As you embark on this journey, it’s important to not be overwhelmed by the process. We understand that exercise may be new to you and, as such, it can be intimidating and potentially overwhelming. Be patient with yourself! The key to success here is to take it one day at a time. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. It took you years to get to where you are, and no surgery will magically “change” you.
It will take consistent work to get you to where you want to be, much as it takes one brick at a time to construct a building. And the experts tell us that consistent exercise is the number one contributor to maintaining successful weight loss. You can do it. You are not alone. After a while, exercising will become part of your DNA.
Having support along the way produces better outcomes. In fact, research shows that participation in bariatric or weight loss support groups results in 12% more weight loss on average! In addition, weight loss surgery patients who actively participate in support groups have roughly a 10% lower body mass index than patients who do not.
Find a buddy to exercise with or create your own group. Knowing you have others who depend on you will help you to get past those times when you won’t quite feel up to exercising. It also makes the journey more enjoyable!
Record Your Progress
Track your feelings and record your progress. It allows you to tap into yourself daily, which causes you to focus more on your goals. It’s like having a daily planning meeting with yourself. Don’t forget to photograph yourself frequently because your body will change rapidly.