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Back to Beck Day Eleven: What is Hunger?

Friday, October 24, 2014

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There is no single step in the Beck process which has mattered more to me than this one. Beck explains the differences among the three sensations of real hunger, mere desire and intense craving.

She tells us to monitor every hour for an entire day whether we are experiencing one of these sensations. And, on a scale of 1-10, how strongly.

She points out it's quite possible to experience desire or craving even after a perfectly satisfying meal when we can't be hungry. She reminds us of what most of us know: that even if we feel hungry (or think we do) hunger generally passes within 20 minutes or so: it takes that long for the brain to acknowledge satiety.

Like not eating unless sitting down, this is such a fundamental strategy.

And just like eating sitting down is something you DO, so too is monitoring the sensations something not just to read about but to actually DO.

It's not too much trouble. It's not something I don't need to do because I "get it" already intellectually. It's not something I don't need to do because I'm going to follow my diet "anyway" by sheer force of will power. Nobody follows a diet successfully by sheer force of will power -- I have to learn HOW, and this is one of the ways HOW.

Yeah. I still see my prior little chart on a stick note in my workbook -- and I'll be preparing another one. Today. Right now.

Do I feel like eating now? if so, H (hunger) D (desire) C (craving) and how strongly -- a 1 or a 3 or a 9 . . . ???

7 H 6 --- (going to go and have breakfast now!!)

  
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GABY1948 10/24/2014 5:37PM

    I am certainly enjoying reading your blogs on this and especially since I began the program today myself...so it helps that you are way ahead of me but also that you have been so successful at it....several people have been successful at the program and I am believing that I can be one of them too!

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KALIGIRL 10/24/2014 12:17PM

    Excellent reminder to tune into our bodies and listen to what they have to 'say'!
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_LINDA 10/24/2014 11:54AM

    Cravings are my nightmare. I have eaten again after a full meal. Part of my problem was not enough protein or fat in my vegetarian diet and when I learned to balance my meals better then the cravings became a lot less intense. But those darn salty snacks of which we shall not name are ever present in the background calling my name.
All the best in reaffirming your mental gymnastics with food...

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BOOKAPHILE 10/24/2014 9:29AM

    I appreciate the sneak preview. I'm a few days behind you. I'm also happy to report I'm already seeing good results. I'll be interested to read the differences between hunger, desire and craving for myself.

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PAMAPPLE 10/24/2014 9:27AM

    The hunger, desire and craving chart appears to be a phenomenal chart to discover these things about appetite. You have me so interested in doing this task, that I believe i will be able to catch up with you and and Sandicane, especially since I have Friday off and the previous tasks don't seem to be as time-consuming. Guess I will cram, yet retain, and end up Becking on the same days. Here's to listening to our hunger, desires and cravings! It's time for breakfast!

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KANOE10 10/24/2014 9:24AM

    You definitely can get a craving to eat even if you are full. I have to watch that when I really like a food. Even if it is healthy. I have always liked the definition of real hunger. In real hunger you can wait, you will accept substitutes if needed. In an optional craving you have to have it immediately and will only stop when you get that exact thing you are craving.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2014 8:48AM

    THANK you! Awesome blog -- once again (both of 'em -- read the original one too).

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PHEBESS 10/24/2014 8:38AM

    Do you ever get to the point where you don't FEEL hungry, but your body tells you it needs food now? Cold sweats, dizzy, light-headed? But your stomach isn't hungry? Just curious.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/24/2014 8:25AM

    Some days, it all feels the same to me -- a giant ball of hunger gnawing away at my insides no matter what I feed it. But, on more sane days, I am aware that I am not hungry but want to eat and then I try to discover what I really want. That isn't easy for a person used to covering up what she really wants, but I'm making progress.

Thanks for another great (set of) blog(s).

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ROXYZMOM 10/24/2014 8:20AM

    I do this sometimes - not all the time! I gotta focus on it.
Thanks a million for the share!!

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SANDICANE 10/24/2014 8:14AM

    Great blog!

I too am planning on graphing for a few days b/c I think this may identify "danger" times.

