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Old 04-12-2011, 06:51 AM   #136  
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Good morning!

Got home from the road trip yesterday. It was really nice to get a change of scenery! I did pretty well with food too... a lot better than other times away from home. The hotel we stayed at had a continental breakfast with lots of healthy choices. I was able to have fresh fruit and protein which kept me from snacking.

Exercise on Saturday was 30 Day Shred before I left (my calves still ache!) and Sunday was a lot of walking. Yesterday no credit for exercise. I will walk or Shred tonight.

Food is planned for today...

I caught up on reading posts, but have no time for personals. Happy Tuesday!
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:48 AM   #137  
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Down another 1.6 lbs. I weighed at 7 am EST-265.6. I am still feeling very weak from early Monday a.m. and all the body fluids I lost. I ended up sleeping 12 1/2 hours yesterday. I will probably go back to bed after this.

I am so glad that it worked out this way. I have read and heard that if we allow our body it will heal itself. Homeostatis is the norm for our bodies.

I joined another "buddy challenge" for 50 days which began yesterday and ends on Memorial Day. You know, I forget how people get so hyper about being "skinny" for the summer months. Well, the points are pretty much what I am doing in another group but one that stood out and Sheperdess touched on that important point ---getting adequate sleep. Mine swings back and forth like a pendelum. Sheperdess, you are absolutely correct about trying to snack to compensate tiredness, it just doesn't work that way! Without a good night's sleep, I just can't "perform". I am just a pudge sitting here at the computer.

In this same challenge we had to set a goal of a specific amount of weight to lose. I don't like to do that because I still don't feel in control of my weight lose. I still harbor that irrational belief that it is somehow magical and there are fairies or trolls or something ethereal happening. Tomorrow I will be put into teams as well.

Right now, I feel like a gambler on a roll of good luck. I am so afraid for the day when the scales hasn't budged. Considering that I had two awful months, I sure forget easily, don't I? Anyway, I give myself credit for accepting challenges to be my best version of myself. No excuses! Drinking 80+ oz H2O, eating 7-8 servings of fruits n vegetables, still getting that chocolate in each day though, weighing daily and posting it, and either today or tomorrow I resume doing some kind of working out when I feel like I won't pass out.

P.S. I had my first prunes since I was 1 years old. Seems the added roughage (and I was getting plenty before) has made me constipated so now I am being proactive about that.

Great job on passing all your "wealth" along BBE. I love to give. It makes me smile.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #138  
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Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
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onebyone- who is the frowning dude in your avatar?
He's my representation of my grumpiness these days... and he's not a relative or anything! Looking forward to hearing of your successes at your overnight stays at the hotel. Congrats on the Op days
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:33 AM   #139  
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Morning Coaches/Buddies!

Going to put the deposit on the Steinway B today ... crazy. The 1 pound did disappear this morning, so perhaps more will come off this week ...

Excited, too, that a Shambhala meditation group is finally starting here in Hamilton as of tonight. For now it's in someone's home, but the group plans to rent a space in the summer. Both locations are walkable for me! Yay - meditation AND spontaneous exercise!!

Today is Day 12 - Practice Hunger Tolerance. I've decided to do the hunger experiment tomorrow. I'll be playing clarinet lessons again from 12 to 5, so that will give me something to concentrate on while I'm experiencing different hunger levels.

RunningFree - your run sounds beautiful. Good wishes for your job prospect!
Debbie (Lexxiss) - kudos for an excellent Beck day. Great list of positive behaviours!
pamatga - Great job on the weight loss! Hope you are feeling better.
Shepherdess - Great to hear from you! Good to hear that exercise is going well and kudos for making a food plan!
maryann - Welcome back What a wonderful time to cherish with your son. My daughter turns 8 in May and I know how quickly the time passes.
Beverlyjoy - wow!! Crossing fingers that surgery can indeed be avoided! Kudos for your healthy day.
Ann (Newlifestyle) - Hope your knee is feeling better. Kudos for handling the pain and inconvenience in a healthy way.
onebyone - Wow - the potter's guild and coop farm sound amazing. It is always good to have social support for what you're doing. I know what you mean about willingness. That's a big catchword in the OA program as well. (((Hugs)))
CeeJay - Great job planning your meals and exercise on the road!
MaryContrary - Totally relate to coming home and being exhausted facing the daily tasks. Kudos for making a plan!
tarte - Wow - moving and buying a home with your SO - that is huge. All the best to you as you embark on this new phase! Keep us posted!
BillBE - Kudos for your amazing consistency as always! Nice to see your National Geographics out of your home and being used by someone else.
ChefJoona - Great job with food and exercise on your trip!

