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6/24/18 2:52 P

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Checking in!

Yesterday I went over about a 100 calories as well. We had a day long Children's VBS at church yesterday. I couldn't plan my meals ahead of time because I wasn't sure what would be served. I did rather will for what was available. Skipped chips, cakes etc. Stuck with a turkey sandwich and sliced apples with a little cheese. I was up and moving all day helping kids paint birdhouses. Came home and took a small nap then got up and rode 24 minutes on my recumbent bike!!!

Weigh in Sunday: down 1.4 pounds this week. Slow and Steady.
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Edited by: TNCOUNTRYLIFE at: 6/24/2018 (14:55)
Striving for strength and balance in mind, body and spirit!!

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6/24/18 2:22 P

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Minnie, great job on the jog!
We too had nice cool weather here this morning and I went out for a run,
so much more pleasant than hot humid weather.

Kristin, yay for the day on track!

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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 6/24/2018 (14:23)
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Goal weight:
58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I finally got up and went jogging this morning. It was perfect weather cool.





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6/24/18 11:48 A

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Kriszta, thanks for the encouragement and kudos to you for staying on track even with work stress. Having had a large share of that lately, I sympathize. Good job! And yes, spontaneous synchronicity!

I did not follow my plan perfectly yesterday (went over my goal by 100 calories) but given the major stress, I'm forgiving myself, and getting back on track today. I am giving myself credit for eating mostly healthy, working out (ST and cardio), reading my response cards and doing my checklist. And also for making the plan, even if I didnt ultimately follow it perfectly. Today I have a plan and I am resolved.

Ready to go. Spark on, my friends!

Kristin
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Wow, there is a lot of spontaneous synchronicity,
with four of you in the 5% and the X-Weighted Challenges,
and Christi and Susan posting on the Day 10 message board on the same day!
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@KRISKECK congrats to the seven day on track! It is good you take it easy on a stressful day, I hope things resolve in your husband's family.

Christi, riding the wave of the momentum is a great idea, also, you will have some practice and you can help the ladies in the 300+ team when they restart.
Sounds like you were are well prepared for dieting, and ready to start!

Susan, I'm glad your uncle is OK, and your day went well.

I have more stress in my life (at work and in my family) than usual, so I'm often tired and less motivated. I hang on to my Beck skills, and did well on most days.
Friday was a work-from-home day, and some more stress, I responded to that by changing my meal plan which is never a good idea... but, on the bright side, I wrote down everything and saw amounts were OK and ingredients were healthy. Back on track today!
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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 6/23/2018 (14:24)
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Goal weight:
58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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6/23/18 12:36 P

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Checking in today to report that while I did not stick to my plan perfectly yesterday (extra glass of wine), I did stay within my calorie goals. Yay me! I also read my response cards, did my checklist and ate slowly while sitting down for every meal and snack. That's 7 days on track. Today I've made a plan and been to the gym and am ready to go. A tough day because of a crisis in my husband's family so will be taking it slow and easy on this day. Reach out and hug the ones you love. Best to all my Sparkfriends.

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6/22/18 11:29 A

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Hi Christi, sounds like you're doing great! You are very wise to take advantage of your momentum, consistency really is the key to success. I am coming back to using my Beck skills after not using them consistently for awhile and have been getting great support from Krizsta and other team members too. It helps a lot.

I've been using my skills every day for the past week, planning my food, giving myself credit, reading my response cards and doing my checklist. It helps keep me on track. Giving myself credit has been especially important this week, as I've been feeling discouraged lately. It really helps to remind myself about what I'm doing RIGHT instead of focusing on what I am doing wrong. Here is to another day of success!



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Just checking in. The first week in the pink book seemed pretty basic. I discovered that I already have been doing a lot of the "prep" work. I started the book with a group on the "300 Ibs. plus" team. I am the only one that has been working through each day and am ahead of everyone else. The rest of the group has decided to take a catch up break and start back with day 8 on Monday. I have momentum working in my favor and am going to keep working program day by day. Thankfully Kriszta has been giving me daily encouragement and so I have someone to help coach and guide me! I am also doing the X-Weighted Summer Challenge with ERICALEAH who joined this team a couple of days back. I love participating in the Challenges.

