BECK DAILY - So many details
Thursday, February 25, 2016
I'm going to begin Beck Day 12 tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'm carrying around my soft back Beck book (Pink). I originally bought a used hardcover Beck book, but I am partial to soft back books simply because I like the feel of them in my hand and they are easier to flip through, forward and back. This is important when you have a book that is a reference book, a study guide, something you don't just read from start to finish and be done with it. And I like this book so much I bought a new soft back copy that I can carry around and keep forever. Beck and I are committed!
I put the smaller yellow sticky notes in my Beck book, which I really want to call my Beck Bible, with no disrespect to the original Bible, lol. These sticky notes go on important pages that I refer to over and over.
Trouble is, almost every page is important, lol, so I quickly ran out of room to put yellow stickies on the tops of important pages, spread out so I can access them correctly. Then I had to start putting yellow stickies on the SIDE of the pages.
I can see that before long, my Beck book will have a yellow ruffle of stickies on three sides, lol.
The one I'm referring to a lot is in Chapter 2, a small gray box titled "which muscle are you strengthening?" It talks about your Resistance muscle and your Giving-in muscle. The idea about strengthening the Resistance muscle has stayed with me since I first read it.
I believe this very thought of continuing to resist eating something I shouldn't is what CLICKED in my brain at first and kept me flexing it many times a day, until I lost FIVE pounds while working through these first chapters! That is half of what I set out to lose, and I haven't reached the chapter on "starting the diet" yet.
I'm very familiar with these five pounds, having lost them many times, lol. Now I begin to work on the next five, which have been sticking to me for dear life for several years.
In previous years, I have spent hours and hours researching food - nutrition, health benefits, etc. Item by item. Eat this food for a while, have lab work done, notice result. So I have managed to transform an unhealthy lipid panel (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglyderides) into a beautiful one, and reduce inflammation in my body a great deal. (My C-Reactive protein went from the top of the "allowed" scale to "too low to measure".)
So I know how to eat. I know what way of eating is best for ME. Basically, I avoid sugar and starch, eat more veggies than I ever imagined I could, choose healthy fats and meats. This has made me healthy. At age 67 I am drug free. No prescription drugs at all.
However, in case you didn't realize it, you can eat nothing but healthy food and still gain weight or not lose it, if you eat too much. And this has always been my issue. I eat when I'm not hungry because I desire a certain taste, a certain texture, or I smell an aroma or see a commercial full of some tasty food. OR, I begin to eat a healthy meal and can't stop after one serving. Yuck!
I was unable to put a stop to this until I began Beck. I work that resistance muscle every hour of every day and now, it's working itself almost automatically. I wasn't kidding when I said in a previous blog that "Beck is the Thinking Man's Diet".
Now that I have my tiny little brain on board and focused, I look forward to going to bed each night knowing my resistance muscle had a good workout! And I wake up each morning eager to see the scale.
Once again, I quote long time SP member and maintainer, Nell Jones: "No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before." Nell, I thank you!
Also thanks to GABY1948 who got me started on Beck! And many others who encouraged me along the way. There's still a long way to go, but this is the path for me.