17 Ways to Stay on Track at the Holidays & New Year’s!November 18, 2016
The holidays are probably one of the biggest hardships to overcome right after having bariatric surgery. While everyone else is indulging in the festive foods, you are being quietly critiqued as the non-conformer. Some of your relatives might be privy to your weight loss journey, others probably don't have a clue.
Family gatherings turn into a question and answer session of why you aren't eating. They wonder if you are feeling alright? They point out that you don't seem to be your normal self. So, do you share your story with those that don't know or just continue to keep it to yourself as a secret?
For most weight loss surgery patients, the holidays are the ultimate test of fortitude and strength of heart. You know that moment you eat in excess, it won't jive with your dreams of being healthier or thinner. And, just remember your past habits led you to seek out the gastric sleeve procedure (or any weight loss surgery procedure), so allow your surgical tool to help guide you in right direction.
Don't be tempted. I know it's a struggle. I also know that you can do it. Yes, those meals and desserts look amazing...but think about how amazing you'll look in just a few short months.
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Oh, and remember to exercise during the holidays. Even if it's just taking a walk, the exercise will help boost your metabolism to keep you fit and firm.
I know you can do it. I believe in you. Do you believe? I know the intention is there. And, I know a lot of you have written down your resolutions. Things that you want to do, or accomplish or think are good for you in the upcoming year.
What are your resolutions for the New Year? Have you even thought about them?
Did you know that losing weight is at the top of almost everyone's resolution list? Signing up for a gym membership is listed right under losing weight. Sadly, most who write down “going to the gym” fail to follow through and end up stopping within the first month. Losing weight through working out (especially at a gym) becomes a frustration, a burden and sometimes people say mean things, which often discourages those who truly need to lose weight from returning.
You can't let what others might say prevent you from achieving what you want to become.
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Thank you for allowing me to share these Holiday and New Year resolution tips with you.
ABOUT THE AUTHORDr. Guillermo Alvarez is a Mexican, board certified, bariatric surgeon who is a member of the prestigious associations ASMBS, IFSO and SAGES. He did his bariatric surgery training in Mexico, USA and France and now he only focuses on the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure and the is author of the book "Successful Weight Loss with the Gastric Sleeve". He heads up the team at Endobariatric Bariatric Center in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
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