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Day 33: Eliminate Emotional Eating
Tuesday, March 16, 2010      5 comments

(one of the Beck Diet Solution steps) This challenge is going to be a long process for me. I shall persevere. Beck has many good instructions. Right now the Emotional Eating issue reminds me of the "Bear Hunt" chant I learned in Girl Sco... Read more
DAY 32: Prepare for Travel
Monday, March 15, 2010      8 comments

On a last-minute out-of-state trip, this response card saved the day: "I can stick to my eating plan no matter what is going on in my life." Although I scoffed when I first read this statement in the Beck Diet Solution, I made a choice to beha... Read more
DAY 31 and Gratitude
Sunday, March 14, 2010      7 comments

What can I say to my Spark friends and associates who have encouraged me in so many ways . . . your support and kindness really lifted me up from the blues and the blahs. I send to you all an inadequate yet vigorous THANK YOU!!! With a... Read more
Confidence Casualty
Saturday, March 13, 2010      10 comments

When I have an overeating crash, I have been able to get back on track pretty fast with my food choices and planning/tracking. But I've noticed several times that what really suffers is my self-confidence. Thursday night I was tired and wor... Read more
What Works
Friday, March 12, 2010      5 comments

Here are some excerpts from an amazing site . . . Works: Non-scale victories. (Resting heart rate down to the 50s from the 70s, swimming a mile at a time, etc.) Doesn’t work: The number on the scale as a sole measure of success (and ... Read more
Stop at First Fullness
Thursday, March 11, 2010      8 comments

I do use all the tricks I've heard . . . drink water before I start, drink water during the meal, take small bites, chew slowly and thoroughly, put your fork down between bites. Most of these seem to address the physical fullness: the water make... Read more
Quote Digest 7 - Risk! Change! Courage!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010      6 comments

I am having to take a hard look at why I engaged in self-destructive habits for so long. Changing those self-destructive habits requires a good deal of self inspection as well, since in order to truly change a habit, you have to deal with the re... Read more
DAY 30: Stay in Control When Eating Out
Monday, March 08, 2010      6 comments

My number one survival technique is to ask for a take-out box when I order. I usually have to ask twice, since servers are surprised and don't seem to believe I really want it at the beginning of the meal. That's okay---it's just something I hav... Read more
DAY 29: Resist (or Re-direct) Food Pushers
Sunday, March 07, 2010      4 comments

Beck recommends that I say "No, thank you" as many times as necessary. Be like a broken record is suggested, and that is effective as far as helping me be firm and not just give in to repeated offers. But what about when the food pusher is so... Read more
DAY 28: Weigh In
Saturday, March 06, 2010      6 comments

I am very happy to officially reach the milestone of 50 pounds lost. I can just barely lift 50 pounds for a few moments; how could I have carried that mass around for so many years? No wonder I was tired, slu ggish, and my joints ached. ... Read more
Freelady vs. the Mini-Wheat
Saturday, March 06, 2010      11 comments

Numerous individuals from age 11 to age 20 graze in my kitchen. SOMEONE left a Maple-and-BROWN-SUGAR Bite-Size Mini-Wheat, just one, on the counter. It was just sitting there looking up at me when I came to get my planned food. A thought ... Read more
DAY 27: Master the Seven Question Technique
Friday, March 05, 2010      8 comments

I practiced these 7 questions (from the Beck Diet Solution) when I wanted to eat leftover chicken and pasta late at night. The desire was a sneak attack, a fierce yearning that distraction did not diminish. 1. What kind of thinking error c... Read more
Quote Digest 6
Thursday, March 04, 2010      12 comments

"Failing" is only failure if you quit. Otherwise it's a learning opportunity. SparkQuote posted by DivaLady4Life blog 2/22 Oh well. Moving on . . . So I binged one day out of the last 10 days. Not the end of the world. If I get back on t... Read more
A BigLittleIdea from BigLittleWoman
Wednesday, March 03, 2010      11 comments

I hug my kids every day. Would I say, "Okay, great. I've got them to the point where they're secure and feeling loved. Now I can relax. I don't have to go to all that trouble any more . . . ." No, of course not. Why would I think... Read more
26 Commandments for New Runners
Tuesday, March 02, 2010      11 comments

In the movie What About Bob, the main character ropes himself to the mast of a sailboat so that he can experience Lake Winnipesaukee in spite of his multiple phobias. He stands awkwardly as the boat flies across, grinning wide-eyed, hair blown ... Read more

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