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Figuring Things Out

Monday, July 13, 2015

I've been thinking about why I am doing better in this challenge than in past challenges. I was reading the Spark article “35 Bad Mood Busters” and it mentioned Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I wondered what it was and clicked on it. It said “The basic idea behind CBT is that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected together by two-way streets. Therefore, if you make a change in one area (how you think, for example), it will lead to changes in both of the others (how you feel and behave). It is a "here and now" approach—it doesn’t really matter which problem came first, or where it came from originally.”

My weakness is sweets. This time my thinking has changed. I ask myself is it worth the calories to eat that or would I rather loose the weight. I have decided so fat that I would rather loose the weight. In the past, I would have chosen the sweet. I do save enough calories to have a sweet after dinner. I don't think that I can cut them out completely. I still enjoy them too much.

I am also increasing my exercise. Thanks for the hike with my granddaughter I found out that I can do more than I thought I could. I'm also taking more naps, lol, but that is okay.

We are going on a mini-vacation with DS and family (6 kids) and hope I can keep it up. We will be doing a lot of walking. I love active vacations.
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  • DIETER27
    your doing great. Hope you enjoy your vacation.
    1348 days ago
    You are on the right track. I'm still using the foot surgery as an excuse. I need to stop. I need to realize that I have to reduce the food intake since I'm not able to do as much as before. The doctor said it may be 6 months before my foot is normal again. It is much better but I still have one very bad nagging pain that really bothers me when I'm walking. I go to the doctor tomorrow and I am going to ask if it is normal and will go away or if I have developed another problem.

    I hope you enjoy your family vacation. My husband's family reunion is weekend after next. I hope my foot lets me enjoy all of the fun. I certainly hope I don't have to just sit around a lot.

    Enjoy your naps.

    1349 days ago
  • MLYONS2003
    You are doing great! I know that positive thoughts make a world of difference to me too. I try to snag those negative thoughts as soon as they enter my mind and turn them around. Keep up the great work and have fun on your vacation.
    1349 days ago
    I'm a disciple of CBT, attaching strong positive emotional images to good habits and strong negative emotional images to less desirable habits, but nothing is "forbidden" because you know about forbidden fruit!

    The more often you are able to resist sweets, the easier and more "by habit" that act will be.

    It's a wonderful surprise to realize that we can do more exercise now than when we began this journey, isn't it!

    Naps are good -- isn't that one of the benefits of retirement? Adequate sleep lets your body do the behind-the-scenes work of revamping your body. It's magical!

    Happy Transformation! Savor those moments with your DS & his family!
    1349 days ago
    Enjoy your vacation.
    1349 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    The CBT makes sense to me Yvonne. I, too, have to make that choice when it comes to chocolate, chocolate ANYTHING! Do I want the chocolate or to lose weight?? Thin people think it's no big deal but to me it is HUGE! :-)

    Enjoy the upcoming vacation with family, it sounds awesome!
    1349 days ago
    I like the type of vacations that keep us moving! Hope you thoroughly enjoy yours and make lots of great memories.
    1349 days ago
    This makes sense to me; you are doing great! Nothing like grandkids to motivate you to keep moving! Keep up the positive thoughts!
    1349 days ago
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