Start taking care of both your body and mind if you are about to have bariatric surgery. It requires each patient to dedicate themselves, discipline themselves and adopt a new lifestyle. Once you have prepared both physically and mentally for this surgery, you will be thrilled with your results and begin to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Educate yourself. Be sure you know what to expect before you go into the surgery. Be aware how the fills work, what your downtime will be and what you will need to do both mentally and physically to make weight loss a success. Knowledge can help your recovery.
Plan to have help. You will need a support system and your family will be the most important support to you. Keeping your closed ones as well as you best of friends around, helps as motivation is really important in the first few days.
Stay Positive: Find ways to motivate yourself. You need to stay positive and motivated during your first 3 month after bariatric surgery. So set yourself up. Be happy and honest with yourself. Do something you never thought you’d do. Give yourself a START…
Prepare yourself mentally. This is a hard, life-changing process and it is not an easy fix. You are going to have a new life and the changes have to be accepted mentally and physically. The most important thing to remember is that you are making these changes in order to improve your quality of life.
Support GroupsSupport Group meetings help you to know bariatric patients and their lifestyle post the surgery. An opportunity to meet and speak to patients who share their weight loss journey.
More than anything, don’t sit down. Do one more activity. Why? When you are sitting, your mind wanders and thinks too much. In this case your mind is a terrible thing to use. Being active is an amazing way to shut off your mind. Yoga and meditation are popular for this very reason. But the very same thing applies to most activities. When you’re trying to clean the house, you’re focus is not on food, or on how you didn’t expect recovery would be so difficult. Your focus is on the task at hand.