Wishing everyone an OP Tuesday!


Read ARC: yes
Sat down to eat: yes
Gave myself credit: yes - but need to do it more consciously and often
Walking: yes 15 min
Yoga: yes
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:12 AM   #140  
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Oh My God, I can't believe it. From tomorrow, company I have called regarding the job, is sending me on training and if I complete it successfully, after a month I will be working the job of my dreams. After they told me that, I was jumping up and down for like five minutes (I hope it counts as an exercise), then I started crying.
I am on plan with my eating and exercising and God I am going to stick to it this time no matter what.
Going to gym this evening. One more thing today to be happy about
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:11 AM   #141  
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Wink Tuesday Morning

Good Morning Coaches

Today I am going to take one small step towards health. I am going to write down and count my calories, fat and carbs - basically I'm going to use my (free for those of you who don't know about the site) account which does all that for me. That's it. And report in with the count at the end of the day. I'm home for the day so that won't be hard to do. If I do some exercise, I'll count that too.

*credit: unpacked three boxes already and left four boxes at my neighbour's door for use in their upcoming move at the end of the month--boxes have already been claimed!

*credit: logged calories so far: 3785

I want to get my dining room table put together today. I'd like for DH to come home to a sit down meal at the table tonight. That means some shuffling of stuff in the dining room, possibly carrying stuff into the spare room again, but it's time to get this place together a bit more. I need to make some further decisions about what to keep and what to give away.

I'm going to take some time to set some goals for myself. What's missing is a clear vision about what I want with my health and my weight. I need targets and mini goals. I need to motivate myself like I had to do for the move here.

That's it for now. Bye.

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:22 AM   #142  
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Promiscuous trees are messing with my well-being. I'm only partially successful at not using food to fix this, even though I know from long experience that it doesn't. For the moment, I'm going to focus on limiting the after dinner eating. I've noticed that I don't even like the feeling of going to bed overfull and, even less, waking up still full. I want to be hungry when I wake up or shortly after -- it's an energy that gets my day started off well.

WI: NAkgs, Exercise: +65* 490/1500 minutes for April, Food: 80%op, Read my Advantages and Responses: yes

Beverlyjoy: Wow! Just Wow! I'm so excited that you may not have to do the surgery!

onebyone: I've been working lately at figuring out how to use what I've learned to lose weight to help me actually meet my creative goals (as opposed to just have them kind of floating out there with no actual plan or work attached to them). You're miles ahead of me in actually doing the work to make stuff. I wonder if you could work this backward from the way I did. What have you learned about your creative process that would apply to losing weight?

Congrats, RunningFree, on the good job news!
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:21 PM   #143  
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I am going to stick with week 3 and do it again this week... this is around the time that I usually "give up" on Beck so I want to enforce these good behaviors. I also don't feel like I did the tasks as well as I could have last week so I think it will help to do them again.

I went to bed much later than I should have and really protested getting up early to make it to the group workout, but now that it is done, I am glad that I went. *I am finding I do much better when I post more, so thanks for reading Coaches.

RunningFree - Great news about the job prospect! *Very exciting!!
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:42 PM   #144  
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Hello everyone,
Today is a beautiful day out there. I went for a walk and went swimming. Now I need a nap....joking). It now seems like it is bar-b-que weather. Oh yes, I also went grocery shopping. I couldn't believe how much more expensive groceries are.
I am not sure what is up with my knee. It feels okay when I walk, I will just keep taking care of it and hope for the best. I am rethinking my eating plan, I am currently doing ww. I am not sure if I am just interested in change or what? I need to investigate this further. I don't really enjoy the new propoints plan.
Have a great day everyone.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:47 PM   #145  
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Yesterday was not perfect, but a huge improvement. I’ll take it! Dinner was a little late and I did start snacking, but just ate less at dinner. Exercise was walking the dogs to the barn then schlepping water and food to the new moms and mucking out dirty jugs.

