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Thin Thoughts on "Beck Day 6 - find a diet coach"

Saturday, October 07, 2017

The Beck Diet Solution Team is currently working through the 6-week program outlined in Judith S. Beck's book by the same. I encourage everyone to check out the team and perhaps join in the read.

Day 6- Find a Diet Coach
We just finished Day 6 which recommends finding a diet coach. I was reluctant to post because this diet coach things has been tricky for me in the past tours through the book.

This is where I brace myself for hisses and boos.

You see, I have never had a so-called Weight Problem. I have never had much weight to lose - 10 lbs at the most - and have held steady within a couple pounds of my desired weight since I started to track 3 years ago. I picked up the Beck Diet Solution and joined this team to help get a grip on emotional eating and some poor habits that had set in after a rough stretch in my life. But just try to find someone in the dieting community who will help you *maintain* your healthy habits and you'll be surprised at the reaction.

I have offered to team up with at least three coworkers as accountability partners, and they look at me like I have three heads. They think maintaining is easy and natural, and that I'm just born to be active and eat cottage cheese for lunch and skip the birthday treats that everyone brings to work. They have actually said these things to me.

My heavier friends think I don't know what it's like to struggle with eating. Let me tell you, folks, thin people have struggles, too. Of course I'd like to chow down that whole party crasher bag of popcorn during the movie. On a bad day, all I need is a spoon and a commercial break, and you'll see how fast I can make that tub of ready-made cookie dough disappear. Put a can of Pringles in front of me at 4:30 and you will see how weak I am. Thin folks internalize the "Beckniques" (thanks, whoever made that one up), but need support to keep at it just like everyone else. (I can hear the "wah-wah-wahs" right about now.)

Thin people can be great encouragement for others who are trying to get thin (Remember Chapter 3 - How Thin People Think). We also want someone to cheer us on and make it a little easier, or at least more interesting, to make good decisions for our health.

Well, now that I'm done with my little, um, *outburst*, I will say that the Beck Diet Solution team is ubersupportive and has been a helpful, understanding "diet coach." I have 1,239 friends on this team (as of this moment) who will give me an "atta girl" when I need it.

Thanks for listening. Honestly, I hope you all have this problem, too, sometime in the not-too-distant future. Because, I know, it's a good problem to have.

Spark on !!!
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  • 911BRAD

    Kathleen, I enjoyed your blog post... Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you continued strength! Brad
    661 days ago
    Oh, Kathleen, it so good to hear from you! I love your honesty emoticon
    I know you have been busy with school and studying (Are you finished?) and my consistency is not always stellar as I am in and out of SP looking for that perfect fit! So I'm glad to run across you on this review.

    Thanks for the eye-opener about being thin, but still looking for support. I got your back!

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    1007 days ago
    Thank you for your honesty and helpful information. I hadn't realised there were teams for maintenance. I have an upper 'red line' that I try not to cross, but that can lead to yo-yo eating and probably an unhealthy preoccupation with 'weighing in'.
    I tend to crave carbs when work is mentally stressful or, curiously, when I'm bored. I can work out why I do it. The tricky bit is finding alternative coping mechanisms and staying with them.
    I will be interested in checking out the teams mentioned.
    Thank you!

    1008 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2017 9:50:27 PM
  • AURA18
    emoticon Maintaining any amount of reduced weight is difficult. I try to focus on 5 pounds at a time. My husband is sometimes a good coach, we are learning together. He grew-up in India with excellent eating habits. Came to US for college and found it difficult to remain vegan and be a marathon runner. Going through Beck readings several times may help me feel more confident. Found your words encouraging. emoticon
    1009 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2017 7:40:21 PM
  • ALICIA363
    Atta girl!
    1010 days ago
    Great blog - thanks for sharing!
    1010 days ago
    Loved your blog! Very helpful to see the whole picture!
    And I encourage you " to keep at it" even if/when the effort is not obvious to heavier bystanders.
    1010 days ago
    I totally understand - reaching a good goal weight and maintaining it for years is a wonderful thing, but not the end of the struggles!
    The supportive Spark Teams, especially the BDS team and the At Goal and Maintaining... team are a blessing to me.
    1010 days ago
    Wow, good for you!!

    I find attractive too that the Beck spark team has many maintainers, quite a few who are following this round, who talk about how tough it is to maintain, OneKidsMom's first line on her sparkpage profile is

    Maintenance: The Final Frontier! Heck with "Space"... unless you're talking about what one fills

    A lot of these Beck maintainers also belong to the Spark ' At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" team.

    One of my goals is to reach maintenance and join this team. I am pretty close, hopefully by the end of 2017

    1010 days ago
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