Give Yourself Some Creds

Hello friends Open-mouthed smile 

Guess what?

I love you all Open-mouthed smile

All of the comments left for me after last night’s post made me love the blogging community and all of my fellow foodie and fitness lovers even more than before Smile My love keeps growing for you all each and every day Winking smile

Alright, I’ll stop being so mushy, but seriously thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments Smile They helped motivate me to finally write about something that I have been wanting to write about for quite some time now…

Before I get started, you all should know I tend to shorten words Winking smile Why?
I think it makes me sound cool In love I mean, I really am quite the nerd, so I’ll do whatever it takes to up my coolness to the next level haha. Kidding (well, kind of…) Anyways, the other night I went grocery shopping with my friends (no, not the farmer’s market another grocery shopping trip – I told you guys I am an addict!) We were walking around the fruit section and I said something along the lines of needing “aps”. My friend, obviously like any other sane person, assumed I was talking about applications, apps, for my phone. Then and there I had to give her my explanation on shortening words, such as apples into the word aps.

Are you following me?

If not, no big deal, but my title for tonight’s post refers to giving yourself some credit (creds). Just so you all know (but I am sure you would have caught on if you kept reading this post…)

Lately, I have been noticing that I don’t give myself enough credit for all of the things I am capable of doing. Another thing I have noticed? I am not the only one with this problem. In light of this realization, I wanted to speak with all of you tonight about really focusing on giving ourselves more credit for everything we do; even if those things are small and do not seem significant.


Now that midterms are approaching, studying seems to have taken over all of my friends’ lives, so I am sure many of you are experiencing the same thing.
Last year, I often compared myself to others and their study habits. If a friend spent so many hours in the library studying, I felt as though I should be putting in the equal amount of studying. And if I didn’t? I actually felt like a slacker or that I wasn’t as good as them.

Wasn’t as good as them?

Such an inaccurate thought. Not logical at all.

I noticed that many wrong thoughts that I experienced last year developed from comparing myself to others. I notice many other girls comparing themselves to others, but why? Of course I have done it, but I am not sure why.

When I don’t compare myself to others I feel a lot more confident in myself.

This year, I have been focusing on me. I haven’t been paying attention to how many hours so and so puts into studying for their midterm. I will study how much I need to study and that will be suffice for me Smile

Giving myself some credit: Today in my Nutritional Assessment class, we got a chance to do hands on measurements! Everything from triceps skinfolds, knee height measurements, to body fat calculations. It was quite the experience! After the measurements were taken, we had to interpret each measurement and identify if the patients were of a healthy weight or at risk of chronic diseases or malnutrition. I was extremely proud of myself when I could interpret the results without looking in my book Smile All that hard studying I put in this weekend actually paid off Open-mouthed smile 


I am so hard on myself when it comes to the gym and my workouts. Yesterday, I posted my official leg workout that I will be sticking with now and all of you gave me incredible feedback Open-mouthed smile Since I just taught myself everything I know through tons of reading and research, I often doubt the “effectiveness” or “toughness” of my workouts, but all of those comments you left for me gave me tons of confidence and I feel great Open-mouthed smile For that, I thank you!

I also have to give myself credit for all my body does. A few years ago, I wasn’t even allowed to walk around my house. I was on an extreme weight gain program that limited me from any type of activity. Yes, it was a tough regimen to follow, but it was something I needed to do in order to become healthy once again. Now, I can proudly say I am healthy, and I should appreciate and give myself a lot more credit than I am currently giving myself for all of the wonderful things my body has been doing Open-mouthed smile

Regarding the workout I shared with you all yesterday, I found a new way to perform walking lunges thanks to Ben Bruno! I think I will try it out as I find using a barbell difficult lately since I am bumping up my weights more and more.


Giving myself some credit: Yesterday I hit a new PR for deadlifts Open-mouthed smile I was so happy with myself! 100 lbs.! Open-mouthed smile I am definitely working on increasing Open-mouthed smile Always have something to work towards right!? Winking smile

Life in General

Ok, so this is kind of broad, but I really need to give myself credit for many other things in life besides school and fitness…

I have overcome many tough battles in the past and need to celebrate where I am at now Smile I have been noticing so many changes in myself lately. Things that I am able to do now that I was not able to do before. I reflected on these things this weekend and analyzed each of them to understand why I am able to do them now and wasn’t able to do them in the past.
I have wrote a post before addressing how I dealt with an ED thought one evening and I believe many of you found that particular post very relatable and beneficial when dealing with nasty thoughts of your own.
Tomorrow, I will be posting about the reflecting I did this weekend on all of the accomplishments I have been noticing recently. I will share the strategies I used in order to succeed and get to where I am today.

Giving myself some credit: This weekend I didn’t have a mopey Sunday! As I have mentioned previously, Sundays tend to be a tough day for me as I live alone, but this weekend was great Smile (tip: I went into the weekend with a positive attitude and a view that it was going to be fabulous!)

Another piece of advice my Mom has blessed me with:
”Positive thoughts, positive results!” Gee, my Mom is seriously so wise.


So what would a post from a foodie site be with out some sort of food pictures or a recipe of some sort!? Winking smile Well, there has been something I have been keeping to myself…

It’s a spin off of a recipe that I have already shared…

Remember the Balsamic Dijon Quinoa with Eggplant and Portabellas?

Forget about roasting the portabella along with that eggplant!