I'm sitting down to drink my morning smoothie...0 hunger, 0 feelings...just time to have breaky, but I'm praising myself for sitting and for having prepared myself such healthy food!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2014 7:33AM

    Oh, yes! The clock and my food diaries are great tools in helping me make this distinction. Graphing a few days might be a worthwhile exercise. Becoming more and more convinced that Beck has to be on my Winter reading/action list! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 10/24/2014 7:10AM

    That will be a helpful exercise for me. I may use it for several days.

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ELRIDDICK 10/24/2014 7:10AM

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Back To Beck Day Ten: Set a Realistic Plan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Beck tells us that in the weight loss phase, and no matter how many pounds we want to lose, we need to set a goal of not more than five pounds at a time. She advises that the slower the weight loss, the better: not more than 1-2 pounds a week, and .5 pounds a week on average is reasonable and realistic.

I do manage to keep my weight within my maintenance range, but frankly maintenance continues to be tough. My goal in 2011 was to learn more about "thinking like a thin person" and it still is! That's why the decision to do the refresher: I'm needing to work on the "between the ears" stuff.

And, it's helping. Even with a particularly stressful period in my life going on, I have not been stress eating.

Yesterday I was out of office and (after my Greek omelette breakfast) dealing with some tough stuff. But ate slowly and mindfully sitting down. Butternut squash soup for lunch with black coffee, a large honeycrisp apple out of my briefcase. Came home to my supper fish and veggies soup from the fridge (salmon, swordfish, shrimp, clams, beans. carrots, celery, corn, peas in a chowder-style milk/broth) with Greek yogourt and raspberries and blackberries. Enjoyed every mouthful. Did treat myself to a glass of white wine! All well within calorie range. Read my Advantage Response Card. Was happy that my "trigger foods" weren't in sight because I had arranged my environment in the kitchen!!

For which I take credit. And for which I also give credit to the fortunate coincidence that I committed myself to this "Back to Beck" refresher, and my highly supportive Beck coach, and everyone here in the Spark Community who've been providing such supportive commentary!!

Really really helpful!

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/24/2014 11:33AM

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on being on day 10 of the Beck Plan! I am so proud of you! I think you are doing awesome! I hope you have a fabulous Friday!
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ALIIDA 10/24/2014 8:16AM

    For me, losing very small amounts was crucial to knowing I could maintain. Even so, I'm finding maintenance very hard work. I'm amazed you keep to it even through stress. Good for you, and I hope the stressful time is quickly over.

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SANDICANE 10/23/2014 9:49PM

    Back to Beck. The fact that you started this "think like a thin person" journey in 2011 and it's now 2014 and you're Back to Becking, is truly an inspiration! You are by no stretch of the imagination an intellectual slouch, so your re-do is evidence of the effort it will take us "mere motals" to think like a thin person. Maybe I should just schedule myself a re-do every January for the rest of my life!

In any case, good job giving yourself credit. Good job with your food. Good job with keeping up with today's tasks in spite of your other-life's demanding activities.

And, God bless you for continuing to be here on SparkPeople to mentor, share, prod, and inspire.

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PAMAPPLE 10/23/2014 9:27PM

    Your "Beck to Beck" refresher is motivating me to eat healthier, and make better choices. Even in the midst of stress, you are living an exemplary life and encouraging the rest of your blog readers to do the same. I don't have to tell you to keep up the great work, because I know you will do it!! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 10/23/2014 3:23PM

    I had not heard of the Beck solution before you blogged about it ........... (If I buy ONE more book on the subject) my hubby will .................. emoticon ..... or something ........... (I need to dust off my collection thinking about it) ........... I am glad it is working for you.

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KANOE10 10/23/2014 10:50AM

    Your refresher course is going well. I hope the stress in your life gets better. Good for you not turning to food. I stressed also. Walking is helping. Hugs.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/23/2014 10:39AM

    I'm impressed and happy for you that you haven't allowed major stresses to interfere with your consumption of the proper kinds and amounts of food! Between the ears stuff has such an impact on behavior!

