Motivation looks different for everyone, especially for someone who has undergone weight loss surgery. You've made it through the appointments, the pre-op process, and the surgery itself. After healing from the surgery, you'll be ready to move toward the next part of your journey--weight loss and maintenance. It's a lifelong process of proper nutrition including supplements and exercise. But, we rarely feel motivated every single day. There are a few tips, however, to keep you motivated for the journey ahead.
1. Have realistic expectations. Whether you are starting a new workout or adjusting your nutrition, keeping realistic expectations is important. Start slow and make changes as you go. This will decrease frustration and decrease the chances of injury. Ease into changes, especially as your body heals from the surgery.
2. Join a support group. Ultimate Bariatrics offers in person groups and virtual support for patients. Having people around you that understand your journey makes a huge difference in keeping motivation. Support groups can offer encouragement, tips, and suggestions for every step of the process.
3. Patience is key. The weight loss journey is just that, a journey. There will be some periods of time where it seems easy and there is significant weight loss and there will be periods of time where it is difficult and/or the weight loss slows. Be patient with the process and remember, it's a lifelong journey.
4. Self care! Find ways to healthfully encourage yourself on your journey. New workout clothes, a massage, or a new hairstyle are great treats. Taking time to practice gratitude and rest are also important ways to practice self care.
5. Communicate with doctors, friends, and loved ones. If you have questions, ask! If you need support, request it. If you do not have a supportive spouse or best friend, join a support group and find people to cheer you on. Some days, finding motivation will be difficult, but there are so many people out there that have been through the same process and would love to cheer you on.