Knowing you want to lose weight is one thing, but actually changing your lifestyle and doing it is hard. If you can’t keep your motivation up after bariatric surgery, there’s a good chance you’ll stop trying and won’t be able to reach your weight loss goals. While many people feel they have a hard time getting motivated, motivation isn’t actually as hard as it sounds. The secret to staying motivated is staying positive! These tips will keep your mood and motivation elevated so you can reach your weight loss surgery goals.
1. Choose one or two healthy habits to work on, not ten. Part of keeping your motivation up is setting goals for yourself that are actually doable. If you’re trying to go from eating terribly and never exercising to eating perfectly and exercising every day, you’re going to feel overwhelmed. You can’t turn everything around in a single day and placing such harsh expectations on yourself is a setup for failure. Before you know it, your motivation will be gone because the rules you’ve set for yourself are impossible.
But that’s not to say you can’t set any goals or shouldn’t hold yourself accountable; you absolutely should. Start with small, manageable changes like eating three servings of vegetables a day and drinking an extra bottle of water. You’ll find that making small changes like this will make you feel more motivated and will make you feel confident that you can improve other areas of your post bariatric diet and physical activity level.
2. Keep a journal. No, not a journal that lists all the food you eat (though that’s not a bad idea!). This journal should be something that inspires and motivates you. You can include things like quotes that make you feel powerful, or encouraging things people have said to you.
You should also write down how your progress so far has made you feel. These feelings don’t have to be just about how you’re glad you lost another five pounds--you should try to talk about how the positive life changes you’ve made are improving your life. Do you feel more energized? Are you able to play with your kids longer? Do you feel more confident? This will serve as positive reinforcement that the changes you’re making are worth keeping.
If journaling isn’t your thing, you can also make similar posts on social media. If you do this, you may get some positive feedback from your friends and family which is a bonus.
3. Celebrate small victories with incentives. Rewards are a fun way to keep your motivation and excitement up. At the end of a good week, treat yourself to a massage or a dessert you wouldn’t let yourself eat on a normal healthy-minded day. The incentives can be small, like having a weekly movie night with your friends, or saving all the money you’d normally spend on junk food to buy yourself something you’ve been wanting. Whatever your incentive is, make it one that will allow you to celebrate how far you’ve come after bariatric surgery and feel good about yourself.
If you made a goal to lose weight and improve your health, you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to stay positive and motivated. Eventually, the hard work you’ve put in to stay motivated will pay off and you’ll be left with healthy lifestyle habits that help you reach all of your weight loss goals. For more motivational tips and quotes Like us on Facebook. If you have any questions about losing weight from bariatric surgery, contact Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center today!