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Advantages of keeping up my healthful diet and habits:
- I'm free from cravings and struggles about what & when to eat
- I'm free from hunger 99% of the time
- I'm free from overeating and food coma
- my meals are delicious, beautiful and filling
- I'm strong, energetic and active, both mentally and physically
- I look good in any clothes
I have no control over how much I weigh today, the number on the scale is result of my past actions.
Instead I watch my behaviors and adjust those that lead off track - I can control my own actions in real time, in the present moment.

I found that eating well, physical activity, spending time outside, getting enough sleep, creating space and time for myself are actions that make me happy.
I'm 53 years old and the past 10 years have been the happiest in my life.

My good eating behaviors learned from Beck Diet Solution:
- eat sitting down, slowly, mindfully - never eat standing up
- make food plan for next day, don't eat unplanned food
- eat to normal / mild fullness
- never eat when I have cravings

Bright Lines:
-no sugar
-no flour
-meals (breakfast, lunch dinner - nothing in between)
-quantites (measure all food per plan)
I read The Spark in June 2011, worked through the book and reached my original goal weight in 3 months, then lost some more while transitioning to maintenance (total: 12 kg / 26 pounds), and maintained my healthy habits and goal weight ever since.
I read The Beck Diet Solution in January 2015, and I lost the few pounds that crept back, and some more.
Weight loss from my highs in 2008: 20 kg / 44 pounds.
Books that helped me understand what's going on in my mind and be a happier person:
#1: Awakening Joy (by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander)
#2: Full Catastrophe Living (by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the downloadable soundtracks of meditation, yoga and deep relaxation are great)
#3: Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (by Joseph Goldstein)
#4: The New Rules of Marriage (by Terrence Real)
#5: Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength (by Laurie Helgoe)
#6: The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet LIfe in a Noisy World (by Sophia Dembling)
#7: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (By Marie Kondo)

Bonus book: if you are interested in mindfulness and meditation, and want to get a general idea while reading a fascinating story, I recommend this one:
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (by Dan Harris)

Books that helped me the most reaching and maintaining my goal weight and active lifestyle, and to understand what's going on in my body:
#1: The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life (by Chris Downie)

#2: The Beck Diet Solution: Train your brain to think like a thin person (by Judith S. Beck) "the pink book"

#3: Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free (by Susan Peirce Thompson)

#4: The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It Off for Good (by Deborah Beck Busis and Judith S. Beck)

#5: In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto (by Michael Pollan)

#6: Marathon - You Can Do It! (by Jeff Galloway)

#7: Born to Run (by Christopher McDougall)


20th June: started Spark Diet at 73 kg (160 pounds)
24th July: stopped smoking and reduced alcohol intake to practically nothing
11th September: started running (training for 5K)
22nd September: reached my goal weight 66 kg (145 pounds) - started MAINTENANCE, but lost some more weight. Lowest weight was 60.5 kg (133 pounds)

Followed my exercise and nutrition plan most of the time,
and tracked all my food, except for a few weeks.
Had some weight fluctuation (60-64 kg), but made adjustments and managed to stay between 62-63 kg most of the time.

I stopped tracking food in January and practiced portion control I learned here on SP in the first 18 months, and maintained the same weight as in 2012.
June: start mindful walking and practice positive ways to find more joy in my life and contain my negative emotions, and not spill them on people around me.
September: gained a few pounds, went back to tracking for 7 weeks and got back to lower end of my range. Stop tracking again mid October.
January-February: I did the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training following the book/soundtracks of Full Catastrophe Living - continued practicing meditation and yoga every day.
Weight hovered 2-3 pounds above my target most of the time.

January: started the Beck Diet Solution book and I find it very helpful (NOT a diet, but cognitive behavior therapy to build healthy eating habits) - lost my few extra pounds in 3 weeks
May 26th: still practicing Beck, and had only 1 overeating episode and 1 craving in the past 5 months. Lost 6 kg / 13 pounds, I'm now below my 2012 SP - lowest (58 kg, 128 pounds). I ate the same meal plan I was SUPPOSED TO eat in the past 3 years, but now I REALLY stuck to it. I had to add back calories to stop losing weight.
Added Bright Line Eating principles:
3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and nothing in between.
no sugar and no flour (except whole wheat), measure my food on kitchen scale.

2016 July: still in balance, 59 +-1 kg (130 +-2 pounds), and very happy about my food. Eliminated most meat from my diet in April, I eat legumes instead. Otherwise same food, same exercise, same weight, no cravings, no overeating - still in balance.