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_LINDA 10/23/2014 10:03AM

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ROXYZMOM 10/23/2014 9:32AM

    Breaking the pounds down into smaller chunks does help a lot. A huge number to lose can be so discouraging and overwhelming. We need those hoorays to keep going.

Your soup sounds delicious!!

Thanks for sharing your journey. I reflect on your pointers throughout the day.

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NANCY- 10/23/2014 9:11AM

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WTG on making sure your healthy lifestyle happens.

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GABY1948 10/23/2014 9:08AM

    Your blogs are SO helpful for my coming journey into the Beck Solution....I REALLY learned something today....I keep saying I have 15 pounds to get to goal....which I will QUIT saying right now!

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DDOORN 10/23/2014 9:03AM

    It is so AWESOME when we find our groove! As you obviously have and continue to pay forward to the benefit of our SparkFamily!

I'm inching closer to goal weight...207 today, but more importantly feeling increasingly secure in locking in my approach to food.

Viva la SPARK!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/23/2014 8:58AM

    Powerful! You can handle stress, big stress, without food. What a victory!! Thanks for making me feel inspired again. We can do this!!!

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FUNLOVEN 10/23/2014 8:23AM

    I have to say that I love the food you choose to eat. I could have easily eaten all of the food items you had and enjoyed every bite.

Beck suggests including food items you like/enjoy into your daily diet so you won't feel deprived. On occasion I have glanced at some of our Sparker's food diaries trying to glean some meal ideas and have thought to myself that, although they stayed within their calorie range, that menu doesn't sound very healthy. What I want for me is to learn to eat "clean", healthy, natural foods; not artificial "diet" foods and junk.

Now - about the recipe for that yummy soup you made! Mind sharing it with us?

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/23/2014 7:22AM

    Drawing me in... all these Beck folk doing it together. Wasn't that how we started the year? Following your lead to the Mental Toughness training?

Funny, all the good teachers say many of the same things. There may be SOME differences in presentation, but the willingness to do "whatever it takes", the need to be ever vigilant... and now, with what I'm reading in your blogs, the need to give ourselves positive credit for the good choices we make... all part of success, in all areas of life.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/23/2014 7:01AM

    That "between the ears" thing is the whole game to me. As the other Beck woman (Martha) says: We know what to do, we just don't do what we know. Why? Because of the between the ears stuff. You're doing a marvelous thing by going through the program again as a refresher and motivator. Very inspirational!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2014 6:44AM

    Awesome! Yes, maintenance can be a tough go, but we find tools to make it work, just like in the weight loss phase.

Thanks for this blog.

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DOGLADY13 10/23/2014 6:18AM

    Setting yourself up for success is so important. I rarely have trigger foods in the house. The candy at the office is greatly reduced. For me it is staying out of restaurants, so I pack my lunch and plan my dinners to keep me on the straight and narrow.

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PHEBESS 10/23/2014 5:22AM

    Wow that soup sounds good!!!!

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Back to Beck Day Nine: Select an Exercise Plan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Right now and for the past 24 hours my exercise plan has been tap dancing at work . . . . and that's OK.

Because I am committed to exercise. I have been a long-time exerciser. I get back to exercising after illness, injury, work stress -- it's who I am.

Again, something for which I can give myself credit (even though maybe not today!!). But I'll be getting in as much spontaneous exercise as possible, chugging up and down stairs and lugging around heavy brief cases and . . .

And then I'll happily get to the gym, or the golf course -- and XC skiing looks pretty imminent too!! -- and all will be good.

Exercise doesn't help me much in managing my weight -- but it does help me in managing the stress that can lead to out-of-control eating. And it helps with health, of course it does: cardio, strength, flexibility, toning.

Got this one.

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/23/2014 12:12PM

    I am so proud of you being on day 9 ofthe Beck Plan! I feel exercise is the best way to relieve all the stress we have in our lives! You are doing awesome girlfriend! I hope you have a fabulous day!
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KANOE10 10/22/2014 9:47PM

    Yes. Exercise is so good for stress and toning. I am walking waikiki streets for stress. I love the tap dancing at work. I have walked laps in my room. Yay. For exercise.

