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Back to Beck - Day Four - 2nd Round - and Confession

Monday, December 22, 2014

First, thank you, all for your comments everyday. When I was feeling "weird" about blogging again yesterday I was thankful that SOMEONE else was not bored to death. Thank you all....but the comment that helped me most was WATERMELLEN's when she reminded me that we blog for "ourselves" and it jerked me back to reality, we DO. It really DOES help...so for anyone that doesn't blog, I would suggest you try it. It HELPS.

Now, one more thing...I have a confession to make today. I feel SO dumb! TOTALLY. I am such a CAREFUL person usually but I have been totally dumb. You have all been listening to me MOAN and GROAN about going UP and DOWN and everywhere but REALLY DOWN. Ever since I have been on a HEALTH drive (since 2008) I have learned all I could about nutrition. My favorite thing to have each day is Kashi Go Lean cereal...high fiber, high protein, etc. Well a couple weeks ago I found a new Kashi Go Lean cereal...."Krisp" and the calories were really close (I thought) but there was a tad more sugar in the Krisp one so I would have half and half of the original Go Lean cereal with the other half the Krisp. "SOMETHING" told me yesterday to RE-check my whole calorie intake for my days (easy, since I so often repeat meals). Well, imagine when I did that and found I am actually having 100-150 MORE calories than I thought PER DAY because of the Krisp one being added (I have it for breakfast and for late snack)! The portion size for the original Go Lean was for 1 cup and for the Krisp was 3/4 cup!!! DUH! So I am returning the unopened boxes of Krisp today and will only have the original from now on. I know this is the problem of my bouncing weight! PLUS I have been eating my packs of nuts for my late snack since reading how much protein helps us stay full (and, it WORKS). But, GOOD JOB that I figured it out before becoming discouraged indeed.

You know, I was SO embarrassed that I almost didn't "confess" but I just had to be accountable to you all. Beware! Never take anything for granted...check and check and check again! I still may bounce all over but I bet my downward trend will start going in the right direction now! ALWAYS double check portions and calories!

Today begins Day 4. This is another one that I have felt since first reading Beck that it is A KEY strategy for me. But I also realized when reading it I need to STAY LONGER here. I simply did not incorporate ALL the elements of the day or if I did some of them have slipped.

Today is: EAT SLOW AND MINDFULLY

When we eat slowly:
* Our brains have time to register that we are FULL.
* When we NOTICE and ENJOY every mouthful we feel more SATISFIED when the food is gone.

EATING QUICKLY AND MINDLESSLY IS COMMON AMONG PEOPLE WHO HAVE A WEIGHT PROBLEM

Research shows:
*There's a LAG - up to 20 minutes - between when our STOMACHS are FILLING and when our BRAINS GET THE MESSAGE WE'RE FULL!
* MORE SLOWLY = more TIME for the "I'm FULL" alert to reach our BRAINS and STOP EATING!

HOW TO SLOW DOWN
*Change something in your eating environment to remind you...cloth napkin in place of paper napkin? (I use SMALLER flatware to remind me, it works)
* Set a timer to beep to put down your flatware.
* Take sips of water every or every few bites.
* Eat something HOT.
* Pay attention to your body - SIGNS of FULLNESS.
* LOOK at the CLOCK.
* WRITE down how LONG it takes to EAT. ( I am going to start doing this until I do it naturally!)

***AT EACH MEAL try to DRAW it out LONGER!***

I am going to go very slow on this one....I realize that just because I no longer INHALE my food that doesn't mean that I HAVE this one! And I HAVE to GET this one. It is one of THE most important keys to me. So, I am going to return the Kashi Go Lean Krisp today and going to buy a small kitchen timer for the table!

Some of her suggestions are very good but I had to agree with everyone...I didn't think the one from yesterday about setting the table for your NEXT meal after you finish the meal you are on was something I would ever want to do.

I am pleased to tell you that I was my SAME weight this morning....still at my LOW Beck weight! WOOHOO!

Have a blessed Monday and week it is 27 F here and sunny! YES!!!! The streak is at 71/Jules & Gaye and 21/Ginie!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/22/2014 2:34PM

    Slowing down EVERYTHING is a good idea in this fast-paced, frenetic life we all seem to be caught up in. Eating is where it all begins!

Good job!

