Worried I'll Go Back To My Old HabitsFeelingsWorried I'll Go Back To My Old Habits<div class="ExternalClassCBE3FBC3A807449397A5A70BAEABC0FB"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">H<span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">ello. So, I've recently lost a lot of weight. A LOT. I've lost about 40 lbs. in the last 5 months. I worked so hard. And it has felt absolutely amazing. I'm more energized, I don't get headaches anymore, and I'm so much healthier. The problem is that sometimes I'm afraid I'll go back to my old eating habits. That I'll gain all the weight back. That I'll never get to my goal weight. That I'll have back rolls and arm fat again. That I'll get high blood pressure (runs on my dad's side). That no matter how much I lose, I'll always compare myself to other girls. I just want to be beautiful and healthy. Any advice? </span></span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass7CF60F81EB4A4D8B94E991AA8ED8FA26"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">We are glad you are reaching out tonight. First of all, congratulations on your success in losing weight, becoming healthier, and feeling better. We can appreciate the apprehension about going back to old habits. That is a pretty common fear for most after making some major changes in their life for the better. It is sort of feeling like maybe we are a rubber band being stretched to the limits, and bouncing back to the old form. Try to relax a little with the fear. Focus on accepting the new you, and doing the good things that you have been doing, one day at a time. One day at a time helps to build the foundation of the new you, one that you will embrace more and more. If you have an off day, no beating yourself up. Just get back on track the next day. Comparing yourself to others seems to be part of today's culture. Do not feel shame for it, just know that the only opinion that matters is yours. When you feel yourself falling into the comparison game, stop and remind yourself of how far you have come and all the good qualities about yourself.<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Make it your goal to talk positively to yourself on a regular basis. If you need some extra ideas of how to do this, try these three tips:<br></span></p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-the-mirror-rule.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/tip-the-mirror-rule.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem</span></a><br style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem</span></a><br style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><a href="/Pages/What-Is-Body-Image.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/What-Is-Body-Image.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem</span></a><br style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">We want you to know we are here for you. <br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Stay brave, keep reaching out.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Sincerely,</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Larry – Counselor</span><br></p></div>20

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