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.

If you are post-surgery and still in the recovery period – don’t let recovery be a reason for you not to make progress. While you may be limited on what you can do physically while you are still healing (follow doctor’s orders on that, please!), this is a great time to do work on YOU – your mindset! Pick up books on motivation, positive thinking, and learn as much as you can about shaping your current and future thought processes. Have you gotten a personality assessment to help you recognize your strengths and challenges? Are you planning for the day you’re released to perform physical activity, and do you know what you’ll do first? Do you have the clothing / shoes / equipment that you need to get started? No? What are you waiting for? Get everything you need ready so that when you are given the go-ahead, you can start walking, swimming, doing chair aerobics or whatever you’ve chosen to help you get healthier and stronger.

If you are post-surgery, have no restrictions on your physical activity, and are not quite in the ‘groove’ (or trying to get your groove back), pick something positive to do TODAY and do it! Go for a walk or a run, meet a friend for an aerobics or movement class, try out that new yoga studio in your city, or check a new exercise video out at the library and then DO IT today. Don’t take another day getting ready to get ready. It’s time for action – and for you to take action! Review your eating habits over the previous week – are there things you can improve? Have you tried a new food this week – something you may not have eaten before? Keep things fresh and new by trying new foods – especially those that might be more lap-band friendly – and there are TONS of those out there. Remember – your old eating habits are what got you to the place where you were considering surgery – its time to make changes in that area as well.