Thursday, December 04, 2014
It was ambitious of me to think I would keep up my Beck book while getting ready for another trip.
Just three weeks after we returned from Nepal and India we are off again. This time to "wog" the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis on Saturday Dec. 6, then we buzz up to Michigan for a week or so to visit family and friends.
VERY busy week ahead; nearly every lunch and dinner accounted for with various folks we don't see enough of.
I'm apprehensive about all the eating out we will do, but I'm taking my Beck cards and will do my best to STAY THE COURSE!
Until later, Sparkfriends!
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Today we walked/jogged 13 miles to prepare for the St. Jude's Half Marathon in Memphis next Saturday.
It was a SLOG; we've only been back from Nepal/India for a smidge over two weeks and I had that sinus infection and....we haven't had much time to prepare.
Yes, even though we were hiking, it's NOT the same as doing half marathons, and half marathons don't prepare you for hiking! It seems like we are ALWAYS scrambling to prepare for our events!
So no Beck today, but hopefully I'll be ready to move on in the book tomorrow.
We're still eating turkey, how about y'all?
Happy Sunday, everyone!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Task 3 is about making time. JB tells us that "to lose weight successfully, dieting should be your top priority for a long time, and maintaining your new habits will always be high on your list if you want to keep off the excess weight for life."
She goes on to say that "Making excuses is a slippery slope that leads to failure."
"No duh," right?
That's it. No quick fix. No "magic" pills or food combinations. No miracle cure promising that the weight will "just fall off." This plan is about making the time, staying focused on developing and maintaining the healthy habits that work.
We all know this, of course.
But in about a month, the holidays will be over and we'll stop being bombarded with food ads and start being bombarded with ads for miracle weight loss plans. They'll all be making promises about how much we can lose in the shortest amount of time.
But we're smarter than that, right?
Yes, of course we need to make time for dieting. We need to make time to read her book, practice our new skills, exercise regularly, plan and prepare our meals. It takes time. It also takes time to get used to this new way of thinking.
What seems to work for me is to get up early in the morning and do some Sparking before breakfast. I read my Advantages & Response cards, some blogs, my Beck book. I decide what I'm going to have for dinner. Then I'm ready to start my day with my intentions firmly in place. After dinner, while tracking my food, I take 15 minutes to go through Sparkcoach. That helps renew my motivation and tends to keep me from "blowing it" with night time eating.
This seems to work for me but I need to work on CONSISTENCY. As much as I hate to (I'm retired, after all!) I may need to set an alarm so I get up early enough EVERY day so I don't find myself making excuses that I don't have the time!
We all have the same 24 hours in every day. If losing weight is truly important to us, we will move it up the priority list and make the time!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Are you like me?
Have you borrowed/bought multiple diet books only to blast through the opening chapters so you can hurry up and get to the heart of the matter? The actual diet?
And then you follow it for a few days or weeks only to eventually abandon it?
And how's that working for ya? It's sure not working for me!
When I picked up the green Beck book (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) I did my usual thing: I skimmed through the first couple of chapters.
When I got to Chapter 4 on Stage 1 of the diet, I thought, "OK, I'll start here." I made copies of the checklist from the back of the book (so I don't write in my book) and made my Advantages cards, and was ready to move to the diet (Stage 2) but then I realized....
I'm not ready! NO WAY! NO HOW!
In this book Judith Beck discusses FIVE STAGES to weight loss. In Chapter 3 she lists TEN TASKS TO GET READY. (I had skimmed over them and cherry-picked the ones I was willing to do or already doing.)
In Chapter 4, (Stage 1) she lists:
* NINE skills to learn
* SEVEN experiments to conduct
* ELEVEN resistance techniques to adopt
And I thought I could skim through all of this????? Only doing the tasks that didn't seem too hard???
Could this be the reason my weight always seems to yo-yo?
I started Spark in 2009 at my highest weight -- 184 pounds. I got down to about 160 a year later but then put a big whack of it back on and had to start over. I got down to 136 in 2013, but now I am back up to 148!
So CLEARLY I do NOT have this weight loss/maintenance thing down, and CLEARLY I should not be skipping over the Ten Tasks to get ready, much LESS the Nine skills, Seven experiments or the Eleven resistance techniques!
Today I start from the beginning. Today I'm on Chapter 3, "Getting Ready to Lose", Task One: Gathering my Supplies.
I'm going to go through everything just the way the expert has laid it out. I'm going to trust the process.
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