I am vowing to get back on track immediately. I need to plan tmorrow's food. I had no plan today and I went off the rails. This is the first time in 25 days that I've not been either on plan or substituting with appropriate changes to my plan.

I knew this day would come, but I felt so strong just two days ago that I can't imagine how I was so blindsided by this. And on top of it I felt ridiculously petulant about getting out my Beck cards. In fact, if I had a blown up picture of Judith Beck I would have given it a big ole "nanny nanny boo boo." Sounds childish. Hmmm. I must think that over. My inner child IS acting out. Well, Big Momma better step into my skin right now and get that kid outta here.

Tomorrow has to be better. HELP!!

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7/13/16 2:24 P

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Weekend camping sounds wonderful!
I too would bring fruits and vegetables, many of them can stand the two days without refrigerator. Then oats, rye bread, canned beans and corn, tomato sauce, onions, eggs and nuts.
Enjoy your weekend, I hope you have a great weather!
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/13/16 8:15 A

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Susan - I hope you find some foods for days 2 & 3 of your camping trip. Pretzels can be a decent option if ou get the ones that aren't so salty. Apples keep pretty well even if not refrigerated. I will say DO NOT go for the Indulgent Trail Mix (my undoing on a couple road trips). I'd also recommend portioning out your foods/snacks into single portions (little ziploc bags) so you know when to stop. And, when you set out, remind yourself it's OK to be hungry at times.

Have a great weekend!
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7/13/16 1:35 A

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Thanks for the support Kriszta. I actually live a pretty solitary life so having someone chime in ( even if virtual) is helpful! I feel strong and despite a nutty day of having 30 min to bolt out the door I managed to throw some food in my bag and stay on plan! I lost 57 pounds a few years back and have gained all but 20 #. So far on Beck I have lost nearly 5 # and have not felt hungry and am starting to take charge of intruding negative thought patterns which have driven my emotional eating of the PAST.

I am camping this weekend (no refrigeration or electricity) so am going to start looking at food options for the 3 day trip. My friend and I will have a cooler the first day so I will take some lean proteins. Oatmeal, fruit, raw vegetables, possibly some homemade hummus and ? lower fat peanut butter might be an option. The backpacking foods are usually just so high in fat and sodium ...will have to research a bit to stay around the 1200 calories. We won't be backpacking so will have a car and campstove--any ideas from anyone are warmly appreciated! Thanks again for your support! Happy Day to all!

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7/12/16 3:01 P

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Kriszta,
Just for the record, I think you are one awesome chick!
Thanks for taking over leadership here. You are so well-suited to be our leader. I know it takes a lot of work, but you are truly inspirational, even without trying!
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Hi Jane and Susan,
congrats to your success, well done!
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Goal weight:
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CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/11/16 3:05 P

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Goodness, Susan. You did great! French silk pie, too. Insane!

Everyone: Today I lost the next pound. That makes 14 pounds this time around . . . the last time around. My ticker reflects my highest weight--267--which was in 2007 after I broke my femur (thigh bone) and was not allowed to put weight on that leg for five months (that meant no walking). Four weeks ago I weighed only five pounds under that disastrous weight. Today I'm 14 pounds less and 19 pounds under the all-time-high. I will NEVER-EVER see the 260's or the 250's again. What joy! Thanks Judith Beck.

I'm on Day 28 of Beck Pink and planning to start right back on Day 1 when I complete this. I want to go back and work chapter by chapter on response cards. I have a better idea now of what I can/could do to work the program even more efficiently. Kriszta gave me the idea of numbering them by principle, i.e. responses for D21 etc. She has great ideas and I am so encouraged and taught by so many on this site.

Later!

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7/11/16 1:49 A

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Checking in---so super stoked about learning about the sabatoging thought part of Beck. I went to a picnic today, sat with two dear ladies 85 years young, and lo and behold the hostess placed multiple dessert options on our small table RIGHT by my seat!! Mind you I would have polished off via inhalation that choclate silk pie in one quick standing in my kitchen in the past!

