Setting Goals and Finding Motivation to Stay on the Weight Loss Path
Whether you’ve been diagnosed as being obese, have recently undergone weight loss surgery, or both, you are likely participating in a medical weight loss program and on the path to a healthier you. However, as you may know, this long journey will see you experiencing good times as well as those which are challenging. Knowing how to maintain your motivation through those tough times will be the key; let’s look at some tips for success.
Setting goals in your head is one thing but, by writing them down, you are far more likely to achieve them. So, the first thing to do is grab a notepad and pen, and then really think about what you want to achieve and why. The more specific and realistic you can be, the better.
For example, you could write down a specific number of pounds you want to lose. You could also be specific about how long you plan to spend exercising and on how many days per week. The point is to solidify these goals, and then tackle them one at a time.
We all have that annoying voice in our heads that tries to convince us we aren’t good enough. All too often, it’s this voice that causes setbacks after surgery to lose weight. Believe it or not, we do have complete control over this voice because it is us. So, how do you silence that voice for good while you’re trying to exercise, eat healthfully, and lose weight? Flip it over. As soon as you think, “I’m going to fail at this,” replace that thought with, “I’m going to be great at this!”
This is something that can be very difficult for many of us to do but, if you can do it, it will give you the resilience you need when times get difficult. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and find the beauty that is there. Pick out those aspects of your appearance that you like. Look into your own eyes and say, “I like you.” Gradually, work your way to, “I love you.” The change this will make to your weight loss journey—and your life—will amaze you.
The support you have around you will make all the difference after bariatric weight loss surgery. If you have friends who have the same goals as you do, consider exercising with them to keep your motivation up. Keeping in touch with friends or family members who can lend a sympathetic ear when you need it is another great resource.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.