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PICKIE98 12/22/2014 2:33PM

    My go-to cereals are Cheerios and shredded wheat.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 1:46PM

    Embarassed? If YOU weren't aware, imagine all the others out there who aren't and don't have the wisdom to CHECK!!! You had that wisdom and now know what to do. That's WISE!

Eating slow . . . well, honestly never been difficult for me for some reason, but it is good to know that the brain definitely takes 20 minutes to register "I'm full". It's worth taking our time eating and letting our brains tell us the TRUTH about whether we're hungry or not.

HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 12/22/2014 1:39PM

    I'm lucky that I like the lowest sugar cereals just fine. Spoon size shredded wheat is great! Puffed rice and puffed wheat are very low sugar. I remember when plain Cheerios had no sugar but now they have one gram. Plain hot cereals and grains I find even more satisfying like plain oatmeal (Old Fashioned and steelcut), bulgur wheat, grits, barley, even brown rice if I'm not planning it for later in the day.

Good catch on the Go Lean Krisp! It is easy to miss a serving size; I've done it. I've also had problem when a company changes something that I've been eating for years. Also, mis-labeling has occurred. I remember about 10 years ago there was an ice cream treat that was labeled 60 calories, when it actually was 3 servings of 60 calories each. FDA didn't make them pull it off the shelves either, just correct it ongoing. So, it happens. When I changed from measuring my oatmeal by the half cup to measuring it on the digital scale I found I'd been eating about 20 calories a day more than I thought. So we live, learn, and adjust. Just as you did.

Very good review of day 4, mindful eating. Very, very smart to keep working on this skill until you feel like you really have it. It is one of the most powerful tools for weight loss and maintenance.

You are just doing great!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/22/2014 1:33PM

    Ironically, I was just talking to my husband about both of us slowing down when we eat. He took me out last Friday and I was making a conscious decision to set my fork down. The dish I ordered was so delicious that I could have easily devoured it. I tried savoring it instead. This is something I do need a lot of work in.

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TUTUNAN 12/22/2014 11:40AM

    You 're never boring! It so helps to read how others are working their food issues. Thanks for posting.

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LKWQUILTER 12/22/2014 11:21AM

    Thanks Gaye. You are just human.

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WESTERNSAGE 12/22/2014 11:10AM

    You feel dumb? Welcome to the human race. It's really easy to miss details in this crazy detail-dense world we live in. More important: congratulations to you for finding the problem, figuring out the issue, and (most important) doing something about it. You are well on your road to success!

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KRISKECK 12/22/2014 10:59AM

    Aww sweetheart, don't be embarrassed! I think I made that same mistake with Kashi and the Krisp cereal before I stopped eating it entirely (unwanted digestive issues!). But everyone makes mistakes! And I totally agree it is good to check and recheck.

You are doing FANTASTICALLY well and I'l be you'll be feeling better now that you figured that out...

Cheers and happy holidays!



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MOVING_ARLENE 12/22/2014 10:37AM

    Wonderful blog!!! You are re-getting this!!

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Sunday - Back to Beck -Day 3 Again

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Today is EAT SITTING DOWN.

I do hope this is helping someone besides me....it is helping me, but I almost feel "weird" writing all of this again so soon. But it IS helping me going through it so soon...my memory is not "what it used to be" (and that's an UNDERSTATEMENT, for sure!

I DO find that some of the finer things Beck said the first time around did NOT quite stick like I wanted. I am thinking this time might remedy that.

Beck says, PAY FULL ATTENTION to what we're eating so we don't say, "I'm still hungry...I want more..." when we've finished our allotted food. THIS would have been me before BECK. I was ALWAYS "hungry" (because I didn't know what hunger felt like before Beck).

When we eat standing up - IMPORTANT - we are telling ourselves it' OKAY to give in to this URGE to eat..."it doesn't really matter and there won't be any consequences"! LIE! LIE! LIE!

She cautions especially against "free" samples in grocery/warehouse stores. I never did this because I never wanted and still don' t like people to "see" me eat. But I can see that this could set up for eating a LOT of extra calories.

Like most Beck people after the program I believe this, both this time and my first time, to be THE biggest help to me in keeping my eating in check.

I also liked one of her ideas to help that I don't remember "seeing" the first time around, to "set the table as soon as we are done eating the meal we are on so we see it as a reminder for our next meal. In other words, WE GOTTA DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE VICTORIOUS!

