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The old saying, “You are your own worst enemy,” can ring true when it comes to body image after bariatric surgery. Weight gain is not something that happens overnight. Some people have gained weight over a long period of time, while others have been overweight since childhood. Either way, there has been plenty of time for negative feelings about their changing bodies to surface. However, post-surgery weight loss happens over a matter of months, and often doesn’t give brains a chance to catch up with what is seen in the mirror, and it’s hard to believe change is actually happening.

There are 3 easy things you can do to empower your beauty and self image, and help build confidence while you’re transitioning into your post-weight loss surgery body:

  1. Make a list of 5 things you love about your body and beauty.
  2. Write 5 body and beauty affirmations. Examples: I am beautiful when I smile. I am confident with my sexy legs. Men: I have a strong body.
  3. Post these affirmations on the mirror you get dress in and say them aloud to everyone in your home at least once a day.

Do this for 30 days and watch the self confidence in your home go through the roof as you go through your transition.

Remember that appreciating your new body will take time, but no matter what you see when you look in the mirror, the numbers don’t lie. Watch as your cholesterol levels drop, the number on the scale gets lower, and the inches fall off your waist. These things are solid evidence that your body is transitioning into the healthy and strong body you want.