Are you like me?
Have you borrowed/bought multiple diet books only to blast through the opening chapters so you can hurry up and get to the heart of the matter? The actual diet?
And then you follow it for a few days or weeks only to eventually abandon it?
And how's that working for ya? It's sure not working for me!
When I picked up the green Beck book (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) I did my usual thing: I skimmed through the first couple of chapters.
When I got to Chapter 4 on Stage 1 of the diet, I thought, "OK, I'll start here." I made copies of the checklist from the back of the book (so I don't write in my book) and made my Advantages cards, and was ready to move to the diet (Stage 2) but then I realized....
I'm not ready! NO WAY! NO HOW!
In this book Judith Beck discusses FIVE STAGES to weight loss. In Chapter 3 she lists TEN TASKS TO GET READY. (I had skimmed over them and cherry-picked the ones I was willing to do or already doing.)
In Chapter 4, (Stage 1) she lists:
* NINE skills to learn
* SEVEN experiments to conduct
* ELEVEN resistance techniques to adopt
And I thought I could skim through all of this????? Only doing the tasks that didn't seem too hard???
Could this be the reason my weight always seems to yo-yo?
I started Spark in 2009 at my highest weight -- 184 pounds. I got down to about 160 a year later but then put a big whack of it back on and had to start over. I got down to 136 in 2013, but now I am back up to 148!
So CLEARLY I do NOT have this weight loss/maintenance thing down, and CLEARLY I should not be skipping over the Ten Tasks to get ready, much LESS the Nine skills, Seven experiments or the Eleven resistance techniques!
Today I start from the beginning. Today I'm on Chapter 3, "Getting Ready to Lose", Task One: Gathering my Supplies.
I'm going to go through everything just the way the expert has laid it out. I'm going to trust the process.