"2024 written in fruit and vegetable slices"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.     




Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
By Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
Janet Klein, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE is Garnet Health Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program Director. 

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the State University at Oneonta and her Master of Science in Education from Queens College University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, holds an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults and is a member of the Integrated Health group of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

She brings more than 35 years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Garnet Health Medical Center, where she spearheaded the Bariatric Surgery Program in 2008, received Accreditation for the program through the ASMBS in 2011, re-accredited the program through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) in 2014, 2017, currently and continues to lead the program with passion.

Janet can be reached at 845-333-2123 or

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