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BDS Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I must say that this is a bit challenging. Credit for doing what we should? Credit for expected behavior? My reminder system for giving myself credit is to post to following thread on the FORUM: Staying Motivated:
I give myself credit for...

Giving myself an "Atta Girl" does help. A bit of pride seeps in, when doing the "right" thing. Feeling good does help me want to stay on track.

Dr. Beck's suggestions:
By writing down a word credit on a sticky note and place it on the refrigerator, your car's dashboard or in your appointment book.
Once or twice a day, pull our your diet notebook and reflect about your actions then create a list of credit-worthy behaviors.
Every time you checked off an item on your to-do list, say something positive to yourself.
Reflect on your eating behaviors whenever you finish a meal or snack.

I read on a blog somewhere that "giving myself a credit is a skill I have to learn" why credit ourselves for expected/desired behavior? To reinforce it of course. The positive reinforce helps solidify the behavior. The more credit I give myself, the more likely I am to make the new desired behavior stick.

~Today’s To-Do List~
Read my Advantages Response Card at least twice.
Read other Response Cards as needed.
Created a reminder system for giving myself credit.
I sat down to eat.
Circle one: (Every time) Most of the time Some of the time
I gave myself credit for sitting down to eat.
Circle one: Every time (Most of the time) Some of the time
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  • LINDA!
    Very good point about giving yourself credit. I think most women have such a difficult time with this.
    1676 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    It's like encouraing a child as if you don't give yourself credit for accomplishing things that enhance your life, who will?!?! I pray every time I sit down to eat as I try and take nothing for granted. I am thankful and give myself credit for loving myself enough to want to do right by myself and those I love. I give myself credit for wanting to have a healthy lifestyle. We give credit where credit is due! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1676 days ago
    I agree that giving yourself credit can be tough. We are so much more likely to praise others and criticize ourselves. AND, it's good to be self-reinforcing of your good habits, don't you think?
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