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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lately I’ve been unsuccessful in sticking to my eating plan and it has been really frustrating.

So much so, that last week, I got my Beck tools back out and began using them on a daily basis. My Advantages card – which I updated to prioritize my athletic goals – my response cards, and my checklist with all those great Beck habits listed so I won’t forget them and can track whether or not I am doing them... reading my cards, remembering to give myself credit, ALWAYS eat sitting down (rather than mostly)… you get the drift. So, off to a good start.

But while I was improving, I still was not doing the critical thing: staying under my calories goal every day. And I asked myself, “ What in world is wrong with me?” And promptly decided that really isn’t the most productive perspective, and turned it on its head, instead. I’m doing a lot of the right things already (lots of x’s on my checklist!) but what could I do to make myself take that next big step?... Hmm… maybe I need to reward myself more. So I decided to put a few dollars aside to go towards clothes or a pair of shoes each day I meet my calorie goals. And to strengthen the incentive, I added it to my Beck checklist so I see it every single day.

And the first day I implemented it, I achieved my goal. So I am off to a good start. Now, I can’t afford to do this program forever, but for now – maybe for the next month – it’s a good short term incentive to get me back on track.

In other news, I went to the doctor yesterday because my neck has been hurting for the past couple months and nothing I’ve tried has helped. I got a new pillow, switched out our mattress (we had a newer one in the guest room), adjusted my swim stroke and got a bike fit. To no avail…still hurting.

The doctor prescribed PT and a precautionary X-ray, and suggested that if biking and/or swimming were aggravating it, that I might want to take a break from those things for now. And being completely honest, I had to admit they were.

So, I’ve decided to skip the September triathlon I had planned and instead train only for the 10 mile running race on the calendar for October, and mix it up with some strength training, stationary bike and maybe some easy swims (breast stroke only), and yoga. I need to take care of this body, so it can keep going for a long time. The doctor feels pretty sure that once I’ve done some PT and am feeling better, I can go back to triathlon training. I feel good about the decision.

Thanks for listening, my friends! Wishing everyone a happy day and success in all you set out to do today!
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    You've got a great plan for staying in the game! I'm rooting for ya!
    612 days ago
    Sounds like some excellent fine tuning going on. Keep up the good work! Hope you'll be feeling better again soon and back to your triathlon training. Take care!
    613 days ago
    Glad you are listening to your body and using the tools to your advantage.
    Sounds like Beck will reboot your food and you will have a super race.
    613 days ago
  • GABY1948
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    613 days ago
    I sure know how frustrating it can be to try and try to stick to a plan without success and sometimes we just can't figure out what the problem is! Good for you, Kris, getting those Beck tools working for you.

    I have so impressed with your training for triathelons. Wow, what a woman! I am sorry, however, to hear about your neck issues. I can feel your pain (mine is in my knee). Hopefully a good rest will do the job of healing whatever is causing the problem.

    Keep up the good work!
    613 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    614 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

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    Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
    Napoleon Hill
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