Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Need a Kick in the Pants. Hello Beck Diet Solution!

I started blogging a year and a half ago for one reason and one reason only. To keep the weight off that I had lost. I figured that it would be mortifying to gain the weight back if I was public about being healthy AND that the constant having to think about and write about food and health would keep me on the straight and narrow.

Has it worked? Yes, mostly. But not entirely. I don't know any of the stats because I too darned scared to get on a scale, but I'm pretty sure that "the weight" is creeping back on. My clothes feel a little tight. My stomach sticks out a little further.

It's time to get a grip.

This Plant-strong food tastes too darned great! All of the people who are eating fast food and thinking they could never give it up, well they have no idea how delicious a plant-based diet can be if you just give it a chance. And when food tastes this good, I find it hard not to overindulge.

Not only that, I'm giving myself too many allowances. Allowances for goodies on special occasions. Allowances for too many plant-indulgent dinners when what I should really be eating is low calorie soup and salad--without the nuts.

So thank you blogging world. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to catch myself before it's too late. I am at your mercy. I have to once again focus my energy on what I know works:
1. The Beck Diet Solution
2. Eat to Live
I can do this! I am a warrior.

I have already reread the introductory chapters and it is amazing to me how I am falling out of practice with the plan. I'm having a ton of sabotaging thoughts like, "I know I shouldn't eat this, but it's okay because . . . it's a celebration . . . I'm tired . . . I'm hoping the calories really won't count because I eat so many vegetables."

Really, Wendy? Come on! Do you know what that is? DENIAL. And I'm starting to regress into it again. Thank The Lord I know how to fix it.


I hope you are interested, and that you will enjoy reading all about it here, every day for the next however many days it takes me to complete another round of The Beck Diet Solution. Beck is not a book about food. It is a book about retraining your brain to think like that of a thin person. One who doesn't struggle with food choices and endlessly gain and lose weight. The kind of thinking that I know is required to maintain a healthy weight. You can check out what people say about this program by clicking on the Amazon link above and reading the reviews of the book.

Of course I'll still be posting lots of food ideas sandwiched in with posts about working the Beck program.

What are you struggling with?

Any body interested in doing The Beck Diet Solution with me? Or reading about the steps as I work them?

35 comments:

AngieBrumley said...

I need a plan to lose weight. There are two books available from my library - The Beck Diet Solution and Beck Diet for Life. I've requested both. Which one is best?

Karena said...

I'd love to work through this along side you, Wendy! Ironically, I've been planning the same thing as soon as I get back from vacation next week. And also getting back to Eat to Live, which I *know* works, starting August 1st. I started a new blog just to document my move back to ETL. I'm with you :)

Cindy Marsch said...

I got up to about Day 21 or so of Beck as of a couple of weeks ago, but it just became too many details piled on details. I couldn't sustain all the steps. It's like a part time job all on its own, and I'm already busy!

However, we make time for what's important in our lives, and I have realized the necessity of doing that. I will likely never be at a point of so much automaticity that I don't need to continue with diligence.

So bring it on, and I'll look for some inspiration!

Signed,
Fellow ETL and Beck student

Christina Piccoli said...

Oh boy! Here's another book I'm going to have to read. :) But yes, I am definitely interested in hearing how it goes for you! I struggle with the same excuses when I eat too. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Healthy Girl said...

Angie-the one I will be following will be The Beck Diet Solution. I'm sure they must be similar, but I have never seen the "for life" version so I cannot speak to it. Is it possible that it is the follow-up for use after "The Beck Diet Solution?"

princess singular said...

great post, had just been thinking this morning that I needed a little help in the pants-kicking dept.! Will go check out these books now! Anxious to follow along with you...I follow ETL but I stumble a little here and there, i.e., I 'trip over chips"......

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

My fav high school teacher had that "denial" poster in her classroom - love it!

Good for you getting back on track. You can do it!

Laura said...

The Eat to Live book is the solution for you. Force yourself to read a few pages each day to keep all that good information top of mind. It is such a simple plan: fruit for breakfast, salad and beans for lunch, salad and greens for dinner. It works, you stay healthy, and you lose the weight. I have had the same problem slipping back into old habits, and what works for me is to get the book out and just re-read it each day. Good luck!

dega96 said...