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6/21/18 11:50 A

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Susan, so glad to hear your uncle's surgery went well! And it sounds like you came through it very well too!
So you're joining the 5% Challenge too! It sounds like you picked a good team, given your fun summer plans! I also tend to respond better to a specific goal or challenge. I used to run races and that was a good incentive but no more... so I thought this might get me moving a little more consistently. I joined the Walkers Runners Joggers team, and am excited to start! Have a wonderful day!

Kristin
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Kriszta, thanks. That response just came to me spur of the moment. I was so relieved that she was so pleased when I said it. It totally took the pressure off me to eat more. She seemed really happy about making up plates of food for me to take home. By the way, I didn't touch one thing after I got home, but my husband was happy to eat some of it. I'll have to try that again the next time I'm in that situation.

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Kriskeck, yesterday's plan worked out well...stayed on track, and my uncle's surgery went well.

I'm a little intimidated by the rules of the 5% challenge too, but I'm hoping it will all become clear once we start. It looks like we'll be receiving messages tonight that we'll need to respond re joining our team. I think the team I requested was something like Casual Travelers...I didn't want to get too competitive of a team because it looks like some take this pretty seriously and I am soon going to be going on a cruise for 15 days and I didn't want to get into trouble for not posting points. When I signed up I thought the summer challenge had started and that I would get 6 weeks in before my cruise, but now I'll only get 9 days in before my cruise. Anyway, I'm hoping it helps me stay motivated...I tend to put more effort into something if there is a challenge. My family has a fitbit challenge each week, Monday to Friday, and it motivates me. Good luck to you in the 5% challenge.

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Susan, I agree with Krizsta, best response ever! So positive but holding the line. You did an amazing job holding the line on an extreme food pusher! And what great preparation for your daylong trek. You're doing great!

I've been sick with a summer cold the past couple days and working from home, which is usually a struggle for me, even though I keep little to nothing in the way of treats in the house. But I am feeling particularly motivated. And really appreciating the support from this team!

I also joined the Summer 5% Challenge. I've never done a Spark challenge before and am feeling a little intimidated by all the rules and directions but I am interested in trying something new, and the 5% goal is almost exactly in line with my goal of losing a pound a week. It also requires reporting exercise minutes, which will hopefully help me stay on track with exercise which has been a problem lately. Wish me luck! And thanks for all your support!

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Kudos to both of you!

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Susan, you response "I said they looked delicious, but the only way I could have more is if I took some home" is the best I have ever heard!


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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6/19/18 10:36 P

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Kriskeck, thanks for your support. The High Tea Luncheon was over the top! There were only 3 of us for lunch, but the hostess printed a menu, tied with a ribbon, had a gorgeous table setting. A huge plate of sandwiches....6 types. And 6 different desserts. And she was a food pusher! As soon as I finished something she pushed the plates of food over to me begging me to have more, and saying aren't you going to have some of this, you must have some of this, I made everything from scratch! Whoa! Pressure, pressure, pressure. But I just had enough of the sandwiches to equal 1 normal sandwich, and enough of the dessert to equal one small dessert. She kept insisting I should have more and saying these were special family recipes, etc. I said they looked delicious, but the only way I could have more is if I took some home. She was pleased about that and wrapped up 2 big plates for me to take home. I'm not touching them. My husband will probably have some of it for lunch tomorrow. I have to get up at 3 am tomorrow morning to to go another city to take my 97 year old uncle to the hospital for skin cancer surgery. I was worried about the choices I might make, eating out, being stressed and tired. But I decided to take my own food with me. I've got water, protein, fruit, cereal and yogurt, enough I think to get me through the day and stay within my 1200 calorie limit. I've just decided that I will only eat what I brought and not buy any food there, except for coffee. (I've cut sugar out of my coffee this week and just have milk in it....I miss the sugar, but I think I'll get used to it.)