I want to make this short...I have read so many absolutely GREAT Beck blogs this morning and I want to go reread some and find some more...they are so helpful!

I will add this morning that after DAYS of bouncing all over the scale this week, for NO apparent reason, my weight this morning said my LOWEST Beck weight AGAIN. So I pray that my body realizes this and starts going in the right DIRECTION again!

Have a blessed Sunday everyone....we are almost at Christmas and then the New Year!

Streak Day is at 70 and 20!

And we are warmer at 26 F here in MI and the snow has melted a lot from the warmer days. This week we are to be in the 40s too!

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MSLZZY 12/22/2014 9:37AM

    emoticon Can't wait to get past Christmas and get started. The days are getting longer and "me" time will come with it.

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GAILANN48 12/22/2014 9:31AM

    You've helped ME, Gaye! I started Beck four days ago and I feel as if there's finally an answer for me - changing the thinking that got me here to the kind of thinking that will allow me leave some old habits behind. THANK YOU for your faithful posting, Friend!

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KALIGIRL 12/22/2014 8:46AM

   
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So glad this is working for you!

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AKELAZ 12/21/2014 11:35PM

    I so rarely comment on your blogs - or anyone else's come to that - SUCH a bad Sparkfriend I am! However, I've been sneaking in to read your Beck blogs and it all looks really interesting - so you are certainly helping me - and I'm sure many others. Not weird at all in fact - just very useful. My intention, once Christmas is over, is to go back through all your blogs and follow your path through Beck. I'm really looking forward to having the space to do that. I feel, from what I have read on your page, that it really may help me to put some discipline into my eating habits. I have a million books on diet methods but I feel I will be adding the Beck series to the 'diet shelf'.
So -I thank you very much for your help. Look forward to Beck in the New Year, thanks to you.
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JOYINKY 12/21/2014 11:04PM

    emoticon Table? Sorry, love ya but I just don't do well with so many rules. Been there; have to do it my way. But I support you and your success 100%!

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MSLZZY 12/21/2014 9:50PM

    Sit down, take a load off and pay attention. Great advice!

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SPEDED2 12/21/2014 8:57PM

    I've ordered the Beck books. Can't wait to join the team. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/21/2014 5:59PM

    Still working on this one.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2014 5:35PM

    You are helping LOTS of people whether or not you know it. And the fact of the matter is, even if it's just ONE other person, it's worthwhile to blog here! I appreciate it and learn much with each blog I read.

I have had a rule about eating @ the table, even snacks pretty much from the get-go, but the Beck reasoning nails it! I actually never thought about eating standing up giving ourselves permission to give in to the urge to eat, but that's absolutely true!

I do happen to shop @ a "big box store" but avoid the samples. ON weekends, to me, it's almost comical. People are like animals in the zoo @ feeding time with the samples. Just my own observation. Generally the foods being sampled are not what I'd include in my diet anyhow, which is fine.

HUGS and thanks for sharing. IT is totally helpful!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/21/2014 5:00PM

    Your blogging certainly helps me Gaye. Keep on keepin on!!!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/21/2014 4:22PM

    Doing whatever it takes is my new mantra. We know what to do ; we have to do what we know!

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LEANJEAN6 12/21/2014 3:41PM

    Hi Gaye!-Yes, it's dreary here too--but-I sorta expected it to-day.And it is good that the daylight will increase---Hugs to you dear friend!-Lynda

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GINIEMIE 12/21/2014 3:32PM

    My weight is bouncing around too, with a range of 3 pounds it's scary when it jumps up and then it only drops by .3 or something like that. Then on my weigh in day it went back below my lowest for the week. I'll take it. I need a happy thing this weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/21/2014 3:11PM

    After dinner my landlord sets her table for breakfast. That wouldn't work for me. It just seems unnatural to me. I know you aren't suppose to but I eat in front of the computer most of the time. Right now my kitchen table has a jigsaw puzzle on it. There are just some rules on SP that I just don't follow. emoticon

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PICKIE98 12/21/2014 2:09PM

    So glad it is working for you.. setting the table immediately would not work for me.. We use our table for everything,, no room..

