Tools for Lasting Change

Is obesity controlling your life and affecting those closet to you? Is your size negatively impacting your relationships, ability to hold down a job, interact with family and friends, and taking its toll on your health in general? If so, are you ready to make changes, changes that will bear fruit and allow you to live your life to the fullest? Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute has had the privilege of assisting the residents of Brevard County, FL and beyond in losing weight permanently. Under the helm of Dr. Velarde, our patients have had success after bariatric surgery. We can help you too! Choosing to adopt a healthier lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the ones you love. If you want to transform your life but are unsure of where to start, keep on reading. We have some valuable tips for you.

Harvard Health Publications has some great strategies on how to make healthy lasting personal changes. The key here is a healthy change. The everyday choices you make regarding your health add up to long-term effects. If you want to lose weight, reduce your risk for obesity related complications, and enjoy life to the fullest, you have to make decisions day in and day out to help you achieve that outcome. Change is never easy. It takes time and a commitment to do things differently. This is the first step you must take when making a transition: Decide. Decide that you are going to do life differently.

Once your decision is made, choose a goal that is meaningful to you. Pick something that is weighing on your presently. Perhaps it is to include a walk each day. Maybe your goal right now is to avoid deserts after meal times or contact medical professionals. Whatever you choose, make sure it holds value to you right now and is something you can accomplish.

Commitment is the next step in change. Once you know your goal, commit to taking the steps necessary to accomplish this. Begin by being honest with yourself. Decide why it is you want to commit and write these things down. There is power in the written word. Talk to those around you and let them know about your commitment. Choosing to tackle obesity head on can be scary. However, now that you are committed to living life to the fullest, there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

Now that you have committed to changing your lifestyle, surround yourself with positive influences. It is important to find support. The Obesity Action Coalition notes that surrounding yourself with others can be empowering and encourage you on your weight loss journey. If you cannot find a support group, reach out to people in your circle. Ask for help and accountability.

Congratulations on your commitment to improving your health. Know that you do not have to walk this road alone. Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute has the tools and resources to help you succeed. Contact us today with any questions you may have.