As we bid farewell to the past and stand on the threshold of a new year, it’s the perfect moment to reflect, reset, and rekindle the flame of determination on our bariatric journey. The turning of the calendar brings not just a new year but a canvas of opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and triumphs.
Reflecting on the Journey:
As we step into the New Year, take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come. Your bariatric journey is a tapestry of strength, resilience, and courage. Celebrate the victories, both big and small, that have shaped the incredible path you’ve walked.
Setting Intentions, Not Resolutions:
Rather than traditional resolutions, think of setting intentions for the year ahead. Intentions are like guiding stars, providing direction without the rigidity of resolutions. What aspects of your bariatric journey would you like to focus on? More mindful eating, increased physical activity, or enhanced self-care?
Small Goals, Big Wins:
Break down your intentions into small, achievable goals. These could be weekly or monthly milestones that align with your overarching vision. Small goals not only make the journey more manageable but also create a rhythm of success, boosting your motivation along the way.
Cultivating a Positive Mindset:
The power of positivity cannot be overstated. Approach the New Year with a mindset of possibility and self-compassion. If a detour comes your way, view it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Remember, each day is a fresh start on your journey.
Finding Joy in Movement:
Physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be a celebration of what your body can do. Explore activities that bring you joy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or trying a new fitness class. The goal is not just exercise; it’s embracing movement as a form of self-expression and well-being.
Connecting with Your Support System:
Your support system is a priceless treasure. Share your goals and intentions with them. Whether it’s family, friends, or your bariatric community, their encouragement can be the wind beneath your wings. Together, we can achieve more than we ever could alone.
Gratitude as a Daily Practice:
Cultivate the habit of gratitude. Each day, reflect on the positive aspects of your bariatric journey and life in general. Gratitude has the remarkable ability to shift our focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant, fostering a sense of contentment and fulfillment.
Celebrating Non-Scale Victories:
While scale victories are significant, celebrate the non-scale victories with equal enthusiasm. Whether it’s fitting into an old pair of jeans, making a mindful food choice, or experiencing increased energy, these victories contribute to the holistic success of your journey.
Embracing the Journey, Every Step:
The bariatric journey is not just about reaching a destination; it’s about savoring each step of the process. Embrace the highs and navigate the lows with resilience. Every moment is an opportunity for growth and self-discovery.
You Are the Architect of Your Journey:
As we stand on the threshold of the New Year, remember that you are the architect of your journey. The canvas is blank, waiting for the strokes of determination, joy, and self-love. The beauty of the journey lies in the choices you make and the love you pour into yourself.
So, here’s to the New Year and the new goals that await. May each day be a testament to your strength, courage, and the incredible journey you’re on. Cheers to embracing the possibilities and making 2024 a year of triumphs and self-discovery on your bariatric path.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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