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.
Edited by: LADYIRIS313 at: 5/25/2009 (19:17)
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars"
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