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Old 02-07-2008, 04:09 AM   #46  
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Thumbs up Thursday recovering from the Super's

Diet Coaches Several days now without a good walk due to my work crunch. Today should be easier so I can get out at lunch for a walk and get home early enough to get to the gym. Right now I miss feeling that all is right with the world that I get from exercising on plan. But, my attitude is to work at getting back on track rather than to think that I might be falling off the cliff. For that thought, CREDIT moi.

Am starting to plan for Saturday night's company party with walking hot hors doeuvres, cold hors doeuvres station, three different entree stations, and a BIG dessert station. Need to wrap my head around the notion that these are choices instead of an opportunity to eat some of everything.


Sue (CoastalSue) - Kudos for marching forward despite the crabbies. When your "work schedule" is too busy for swimming, you don't sound as "retired" as I thought you said you were, LOL.

Heidi (hbuchwald) - Kudos for getting a "core" workout. I'm still working on getting enough core workouts. When I do get there, I can feel it, so know that I'm doing the right stuff. Thanks for the encouragement for my goal to maintain for 5 years; please hang round for the next 4 years and 2 months to help keep me going, LOL.

CatR - It's great that you're carefully planning your quilt group eating; each time you eat on-plan, makes it easier for future times. Plan, plan, plan, and reap the comfort. If I plan enough, and have my mental NO CHOICE card polished and ready, eating events become much easier. Let's send each other supportive thoughts from our respective Saturday night eating challenges. Just knowing that you're working on yours at the same time will help me.

Mez (mezmerize) - Sounds like you have a plan for dealing with snacks and "treats" at home. I've found that it's easier to talk to my DW about food if I use my 3FC diet coaches for most of the detailed, repetitious discussion; my intense interest in the minutia of my eating doesn't make it a topic that bonds us as a couple. Besides, it sometimes reminds her that she got busy and forgot to eat lunch! Can you imagine how annoying it is to be married to someone who can FORGET to eat lunch? What's wrong with her!!

Lewarner - It's neat that you are so aware that you have to retrain you sense of "full." It took me a while also to adjust to the notion that stuffed wasn't necessary. Thankfully, I now find stuffed to be uncomfortable. Keep the faith, it'll come.

Readers " youll be able to tell yourself, It matters every single time " Beck, pg 18.

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Lewarner Thanks , Im not sure how to answer the not really full or being a little hungry question. I would like to ask have you noticed what you were doing/feeling when you sensed this. Example were you bored, sad, mad. Does it happen at a certain time of the day/night? Try logging when you feel this way maybe you low sugar at a certain time of day/night. If its just boredom then maybe you can look for ways to combat it by listening to music, looking at a photo album, reading whatever you think might help you past the danger zone of overeating. Also how much fiber are you getting? I find that has really been a great help in making me fill full. I purchased those Special K protein drinks. Ive heard that protein will help to curb your eating. It also has fiber so that is a plus I bought the kind you mix with water in the tea flavor. Ive used them in my time of need they are 60 calories. I dont like to drink my calories so I dont drink them very often. (just another tool I use to trick myself)

CatR Great you have a plan of action for the potluck. Being prepared for the what may come only makes us stronger! KUDOS! I think the DH and I will work this out. You see when I lost my 40lbs my husband seen this and started his own plan and lost over 100lbs. Hes since put most if not all back on Im not sure since he wont weight himself but hes back in his old pants. So Im not sure if this is the reason for his foot dragging. I know if I sit him down this weekend and talk to him I can assure him I expect nothing of him other than support. You cant force someone to eat healthy and I hope in time hell try once again.

Hbuchwald It made me smile when you said you like the way your workout made your core feel. I recall loving that feeling when I was working out! You made me crave a workout!! Many thanks! What kind of dance class is it?
Costalsue Im glad you enjoy the URL. I find swimming very calming. Fingers crossed you can work in more time for swimming.

BillBlueEyes I love this Im going to save it to read! BROVO! Need to wrap my head around the notion that these are choices instead of an opportunity to eat some of everything.