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SUSAN, thanks for the encouragement! It was a good day yesterday too. Storing up confidence for when the going gets tougher. High tea sounds lovely but, yes, challenging. You can do this! Remember that you don't need to eat to please others, your praise and thanks are enough! Even if you don't know exactly what will be served, you can make general plans, maybe 2-3 tiny sandwiches and a dessert - at least with high tea, you can expect items to be small. It is alright to prioritize your need to eat less over other people's desires to push food (if that happens at all). And remember, no explanation necessary... just oh thanks so much, but no.... you can do this!

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Good job, Kriskeck! You're doing the right things! Building confidence that you can do it is so important! Checking menu and pre-planning your choices when eating out, getting in your exercise...perfect! I'm going to a "High Tea Lunch" today...friend of a friend...I think she goes all out...I have no idea what is being served...only 3 of us so I'll feel some pressure to eat so she knows I'm enjoying it. She's been asking us to visit for awhile and we said we would come for a cup of tea....then got a fancy facebook invite to High Tea Lunch...LOL! Anyway, I have to remember that my priority is staying on track, and I don't have to eat everything served just to please the hostess. As long as I show my verbal appreciation, that should be enough. Her friend owns a bakery....I am experiencing some anxiety about what she will serve...but I can do this, right?

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Thanks, Susan! And I had a good day yesterday too! We went out to dinner for Father's Day and I had pre-selected a reasonable meal by checking out the menu online. So that was a victory! Went for a run yesterday and am on track today, too. As I mentioned, I've been trying to give myself credit and I think I am doing well. I can feeling it helping my confidence. Keep sparking, friends!

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Kriskeck, you sound focused! Good for you. Keep it up. We can do it!

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Thanks BCHARIE, for the encouragement. I too would like to have the Beck strategies become mroe automatic. For me, it's all about practice. When I practice them consciously and consistently, they start to become second nature. But when I stop focusing on them, they evaporate pretty quickly. Yesterday I stuck to my plan with only one change... a bit of smores that my son's girlfriend brought. We had a wonderful time, a boat trip and a fire in the firepit. I gave myself credit for my positive actions. Didn't need to use my anti-craving strategies too often. it really helps to be in charge of the food, and everyone loved it. A successful day! Today I have a plan and I am focusing a lot on giving myself credit. I spend way too much time giving myself grief over the things I don't do. Good luck to all in achieving your goals today!

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KRISKECK, sounds like you did a pretty good job splitting the meals. It's so frustrating when we have those situations that are out of our control. Mind you I'm NOT a total control freak but.... I think (and hope) that using Beck at some point becomes so automatic for me that I go to those lessons in my head immediately thus avoiding the semi-panic of situations that arise. Your menu for tonight sounds awesome! Enjoy!






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Thanks, SUSANCDN and KRISZTA for the encouragement! I didn't do too well with my planning after all last night, as plans shifted throughout the day and I really had no idea what would be available for dinner. It was a huge work event with lots of complicating factors and while I wanted to wait until later to eat with my son and is girlfriend who are spending the weekend with us, I truly felt it would have been rude not to share a meal at the work function. So I tried to split the difference by having two small meals. SUSANCDN, perhaps I will go back to using the 7 questions. LIke you, I resisted using them because they feel like a lot of work. But I definitely need another tool. So today will at the very least will be less complicated, although it will still require discipline, with a celebratory feel to the weekend (I always feel that way when my kids visit!). But at least I am in control of the food! Shrimp and vegetable kabobs and hamburgers. Melon and other fruit for dinner. It will be about the people, not the food. I can do this!

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Welcome back and good luck for tonight!

