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Reminder Card and Giving Myself Credit

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm rereading a few of the books that have been particularly helpful to me. One is the Beck Diet Solution, a cognitive therapy approach to changing behavior.

Dr. Beck advises to keep a small card with all the reasons for wanting to lose weight handy, and reading that card twice a day. When I do that, I'm always surprised that I'm reading the obvious. Of course I know why I'm changing my eating habits! But as I read my list, I'm also surprised that I have 15 reasons and that it's good to keep those reasons very fresh in my mind to stay motivated.

Another tip she gives is to make a post-it reminder to self - a reminder to give credit when I do the right thing. Sure, I'm good are rewarding myself, but I rarely give myself credit. The simple act of acknowledging those little steps during the day that are headed in the right direction means a lot. Instead of self-criticism, I'll try to remember to give myself credit.

Wishing all a good day.
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