“Change” Isn’t a 4 Letter Word
Change isn’t a four letter word. No, this isn’t a clarification of arithmetic; we trust that everyone will count six letters in this short word. However, a lot of people dread change and avoid it as if it was a negative or even offensive term.
When you are trying to lose weight in Syracuse or Fayetteville, change is your best friend. You need to embrace change and allow changes to occur in your life day-in and day-out if you hope to lose weight and maintain that weight loss long-term.
Change is challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There is a great quote about change by Karen Kaiser Clark: “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” If you resist the changes that come up, then you ultimately resist growth, and that can be a massive impediment on your weight loss progress.
Change is good. Embrace it!
There comes a point in everyone’s life when you step back and realize that what is happening now isn’t working anymore. This is true of careers, of relationships and especially of your health. When confronted with the desire to lose weight and avoid potential obesity-related health concerns, change is the only route to progress.
In a lot of situations, resisting change takes more energy than accepting it. Think about the last time you were hesitant to make a change. How long did that reluctance last before you were forced to make adjustments anyway? All of the energy spent resisting the change could have been spent adjusting to your new way of life.
Medical weight loss requires many changes, including changes to your diet, your exercise habits and your overall lifestyle. Here are a few tips for coping with those changes and making the most out of the time you have for a healthy transition.
- Stay grounded in the familiar: While losing weight requires changes in multiple areas of your life, there are still some aspects that will be left untouched. If you have trouble adjusting to your meal plan, then spend more time thinking about the things you are accustomed to by spending more time with your family, cleaning your home or tending to your garden.
- Prepare yourself for what is coming: Dr. Scinta can give you some pretty clear expectations for your medical weight loss program. Before the program starts, sit down and visualize yourself using the meal plan and exercising daily. Becoming mentally comfortable with change before it happens can lessen the shock of the transition.
- Manage stress: Change is stressful. Try engaging in stress relieving activities like yoga or meditative walking to calm down. Other techniques you can use to manage stress include journaling, deep breathing exercises and finding a support group in DeWitt, Fayetteville or Syracuse.
By developing strategies like the ones above to better cope with all of life’s changes, you can take transitions one step at a time and work gradually towards your new, healthier lifestyle.