The Inward vs. the Outward Influences after Weight Loss Surgery

    By Digital_Zone

    There are lots of factors. It would be presumptuous to state that losing weight was easy. It certainly isn't! An individual who has to reduce then pounds finds it just a difficult and frustrating as the person who has to lose over 100 pounds. Although the number of pounds appear as a vast difference involving the ten-pound loser and the hundred-pound loser, the reality is exactly the same frustrations are experienced.

    To me, both major influences would be the "outward" influences and the "inward" influences. An outward influence is anything out in the touchable, three-dimensional real world like food, scales, mirrors, people, clothes, and so forth. The inward influences are things that go on in your heart, your desires, your thoughts, and eventually your actions. Both outward and inward influences play their particular roles in losing weight. The important thing would be to learn how to pay more focus on the good inward influence that can help you lose weight.

    The scale: reinforces your success or failure each time you step on it. Lower numbers on the scale indicate you've lost some weight, but never enough based on your expectations. Higher numbers on the scale indicate you must have done something wrong. It doesn't account for water-weight, bloat/swelling, muscle mass, etc.

    The inward influences I wish to address are those influences that some would label as "self-talk", or rather "self-affirmations" that either inform us we're okay or not okay on the planet as we all know it. It's that inner voice that all of us have that directs us to thinning, then inevitably directs us to act according to the thinking. Actions start out with thoughts, and thoughts start with desires. And desires begin using what we wish deep inside our heart. Sounds complicated and poetic, I admit; but it's so worth the time and effort to take the time and work out how you possibly can make your heart speak its desires, that'll prompt the thoughts, which will then lead to actions.

    The inward influences will work well for you personally UNTIL you step on the scale or try looking in the mirror. Then what are the results? You've allowed the outward influences to monitor your progress, and the outward influences want to override all of those positive inward influences. You begin to mock all your effort you're doing, find disappointments, identify shortcomings, and generally debase any accomplishments you achieved. You'll do this for just one pound lost and for one hundred pounds lost. Why? Because you're allowing the outward influences to dominate the inward influences.

    As you hear the "devil on your own shoulder" (the outward influences) toss around insults, doubts, and negative remarks, turn your face to the "angel on your own shoulder" (the inward influences) that informs you that you're doing fabulous, you're making progress, you've worked so difficult, you're improving every day, and you're going to produce it.

    For each and every negative comment, strike back with two positive comments. Should you this, you'll always stay one step ahead of the negative, which might just be sufficient to stop you moving forward toward the prize. The moment you DON'T strike back, the outward influences gain one-up you, then two-up, then soon become ten-up... just like a board game and your game piece is falling behind on the squares. If you discover yourself too far behind on the squares, you will are more discouraged and then quit the overall game all together. Like a young child who says, "well, I sure can't win now", leaves the game and pouts on his way home.

    Your body doesn't understand this at all. Your body is really a grand machine that's constantly busy with checks and balances, ensuring al systems are GO, that all operations are functioning with their best capabilities. It doesn't have time for "feelings." It only does its functional responsibilities accordingly. So you cannot depend on the human body to understand any inward influences or outward influences such as for instance I've mentioned. It's only concerned with body functions and getting things done.

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