I have Beck's pink book out of the library. I'm doing my best to actually do the steps instead of reading the whole thing first and then promising myself to "go back and do it."
I have my primary plan picked out--I want to do a portion controlled 1800 calorie a day program. I'm using the configuration set out by Bob Greene in his Best Life Diet. What I do is make up a food chart (based on the one I have from the weight watchers program I followed in the 80's, but modified!) with room to record what I eat on top--then on the bottom there are boxes for my portions to check off as I eat them.
The plan has worked well for me in the past. The first time I used it, back in the late 80's, I lost about 80 pounds and kept it off for 10 years.
The plan is hard to follow, though in two respects: 1) mixed foods, like a shrimp salad can be hard to figure out, eg, how many ounces or protein, how many servings of pasta, etc. Since we eat at home 29/30 days a month, it isn't a HUGE issue.
2) Beans and such are really difficult to figure out--are they carbs or protein?
It occurs to me that my "back up" plan could simply be a calorie counting type enterprise--yet I am scared to death of the "freedom" I feel that gives me. I need structure to be successful--(but not restrictions--if that makes sense to you).
Anyway, any thoughts out there on what my back up plan should be/could be?