I've just completed a 44 day "Beck Trek Pink Reboot" with members of the Sparkteam "The Beck Diet Solution," by Judith Beck. Many of us blogged about a chapter a day as a group. It was my second time through the book...and it was awesome.
I dropped 9 pounds in those 44 days and now I find myself 12 pounds below what I consider my 60 pound sparkpeople loss for my maintenance anniversary (which just rolled around to 7 years).
Better than that (as if anything COULD be better than that), I changed my thinking about food and dieting. I'm encouraged and my motivation is renewed. The whole process is becoming "easier," just as Beck says it would.
(piece of cake!)
Now I'm going through the book again and reading the blogs I wrote for the trek as well as blogs my insightful sparkbuddies have written. I don't plan to blog every day unless some sweet gem pops out at me.
"Cheating" vs. "Unplanned Eating"
Beck avoids the word "cheating" because she says it fosters an "all or nothing" attitude about dieting. We cheated....we blew it...we might as well REALLY blow it.
The word "cheating" is also associated with being "bad." Cheating on a test, a spouse, your taxes...all bad, and sometimes lead to life-changing negative consequences.
How many times have we said...I ate a slice of pizza, I cheated, I was bad, I am bad, I can't do this, why am I even trying?
And we look at it just as negatively as if the Federal Government was tracking us for tax evasion...so the spiral of diet disaster begins.
Was a single slice of pizza really cheating? Did it really destroy all your efforts and warrant eating the whole pizza?
I think not!
Beck uses the term "unplanned eating." This concept is less negative and says to me..."It's ok, I just made a little mistake. Now I need to put the food in my tracker and get right back to my eating plan. It's no big deal. I'm not bad. I can do this."
I use the skills I've learned from Beck Pink to help me avoid unplanned eating. I tell myself "NO CHOICE," and "Oh well." I use my 4 Ds...Distance, Drink, Distract, and Detach. I read my advantage response cards that remind me why I wanted to lose weight in the first place, and why I now want to keep the weight off.