3 Tips for Post Op Patients for the New Year
Weight Loss is one of the top “New Year’s Resolution” made in America each year but if you are post op from Weight Loss Surgery you have already been working hard towards your goals. Here are three things to do to stay on track but keep it simple.
- Choose one healthy habit to work on at a time, not five. Part of staying motivated means setting goals for yourself that you can actually achieve. It is overwhelming to take on too much at one time and too easy to get discouraged when you inevitably are not able to do everything perfectly. Hold yourself accountable with some small changes or one specific goal. I always recommend focusing on adding something healthy and “good” for you rather than banning anything. Once you have mastered a new change and it has become habit, move on to something else you would like to work on. Always give yourself grace for slip ups.
- Keep a Journal. This cannot be overstated. It does not necessarily have to be a food or exercise journal but that is certainly a good idea! Make your journal fun and something that inspires and motivates you. Speak kindly to yourself in your words and keep up with “Aha” moments and encouraging things that people say to you as well as goals you have, feelings about how your life is changing, and something you feel positive about or are grateful for each day.
- Celebrate small and large victories. Rewarding yourself can be a fun way to keep up your motivation. You know those things you would love to have but never buy yourself? At the end of a good week, treat yourself with experiences and non-food treats. In little ways and big ways make sure you pat yourself on the back for all the good you are doing and forget focusing on the “bad.”
After making this life-changing decision, you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to stay positive and motivated. All of the hard work you have been doing and good decisions you have been making will pay off and you will have the healthier lifestyle you have longed for that will improve the quality of your life for many “New Year’s” to come. Happy 2017! Make it a great one!