I have lost a few pounds and truly thought,,"it is not worth it..even though one was a " harmless" angel food cake with strawberries". I brought a portioned out dish of tasty quinoa w veggies found here on SP which was part of my preplanning, ate a filling breakfast late on purpose to be full, and even brought my own cut up apple--also had a burger from the grill-satisfying! The two ladies said I was nuts and I said yep, what's new? HA! Feeling kinda smug..ha! My resitance muscle was tested and I didnt cave!! That is truly a new one! I am grateful for this team and m declaring health today! Happy Day to ya!



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7/10/16 1:17 P

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Susan et al.
I see you have lost on your ticker! Awesome. Really. I mean you have a busy social life, unlike your Florida friend. It is incredibly hard to go to parties and Alaskan soirees such as the incredibly glamorous Salmon Toss and not eat party food.

ARRRGGGHHH! I still weigh the same today! I have been at this weight now for 7 full days. I am following my plan . . . seriously! Not nibbling or sneaking a bite. I figure my body is going to present me with a nice loss one day soon. She certainly should; after all, I've been toting her around for 69 years, five months, and 19 days. OK. I haven't always treated her well, but there's a new sheriff in town named Judith Beck, so she better listen up and lose a freaking pound (or two!). And I don't mean maybe!

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7/9/16 11:59 P

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Strong, witty, perceptive,open minded and authentic Jane. Thanks for sharing your story! Hang in there---this seems to be a supportive group and we are all stronger together than apart! Baby steps I am told... A friend once said you can't eat an elephant all in one bite..meaning we will chunk away day by day to healthier people who are stronger with each goal met...keep working it and I will too!

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7/9/16 8:24 P

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Checking in, day two. Is this where we do this?

I am exhausted, dull headache, slept poorly, got up late after going back to slep at 7 a.m., and feel like I need to go back to bed! Pity pity...need someone to give me the evil eye and firmly say " Get a clue and get over it! Perhaps my sugar deprived body is revolting--ha--but I also have not had coffee yet! Disaster!

Gonna make cofee, take a cool shower--that should get me going, and take a walk! Ha, in Alaska it is over 70 degrees today and my dog may have a heat stroke. I am enjoying the accountability of adding food elections, have read my cards today a few times, am drinking lots of water, and am gaining hope from reading so many of your posts. I only planned 2 meals today and it is day two!! Sounds like I need to do this each day the night before! I've never participated in a forum of discussion ie posting so hope I chimed in at the right location. Also, do most of you have a eating plan buddy or coach? I'm on ch 2 in the Pink book so perhaps I haven/t gotten to this section yet. Happy Saturday to all --Susan



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Well, you must be on Day 24 - Dealing with Discouragement. Perfect timing for what happened at your weigh-in today. Just keep at it and be patient. It all takes practice. emoticon

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Kathleen et al.
Thanks for the KIND wishes! Today was frustrating as I weighed today for the first time since Monday and the scale did not budge. Thanks to precautions and encouragement from so many Beckers, I handled it in stride. Purposeful (even ticked off?) stride. But there it is and there it SHALL NOT stay. I remember what so many of the Beck family said to me the very first week: trust the process. I am trusting and knowing that this will continue to work. This community of friends is so much greater than I ever dreamed it could be. Thanks for taking the time to read my notes and give me hope.

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Jane - I love your attitude about unfairness and agree with you on this: if not being able to eat whatever, whenever is the extent of the unfairness we face, we should be thankful. And it is within our control. Learning what we can do to control it is what Beck is all about.

Have a kind day! :-)

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Today is the last day of the third week of my diet (Day 21). I'm on Beck day 23 . . . all about "it's unfair." This one is a no brainer for me. I've thought this way for years . . . not specifically that it is unfair for me to not be able to eat what I want (implication: like others), but more that this is my own demon to deal with while others have theirs. I don't honestly think I need a response card for this one! I know that life is unfair, but at the same time life is sweet, wonderful, colorful, and glorious! If my only bout with unfairness is that I can't eat whatever I want whenver I want, then I would say I've gotten off pretty easy. Being fat is the pits. In fact, I think it qualifies for being the sub-pits . . . but at least for most of us, it is something we have the power to fix. I've known that all along . . . and just felt so angry with myself for not fixing it. But the Beck program helps me be a little kinder to myself. I appreciate that!

