Melissa Bailey Arizpe, Psy.D.

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Find a WLS Partner

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

One of the reasons that weight loss programs like Weight Watchers, Lindora, and Jenny Craig work while you are in the program is that you are help accountable by someone else. Each of these programs require that you check in at least weekly or some even daily. It goes without saying that if we are held responsible to someone else for our actions then the more likely we are to stay on track. If we have to check in with a boss, finish an assignment for a teacher, or make a deadline at work, then we are more likely going to follow through with the task.

The same thing goes for your success with weight loss surgery. Hold yourself accountable to someone else. You can do this in a number of ways. You can find a support group to attend. There are a number of support groups that you can find on the internet close to you. Many times you can go to a support group at a facility even though you didn’t have surgery there. Getting involved with a group allows you to get back on track and stay focused on your goals for the week. Even if you just go and not talk (although I do encourage participation!)

Another way to get support is simply with your doctor’s office. Particularly those of you who have had the lap band. Schedule regular follow-up appointments even if you are not going to get a fill. If you had the gastric bypass or the gastric sleeve, schedule appointments and regular follow-ups to have your blood drawn to make sure that you are getting all of the nutrients that you need. This is a good check-in point for you. Schedule the appointments several months ahead of time so they are on your calendar.

Get a virtual buddy. There are a lot of people who have had the surgery that have access to email, texts, twitter or other social media outlets. Find someone you connected with and email that person on a regular basis to go over how you are doing with the diet and exercise plan. Make a deal with a fellow weight loss surgery patient that the two of you or more are going to be each others’ “surgery buddy.” If you are having trouble finding someone who fits the bill for this, you can ask your surgeon’s office to hook you up with someone.

Utilize some of the websites like and others to get information or post your own information. Make one of those websites your home page on your browser. That way every time you get online you are reminded about sticking to your program.

Get your family involved. Ok. So this one might be hard especially if your family was less than helpful during the initial surgery process. However, you can be the catalyst to get your family moving in the right healthy direction. Get your kids moving with you by taking walks. Make healthier meals. Educate your family on nutrition content.

There are so many ways that you can get involved in the weight loss surgery community and find someone to help you through this process. Again, studies show that if people use support during their weight loss they are going to be more successful. This is one of the reasons why this question is asked during the psychological pre-operative evaluation. Use the resources that your surgeon’s office offers. Use the web. Get to a support group. I think you will find that every little bit helps!