Recently we hosted an UNJURY Cares Support Group Meeting called, “A Day in the Life of a Successful Bariatric Patient.”
Through 4 interviews and written testimonials, we discovered that patients who feel successful and have a stable, healthy weight, have several things in common.
Here’s what we learned…
- They have a basic daily routine
- They’ve figured out how to get exercise or regular activity into their day
- They focus on protein with meals and still use protein shakes even in maintenance
- They practice self-care (prayer, journaling, therapy, nature)
- They drink water throughout the day
Here is a testimonial letter that was shared with us for our meeting.
Hi I’m Aliscia,
I had bypass in 2016. It took me about 11 mons to lose 95 pound, so I hit my weight in 2017. I added a few pounds during the beginning of covid, but maintaining ok since then.
Here is what I do:
First thing, I walk. I do this before I even have coffee. I take a water bottle with me and do a mile in 20 minutes. When I get home I make a shake, then drink coffee with milk on the way to work. The rest of the day I sit at a desk, it’s busy and I am usually too tired to exercise in the evening.
I have my vitamins at work because they upset my stomach early in the morning. I pack my lunch for work - frozen meal (Lean Cuisine or similar) or a salad from Publix. If I have a snack at work, I do the 100 calorie nut packs – Almonds On the Go or Keto Crackers with hummus, or sometimes a piece of fruit.
My husband makes dinner, not always bariatric friendly, so I have small plates. He always cooks meat though, he’s a meat guy, so I mostly eat that part.
I go to bed early because if I stay up I usually want to eat another snack. Sometimes I will take bites of a chocolate peanut butter bar and then go to bed. Snacking at night is my habit I am not hungry.
My other big thing is therapy. I started going before surgery. It has been so helpful for how I see myself. I always saw a person who couldn’t do things, now I know that’s not me anymore.
If you want to feel as successful as Aliscia and our other guests, remember to focus on these 5 things: routine, exercise, protein, self-care, and water intake.