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SANDICANE 12/21/2014 1:48PM

    I do not recall seeing "set the table" for the next meal, right after eating either. Hmmm, anyway, well, I want you to know I appreciate you doing this again. Yep, I can understand why it feels weird doing it again so soon, but it certainly is helping me. I too want all Beck's concepts entrenched in my mind...firmly.

Because, this is not a diet, this is forever. this is what I want forever.

So congratulations on being down to your lowest Beck weight to date...today is not weigh in day either, but onward we go and we will both do well today, tomorrow and each day afterwards.....

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JUDY1676 12/21/2014 11:51AM

    I have found that sipping some tea or water helps my tummy have the time to tell my brain that my tummy really is full!

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2014 11:40AM

    That "set the table for the next meal" is something I'd blipped over too -- and so your rerun is helping all of us, thank you. And most important of all: we blog for ourselves -- and it's clearly helping YOU. Give yourself credit for continued success at the scale -- that middle number four is coming your way!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/21/2014 11:35AM

    Another great job on Beck Day 3. I'd forgotten about that set the table for the next meal, too. Good idea! I've just about stopped eating standing up. I'm doing that better than I ever have before. Last time I let it slip -- just thought I didn't have to. But now I think I want to, because I truly want to savor and enjoy each bite.

CONGRATS on the weight loss!! We all know that when we are doing the right things eventually it will show up on the scale. But it is really nice to see your efforts confirmed by the scale. GREAT JOB!!

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JAROL7 12/21/2014 10:05AM

    Work your plan

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/21/2014 10:00AM

    One thing I love about all the abounding Beck blogs as each is at different days is it is a good refresher of all the important points! I might be in the middle of day 21, but reading your latest take on Day 3 reminds me of the importance of something that's still on the to-do list and has been since then!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/21/2014 9:56AM

    Before Beck I never realized how much I picked at food while cooking and while cleaning up after meals. I really love the burned/crusty food in pans. I found myself actually taking some food from a pan and then spitting it out after I realized what I had done.

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Back to Beck - Day Two - 2nd Round

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Good Morning, everyone! Today begins Day Two for the second time. I nearly skipped this one today but there are still people that comment that it is helping them to be reminded too so decided to post a short one.

Today is picking 2 EATING PLANS. One Main; One Back-up. Obviously I have had these for a long time. I will only comment on the great points that are so relative to me and hopefully someone else.

Beck started with:

DO WE FUNCTION BETTER IF WE HAVE SET RULES TO FOLLOW? OR DO WE DO BETTER WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY OF OUR PLAN?

Most of you know that I am very structured so that is best for me but she warns:

Make sure our food plan allows a reasonable variety of foods or our bodies will eventually rebel.

I can agree with this 110% again. When all the Fat Free foods started coming out on the market I was gung-ho for them. For quite some time...but my body DID rebel BIG-TIME! I could only go for about 5-7 day with no fat and I would BINGE. NOT GOOD. It was always on fatty things like bread and crackers with loads of butter on them...and other fatty foods, not sweets. I had to do a lot of investigating to see if it was true that lack of fat was the reason. It WAS. I now take healthy fats. Each day I take 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil (14 grams) and have not binged since.

Today's weight was yet again "stuck" within the same .2 pounds *sigh* but it won't get me down!

It is a gorgeous and sunny day here in MI but only 13 F so very cold but is to warm later.

Whatever you do today I hope you have a blessed day and stay warm and active!

Today is day 69 of streak and 19 for Ginie!

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MISSM66 12/21/2014 9:18AM

    Another emoticon blog,I used Coconut oil too in my food and on my skin,it is emoticon thanks for sharing and I wish you a Merry Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/21/2014 8:17AM

    love this yes the body does need fat know and then and people forget that , Sugar is a huge enemy so great for staying away . I am going out for a walk later in the cold 35 degree weather with a frosting of snow

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MSLZZY 12/21/2014 7:25AM

    emoticon Reinforcing what you have already learned!

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KRISKECK 12/20/2014 10:56PM

    I am avoidant if any diet that suggests staying away from a food type. I actually lean towards more protein but still eating fats and carbs. 40/30/30 is my goal. Keep it up! I am with you!

