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Saturday, June 25, 2005

After Surgery: What’s Your Incentive?

We have several brand-new post-ops visiting this site regularly. A few of them have written to ask, “How do you deal with the loss of food?

Do you remember the first few weeks out of surgery when all you could eat was Jell-O or protein shakes or broth or whatever your center recommended that was bland? During the post-op healing phase most of us didn’t feel well enough to do anything and so it was easy to focus on the foods we loved but were now divorced from.

How did you distract your thoughts from food? Here are a few suggestions, why not add a few of your own strategies and let’s help our “Newbies” get past this stage!

  • Read fashion magazines and daydream about your new body in the season’s latest fashions.
  • Practice accepting compliments graciously so you are ready when the cheers start coming your way.
  • Read a book about nutrition so you are well informed and ready to take care of your new body.
  • Visit gyms in your area, meet trainers and consider how you are going to exercise the minute you get released.
  • Read the LivingAfterWLS websites for information & inspiration. (Ok, so I had to plug my own site – SMILING!)
  • Network with other WLS people and share your common experience.
  • Begin a journal of your weight loss experience. Be sure to include statistics like weight, BMI and measurements.
  • Begin your walking program – most patients are instructed to start walking the day after surgery.
  • Enjoy yourself! This bland phase of eating is the start of your brand new life.

Add your suggestions by clicking the comments link! Thanks, Kaye.


Anonymous said...

Definitely go to support group meetings, and find another outlet for stress besides food. The food goes away, when it used to be a coping mechanism. The need to cope still renians, so really work at finding something else that brings you comfort. It may be a long walk or a hot shower or talking to a friend. Keep trying and recognize that it's normal to grieve for the loss of your coping mechanism.

Kaye Bailey said...

Wonderful suggestion. Thanks.