I followed a link to a message board post about falling off track since that is where I am at these days. One person mentioned this "fat loser" guy and I googled it.
I kinda like him. So I signed up for his free 30 day program. You watch a 5-7 minute video each day. He is a "mental toughness" coach. That sounded like he would be yelling in my ears like those biggest loser trainers......but, I think he is like us. He is reasonable, down to earth and honest.
Sooooooooo, I would love it if some others would check him out.
“The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.” ― Pema Chödrön
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I first came to SP several years ago under a different name. I wanted a diet buddy and one never materialized. I was disappointed with SP and left after just a few weeks. I now know that SP doesn't really work that way, you post on the threads of your team(s) and hope to get support there as you support others. I still struggle with my diet, weight goals, etc, and I think a real diet buddy would do me good. But, like Mare said, those things tend to fall through. I think it has a lot to do with how the diet buddy relationship is set up. A phone call would be way more effective than e-mail or spark mail. I wouldn't be opposed to having a diet buddy now, but I think we'd need to interview each other...
Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light in the exact proportion to them will flood the soul. ~Simone Weal
Community, tracking, and accountability are the hall marks of the Spark world. Our 2010 team is awesome for support building and checking in. Not to rain on your parade- but I suggest you develop some relationships here, or in any team that supports your goals, and you will find your coach that way. Doing daily check ins takes an emotional commitment that comes through time. It's easy to say 'yes' and then have that fall through. I've been there, done that with requests by me, and to me. Get to know us... Boo is awesome, and the team just flies. Readers galore here- and we love to share our goals & ups and downs.
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Several of us on the 2010 WIN Challenge thread have read Judith Beck's book, which contains a lot of very useful information. The reminder cards, which we resisted at first, are especially helpful. (Congrats also on the clean eating. Much more satisfying than over-processed foods.)
Since some of us are contrarians, we also resisted the idea of a diet coach, since we're trying to recover from yoyo dieting and "dieter's mentality". Then, we decided that we would use the group participating in 2010 WIN as our coach. It's working beautifully, and we have developed a strong bond within the group. Check it out.
If you decide you want to, you and anyone else on the team can join us at any time, by introducing yourself and posting your goals. You choose your own weekly goals and change them as you see fit. Our only rule is that we check in at least ONCE a week (on Fridays or Saturdays) to let everyone know how things are going. Most of us are there daily. A weigh-in is OK, but not required, since many of our goals have to do with behavior changes.
Your idea is good. We find the support of people who understand invaluable. One of the participants also goes to a nutritionist, for additional help. We talk about anything and everything, like friends do.
Another book that we've found helpful is MARTHA Beck's "Four-Day Win". Have you read that one? Martha works as a life/career coach (you may have read her column in Oprah's O Magazine).
I was sick of reading diet books for a while, too, ANN. I do like these two.
Sure, it can be done without a book. But that's only a portion of the book, having and being someone's diet coach. There is more to it, for sure, all of which I intend to use. But I was just curious to see if anyone was willing to do that one portion with me.
If you're interested in working with me, let me know.
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I think your mini goal is good.My goal is to walk 3 miles 3x's a week. Yes it can be done without buying the the book but you do have to watch portion size and it is nice to have a diet buddy. Let me knoow and I'll see if I can help
Can this be done without buying/reading Dr. Beck's book? Not sure I want to read yet another diet book. But I am all about coaching. I hired a career coach a year ago and haven't regretted it for a moment. Having someone who helps talk you through issues, plan your way forward, cheer your victories, and generally boost your self esteem is invaluable. I can see how a diet/fitness coach would be a big help
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin
I'm following the Beck Diet Solution. If you don't know what it is, it's a psychological method to teach yourself how to think, eat, and be active like a thin person. It's mostly for people (like myself) who have had many struggles with losing weight in the past. I am coupling it's techniques with Sparkpeople and a clean diet.
But I am looking for a "diet coach." Part of the Beck Solution is to find a diet coach who you can talk to often about your progress, set backs, changes in weight, and to gain motivation from. I would like to be someone's diet coach and for someone to be mine. I think it would be a lot more personal than just posting on these message boards (though I will continue to do so!) because we would be able to get to know one another and really attempt to help each other problem solve our way through set-backs, should they occur.
If you're interested in getting to know me, what I'm all about when it comes to weight loss, and developing a pretty great friendship, **send me and email.**
I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and getting/giving motivation!
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