Many people worry that they’ll change after surgery. They worry they might become someone they don’t like. Or their loved ones worry they will turn into someone different once they lose weight after bariatric surgery. Is this really something you need to worry about? Are you afraid of change? Will you change after surgery?
Yes! You are going to change.
But change is good! Change is part of the process – a very important part of the weight loss journey. Change is essential. Without change, bariatric surgery can not work. How you change is completely up to you. Deliberate change is the type of change you are striving for.
Use your bariatric surgery as your opportunity to make the changes you want to see in your life.
• Are you tired of hiding behind your weight?
• Do you want to be more outgoing and adventurous?
• Do you want to get more involved in your community and make new friends?
• Do you want to feel more secure financially and spiritually and intellectually?
• Do you want to be more confident in the person you are and embrace the attitude and personality you’ve been hiding for too long?
• Do you want your relationships to be stronger and happier and more fun?
• Do you want to become more in tuned with your spiritual being?
• Do you want to travel more?
• Do you want to dance and play more?
• Do you want to get out of debt and stop worrying about money?
• Do you want to go back to school or change careers?
At what other time in our lives will we ever have this type of opportunity or excuse to make the changes in your life that you’ve been resisting all along? Nothing is holding you back now… not your weight, not your self esteem, not your health.
You have made the decision to have bariatric surgery. You’ve decided to change your relationship with food. You’ve decided to be more active and learn to love exercise and make it a part of your life. You’ve made the decision to improve the wonderful person you already are.
This is a time for celebration and excitement. This is a time to embrace change and seek it out.
Right after my surgery I set specific goals for every area of in my life as well as weight loss specific milestones I wanted to achieve. Then I wrote out detailed plans for how I would achieve each of those goals. I wrote out those plans with pen and paper and has very specific tasks for each of the areas of health I wanted to work on. This is the type of plan that must be written down, not just a daydream in your head – make it real by writing it down and having a specific plan for change. Over the past three years I’ve revisited those goals and tasks list – revised and edited them as I have grown and developed. The areas of my life I set goals for included:
• physical health
• spiritual health
• financial health
• vocational health
• intellectual health
• emotional health
• relationships health
• character health
This journey of weight loss is not only about some number on a scale or the size jeans we wear – it’s about becoming a healthy person in every aspect of our life. By setting specific goals for what you want to change, you have control over the changes that will take place in your life.
Share your goals with loved ones and keep a journal to track your progress. Embrace the change you want to see in your life. Change is a good thing. Yes, really.
I’m a happier person than I was before my weight loss journey. I’m happy. And I didn’t even know that I wasn’t fully happy before. Change is fantastic. You’ll love the person you become.