Going That Extra Mile for Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

by sandi on July 26, 2017

Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery“At 211 degrees water is hot.  At 212 degrees it boils.  And with boiling water comes steam, and with steam you can power a train.” Sam Parker

Putting forth that extra effort, being persistent in the continual application of “steam” (extra effort) to whatever we undertake will get us extraordinary results.  Extraordinary results begin with one small change.

These words have empowered me through life in so many areas, including successful dieting to lose 100 pounds multiple times throughout the years, yet when it came to life after losing the 100 pounds I could not continue powering that change.

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryThen came weight loss surgery.  It not only took the “water” right up to 211 degrees, it kept it simmering there.  All I had to add was the consistent effort to raise that water to 212 degrees to start the water boiling and keep that train going.

All right- enough metaphors for one day.

How can we apply this extra effort to move our journey to a healthy life after weight loss surgery?

Here are just a few of the ways I have chosen that have worked for me:

  • Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryStart every meal with protein and keep it as the cornerstone of the meal
  • Include fresh, low carbohydrate vegetables at each meal
  • Put only on my plate what I know is the right amount of food- weighed and measured whenever possible – no seconds- there will always be a next meal
  • Eat ONLY delicious food and ONLY when I am hungry
  • Find and keep a realistic calorie and protein goal for daily living
  • Plan and prepare my meals in advance
  • Drink 80 ounces of water a day
  • Exercise at least 210 minutes per week – that is only 30 minutes per day (I have 345 minutes scheduled)
  • When working out push for a little bit more than what is comfortable every time.
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take my vitamins and supplements consistently

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryThese are some of the habits I have developed after surgery.  These choices, which I have made daily for over 13 years now have helped me achieve and maintain “results not typical”- a weight loss of over 250 pounds with a lab band.  My doctor continues to share my story at his informational seminars, so I guess I must be doing something right.

I am not telling you this to brag.  Yes, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish.  What I do know is that YOU TOO have it in you to accomplish all of this.  What it takes is putting in that extra effort- that same effort that you put in to make sure you have everyone else’s birthdays acknowledged; that same effort you use to take care of your children or your aging parents or ill spouses or relatives; that same effort that you use to excel and get promoted at work. 

Yes, you already know how to access your power and many of you already power that train with your own steam when it comes to everything except your own health.  Put yourself on the top of that effort list.

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryWhat might happen if you used that power, that energy, that extra bit of effort to further your own health and wellness?  I challenge you today to find one area, just one where you could put in some extra effort and win.  Who’s with me?  Share your thoughts.

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