Maryann, yay for enjoying a weekend with your DS. It’s great that you were able to spend time with him and not be bothered by food obsession. Sounds like another advantage card.

Beverlyjoy, what wonderful news about the surgery! I guess it’s proof that everything happens for a reason. I hope this takes a huge weight off your shoulders.

Newlifestyle, glad to hear the knee is doing better. Kudos for getting out and walking. Crossing my fingers that you will be running soon. I totally understand stress eating. It’s hard to remember that food doesn’t fix stress. Yay for bbq weather that makes you want to get outdoors and get moving.

Lexiss, great job getting most of the things done on your list! I’m channeling your strength. Yay for sleep logs. Just like food, it’s helpful to see those numbers.

Onebyone, it’s great that you’re jumping right in to your new community and it sounds like you’re finding plenty to do. The potters guild sounds like a great opportunity; good job not freaking out. Ouch for big portions, but good job pinpointing the problem and making a plan.

CeeJay, great job for 2 days OP. Best of luck on two days in the hotel, but you’re getting good at that!

MaryContrary, ouch for returning from a busy conference to a messy house and more dissertation writing. I hope you get a chance to catch your breath.

Tarte, great job on this weekend being better than last. Improvement is more important than perfection. Buying a home can be hugely successful, particularly when you add moving in with your partner on top of it. Great job doing week 3 over and refusing to give up.

RunningFree, sounds like you have a good restaurant strategy. It’s great that you give yourself the flexibility to enjoy a few bites of dessert if you want them. Yay for the prospect of working the job of your dreams. I think the jumping up and down does count as exercise.

BillBE, “nothing special about eating” sounds pretty special to me. Thanks for being a good role model that eventually those Beck habits will be an old routine. Great job doing your funny walking. It reminds me of the Monty Python sketch.

ChefJoona, yay for a change of scenery and great job eating well while away! I’ve heard that 30 day shred is pretty intense. May be worth a try post-baby.

Pamatga, ouch for feeling weak, but great job getting the rest you need. LOL on fairies and trolls who control weight loss. The great thing about Beck is realizing how much you can control, but also learning to be flexible and let go of what you can’t. I’m still working on the second one.

Eusebius, great to see you again. Yay for the disappearing lb. May more go its way. Putting a deposit on a Steinway B sounds pretty exciting! Best of luck practicing hunger tolerance.

Gardenerjoy, ouch for promiscuous trees making you miserable. My DH just went to an allergy specialist and discovered that he’s allergic to just about every plant and tree we have on the ranch. Well, now we know and he’s got a program to deal with it. Great job limiting after dinner eating so you wake up hungry. It’s a good sign!
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:42 PM   #146  
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Hi Beckies - yesterday found me eating a few hundred extra calories. However, I had credits, too: plan/measure/log, exercise, water, & journal.

My head is still spinning with the recent/next stage of my foot/ankle saga. I still can't beleive it. That the surgeon said he didn't want to do surgery. I had my foot casted today. If all goes well and it works as the doctor predicts, I think I can be working/performing sometime this summer. I read on the internet that this brace works for 90% of people using it. (of course, we always believe what we read on the So, the next chapter begins.

I've been running my mom around today. Have to go again. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Thanks to you all for being so happy for me and my not needing surgery and your hopes (along with mine) that the doctor is right and this will help.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:05 PM   #147  
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Hi Coaches!

