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
*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!
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!
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:
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!
It is 14 F here this morning....BRRRRRRRRR! And COLD! Have a blessed TGIF, everyone and again thank you...I truly love you all!
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!
OOPS, today is day 66 of streak, for J&G and day 16 for Ginie! Sorry, I forgot!
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