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I'm BACK!

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!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/19/2014 12:43PM

    WOW!! Good job! At goal even after what had to be a high-sodium meal. Good job on that portion. You are working it!! And, truly, it does work! -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 12/19/2014 10:05AM

    Excellent!
A wonderful meal with DH and food for the future!
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KANOE10 12/19/2014 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon Nice job Sandi! That was a great healthy choice that you made and you stuck to it!

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FUNLOVEN 12/19/2014 8:31AM

    Way to put the lunch "in it's place"! ! ! And congrats on all of that mall walking. You are going such a great job at this maintaining thing. An excellent example to all. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/19/2014 8:02AM

    emoticon on all things...the Victory yesterday eating and the weight this morning!

I will accept a meal out any time! I hate to cook so don't cook a lot except easy stuff.! You are doing absolutely emoticon

I had to help a friend out yesterday with his computer...almost same issues as you and his got fixed too! With all the cyber stuff in the news I wonder....a LOT!

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SWEDE_SU 12/19/2014 7:45AM

    wow! well done! you've got this beck stuff down pat! emoticon

and welcome back from your computer troubles!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/19/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon emoticon Doesn't it feel great? You earned it, woman!

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Awaiting SP Tech support

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.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2014 7:32PM

    What WATERMELLEN said... come read here and get the community, but old school tracking still works! And your body will track even if you don't write it down.

Hope the tech support shows soon!

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_LINDA 12/18/2014 10:37AM

    Wow! hope you didn't catch that virus another Sparker was talking about :-(( Every now and then even Sparkdom gets hacked :-(( I remember the ads that kept hijacking me off to another page. Hope they respond soon!!!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/18/2014 10:28AM

    Any news???

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GABY1948 12/18/2014 9:59AM

    SO sorry. Do you have a smart phone? You can try on there and it may take it or like WATERMELLEN says, just to it the low-techy way. They are good to work with thought and have always helped me right away!



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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2014 8:20AM

    Grrrrr, However, I'm pretty sure you're gonna keep right on (low-techly) logging your food!! And (low-techly) logging your activity!!! And (low-techly) sticking with your program!!

Because: NO CHOICE. Right??

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KALIGIRL 12/18/2014 8:16AM

    Bummer - hope they arrive soon!

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The Beauty of Beck

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.

  
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ID_VANDAL 12/16/2014 11:25AM

    I love the Beck's program and it really really works IF you follow it! I need to really commit to giving it another shot. You know the "fake it til you make it" theory!

Thanks for being a friend.

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KANOE10 12/15/2014 9:33AM

    You have got these holiday buffets down and are making good choices. You are still using Beck for a healthy life. Thanks for shring your journey.

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KALIGIRL 12/15/2014 8:42AM

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ALIIDA 12/15/2014 6:49AM

    I didn't really work it the first time, but I'm starting again. It makes much more sense to me this time.

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GABY1948 12/14/2014 6:46PM

    This is an emoticon blog, Sandi! I totally agree with all you say here. Every word! and so glad that I have become sparkfriends with so many of the Beck followers and we are like a small community within spark!

I also have to agree with what ONEKIDSMOM said, about THINKERS. I agree with that too at least the ones I have interacted with and myself are all thinkers.

I am right there with you in being so very thankful for this program!! Even as little as 4 months ago I did not believe I would get to maintenance let alone stay there and now I am a BELIEVER!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/14/2014 3:48PM

    This is a great post. I'm loving Beck!!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2014 11:46AM

    Hee-hee... thanks for the silver bullet reference... fits with my stuff today! And my comment about the Beck Diet Solution is that it is tailor made for THINKERS! And there are a lot of thinkers in this world who have had trouble with classic "dieting"... and can benefit from a cognitive program like Beck's. You are rocking the program.

