Embarking on a Healthier Journey: New Year, New Habits
January 1, 2024
Written By: Janet L. Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES
Bariatric Surgery & Obesity Medicine Program Director
As we step into the new year, our bariatric surgery support group and support group blog is here to guide you on a path of positive change. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical strategies for setting realistic resolutions and goals, focusing on incorporating healthier habits into your daily routine.
1. Reflect on Progress
Begin by reflecting on the progress you’ve made since your bariatric surgery. Acknowledge your achievements and use them as a foundation for the goals you set for the upcoming year.
2. Set Realistic Resolutions
Instead of overwhelming yourself with ambitious resolutions, set achievable and realistic goals. Consider factors like your current lifestyle, work commitments, and personal preferences when defining your objectives for the year.
3. Build Healthy Habits
Identify specific habits that align with your health goals. Whether it’s incorporating more vegetables into your meals, increasing physical activity, better sleep patterns or practicing mindful eating or scheduling time for daily meditation, focus on gradual and sustainable changes.
4. Create a Supportive Environment
Surround yourself with a supportive community that understands the challenges and triumphs of the bariatric journey. Share your goals with our support group, and let the collective encouragement fuel your motivation.
5. Planning and Organization
Develop a plan for integrating healthier habits into your daily routine. Create a schedule for meals, workouts, and self-care activities. Planning ahead can help you stay on track and manage potential obstacles.
6. Mindful Eating Practices
Explore the concept of mindful eating, emphasizing the importance of savoring each bite and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. This mindful approach can lead to a healthier relationship with food.
7. Celebrate Small Wins
Recognize and celebrate the small victories along the way. Whether it’s trying a new healthy recipe, completing a workout, or overcoming a challenge, each achievement contributes to your overall success.
As we embrace the new year, let’s focus on cultivating habits that nourish our bodies and minds. By setting realistic resolutions, building healthy habits, and fostering a supportive community, we can make 2024 a year of positive transformation.
Remember, it’s the small changes that lead to lasting success.