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Thank you for the welcome, Heidi and Kathleen!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/5/16 6:36 P

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Great job Jane. I did allow myself to have a Klondike bar yesterday and one slice of pizza. No splurge today and right back on track. And no negative self talk.

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Thanks, Kathleen. Things went very well! I did, however, have 1/2 of a brownie, I should have been holding my NO CHOICE card. But other than that I was right on my plan. I lost one pound yesterday, so thankfully the brownie didn't ruin things. I was so surprised and happy to see a one poung loss on a holiday. I'm feeling so encouraged.

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First of all thanks KRISZTA for stepping into the leader role.

Second, Jane, your strategy for choosing party foods that don't tempt you but will satisfy everyone else is a good one. I hope your plan worked!!

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I am slow moving on with my Beck book. I did Day 19 and need to move on to Day 20: to binge or not to binge, that is the question!

At this rate, my "diet days" are going to catch up with my Beck days. Today is Day 17 of diet and I'm hanging in there. We are partying tonight for the holiday, and I'm planning to stick to my guns. Yesterday was my first really difficult day. I was able to get through with one one small bite of a brownie and ate yogurt and fruit while the rest of the tribe ate pizza. But I really felt restless (only word I can think of). I fought the sabotaging thoughts and the urge to break plan and indulge. I made it through the day and was rewarded this morning with pound 12! So GLAD I resisted. Today, the restlessness is gone and I feel like I can handle today with the partying. Instead of my usual Fourth of July foods (potato salad, baked beans, cake, hot dogs, hambugers, chips and dips) I have some healthy foods for myself and anyone else who desires. My son's fiance has lost 90 pounds so I think she may be a "partner in crime" with me. I bought Bubba burgers for the group, and a box of turkey burgers for the healthy seekers, wihch I plan to eat without a bun. I bought chips and dips which I don't think will tempt me. I bought things I don't like! Ha! The faily will eat Doritos and plain chips. I have a hard time with salt and vinegar or BBQ chips, so I simply did not buy them. I will put out celery and baby carrots instead. Rather than make brownies or cheesecake I bought three different kinds of cherries, Rainier, red and a new type called Sweet Freckles (strawberry cherries!). I have store-bought-cookies, which really don't tempt me like homemade. So I think the day's food is (Silly-enough) geared around me and what I really don't want to indulge in! But I'm not telling that to the fam! They will be happy and I will feel successful at the end of the day. Fingers crossed!

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Hi folks, I haven't been an active team leader in a while and when our primary leader left, no one was interested in taking over so I stayed on to keep the group going. I am thrilled to announce that KRISZKA11 will be taking over as leader and I'm really happy to see people using Beck and the group.

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I am patting you on the back, too. It's virtual . . . but it's there!
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Day 4 giving myself credit. Sounds silly but I can feel the change in my mind set. Just have to keep it up.


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Thanks for the observations and the encouragement, Kriszta. I was so happy this morning when I weighed in. Having missed yesterday's weigh-in just made today even more dramatic for me . . . 11 pounds lost as of today!

That actually sounds impressive to me . . . I think because it is "double digits"! I am still feeling strong and very committed to the process.

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Hi Jane, it is great you were detached from the number on the scale this morning!
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Loved your observation about the "Stop Overeating" exercise,
and I looked up my own, here it is:
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At that time I was eating very strictly on the plan,
and the exercise was strangely easy, as I'm a plate cleaner.
Looking back, I think this is a great proof that having a plan and sticking to is protection against overeating.


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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
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Today is all about "fullness." I think I get at A+ at filling out a pair of size 22 shorts . . . but I don't think that is what Ms. Beck is suggesting. I don't really have a problem right now with hunger or overeating. It seems like having the preplanned day pinned up on the fridge is like my North Star and I just don't feel like moving off that. I am well aware that there is a day in my future where I will probably "go nuts" (as we said in the sixties). But right now I'm pretty regimented. I will still do the activities for today because I've had a few epiphanies as I've moved through this.