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IDLETYME 12/20/2014 7:59PM

    Glad you had a nice day. It's chilly and drizzling here but we went shopping anyway! emoticon

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GINIEMIE 12/20/2014 6:04PM

    BRRRR. Got some baking done-only one small cookie, had a healthy lunch-chinese steamed veggies with chicken and shrimp no added fats or salts, not so healthy white rice-forgot to order brown with two tablespoons of brown sauce. For supper tried to increase the folates by making a spinach omelet with 75 grams of spinach made in a non-stick pan. Am so happy to be under 170 again, don't want to go back there. Am glad you talked about the fat free foods-I found I was compensating in other ways too. Switching to healthier fats, and moderation seems so much wiser in hindsight. Have a blessed rest of the weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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1CRAZYDOG 12/20/2014 4:38PM

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/20/2014 4:14PM

    Yep, coconut oil for me too. 1 T in am, 1 T in evening. Straight up, thank you!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/20/2014 3:46PM

    Another great blog! Thanks for continuing to share with us!

Blessings!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/20/2014 2:24PM

    You continue to shine, Gaye! You're letting the lessons soak in, and you are USING the knowledge that working on it over time have brought your way.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/20/2014 2:08PM

    Your self-awareness is a great asset. You know you thrive on structure, so you set it up for yourself to succeed. Good going. Thanks for posting. Liked the review. Take care.

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SANDICANE 12/20/2014 12:44PM

    How kind of you to blog today, just to help others be reminded...I'm one of them...So cheers to you and cheers to a wonderfully sunny Saturday!

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JWPSKINNYSKILLS 12/20/2014 12:25PM

  This Blog and all of the responding comments are so helpful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It's funny, I never really focused on lower fat foods, but once I started actively reading food labels and seeing reports about how manufacturers compensate for removing fat, I have really geared my efforts toward less processed food in general. Reading labels has really opened by eyes so much!

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JUDY1676 12/20/2014 11:58AM

    I am soooo glad to see the flexibility in foods! I do not have the need for the structure you need. Isn't it wonderful that Gad created us all to be (" me"). And we can get along just fine!
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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/20/2014 11:05AM

    emoticon I always have some kind of healthy fat planned for the day. Whether it be peanut butter , roasted peanuts or walnuts. Sometimes for lunch I will have cottage cheese, a fruit and 28 oz. of nuts. It holds me until dinner.

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JOYINKY 12/20/2014 11:00AM

    I agree. I avoid fat free foods today. Health issues, found myself in the strange position of having to add fat to my diet. My favorite is olive oil. I strongly suspect the things they's replaced the fats with are more harmful than the fats. Just look at the long list of ingreadients on FF cottage cheese or most FF yogurts! No thank you! I have no forbidden foods, gives them too much power. But I do have foods I choose not to eat.

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KSNANA2 12/20/2014 10:35AM

    I did the same on the fat free foods. Never use them anymore. Just add a little olive oil to my healthy soups, etc. Never tried the coconut oil. DD said she will share some of hers with me. Looking forward to trying it! That is interesting you take 1 Tbsp. every day. How do you do that? Add it to a food? I probably need to look up coconut oil and how to use it.

Enjoy reading your posts! My time to read in Beck has slowed down because of the holidays and trying to be ready. But what I have read is really sticking with me!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/20/2014 10:05AM

    A study was recently released which supports the variety food idea: each macro group that gets severely reduce or taken away (carbs, fat) creates problems in the body and increased sensitivity to those items. This may be true also for people who jump on the gluten free bandwagon when they don't really have a gluten sensitivity. Eliminating it may cause the sensitivity they perceive (but don't really have). It's so simple to create a diet from whole, fresh foods, it's weird how we keep thinking we need an "answer" to how to lose weight. The people here (including you) who have been successful, do it by eliminating the gimmicks and just get down to the sacrifices necessary to make it happen.

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WATERMELLEN 12/20/2014 9:43AM

    Good points! (And: those special "fat free" foods often compensate with additional sugars which are in fact just as high in calories or worse -- plus worse for overall health!)

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KESTRYLL 12/20/2014 9:08AM

    Thanks for the inspiring words

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SWEDE_SU 12/20/2014 9:00AM

    great job reviewing the salient points of day 2 - we do need to find that balance. you are doing an awesome job!

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JIMA64 12/20/2014 9:00AM

    I totally agree on the flexibility of food because if not I would be so bored.

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Back to Beck - Finish Day 1 and About Yesterday.

