The New, Healthier You
When you make such a big change in your life as what is required when you undergo weight loss surgery, it can take a bit of getting used to. While you still have the same name, may live in the same place and even have the same job, there are plenty of people who may feel like they are looking at a totally different version of the person they’ve known and loved. This can be a really positive experience that may fill you with all of the energy you need to push to your next weight loss goal, but it can also be a bit stressful.
Weight loss can cause you to find a whole new side of yourself, part of yourself that you may not have ever known was there—or was still there, waiting for you to find the healthy balance that would help you reach this place of being a healthier version of you. The person who you thought you were before may change significantly once you realize how great it feels to be healthy and full of energy. This process of identifying with the new version of yourself can be disconcerting, but it is no reason to grow uncomfortable with your new healthy body or afraid of the changes ahead of you.
Don’t let anxiety concerning the changes you are experiencing interfere with your weight loss goals. Here are a few strategies that can help you stay happy as you begin feeling healthier:
- Consider keeping a journal so that you can keep in touch with how you feel as you experience these physical changes.
- Make it a priority to keep up with habits and hobbies that you enjoy, such as reading, or gardening.
- If you’ve loved to bake or cook in the past, continue that habit with new healthy dishes. Staying true to who you are inside can help you have an easier transition to your new healthy lifestyle.
- Try finding a support group in your area with other people who have recently lost a lot of weight. This can be a great way to meet new people with similar histories and personal goals, and it is also a great place to get reassurances about the changes you’ve experienced.
Losing weight is an overwhelming process, and it can initiate incredibly positive change in your life if you let it. Reaching your weight loss goal may help you feel like a totally new person, and that is okay. Embrace this new healthy version of yourself—you worked hard to get there!