The Beck Diet Solution = the last step to beating cancer
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
At least, that's how I see it. My treatments are over except for the meds and hormones, which can make me gain weight. My weight has more than doubled since I started this cancer thing a dozen years ago. So this is it. Getting back to a healthy weight means being able to do things I could do before.
The Beck Diet Solution is a six-week program for changing how my mind sees and reacts to food and losing weight, and is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The first day is to write out an Advantage Response Card that I am to read at certain times every single day. The cards are to remind myself of the advantages to losing weight, a long term goal, to counter the shorter term gratification of unhealthy snacks, etc.
I've decided to have one goal per card, and as time goes on I'll add my NSVs to the particular advantages, just a little extra I'm adding that I think will work for me. So my cards, in no particular order because they all seem very important to me:
* Being a healthy weight is the next step to beating cancer.
* I'll have accomplished something important, and kept a promise to myself.
* I will not be feeding cancer with sugar, and estrogen with body fat.
* Increased strength, flexibility and endurance = increased mobility! Biking! Hiking! Canoeing! Skating! Dancing! Beachcombing! Photography!...
* I'll be able to have fun and save money shopping at consignment and vintage stores.
* Reduce BP, migraines, joint pain and reliance on related meds.
* I want others to find me trustworthy and reliable when it comes to attending family events, helping organize things, etc.
* My skin will be healthier.
* I want my sexy back!
* Increased comfort sitting on a plane, in a crowded restaurant, moving through narrow spaces like caves.
* My weight will no longer be an element when discussing issues with my Doctors.
* I want pictures of myself to trigger pleasant memories.
* I want to stop feeling like a burden to my family, friends, and workplace.
* When someone tells me I look good, I want it to be because I look good, not because I look good for someone who's had cancer three times.
There are so very many more, and I'm sure more will occur to me as time goes on. But it's only Day One!
"Every dawn signs a new contract with existence." Henri Frederic Amiel