Friday, December 19, 2014

First, finish day 1. I was nearly done with it so today the only thing left, besides reading the ARC twice daily from now on (I never quit) was this:

Beck says:

If your DOCTOR gave you an ANTIBIOTIC to get rid of a bad INFECTION, would you take only HALF the PILL? Of course NOT. Likewise, DON'T try to take shortcuts with this program!

The above statement is SO true! With the doctor being Beck and the infection being FAT, don't try to pick and choose the parts you do. EXCEPTION: As most of us learned from MOVING_ARLENE's blog if we have a medical condition (in her case Type 2 Diabetes) SOME adjustments NEED to be made.

The Advantages Response Card continues to be a BIG motivator in Beck throughout the whole program beginning with Day 1. I find I STILL keep adding Advantages to it.

Now, for yesterday. I am still not quite sure what yesterday was all about but I went to bed AMAZED at all the support and help sparkers are always ready to give. This truly IS the MOST supportive place that I could ever imagine. I thank each and every one of you!

I do want to say that even with the case of the "What ifs" I NEVER once considered QUITTING Beck nor even CHANGING what I was doing even for a moment. Beneath it all I know that it is the ONLY thing that has ever come close to working for me. I am not exaggerating when I say that pre-Beck I was always aware of constant HUNGER. After going through Beck the FIRST time, I can honestly say that I have experienced HUNGER (real hunger) maybe two or three times....and they were at times I SHOULD have been hungry. "Beck works when we work Beck"! (SANDICANE, I will ALWAYS remember this! Thank you!)

Your comments were wonderful, everyone, and the one that got me going on a different track, was from MOVING_ARLENE. She said in her comment, "Get outside --- clear your head with the fresh air that new snow brings. YOU can do this...!" That is exactly what I did. I have told you all how I love going out in the woods and moving all the fallen trees into nice neat piles. I did that plus brought the best burning ones up to the house for John to burn in his burn-barrel. I was in pure Heaven for 1.5 hours so felt so good after that!

I still weigh myself everyday. And report weekly to all of you. This morning is my reporting day. I was 154.2...I have been lower on Beck this past week but I fluctuate so much I know it is normal. Over all this past week it shows I lost .6 of a pound...over half a pound so I will take it! I think it does not help that I want to get out of the 150s so badly...it has been probably 5 years since I was in the 140s and that only for the blink of an eye. So having such a specific goal each week makes it seem like FOREVER but it's been steady down each week so NO MORE COMPLAINING from me. Patience, Patience, PATIENCE! OH Well! OH Well! OH Well!

Today is streak day 68 for J&G and day 18 for Ginie! emoticon

It is 14 F here this morning....BRRRRRRRRR! And COLD! Have a blessed TGIF, everyone and again thank you...I truly love you all! emoticon emoticon

  
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SANDICANE 12/20/2014 2:35AM

    Onward we go...onward we go...together...

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GINIEMIE 12/19/2014 8:38PM

    Trying to absorb as much of Beck as I can, before I get the book. That way, when I do, I'll have already started the mindset. I actually feel guilty when I sit in front of the TV and eat a cutie-section by section-cleaning off all the membranes... This is probably a habit, I'll have to drop. You're doing great Gaye. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2014 6:42PM

    Love that "half a pill for the fat infection" thought -- we know that not completing our course of antibiotics just makes the germs antibiotic resistant, right?

You are resilient, you bounced back stronger than ever . . . and give yourself CREDIT big time for minus .6: YAY YOU!!!!!

That middle number 4 will come . . . in its own sweet time, and how sweet it will be!!

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LKWQUILTER 12/19/2014 5:04PM

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PICKIE98 12/19/2014 4:26PM

    We strive for progression, not perfection!

Doing great!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/19/2014 4:07PM

    And so many times, GABY1948 has said "Practice, practice, practice". That's what your doing and so am I!!! Today I spent the whole day outside -- and loved it. I even joined in picking up some of the small branches even though we were paying these guys. It just felt good!

Great job!!!

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MISSM66 12/19/2014 3:51PM

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 1:20PM

    Keep on doing the awesome job you're doing. It is day-by-day, step-by-step and you're doing it

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JUDY1676 12/19/2014 1:14PM

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SLENDERELLA61 12/19/2014 11:42AM

    You are doing ALL of Beck -- no half pill for you! Another great job! So glad you enjoy the outdoors and did so yesterday. That is just such a healthy habit in so many ways. Your comment about only experiencing real hunger a few times since starting Beck, when you used to think you were hungry all the time, is great, really, really great! You have become aware of true hunger now. That is a wonderful accomplishment. WooHoo!!

