Quick Review, as I finished reading chapters 3 & 4 while - finally - relaxing in my new hammock this evening.
So, chapters 1 & 2 were pretty much all about "why you need the Beck Diet Solution" and "how the Beck Diet Solution will help you." Not that I didn't find a few things to think about, but nothing very heavy.
Chapter 3, I had to grit my teeth a bit to get through. Pretty much along the lines of: you're overweight because you eat too much. I may be a li'l bit sensitive to that line of reasoning. Not that you can argue with it I guess, I know that food is my issue. It's just that how much is too much can vary so much from person to person. But we'll come back to that.
One thing I did find interesting, particularly in light of Charlotte's post today. Dr. Beck is of the opinion that most thin people are careful of/do restrict their eating, even if they say they don't. They may not even be aware that they do it because they are so used to it.
Dr. Beck does mention emotional eating as a cause. I know that when I am stressed out or overtired, I am more likely to make poor food choices. So I will be interested in strategies for dealing with that.
Another thing that is mentioned is the idea that it's not fair that others can eat this but I can't as a rationalization to allow oneself to indulge. This is something I have noticed coming up recently for me, born of frustration I think. I know it makes no sense, but every once in a while I find myself thinking it. It's not fair that I have to count calories and restrict what I can eat when other people can eat whatever they want!
In the first place, that's not really true. Second, even if it were true - tough! I am not other people.
That is something I noticed reading other people's weight loss blogs, the weight watchers forums, etc...How much some people can eat and still be losing weight compared to me.
I am 5 feet tall.
I am 38 years old.
I sit behind a computer all day.
My metabolism is not exactly going to be humming along, even with my regular workouts. I have to accept that I am going to have to eat less in order to lose pounds. And I am going to have to stick to a reduced calorie level for more than a week or two. That's just the way it is.
I think the way I eat now will probably be fine for maintenance, but it's not cutting it for actually losing.
Chapter Four was a short chapter about being/getting ready to start the program.
So that brings me to actually starting. I will be away this weekend, so I'm thinking the earliest I am likely to start will be next week.
So far, the overview has not given me any light bulb moments. No sudden realization that: Aha! This is my problem! Now I will fix me! But, I haven't actually started yet, so we shall see.