New Year, New You!
The New Year is approaching! I know many of us are ready to say goodbye to 2020. With a new year comes new beginnings. If you are struggling to get back on track, use this time to press reset. However, make sure you set attainable resolutions. Sometimes all you need to do is make small changes to make a big impact. Here are a few small changes you can make in the New Year that will have a huge impact on your health.
- Drink more water. Hydration is key when it comes to bariatric surgery. We already struggle with deficiencies, so you don’t want to struggle with dehydration as well. If you struggle with water not having a taste, try adding flavor to it. Keep track of how much you are drinking and aim for at least 48 to 64 ounces a day. I have found that I do not get hungry as often on the days I drink more water. Since we cannot eat and drink at the same time, it can sometimes be challenging to hit your water goals. Find a good water bottle and be consistent. I feel so much better when I am drinking a lot of water, and the scale is happier with me too! By staying hydrated, you do not retain as much water, which means the scale is more likely to move.
- Get moving. It doesn’t matter where you start, just start somewhere. For me personally, walking more has made a huge impact on my life. I choose the stairs now when I can and even though I feel like I am dying sometimes walking up them, that little change is helping me get into better shape. You might not think it is making a difference on your health, but it is.
- Healthy snacks. I am all about balance! I have found that if I completely deprive myself of everything, I lose it and go the complete opposite way. Keeping healthy snacks around can help you stay focused. Protein bars and protein chips are my favorite go to items. If you have never tried Bariatric Food Source’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars, you are missing out!
- Meal prep. This is something I have been doing more of and it is helping me so much. In the past, I would use the fact that I didn’t know what I was going to cook for dinner as an excuse to eat out. Meal prepping and cooking at home has helped me stay on track. I am losing more than I have lost in awhile because I am choosing to eat at home more.
These are all small changes, but they make a huge impact on your overall health and success as a bariatric patient. Remember, the surgery will not do all the work for you. You have to put in effort. However, you do not want to overdo it or you will go the complete opposite direction. Start with baby steps and you will be on the path towards a new, healthier you! Happy New Year!
- Kimberly H.