If you have been targeting January 1 as your Official Start Date for your annual diet and beginning of your new, New Life, there’s a good chance you are doomed before even getting out of the gate. The very idea of choosing a date in the future to START means you are viewing changes as negative, difficult, and that your life with food will pretty much suck from that point forward. As in ‘I know its almost September and I didn’t get my act together to lose weight this summer but who wants to diet over the holidays; I will make a fresh start with My New Life on New Years Day.’
Cure for Stinkin Thinkin is a Checkup from the Neckup
Weight loss surgery is not a diet where you start and stop, it’s a way we have committed to live. Permanent surgical changes are meant to enforce this new way of thinking. What is stopping you from starting RIGHT NOW other than you? Get rid of the Stinkin Thinkin. Start now, no matter what the date and you’ll feel so much better that you are choosing to live in the present!
What are you going to do if you don’t start now? Eat more wings with blue cheese dip? More chips? Have another bowl of ice cream? What is it that you want to eat? There is nothing so important about the next few days that it justifies putting off change that is really in your head.
What are you Waiting For?!
Start now and you will be proud of yourself. Take a stand. Make it happen. Take the first step and get your supplies for the big change. This is the year we get to goal and learn to live there but start now, don’t wait.
Make it happen… make it about you! I can do it. You can do it! We can do it.
I am horrified by some of the stories that new post ops tell of eating foods that years ago nobody would have dreamed of putting in their mouth. What is the difference? FEAR!
What was it like in the olden days ?
Back then no one knew what the deal was. There were no outlines for meals, or guidelines, no real rules, there was barely an internet in 2001! No living breathing examples of post ops, other than Carnie Wilson, doing a TV interview.
Fifteen years ago, having bariatric surgery was like walking across a frozen lake, never being sure if the next step would crack the ice, plunging us into the icy water. We didn’t know anyone who had actually been across the lake before – we were on our own inching along tentatively, scared to death of what could or would happen.
Today, there are all kinds of people on the other side of the frozen lake rooting you on, having a party with confetti and they’re all drinking Diet Cokes. Come on – walk faster! Don’t worry! The ice is THICK! Don’t be scared!
Have an Oreo, we’re all having Oreos. You deserve to eat an Oreo if you want one! We are eating Oreos and look at us! Don’t listen to those people trying to scare you! You didn’t have surgery to be on a diet for the rest of your life! Go ahead, have a sandwich, it’s whole wheat bread! OR HERE, HAVE A PIZZA MADE WITH A LOW CARB WRAP… EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! Potatoes are vegetables, have some! Would you like a Diet Mountain Dew? I drink soda and I have lost 75 pounds in four months, I must be doing something right!
If others are doing it, it cant be that bad! Can it? Isn’t this how we needed surgery to begin with; by ignoring the reality of our actions? Why, yes it is! Let’s find others who are also pushing it and not doing what they are supposed to be doing. IF they are still alive maybe I can get away with it too!
The Readers Digest Version (ask your mother)
Bariatric surgery drastically reduces the amount of food you can stuff into your mouth and ultimately your stomach – and for about SEVEN MONTHS you can effectually eat just about anything and still lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!
You can literally not move a single muscle and eat whatever you want (that doesn’t come back up) and because your stomach has been made so small you can actually lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!
Now the Hidden Truth
Please listen to me – we are not driving for the first seven months even though we may think so. It is the surgery doing the work! It’s all up to you what you do with the massive head start that bariatric surgery provides.
IFyou take it upon yourself to learn what ‘eating right’ actually means – it takes a while to get the hang of it, even though it is simple it does take planning and effort…
IF you figure out a way to motivate yourself to move your butt at least a little bit on 3 of 7 days a week, even if it’s just parking further out in the parking lot at the office…
IF you somehow look inside yourself and figure out that you may have ANOTHER underlying issue which is actually the BIGGER issue and cause of your eating, that this is not really about food for you AND take the even bigger step to work it out with a therapist…
IF you put your hands over your ears and ignore the Oreo Eaters who do not realize they are following false Oreo gods and hanging with the WRONG CROWD…
You will have an amazing opportunity to overcome and even reverse the death sentence of Morbid Obesity!
The Truth about Bariatric Surgery: Bariatric surgery gives you a window of opportunity of about SEVEN MONTHS to easily take off the first ONE HUNDRED POUNDS to lighten your load and give a boost to your self-esteem, while you get your act together regarding your Life. Drop the Mike.
When the scale isn’t moving, try these strategies to get you back on track.While it may be frustrating, it is not uncommon to reach a plateau at any stage of eating after bariatric surgery, especially as you get closer to your target weight.Don’t let it discourage you.The following tips will help:
Try Eating Different Foods. Sometimes people get into a food rut, eating the same things day in and day out. This may lead to overeating as a result of feeling bored. An easy fix? Add more variety to your diet by including some new foods and seasonings when you plan your meals and snacks. And don’t be afraid to try some new recipes as well, we have so many for each and every stage of WLS recipes.This may be just what you need to start moving the scale again in the right direction.
Get adequate exercise. Enjoy a fitness program based on interval training, during which you alternate short bursts of high-intensity effort with slower recovery periods to catch your breath and allow your muscles to recharge. When you do intervals, you end up burning more calories and fat in less time than you would if you were working out at a steady pace. You’ll develop more lean muscle mass too, which helps to further boost metabolism and that in turn will help you get off that plateau.
Write what you bite. Without even realizing it, you may be eating too much of certain foods that are known to stall your losses. A good rule of thumb: Keep tabs on everything you eat in a journal, so you are aware of what you’re consuming each day. We recommend taking a close look at the amount of high density and calorie items like nuts and cheese you’re snacking on and cutting back on these items if you find you’re eating too much..
Consider your health, not the scale.It’s possible that your loss has stalled because you’ve already reached your healthiest numbers – even if it’s not your desired numbers. If your cholesterol and blood-sugar levels have normalized, your desire to continue to lose more may be a matter of cosmetics. In this case, rather than focusing on the number on your scale, focus on how much better you feel and how much healthier you are.
Much success in your journey.
Respectfully, International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen