Saturday, November 14, 2015
I haven't been blogging much lately, but I thought I would touch base today. I am continuing with the Beck Program and have been practicing my Mindset and Behavioral Techniques much more than I needed to when actually on the Beck Trek. I have had more episodes of craving than I did during those 6 weeks. And the techniques work! The three times I slipped, I didn't even try the techniques...I just ate. When I actually pull out my cards and use the techniques they have worked. I lost 10 pounds on the trek and have been centering at a new "maintenance weight" 5 pounds below the weight I have maintained the last few years!
Last night I had a Beck experience I want to record so I will remember it. We were invited to an organizing meeting for a Dinner Group that is just starting. The hostess was providing Drinks and Appetizers to sip and munch while we discussed our plans. I planned my day to be on the lower end of my calorie range then added 6 oz of wine and 2 appetizers to the Snack area of my Spark Tracker which I don't usually use since I only eat 3 meals a day. But tonight I was using the "indulgence meal" part of my program to allow myself a planned treat.
During the party I had my 6 oz of wine and I served myself 3 appetizers in case I didn't like one of them. It turned out that I didn't like ANY of them! So I put my plate aside after one bite of each appetizer, put a napkin on top of the food and participated in the planning. My thought was "why should I eat these calories if I'm not crazy about the taste". Now that is an entirely new principle for me. I often ate food that I wasn't crazy about at parties because everyone else was eating. Now I don't need to eat just to eat. If I have a treat, I want it to taste good and to really enjoy the food. I am thinking more like a Thin Person.
Another thing I am doing is when I have a craving for something unplanned, I go right to my tracker and work it into tomorrow"s meals when I will sit down, and enjoy it thoroughly without going over my calorie goals and not feeling the least bit guilty or deprived .