I've recently finished the 12 weeks of the online program. I thought it was fantastic. I did not read the book until I was at least 2-3 weeks into the online program. Just the first 2-3 weeks of the program for me was worth way more than the cost of the program.
I don't understand why people think the program is expensive. How many binges does it take to equal $120? How much money have I wasted in my life on junk food? How many hundreds or maybe thousands of extra dollars have I spent on diet foods, supplements, equipment, etc? Personally I think the online program is dirt cheap if it helps you overcome bingeing or compulsive eating faster, which I strongly believe it did for me. After I read the book halfway through the online program, I contemplated cancelling my online membership-- but I'm glad I stayed on, and actually at this point I am paying the $9.95 per month extra to stay on longer and continue to integrate the material into my life.
I do also want to recommend the book "Intuitive Eating", for those of you who are more interested in permanent change than in temporary changes of the scale. It is so compatible to the Shrink Yourself approach-- and it gives further advice on listening to your body.
It talks about different styles of unconscious eating, which really spoke to me, with emotional eating being just one type. The chapter on emotional eating gave me some new information that Shrink Yourself didn't-- for example-- they put emotional eating on a continuum-- with 1.eating for pleasure on the normal end, then 2. eating for comfort, then 3. eating for distraction, then 4. eating for sedation, and then 5. eating to punish oneselves. I definitely do some emotional eating-- but I realized much of my emotional eating is types 1,2,or 3 above, combined with a lot of "mindless", unconscious eating, like "choatic unconscious eating"-- grabbing stuff fast between to much hectic in life-- that Shrink Yourself doesn't address that much.
It also takes the concept of inner dialog further. I found the "Harriet concept" from Shrink Yourself, helpful, but the different voices in Intuitive Eating even more thought provoking for harnassing positive change.
Anyway-- when you finish Shrink Yourself-- I think "Intuitive Eating" is a great follow-up to it.
I did the program right before starting SparkPeople. I found it useful. However for me I think the combination of Spark People and the book are more useful. I agree that you want to do the program all at once but I find I absorb the information better through the book. With no guidelines on food intake and exercise I didn't see any weight disappear while on Shrink Yourself. So I prefer the Spark People guidelines.
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Thanks for the quick responses!! I'm so excited to hear of someone who is actually doing the online program. Please keep us posted how it works and if you feel it is worth the time and money. I wish you all the best on reaching your goals. I am going on vacation next month for a week, and wondered if you are able to leave the program for a week and come back. I even tried to email shrink yourself, and their response was confusing. I got the impression, the program had to be done all at once, no breaks.
But also, you get alot of value here. There are so many people with such good advice, loving support, and alot of resources. Until you feel like you really want to spend the money, I would just hang out here.
I actually just enrolled in the online program and I've only done the first week, but so far I like it. I think they both kind of reinforce each other. The book and the online program. I'll tell you more later!
Hi everyone, I am new to Sparkpeople, but not new to Shrink Yourself. I have read the book and like many of you, have read every book out there on weight loss. I felt like this book struck a nerve with me like no other book has. But I feel the basis of the book is a tease in many ways because it doesn't really give you the specific tools to overcome the powerlessness it explains. I feel that Dr. Gould has set it up that way, so to really succeed you must do the online program, which is about $120. Am I wrong, does anyone else feel this way?
Not sure I want to pay for it right now, but would like to know if anyone on this board has done the online program? I would love to know if it's worth the money, and if it makes a big difference, or can I get the jest of it from here and the shrink yourself website (I think some of the threads are open to paying online members only)I don't mind paying for something if I know it will work and is worth it...
I need specifics on how to cope with my powerlessness more than ever, now that the holidays are here!!
I am right there with you! I have been a compulsive/binge eater for longer than I've been alive and this book speaks to me too. I'm completely incredulous with the changes I've been able to make just after getting this book. I really understand that emotionally I need to grow up, instead of dealing with everything uncomfortable by eating. I myself have read every book I could find, and maybe they were the precedent that led up to this growth and change-but this book speaks to me! I am also a member of the online support group. It's too early for me to say it's over, but I am definitely on my way!
Sue, I too have a library of libraries (and DVDs, CDs) of self help stuff. I agree this book can get to the core of a lot of issues. I have learned that I take the negative voice of others and use it to push myself down even more. Now I take time to realize 1 person's attitudes are not who I am. I try to point out the good things I do every day. That is who I am.
If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.
I have been a binge eater for 35 years and NEVER thought I could be an overcomer before this book. I was the self-help QUEEN and have read hundreds of books over the years.I had imagined breaking free to be as long a process as it was to form the bingeing habit to begin with. It's not true! Making all of the little choices each day that ask myself if I am eating out of emotional, heart hunger or actual bodily hunger has been giving me such a feeling of personal power. I am amazed. I can conquer this! What are you amazed about, with what you're learning from Shrink Yourself?
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