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Predictor of Re-Gain – Bariatric Edition

I hope that you all had a terrific week last week and that you are geared up for another spectacular one.
I make it my business each week to help you to make good choices.  I want you to succeed.  I root for you every day.  I cheer you on and I care about you.  When you reach out to me, I reach back out to you.  If you need help, please reach out.  Don’t just read my emails and walk away if you are struggling.  Talk to me.
I celebrated my birthday last weekend.  I have a twin sister so we celebrated turning 49 together.  We have a big birthday coming up next year.  Holy Smokes!  The BIG 5-0!  I don’t know how I feel about it.  I know that age is only a number, but 50?  I still feel like I am 25 (in my brain).  I am going to set some BIG goals as I move through my 49th year.  I want to hit 50 with strength, vigor and tons of energy.  When I have my plan in place, I will share it with you.
Here is a menu that I prepared for myself last week.  I had a great time in California with my two teens when I went to the National ObesityHelp Convention BUT, I ate ALL of the Mexican Food in LA.  (OMG).  Anyways, I knew what I was doing and I came back home and got prepared for a clean eating week. This is the menu which I followed ….. 
Sure, food happens but when it does, I am not going to let it completely derail my efforts to maintain my weight and stay healthy.
Today I wanted to talk about something that I discuss each day with my clients.  I have been working with bariatric clients for 13 years now and I keep in touch with almost all of my clients.  As long as they want to keep in touch with me, I am 100% here for them.  
Regain is real folks.  I think that back five and ten years ago, we all had the idea that we would have surgery and that it would solve a problem and we could move on with our lives never to worry about weight gain.  BAM – this is just not true. Surgery is the first step in a lifelong journey and learning process.
The weight loss surgery tool is a key to our success but success also belongs on our shoulders.  If we continue to have the same patterns post surgery as we had pre-surgery, our results will only last to a certain point and regain will occur.  How can we prevent the dreaded regain? 
By understanding the tool we have been given, we can prevent over-eating but we need to feed our tool the correct foods.  Does that make sense?  The pouch can get filled with cookies and ice cream or it can get filled with chicken and broccoli.  The choice is yours.
What is the biggest predictor of regain in my option?  I think that it is the “carb-creep”.  It starts with a bite of mashed potatoes, and a few potato chips and the next thing we know we are tucked into a plate of enchiladas with refried beans and a side of rice.  Know what I mean?  Sure, Mexican food happens but it’s what you do the next day that prevents the regain from occurring.  
No sticking your head in the sand, please.  Face it head-on like I did last week.  Make the next meal better.  Get a plan and don’t let a few meals derail all of your efforts.  In my eyes, you are a ROCK STAR.  If you fall off your throne, get back up, straighten your crown and get back on the plan again.
Love, Light and, Low-Carbs lol

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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