Melissa Bailey Arizpe, Psy.D.

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Mental preparation

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Getting ready for surgery and for the life you are going to have afterwards is all about getting ready mentally. The surgery is really only one step. I always encourage patients to do their homework about the surgery, the surgery center and the surgeon. Also, I encourage you to read books, read testimonials so that you can find out how other people are coping after surgery.  The surgery is really one piece of the puzzle.

Think about how you are going to handle those tough to deal with situations ahead of time.  How are you going to deal with when Aunt Agnes pushes her famous apple pie on you at a family get together.  A lot of people have difficulty with night eating.  How are you going to deal with that?   It is important to have a plan.  I encourage you to even write down strategies and have them handy–maybe on a post-it note near the troublesome area in the kitchen.   Preparation is the best defense against those weak moments that you will undoubtedly have after surgery.

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Another Monday

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Ah Monday. It is the start of a new week. The start of a new day. If you have fallen off your behavior changes, Monday is a great day to get back on the horse and start all over again. It is never to late to have a new beginning.

Tips for the day!.

Make sure that you focus on slowing down your eating and chewing (see past post–The Art of Chewing).

Get plenty of water–don’t drink your calories!

Make sure you follow the rule-protein first, then veggies, then fruit and if you have room–carbs–but most likely if you follow that rule you won’t!

Remember you want to get 60 to 100 grams of protein in a day.

Exercise! You don’t have to sweat it out at the gym. You can start to make small changes by slowly increasing your movement. Park farther away. Go for a walk on your break from work. Do some stretching exercises throughout the day.

Use support! If you are having a tough day, go online, call a friend, call a support person, go to a support group. (Next week I lead a support group at Northridge Hospital on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm in the lower level of the hospital.) Studies indicate that people who use support do much better than those who do not.

Remember the old saying–Today is the first day of the rest of your life! You can make small changes that will have long lasting effects!