I said I had a plan for this travel day and I did...then life got in the way. I was given a large rainbow trout by a friend which needed to be baked...ok exchange...then the neighbors invited us to dinner-ribs, cake and corn for a youngsters' birthday. I "went home to ask DH" which was really a moment to regroup before committing. DH DID want to go. I remember how Dr Beck calculates all the holidays, birthdays, weekends, etc, which don't really leave much time for dieting. I won't bore you with the details but I came up with a politically acceptable excuse...DH will snarf and I will have a piece of corn.I can eat ribs, corn and cupcakes or I can be thinner but I can't have both. *credit* Exercise was at the pool! Yay!

BillBlueEyes, I LOVE watching my old magazines disappear at our health club! I always write "please recycle" on the front cover with a sharpie, just not bearing the thought of them going in the trash. I wish I had a "curb" like yours.

onebyone,*credit* for coming up with a plan for the day. Do you have the Pink book? I really like the 6 week plan and the first two weeks you don't "diet".

CeeJay, safe travels, *credits* for planning and see you Thursday!

MaryContrary, *credit* for coming here when you were tired and grouchy. Hoping you get settled in today.

tarte, Kudos for "doing better than last weekend". Choosing to stay with week 3 for a second go sounds very sensible. Congrats on the house purchase and entering a new phase with your SO.

RunningFree, *credit* for healthy restaurant behaviors and congratulations on the upcoming job opportunity.

ChefJoona, yet another traveller reporting that food was "a lot better than other times away from home." It seems that Beck strategies are really working for you.

pamatga, your buddy challenge sounds, well, very challenging….I hope you find it a positive experience. I sympathize with your sleep and lack of sleep swinging like a pendelum. I have experienced that for many years, yet am sleeping more normal at this moment in time. I have yet to conclude why.

Erika(eusebius), congrats on the upcoming piano purchase and kudos for finding a meditation group within walking distance!

gardenerjoy, you said, "I've noticed that I don't even like the feeling of going to bed overfull and, even less, waking up still full. I want to be hungry when I wake up or shortly after -- it's an energy that gets my day started off well." *credit* That sounds like a thin person talking!

Ann(Newlifestyle), rethinking your eating plan even before you are ready for change will give you more information. *credit* for taking the steps.

Shepherdess, yay for a huge improvement on your previous day while "schlepping water and food to the new moms."

Beverlyjoy, *credit* for a pretty good Beck day, even with a few hundred extra calories.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:25 PM   #148  
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Default 'Lo, Beckmates

Am trying to get back into posting daily, as it is really a reflection of my commitment to Beck behavior and being serious about the Beck Diet Solution. The fact is: my wt. gain from 132 to 146.4#s has serious implications for just does. Now, disclaimer for those of us Beckmates who don't know me, and that would be everyone but ~ 6 to 8 "old-timers", I have maintained a 70 to 80 # loss for the last 8 plus yrs. That doesn't make this 14 or so gain any less painful. My point for the day is this:

BillBE posted on Sunday the Beck wisdom about setting small weight loss goals and just doing that, being satisfied with that....5#s at a time. That is huge! What I need to convey is that with my initial wt. loss..and I was 48 yrs. old at the time (now, please, don't do the math in your head, because I am presently 50, and ever shall be)...I just ate less and lost 5#s a month..for over a year. ..You can't imagine how easy that what you want..exactly what you want, just less..just quit before you are full..cuz..yanno what? You can eat again later!!! You can...just wait until you are hungry, and eat again!!! It works. If I wake up hungry in the morning, I know that I ate the way I should have the day before. Is it just that easy? Yes, as Gallagher would say about the Sledgomatic, "It's just that easy!"

Yay, Beverlyjoy, for self-healing, and yay to all for Beck behaviors learned.
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Default Gripping these skills as tightly as I can.

Things are not so good at home. I don't want to go in to it, but it's a bad argument between me and the DP, involving her kids, which pretty much solidifies myself at the periphery of this family. I feel terribly alone and anxious. I can't talk to my mom, because I feel like she's always disapproving. I don't really have that many close friends I can talk to (one right now is struggling with her own issues and stresses). So, after helping the DGS with his project last night, I did a bunch of research and located a new therapist. I have an appointment on Thursday evening. I need someone outside of myself to help me process these feelings. I feel like the only people who love me right now are the DGS (who knows nothing) and the cat and dogs.