And more than a half pound gone this week! You are getting there!! I think it takes a little extra patience when you are weighing daily, but you do come to know your normal fluctuations. I'm right there with you, as you noted this morning. But it is coming. Congrats on 68 streak days. Way to go!!!

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 12/19/2014 11:40AM

    Stay safe and stay warm. Your doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. Have a Blessed weekend. God Bless you.

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KALIGIRL 12/19/2014 10:04AM

    Here's to clearing our heads and starting anew.
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JESS0107 12/19/2014 9:27AM

    You are doing wonderful!! Stay warm!!

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KANOE10 12/19/2014 8:35AM

    You are staying focused and on your way to the 40s. I know you can do it. Your Beck tools are helping you. It is good that you realize that weight fluctuation is normal! Celebrate that half a pound and keep being successful.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/19/2014 8:00AM

    I'm with Barb on this one -- we cannot control what our mind throws out to us, but we can control how we respond to it (or that's the theory anyway LOL). Seeing our thoughts as just information about what our brain is temporarily thinking or feeling -- and not as FACTS -- helps. But, so do the disciplined habits you're building week over week as you continue your streak.

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SWEDE_SU 12/19/2014 7:49AM

    well done! love the recapitulation - beck works when we work beck - it reinforces all the lessons. you are doing great with beck!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/19/2014 7:40AM

    Savor that chilly weather, even. And store up its memories for next July! And let me know if that trick works for you... I haven't yet determined if it does for me, but I'm trying it out! emoticon

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Those sabotaging thoughts? You don't control when they show up. You *do* control how you handle them when they do... and you're a rock star at that, and getting stronger with practice!

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Back to Beck Thursday UGH

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Short one today....am just off kilter a bit today so am shortening this blog on DAY 1 (again). I almost skipped a lot of the stuff and thought, NO, I NEED this. Especially since last night I had an attack of "sabotaging thoughts" BIG TIME.

I think it is because I had several days of down, down, down on the weight, but now it is back the way it was, down, up, up, down, etc. This is what happened:

I got frightened! A case of the "what ifs" that all boiled down to "WHAT IF I CAN'T get any lower in weight, and if I can't MAINTAIN like the others and if I can't make it be any different than the other times I lost weight. It wasn't a panic type thing but more a "nagging" (like a beginning toothache)...seems to be gone this morning...but think I am sick of winter and snow (have had very little of that). I am still tired from being gone the other day all day and several days this past week. Guess I was overdue but okay now.

Day 1 begins with Beck reminding us that starting to "diet" with NO preparation is a MISTAKE. Preparation is ONE of the MOST crucial components of "dieting". (MY NOTE: As one with many FEARS, mostly of the unknown this is TOTALLY true for me in MOST things.)

Today we Record our Advantages of Losing Weight card. I have both sides of a large one already done (ARC) and find that I add to it several times a week.

So, I am pretty much set to actually BEGiN again. Some I look forward to, and some not so much. But the whole reason for redoing this so soon is because I want to know this program inside and out. So I will reread every single word of it. NO CHOICE!

It is very cold here 24 F in MI. So I guess winter did not pass us by after all. We also got 3 more inches of snow last night so it is fresh and white out. The outdoors is calling me for some exercise and work. I bid you all adieu and have a blessed Thursday...a week from today is Christmas!

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OOPS, today is day 66 of streak, for J&G and day 16 for Ginie! Sorry, I forgot!

  
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SWEDE_SU 12/19/2014 7:51AM

    you've got the tools, you're doing the refresher course - you *know* it's going to go up, and down, but mainly down. because... no choice!



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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/19/2014 7:09AM

    Missed this yesterday, but glad to come late to the party to read all the comments. Of course we doubt ourselves, but, as the saying goes, if you're going to doubt anything about yourself, doubt your limits! You will go very far, of this I have No Doubt.