As for me I am planning my workout. Im leaning towards Walk Away The Pounds since its been awhile since Ive really worked out so I think its a nice place to start. I also have a DVD that is called Yoga For Weight Loss those two sound like a good start for me.
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Heidi: Your dance class should be a lot of fun.

The hostess is providing salmon and baked potatoes. I am going to bring a green salad and grapes/raw almonds for a dessert contribution. Thanks for the reminder about the herbal tea. There are 7 of us and usually 3 bring high fat/high sugar desserts. The desserts are served a couple of hours after lunch and they are kind of the showcase for the afternoon.

I think most of the "social pressure" with the quilt group will be in my head. I have a habit of anticipating other people's behaviors, such as assuming that I will be pressured to eat stuff when I turn it down. The reality is that it probably won't be that big a deal to them. I have had 2 opportunities not to eat cookies, so now I will have the opportunity not to eat other kinds of desserts. I have a game plan and now just need to relax and have a good time.

CoastalSue: Re: crabbiness about loss of your food fix. A lot of negative stuff came up during my first two weeks. I finally decided that what was happening wasn't as bad as the years of mental anguish that came from hating my body and feeling worthless because I couldn't achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

BillBlueEyes: Your company party sounds like a Las Vegas casino buffet, but with better food. I will be sure to send good wishes your way.

Mez: The walking and yoga should be a great combo. It won't be long before you start feeling better with the exercise. The yoga will also reinforce the mindfulness that we need for BDS.

You are lucky that your husband has experienced the weight loss/gain. That should help a lot.

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Sue: I am so proud of your weathering the grouchiness and sticking with the program. I wish I had some great ideas for how to overcome it… hang in there. We are overcoming some really strong habits and look how far we have come so far!

Billblueeyes: Great way to put the not exercising into perspective. And we will think of you and CatR on Saturday night and wait for the report on Sunday! My challenge will be on Sunday-a group of friends and I are meeting and having brunch out (the challenge part since I don’t know where we are going)..then to a play-I love that I am doing a grownup thing for ME! I plan to eat breakfast, consider the brunch to be lunch and then have a nice salad for dinner… will allot a certain number of calories for lunch and be MINDFUL!

Mezmerize: Core is still sore.. makes me really feel like I did some good work! I love it! I plan to take a ballroom dance class. FUN!

CatR: Most of that food sounds really healthy and delicious! I love it when I can have fish when I am out-I haven’t cooked that at home much at all so it feels like a treat to have it already prepared, etc… YUM! You sound solid in your gameplan-have fun!

I had another great day eatingwise.. And today was weigh in day. I had been at a plateau for a week or two and then had those snack nights.. well, they were relatively healthy snacks but a lot of salt. I didn’t gain anything during that time and now that I am back not doing that, I am down 4 lbs. That was motivating to see. Not much to report-happy that tomorrow is Friday and the weekend is right around the corner!

Til tomorrow, Heidi
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Thumbs up Friday - so very TGIF

Diet Coaches Got back on track yesterday with a walk at lunch - combined with a necessary errand, no less. CREDIT moi. Again unable to squeeze in a gym visit - continued to be overbooked and in need of working on my priorities a bit. Oh Well. Today's challenge is to complete the task of my work crunch so that it doesn't hang over my head all weekend.

Heidi (hbuchwald) - Congrats for the 4 pounds down, and kudos for getting so quickly back on track after the snack attacks. Also kudos for planning the grownup events for Sunday - I well remember how easy it is to get so involved with kid stuff that grownup events would be too infrequent. My admiration for working your priorities. Still sending healing thoughts for you, DD, and Henry - hoping his healing continues.

CatR - Smart choice of "grapes/raw almonds" for dessert. It's so much easier in a social situation to choose an attractive dessert than it is to play the NO CHOICE card. You might even start a trend - wouldn't that be nice. Another way to make fruit seem even more attractive is pomegranate arils. They are so good, and are especially attractive to people who have never thought to serve them.

