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Find Your Inspiration and Focus on It

Michael H. Wood Weight Loss InspirationThis time of year, it can be difficult to stay focused on losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. We can lose sight of our weight loss inspiration. Some of us may have gained a few pounds during the holidays. In winter, we tend to stay indoors. If you’re at home, it’s easy to be distracted by a favorite TV program or thoughts about the next meal or snack.  Inactivity can result in boredom, which can make decisions leading to an unhealthy lifestyle more probable.

So winter is a good time to look inside ourselves and find our own personal weight loss inspiration to help us lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. If you really think about it, each of us may have our own reasons for seeking to lose weight. Maybe you have a friend who lost weight and challenged you to do the same. Maybe you know of someone who developed a weight-related disease like heart failure, high-blood pressure or diabetes. Sometimes our children and grandchildren provide the greatest weight loss inspiration; we want to be able to get down on the floor and play with them. Maybe you recently looked through your old yearbook and saw a picture of the high school athlete you used to be.

Weight loss inspiration can be fleeting. Fortunately, there are many ways to capture those feelings of inspiration and use them as tools to help you lose weight and maintain your weight. If a particular sports figure inspires you, why not tape a picture of him or her to your bathroom mirror? If your grandchildren inspire you to lose weight, put a photo of them or a note from them on your refrigerator door. Write a pledge to yourself during a moment of inspiration and make a habit of reading it aloud every day. The morning shower is a good time, for me at least, for a daily personal reflection on what I need to accomplish and goals that I need to set.

It can also be very useful to find another person who will help you stay accountable to your goals and remind you of your weight loss inspiration. Your weight loss accountability partner may be a friend, a co-worker or a spouse. Or you may want to join a support group. We host a monthly support group for people who’ve had bariatric surgery or are considering it.  This can be an important part of your journey to a healthy life.

If you’ve had a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, Lap-Band or another form of weight loss surgery, this publication is designed for you. Maybe you are just considering surgery. Or perhaps you are interested in non-surgical weight loss. We are here to help you achieve your goals. If you’d like to see us address specific topics in future issues, please visit our contact us page. You may also contact us at 1-877-DMC-W8W8 if you have additional questions about finding your weight loss inspiration.

Yours in good health,

Michael H. Wood, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Medical Director, Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute 
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University

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