How You Are Getting In The Way Of Your Own Success
I have worked with literally thousands of weight loss surgery patients. I’ve seen the excitement, joy, frustrations, struggles, overwhelm, and the feelings of accomplishment. Being a part of these moments… helping people though the challenges….celebrating all of the accomplishments….those are my passions.
My patients mean the world to me. We often spend hours together before and after surgery. While nutrition is part of the conversation….it’s often so much more than that. We discuss their life, career, family, friends, struggles, heartbreaks, accomplishments, ah-ha moments, and more. Sometimes I learn about things they have never even shared with another soul. It’s such a honor to be a part of their life and journey.
The one thing that I still have to remind patients about every…single…day…..is that, they have got to stop being so darn hard on themselves!
I hear it all the time….
“It’s been 3 weeks and I’ve only lost 20 pounds, what am I doing wrong?!”
“I see other people online losing so much more than me, what gives?”
“I know I probably should be farther along, but….”
Guess what I say….You are right where you need to be!
….Stop for a moment and appreciate where you are. Re-evaluate your expectations.
….Stop beating yourself up.
….Stop comparing yourself to others.
….Stop passing by the milestones you are reaching.
News Flash! Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight.
But I'm sure that you're destination is more than just a number on a scale. It's about improving your health, traveling more comfortably, playing with your kids, buying clothes off the rack, having more energy, and so much more!
For your weight loss to be a long-lasting success, you need to be patient, kind to yourself, and focused on healthy habits. Remind yourself that you are amazing and give yourself a little more credit! Nourish yourself, take care of your body, and feed your soul.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Stop trying to win a weight loss race.
Stop creating these crazy, unrealistic expectations for yourself.
Start acknowledging yourself for all of the effort you are making, big or small.
Start celebrating the non-scale victories.
Start identifying all of things you love about yourself.
Remember, comparison is the thief of joy. The only person that you should be better than, is the person you were yesterday.
I'd love to learn about your experience with this concept. What do you struggle with? How do you celebrate your efforts? What do you love about yourself?
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