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DOGLADY13 10/22/2014 8:27PM

    And for me, if I don't exercise, I won't lose weight. It is paramount, right now, in staying healthy and losing/keeping weight off. We are all so different.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/22/2014 6:49PM

    " it does help me in managing the stress that can lead to out-of-control eating" ... so true. If I don't exercise, I eat more! From being anxious.

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 5:23PM

    I love your blogs...I LEARN SO much from them...thought I was pretty inventive on impromptu exercise but you still teach me more. Sparkpeople are the BEST....but exercise does help me and it is necessary for my being able to move my body without pain.

Another excellent blog!

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_LINDA 10/22/2014 4:36PM

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Exercise, the non-drug high -got to love it in all forms! Especially can't wait to try out my new shoes in the gym!!!!

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OHMEMEME 10/22/2014 4:23PM

    Go Watermellen! Excellent perspectives and awesome job keeping up with blogging on Beck. I agree that exercise does not make me drop weight but it keeps me focused and body conscious. It feels good and EMPOWERS me mentally and physically. I too consider myself a natural exerciser whether fatter or not. I enjoy it. Some phases are more strenuous, regimented, consistent but it's always part of me. It feels good. Being able to say that actually makes me smile. Keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 10/22/2014 4:06PM

    I feel the same way about you that exercise doesn't do much for my weight management, however, it is so good for your health, ie., cardio for preventing heart and blood vessel disease, muscle strengthening for osteoporosis ( which I have and need to do more of). and flexibility for keeping muscles and tendons healthy. Yep, it does look like you got this exercise stuff down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/22/2014 1:36PM

    I'm with you on that. No matter how fat I ever was (and am), I always exercised. Maybe not consistently and evenly, but it was always there calling my name every day. I'm so grateful for that because I think it has been a big factor in helping me to keep pushing to lose the extra weight. It doesn't make me lose weight, like you say, but it helps me focus on my body, which does.

Great blog!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/22/2014 12:15PM

    Love your blog! You're absolutely right... exercising is definitely a way to relieve stress! Congratulations on being on day nine! I hope you have a beautiful day!
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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 11:46AM

    I guess I'm lucky that exercise does help me w/weight control, but you're right . . . the other huge benefit is stress relief!

Hugs and smiles.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/22/2014 11:19AM

    Yes, you do. You've got this one. (But I honestly bet you'd be surprised if you quit exercising how much you'd have to cut back in order not to gain. Just saying --- it does burn calories.) Hope that work challenge smooths out for you. I suspect you have that one, too!!

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PHEBESS 10/22/2014 9:50AM

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BOOKAPHILE 10/22/2014 9:05AM

    You do indeed have this one!

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FUNLOVEN 10/22/2014 8:46AM

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Although over the years I have done exercise classes of various kinds I really have never considered myself a natural exerciser. It is something that I have to force myself to do and it doesn't take much of an excuse for my to not do it.

Since getting back into Spark 1 1/2 yrs. ago I have made more of an attempt to get an exercise routine going, but health issues have kept getting in the way. I am sooo looking forward to 2015 when there will be nothing more physically to hinder me.



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DDOORN 10/22/2014 8:39AM

    Agreed, re: exercise is not for weight management...been there, tried that and learned the hard way that poor food choices deep-sixed any workout regimen I tried to throw at it...lol!

But it IS terrific for stress management plus I have enjoyed growing muscle and toning my body.

Don

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SANDICANE 10/22/2014 8:30AM

    Yep, you're certainly an inspiration and I'll bet you're a FABULOUS tap dancer!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/22/2014 8:28AM

    I'm right with ya! Several times a day, I get up and walk around the building for a couple minutes, run up the stairs and use my breaks to walk laps. This in addition to any workout I do in the evening. I like burning calories all day long.

Onward!

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ROXYZMOM 10/22/2014 8:12AM

    I agree! Even when I train and run Half Marathons I don't lose weight unless I am on a low calorie diet! It's all about food consumption.
It is suppose to be an awesome winter. Enjoy skiing!!

