Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Power of Positive Thinking

I've blogged about this before - the power of positive thinking.  But this morning as I was getting ready for work I heard a segment on a new study by the Cleveland Clinic that notes that "those who are generally optimistic about their health are more likely to follow treatment recommendations. "

This study was particular about Coronary Artery Disease, but it doesn't take much to see how this could apply to any health situation - particularly those of us trying to loose weight, and those of us who have lost it and are trying to keep it off.

There is still a great deal of people who view any type of weight loss surgery with disdain.  I used to be one of them.  I knew people who had gastric bypass surgery and who had gained the weight back.  I knew people who had awful complications as a result of the surgery.  And still today there are a bunch of people who in general poo-poo those of us who "did it the easy way".  That is a discussion for another time -  this is so not the easy way.

What I'm trying to get at is the power of the positive thinking.  If you go into this journey with pessimism - you may not get out of it what you want and/or need to get out of it.  If you go in doubting your own success - why should you be successful at all?  But if you go into this with a positive or optimistic attitude that you can do this - that you can succeed ... maybe you will be more successful than those that don't?  Not that we should go into this pooting rainbows and butterflies - we absolutely need to go into it with eyes WIDE open - this is a serious surgery with serious ramifications to your health and long term implications.  Absolutely.  BUT ... it can also be the tool that helps you live a longer and healthier and happier life ... if you want it to.

It would be so easy for me to succumb to the negativity that I have experienced with the rare complications that I have encountered over the past year.  To be depressed and to decide that because of these complications I should just give up.

But I can't.  I have to CHOOSE to be positive.  CHOOSE to take hold of what I believe is mine ... a new life without all the weight.  I CHOOSE to be healthier.  I CHOOSE to be a runner.  I CHOOSE to be the example to my children that I want.

What do you CHOOSE?