Monday, February 08, 2016

Give Yourself Credit

I KNOW this one is important. Before I ever heard of this book I've been posting about how STRICT and hard we are on ourselves when we go off our eating plan.

Yet, we seldom say anything about all the the times we RESIST going off.

Every meal you eat that is ON your healthy plan is a GIFT to your body. Pat yourself on the back for that.

And as I'm fond of saying,

CELEBRATE! THROW YOURSELF A PARADE! LOL. Your body is overjoyed that you have not stuffed yourself with sugar and other bad things.

Did you know there are little guys down there in your tummy who have to distribute all that food you pour down your mouth, lol. Can you hear them when a load of pie and ice cream comes in? "WHERE does she think we're gonna put THIS? Why can't she give us something good to work with if she wants us to make that healthy, thin body she's always talking about?" (Yes, humor gets me through the day.)

One of Beck's suggestions is to give yourself credit by dropping money into a jar each time you do something creditworthy. And after you follow your plan for a certain number of weeks, use the money to buy yourself something (not food) as a reward.

I have created other Response cards to keep me motivated, such as:

It's always too soon to give up!
Borrowed from PJSTIME, a long time SP member and good friend.

No one ever woke up in the morning wishing she's eaten more the night before!
From NELLJONES, long time SP member and someone who has been maintaining her goal weight for a very, very long time!

Adding calories to a bad day does not make it better!
Something I learned the hard way.

There are many more details in the book about this program. I'm just covering the basics that stand out to me. I urge you to take a closer look.

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    It is actually every little thing that we do to change our eating habits and stick to our plans that bring us to the successful place. So credit for each step makes the best sense. I keep a jar with marbles in it, when I get enough I buy myself some flowers.
    1136 days ago
    Well said! I like the visual of the little guys working hard. And the great quote: It's always too soon to give up!
    1137 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with Jess....this one was a REALLY hard one for me...just didn't seem natural...but it sure does NOW...not in a conceited way but CREDIT where credit is DUE and it FEELS GOOD!

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    1137 days ago
    emoticon You are amazingly ahead of the curve by getting this one!
    1137 days ago
  • GORDON66
    We're never good enough to ourselves. Thanks for the reminder!


    1137 days ago
    Oh yeah! We're not being asked to deny our missteps. But, for crying out loud, can we focus some attention on the many good things that we do?

    Pat yourself on the back woman and celebrate!

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    1137 days ago
    Love your outlook on this. Living on disability don't allow extra money for a jar but it's a great idea for those who can do that. My sister in law (RIP) lost a hundred pds yrs ago and her kids rewarded her with a tennis bracelet. :-)
    1137 days ago
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