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5/30/09 8:27 P

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Cool Oolala! I will happily let you know how its going. I really got a lot from the first week. It will be interesting week 3, as that is when summer classes start for me, and it will be a very intense and busy time. But, most of life is, so I figure "in for a penny, in for a pound!"

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5/30/09 8:13 P

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Ladyiris, please do keep up with us regarding the online program. I signed up for it last summer but it turned out to be a bad idea because I had to move out of my house for some remodeling and I did not have consistent access to a computer. I fizzled. Recently, I signed up for monthly access and forgot until today that I had! I vow to use the tools more; getting prompted by others will help.

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I'm going to suggest that you consider cutting and pasting any posts you do on the forum on the SY site and putting them here, too. If you have any excerpts from your work there, without compromising the proprietary nature of the program, you could copy those instead or in addition and bring 'em, here, too. I know people only have so much time to post.

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LADYIRIS313's Photo LADYIRIS313 Posts: 926
5/25/09 7:13 P

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I have the book and have read many of the chapters, and I really think Dr. Gould has the right approach. I wanted to save the money that the online program would cost, but I have decided I really would do better with the structure of the online program, and I just joined this weekend.

I guess it depends on what works for you. With the online program, it helps me that it is laid out in such a way that my progress mapped out in manageable steps, with lots of support and multiple strategies and tools to build me up. The little journal writing assignments (short) really help me because with the book, I would do it in my head, answer chapter questions, but for some reason it didn't stick well. I find that what I choose to both consider and put into actual written sentences seems to have more impact on my mind and attitude. I know that I will let the book lessons slide, but if I'm expected to be online at least once a week to do the work, I will be there.

I know now, from being on Spark twice, that I can lose 20 lbs with some effort, but the mental struggle of it all is something I want to cure. I want a better relationship with food, and I want to stop the negative chatter in my head. I can lose weight, but I keep hitting a wall and really resisting. I know that for me, the key is getting my mind and emotions straightened out, before any real weight loss is going to stick long-term. Several people on this board recommended the online program, and I have to agree that it is really helpful.

There will always be 'something' coming up for me ... vacation, classes, family issues, but that is life. I don't expect to have 3 days, let alone 3 months where life is smooth as glass, but that is just part of being alive. I figure, why not start now and use what I learn to help me in all these situations. This isn't a 'diet,' its working on a new way to live. Also, there is no real focus on restricting food for the first month, so don't let that stop you. The great thing about being alive is we can restart every day and there are no rules restricting us from reinventing ourselves.

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Edited by: LADYIRIS313 at: 5/25/2009 (19:17)
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JETTY1968 Posts: 11
5/17/09 2:49 P

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I have also completed the shrink yourself 12 week course about three months ago. I did loose about a stone in weight and at the moment slowly putting the weight on. I am thinking about re joining as I have been a member of weight watches and unable to stick to the diet plan. I no I comfort eat and am going through a difficult time in my life and I am slowly becoming more depressed and no I have to sort myself out.
I think if you are a comfort eater and prepared to do the week to week sessions and the workbooks you should join as there are a lot of people have lost weight on this program.

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LKG9999's Photo LKG9999 Posts: 1,375
5/13/09 1:46 P

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Hi Susan,

Thanks for the thoughtful reply. It makes sense to me that it would take longer than 12 weeks to fully absorb and apply the principles of the Shrink Yourself program. After all I would be countering 37 years of emotional eating, that's not going to happen overnight!

My biggest concern with starting the program now is the vacation we have planned for late June. OTOH I have made a commitment to myself to work on this and I'd really like to get started now rather than waiting another 6 weeks.

Lisa

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5/10/09 9:42 P

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I did and am still doing the online program. I think it is tremendously helpful and since continuing the program is only $9.95 per month after you've done the 12 week program, many of us keep extending our membership every month to keep having access to the program. The lessons after the first 12 weeks aren't new, although you can repeat them, but most of us who stay in the program continue to use the forums, continue to practice the habits sometimes using the workbooks, benefit from the chats and use the online "hunger coach" to help process things when we feel at risk for having an emotional eating episode.

I found the online program helped me apply things in a way that I don't think I would have if I only read the book. I am continuing to practice the habits and go to the online forum at Shrink Yourself daily. It is much more active than this Sparks team and members much more actively post and support each other there. The online program was truly life changing for me-- I have lost 58 pounds since starting it last August.

I fear that if I had only found the book, I would have "devoured it" as I have a tendency to do and then only applied little bits of it-- instead of really working on the 10 habits and making true change.

So if you have a meandering style and are going to be gone for awhile this summer, I'd still recommend taking the course and just planning on extending your membership at least a month or two so you can take it at your own pace. Many of us have just found it a great support. Most people there agree that you can cognitively get all the concepts after 12 weeks, but really applying them and sorting through your issues and changing a lifetime of behavior takes longer than 12 weeks. I plan to keep extending my membership there until I have not only lost all the weight (about 30 more pounds to go) but have maintained for at least a few months and feel confident that those behaviors are really permanently changed.

Then I am also making a maintenance plan that includes re-upping at Shrink Yourself and re-upping for the Done Girl Buddy Support System if ever I go above my maintenance ticker range.

Susan

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LKG9999's Photo LKG9999 Posts: 1,375
5/6/09 12:21 P

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Hmm, that might make doing the online program somewhat problematic until later in the summer. I already know I will be away for about 10 days in late June-early July. Thanks for the heads-up!

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RACHELRB's Photo RACHELRB Posts: 1,485
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No, I don't think you can go faster. They only 'open up' access to material on a weekly basis. I know there are others out there using the on line program who are extremely happy with it. I hope they add their insights too.

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LKG9999's Photo LKG9999 Posts: 1,375
5/6/09 11:07 A

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Hi Rachel,

Thanks for responding; I'm also more of a "meandering, go at my own pace" type. :-) Can you go through the chapters *faster* than 1 week if you want, or is it strictly one chapter per week?

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Welcome Lisa! A number of us have done the online program. I enjoyed the specifics of it- you were given specific responses based on how you deal with emotions and what your eating triggers are. That said it was regimented in that you had 1 week to do a chapter and you then moved on. I am more of a meandering go at your own pace type so I prefer the book to go back to. I still got a lot out of the on line program though.

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I'm reading the book and getting a lot from it, but wondering if I might get more out of the online program. If anyone has done/is doing the online program I'd love to hear about your experience. Thanks!

Lisa

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