When it comes to life after bariatric surgery, it’s a lot like being under construction.
We have literally been given an opportunity to change our entire life. We can rebuild it, we can make it better, stronger, faster. Sorry, I got carried away with the Six Million Dollar Man intro.
Kidding aside. In order to have long-term success with life after bariatric surgery, we need to look at ourselves as being a totally, new person.
Your thoughts become words.
Your words become actions.
Your actions become habits.
Your habits become your character.
Your character becomes your destiny.
I have condensed the above excerpt from the full quote, which you will find at the end of this post.
We must leave our old defeated thoughts and habits behind. Bringing them with, after bariatric surgery, is sure to make life miserable. Yes, I said miserable. Dealing with diet restrictions of the surgery, gaining weight back or not losing as much as we wanted, are all forms of misery for a lot of people.
It doesn’t need to be that way. Here is a tip to help look at your habits in a new way.
The best way to remove an old habit is by replacing it with a new one.
A habit is something we do naturally. We don’t even think about it most of the time. It’s just the way we are. But, at some point, that wasn’t the case. We learned those habits over time and have accepted them. So now, we need to learn new, healthy habits to replace the old, defeating ones. We have to literally teach ourselves to repeatedly do the new actions until they become a natural behavior. Until we do them without even thinking about it.
Stay focused, motivated and committed to a new behavior, while shunning the old behavior. Repeat the new action until it becomes effortless and natural. Keep doing this and don’t stop until it is part of who you are, just like the old habit once was. If you do this, one morning you will wake up and realize that you really are a new person, inside and out. Life after bariatric surgery can be everything you hoped it would be and even more.
“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.” — Chinese proverb, author unknown
There is a great article on the Huffington Post by Robert C. Jameson. He is a marriage and family therapist. If you would like to read more about this, here is the link, Be Careful of Your Thoughts: They Control Your Destiny.