Cravings … Sweet Cravings

reesesegg-smI’ve given into my cravings for the past week or so … usually in the form of chocolate.

Journaling everything, but not denying myself anything, really.

Which can be both positive and negative, depending on the situation.

The thing is, I’ve been an insatiable beast, and my period is over a week away!

My self-analysis says that I stopped the chewing/spitting, but am still buying some triggers … perhaps to test myself? The thing is, I don’t NEED any of it; I just WANT it.

So the next step is a logical one, don’t test yourself, don’t buy the triggers. Continue reading “Cravings … Sweet Cravings”

The Four-Day Win

Just a quickie–consider it a Twitter tweet, except not! 🙂

I got a new (2007) Beck book tonight, but this time it’s by MARTHA Beck (related to Dr. Judith Beck?!) called The Four-Day Win, which encourages readers to “End your diet war and achieve thinner peace.”

I am only on the first chapter, but one line really stands out and I wanted to share it before I get any further into the book.

Beck says, “Basing a weight-loss effort on willpower does the very things to your mind and body that are virtually certain to make you fatter in the long run.”

I’ve often felt that the reason I am not back at my goal weight has been a lack of willpower, and I bet many of us have felt that way, too.

Keeping weight off is clearly about way more than willpower; it really is about changing our behaviors for the long-term. And even when we make positive changes, we’re not always 100% out of the woods.

I love authors that make us think… and I’m looking forward to what else she has to say.

How about you? Have you read this book? I hope to read it over the next week or so.

Flexing Your Resistance Muscle

Most social functions today seem to revolve around food and/or drink.

I believe there’s a time and place for everything, and it’s up to us how we choose to handle the options at these gatherings. We don’t need to embrace them or shun them, but rather find a comfortable balance among them.

Wine bars, coffee houses, and jazz clubs aren’t going to disappear. There will always be office donuts, holidays, Girl Scout cookie sales, farmers’ market samples, pizza parties, weddings and backyard BBQs to attend, Girls’ Nights Out, date nights, etc. And you can pretty much bet that someone is always going to bring in baked goods for birthdays, regardless of your age.

Yet every day doesn’t have to be a total “treat.” There will always be another party, another picnic, another carnival.

So why do we, as Americans, find the need to indulge, seemingly all day, every day?

Even if we’re not watching our weight and are truly living in the moment and really grabbing life by the horns, do we need to make every day into a food-fest, free-for-all?

Can’t we learn to have a little of this and a little of that and just enjoy it for what it is? Kind of like how the French do it? (Speaking of, I loved that book, Why French Women Don’t Get Fat)

I think if more Americans knew how to flex their “resistance muscle,” maybe that would be the case. Continue reading “Flexing Your Resistance Muscle”

“Giving Credit”

Of all the tools in Dr. Beck’s book, The Beck Diet Solution, the one that I find most important—yet hardest to follow—is the notion of “Giving Credit.”

At the end of each day, Dr. Beck encourages her devoted followers to jot down what they did right that day in a notebook; to recap the day and come up with at least one positive change or decision they made over the course of the day.

It sounds simple enough, but chances are, if you’re a performance addict like me, you probably have a much easier time fathoming what mistakes you made than tooting your own horn.

So how will I give myself credit? Well, for example, instead of berating myself for waking at 2 a.m. last night hungry/emotional and having a 3-pt incident … or spending three unplanned points on sugar-free chocolate yesterday (which totally hurts my tummy–reminder to self: must not buy again!), I would give myself credit for having biked with a friend on my day of rest and not feeling guilty that that was “all I did.” I would also give myself credit for having stuck to my no-journaling plan on Sparkpeople (just on the WW online planner–for non-Core foods).

The goal is that over time, it becomes easier and easier to focus on the positive and that the habit becomes an ingrained, natural behavior. Continue reading ““Giving Credit””

“No Choice”

A few months ago, I heard some girls on a Weight Watchers message board I frequent singing the praises of Dr. Judith Beck’s book, “The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person,” a self-help guide which embraces cognitive therapy (her father coined the phrase) as a method for overcoming emotional eating issues. I got my hands on a copy as quickly as I could.

As this topic fascinates me, not surprisingly, I devoured the whole book in one weekend … I literally spent 48 hours gorging myself on her words, going through all the exercises, diligently jotting notes in my journal and on various response cards (i.e., notecards). Note to self: It’s not the way one should go about such a book, but it’s how I chose to do it, especially since a lot of her exercises were things I’d already been doing for four years, anyway. Continue reading ““No Choice””