Back in 2003 before going under the knife for my gastric bypass, I believed obesity surgery was supposed to fix the flaws which make it tough for me to look in the mirror. Losing weight, whether organically or surgically, is after all an excellent way to boost our confidence and feel like an attractive person […]
How do you personally define bariatric surgery success? If asked what are your long-term weight loss goals, you would probably give positive, upbeat responses. It would be a shock to hear that your intention is to gain back every pound you lost over the course of the next 5 years. But it happens. I recall […]
If you are like most people who are overweight, you will explore many options before talking to your doctor about bariatric surgery. Attempts are usually made to lose weight through diet, exercise, and medication before bariatric surgery is seriously considered. This is good because a history of weight loss attempts is required before getting approval […]
Kristin Szilagyi waited with me in the hospital room the day of my obesity surgery: August 27, 2003. Kristin stayed with me up until the last moment when the nurses brought the gurney to deliver me into my new life. And Kristin was there on the “other side” — the term bariatric patients have given […]
You’ll want to talk to your primary care doctor for in-depth discussions on your options for obesity surgery. What follows are commonly asked questions and a few quick answers to get you started with your doctor discussion. 1. What is the age limit for obesity surgery? A team of health professionals – usually including a […]
Alex Brecher, founder of BariatricPal, is over a decade-long success with Lap-Band weight loss surgery. In 2003, the same year that I had my gastric bypass surgery, Alex underwent the Lap-Band procedure. At age 27, it took Alex a little more than a year to drop roughly 100 pounds. And he vows to keep it […]
Sandi Henderson is a Lap-Band surgery success story. She lost 250 pounds — more than half her bodyweight! And she has kept that weight off for the long term. Lap-Band Surgery Success Sandi Henderson reached her heaviest weight at 424 pounds. With a BMI of 68.5 and wearing size 28 clothes, Sandi knew she had […]
Gastric Band Surgery Facts The Adjustable Gastric Band is an obesity surgery also known as LAP-BAND and Realize Band. The gastric band is a relatively safe weight-loss surgery that takes about one hour to perform. There are gastric band risks, however. Gastric band complications can be frequent, and as many as 26% of patients experience some […]
About 34% of adults in the United States meet the criteria for obesity. Contributing factors are well-documented and genetic, metabolic, environmental, and behavioral risk factors have been identified. Family factors are also influential; children of obese parents are more likely to become obese adults themselves. Research has discovered that birth order is also a contributing factor to obesity. Not […]
One-third of adults in the United States are obese and projections for the year 2030 show that number will rise to forty-two percent. Morbid obesity will have doubled by the same year, and eleven percent of the population will be one hundred or more pounds over their ideal body weight. Obesity in America is an […]
Talking to your doctor about obesity surgery can be uncomfortable. Perhaps you are embarrassed about your weight or perhaps you believe your doctor might be judgmental. Unfortunately, your fears may have substance. Some physicians do maintain stereotypes about people who are obese. In addition, many doctors do not feel they are adequately trained to talk about weight […]
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Here is a valuable exercise from the 7 Steps to Self-Love Workbook. It's about step 1, self-awareness. Find a quiet place and really think about these questions deeply. Then keep writing and writing all of your observations and the insights you learn about yourself. This was so invaluable to me when I was going through an inner transformation some years ago. #MyBariatricLife #inspiration #bariatrics #bariatric
7 Steps to Self #Love
Step 1 Self Awareness
Where are you playing the victim through blaming or judging or not taking responsibility?
Write out all of the negative self-talk in your mind (the stories). What do you tell yourself about you and the people around you? How do you beat yourself up and hold yourself back and stay stuck? Have a really good look at how you talk to yourself. You need to change the way you talk to yourself the way you would your best friend. Give yourself a pep talk every morning.
Understand your emotional responses. Thoughts trigger an emotion and an automatic response that doesn’t serve us or others well. Understand what triggers your emotional responses of anger, shame, sadness, worry, fear, doubt… When you start to feel that feeling, backtrack and think about what was the thought that triggered the feeling. What is it about what happened that caused me to feel this way? Keep asking yourself why it made you feel that way? What does it mean? Because the trigger is never about the other person; it is about ourselves, about our inadequacies and our low self esteem.
Make a list of all the habits and behaviors that are not serving you, where you’d like to break-through (messy, never on time, caught up in my head, always listen to others). Self awareness is about getting the ability to observe yourself from afar and recognizing how you respond to life through your actions, thoughts, and behaviors. Only when you change your actions, thoughts, and behaviors can you change the results you are getting in your life. ...