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Kriskeck, good luck today! It's always difficult when you don't know what food will be available. I think a lot of us have difficulty with emotional eating. It was a big issue for me. I didn't see how I could ever overcome it, but I'm much better at controlling it now. Good to see you are planning to use your techniques. They work! It's just takes consistent practice, practice, practice. In addition to anti-craving techniques, the 7 questions technique has become a "go to" for me when I am feeling upset about something. I resisted 7 questions at first because it seemed like too much effort, but I repeat the 7 questions every day so that they come to me quickly when needed, and it is becoming automatic, easy to do, and changes my emotional state almost instantly. Thanks for sharing your challenges....it helps everyone...it especially helps you to write out what you are feeling and your plan to address it, and it gives team members a chance to support you. Looking forward to your regular check-ins.

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Hello! I've been a member of this team for awhile but not active. I'm going to try to check in every day here to be more accountable. Yesterday was not good on the food front, I was angry about work and my food choices reflected those emotions run amok. Today will be a bit challenging, since I'll be at a work event where I don't know what food will be available, but I've made some guesses and will try to be flexible and careful with my choices. I plan to give myself credit, use my anti-craving strategies and only eat while sitting down. No matter what! Have a great day, Sparkers!

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Thanks for letting me know Susan! That makes a lot of sense. I was away for a few days and had limited internet access.

Congratulations on your retirement and on how how well you are handling all the food events. I think you had one more. It sounds like you have many things to give yourself credit for.




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Wow, you did wonderfully at both meals,
especially the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet!
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I handled the Chinese buffet well last night. Fortunately, the calorie count was posted in front of each food, which helped me make better choices. I first walked around the whole buffet to see what the options were and then I made my choices. My entire meal, including dessert, worked out to 450 calories. I just had water to drink and I drank a lot of it. I enjoyed my meal and gave myself credit for pre-planning how I would handle it and making good choices. I can do this!

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I made it through the first meal! I had quiche, and only ate half, and I had a garden salad with dressing on the side. The others had large meals, more like dinner than lunch. I was the last to finish. I didn't eat the fresh, warm homemade bread, and I didn't have dessert. Drank lots of water and focused on conversations. Had a great time at my retirement lunch. Very thankful.
13,440 steps so far today. Next challenge....the celebratory anniversary dinner out tonight....buffet style Chinese food restaurant...flat price....all you can eat.

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Oh, two days of fun and challenging meals!
So nice of your boss to organize a retirement lunch for you.
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Have a wonderful time,
and remember you are now prepared to handle eating out and celebrations better than ever.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I have a challenging 2 days ahead of me. My boss is having staff lunch today to celebrate my retirement and it is at a very expensive country inn, so the food is special, and the occasion is special. Then tonight, we are going out to lunch with my son and his wife to celebrate their anniversary. Then tomorrow night we are having a dinner party, 8 people, to plan things for our upcoming cruise. The cruise dinner has been planned for awhile, the anniversary dinner was supposed to be the week before but was postponed due to the snow and ice storm, and the retirement lunch was a surprise by my boss. I've ended up with 3 difficult eating situations in a 2 day period. This is going to take all my focus. I've been preparing how I will handle each occasion, but I definitely feel some anxiety.

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I stop by the message boards every day.
It is a fun way to remember my skills!

3rd day back to work, 4 day's worth of work done. I'm tired but not resentful because I'll get a day off for the extra hours.
It is good I had my written dinner plan, and staple foods waiting for me when I arrived home at 8pm. 10 minutes later I was sitting at my desk, eating my lovely simple dinner, and sparking.

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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Suzy, I don't see a lot of interest in a group reading right now....probably too close to the previous reading. I am re-reading the pink book and am on Day 3, and am posting in the Ongoing Challenge. We will be opening our cottage probably in 2 weeks (if this snow ever stops!) and since both my husband and I will be retired, we will be spending more time there and the internet connection is not consistent and the data is limited and expensive, so I limit myself to a quick check on things when I go online. To lead a reading takes more time. Kristza was so good at reading everyone's posts and commenting and I wouldn't be able to do that when I'm at my cottage.

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Hello All,

I'm interested in seeing whether someone else wants to lead a group reading - no position to do this myself. I'm hanging in...not always easy....but doable:)



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For another round of group reading, I'm not yet ready to lead one,
but if one or two of you wish to lead a chellenge, I'm more than happy to invite you as team leader!
Leaders have some "super powers" like send team emails, sticky message boards, make team announcements on the wall, give team goodies etc...


