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Beck, Chapter 3, Task 3: Make Time for Dieting

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Task 3 is about making time. JB tells us that "to lose weight successfully, dieting should be your top priority for a long time, and maintaining your new habits will always be high on your list if you want to keep off the excess weight for life."

She goes on to say that "Making excuses is a slippery slope that leads to failure."

"No duh," right?

That's it. No quick fix. No "magic" pills or food combinations. No miracle cure promising that the weight will "just fall off." This plan is about making the time, staying focused on developing and maintaining the healthy habits that work.

We all know this, of course.

But in about a month, the holidays will be over and we'll stop being bombarded with food ads and start being bombarded with ads for miracle weight loss plans. They'll all be making promises about how much we can lose in the shortest amount of time.

But we're smarter than that, right?

Yes, of course we need to make time for dieting. We need to make time to read her book, practice our new skills, exercise regularly, plan and prepare our meals. It takes time. It also takes time to get used to this new way of thinking.

What seems to work for me is to get up early in the morning and do some Sparking before breakfast. I read my Advantages & Response cards, some blogs, my Beck book. I decide what I'm going to have for dinner. Then I'm ready to start my day with my intentions firmly in place. After dinner, while tracking my food, I take 15 minutes to go through Sparkcoach. That helps renew my motivation and tends to keep me from "blowing it" with night time eating.

This seems to work for me but I need to work on CONSISTENCY. As much as I hate to (I'm retired, after all!) I may need to set an alarm so I get up early enough EVERY day so I don't find myself making excuses that I don't have the time!

We all have the same 24 hours in every day. If losing weight is truly important to us, we will move it up the priority list and make the time!

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    i've made the same commitment time wise, for beck, for maintenance, for spark - it's good to see others on the same journey! emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Yes, I feel like dieting needs to be my first priority if I want to achieve my goals. My hope is that through practicing the Beck program, it begins to become habit and I won't have to think about it too much!

    1606 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Sounds like a good plan. Sometimes in order to meet our priorities it must be scheduled. yes even if an alarm clock is involved. Is this something that you would want to sustain for life?
    1607 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You have your days planned well! And thanks for such great blogs....I am loving that so many of us are on here doing brain NEEDS to be bombarded with Beck for a LONG time until it is second nature! Have a emoticon Sunday!
    1607 days ago
    My have come back home ready to take the world by the tail, girl! Good job with the consistency. Yep, I start every day with Spark too. and what a good idea to do SparkCoach right after supper so you're focused on being "on-plan" for the evening. I'm giving you credit: Great job!! You give yourself credit too!

    This Beck program has changed my life....
    1607 days ago
    That sounds smart. I haven't been following any plan, but I've been eliminating processed food and making better daily food choices. Each season, I introduce new healthy foods and let ones that don't serve me fall away. It does take time. There's no magic.
    1607 days ago
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  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon No more excuses for me! We can do it! I need to workout in the mornings but I always choose to stay in bed.
    1607 days ago
    Planning to succeed takes more time than I wish it did, but, like you, I'm retired so I don't really have an excuse not to pursue weight loss with all the ardor of which I am capable.
    1608 days ago
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