Things are going well with the Beck Diet. I am finding that just having to read each day's exercise in the book keeps me on track. It keeps me thinking about my goals, how I feel being at this weight and what I need to do to change things.
Technically, this has been the first week of actual dieting. It's been going well. But that's not unusual. It seems that there is always a bit of a honeymoon phase when just starting out, where it seems easy to stick to my menu plans.
Thing is, I've been down this road before. And I have come to the conclusion that in order for me to actually lose fat, I am going to have to be very strict. I am going to have to make more drastic changes than I have tried in the past. To be honest, I am still at a tiny bit of a loss as to how to do this. So far, I have cut out the snack that I normally have during the afternoon. I'm trying to be careful with my other meals as well, and not eat in the evenings after dinner, but none of that is new. So I'm questioning whether this is enough. What other changes will I need to make?
I'm feeling The Fear that I won't see the pounds coming off and I will get discouraged and start letting extra calories creep in.
Of course, that's the point of the Beck Solution - to keep you from sabotaging yourself. I am supposed to be learning how to stick to a diet, even when it's tough.
But there is still The Fear. Still that question in my mind: What if it's not enough?
Day 21, fittingly is about preparing for the first Weigh In. It gives some good advice about having the right attitude when it comes to stepping on the scale. If I have followed my diet, I should see a loss. If not, this is a signal to reflect on whether I have stuck to my diet. Did I follow my food plan and get in my workouts? If I have been doing everything I should do, this could just be a normal weight fluctuation. Or it could be a signal that I need to change what I am doing. Whatever the reason, if I don't see the number I want, that is not an excuse to stop trying or to go on a binge.
It's really quite a good section, one that I will refer to again when it comes to stepping on the scale.
And with that, I am off. I'm gone for the weekend. I will try to update my weight tomorrow morning if I can, but if not I'll get to it by the end of the weekend.
Have a great weekend everyone!