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Stop Self-Sabotage

June 10th, 2011 Posted in post weight loss surgery tips, weight loss surgery, Weight loss surgery results

Self-Sabotage.jpgSelf-sabotage behaviors for weight loss surgery patients  are not a result of a lack of desire, intelligence, skills, or willpower. Instead, they are a result of subconscious, irrational beliefs and fears that were likely developed in our youth. Here are ways you can begin to overcome self-sabotaging behaviors that will impede your weight loss surgery results:

1. WATCH. Watch your behaviors. The major factor in eliminating self sabotaging behaviors is being aware of them.

2. LISTEN. Identify your negative beliefs and decide if each belief is really true or simply an illusion or someone else’s opinion that you’ve unconsciously absorbed. How does this self-sabotaging behavior benefit you? Scheduling time to meditate, journal, or just have quiet time to relax and reflect is crucial to this step.

3. DO. The final step of eliminating self-defeating behaviors is to start re-programming your belief system.

• AFFIRM, AFFIRM, AFFIRM!!! Affirmations may sound silly, but they’re actually an excellent way to undo ones past way of believing that they are not “worthy”. How? Simply find three good things about yourself each day. Make a list and carry it with you everywhere you go. State the affirmations to yourself.

• Face challenges. Learning to face challenges rather than avoid them will increase your confidence that you will be able to.

•Enlist friends, family, professionals, and spiritual allies to help you sustain your weight loss surgery goals and reinforce your new way of thinking.

•Be patient and persistent. Remember, to aim for progress, not perfection.

If you haven’t been to a support group in a while, try to catch one! Reserach shows that patients who attend post weight loss surgery groups have better weight loss surgery results!

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