Friday, December 19, 2014
Hello there SparkFriends! I'm back. Yes, I was gobbled up by a computer virus yesterday and finally at 9 p.m. I was able to reset my computer back a week....and poof, it worked. And the techy people suggested I update my browser and sent me the link to do it, so hat's off to those fab techies!!!
Everyone was right! I did low tech tracking and pre-historic pre-planning yesterday. Hey, gotta tell you all...you know how I said I believe you can pre-plan moments before you choose? Well, it appears it is possible to pre-plan moments before the fork goes into our mouths too. Yesterday was Date Day so we went to a lovely mall in St. Catharines and walked and walked and walked while we looked at so many lovely things to buy.
Then DH says "Can I treat you to lunch?" Yep, he sure could b/c yes, I can withstand hunger and certainly could have waited until I got home to eat, but why? So I chose teryaki chicken bowl over brown rice with extra SAUCE. Got the container to my table, opened it, looked in and said to self: "There's enough food here for 3 meals for me." Then I mentally hived off an appropriate amount for one meal, ate that and closed up the container. Really? yep really. Sandi didn't eat the rest on the way home? Nope. Sandi did't eat the rest during the night? Nope. Really? Yep, really. Beck works if you work Beck and this is one VERY GRATEFUL SPARKER blogging this morning!!!
I'm cautiously optimistic and continuing to work! (oh, btw, weight AT GOAL this morning. Really? Yep, really!!!)
Have a fabulous day everyone!!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I cannot log food.
I cannot change my status.
I cannot log activity.
I'm awaiting help from SP Tech support.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
For any of you who don't know about Beck, its a book called The Beck Diet Solution, written by a lady named Beck.
She changed my life and this morning, in gratitude, I spent some time thinking about why and how. The beauty of the program is we don't need to slog through finding out what we should and should not be doing to lose weight and/or maintain weight. She lays it out VERY clearly, not missing a step. Her program requires us to find a coach or buddy to work with, which at first might sound scary, but really, it's the only way to go...having someone to keep me accountable, during those times when I cannot do it for myself. She does not give us a diet and exercise program to follow, but rather, gives us lessons and exercises so we actually get to understand eating. (The good, the bad and the ugly).
So on this quiet Sunday morning after rocking ANOTHER buffet dinner out last night, I am grateful still to Watermellen for suggesting the program and assisting me through it. I am grateful to the Spark Community for supporting me through it. I am grateful to be free from the obsession of food (so long as I keep working the program).
I highly recommend this book/program to anyone who is struggling. Nope, it's not a silver bullet...it's not quick, it's not magical, but it works and it works for the long haul! And at age 59, contains the answers I've been searching for all my life.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
So, I'm faking thinking like a thin person until I actually do think like a thin person. This means I'm doing all the "thin person" actions...it's just my brain that has not followed as yet.
I don't blog daily b/c I'm doing well...really well, and for some reason there have been MANY people in my life who have not/don't want me to do well. So, I'm not telling everyone everyday that I'm working at Beck Thinking, and Beck Acting all day long, every day.
Yesterday I went to a pot luck luncheon at my church. I "pre-planned" my food (both type and quantity) in an instant as I scanned the table to see what was available. I believe pre-planning is possible, only instants before getting food, so long as I PRE-PLAN the PRE-PLANNING!!! Make sense? Yep, I knew for days in advance that I would pre-scan the foods available and pre-choose. Then I practised doing that in my mind's eye. It works...no shock there...right!? Beck works if you work Beck!!!
Can't stop all my negative emotions though, b/c this morning before I stepped on the scales, my palms began to sweat and I was anxious. Never mind, I told myself, you're getting on those scales every, single day...no matter what! So, on I hopped and lo and behold....I was at goal weight. Yep. Beck works and I'm working it...all throughout the day...every day. From measuring each food I have for breakfast, lunch and supper, to pre-thinking how and when to have my "limited" carbs. (Can't eat as many as I used to be able to...see Watermellen's blog today for reasons why!!!) And I track my food every day using Spark's nutrition tracker!!
I do my exercises every day. I track them too.
Of course, I WANT THIS! What is the first thing that Beck has us do? She has us fill out advantages cards for losing weight and maintaining. I keep them firmly in my mind and not wanting to ever have to re-lose again is certainly one of my top reasons.
So my SparkFriends, that's my story. Nope, don't blog daily...but I'm Becking every minute of every day and hoping my SparkFriends are finding their way to their goals too.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
It was 6 weeks today that I re-arrived at my goal weight after having to re-lose 31 pounds (again) and I am giving myself credit...this morning, I'm still there.
Six weeks might not seem like much, but as I have previously stated I have only ever stayed at goal weight for "a minute" in the past. I am creating a new history for myself. I like it. I like it a lot. I like it so much that I don't ever want to over-eat again....honestly, that's how I feel right now.
I'm not being over-joyous. Nope. This new history is the result of a few gifts. The first was Watermellen encouraging me to do the Beck program (and offering to coach me) and the 2nd is the Beck program, and the 3rd is me WORKING the Beck program on an on-going basis, even now that those 44 days are finished.
Anyone who has maintained knows the 6 week result is not as simple as the above paragraph may make it sound. It involves daily pre-planning food (both type and portions), NO CHOICE, Oh Well, exercising my resistance muscle, daily exercise, staying in touch with other maintainers, logging food, logging exercise, reading SP tips, keeping my environment clean...and so much more. Yes, it's work, and it's worth every minute.
So while 6 weeks may not seem like very long at all...it is for me, but I continue to WORK the gifts I have been given so I can KEEP the gifts I've been given.
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