That's much more than I wanted to say, but it's just a relief to express these feelings, however vaguely.

I woke up this morning and didn't have any coffee in the house, and no car to take me to coffee, so I walked 1 1/2 miles to the nearest Starbucks. Then, I came home and did a 4-mile WATP video. Credit. Credit. Credit. Now I'm cooking dinner and fighting (with about 1/2 success) the nibbles while I cook. What to do? I haven't really eaten enough today, but dinner is just around the corner . . . I'm trying to wait until dinner.

Going to spend the rest of tonight finishing up the project with DGS, watching crappy TV, and trying not to let these emotions make matters worse in the house.

Beverlyjoy, that's really wonderful news about the brace! Eusebius, thanks for your comments; I'm majoring in English Lit and Gender Studies. Gardenerjoy, that's amazing that you're seeing the results of all of your hard work! And Runningfree, I'm sending much strong energy your way as you shoot for the job of your dreams. and to the rest of you.
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Diet Coaches/Buddies - The big deal: My walk (CREDIT moi) was to buy peanut butter at Whole Foods and pecans at Trader Joe's which, of course, means samples at both places. On the way there I pondered the notion that if I really, really meant not to have samples, then I'd not walk past them - a radical idea that has never entered my mind before. So, that's what I did. In both stores I walked directly to my item and then directly to the cashier. CREDIT moi.

maryblu - Clear enough diet plan, "eat what you want..exactly what you want, just less..just quit before you are full." Thanks for bringing Gallagher around to brighten my day, "It's just that easy!"

onebyone - Kudos for "one small step" - can't do better than that.

Erika (eusebius) - Kudos for the courage to move forward with the deposit on the Steinway, especially since that included making the nearly impossible choice between two excellent options. Yay for a walkable meditation group.

Joy (gardenerjoy) - Neat thought, "I want to be hungry when I wake up."

Shepherdess - Hope someone is available for "schlepping water and food" to you when you're a new mom. [Gym as "Monty Python" is an appropriate image, LOL.]

Beverlyjoy - Yay for a casted foot. Yep, it's appropriate that your head is still spinning with your new path.

Debbie (Lexxiss) - Yay for a large rainbow trout - those of us who live closer to an ocean than to a large river don't get those easily. Kudos for having a plan for the rib dinner.

Ann (Newlifestyle) - Maybe you're one of those folks who need to change eating plans periodically because they just tire of them - not a problem. Ouch for that knee - hope it heals itself.

MaryContrary - Sending supportive thoughts as you process all the feelings around your relationships. Kudos for seeking out a place where you can say it out loud to get your arms around it. Yay for the joy of continuing to help DGS with his project.

ChefJoona - Yay for "fresh fruit and protein" at a hotel continental breakfast bar. I once had a make-it-yourself waffle at one of those, thoroughly enjoying the process but suffering all day from a huge carb hit which included a wallop of bad syrup.

pamatga - No need to have prunes anymore - California has solved that problem by selling Dried Plums instead, LOL. Love the phrase, "fairies or trolls or something ethereal."

RunningFree - Honking Congrats on your new job, particularly since they hired you because they know you from your past work with them, with Kudos for your persistence in going after what you needed to do for yourself. Yep, jumping for joy is exercise as is crying if you're dramatic enough about it, LOL.

tarte - Kudos for not giving up this time - we'll continue to walk forward with you.

Readers -
chapter 3
Get Ready to Lose

Before you start, however, I would like you to do the following 10 essential tasks.
task 3
Make Time for Dieting

If you life is relatively calm and you are already good at following a schedule, it may not be difficult to set aside the time you need for yourself. If your schedule is already very full, however, you will have to decide which tasks and activities you will postpone, delegate, cut back on, or do less well - at least for the time being. I tell the dieters I counsel that it's impossible to add more water to an already full glass. If your glass is full, you have to spill some out before you can pour more in. You'll have to actively work to find the time you will need.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D, The Complete Beck Diet for Life (Green book), pg 34.
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