Weight loss is a beautiful thing. More than likely your confidence is going up and your feeling healthier and better about yourself. When you experience weight loss through bariatric surgery, it can happen faster than usual. This can be tricky for your brain to keep up. You might be dropping pounds like crazy, but your brain might not recognize those differences in the mirror. So, what do you do?
The best piece of advice I can give you is to take pictures! It is extremely hard to look in the mirror and see differences when you are losing weight so fast from bariatric surgery. When you have pictures, you can compare every single part of your body. In the very beginning of my journey I took weekly pictures of myself in a sports bra and shorts. It was so nice to compare these pictures because I was able to see things I normally wouldn’t be able to just by looking in the mirror. It can be very discouraging looking in the mirror and not seeing any results. You don't ever want this to throw off your progress. So, make sure you take pictures! I promise you won't regret it.
Another helpful thing you can do is keep measurements. I used to have a folder broken out by month during the first year after weight loss surgery. Anytime I felt like I wasn’t seeing results, I opened up those folders and looked at pictures and measurements and it helped my brain start processing the quick weight loss. As a bariatric patient, it is important that you prepare yourself for this. Be patient with your brain as it can take time to really see a difference, but I promise you it is working. Pay attention to what other people are saying because they will notice things you might notice. Don’t get discouraged and remember to trust the process.
YOU GOT THIS!
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