Get Ready for Weight Loss in 2013

It’s the new year and you are looking for ways to get inspired so you can jumpstart your weight loss (or stay on track) in 2013.

First of all, go to our Facebook page and “Like” us. If you’re on Twitter, follow us there too. We publish all kinds of tips, inspirational quotes, recipes and ideas for our followers. Plus, we’re a community of people who have either undergone or are getting ready to undergo weight loss surgery. Our community knows what you’re going through and is a great place to get support and ideas from your peers.

The new year is a great time to reflect on your previous goals revive, renew and revise them. Here’s a checklist we put together to help you get started down the right path this year, stay on track and stay positive.

1. Breathe and reflect on your goal.
Do you want to lose 20 pounds? 30 pounds? 5 pounds? It’s harder to be comfortable with your goal if you’re anxious or have something on your mind other than what you want to accomplish. Try to be comfortable both physically and emotionally with your goal before moving on to the next step

2. Write it down.
When you write down your goal, it solidifies it in your mind and will help you your body understand that you mean business. Put your goal somewhere you can see it and read it at least once a day.

3. Be gentle with yourself.
It’s easy to be hard on yourself when you fall short of following your plan of action verbatim. You can avoid this by imagining you are talking to your inner self as a small child. Be gentle, firm and most of all, smile.

4. Become inspired.
Look around you. There’s plenty of ideas and activities to inspire you! Maybe you want to lose weight so you can play with your son. Maybe your reason is that you want to travel to Europe comfortably. Or maybe you just want to be able to garden again. If you can’t get outside yet, go online and explore Pinterest.com or visit our Facebook. We post plenty of inspirational quotes and photos to help keep you motivated and inspired throughout the year.

5. Set attainable goals.
Work with your physician to set achievable goals. Set short-term and long-term goals with measurable outcomes.

6. Don’t quit!
Make sure you attend your bariatric support group meetings and look to your family and friends for support. We’re with you every step of the way.

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