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NANCY- 10/22/2014 8:01AM

    Love your perspective and that you get back to it.
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Back to Beck Day Eight: Take the Time!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Making time to be healthy: my 2011 blog on this topic was a long one!! And (although it's still the case that I could be making more time for exercise) this is something I'm continuing to make a priority.

Because at this age and stage (unlike the demands of child care and commuting and back to school experienced by my "younger self") I can.

My schedule really hasn't changed a whole lot since 2011. I do still prepare my lunch salads the night before. I do still make a supper soup once a week that's sitting in the fridge waiting for me each evening. I do still "make up" exercise time on the weekends when the work week intervenes -- and I do stay as active as I can during the work day, running up and down the stairs and zooming to the photocopier.

So Day Eight is a useful reminder that some things I'm handling OK.

Well done, good job (giving myself credit!!)

  
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DOGLADY13 10/21/2014 9:52PM

    You inspired me to buy the Beck Diet Solution. The Hubster and I are going to try it. We both have had success with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, so expect good results with this.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2014 6:59PM

    Indeed well done. And thank you for sharing your strategies with the rest of us. Took a page out of your book with my soup supper tonight... yum! Comfort food. emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 10/21/2014 5:21PM

    I, also, prepare salads for lunch with dark green lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sometimes, egg and all-natural lunch meat or chicken, and cucumber and avocado. Hubby and I just made split pea soup with ham last weekend, and we like to eat soups, also, during the work week.

For exercise, I make my rounds going into eight different classrooms throughout the day, up and downstairs, and am planning on joining the gym since my school day ends at 3:20. There is a gym halfway inbetween my work and house, that I can use for cardio and weights.

So, like you, I can give myself credit for all of this... now, I just need to get back to tracking my food!

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ALIIDA 10/21/2014 5:16PM

    I've just read the earlier blog. Wow! An inspiration! I need to schedule EVERYTHING because of the huge potential to waste time in a year off work. I didn't even get in my exercise yesterday. The more time I have, the less well I use it! Oh crumbs!

Thank you. Reading this will get me back on it today!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/21/2014 3:48PM

    Congratulations on being on day eight! I'm really proud of you! I think you're doing an awesome job! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
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_LINDA 10/21/2014 11:27AM

    You are indeed, and that is why you are one of the most successful maintainers on here that the rest of us look up to! You go girl!

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    emoticon Credit well-deserved. I may take Beck with me to China (or not)!

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DDOORN 10/21/2014 9:53AM

    Life has been getting in the way too often to suit me these days...ugh! Getting to the fitness center today. When I skip the fitness center I find it SO difficult to push myself onto the treadmill or use my dumb bells at home. WAY too easy to settle into the pc and "coast" through my night.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/21/2014 9:29AM

    Well done, indeed! You not only do well for yourself, you encourage a whole bunch of us to keep up the effort. Thanks.

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KANOE10 10/21/2014 9:25AM

    Staying healthy does require a te commitment. I also do make up times when u schedule gets off. That is excellent that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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FUNLOVEN 10/21/2014 9:15AM

    There sure are a lot of young and busy people here at SP and I agree 100% with you in your 2011 blog that when a person is that busy there just are not enough hours in the day to "have it all" and keep your sanity too!

One thing about reaching that age when the demands of life lesson and there can be more "me" time is that a person also loses the sense of urgency. At lease I have. Because there is always tomorrow to get it done.

I admit I waste a lot of time. When I look at the things that need to be done around my home I sometimes just plain don't want to do them; They represent work and not fun to me. I'm not in the mood for any more general cleaning or I don't want to wash windows, etc. etc. So I sit instead and it is usually in front of the TV or my computer. I just might benefit from developing some kind of schedule for myself and then train myself to stick to it!

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SANDICANE 10/21/2014 9:03AM

    Ok is a strange word to use to praise yourself. I choose the word "well" or "extremely well" or "excellently" when thinking about what I know about how you take the time to exercise and plan meals, cook healthy foods and eat healthy foods.