By the way, a lot of what she says makes total sense to me, and fits in with things I have "tripped over" in my decades of "working on it". Sticking with a program nowadays is a WHOLE lot easier than it was before I learned these things, and Beck puts it all together, including a few things that I'd NOT previously learned!

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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2014 11:36AM

    It's just great to see the way you've internalized and stuck with the Beck techniques -- buffets are among the biggest pitfalls for me (I try to imagine that every dish has been sneezed on . . . !!).

But: all the credit for sticking with it goes to you you you!! Beck was made for you: you've got just the right kind of disciplined and determined personality.

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THOMASINA57 12/14/2014 11:05AM

    That's great that you have found something that works for you. I'm not familiar with Beck, but will look into it.

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_LINDA 12/14/2014 10:50AM

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You are indeed a Star role model and student of Beck!! Anyone wanting to start the program would be lucky to get you as their mentor.
It makes sense that it is the mind most people have to conquer and understand before they can be truly successful at weight loss and maintenance. Your head needs to be fully in the game!
Keep up the great work! You rock!

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MAUITN 12/14/2014 10:40AM

    I bought the book and workbook and started it. Now just a few days into it, I have decided to start over and go more slowly and savor every word and exercise.

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MAUITN 12/14/2014 10:40AM

    I bought the book and workbook and started it. Now just a few days into it, I have decided to start over and go more slowly and savor every word and exercise.

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FUNLOVEN 12/14/2014 9:49AM

    I couldn't agree more, Sandi. For years I would make the same mistakes over and over again. I really knew in my head what I need to do, but I just couldn't seem to make myself do them consistently. I would lament "Why on earth did I just eat that?!". "What is wrong with me anyways?!". And on and on I went without results.

Thanks to my SP friends I first came across the Steve Siebold web site and then Beck. They have both been invaluable for setting me on the path I have been seeking for so long!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/14/2014 9:39AM

    Congratulations on working the program and having such good results. You're a very good example!

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Fake It Until You Make It

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.

  
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FUNLOVEN 12/12/2014 10:33AM

    I love the Pre-Plan to Pre-Plan and then scan the table or buffet. Your advise on that really took a load off of my shoulders b/c I was struggling so much with how to deal with the unknown meals at restaurants, friends, etc. that made pre-planning so hard. Now I understand that it can be done just minutes before after I have had a chance to scan. It is all about making healthy choices, isn't it?!

And I agree with you that it is better to be using your energy to live the Beck than blogging about it!

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KANOE10 12/12/2014 7:52AM

    Good for you staying on with Beck everyday. That was a great job at the potluck. I definitely understand your comment about acting like a thin person even if you do not feel iike one. There are times you just have to do a healthy action even if you don't feel like it. You are ay goal weight. You go girl!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/11/2014 8:27PM

    Others have already made the comments about the unfortunates who don't wish you to do well... "Oh, well"... that one's tough. But rest assure, there are more who are pulling for you!

You are rocking this... and it's better to live it than to blog about it. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/11/2014 8:01PM

    Waaaay more important to Beck every day than to blog every day (although I really enjoy your blogs when you get to them!!)

But: you say, "for some reason there have been MANY people in my life who have not/don't want me to do well"???? That's pretty worrisome and upsetting -- those would be people I'd not want to have in my life a whole lot!! I've lost friends with weight loss: people who can't adjust to socializing without food as the focus, people who are (I believe) just plan envious of my weight and don't want to hang out with me any more: and frankly that's OK with me if it's their choice. Research indicates that we're likely to be the same body shape as our friends, and some larger people do discriminate against those who aren't.



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MOVING_ARLENE 12/11/2014 7:47PM

    Big dose of CREDIT coming your way for pre-planning the pre-planning. I will definitely use that in the future.

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GABY1948 12/11/2014 6:43PM

    ABSOLUTELY emoticon blog!!! It DOES all make sense! Gives very good ideas!

