Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beck Diet Day 1 : Why I Want to Lose Weight

A friend recommended I check out The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, saying that his sister had found the book helpful.

As the book points out, it's not a diet in the traditional sense. Dr. Beck offers no meal plans or exercise regimens. Instead, she uses the methods of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help you change your thinking about food overall. The program overall lasts 6 weeks.

I had started it a couple of times, but didn't keep going. I let myself get too distracted sometimes and let things fall away.

I realize today that I need to seriously go through the steps in this book at this time. I still don't have a good relationship with food. I have my favorite not-so-good-for-me foods that I keep craving. I deny myself and then it comes crashing down. Bought a bag of Haribo gummy bears, a Green Apple Frootie bar, and a big cupcake last night because I REALLY wanted sweets. They're already all gone. I suppose I had one small victory...there was a 9-pack of cupcakes on the day old rack for only 50 cents more than the single cupcake. I resisted, knowing that would be even more disastrous.

For day one, you are supposed to record the advantages of losing weight on an index card. You refer to that card at least a couple of times daily so you can remember what you're aiming for. I will use the cards, but I also thought I'd have more accountability by recording it here too.

Why I Want to Lose Weight:
  1. I'll have more energy during the day.
  2. I can shop at all of the "regular" stores.
  3. There's a good chance it will help improve my lungs and improve my asthma.
  4. I will get to show off my dimples more.
  5. I will be able to do my 5ks, marathons and other races better.
  6. I will have less chances for diseases and problems.
  7. I will have more confidence in myself.
  8. I will like myself more (need to work on this period).
  9. I will get to wear all the cute clothes in my skinny stash.
  10. I have been told that I have "eyes that can light up a room". I will be able to show them off better.
  11. I will be able to move around and fit places better.
  12. I will have more energy for gardening and life in general.
  13. I will likely live longer.
  14. I will feel more attractive to men.
  15. A secret one.
Changing how I think about food won't be easy. It needs to be done, though, and I will prevail. I will make a post daily (in addition to the other ones) with each step of the book. This should help keep me going and finally work my way through the book.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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