2016 December: stayed 2-3 pounds over my center weight for a few months - tracked my food for a few weeks, made adjustments and ended up with a new goal weight, 58 +-1 kg (128 +-2 pounds)

2018 March: still at my new target 58 kg, thanks to practicing my Beck Diet Solution and Bright Line Eating skills.

2019 January: still at my new target 58 kg, thanks to practicing my Beck Diet Solution and Bright Line Eating skills - yes it is still true! : )

2019 March: in the past 6 weeks weigh fluctuates around 57 kg, and I saw my lowest weight of the past 25 years, 56.4 kg. But I keep 58 as target.

2020 December: this was not my year on the eating front. Instead of office and field, I work from home because of the COVID pandemic, and it messed up my eating routine. Breakfast and lunch was great - but I grazed all afternoon (crap) and skipped dinner... provoked cravings... ended up bingeing and gaining weigh back - highest 62 kg. I know, that's normal BMI (21.5), but I felt uncomfortable and struggled with cravings a lot.

2021 January: I'm back on track since 28th December, and I'm feeling good again. No cravings, no struggles, no overfullness, no bloating. Thank you SP Premium Coaching, Beck Diet Solution and Bright Line Eating! My "new" goal center weight is 59 kg, I want to get there by end March.
First 5K: 38:37 - 15Oct2011
Fastest 5K: 28:38 - 12Apr2015 (9:11 min/mile)

First 10K: 01:07 - 11Mar2012
Fastest 10K: 01:02 - 25Nov2012

Longest run:
15K: 01:45 -02Nov2012

I still run 3-4 times a week, but my pace isn't improving anymore - I'm OK with that. My moderate pace of 9:30-10:30 min/mile is enjoyable and safe.

Member Since: 6/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 243,485

My Goals:
-be kind and generous to myself, my family and all people around me
-maintain my goal weight, stay active, strong and healthy lifelong

My Program:
Fitness: about 400 minutes and 2600 calories / week

Exercise plan: do my exercise first thing in the morning every day

Running: 25-45 minutes 4 times a week
Yoga: 30 minutes 5 times a week
Walking: 3 times a week

Food: 2000 calories, tracking (SP Nutrition Tracker), measuring portions
+ I follow the Beck Diet Solution
+ I follow Bright Line Eating
+eat 3 meals about 5 hours apart, no unplanned food in between
+no sugar, no white flour
+eat fruits or vegetables at all meals
+I measure everything I eat on kitchen scale, except non-starchy vegetables - those are free : )

Sleep: go to bed 8 hours before I have to get up

Drink: 8-10 cups of water, no soda

No alcohol - I don't like it anymore

Personal Information:
My name is Kriszta, I'm from Hungary, 53 years old. I'm 170 cm (5 ft 7 in).
I live with my husband and (grown up) daughter.
I love running, yoga, walking, dancing, reading, watching movies, traveling.

Other Information:
I'm a big self help book fan - my favorites that helped me most are listed in Introduction.

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  • v CHRISTINA791
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I found the breathing in extreme cold easier than expected. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad. I was using a very simple fleece neck/face cover just to cut out the wind and keep my cheeks and nose from being exposed. It didn't have mouth holes or mesh, so I definitely noticed it was there, but not so much that it bothered me.

    For the first 3.5k of the run (about 20 minutes), I kept it pulled up. After that point, it was starting to get damp from my breath so I pulled it down to breathe the fresh air for a bit. I was warm enough that my face didn't freeze and the cold air was actually refreshing (like taking a big swig of water). I'd pull the cover back up over my nose every couple minutes to make sure I wasn't freezing the skin and shift it around so I wasn't making contact with the moisture from my breath.

    I'm sure there are fancier covers out there that will do a better job, but it worked for a fairly short run and didn't have too much of an effect on my breathing. The important thing is that it protected my face when we were running into the wind and gave me the option to cover up almost completely. Really, the only annoying part was when my nose started running a bit towards the end. As for the cold air itself, I wouldn't have wanted to breathe it straight from the start, but once I was warmed up and moving it was fine. No coughing or gasping, which is what I'd been afraid of.

    Hope this helps!
    3375 days ago
    Thanks for the information about the books! I'm looking forward to reading them. Might watch the movie when it comes out, too.
    3376 days ago
    Thank YOU for participating, and helping make the maintenance community here more vibrant and active!

    3378 days ago
  • v SUZIEB1971
    thank you for your supportive comment :) lots of love to you xxx
    3378 days ago
    I *wish* I felt that way when I run... maybe someday, if I learn enough, I will get to the point where my stride feels as comfy as my stroke. Perhaps this is how we find the sport that is "ours"... by what feels like chocolate!
    3383 days ago