Saturday, October 25, 2014
Today Beck wants us to learn a tolerance for hunger. She says that without this key element, weight loss and weight maintenance are very difficult. I concur.
I wasn't being very successful in my journey to get back to goal weight, until Steve Siebold pointed this out in his 21 day free program at fatloser.com. Yes, that information was a key turning point. Once I learned that my hunger wouldn't kill me and that most thin people experience numerous feelings of hunger daily, without eating anything, that's when my weight loss began to improve. Now that I'm in maintenance, it's good to think about this in an ongoing way. Beck wants me to go without lunch one day (maybe not today, but soon). So I pick Monday.
I really believe this is a key element in maintenance...feeling hungry but not acting. And, she says that most feelings of hunger will subside within 20 mins...I believe her.
Onward I go.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Oh yes, this is my 2nd blog of the day...the first was to announce that as of this morning I'm back at my goal weight. Now, I'm going forward to continue to work on the rest of my life with maintenance.
Beck Day 10 is Set a Realistic Goal. Of course Beck is talking about weight loss but since this program came into my life when I was almost back at my goal weight, after yo yo-ing for my entire life, for me the goal is forever.
In one way "the rest of my life" doesn't SOUND realistic, but I believe it IS realistic. It will take work. It will take new skills carved from the failures of the past. It will take support and supporting. It will take relentless determination.
It's "game on" friends, and onward we go...together.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I interrupt my Beck blogs to announce that as of this morning, I'm back to my goal weight. There will be no celebration at my house. No cake. No candles. No going out for dinner. Not even a celebratory sandwich!!!
But there is some relief as this time seemed exceptionally hard to get the weight off, which is why I am so grateful Beck, Watermellen, Icedemeter and all you SparkFriends have come into my life. Now I'm on to uncharted territory...MAINTAINING! But honestly SparkFriends, I'm sooooooooooooo sick if this yo yo-ing that I'm ready for a lifetime commitment now. I've hit my dieting "bottom" and the tools and support are here to help me achieve this final, long-term weight-related goal.
So happy day to all. Thank you to ALL of you for your ongoing support, rah rah's, and advice. I'm so very grateful for this community.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Today Beck urges me to select an exercise plan, so I have. Years ago a personal trainer set up a very quick, very effective strength training program for me, to be used in 10 minutes every morning (then before work). In the past, every time I reached goal weight I stopped doing them. In my current journey to get back to goal weight, I haven't included them...so now I will. In addition, for the winter I'll walk 3 hours a week, preferrably outdoors, but on our treadmill if weather dictates. When spring begins, the walking will be replaced with gardening, painting, swimming, kayaking and such wonderful outdoors activities that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.
At the end of each chapter Beck has included a "What are you thinking" section with possible "Sabotaging Thoughts" and positive "Helpful Responses" to those sabotaging thoughts. As of Day 9, I have had NO sabotaging thoughts. I am grateful this program has come into my life right now, one pound from goal. I'm willing to do every single thing she recommends b/c I never want to yo yo again.
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