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Finding weight-loss motivation

December 15, 2020

Are you looking to reignite your motivation for weight-loss? Losing weight can be a long, incredibly difficult process. You may be struggling to keep going, and you may even be questioning your goals in the first place. If you are feeling doubtful about your goals or the process, check out our tips to help you find your weight-loss motivation again.

Make a list

Now might be the best time to make a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight to remind yourself why you started this process in the first place. Be sure you physically write down your reasons, rather than brainstorming in your head. Writing them down will make them more real. Try to focus on health reasons—rather than physical appearance—such as: to prevent diseases, to feel better physically, or to go off blood pressure medications.

Write a letter

Do you remember being a child in school and writing a letter to your future self? Why not take this same principle and apply it to your weight-loss goals? Write a letter to yourself one year (or more) into the future that includes all of the goals you have for yourself. Write about how you feel now versus how you hope to feel one year from now. Making goals for the future—and writing them down—gives you something concrete to work toward. You’ll be able to see all the progress you’ve made by opening the letter a year from now.

Enjoy the process

Far too often, individuals only make weight-loss goals that focus on the outcome, not the process itself. You may feel overwhelmed about a high weight-loss goal, so try focusing on process goals instead. Focus on learning to enjoy the process and increasing your ability. For instance, you may choose to focus on the increase in how much weight you can lift, how long you can run, how many push-ups you can do, or how flexible you become. Don’t forget to celebrate these successes! You may want to begin a food and activity journal to keep track of your accomplishments.

Find the right plan

It is going to be incredibly difficult and discouraging attempting to adjust to a routine that simply does not fit your lifestyle. Instead of making a weight-loss plan that makes it near-impossible for you to succeed, make a plan that accommodates your lifestyle. If you work very early in the morning, don’t make yourself get up at 3AM for a workout. Instead, incorporate a visit to the gym after your shift. If you are severely restricting your food intake, consider that dieting is limiting and can cause people to fail. Instead, focus on the healthy foods you do love.

If you need a little extra motivation, consider reaching out and finding a support system. A group of people on a similar journey can really keep you motivated!

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The Lap-Band System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

The Lap-Band System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Placement of the Lap-Band System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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