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5 Ways to Stay on Track When Stressed After WLS

5 Ways to Stay on Track When Stressed After WLS

Is It Possible To Stay On Track When Stressed When Life Throws You A Curveball
(or When Life Gives You Lemons)?

You know the saying, “Life Happens.” True, it does. There are ups and downs, and it goes on. However, that doesn’t get to be the excuse why you enter a period of weight regain. Instead, you absolutely can stay on track when life throws you a curveball. The key is in your emotional state and preparing in advance for times when you’re stressed.

Most people don’t plan for catastrophes. However, when you have a plan in place when your life is a bumpy ride, you’ll get through a whole lot easier and you’ll keep your weight off.

To be more specific, the type of situations that I’m referring to are when you lose a parent, when your job becomes more than stressful, when going through a divorce or any other number of life stressors that take you out of your normal routine and off track in your life. Part of the time it will be the scheduling that wrecks havoc on your life, the rest of the time, you’re just trying to keep yourself straight emotionally. Clearly, these are also times that it’s recommended you seek out a professional counselor as well.

These can be overwhelming times, and eating and exercising might be the last things on your mind. However, making your own self-care a priority is integral to getting past life’s tough situations while also maintaining your weight loss.

Your emotions are the biggest part because it’s easily understandable that you’ll be in “I don’t wanna” mode. It’s important to nurture yourself emotionally and get what you need. Although, it’s important to remember that this is also when people return to their old ways of using food as comfort, and the old pal “grazing” can sneak back in as well.

This is because when you are stressed, you tend to go on ‘autopilot’ and old patterns can re-emerge because the old patterns have been around a lot longer than the newer behaviors. Therefore, having a plan in place will help you to override the old autopilot ways and keep you on the right track.

Here are 5 tips and tricks for staying on track and maintaining your weight loss when life gives you lemons. The thing is you’ll need to practice these because without implementation and using these resources; anyone can slide back to where they were. The goal is to keep you moving forward. Even during the most difficult times, you can stay on top of your weight loss by practicing awareness of yourself and these tips actively. 

5 Tips to Stay On Track When Stressed

  1. Know who you can call for emotional support and ask for help when you need it 

You may not want to make phone calls or talk to anyone. You still need the option and know who you’d call if you wanted to talk. You may also want to consult a therapist to have someone on hand in the event that you want to talk to a professional. The most important thing is that you know who you call if you want and need the emotional support. Be sure you can trust this person (or people), and feel comfortable enough being vulnerable and discussing your emotions.

If you are beginning to get off track, it’s important that you are aware of old habits creeping back in and feel comfortable enough to discuss this with someone who can support you and help you to get back to consistent patterns.

It is a whole lot easier to stay on track than getting back on track.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, ask for someone to help you with the grocery shopping, food prep, etc. Your friends and family will likely want to help and support you during a rough patch, so be sure to reach out and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are not putting them out, and likewise, if they needed you, you would probably be there for them too.

  1. Keep a journal and write about what you are feeling

Journals are a great way to keep track of your feelings and what is going on with you. It’s a great way to track your moods, the difficult periods and to get your emotions out when you don’t feel like talking to anyone. Journaling can help you get all the thoughts out of your head, and if you have a good cry while you’re writing, that’s fine too. The goal is to help you process your emotions and release what’s been pent up. It’s also a great place to write down what you are eating. If you don’t already have a food journal, that’s a great resource to keep you on top of your eating including the times of the day.

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