Overcoming barriers to building habits

One of the keys to your success before and after bariatric surgery is being able to create and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. This means building better habits in your life and changing your daily routines. However, there are things that may get in the way of your ability to change. We’ve listed some ways to stay on top of things as you start to create healthy changes in your life.

Make a plan

Before you get started, you want to make sure you’re ready. It’s hard to change diet and exercise habits, and it’s even harder if you don’t plan ahead. Knowing what changes you want to make, how you’re going to change them, and who to call on for support can be a big help when you start putting these plans into action.

Pay attention

Think about all the actions you do every day without even thinking. People have many automatic behaviors that they perform each day. These automatic habits can be good or bad. Think about all of the little habits you do during your day. Think about whether each habit is something that is helping you live a healthy, fulfilling life. If it’s not, think of a way you could change or stop that behavior, like using stairs instead of the elevator while you’re at work. 

Start small

There are quite a few changes you’ll need to make after bariatric surgery. But tackling them all in one go can make the process overwhelming and scary. It can help to start small, taking on some of your lifestyle changes before your surgery date, like restocking your pantry with healthy foods, or setting aside time every day to walk around the block. That way, you’ll be on the right path and can build on your success over time, instead of changing everything in your life at once. Easing into things before the surgery deadline can be a big help down the road.

Trust yourself

One of the biggest barriers many people face to making changes in their lives is in their own minds. The more you believe in your ability to succeed, the more successful you can be. Believing in yourself, and using positive thinking, can be a great help to you on your weight loss journey.