I think I had a mini-victory this morning and I'm going to give myself credit for it. Since DH worked late last night (got home at 1 a.m.) and I was asleep, I woke up at 6:30 a.m. knowing that the baby would probably wake up no later than 7-ish, which is her ritual. Since I didn't want to disturb Bob, I decided to just leave the room in my pjs and not weigh in. I weigh every morning like clockwork . . . even when I'm not dieting. Those are the times when I weigh and watch the scale move upward and feel frozen and unable to stop the gains. So it is so great to see the losses or even the days when I hold the line. So I think maybe weighing in is a sort of compulsion for me. I fought the urge to disrobe, weigh and then dress. But I had one of those famous self-talk moments that seem to be the hallmark of the Beck program. "This is silly. It really doesn't matter what I weigh today. It will not change the outcome of my day. I have my plan in place on the fridge, this is a long term solution, missing one morning's weigh in is just a minor detour in my routine. I am flexible and I TRUST THE PROCESS. I can weigh tomorrow." I will (no doubt) resist the urge to weigh all day, but I think this will be a good process for strengthening my resistance muscle.

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So today I did the exercise for Day 18 where I put extra food on my plate. I had my lunch, a tilapia sandwich with cherries. I put about half-again the amount of cherries that were on my plan and a pile of BBQ potato chips. I thought this was the silliest exercise yet, but HELLO!

This was hard. It was not hard, interestingly enough to me, to ignore the chips, but I really wished I could have eaten the cherries. I made it fine without extra bites, but I felt uncomfortable the entire meal with that stuff on there that was not on my plan. THAT surprised me. Completely. In fact, I didn't enjoy my meal at all. I couldn't quit obsessing about the extra food. I really didn't want any of it; it just made me cringe because I knew it wasn't on my plan.

Anyone else remember this day that had a similar (or different?) experience?

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As I might have said in the 1950's, "This team is just swell!" (Remember Leave It To Beaver?) Well, you are a wonderful, supportive and compassionate team. I'm so glad I braved it and signed up. (Always worried I might not fit in, ya know. I do believe I'm slightly off-beam.)

New update: Scott has been busted out of the "behavioral health center." But not without our lawyer meeting my two heroic rescue-kids there to get the facility to move their, uh-hmm, buns. So here's an update on all things me today:

My three kids are all in a hotel in Colby, Kansas, on their way home. I finally (after nine agonizing days!) got to talk with Scott. He sounds in good spirits, but definite denial that there is any kind of problem. This is where we will start our hard work with him, helping him to understand that he doesn't need to be worried or ashamed, but merely has to lean into the process so we can help him lead his best life.

I am still Becking away. I am shocked that I've maintained my pace this time. Today is the end of 12 days on the straight and narrow. I've already planned tomorrow's food and read my Day 18 Beck. This is an amazing experience (the cognitive behavioral therapy). Perhaps this is what I have needed all along . . . "training my brain" . . . as Dr. Beck says. I've always understood the idea of calories in calories out. Just couldn't stick with anything. This time is definitely different. But boy-oh-boy is it a project. But a worthy one, huh?

Going to bed now (finally)! Got my sweet baby to bed at 8:30 p.m. and have been running around picking up the house and cleaning baby bottles. Time to cave in! Hugs to you all.

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When you start losing track of your streak you know it is a success and is starting to become automatic. Cool!

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I am so proud of you Jane! What a great example you are for us. Keep up the good job and always be patient with yourself. Glad to hear your son is doing so much better.

I have been off track for a few days myself, but like Beck says it is only a "mistake" and I am resetting my mind set even though I leave on a 33 day motorcycle trip today. Thinking I will leave my Fitbit home because it never calculates correctly on the motorcycle (I can walk 50K steps while still sitting on my butt!). Will do the best I can while on the road.

BTW, I loved the PB story. You gals are just tooooo funny!

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My streak of keeping to plan continues! I think it is 9 days, but I'm losing track.

I lost weight like gangbusters the first six days, losing six pounds. I haven't lost an ounce since then, but I'm not worried. It will happen. I suppose my body is just trying to catch up with that rapid weight loss last week.

So I"m 4 pounds from my next goal. I hope to see the scale move tomorrow. Hope-hope.

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Kathleen! That is hilarious! I've done that a couple times. I feel so silly walking to the breakfast table and sitting down to lick a spoon. I'm doing better at this as I am becoming more and more conscious of how much I do/did that.

