Oversized sweaters, leggings and pumpkin spice …it’s the Fall season ! I am jumping up and down in joy that it’s here. I love Spring AND Summer AND Fall (not so much winter) but this change in season also represents more than extra lip balm and an extra layer of clothes – not to mention socks! I believe that it’s the best time to make new bariatric goals. This is why I think it’s the absolute best time of the year to make those true changes to a more solid bariatric life-style.
Vacations are over for now.
We all have excellent intentions during Spring and Summer and we have lots of fresh veggies and fruit to choose from and our natural food rhythms tell us to eat seasonally and locally. We have more salads in our lives BUT we also have a lot of long weekends, barbecues, weeks of vacations, cocktails, and bonfires with marshmallows. I don’t know about you but “vacation” for most of us signifies a time to eat and drink and relax. It’s very easy to put on a few lbs when sipping on margaritas or summery cocktails by the lake or the pool. All those summer family get-togethers – lots of food and tons of fun.
We feel more motivated in Fall.
Maybe it’s because it is “back to school” season or it’s because nobody really takes vacations between now and December ? Mid-September all of us want to get a fresh start. Things feel refreshed and we start to think about setting new goals. Goal setting at the beginning of Fall gives us just enough time to get back on track and to start moving in the right direction to get the momentum going so we don’t have to make all kinds of big “New Years Resolutions”. I love not having to set some big goal Jan. 1st because I have been working towards my goals since September. It makes January less stressful. By starting now, we can have good habits formed by December. You don’t need to hear the chimes of the New Year to kick start a positive change.
Get outdoors and get moving – it’s Fall.
Summer can be so hot with it’s scorching temperatures and sunlight. It can be so difficult to get motivated to get outside and get moving. Fall is a more comfortable time to take advantage of the great outdoors. Grab a sweater and some running shoes and go for a hike in nature. Enjoy the low humidity and the leaves changing colors. Hey, rake some leaves – now that’s a terrific workout !
Snooze more to lose more.
The long days of summer are perfect to sit outdoors and sip wine or tea or read your favorite books but those same days make it more difficult to get to bed at a decent hour. Who thinks about sleeping when at 9pm the sun is still shining? Fall season brings about shorter days but it also makes it easier to get more sleep. Want to lose more weight ? Get more sleep ! Time and again, studies reveal that a lack of sleep is directly related to a lack of weight loss.
You can turn Fall into the optimal time to lose weight and set health goals.
Reach out if you need any “Fall Motivation”.
I am here for you !
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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