Hey Wendy!

Deanna D. here, and it's ironic how I am at the same point that you are right now. Summer is here, and we are doing a lot of visiting and day trips, and a lot less exercising, meal planning and cooking. It's amazing how many excuses for leniency we can come up with! It's time to get back on track in our house too. One thing that keeps me from going completely off track is knowing that these cycles of sticking with and falling off plan are inevitable, and maybe in some ways necessary. I feel really great that we know how to recognize when it's time pull it all back in, and some skills to get it done! Good luck to you. We'll be doing it along with you!

Cheryl said...

This is exactly what I've been thinking...I'll definitely be following along and getting back on track as well. It's amazing how easy it is to go back to old thinking!

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendy,

Your post came at a perfect time for me. I just ordered both the book and the work book and am up to chapter 2. I am doing E2L but with lots of excuses and I won't get into the denial part (LOL) I look for to reading your comments. I have a lot of weight to lose and for me it's not just about the food.

Estelle

Amy said...

Wendy, I'll do it with you - when I get back from our weekend away, my plan is to start back full force on Tuesday with ETL & my fitness program and I think it's a great idea to add Beck in there too. Hopefully we can all motivate each other!

heather g said...

I have ETL. I'm reading it and with ya sista!

Julie Ann said...

Wendy, YES! I'm on board. I've been frustrated that my progress has been stalled for several weeks, and just this week I'm finally finding my way again. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for all that you do!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendy!
Just reserved the book at the library. I "know" what i should and shouldn't eat but don't follow it. I need to get to the bottom of my bad habits and fix those in order to be successful. Would love to do the Beck Diet Solution along with you.

katshealthcorner said...

I'm love to read about your progress through this!

Audrey said...

This sounds really interesting. I look forward to following your progress as you implement the plan.

Good luck! YOU CAN DO IT! :D

Sindy said...

Love your honesty Wendy! Yes, you are a warrior and you can do it. Here supporting you my friend! xo

Anonymous said...

I am in. I got the book out of the library last week based on your recommendation. I have been reading daily, but happy to re-start. I also keep ETL with me at all times for reinforcement. If we all did it together could we count on each other as the diet coach Beck recommends? I was having trouble trying to figure out who to ask!

wife2abadge said...

I like the green beck book much better than the pink book. I find the pink book triggering. working through the green book is more doable for me.

Anonymous said...

Have you read any books from Geneen Roth? There are 2 I've read: Breaking free from emotional reading and Women, Food and God. Both are very inspiring. You can incorporate any plan you have for whatever you are eating. It really adresses to eat only when hungry and to figure what you are "hungry" for when you are not hungry and want to eat anyways. I'm always trying to find the best solution for me...and I've discovered it's an ongoing process and to try and not be too hard on myself.

Anonymous said...

Sorry! The book is called "Breaking Free from Emotional Eating"!!! Not reading!

Megan said...

Okay, I'm in. I have the book, but just haven't gotten all the way through it. I will start today.

babsbeau said...

Hey Wendy! Clearly your post hit the target with many of us. I am just getting started on my PlantStrong adventure after dancing around the edges for a little more than a year. (you know - reading the books but not actually doing anything?)

Excited to take the journey with you!!

DeeDee said...

Hi Wendy! I really love your blog. Bravo to you to know that it was time to get back on track --that is a huge step in itself. I don't have the book but I will try to pick it up at the library. Otherwise, I hope you will share your lessons and thoughts here. Best wishes to you as you move forward on your journey and thank you for letting me tag along :)

Mandy Robinson said...

I'm in! You have helped me so much and I have been curious about this book since I started reading your blog.

Thanks for all your inspiration!

ally g said...

I'm in. I just finished the first chapter of Beck Diet Solution.

Anonymous said...

Would love to!! I bought the Beck Diet Solution book and workbook. Have been wanting to get started, but kept making excuses. Going through it with you would really help keep me motivated.

Kari@Onederland said...