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I'm sorry about the difficult day, Susan!
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I too find it amazing how a few poor food choices can knock me out the easy and comfortable balance I enjoy on good days... but we have our Beck skills and habits that can help us go back to the easy side.

Great job on the hard wok day, Suzy!
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I had one tough day too... back to the office after a week off, plus no less than 5 meetings, oh dear... 11 hours, I had to skip my morning exercises and leisurely breakfast. Good job I had plans for the meals, and I stuck to that plan... except an extra square of dark chocolate after dinner.
Tomorrow will be easier!

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CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I made some mistakes yesterday. I was doing so well, then yesterday I ate impulsively. It scares me to see how easily I lost my focus. I feel like I have to try extra hard today because yesterday I woke up the part of me that just wants to eat. I'm not feeling so confident. I know I have to get back on track right away.

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Hello,

Susan thanks for your good wishes. Things did not go as planned with my hard work day. I am doing everything I can (and mainly am successful) to remember that overeating on one day (even if it was pretty serious calorwise) is just a hurdle to get over and learn from. The positive note, is that this is the first late night work stint since I started the program. It’s a trigger situation that I need to prepare for and can prepare for. I’ve learned to handle other hard situations (family, holidays, travel). So I am sure I can handle this too. Each one needs slightly different strategies because the pressures and habitual patterns vary.

I might restart the link book too

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Welcome back, Kriszta! I missed you. I hope you enjoyed your retreat. Thanks for telling me about the Ongoing Challenge. I'll post there. I'm re-reading, one chapter a day. I plan to re-read the thread for each day too as I go, Days 1 to 42. I just feel like I have to make this part of day right now so that I keep practising the techniques and don't fall back. I'd definitely join a group reading of the pink book, if enough people were interested.

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Hi, I'm back from the meditation retreat,
and I'm so happy to see that many of you completed all the 42 days and beyond.
Congratulations and thank you for posting on the team message board, supporting and encouraging each other.

@SUSAN_CDN
I created a message board for long term practice after finishing the program,
check it out if you like!
Ongoing Challenge- Beck Weekly Check-In+Team Goals
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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We can use that thread, or this daily check in thread, as you like.

Or would you like to do another round of Day 1-42 reading?
I can send a team email and see if others wish to join.
Normally I lead two challenges per year, one in March and one in October : )

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Goal weight:
58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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4/15/18 12:44 P

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I need another challenge. Challenges keep me focused. Any suggestions?

Chapter 3 How Thin People Think
They easily differentiate between hunger and desire.
They don't think that much about food, they figure they'll always be able to find something to eat when they are hungry, or be able to withstand hunger if it's not convenient to eat.
They eat until they are reasonably full. It doesn't feel right if they eat so much they feel a little uncomfortable. Even if it is delicious, they don't want to keep eating.
They have a pretty good gauge of how much they eat. They don't fool themselves.
They don't turn to food for comfort or distraction.
If they gain weight they don't see it as a catastrophe, they just watch what they eat for the next few days or exercise more.
Most thin people stay thin by being careful about what they eat.
People who lose weight and maintain it do so because they've changed what they do and how they think about food and eating.

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I'm thinking of doing the pink Beck book. I think I'll get out my book and workbook!

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2018 is my year to reach goal and STAY there. No going back. With God nothing is impossible.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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Chapter 2 What Really Makes you Eat? This is a big challenge. You have to learn to become aware of what you are thinking before you eat. You have to learn how to tell if you are hungry and assess whether or not that is the case. You have to identify your sabotaging thought. You have to respond to your sabotaging thought. You have to make the decision not to eat unplanned food or overeat planned food, but if you do eat it you have to get back on track right away and not feel like a failure. None of this is easy. I'm not there yet, but I'm improving and I am observing how quickly the urge to eat goes away once I make the decision not to eat.

