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Don't Stoop to Anyone's Level…

I came across these words of wisdom while surfing the web this morning and had to share:

Don’t stoop to anyone’s level
just because they can’t rise to yours.

No matter WHERE you are in your weight loss surgery experience – pre-surgery, recovery, or post-surgery, don’t let anyone make you feel “less than” for getting help. Don’t let anyone – even and especially those you love and care for – hold you back from getting the results you deserve!

You deserve a healthier, stronger body AND mind – and taking charge of your health is just the first step. Imagine how much stronger you’ll be in a day, a week, a month, a year of really focusing on doing the right things for your body and mind.

If you are pre-surgery and working with your doctor, keep going! Everything that you are doing now – changing your eating habits, undergoing medical tests, consulting with health care professionals – gets you one step closer to your goal. Keep track of your timelines – if you have questions about your progress and what you need to do next, make that phone call and ask those questions. Medical professionals are often overwhelmed with the sheer volume of things that need to be done and the number of patients they are responsible for. Be that “squeaky wheel” in a positive way – stay in touch often, make sure to ask “What’s my next step?” and then take notes and take action! During my pre-surgery preparation period, I stayed in touch with the medical team on nearly a daily basis – always courteous and polite, always asking what my next step was and when I could check back with them.

If you are pre-surgery and not yet working with a doctor – figure out what’s holding you back! Have you attended a live information session at a medical center near you? Why not? Find out when the next session is and BLOCK OUT that time on your calendar. Don’t let anything or anyone hold you back from getting the information you need to make an informed decision about YOUR health. Get all the information you need in the form YOU need it – audio, printed materials, video, live visits with your doctor – whatever you need.

Important Steps to Help End Bad Eating Habits

Are you having thoughts like these on your pre- or post-surgery journey?

  • “I thought I was finally getting a handle on my weight issue but the sugar / carbohydrates / junk food is killing me.”
  • “I had an awful day. I not even going to write down what I ate today because it is just so unbelievable.”
  • “All I can say is that 90% of my food today consisted of junk and ‘sliders’ that don’t help me to feel full…I really, really need some help getting past these cravings. If I could get past this there is no doubt that I will reach my goal.”

If you see a little of yourself in this message, you’re not alone. Many weight-loss surgery patients would describe themselves as food addicts – whether that addiction is to sugar, carbohydrates, or junk food in general, they believe if they could conquer that one thing, then they could reach their weight loss goals.

Rest Stops Along The Way – Enjoy Your Journey

It’s a beautiful day, I’m out for a walk through a commercial area of downtown. I pass by a window and notice the reflection looking back at me…and for just a moment, I don’t recognize that woman. She’s too thin – I know that couldn’t be ME!

How many times have you looked into the mirror and truly SEEN the person looking back at you? Really, truly SEEN her? For me, it’s a daily process – when I look in the mirror as I’m getting ready for the day, all I can see sometimes is how far I still have to GO – not how far I’ve COME.

Changing the way you see yourself is one of the most important changes you’ll make in your journey toward loving your reflection – until and unless you can change who and what you see in the mirror each day, you’ll have challenges with your progress, your self-esteem, and with loving who you are. I know – I’m there with you! I am still sometimes surprised by the woman I see looking back at me – she is “normal sized” – whatever THAT means. Having spent most of my teenage years overweight, having struggled with my weight and my physical image for most of my adult life, and suffering the negative side effects of the criticism I leveled at myself, I can completely understand why I may not see myself realistically…and I know it needs to change.