Great going and a wonderful reminder of how "extremely well" you do this on an on-going basis!!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2014 8:56AM

    Great healthy routine you've developed and mastered!! You deserve much credit.

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PHEBESS 10/21/2014 8:52AM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/21/2014 8:18AM

    Good for you! Credit well deserved.
Got to say also that I follow you around. When you comment on a blog, I read it and I'm never disappointed. You're my spark GPS.

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MM11113 10/21/2014 7:58AM

    I just got up, and after reading the old blog, I am ready to go back to bed. I don't think I could maintain such a regimen. But, I agree, you have to have your priorities.

I am still struggling my way along!

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GABY1948 10/21/2014 7:51AM

    Oh such wonderful blogs. I agree. SO much for me is not being caught "off guard". Like when I visit my kids, I ALWAYS bring my food...they know it and I think appreciate it....they don't have to figure out what to give mom. emoticon

As for your comment on abandoning tv that is one thing I did early on....and you are right I do accomplish so much more. I allow myself only two hours TOPS at the end of the day of television...I get SO much more done around the house and am not sitting on my butt watching it spread!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/21/2014 7:42AM

    Wonderful past blog and present keeping of the fire, Ellen! What you said back then is true: people with multiple responsibilities have a difficult time having it all and a smile too pasted on a perfectly made up face. Yet, at the same time, and I know it's true in my life, how much more we could accomplish if we would abandon the TV.

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ROXYZMOM 10/21/2014 7:39AM

    I was reading your 2011 blog thinking the same thing - you have been very consistent for a long time! Wonderful!!!

And I totally agree with you on young Moms. There are demands flying at them from all sides. I actually started a support group for Moms who stayed home with their kids when I had young kids. There were 85 local Moms in the club. It helped a lot.



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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2014 7:35AM

    Kudos!

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Back to Beck Day Seven: Organizing My Environment

Monday, October 20, 2014

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I can resist anything but temptation.

And if I see it, I wanna eat it. Right now. Probably standing up. As fast as possible. So I don't really have to acknowledge what I'm doing.

The above applied in 2011 and still applies to my fave trigger foods (baby carrots, kale, big brimming glasses of water, not so much).

But potato chips? Yup, bought large bags of them for my son again recently and asked him to hide 'em in his room.

Nuts and trail mix? Regularly purchases for my vegan daughter who needs the protein -- but it's better for me not to see them.

Ditto peanut butter from a spoon.

Keeping breads in the bread box.

Leaving the kitchen when my dear husband makes his eggs and bacon and multiple slices of hot buttered toast.

Organizing my environment is definitely a Beck technique which had slipped. And I'm right back at it again.

And yup, something I absolutely needed to relearn.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2014 8:58AM

    Great lesson to re-learn. Isn't that the value of re-doing Beck? You are doing great! Love your honesty and self-awareness. Just keep getting better and better!!

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FUNLOVEN 10/21/2014 8:49AM

    Out Of Sight, Our Of Mind doesn't do much for me. If I am really craving something, I know exactly where I hid it. I am far better off just to not have it in the house. Now I have to figure out how to hide my DH when he starts snacking - LOL!

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NANCY- 10/21/2014 8:48AM

    This is a wonderful thing to do especially as the holiday season approaches. Setting ourselves up for success, is such a good thing.
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KALIGIRL 10/21/2014 8:22AM

    Same for me - especially this time of year - so I freeze the 'temptations' to be savored @ special 'planned' times!
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PAMAPPLE 10/20/2014 11:34PM

    I am pushing my peanut butter to the back of the pantry since it is one of my go to foods!

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PHEBESS 10/20/2014 9:59PM

    Yes to all of that! (Sometimes I ask DH to buy his sweet treats and eat them at the store, instead of bringing them home.)

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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 9:34PM

    If your family lived with me, I'd have to divorce them.