Mez (mezmerize) - Kudos for choosing your exercise plan. I'm a BIG fan of walking and find that wearing a pedometer helps me to stay honest and motivated. Will you be doing the yoga at home or with a group?

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CatR I love Salmon. My mom use to make it as a kid and I wouldnt touch the stuff. Im glad I out grew that. My husband got me a Aero Garden for Christmas. I love having fresh herbs like to on it. When I 1st seen it on T.V. my family LOL at me because I said I wanted one. I just love it!!! Im thinking of buying another one. Maybe Valentines Day.

Hbuchwald That does sound like fun!! Many Congrats on the 4lbs loss!!

BillBlueEyes Its good you were able to get your walking in. I will be doing the Yoga at home for right now. You know I have a pedometer from when I worked out before. I have to try and dig that up. Thanks for the reminder!!

As for me yesterday I put in the 3 mile walk away the pounds dvd. I wanted a fast 1 mile walk. I told myself that I would only do 1 mile. I want to make sure go into this slow. I really wanted to continue with the dvd but stopped at 1 mile then cleaned my house. It felt great!! For dinner last night I made a salad I put the follow things on it. Tomato, cauliflower, bell peppers red-yellow-green, balsamic , salt, pepper and small can of 98% ff chicken breast. (I forgot to take out fresh CB from the freezer) Not long after eating I had terrible cramps bloating and ugliness! I'm still feeling sickly now and its 1p.m. Well I get a call from my sister and told I wasnt feeling welllong story short turns out she had the same problem and so did my other sisters and father. (I have 7 sisters and 5 brothers) 5 of my sisters and my father had their Gallbladder remove. This is not the 1st time this has happen to me its been off and on for few years. So I have a doctors app. On the 15th. She asked if I ate a high fat meal. I said not even close. What do you guys think?
I am determined to pop in the Yoga dvd and do as much as I can. I WILL DO IT!!
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No unusual challenges today. I am sticking right with my program. My weight has been bobbing up and down around 133 and I hope I make that Sunday (my official weigh-in day) so I can change my tracker. Another reason to watch what I do on Saturday.

Mez: I think it is good you have a doctor's appointment to get this checked out. That was not a normal reaction to the meal you described. I hope you get to feeling better soon so you can continue your walking program.

Heidi: Sounds like you have a good plan for Sunday for allowing for a fun day with your friends. I will be sending good wishes to you Sunday morning. It was great that you got back on track before things got completely out of hand.

BillBlueEyes: One of my quilting friends makes a fruit salad that includes the pomegranate arils. They do add a touch of elegance. I hope you can get in a gym workout between now and the company party.
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Hello to all,
mezmerize-I know zero about gallbladder problerms. Is there an advice phone in line with your health plan? Anyone at your medical clinic to review it with? Hope that you are doing well now. Sound like a pattern to discuss with your Doc.

CatR-Hope your scales go down-some weeks are just so slow to lose the lbs and other the weight just drops.

Heidi happy 4 lb loss!!!! Congradualtins! You wrote not much to report however the report is that you are doing being successful with Beck-alot to give yourself credit for.

BillblueEyes-well Dh and I are retired however inflation requires we do a number odd jobs when they are available.-plus we both volunteer at way too many communtiy projects. Not getting the exercising in does effect my mood-but so does getting in debt-so it off to work we go when ever we can.

I have been able to swim for 45 minutes on each of last 2 days-one day was 4:00PM I was the only one there and it was so cold and windy-The pool had white caps on it but I still got my blood pumping. Today at 12:30 is was more like the high 40's out with only a mild wind- a bit better. Had company last night and was company to night. I just prepared tons of raw veggies-the stand by of carrots, celery and cauliflower. I have the fun of chewing while playing cards, but so few calories. I don't care what is served as long as I can indulge in salads and raw veggies and drink lots of water. I give myself credit for being prepared and not eating the other high calorie foods and drink. The crabbies are passing with out having sugar foods Like Beck preach- all these non-hunger reasons for over eating can be weather and they do pass. Sometimes it is annoying to be on a strict budget both for our finances and calories. I know the long term reward is excellent, but kid in me want a short term reward and NOW. But the wiser one is still winning over Miss implusive.

