The last of the snacks

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In the words of Oliver W. Holmes Jr ‘a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.’

So, you’re about to embark on a weight loss journey. As you approach the big ‘day’ … whether that be the date for your bariatric surgery or the date for your weight loss program initiation, have you been mourning the potential ‘loss’ of food by indulging in treats and less than healthy foods? By saying to yourself ‘this could be the last time I have (insert delicious and less healthy food choice here) …I should treat myself while I can.’

You’re not alone.

But, ask yourself: how committed am I to valuing my health above my desires?

If you are engaging in destructive behaviours as your ‘last hurrah,’ how committed can you truly be?

Consider how less healthy choices and foods have maintained your status quo. Have these choices made you a healthier person, more confident in your self-care or eased stress through the years? Chances are they have not. But how willing are you to start making meaningful changes now? Are you wading into new waters with openness and curiosity? Or, are you approaching this weight loss effort in the same way that you have approached previous weight loss experiences?

If you are approaching this next weight loss effort in the same way to previous efforts, you may be up for disappointment. Yes, you may see some weight loss, but you also may greet the same frustrations and high likelihood of weight regain. This is the cycle of diet.

What if you approached this next journey without the context of ‘diet’? Become engaged – not only in making healthier food choices, planning balanced meals and exercising more. Become engaged as you discover how emotions, daily habits, work schedules, family, children or comfort with the current state keep you from your healthiest life. Make effort to adjust these influences so that they support a healthier way of living. A way of living that you could imagine yourself doing for the remainder of your life. This is a valued life. In the words of Oliver W. Holmes Jr ‘a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.’