Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that can help you achieve significant weight loss and improve your overall health (both mentally and physically). It’s definitely not an easy ride and you may come across many challenges along the way.
One of those (that often seems to be forgotten early on) is falling for the notorious comparison-trap. When you start to compare your own weight loss progress with others who have undergone bariatric surgery too.
While it’s natural to want to see progress and compare results (hey…you’re only human, right?), it can wreak havoc on your mental and emotional well-being. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three simple ways to stop comparing your bariatric surgery weight loss journey to others. And most of all, to focus on what matters the most: your own progress.
Ready to dive in? Let’s begin with the first tip: it’s all about you.
1. Focus on your own progress first and foremost
One of the most effective ways to stop comparing your weight loss journey to others is to focus on your own progress. Remember that everyone’s weight loss journey is different, and there are many factors that can affect your progress, such as age, gender, starting weight, and medical history. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own goals and celebrate your progress, no matter how small it may seem.
It’s essential to track your progress, whether it’s through journaling, taking progress pictures, or measuring your body composition. This way, you can see the changes happening in your body, even if they’re not as dramatic as someone else’s.
2. Surround yourself with supportive people
Another way to stop comparing your bariatric surgery weight loss journey to others is to surround yourself with supportive people. Join a support group for individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery or seek out friends and family who can provide encouragement and support. Having a strong support system can help you stay motivated, provide accountability, and offer a listening ear when you need it.
It’s essential to choose people who are positive, uplifting, and non-judgmental. Avoid people who may make you feel insecure or trigger negative thoughts.
3. Practice more self-compassion
Finally, practicing self-compassion is crucial when trying to stop comparing yourself to others. Recognize that bariatric surgery is a significant life change, and it’s normal to experience setbacks and challenges. Instead of beating yourself up for not achieving the same results as someone else, practice self-compassion.
This means treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and empathy. Be patient with yourself, and remember that progress takes time. Celebrate your small wins, and remember that every step you take towards your health and wellness goals is an achievement.
In conclusion, comparing your bariatric surgery weight loss journey to others can be detrimental to your mental and emotional well-being. Instead, focus on your own progress, surround yourself with supportive people, and practice self-compassion. Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and your progress is something to be celebrated, no matter how small.
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