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I'm staring the pink book over again. I read Chapter 1 today, Key to Success. I can relate. I don't know how many times I have started a diet....Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, etc....and was focused and in control and lost weight the first couple of weeks, only to have life happen and get distracted, lose my focus, go off program, stop losing weight, get discouraged, give up, gain the weight back. I always knew that my thinking was the problem, but I didn't know how to change it. Now I'm learning.

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Suzy, good luck today. It's really good that you took the time to think about your day and plan for it. I find that sharing my thoughts on SparkPeople helps me to focus and think things through more thoroughly and look more objectively at my thoughts. I get more out of it than just analyzing or planning something in my head. So, it's good that you took the time to share. It is also helpful to others who are experiencing similar issues.

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I know I have a hard day in front of me - in terms of work. Thank you to the team for being an audience to my problem-solving.

My sabotaging thought was, "I'll just get through the day, one way or another." My response was - I can make the day easier by thinking carefully about the potential pitfalls.

Here are my strategies for getting through the day. It was very empowering to do this and it makes me feel more confident about getting the work done too!

a)Get up from my desk and move every hour. My fitbit is set for 250 steps per hour. I can do this every hour hour between 8 and 4.

b)I will switch my planned 3 mile jog to tomorrow. This seems more realistic.

c) I revised my original revised my food plan. I was supposed to go out and cook some staples. I switched to other foods that I already have in the house and that just need to be microwaved.


d) I will remember that I have a vacation coming up. The vacation will be a good combination of activity and seeing friends. I have lots to look forward to - but it's the fact that I'll be away that makes today harder.





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I feel great that I finished the whole 42 days! Observations....my thinking has changed a lot, some things are becoming automatic, this past week I've noticed it is getting easier and hardly any cravings, increased confidence that this works and I can get to my "lowest maintainable weight", realized that 42 days is not the end....it is the beginning....practice, practice, practice.

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Linda, great post!

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Hey Beck Team: emoticon

Im here to catch up. Id rather catch up than quit, as Ive always done in the past.My Internet service is draggy and slow. It drives me nuts and sometimes I just give up instead of posting a message.

Day 35 One time Im told to weigh every day, others say, once a week. I find I tend to weigh when I am feeling good about seeing a lower number and avoid it when I dont. Ill get back to working on that.

Day 36 Believe it. I do. I really do. There are so many testimonies on Spark about weight loss but also about gaining it all back. Im hoping these Beck tools will help me from gaining it all back. But I know I have to put in the work. Its all up to me.

Day 37 Reduce stress. Im retired so not much stress, just my adult kids have problems that spill over into my life. I help with my time and money and that makes me less stressed. For myself I BREATHE, SIT, ASK, TAP, YOGA, BREATHE.

Day 38 Dealing with a Plateau. Ive lost 30 pounds last year and have been playing with keeping it off. It has turned into a game of ping-pong and Im tired of it. I want to move on to losing the NEXT 30.

Day 39 Keep up with Exercise. I joined the gym but have not been once since the GGbaby arrived, and I am going to PT and I guess I could sure call that exercise 2 hours! Im finding the battery for my Fitbit tonight. Its on my list.

Day 40 Enrich my life I may take my tax money and go on a trip. Im looking at a meditation/neuroplasticity trip to Big Sur, CA. How neat would that be??? But what will I do with 5 dogs ??

Day 41 Make a New To- do list. I just made a new Daily Checklist which I will Zerox tomorrow and use!!! Its got every single thing on it that I need to do. Want to do.

I appreciate everyones input and lovely chat. It is very helpful.

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Thanks Krista for guiding us through Beck's 42 days, I am short on time, so I edit my last post. Learning more from reading everyone's post. emoticon emoticon What a coincidence Sarah I get my driver's license picture next week. Real shocker, last photo, 70 pounds heavier, surprised faces emoticon when I show ID.

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I finished Beck Day 42 today! It's pretty exciting!

I also have a hair appointment tomorrow and from there I am going to get my passport picture taken. No excuses!



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Never had a good swimsuit shopping day in my life.

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