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Navigating Tough Days: Embracing Mantras for Bariatric Warriors – Bariatric Edition

In the transformative journey of bariatric surgery, there are days that challenge us more than others. On those tough days, having a mantra—a guiding phrase or affirmation—can be a powerful tool to navigate the hurdles and keep moving forward. Let’s explore five motivational mantras that can serve as beacons of inspiration on your bariatric journey.


1. Progress, Not Perfection:

In a world that often celebrates perfection, this mantra reminds us that the real magic lies in progress. It’s a gentle nudge to acknowledge that setbacks are a natural part of any journey, and what truly matters is the continuous effort and improvement. Celebrate the small victories, and remember that each step forward, no matter how small, is a triumph.


2. I Am Stronger Than My Challenges:

Challenges are inevitable, but this mantra shifts the narrative. It’s a declaration of personal strength, emphasizing that not only can you face challenges head-on, but you also have the capacity to emerge from them even stronger. Every challenge becomes an opportunity for growth, resilience, and self-discovery.


3. Small Steps Every Day Lead to Big Results Over Time:

This mantra is a gentle reminder that monumental change often stems from consistent, small efforts. It encourages a focus on the daily choices and habits that contribute to long-term success. By acknowledging the cumulative impact of these small steps, you empower yourself to stay committed and patient on your journey.


4. I Am a Work in Progress, and That’s Okay:

This mantra embodies self-compassion. It’s an acceptance of the journey’s ebb and flow, recognizing that growth is a continual process. Rather than fixating on perfection, embrace the idea that every day is an opportunity to learn, evolve, and become a better version of yourself.


5. I Am Capable, Resilient, and Worthy of Every Success:

Affirmations have the power to shape our beliefs, and this mantra reinforces a positive self-perception. It’s a declaration of self-worth and capability, acknowledging the strength within to face challenges and pursue success. By internalizing this mantra, you cultivate a mindset that propels you toward achieving your goals.


Embrace the Mantras, Embrace Your Journey:

These mantras are not just words; they are guiding principles that can anchor you during challenging times. When tough days arise, take a moment to reflect on these mantras. Remind yourself that progress is ongoing, challenges are opportunities, small steps matter, growth is continuous, and you are inherently capable and resilient.


Your bariatric journey is a testament to your strength and commitment. Let these mantras be your companions, offering guidance and encouragement as you navigate the highs and lows. Embrace them, internalize them, and let them be a source of inspiration on your incredible path of transformation.


Healthy Hugs,


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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