Sweet BCHARIE (don't know your name!), thanks for your kind words and thoughts. And, it is truly amazing that I've been through an entire week of stress and held the course. It is this Beck program, I'm convinced. Not me! I have years of stress-eating behind me, so the only explanation is Beck.

Today starts Week 2 of diet and Day 16 of Beck. I haven't even looked at Day 16 yet. With all the hoopla and chaos at home right now I'm moving slowly through the book, but I am managing to keep up with the ARC and the daily review of the principles.

I'm feeling stronger every day and that is new for me as far as dieting. Usually after 7 days I begin to feel weaker and weaker, less able to stick to it, and the seeping feeling of failure starts in. Today I feel like I can conquer this! Hooray! (Translation: Hot Damn and Hallujah!)

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Eating sitting down is a rough one for me, too, and I do the same kinds of things you do, Jane! I've even been known to have the peanut butter spoon in my mouth, realize I'm not sitting down, then rush over to the kitchen table to sit down so I can finish licking the spoon. I don't think that's how it's supposed to work, but it certainly did make me aware of all the "licking" I do. I have not perfected this skill, but I'm getting much, much better.

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Jane, you are amazing! To remain on track with the Beck principles through all the trials of the past week is truly a great encouragement to me. Blessings on you and the family.






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Sue, thanks for the kind words. You probably don't know how much one of your previous comments has helped me. You mentioned going through one Beck chapter for a week to get that particular principle under control. Genius! Really. I'm going to follow your example and reread the chapter on "sitting down" every day from tomorrow one through the week. I cannot seem to quit nibbling. It is unconsious eating. Like when I make the PBJ for my sweet grandson, I pop the peanut butter spoon in my mouth to "clean it off." After all, it doesn't really get clean in the dishwasher with all that tasty residue on it. The jelly spoon? Hmmm. Can't think of a good reason why I'm cleaning it off as well. OOOPS! I really need to curb this habit. I may have been getting 100+ extra calories a day before Beck. I will give myself credit for beginning to realize that this is happening. I actually picked something up and put it in my mouth, realized what I had just done, and took it back out! Progress. Slow but sure, huh?

I'm looking forward to a little relief this weekend. Jordan (8) will be having his "Daddy weekend." Nick is picking him up this evening and will bring him home on Sunday evening. That means I only have one little one to care for. My daughter (and oldest son) are still in Colorado working on getting my son home. He is doing much better . . . the power of anti-psychotic drugs. He has realized that he must have had "a bit of a problem" last weekend. He doesn't really remember any of what happened . . . like walking with his loyal dog for 5 days and four nights with no sleep, until his feet and the dogs pads were bleeding. My poor baby! Its been a harrowing week, but things seem to be falling into place with the help of a wonderful attorney.

I have stayed 100% on plan now for six days. Today is day 7 and the end of my first diet week using the Beck principles along with healthy eating. I've lost 6 pounds in six days. I know that this will slow waaaaay down now that the initial water weight is gone, but I'm OK with that. Actually, I'm okay with a lot of things because I keep telling myself, "Just think where you would be if you weren't doing this. Right where you've been for the last 50 years. No need to rush or worry about how long it may take. You are in control!" Finally I feel like I AM in control. What a high!

Happy weekend everyone.

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There was no weight loss this week, but there were sooooo many other positives that I'm feeling very pleased and giving myself credit.

I have eaten either dinner or lunch at a restaurant 6 out of the past 7 days. I am giving myself credit for making healthy food & drink choices. For the first time in months my knee has felt well enough that I could attempt more physical fitness and I have followed by schedule 5 out of 7 days.

I should probably entered this in Beck check as part of my weekly report, but I'm so excited about my accomplishments that I just couldn't wait (plus I have a full day tomorrow and not sure I will spend much time on my computer).

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I am just getting caught up on the daily news here. OMG, Jane, you are going through soooo much right now! Way to be strong, girl emoticon . You should be proud of yourself and we are too. This tragic situation with your son could really have thrown a monkey wrench in there for you, but it sounds like you are sticking to it. I especially liked the day you forgot to eat until 4 p.m. and did that internal battle with yourself about what to eat. Glad you powered through it and made the yummy sounding salad.

