Yes, medical weight loss is a large part of what we do. Yes, we encourage and support clients as they lose weight, usually for health reasons. But we also caution you against tying too much of your feelings, about your health and about yourself overall, to a number on a scale. Your weight is just one very small part of of you are, and only one indicator of health. So we wanted to take a moment to remind you that there are plenty of other ways to practice good health.
Name things you like about yourself. What do you like about yourself? What are you good at? What accomplishments made you feel proud?
If you have kids, nieces or nephews, or students, ask them what they like about you. Kids are refreshingly honest, and they have a more pure way of viewing the world (and other people). Whereas adults tend to focus on things like money, possessions, and superficial forms of beauty, children often see what really matters. You can turn this into a self-esteem building game, where you also name something you like about them.
Chart your fitness progress. Keep records of how far you’re able to walk or run, or how much weight you’re able to lift. Getting into shape is about a lot more than a number on a scale; as you see your body becoming stronger and more fit, you will have something to celebrate for sure!
Do something nice for yourself. Often we focus so hard on pleasing everyone around us, that we forget to take care of ourselves. Go shopping for new running shoes, take a time-out to indulge in a new novel, enjoy a bubble bath with candles and music, or buy yourself that leather embossed journal you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it.
Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine, at least for your mood. Check out your favorite comedian on YouTube, watch old sitcoms on Netflix, hang out with your funniest friend, or buy tickets to a comedy club. After a night of laughter you really will feel refreshed.
Focus on how you feel. We’ve saved the best tip for last, so listen up: Changing your body is not all about dress sizes! As you drop pounds and get into shape, you’re going to feel better, too. Focus on how much more energy you have now, or how rejuvenated (rather than exhausted) you feel after workout. You’ve come a long way, and you’re feeling healthier already… Hopefully, those feelings will motivate you to keep working toward your end goal.
If you’re really struggling with weight loss and it’s affecting your mood, remember that we’re here to help. Don’t let those feelings overwhelm you. Call us for an appointment, and we’ll discuss what you’ve been doing and share tips to help you succeed.