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Managing Time for Weight Loss

Managing Time after Gastric Band Surgery in Ft. Myers

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” –John De Paola

When was the last time you excused yourself from something important because you were “too busy?” If you are like most people, you can think of an occasion within the past week when this happened. Busyness is more than a packed schedule; it can be a debilitating mindset. If we aren’t busy, we may feel like we aren’t doing enough. Saying you are too busy for something reasserts your priorities, making it clear that you have way too much going on in your life to fit in whatever was just asked of you.

The problem is that all too often the things getting pushed off in the name of busyness are the very tasks that we should be prioritizing.

After weight loss surgery, do your best not to let healthy habits fall by the wayside as a result of busyness. Once you have sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band surgery, you have to maintain your commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

This means finding time for a number of things like:

  • Planning healthy meals for you and your family
  • Exercising every day
  • Getting eight hours of sleep every night
  • Managing stress levels to keep a good attitude for weight loss

Fitting these healthy habits into your lifestyle takes work. Instead of throwing these new commitments on top of your existing schedule, try taking a step back and evaluating what takes up the most time in your life right now. Ultimately, the things you commit the most time to every day should be the biggest priorities in your life.

Here are a few time management tips to help you add healthy habits to your lifestyle without succumbing to busyness:

  • Create time slots. Don’t just write a list—allocate specific periods of time to get tasks done. This will help you stay on track of your responsibilities and ensure that you use every moment efficiently.
  • Schedule in “you” time. Time to relax, work out and unwind should be penciled in on your calendar. Because these habits will help prevent fatigue and mental burnout, they should remain priorities.
  • Delegate tasks. As you look at all that needs to be done, ask yourself what needs to be done by you. Consider asking for help where you need it.
  • Learn how to say “no.” Don’t take on any extra tasks that you don’t need. Doing favors is a kind gesture, but if you really don’t have time to do one without it affecting your weight loss habits, then say no.

There are all sorts of convenient tools available to you to help you manage your time. Download a calendar or to-do list app on your smartphone or tablet and let it keep track of what you have to do. Keep a notebook on your desk at workout or in your car to jot down reminders as they cross your mind. Strategies like these can help you stay organized as you continue on your weight loss journey.


Simplify Your Cooking Process after Bariatric Surgery

Simplify Cooking to Stick with your Bariatric Surgeon’s GuidelinesIf preparing a home-cooked meal seems like a monumental task, it may be time to take another look at the way you cook your food. To follow the diet your bariatric surgeon has recommended, it will be important to make your own meals at home, but this doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time and energy in the kitchen. By finding a few ways to make cooking more efficient, you can give your body healthy meals and still have time left over for the other important things in life.

Start with a Plan

If you arrive home each evening without any idea of what you’ll cook for dinner, you may spend 30 minutes looking for the right recipe. Then, more time may be lost doing the dishes from last night, hitting the supermarket for the ingredients you need and finding all the tools and utensils you’ll use to make the meal. Before you know it, two hours have passed, and you haven’t even turned on the stove.

It’s much easier to go into every meal with a plan and a clean, organized space to work in. Make a habit of sitting down one night each week to plan out your meals for the days ahead, then going to the grocery store for every ingredient you’ll need. Do the dishes before they start piling up and always keep your kitchen tidy—it will take a few minutes now, but can save you hours in the long run.

Finish with a Bang

Now that all your ducks are in a row, it’s time to put your plan into action. Healthy meals will be much easier to accomplish with strategies like:

  • Saving big batches. Though you’ll be eating smaller portions after bariatric surgery, this doesn’t mean you have to make small meals. Cook more than you need and freeze the rest for an easy meal on a day when you have less time.
  • Trying new technology. Many appliances can make cooking significantly simpler. To thaw and boil in a jiffy, try using your microwave. To slow-cook a meal for hours without any input, get a crock pot. To make perfect rice at the push of a button, pick up a rice cooker.
  • Using convenient ingredients. We sometimes spend more time cutting up ingredients than we do cooking them. If you have extra time in the morning, you can prep your ingredients ahead of time—this way, they’ll be ready to go straight in the pan when you get home. Frozen and canned vegetables can also make things easier, but you’ll need to make sure that these don’t have any added ingredients that make them bad choices for your diet.

Sticking to your bariatric surgeon’s dietary recommendations doesn’t have to be a hassle. Use tips like these to expedite the cooking process and eat healthy meals every night without spending all night in front of the stove.