Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First day report

It's harder than it looks to follow a food plan exactly, at least for me. I planned a lunch that was too big. I forgot to use my hummus as a dip for my veggies with my snack so I ended up throwing it out and not eating it. I came home from my evening class hungry, grabbed my dinner, and forgot the apple that was a part of that meal. I guess I need to actually look at the food plan before I eat.

Weighing in today was fun: I was down a pound and a half. I knew I would be down because I felt lighter.

I inadvertently ended up doing the hunger experiment that Beck suggests dieters do in Stage 1. Because I had my lunch kind of early and didn't end up having the hummus, the most filling part of my planned afternoon snack, by 4:00 I was already hungry and I was not going to eat again until after class at 9:30. I did just fine. I went to the breakroom to make myself a cup of tea and there was a cake in there. At any other time, I would have had a piece because I was hungry even though that kind of decorated store cake is not my favorite. I knew I'd be disappointed in myself if I had some, though, so I got my tea and walked out of there. I kept busy and really didn't think about the cake again. Like Beck says, I would periodically feel hungry for a few minutes but it would go away. I got a bottle of water from the vending machine before class but wasn't tempted to get anything from the snack machine. It felt good to realize that I could do this. Of course, when I got home I didn't do a great job of "eating slowly, enjoying every bite." But I did take the time to change out of my work clothes before getting something to eat so it's not like I ran right for the refrigerator.

The skills I had some trouble with: Eating slowly, calming down before I ate (not that I was upset, but I didn't consciously think about calming down), and following my plan precisely.

On to Day 2. I have to go to the store because as I was planning my food for the day, I realized I have nothing much to eat here.

3 comments:

  1. Good job this week! I also have problems with my meals, I FORCE myself to make my lunch before bed everyday so I don't have to think about it in the morning.. or I'd just eat whatever I grabbed. I also need to start eating slower and drinking more water during the meal to fill me up. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Meal planning is the toughest part for me so kudos to you for following through. And you are my hero for passing on the cake!!! That takes nerves of steel, especially in the later afternoon hours.

    I read the Beck Diet Solution but found it to be time consuming with all the everyday check list, etc.

    I read your review of the Complete Beck Diet for Life - might have to check into reading it.

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  3. You deserve lots of credit - I hope you spent some time dwelling on that fact!!!!

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