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Billblueeyes: Great to get that work project out of the way so you don’t have to worry about it on the weekend. I hope that you can relax soon! Off to look up pomegranate arils!

Mezmerize: Great that you got that walk away the pounds video in-so smart to start small! I have those vids too and will get them into my mix! I am glad you are getting checked by a doc… hope it is something minor!!!

Coastalsue: That is dedication-to go swimming with whitecaps in the pool! Yowsah! I love to munch too-raw veggies are so great for that… and I have been drinking green tea at school-I like having another hot beverage that doesn’t have to be a starbucks nonfat mocha no whip! 

Yes, I need to give myself credit for overcoming the snackies… and for doing the good things. It is more challenging to be mindful when life is busier. Bill is right about it being a luxury to have a day out with friends when raising a little one! I am so excited and will be shopping/cooking tomorrow instead of Sunday so I am ready for the week. I am looking at a few cooking classes for the Spring time.

Waving to the busy beckies not able to post.....

Til tomorrow, Heidi
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Thumbs up Saturday of my big company party

Diet Coaches Yesterday included a walk at lunch and the gym after work. CREDIT moi. During the walk I bought some rolled barley to add to the oats next time I make granola - just wondering what they taste like. It is so great to REALLY like oats since they're such a healthy food and so inexpensive.

Tonight is the company party. I'll be thinking of my Beck strategies beforehand, hoping to just have fun while I'm there and have the eating be a minor part. I'll be reminded that DW and I should take a ballroom dancing class so we don't look like dorks on the dance floor. I only think of this on the day I'm attending a dancing function, LOL.


Sue (CoastalSue) - Kudos for swimming in your Minnesota-like weather: 45 minutes with the whitecaps - WOW. And kudos for your planned veggie snacks in a social situation - what a great area in your life to be making progress.

Heidi (hbuchwald) - Yeah for homemade green tea; boo for our collective addiction to overpriced Starbucks. Have a productive, busy Saturday. What kind of cooking classes are you looking for?

CatR - Sending supportive thoughts for your quilting party tonight.

Mez (mezmerize) - Great that you're got a plan to start slowly on your exercising. Your salad sounds yummy, but distress afterwards is boggling. I have no useful response. The only times I've had a response to food has been to spoiled food of some sort and the distress was limited to the GI tract which did its standard routine for clearing itself out rapidly. It isn't at all clear to me how the gallbladder can cause this. Glad you have a doctor's appointment. Amazing to have a large family; must make planning a family reunion a major event.

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CatR I use to have my official weight in on Friday then I found I would sometime be naughty on sat and Sunday thinking that Oh I can work it off by Friday. So I stopped that since it didnt work for me. I now make my official weight in on Monday it sure keeps me in line on the weekend.

Coastalsue Glad to hear the crabbies are passing. High five on the bing prepared with the veggies and water. I did get in touch with my sisters and some wonderful people from 3FCs answered some questions in a thread I posted. All pretty much said the same thing. It is great that I think I have a reason for this problem that has been on and off for years.

Hbuchwald Do you have a cooking class in mind? Ive always wanted to an Asian food class. Maybe this summer Ill do just that.

BillBlueEyes Let me know about the rolled barley. I love oats they remind me of home when I was a child my mother would make oatmeal for breakfast on cold winter days. Shed put cinnamon or a touch of nutmeg. I loved walking into the warm kitchen and smelling that.