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KSNANA2 12/18/2014 11:22PM

    I think you have done fantastic! You are amazing! Please don't let a few pounds going up and down upset you during the holiday season. The fact that you are maintaining during this time of the year has me in awe! You are one of the people I have found new motivation from, and it is helping me immensely! We will get through this year and start the new year doing better than ever! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2014 8:28PM

    emoticon on both that amazing streak AND on your determination to rework your way through the Beck Diet Solution. I find I have to keep working on the mental aspects of my "issues" even now... keep 'em sharp... thus the reviews of what, 3 books this year, from the "It Starts with Food", through "Refuse to Regain" and now "The Beck Diet Solution". What I look for is the common truth that threads its way through all successful methods and programs.

There are common truths. Spark has 'em. WW, JC, OA, TOPS and KOPS... your Doctor's favorite plan... but woven through all of them is a "nod" at the mental aspect... which both Beck and Berkeley address head on. I'm all about the mindset and motivation. For without that, we go nowhere.

I'm not into extremes or fads... just good choices, one day at a time... and support from kindred spirits. YOU can do this. Because YOU are worth it. emoticon emoticon emoticon Remember to breathe in the week leading up to Christmas! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/18/2014 7:37PM

    That is life Gaye. You are doing super great, congratulate yourself for staying on track and kick those doubts out the window/door. I compliment you on doing outside work with temp that low. You are a stronger person than I am. (((HUGS))) dear friend.

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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2014 6:50PM

    Accepting that doubt is part of the path (and one of the biggest sabotaging thoughts) helps me not worry so much about being discouraged and worried, if that makes any sense.

So it's "oh well" about being discouraged too.

And it's NO CHOICE directed at the scales: as in, "Scales, if I stick to this program YOU will have no choice, my weight will go down!!!"

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PICKIE98 12/18/2014 6:19PM

    We have a dusting of snow at the edges of the grass.. 32 degrees this morning.. pretty cold at four in the morning when you come from under those snuggly covers out to he cold air though..


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PICKIE98 12/18/2014 6:19PM

    We have a dusting of snow at the edges of the grass.. 32 degrees this morning.. pretty cold at four in the morning when you come from under those snuggly covers out to he cold air though..


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NANCYPAT1 12/18/2014 5:41PM

    We all have our moments of doubt - you can get over them just like you have been tackling all of your other challenges - YOU CAN DO IT

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SANDICANE 12/18/2014 5:24PM

    You're doing well...maybe take a walk and breathe deeply and appreciate how much you've already accomplished. Yes, we get on the scales daily, but we have to be ready for those downs, ups, ups, downs.... We just have to put one foot in front of the other and do what we're supposed to do. Caloric intake is by far the most important part of weight loss....so as long as you "on the money" there...the rest will come. I think Beck's entire program is designed for us to understand ourselves and understand what our personal roadblocks are to eating the proper number of calories per day (using healthy choices).

So, it will be up and down...with salt and water and old bladders and some nights of less sleep and worry too. It's all just a part of life....

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GINIEMIE 12/18/2014 5:01PM

    You are okay, Gaye and I like what JohnMartinMiles proposed to you. You need to have a plan of action to think of other things on occasion-not that you shouldn't be mindful of what you eat, etc. But the more you focus on something the bigger it becomes. Give it to God, do your best, know that you are and then Give all to Him. Remember the scale is only a number to help guide you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/18/2014 11:58AM

    Diet is a dirty 4 letter word. I was never on a diet, I changed my lifestyle. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 12/18/2014 11:48AM

    I know exactly how you feel. I get that feeling too. That is why I have bookmarked parts of the beck diet that I know I will start faltering on. For me, I am at the day on how to handle a plateau, which is so apropro for me, as I have had a plateau this week and it really helped. This morning, I made my advantage card to help me remember to celebrate all I have accomplished so far. I find myself turning to certain chapters over and over. Someone asked me if I would share my Beck book with them and I flat out refused as I reailzed I can't let this book go because it is like a bible for weight loss for me, at least right now. Have a great day! I hope it warms up for you, stay warm!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/18/2014 10:44AM

    Get outside --- clear your head with the fresh air that new snow brings. YOU can do this...!


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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 10:28AM

    Good job still plowing forward!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/18/2014 10:24AM

    Wayne Dyer says the best way to deal with the What if's is to ask the question loudly WHAT IF! Then ask yourself what is the worst possible thing that can happen? How will you handle it if the worst possible thing happens. Now that you know that, be confident that the worst possible thing is not going to happen and you can easily handle any lesser difficulty

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