Hope things are stabilizing a bit for your son. You are lucky to have two other great kids to help you out and support you with this. Plus, you can use us any time you need to put your troubles on the table.

Keep up the good work!

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Thank you Marsha, Kathleen and Kriszta for your kind thoughts and encouragement regarding my son. He is in a Behavioral Health Center (translation, Mental Hospital!) right now. He is refusing medicine and still convinced that people (the government) are after him, but at least he is locked down in a place where he can't hurt himself. My kids are there and working as quickly as the system allows to get an emergency guardianship so they can make decisions for him, including giving permission for the doctor to give him appropriate medication to bring him back to us. This is still very stressful including the news that the guardianship will cost us between $2,000-$5,000 in legal fees. Ridiculous! For a piece of paper and one court appearance by an attorney acting on our behalf. But who wouldn't do anything they could for their children?

In the midst of all this, I have been able to stay true to the Beck process. Sunday was awful. All I wanted to do was eat. Crazy emotional eating. Monday was difficult. Tuesday was much easier and today I didn't feel like I needed to feed my worry. How miraculous is that? I'm very excited about how well this is working. I am surely the ultimate skeptic! But becoming a believer rapidly!

Again, thanks to everyone for the concern and love.

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Jane - My prayers are with you, your son, and your whole family. I hope your son can get the treatment he needs so he can deal with all the stressors in his life. Good for you for continuing to take care of yourself through this crisis, and reaching out for the support you need. That will help you care for your son, too.

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Dear Jane, So sorry for the family crisis. No mom should have to go through that, especially with a child half a continent away. Praying for good things for everyone involved.

Congrats on coming through the fire - walking through the coals - maneuvering through the darkness and shadows.

You are so very, very strong. You have proven it. You can do this!! I know it absolutely.

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I missed checking in yesterday but have a good excuse. Our family is in the midst of a crisis with one of my sons. My middle child, Scott, is 38 years old and lives in Colorado. My other two, 40 year old son Steve and 36 year old daughter Stacy, both live in Florida. We found out two nights ago that it appeared that Scott had suffered a stress-induced psychotic episode. A number of upsetting things had happened to him culminating in receiving his divorce papers from his wife of 16 years on Friday. Saturday he just disappeared and was wandering all over Loveland and Ft. Collins on foot. His friends found him several times but couldn’t convince him to come with them. Finally they got the police to get him and they took him to a mental health facility, where he is right now. Yesterday was a flurry of insanity, getting plane tickets for both kids to fly out to see if they can get him stabilized enough to bring him back to Florida with them. Normally I would have been contained (read private) about this . . . especially in this group/team where I’m not really a known factor. However, I decided maybe this is the VERY place where I should share this since it really tested my Beck stamina.

I’m busy today giving myself credit, Beck style, for two things. I’m so excited, in the midst of anguish for my child, to share my successes. As a true emotional eater, this seemed like a test of walking on hot coals or a bed of nails.

1) In the haste and chaos of getting plane tickets, dealing long distance with Scott’s friends, the police etc. I totally missed getting lunch. At 4:00 p.m. I told myself this: “Well, you didn’t have lunch. You might as well eat something. You don’t have time to make the Portobello Blue Cheese Salad that is on your plan. Therefore you should just eat something, anything.” Then I TOLD myself this: “If you start compromising the plan and eating “unplanned” food, where will it stop? You are committed to following your plan. Don’t vary.” I did it!

2) I blogged two days ago here that it seemed silly to set a five pound goal when I need to lose 100+ but I’m doing what several of you had told me: Trust the plan. Trust the Solution. So I set a five-pound goal. I hit that goal this morning and was super-duper excited. That Beck broad knows what she’s doing! I was able to move my ticker for the first time in months. Now I have set my next five pound goal. I can do this! I feel empowered by the five-pounds at a time project.

Sorry for being so long-winded, but this has been a few days of angst, sorrow, and worry but complete success on my BDS. Who could have dreamed?


