We are *itching* to get back into our bariatric habits and routines...or create some new ones! The summer was fun and all but our bodies and minds are SCREAMING for a routine and we are here to support you in that endeavor!
Our support focus in September is Back to Basics and for us, that means taking actions in our three pillars of bariatric succuss: movement, mindset, and metabolic wellness. If you are feeling overwhelmed, pick ONE thing that you want to focus on this month and track your progress. If you are feeling ambitious, pick multiple things to work on! The key to reaching our goals is not the actual goal (I mean...that IS important) but the actions that you will take each day to reach that goal and the evidence that you will collect that proves to you and others that you are actively working towards that goal is what actually gets you to that finish line.
Goal Crushing Steps:
Identify a goal that is actually achievable for you!
You have to start where are you TODAY. You can't make a goal based on who you were before surgery. You are a NEW person. If you are pre-op, think about what is realistic for you today.
Identity and define the things- the actions- you will take each day that will help you reach that goal.
BE specific! Name the apps you will use, call out the exact actions, describe the things you will do to achieve this goal.
Identify the evidence that you will collect that will prove to you and others that you are working towards that goal.
Think about it this way, on the last day of September, how will you know you have reached your goal?
Here is an example of how this works:
I want to lose 5 pounds in September. (The goal)
This goal is achievable because as bariatric patients, we can lose 1-2 pounds a week
To accomplish this, I will track most of my meals in the Lose It app to make sure I am staying in my calorie goals, and I will put protein and water first in my diet. (The actions)
These actions are clear- identified the app they will use, identified that staying in a calorie goal will be key as well as focusing on protein and hydration.
At the end of the month, I will have lost the 5 pounds, I will see meals tracked in Lose It, and I will see that my habit tracker has been used almost every day (The evidence)
These are clear pieces of evidence that can be shared with the world! The goalposts are clearly defined.
We can't stress this enough... if YOU are stressed about managing or committing to multiple goals- PICK ONE simple thing to focus on in September. Progress in any bariatric area of success is better than none. Be proud of the commitments you can make and stick to them! A friend told us this week- "Make then plan, PROTECT the plan!" What amazing advice that is!
Download our trackers and use them- interact with them- share them! If you do choose to share them on your social media feeds, tag us so we can celebrate your goals! And keep us updated on your progress by sending us check-in emails and messages here or on Instagram! If you don't follow us there, you should! You can find us @east2west_wls
You've got this and we've got you!