I am so sorry you have people in your life that "and for some reason there have been MANY people in my life who have not/don't want me to do well." I find it so sad that this is true in most , if not all, our lives. But we can even apply Beck to that and you have! emoticon

You are an INSPIRATION, Sandi! And I loved, "PRE-PLAN the PRE-PLANNING" I LIKE that! And I shall remember that one!

I still don't "like" weighing every day either...but I WILL do it for the rest of my life! And I am glad your exercises are going well...I remember you quit doing it the other times you lost weight! BIG CREDIT for you there!

emoticon good friend emoticon And we ARE doing it. And it's really painless if we stop and think abou it!

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PATTI_PAL1 12/11/2014 2:17PM

    You've got it!

I do that, too, now that you mention it. PRE-PLAN to eat like a thin person at a buffet. Then, when I'm there, SCAN the food and decide what a thin person will eat.

Then I eat that.

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_LINDA 12/11/2014 2:02PM

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You are doing this for you and what others think don't matter -they are probably just jealous! You are working it and therefore rocking it!!
Keep up the great work! You go girl!

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HUGS2013 12/11/2014 11:06AM

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OSDOWNS 12/11/2014 10:45AM

    Yes!

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KALIGIRL 12/11/2014 10:43AM

    Here's to your success!
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Keep up that pre-pre-planning!

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Six Weeks Today

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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ALIIDA 12/8/2014 7:40PM

    Please don't minimize it. You've done something you've never done before and you're on your way! That's what Spark does for us - make us feel like sticking to this for good instead of forgetting about it once we get to goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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IRON_RESOLVE 12/7/2014 1:01AM

    WOW SIX WEEKS ARE AWESOME!! And I wish you joy in your continued success. I am following in your footsteps. Someday soon, I will hit a decent weight I can live with!
It is so fabulous to have this SparkNeighbourhood to enrich each one of us on our journey. I am going to keep checking in on you. And I will also check out Beck and this 44 day program. Way to GO!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/6/2014 8:55PM

    Congratulations on a great start to a lifetime of living healthy!! -Marsha

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PATTI_PAL1 12/5/2014 12:09AM

    You GO, GIRL! You've done it and you will do it!!!

I'm so proud of you, Buddy Mine.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/4/2014 8:06PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2014 8:02PM

    Hurray hurray hurray hurray hurray hurray!!!!!!

That's a hurray and an ! for each of the six weeks of maintenance!

Because nope it's not easy, not at all: and you're working it!!

Did I mention YAY YOU!! Give yourself credit big time!!!

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TUTUNAN 12/4/2014 7:35PM

    Six weeks is a long time, and you have done it! Good going! And, remember, all we really have to worry about is today!

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GABY1948 12/4/2014 5:12PM

    I have no doubt that it is not easy to do...I have YET to do it but this time I am going to! Thanks for all your help, dear friend, this morning after my blog! You are the emoticon and I know you are going to maintain from now on as am I WHEN I reach it.

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/4/2014 5:06PM

    I'm where you started -- also gained 30 lbs back of the 40 I'd lost. This time, I'm following you and the good people on the Beck team. Just starting - got my index cards today and will work it tonight.

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FUNLOVEN 12/4/2014 3:52PM

    I have no doubt that you are a winner! ! !

Cheers to celebrating your continued success.

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SUNSHINE20113 12/4/2014 1:03PM

    It is work, which is why it is worth celebrating. 6 weeks - it means you're getting closer to the three month mark, which means you can then get to the 6 month mark. It's a step by step thing! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/4/2014 11:49AM

    Well done! Enjoy it fully!

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KANOE10 12/4/2014 11:07AM

    Yes, it is work, but it is worth every minute. Well said.

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SWEDE_SU 12/4/2014 10:52AM

    six weeks *is* great - and as nell jones wrote on my blog, we stay in maintenance one day at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2014 10:33AM

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Keep us the super work!

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I'm so happy for you! I know the feeling of not being able to maintain! You can do this!
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