How to Get through Tough DaysOne of the hardest parts of a weight loss surgery journey is the mental toll it takes on you. There are so many changes that happen with both your body and mind, and it can be hard to keep up.
Fun Summer Activities to do on your Weight Loss JourneyIt is officially summertime! Whether you are traveling with friends and family or hanging out by the pool, it is time to take a break and focus on you. When you are on a weight loss surgery journey, it can be difficult to find activities that do not involve food. During the summer, there are a lot of cookouts and get togethers that can bring stress for someone on a weight loss journey. However, just because you can’t eat a lot of food doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are some ideas for fun during the summer while you are on a weight loss surgery journey.
5 things I wish I knew before having weight loss surgeryAs a bariatric patient, there is so much information that you are exposed to prior to surgery. Between talking with your surgeon, hearing stories from other people, and doing your own research, you are more than likely learning a lot about bariatric surgery. However, there are certain things that people tend to leave out when they are talking about weight loss surgery. So, here are 5 things I wish I knew before I had weight loss surgery.
Bariatric Surgery Patients, “How I Keep the Weight Off!”So you had the bariatric surgery. And you attended counseling and support groups. You read all the books and bariatric blogs, too. In fact, there’s nothing more you need to know, right?
Importance of VitaminsAfter weight loss surgery, one of the most important things to remember is to take your vitamins. It can be annoying to take so many supplements, but it is critical that you start a good regimen.
At Home WorkoutsAfter weight loss surgery, one of the most important things you should do is get moving! You might have to start small, but you have to start somewhere. Exercise must be a critical piece of your new life after bariatric surgery.
Fertility after Weight Loss SurgeryWeight loss surgery brings many positive changes and it is so amazing to see the benefits of having the procedure. One of the most exciting things after surgery is that fertility can go up for women of childbearing age.
DIY Sports Drink and Why Electrolytes are ImportantSports drink popularity is due to their easily digestible carbohydrates for fuel and electrolytes for hydration during or after a workout. But are you aware of the vital importance of electrolytes after bariatric surgery?
How To Stop Stress EatingAfter weight loss surgery, you will more than likely still suffer with wanting to stress eat. The surgery is a tool and not a fix all. As much as I wish it did, the surgery does not take away our unhealthy way of looking at food.
Free Resources Help You Stay Healthy During the Crisis
Stuck inside? The coronavirus brings challenges for us all, from social isolation to eating healthy and staying active to getting a good night’s sleep. Boredom and stress set in. This puts us at high-risk for returning to our comfort zones. These are our old bad habits that we use to self-soothe, things like alcohol, smoking, or overeating. For me it’s eating high carb, sugar-laden comfort foods while binge watching TV all-night. DON’T EVEN GO THERE. Because this IS the slippery slope that will end in weight regain. Trust me, because I have been through it. Instead, make the best of a bad situation. By using these free healthy resources you’ll stay focused on positive activities and distance yourself from negative ones.
Free Books and Music
Internet Archive is a non-profit borrowable library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Visit the Internet Archive anytime — they’re open 24/7!
Free Workouts at Home
Livestrong is an online publisher of health and lifestyle information. They’re offering a terrific 8-week workout calendar and 10 free exercise videos to keep you stronger at home. Join the Stronger Challenge and start your workout right now!
Mayo Clinic has an article offering a few cool ideas for stair workouts. Check out their 7 quick stair exercises to do at home.
Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat.
Planet Fitness is offering "Home Work-Ins" streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.
Free Online Classes
The Mighty is an online health community of people with chronic illness who seek to live a healthy lifestyle. During the coronavirus, The Mighty offers a series of online events designed to put the “social in social distancing.” View the schedule of writing workshops, fun events for kids, interactive Facebook Lives, and more.
Class Central, an online course aggregator, compiled a list of more than 400 classes that free from ivy leagues like Columbia University, Princeton University, Yale, and University of Pennsylvania.
Free Theater at Home
The Met is streaming for free encore presentations of its Live in HD series. A different performance will be made available for a period of 20 hours a day beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET until 3:30 p.m. the following day.
Playbill compiled a list of 15 offerings it says are some of the best filmed Broadway shows to know about and where to find them — streaming sites such as BroadwayHD (which has a seven-day free trial period), Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, and others.
You can see what other theaters are available to tour here.
Free Guided Mediations
Declutter The Mind lets you relax and learn mindfulness meditation in 30-days. This is a skill that will benefit both body and mind. Get their free app and library for IOS and Android.
Insight Timer is a meditation platform with the world's largest free library of 30,000+ guided meditations by more than 5,000 teachers and musicians. They offer specific meditation for sleep and anxiety, too. Listen online or download the app.
Free Breath Work Video and eBook
Breathology offers a free video and ebook on correct breathing. CORRECT breathing is essential to life. It feeds the body's life-force and is part of our body's detoxification system. CORRECT breathing calms the autonomic nervous system and brings peace and tranquility to mind and body if practiced regularly.
Believe it or not, breathing is something most of us do incorrectly. I learned pranayama (breath work) at the Himalayan Institute. And my exercise physiologist at Nova Southeastern University taught me a breathing routine that, unbeknownst to him, is pranayama technique. I highly recommend breath work to help you remain calm during the stress-filled days ahead.
Now more than ever, I wish you abundant health, happiness, and love.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life