Remember how excited and hopeful you felt when you found out that you had been approved for weight loss surgery? It was almost like being in a new relationship. Every step in the process was new and invigorating.
When you had your weight loss surgery, you were thrilled to be taking such a big step. You knew it would help you be healthier and happier. After the surgery you followed all the rules. You made good choices, mostly. It was the honeymoon period. You were just so happy that the weight was gone.
After a year or two, the struggles began. You still felt tempted by foods on your doctor’s forbidden list. You wanted to treat yourself every once in awhile. Life with family, friends, and responsibilities began feeling more and more stressful.
Before you knew it, you were back into some old patterns. You were “treating” yourself more and more. You began experiencing regain, shame, and hopelessness, STOP!