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Bloggy Beck Book Club – Celebrating Your Successes (Memory Cards)

Posted Mar 25 2010 12:00am

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another “meeting” of the  Bloggy Beck Book Club.  SeattleRunnerGirl had tons going on this week, so she asked me to fill in on this week’s topic.

Since we’ve been reading the Beck book together for over a month now, we thought it would be a good time to pause and reflect on some of your successes that you’ve experienced while reading the book and following the cognitive behavioral therapy ideas found within it.

On page 38, Dr. Beck asks us to make a Memory Box and fill it with “diet-related experiences that are particularly meaningful” to us.  Some examples she includes are:

To be honest, I haven’t actually made a Memory Box or written Memory Cards.  Instead, I use this blog as my memory cards, which works better and is more natural for me.  I express and share all of my proudest and happiest moments here, and often look back on favorite posts. I love the whole concept of celebrating successes, and I think we should do it often throughout our weight loss journeys.  It helps keep up our motivation, and lets us realize just how far we’ve come.  All of the little things add up to huge experiences worth celebrating.

In particular, one of the biggest success I can think of came last summer, when I decided to overcome my fear of humiliation and shame about my weight and donned a swimsuit in public when I went to the pool at my parents’ townhouse complex.  I went into great detail in this post , if you’d like to read it.  The main gist of the post is that I silenced my InnerFatGirl, the little voice in my head that tells me that I’m way too fat to go out in public in a bathing suit.  Not only did I go to the pool by myself that day, I continued to do it throughout the summer, and really learned to love swimming – the solitude, the time for reflection, and the way I was able to move my body through the water.  It was a transcendent experience that I never would have had if I hadn’t gotten past my hangups about being in a swimsuit.

What are some of your recent successes?  Please leave a comment so that we can celebrate with you!

Next week Scale Warfare , SeattleRunnerGirl , and I will be writing concurrent posts about the 6 experiments within Success Skill 6 (overcoming hunger, cravings, and emotional eating), beginning on page 73.  Feel free to try some of these yourself so that you can share your experiences with us, too.

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