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Preparing for Beck

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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.

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  • NANCY-
    You are
    Yes is it difficult to stifle the McQuick fix. In order it give a recital... one must prepare and practice.
    You've got this!
    1608 days ago
    best wishes to you!

    1609 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon I haven't tried the Beck diet but I'm definitely guilty of skipping chapters in books. emoticon
    1610 days ago
    Haha! Who hasn't?
    You made some good discoveries there. Always good to start at the beginning.
    I don't know Beck, but Spark seems to be buzzing about it.
    Maybe it's the break you need.
    Wishing you much success.

    1610 days ago
    oh my, you sound like me in so many ways! I tend to yo yo and cherry-pick too, but I've been doing the pink Beck book step by step and really appreciating the way the skills and practices build on each other. Good luck and look forward to hearing about your experience.

    1610 days ago
    Good for you!
    And good Luck...will watch for your progress and opinions!
    1610 days ago
    I need to start something like this. Does AMazon carry that book, do you know?

    1610 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    I sooo do the same thing..I'm like..yada yada yada get to the good stuff or the stuff I already know..the easy stuff!! And really its ALL important. We NEED to do the boring (reading 3 chapters to get to good stuff) & harder stuff to if we want to make it a permanent change. Its like they say..if it was easy, everyone would do it. Embrace the hard & one day it won't seem so hard :)
    You got this!!!
    1610 days ago
    You can do it!!!
    1610 days ago
  • GABY1948
    As I said yesterday, I have the green book also and will be going along with you and Marsha! This does work and I don't intend to lost it.

    SO looking forward to your blogs!

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    1610 days ago
    Yes, I'm exactly like you! And if it weren't for Watermellen dragging me step by step, day by day through the 44 day program, I would have done the same with this book. I own dozens of diet books and refused to purchase the Beck book so I borrowed it from my library. Now that I'm finished it, and know it works, I'm ready to buy it so that I'm prepared for when I need a refresher.

    I hear ya girlfriend! I hear ya! This one works! It's a gift, but not a given.

    Congratulations on getting ready to lose!!!
    1610 days ago
    Those are some deep insights, my friend. Congrats!! I've never heard of Beck. I thought maybe you were getting ready for a concert! LOL

    I'm going to try the Whole30 diet in January. I know it didn't work for you. I'm interested in it mostly for the extreme self-discipline it asks. I like grains and legumes a lot, so avoiding those (which I think are healthy) will be a challenge. I'm already gearing up for it, thinking about what I'm eating now and if it is compliant.

    Take wisdom where you find it, and discard the rest! emoticon
    1610 days ago
    Oh my, I am Just. Like. You.

    Wanna rush through it, read about it and not do it . . .because I'm a good reader kinda person.

    And I agree -- it's worth taking the time and completing the steps BEFORE the diet. Because the diet isn't the heart of it (or the hard of it either) -- it's changing the thinking. Much harder.
    1610 days ago
    A wonderful discovery on your own bookshelf. Going through the steps in the order she suggests may be just the thing you need to get to maintenance and stay there.
    1610 days ago
    Good Luck!
    1610 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Beck is great. Good luck on your new program. She has excellent tools.
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

    1610 days ago
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  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    1610 days ago
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