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KANOE10 10/20/2014 8:08PM

    I like to keep trigger foods away as well. Nice job of creating a healthy environment for yourself.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2014 7:53PM

    You'd think I would have an advantage living alone... but I have to be careful what I bring into the environment, too. One thing living alone does do... it prevents me from lying to myself about who I'm buying the treat for! emoticon

Spark on!

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BEEAUTIFULDAY 10/20/2014 7:52PM

    Good tips, thanks. I think if kale was my trigger food I'd have to go nuts... lol

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GABY1948 10/20/2014 6:17PM

    OH MY GOODNESS....I feel like I am looking into a mirror here with these foods. But the bottom line I am now thinking is "If WATERMELLEN can do it, just maybe I can too!" Those foods are triggers for me also. But I honestly cannot imagine you being the same way...I have SEEN your pictures! Thank you for even more inspiration today! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/20/2014 6:06PM

    That is too funny... we both have the same trigger foods! Thank God my kids are grown up now so I don't have to deal with the potato chips and trail mix! The only food that comes in my house is clean.. no processed foods allowed in this house! I even DVR my favorite television shows so I don't have to watch the commercials.... because all the commercials are all food!
I'm really proud of you being on day seven of the Becks plan! I think you're doing an awesome job!
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P.S. I just read what other people wrote... "out of sight out of mind". That's not true for me! I'm always thinking about food! My husband used to hide all his snacks but I would always find them. Now he doesn't bring any snacks in the house anymore! LOL

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2BDYNAMIC 10/20/2014 5:01PM

    Seems to some level we are always in the classroom of life, doesn't it? ...... I thought we 'hid' the Halloween candy ............ but Sunday I 'needed' a bite of chocolate BAD so I carefully cut an end and slipped two bite sized Three Musketeers out .. (when my hubby discovers, I plan to tell him we must have a mouse!! emoticon (or we bought it that way) .................. Then again, maybe I had better be the one to pour the candies for the kidlets! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 10/20/2014 4:42PM

    i have DH hide his chips and crackers behind the healthy nuts in the pantry. and even the healthy nuts are in the pantry. we have the fruit and veggie bowl sitting outů

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SANDICANE 10/20/2014 4:34PM

    In Dr. Phil's book The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution, he says we can eventually have "just one". I'm not sure when "eventually" is b/c I'm 59 now and certainly am not good at "just one" of anything yummy (baby carrots, kale, and water excluded)!

This Day 7 is a wonderful reminder of how we need to keep our trigger foods out of sight, and mostly out of the house.

Kudo's to you for your "re-arranging"!!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2014 4:29PM

    It's amazing how much sight causes desire. I'd like to have selective sight much like my daughters' had selective hearing in their teens when I asked them to do something they didn't want to do!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/20/2014 4:24PM

    Oh yeah. Out of sight, out of mind is the best way for me to stay on track.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/20/2014 3:16PM

    Yep often it's best to know where to be when. Kudos

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 3:01PM

    Definitely employ the "out of sight, out of mind" strategy with things like chips, etc. that DH and DD eat, but I cannot/will not.

Great reminder about organization of the environment being so important in supporting our success in healthful choices.



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DSHONEYC 10/20/2014 2:33PM

    Right up my alley...don't buy it, don't eat it. Where's the chapter on "vegetable binging"?

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WIFE48 10/20/2014 1:51PM

    Organizing always feels so good.

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PICKIE98 10/20/2014 1:38PM

    I was waiting for the HVAC guy last week and when he did not show on the button, I went to one closet and hauled everything out and organized it. I felt so great later!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 1:38PM

    Great ways to not cave - I might borrow some...

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DDOORN 10/20/2014 1:36PM

    This is such an absolutely essential strategy for me! I wilt and cave into SO many foods if they are around me so I take great care to 1) not buy it in the first place, 2) when others in the house DO I have them keep it out of sight while I work on keeping it out of mind...lol!

I guess this doesn't do much for building will power; totally avoiding temptation. And perhaps in time I might tackle the challenge of having "just a little" in a controlled fashion...but I know that is WAY way off if it ever even happens. I am very envious of people who are able to triumph over their trigger foods in such a manner. True Olympic Will Power Athletes!

Don

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