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"Basing a weight-loss effort on willpower does the very things to your mind and body that are virtually certain to make you fatter in the long run."
Martha Beck, _The Four-Day Win_: A must-read for anyone who has ever dieted enough to start overthinking it.

Notes from past successes:
I have immersed myself in weight loss without becoming obsessed. I study the mindset of appropriate eating. I kicked up my exercise and started running. Accumulating SparkPoints keeps me focused.

I challenge thoughts, patterns, and conventional diet wisdom. I eat cookies, deliberately, once in awhile, like I picture thin people doing, without obsession. I actively work to counter dichotomous thinking: "good food"/"bad food," "on program"/"off program." I'm also trying to take away judgments of right and wrong in my eating. These things are a process, and I'm not fully there yet.

I used to game the system. I'd see how much sweet stuff I could cram into my allotted units for the day. Even though I knew I was only hurting myself, the urge to rebel was overwhelming. Martha Beck's _The Four-Day Win_ is changing my thinking. I'm learning to watch my desires and reactions. I try to catch slips and slides early.

I long ago accepted that exercise is a lifelong activity. Now I just need to do that with eating an appropriate amount of food.

"You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself." Anne Lamott


A motivating exercise from the Judith Beck book: I wrote my reasons for wanting to lose weight on the backs of old business cards. I notice I lost the most weight when I was reading them daily.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,658

My Goals:
I want to get back to step aerobics.

Live an active lifestyle that's fun and functional. Succeed in a career that maximizes my talents. Teach my kids to love and be kind.

My Program:
Eat to Live: A diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans.


Frequently read my reasons for wanting to lose weight.

Personal Information:
Reading books that support my journey:
1. _The Four-Day Win_, by Martha Beck
2. _The Beck Diet Solution_, by Judith Beck
3. _The End of Overeating_, David Kessler
4. _Slow Fat Triathlete_ by Jayne Williams
5. _The Courage to Start_ by John "The Penguin" Bingham
6. _Running until You're 100_ by Jeff Galloway
7. _Eat to Live_ by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
8. _The China Study_ by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Other Information:
"If you want to do it, you will simply do it. Stop trying to force upon yourself what you are not ready to change. When your soul is ready, you will just do it...You will instinctively embody all that you had previously struggled to make your reality, and you will be hard pressed to explain why it had ever been such a struggle to begin with." --MagicWriter

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