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Monday, August 20, 2007

Let's Get Physical!

Happy Monday Neighbors! It's a new day, a new week and another new chance to reclaim your best weight loss surgery living. How did you do over the weekend? I have heard from many of you doing the 5 Day Pouch Test and it sounds like things out in LivingAfterWLS Land are going well. Now, some of you have mentioned that Day 2 (the second day of liquids) is difficult. Maybe you feel grumpy or sluggish. If you have been in a carb cycle this is entirely possible as your body re-regulates blood sugar. If you notice symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal you can eat a small piece of melon or an orange. You can also try a dose of Emergen-C which should reduce headache, dizziness or cramping from carbohydrate withdrawal. Stick with me; I know you will like the results from this 5 Day Pouch Test.

Today we are going to talk about getting physical as you face re-entry into a weight loss surgery compliant lifestyle. But I'm not going to talk about gyms, workout routines, rate of perceived exertion or the like. We'll save that for another day. Today it's all about getting physical in life.

The first task is to think about your pre-surgery wish list. Chances are you had a desire to be more physically active (play with the children and/or grandchildren, long walks with the dog; ride horses; go hiking; climb stairs without resting; etc.) and thus improve your quality of life. Well, today is the day that you put on your schedule a LIVING activity that motivated your surgical weight loss solution. Make time to play with the children or the pets, take a walk through the community garden or neighborhood, go swimming, ride a bike, visit a playground and swing as high as you can. There is a chemical euphoria that results when one moves to the rhythm of life.

When you schedule LIVING activity in your busy day it is a gift to yourself that you deserve. Even the simplest activities (walking) produce wonderful results:

--Improved blood circulation and blood oxygenation
--An energy boost when the "feel good" brain chemicals are released
--A relief from stress
--Quality time spent doing an enjoyable and healthy activity
--Confidence in the power and strength of your body
--Improved stamina for your daily activities
--More restful sleep
--The empowering feeling of accomplishment

This is but a short list of the benefits. You, of course, will have your own list of benefits. I challenge you to add a LIVING activity to your schedule every day for five days. Like the pouch test I believe you will be empowered and excited as you take control of your health, your wellness, your happiness and your weight loss surgery solution.

Keep up the good work - we are all in this together! Be part of the empowered movement at LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood - Your online place to connect!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Whenever I don't feel like working out I just do the math: When I work out I feel good. When I don't work out I feel crappy.

I ALWAYS make it to the gym 6 days a week even if I'm not in the mood.

Desire wins.

I WANT to be well.