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Thinking Like a Thin Person?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Another good night! That's 4 in a row of 8 hours or more!! Can't remember last time I had such good sleep.

I'm doing the Beck book (The Beck Diet Solution) again and this time I bought the workbook, too. There is so much good stuff in that book. I want to absorb more of it. The subtitle is "train your brain to think like a THIN person." I'm doing well in eating and exercising, but I'm a long way from thinking like a thin person.

For one thing, most mornings when I wake up my first thought is, "I want food." I know some people have a hard time eating breakfast, but for me the thought of breakfast gets me out of bed most days. Only time in my life I didn't eat breakfast was when I thought it would help me lose weight. I'd try not to eat all day and then give up, stuff at night, wake up with a food hangover, skip breakfast and try not to eat again. That's not a good pattern. I guess waking up hungry is okay, especially if it is not waking up in the middle of the night and eating. That night eating thing is another bad pattern I have fallen into from time to time. Sometimes I wonder if my blood sugar falls too low at night or something. Anyway, there may be a physical reason why I have such difficulty with food from 8pm to 8am. But even if there is, I can live at a healthy weight by tracking, wise food selections, exercising, drinking enough water, sleeping enough, getting support, etc.

I want to incorporate as much of the Beck philosophy as I can, but I may never truly think about food like a thin person. I guess that will just be okay.
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  • _LINDA
    I am one of those that needs a big breakfast to start my day out right. Need that fuel to make it through. The calories then taper off throughout the day with the other meals. I think being hungry in the morning is a healthy sign. Everything I have read, they all want you to have a healthy breakfast and consider it the most important meal of the day.. I find a 300 calorie supper (with enough protein & fat to satisfy and not feel hungry later) is all I need for the night. The key is to not have it too early. I eat at 8 pm usually with a 11 pm bedtime. Its light enough not to disturb sleep even if I have to have it later because of my fitness classes which go from 6-8:30 pm, then with travel time and hot tub time, I am not home until close to 10 pm.
    Might I say, I am very, very envious of all the sleep you are getting! Well done!!
    2195 days ago
    One thing I've noticed is that if you keep yourself busy and hydrated, you don't think about food as much. If you are hungry in the morning, I think it's a good thing. It often means that you didn't overeat the night before. One thing I've done to try to battle the 8p.m. to 8a.m. thing is to eat something light with just a little fiber in it during the hour before bed. Then I drink some water afterward. The fiber makes you feel full and digests slowly. Just a thought...
    2197 days ago
    Love Beck, and like you go back to it again and again. Do I "think like a thin person"? Well, maybe not with any absolute finality. But I sure do think like a thinner person!! Because I know that hunger is not an emergency, and that thin people experience hunger every day . . . without panic . . . as a signal that we are going to enjoy our next meal even more!!
    2200 days ago
    Gradually, it's happening for me, too. Of course I have been a morning person my whole life, a huge fan of breakfast!

    But thinking like a thin person is: focus on the event, not the food at the event! Or... on the scenery, not the food ads on the road!

    Have a great weekend. emoticon
    2200 days ago
    Good thinking!
    2200 days ago
    I'm sure I don't think like a thin person. I'm not sure that I can change that.
    2200 days ago
    Marsha, I don't think I will ever think like a thin person. Actually, the thin people that I did know all those years I battled my weight now have the same battle. I'm much better prepared for it than they are. They feel like their body has played a trick on them.
    When I was young, those that were thin really didn't even seem to think about it at all. Always bewildered me, it became an issue for me as soon as I hit puberty. Spent a lifetime Winning and Losing the same battle over and over. I really suspect that I've won this time because I'm off the hormone roller coaster!
    There is more to all this than calories in/out. That can account for the mechanics of gaining or losing but not the moods and cravings that hit at different TOM. That, I happily have moved beyond! I now just think like a healthy person and can do it everyday! emoticon emoticon
    2200 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    I still keep coming back to Beck too. Yesterday I broke an important rule--plan before you eat. And don't eat anything you don't plan to. I am with you!!
    2200 days ago
    I need to pull my book and workbook back out and start it again as well.
    2200 days ago
    What is the Beck diet about?

    2200 days ago
    i feel you learn something from any diet
    2200 days ago
    I've listened to Beck talk about his diet - always seemed a bit extreme - is it?
    2200 days ago
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