Well I did manage to do some of the Yoga For Weight Loss dvd. I had a heck of a time with the breathing. It seems I just go use to breathing in through my nose and out of my mouth. Now with yoga I do it all with my nose!! LOL Im feeling much better today and Im going to be very careful with what I eat. I believe the cauliflower was the trigger for my gallbladder acting up. It was the only new item added to my salad and after speaking with friends and family it was a trigger to them as well. My sisters told me of my aunts and uncles on my fathers side that had theirs taken out. Im fairly sure that is my problem and I guess an ultrasound will confirm it. Which is nice since its a noninvasive. My husband surprised me with another Aero Garden and also purchased the Roman Lettuce and the Italian Herbs refills. Im going to start my lettuce soon. He said they had a cherry tomato refill which I may get in the future since I love summer tomatoes and it will sure be nice having fresh veggies growing in my kitchen when its blowing snow outside. Its also a nice lesson for my grandson to see plants growing in water. Bill our family reunions are a blast!
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Hello everyone,
Just made "easy salmon cakes" for a few meals this week-yum! I also signed up for a salsa dance class and found a cooking class that I will take. The cooking class desire is a general interest in seeing people make healthy food. I tend to follow recipes and sometimes they just don't turn out well.. This class has 6 sessions and has knife techniques, vegetarian entrees, summer fruit and vegetable salads, pizza and foccacia, fish cookery and bbqing and great grilling. Another goal is to just get out and do some things for ME. Credit moi.

Things are fine here. I am just plugging along and doing things around here today since we will be gone all day tomorrow. Henry had another blood test yesterday which I will get results for today or Monday but he is looking GREAT and doing more of the little things that he used to do all the time. We are sure loving him up and appreciating him even more than we did before!

I think that Sue may have send the grouchies over to me.. I am just sort of anxious/crabby/restless. I will journal a bit to try and figure out what is up. I am going to try a new 10 minute dance dvd workout that I got for xmas. I will do 2 sessions of it-maybe that will help me feel better!

Thinking about CatR and BillBlueEyes at their events tonight.

Til tomorrow, Heidi
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Default A frozen shout out to my fellow Beckies!

Greetings, all.

I am glad to see you are all doing well with your Beck strategies, but I never doubted it. We all fall down at times, but it seems the dusting off process is getting quicker and we are getting more confident. Would you agree?

Have been struggling even to keep up reading your posts.

Heidi, I am so glad for every day Henry feels good! Our dear Bear is 12.5 years, and still a happy dude. Had cancer surgery last summer, but seems to be doing great. He is part Chow, so he loves the cold.

I have been trying to keep up with my online class and learning two new softwares for application at work--not my forte, for sure. Way cool, though. Leaves me not much time for studying Beck, so I am grateful for those of you who to continue to post and motivate me.

It is a balmy -10 right now; wind chill is about -40. DS went into the blizzard warning 60 miles away to hit golf balls. What is a mother to do??

Keep up the good work!
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Allow me to sum up my past week in one word.

BLECH!!!!

Oh, maybe that's not a word Well, anyway, the less said about it the better. You know what? I am starting over again. I think I got sick ... strangely, not the same kind of sick as I usually get, with horrible sinus headaches and such ... but just really, really tired. After several hours of teaching on Tuesday, I just kind of shut down. And then ... did I say the less said the better? Silly me!

No matter. I will weigh in in the morning, and I'm going to read the book again. I think maybe this time I will allow myself 2 days for each message to sink in.

It seems like all of you are doing terrifically well, and I will need to be around this sort of excellence to succeed! So I promise to be more faithful in my postings.

Even if I've gained all 9 pounds back (which I doubt), I have learned so much that I feel I can only be more successful now!

Talk to you all soon
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Thanks for all the fantastic input! I am still learning your names but thanks.

I do think I need some time to get used to the hunger and eating levels. Some days I go slightly over 1600 and another day I will end up at 1200 or less.

The other night I had a lot of cravings so I ended up eating CheezIts and a coke for dinner. Not healthy but under my calorie limit and I felt better the next day.

Exercising in the afternoon after work has really helped with the hunger during that time of day. I'm looking forward to better weather too.

I am reading the book very slowly. I started almost a month ago and am just working on the 2nd week or the start the diet week. But I started the diet 2+ weeks ago. I have skipped around a bit, looking at the hunger section.

Someone mentioned eating slowly (I need to keep track of names, really) and that is one I am working on. I eat way too fast. So thanks for the reminder.

I was encouraged to hear that eating smaller portions and healtier options gets easier. I look forward to that.

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