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Self-critical thinking

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If you sometimes have doubts about reaching your goals, you are not alone. I speak from personal experience. My self-image was at an all-time low when I made the decision to have bariatric surgery.

My negative attitude and self-critical thinking were the roots of my weight loss failures. And, that was just the beginning. What started as weight loss failures, turned into the failure of almost everything I attempted to accomplish. It was like watching my life slip away, piece by piece.

There I was, a house-bound, 394-pound disaster. After failing so many times, I just surrendered. Needless to say, that was the lowest point of my life. Looking back now, I don’t even know, how I made it through the surgery approval process.

What a difference a year makes. As of this week, I have lost a total of 184 pounds, with another 40 to go. Thank God, my entire life has changed. It is so much more than I could have imagined, at that low point.

Here are a few things I have learned during this process:

  • Don’t demand perfection. Trying to be perfect sets us up to fail. When a mistake is made, learn from it and move on.
  • Let go of the hurt and pain from the past. We can only move forward by releasing the negative thoughts and feelings that have held us back, for way too long.
  • Build your confidence. Take baby steps in the beginning and build to bigger steps. The small victories will turn into larger ones. With each victory, confidence grows.
  • Be true to yourself. Don’t let anyone or anything sway you from living the life you deserve.
  • Be kind to yourself. Stop the self-critical thinking and replace it with positive affirmations.

Know that you are not alone. Know that there is hope. Never give-up. It is not an easy path. But, it can be one of the most amazing journeys of your life.

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