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Yesterday was Father's Day and I am going to count it as a success. I had my dad over for dinner and was not originally planning on having any of the desert I had made for him, but when the time came I found myself automatically taking a dish out of the cupboard for me too! I thought about putting the dish back, but I justified it instead and I am o.k. with that. Perhaps at this stage (so early in the Beck game) I shouldn't be, but the philosophy I want to live by is all things in moderation instead of denial.

So I kept my portion minimal and was happy with my decision. You see, I have my dad for dinner every week and I NEVER make desert. He loves desert; especially chocolate. So to honor him and make the day seem more than the usual weekly dinner I made brownies and served them with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. He loved it! I sent the left overs all home with him.

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I am hoping to become active on this site. I started Beck Solution last July with Slenderella as my coach. I did great until Day 14 where I had to plan my next day's food. Prior to this I had already realized that lack of planning was a significant problem for me. I would be so tired by evening and then try to think up dinner. Epic fail. But somehow the planning of the next day's meal became so daunting! A real road block or mental block, I guess. I kept moving Day14 to the next day and the next day and then I just gave up.

I decided to start again three weeks ago. I went along for 8 or 9 days, gangbusters but always dreading the arrival of Day 14, looming in the near future. I could feel myself slipping off the program. I stopped reviewing my ARC card, licked spoons (standing up of course) and other BDS atrocities. I was just on the verge of giving up but encouragement and advice from Slenderella and other supportive Spark friends (Watermellen, Gaby1948 and OneKidsMom, shout outs to you!), I felt my resolve come back.

Two evenings ago, at 11 p.m. and bleary-eyed, I finalized menus for Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday was a perfect day eating my planned food. I could not believe the sense of empowerment it gave me. Who could have known? I'm now following Sunday's plan with one glitch (didn't have frozen pineapple on hand but am freezing some fresh for a smoothie). So now I'm on Day 10 and setting a realistic goal. This is the first time in my dieting life (50 years of diets) that my goal is 5 pounds. I am going to try Beck's idea that we set 5-pound goals and then celebrate. It seems silly when one needs to lose 100+ pounds, but who am I to criticize? If I knew how to diet, I wouldn't be here but would have thinned out in 1966!
Onward!

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Yesterday was the most successful day I have had since recommitting here. Breakfast was healthy and good. I knew the Pulled Pork dinner at the American Legion would be a challenge - pork, potato, gravy, corn, corn bread. I can't seem to get these guys to put any veggies in the offerings and I don't consider corn a vegetable (from my WW days). I skipped the corn.

I also skipped the alcohol. This dinner is one of the times I get together with my 89 y.o. father and we always have a dinner drink. So skipping this part of our routine was a big concession for me. I have been working on the decision to cut back on my alcohol consumption for some time now so this was a good time to start. Very difficult to do because every social outing I go to involves drinks! But this results in way too much consumption and so I was pleased with myself for abstaining and hope to be as successful in the days to come.

Hope your day will be great!

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Since reconnecting with this team 4 days ago things could have been better and they also could have been worse. So I'm going to give myself credit for the good. Like yesterday at the funeral luncheon I did some spontaneous walking to a nearby garden center while I waited for the luncheon to get started. I did not eat everything available on the table. I looked for a long time at the deserts, recognized that I was feeling full enough, and that none of them where worth breaking my resolve.

Today I am going to read Day 13 - Overcoming Cravings again and find the Response Card I made for this the last time. I'm sure it still applies.

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I restarted Beck three days ago. Instead of using the original Beck book, which I have tried three times, I bought the Beck Diet for Life. My husband has also finally faced up to his extra weight and so I am getting support from him although he doesn't like following a particular plan. Anyway, the first two days went super well. Today I ate four Lindt dark chocolate truffle balls and a single serving of potato chips. Ugh. But I have done a lot of exercise and per my Fitbit am over 5 miles. So, the exercise hopefully compensated for the chocolate splurge. I guess the scale will tell me tomorrow!

Daily affirmation:
* I am a good person, and I deserve respect.
* I choose to respect myself today by refusing to engage in verbal or emotional self-abuse.
* I have been successful at many things I have set out to do, and I can learn to do better at the things that give me problems.
--Dean Anderson

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
--Richard G. Scott


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