Moving Forward and Letting Go
Sometimes, your ability to move forward and claim the healthy lifestyle that you want for yourself means letting go of negative thinking patterns that have held you back in the past.
The decision to move forward with weight loss surgery is not one to be taken lightly. Even before your bariatric procedure, you will be encouraged to make a wide variety of changes to your life, from the way you eat to the way that you spend your time. Changing your snacking habits and finding activities that will encourage you to stay more active will help you with your weight loss goals, but the changes don’t stop with diet and exercise alone.
Successful weight loss is about making long-term lifestyle changes, and these changes will have to stretch far beyond your physical behaviors and habits. The way that you think and the common mental traps that may be interfering with your ability to stay on track will also have to change if you hope to reach your ultimate weight loss goals.
There are a few common mental traps that you ought to let go of as you embark on this weight loss journey. These include:
- Having high expectations for yourself is great, but perfectionism stretches far beyond that and can actually stifle progress by leaving you with a fear of trying if you don’t think you’ll achieve your goal without too much difficulty.
- Comparing yourself to others. It is great to have goals, but if you become too focused on the people that you want to be like then you can lose sight of yourself—and that isn’t good for anyone. Don’t dwell on others. Think about what is best for you and act in your own best interests.
- Staying invisible. Ok, it isn’t possible to actually make yourself invisible, but through a combination of slouching and avoiding any wardrobe changes that would draw too much attention to yourself, you may as well be invisible. Stand tall, dress yourself in a way that you love, and be yourself. This will help you gain the confidence you need to do what is right for your personal health goals.
In many regards, being healthy is a mindset. The healthier your mindset is, the more likely it becomes that you will be successful with your weight loss program. As you get started with your weight loss program, try to let go of any toxic or damaging thought patterns that could hold you back from reaching your goals.