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The Beauty within the Body

8/20/2014

I originally had this picture as my temporary avatar. This was shared in my bariatric support group and I could not help but copy it because I felt as it represents my continued work on my mental, physical and emotional transformation. I want to share picture this because this for me represents how I feel my physical and psychological process has been and continues to be. I wonder if this represents how others feel going through this journey as well. I have always felt like a “skinny” person on the inside this big fat suit.

The imagery in this picture really shows the work that continues to go into the journey by illustrating that it is not an overnight weight-loss but a journey of transformation. I am now working on getting out of that fat suit thanks to bariatric surgery. I have also learned that bariatric surgery is not a magic surgery but a tool just like anything else. I am using this tool to the best of my ability to continue to sculpt my body and my mind into the person that I believe myself to be and to be the person I long to become. Transformational change comes from within and can be visible on the outside. I think this picture resonates with me so much because for many bariatric patients including myself, the work is done on the “inside” through behavioral changes, cognitive changes (changing your thoughts), and the result is physical and emotional change. I hope this photo resonates with others as well and is found to be uplifting. I know it has been uplifting for me.

With love and light,

Kristin :)

Welcome to Bariatric Mindset Blog

 

(I've moved these posts from my tumblr blog) 

8/11/2014

Hello world, I am finally here!

I’m so excited to be starting a blog and sharing my experiences with the world. I have also been a little apprehensive because sharing makes me feel “raw” and “open”. So I have decided to share why I think sharing my experiences are important and why, in the same breath, they make me feel vulnerable.

I have been a coach and counselor for quite some time now. I love to inspire, encourage, empower and to help people improve their lives. This is a large part of who I am. Yet as a general rule I do my very best to keep my personal life separate from my professional life. This started in part as a result of my training to be a professional counselor. There is this unwritten rule about self-disclosure and in some doctrines to be a “blank slate” for the client. The purpose of this is so that the coach or counselor’s values and experiences do not overshadow the client’s values and experiences. The client should be the center of attention and the focus in all sessions. Therefore for this reason I have been hesitant to start a blog about my own experiences, values and challenges. 

Most recently when discussing this with one of my sage mentors it was brought up that if my experiences were shared that they might help others going through similar experiences or challenges. Additionally, I recognize that I am human first and a counselor second and this would shine through in my blog. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share my experiences in hopes that they resonate with others while continuing to encourage and inspire utilizing a different modality. 

I believe in coaching because it pushes the client outside their comfort zone and after WLS surgery there is so much behavior change that needs to occur. As someone who has been through the process, I see how much coaching helps individuals after surgery and while counseling can help, my role has shifted to coaching to help move individuals forward after such a life changing surgery. 

Furthermore, I hope this blog will empower others to step out of their comfort zones as well and to see that we are all human and that our experiences matter and we can transform our lives in a multitude of ways. 
 

Happy Reading!

With love and light,
Kristin