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Staying Mentally Fit After Having Weight Loss Surgery |

Staying Mentally Fit After Having Weight Loss Surgery

weight-loss After having weight loss surgery it comes with so much overwhelming changes that it can start to make you depressed as I have found out. Some of those changes include learning to get enough protein in, all the vitamins and medications you have to deal with on a daily basis and getting enough fluids in on a daily basis. Sometimes when we get all of this info right after surgery the one thing we neglect is our mental health which is just as important.

After surgery I was on a high, losing weight fast and feeling awesome but before long I developed complications and depression started to set in. After doing my research I realized that this happens to alot of people after weight loss surgery and I for one was not going to let depression overtake my life again. Another thing to always keep in the forfront of your mind is that you need to be mindful that you are not starting a transfer addiction to something else. As anyone who is obese knows that we are addicts to food and when we don’t deal with why we have this issue in the first place and we can no longer eat like we use to, we tend to take those addictions and transfer them onto a new addiction such as a sex, gambling, shopping, alcohol, drugs etc. So I thought I would share some tips that I have read or used in my own personal life that might help you on your journey of staying mentally healthy during this new journey in life.

  • Attend support group meetings for WLS this is a MUST and a life saver in my life! I attend TWO support group meetings they are both through my surgeons office one is a nutritional support group that meets twice a month and the other is a emotional support that meets weekly I have met the best people NON judgmental friends in here! I honestly call them my family without them this journey would not of been possible.
  • If you cannot attend support group meetings there are TONS of great Facebook support groups that I also belong to and I will post the links to them below these are awesome as well you get great advice and info from people whom are in your shoes.
  • Take time to start new hobbies, remember you are a new person and it is a FUN time to start up new hobbies to keep yourself busy and also to be able to do things you were not able to do before. Things like reading a good book, walking, hiking, crafting, scrapbooking, etc.
  • Be sure to include physical exercise weekly it is a proven fact that being active and working out or walking will help you not only feel better and look better but also helps to elevate stress in your life.
  • Eat healthy and take your vitamins you have to take care of yourself first and formost so that depression doesn’t have a fighting chance
  • Set new goals for yourself, you are a whole new person challenge yourself to try new things like for me I tried my first 5K in March and I am now hooked and plan on trying a 10K in the spring.
  • Try finding new and fun bariactric friendly recipes for those foods you miss or crave so that you are still having them but in healthier format.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest! this is so important and one I still struggle with lol My problem is I have so much energy now that I find it hard to always rest properly.
  • Try not to focus on the OLD you but instead focus on the NEW you and the strides you have made since WLS. You cannot change the past but only GROW and LEARN from it and develop compassion for those that have not found that road to WLS yet.
  • And most important if you are still dealing with depression before it overtakes your life reach out and ASK FOR HELP. When I was having problems eating solid foods and getting depressed that is exactly what I did I reached out to my support group friends, and my Dr and I got it fixed. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help!

Facebook Support Groups to Join:

Bariactric Singles

Gastric Bypass

Life After WLS 2014

Bariatric Surgery Support

Bariactric Recipes and More

Gastric Bypass Support and More

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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!

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