Grill it instead! And stuff that grilled portabella with your balsamic dijon quinoa and eggplant! Open-mouthed smile

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Top that deliciousness with toasty roasty pine nuts for the perfect finish Winking smile

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There’s something about toasting nuts… they always seem for classy Winking smile Or is that just me being a totally crazy foodie? Either or, I love toasted nuts Winking smile

P.s. if you don’t have a grill, rub down your entire portabella with some olive oil and roast in the oven or cook in the mic for a few mins Winking smile (I relied on microwaves last year in residence; any questions about cooking pretty much anything in the microwave, I am the girl to ask!)

Have a wonderful night beautiful people and remember, appreciate the things you are able to do Smile Don’t take anything for granted Smile 

What’s the best piece of advice your Mom has given you?
Tell me something YOU need to give yourself more credit for!
Do you often find yourself comparing yourself to others?
If so, cut it out Winking smile

Love you all,


Something to try:
Even though it was my rest day today, some of you are probably hitting up the gym or doing some type of workout Winking smile Here’s a move that I am currently loving! Try it out!


About Meg (A Dash of Meg)

Hello, my name is Meg. I am a 20-year-old passionate Foods & Nutrition student on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian who loves food, cooking, fitness, seafood, and a nice cup of tea.

Posted on October 17, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Awesome post! I am definitely too hard on myself sometimes but I’ve found that when I try to focus on more positive aspects about myself and compliment myself I’m much happier!

  2. Ahhh I just love how positive you are in this post! I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit sometimes, we can be our own worst critics for sure. We really have so much to be thankful for! 🙂
    I need to give myself more credit for doing well in my classes, sometimes I can really beat myself up over not getting an A on something. I gotta realize it won’t kill me to get a lower grade here or there haha 😉
    Have a great night!

  3. Awesome post, Meg! I’m glad to see that you are finally giving yourself the credit you deserve! 100-pound deadlift?! Holy cow, girl! You are a machine! Congrats on the new PR. You will continue to impress yourself, I know it! I find I compare myself to others all the time, especially when it comes to my fitness level and my body. I know it’s not healthy but it’s just one of those things that is going to take time! I hate it so it’s gotta go!

  4. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. As humans, we naturally take things for granted, but I feel like I’ve been doing that more-so lately. I need to remember to appreciate everything that my body does for me, everything that my mind does for me, and all of the little quirks that make me unique.
    I spent so many years constantly comparing myself to everyone else and it always left me feeling disappointed. Life is too short! Staying positive and embracing every part of our lives (the good and bad) makes living a lot more enjoyable.
    Basically, this post was exactly what I needed today. Thank you for wording it so beautifully. (:

  5. Give yourself some credit – YOU ARE A GOURMET CHEF!!!! seriously, I can’t wait to try that. I love stuffed mushrooms mmm.

    And….you can deadlift 100lbs?!?!?!?!?! OMG!!! my jaw literally dropped when I read that. I tried deadlifts once, and um…had to use dumbells cuz the bar was a bit much. fail. hahaha. I seriously admire your strength – and its amazing how far you’ve come from bed-rest!

    I really love this post – its so true. So many of us girls just beat up on ourselves and compare ourselves to others all. the. time. and we’re just never good enough! I’m definitely guilty of this and its not the happiest way to live – time to start thinking positive and seeing positive results (love that!) 🙂

  6. Alright! Pat yourself on the back, girlfraynd.
    It is so true that if we never compared ourselves to others, we would probably not be disappointed in ourselves! Everyone is different, with different goals, and different styles of achieving those goals.
    Sundays tend to be mopey for me too, because I am dreading the start of the workweek!! Haha

  7. What’s on the side of your plate with the pinkish stuff on it? Just curious. How did you eat while gaining? Did you have to reach a certainBMI or count calories or did you eat the kinds of things you did now, etc? Thanks for any info.

  8. awesome post girl. Its SO important to celebrate the things you have accomplished, even if they are small 🙂 Congrats on the PR btw, you are an animal!!

  9. My mamma gives the best advice! I actually had a long chat with her last night about something that was bothering me- and she helped me work through it and gave me her logical insights : )

  10. survivingcandyland

    Gaaaah you are awesome. Where have you been all my life? Hahaha. I am just like you. I abbreviate words all the time because I’m trying to be so fetch (mean girls throwback), and my friends always look at me like I’m some crackhead, but now they are kind of used to it, so its all good. Way to give yourself cred though. I totally used to look at my friends studying habits, and be like AHHHH I don’t give up my life to the library so I must suck. Hello…people study differently, it took a while to get that through my thick skull.

  11. I love the positivity in this post!!
    It must feel so good to be able to work out hard after having to not move while gaining! Im happy that you are healthy and strong and happy now! 🙂

    I often think about how hard my body works for me! It really does whatever it can to do the things I want it to do! Realizing that helps me feel gratefull and it makes me much better at fueling up right and taking care of it!

  12. love this meg! i love how positive you are, because believe it or not it helps others (including myself) in the blog world! I agree with you 100% about the school aspect too, i am the SAME way. It’s so hard sometimes to not compare yourself to others but now that I am getting older and I’m making improvements in my own life, I don’t even bother with comparisons. Everyone has their own bit of something to be proud of 🙂

    So happy for you with all your accomplishments!
    And you are right, moms do ALWAYS give the best advice. My mom is always right when it comes to advice about guys and friendships.

  13. Wow, Meg! You’re so raw in explaining your emotions and feelings. Way to stay open and honest with yourself. That’s one of the hardest thing throughout ED recovery – when to know what you’re struggling with is your ED, and when to know it’s truly you. Sounds like you have the tools you need to continue having fabulous day

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