I'm not really interested in doing the beck diet solution, but I'll be here to cheer you on! You know you can do it!!! For me, I'm on the right path when it comes to making good food choices, I just can't seem to get my arse in gear and start working out. Baby steps, it too will come!

The Healthy Librarian said...

Don't get mad at me, but Dr. Esselstyn really is right-on with his advice.

"Cut out nuts & nut butters, seeds (tahini, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds), and avocados--and be ever-so-careful with what you order if you eat out!"

Some people can eat all the nuts, seeds, & avocados that they want & not gain weight. They're either under 35, or marathoners.

As much as I love these foods--they really are calorie bombs. Sad to say!

Forgive me for being an "advice-giver". Not a role I'm comfortable with.

Jenna Puckett said...

I love the Beck Diet book because it really addresses the emotional and behavioral aspects of weight loss. Do you do the checklists in the book?

I have 3 really strong reasons for why I want to lose weight. First, I do want to be healthy and live a long time. My grandfather died way too soon. Most of my family is on medication that’s a result from excess weight. Second, I do want to feel more attractive and like the way I look. But shouldn’t I love the way I look/ love myself regardless of what I weigh? But it’s a real reason. Third, choosing healthy choices makes me feel good and feel empowered. The Beck Diet book is good at emphasizing the empowerment point.

I have started 3 blogs and then closed them after not posting... maybe this would be a good time to try again and to work through this book again with a blog community!

Cindy@talkhealthytome said...

What a huge response and support you’ve received from your readers. I am familiar with Beck’s Cognitive Theory. I especially love her “No Choice” response when faced with enticing food or overindulgence of “too much delicious tasting, healthy food”.

Another terrific resource is “The Slow Down Diet” by Marc David. For many people, especially women, a hectic life (being pulled in 10 different directions) and stressful thoughts (meeting deadlines, or “I hate my body”) can cause metabolic slowdown resulting in weight gain. For the “show me the proof” person (like me) he backs this up with scientific evidence. Sometimes I get too focused on the food (stress!) and become fanatical. This approach has taught me to relax into the process, which ultimately boosts metabolic power. I find I need multiple strategies in my arsenal to be a successful healthy eater and Marc’s book, as well as Beck’s, are outstanding.

Wendy, thanks so much for sharing your story, and being the voice of so many of your blog fans.

Paint Horse Girl said...

I am purchasing the Beck Diet Solution today! I am excited to work through it with you all. I have made some life changes, but now need to go the rest of the way...namely, dinner! I am excited about the rest of the life changes I need to make!!

Anonymous said...

I just started reading your blog. I'm thinking of doing the Eat to Live for health reasons. I am a meat eater so I know it will be hard, but I know I can do it if I set my mind to it. I love all food so plant-based will work for me. I wanted to note something I've been reading. I don't know enough about you to know your religious beliefs, but I've been reading a Christian book called Made to Crave. I can't think of the author's name right now. It isn't a diet. It is a book to help you with whatever diet you choose. It talks about craving God more than food which is what a lot of people don't realize they are doing. They are substituting the filling up of the empty spaces in their lives with food when they should be filling them up with God. For non-Christians, this is still a good book. It has a lot of good advice on why we eat the way we eat and how to get our heads around that and move on to fulfill our lives in other ways. food. The author has a website if you just Google Made to Crave and you can read about the book. Thanks for your blog. It is helping me prepare to Eat to Live.

CherylC said...

Like many of you I have read this at exactly the right time! I have been wanting to get back on track after a long vacation where I wasn't able to stay on my ETL program. I did the Eat To Live Holiday Challenge and lost 25 lbs but have slipped back to some old excuses and habits. I am not familiar with the Beck Diet Solution but plan on finding it tonight on my IPAD. I am so happy there is a community of us to work through this.
A side note to some previous comments; I really liked Geneen Roth's Women, Food, and God. I am not at all religious so it took me awhile to pick it up. Her definition of God left plenty of room for personal beliefs. Very empowering book that has helped me on this journey.
Another great book for understanding the physiology of emotional or addictive eating is The Pleasure Trap. Dr.Lisle is one of the two authors or it is available on Dr. Fuhrman's website.
Looking forward to reading about everyone's progress!

 
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