Your Biggest Weight Loss PriorityPosted: July 8, 2015 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
Losing weight will prompt a lot of change within your life. The way you spend your free time around Scottsdale, the places you like to eat, the way you spend those extra hours in the evening—all of this is up for grabs when you start a new weight loss program. The most successful weight loss programs are only successful because of the personal investment and commitment on the part of the individual. Ultimately, this means that walking the walk isn’t enough for long term success. To lose weight and keep it off, you need to focus on what the process means to you, and let the changes hit you close to home.
A Weight Loss Journey: Putting Yourself First
Take a minute to yourself to think about what it is that makes your world go round. Is it your career, your religion, your relationships? Of all the priorities you have, the biggest one shouldn’t be your career, or even your family. To care about others, you have to focus on yourself. Self-care is one of the most overlooked aspects of overall wellbeing. But when you really stop and think about it, if you aren’t taking care of yourself properly, are you really in the right place to take care of someone else?
Thankfully, it’s never too late to turn things around and begin heading in a new direction—and in this case, the direction is health and happiness. Before you can begin working on your health by establishing a plan with your weight loss doctor, you must accept that you and only you are responsible for your actions. Despite mistakes from the past, you still remain the ultimate creator, promoter and advocate for the decisions you make today, and today is the day you’ve decided to seek the help of your weight loss doctor to better your health for the long haul.
Here are a few helpful strategies that you can use to start putting yourself first:
- Keep a journal every day. Taking the time daily to reflect on your thoughts and actions is a great way to really keep in touch with yourself and understand your needs better.
- Practice saying no. There is a lot of pressure to say yes, but sometimes what you need most is to say no. Stay home and relax every once in a while and let someone else take care of a problem.
- Give yourself what you need. Hunger is more than the need to eat, it is an opportunity to give your body sustenance. Try listening to your body and try to give it more of what it is asking for—healthy foods, plenty of water and regular exercise.
Though you may have neglected your health in the past to put those in your other relationships first, it’s now time to put yourself on the pedestal. It’s natural to not want to hurt or disappoint those closest to you as you begin your transition into first place on that priority list, but it is time to take care of yourself. Your friends and family may contribute to your internal pressures to disregard your wants and needs, but you can learn to handle this pressure and keep moving forward. Remember, taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do in becoming a better friend to those you care about.