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Summer Trouble and Other Musings – Bariatric Edition

I know, I know … 

What can possibly be disastrous about summer?  

What can possibly be disastrous about summer and my personal goals? 

What can possibly be disastrous about summer for my clients and their goals?

 I always thought that summer was the time of the year where I was most active and my clients were more active.  When I think about summer (during winter), I imagine big green salads and light lunches and less hunger.   I think about how the days are longer and the time is stretched out where I can fit in an outdoor workout.  I think about dropping the few pounds that I gained during winter.

Reality Sucks Sometimes

Summer is also a time when everybody is headed on their annual vacation and those vacations are filled with sun, fun, family, cocktails, barbecues, and plenty of gorgeous food.

Summer is also the perfect time to slow things down a bit.  The kids are out of school, the beach and the pool is calling to us. Our friends have more time to meet up for lunch and our workouts can wait …

Here we are, it’s almost August and it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate what we want out of the rest of our summer.  Are we going to wait until the kids are back in school? or until the weather cools down to get back on track again?  Are we going to put ourselves first and take some time for our workouts (or get started with our workouts)?  

This is a great time to stop and reflect and make some decisions that are going to take us into the next season.  Fall is always a busy time for me because it’s the beginning of September that almost feels like January 1st.  A lot of resolutions are made in September.  A lot of people choose this time to get back on track with their diet and exercise goals.

I want you to make August your September this year.  Can you do that for me?  What is it that you can do this August in order to make September feel like an exciting time?  We have about 4 weeks to crush some goals and make this Summer THE Summer where we make ourselves proud.

I often see my bariatric clients having a summer “freak out” because … 

they are not quite there yet …. 

they are having a very hard time knowing what they need to really focus on … 

they have anxiety about dragging their heels… 

they are having a hard time just getting started … 

they have lost confidence and are feeling overwhelmed …

they are comparing themselves to everyone else …

Let’s try to break things down as we have four weeks to accomplish our August goals.  An example would be to start with a food prep routine this week. We can add an exercise program or a walk next week.  We can increase our water intake the week after.  We can up our protein intake or improve our macros.  We can take tiny steps in order to make a big impact this month.

I want you to hit “reply” and tell me what you are going to do for the next 4 weeks.  What is going to make you feel stronger and better?  My goals will not be the same as yours and your goals will not be the same as your neighbors.   Be accountable and let me know what you want out of the month of August.  Make it a 3 line email or 3 paragraphs. Tell me what it is that will set you apart from the crowd and make you feel proud.  

Remember, this is not a sprint – this is a marathon.  You and I are in this for the long haul.  You need to pace yourself and not run out of energy halfway through.  I am going to put a “mini action plan” together and make a list of what I want out of August but also what I want out of the 2nd half of my year of 2019.  Join me.

Hugs and Support, Love and Light! 

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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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