Sunday, November 23, 2014
Oh thank you to everyone for all your kind words yesterday.... I really cannot express what they mean to me.
After a long afternoon nap, yesterday afternoon me and DH got dressed up, went shopping and then went to a buffet Chinese restaurant for dinner. It was lovely. My size 10 Laura store pants were large enough so I could fit a 2nd pair underneath to keep me warmer. The shopping was uplifting as I just went up and down the isles, looking and looking and looking some more. The buffet had crab legs, which were so tasty. This morning the scales says I'm at goal weight. My first thought was "I coulda had waaaaaaaaaaaaay more dessert last night!!!" And then I realized what a gift it is to be at goal weight, rather than being up 4 or 5 lbs from heavy over-eating, and then panicking to get my weight back down. Yes, this is better. This is a gift, but not a given.
Beck's day 41 is Make a New To-Do List. Well, any of you who know me, knows I don't make to do lists at all!!! I make Wanna Do lists. So anyway, she's getting us ready to go on in life. Yep, to move on. B/c she does think that we can change our thinking and change our lives. She believes it (and she's one SMART lady) so I should believe it too. I mean, after all, my scales are still at my goal weight this morning...that's different!!!! And if I think about it, I know exactly why that's different. a) I didn't have to get my money's worth at the buffet last night. b) I didn't have to have a taste of everything c) I was happy, truly happy, with The Purple Giraffe.
I need to translate these skills to my life. Something is stopping me...I'll figure out what is it and move forward, OR I'll "just do it". It's like diet and exercise...know what is good for you, pre-plan it and follow the plan...NO CHOICE. And when we take the action, we get the results.
What gives me joy? I gotta think about that....
Have a wonderful Sunday all!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Beck's Day 40 is Enrich Your Life. Really? You mean there is more to life than planning meals, cooking meals, logging food, logging exercise and blogging each day? Yes, I believe there is, but so much has happened to me in the past year, that I'm wounded. Wounded and tired. I've been thinking about enriching my life lately, but no action has happened.
Beck's Enrich Your Life gives me step to take to get started, along with a plan to keep going. I think I need to make an "advantages" card for this b/c it's so easy ta not ta (as Mater would say). I even already asked someone to "coach" me through "life" changes, but they said no. Really, there are other people I could ask. Better no coach than a reluctant coach.
So Enrich my Life could change my life, if implemented along with the rest of Beck's steps. You know what friends? I can see the benefits, but this is going to be harder for me to do than losing weight and maintaining weight... Harder, but the most life-changing, if I can.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Today is Keep up with Exercise. I love to walk. Walking outside gives me more pleasure than swimming, kayaking and gardening combined, however, this time of year is too treacherous to walk.
In 2006 when I was losing weight for my daughter's wedding, I was following Dr Phil's book, The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution. In it he gives my only hope for continuing to exercise. He suggests I "consequate my exercise". He told me I wouldn't think of going to work without getting dressed first so too, I shouldn't think of going to bed at night without having first done my exercises....and I did it! Every day, without fail. As soon as I reached goal weight, I stopped. That's been my m.o.
I do need to consequate my exercise again. I've been doing 100 to 200 sit ups a day along with around 25 pushups, but that cardio...I need a winter replacement for cardio.
There are so many people who are good examples of maintainers on this site, and just about all of them exercise daily. That's the way. I gotta do it, and I gotta keep doing it, if I want to be a long-time maintainer...and I DO!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
So Beck's day 38 is Deal With A Plateau.
When I was in weight-loss mode, a plateau was dreaded...oh so dreaded. I would work hard and anxiously await the scales to move again.
In maintenance, a plateau is utopia. That's what I'm striving for...no more yo yo-ing, and after a lifetime of it, at 59 years of age, I'm oh so ready to embrace all of Beck's new food thinking and oh so ready to watch those scales stay the same...day after day, week after week.
It's a gift...it's a gift. However, I must remind myself every day that while it may be a gift, it is not a given. I must continue to use Beck's steps in order to keep receiving the gift...there can be no "letting down of effort".
Let the happiness continue, but so too the action which causes it.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
For me, Beck has had some truly wonderful, eye-opening steps in this book. Today's lesson is Reduce Stress.
I've been trying to use NO CHOICE and Oh Well to solve problems and also to reduce my stress. Step 3 of today is: Change Your Mindset. She says many people are chronically stressed because they allow unreasonable rules to guide their behaviour. ie
-I should always do my best.
-I should always prevent problems.
-I shouldn't rely on others.
-I shouldn't let people down.
-I shouldn't make others unhappy.
Seems like Beck knows me so well. This is just some of the content of today's lesson, which, if I read it, and WORK it, will change my life.
The Beck book was borrowed from my local library b/c I vowed I wasn't spending another penny on weight loss books. Now that I'm almost to the end, I know it contains food lessons, life lessons and actions that could change my life forever, so I'm going to go buy the book.
Knowledge is the first step. Analysis is nothing without synthesis. Action is King, and I need to continue to action my new-found knowledge.
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