Just like that another year has passed! I never imagined…
One of the main reasons I started this blog was because while there’s heaps of information online about how to get through the pre-op and immediately post-op stages of gastric bypass or bariatric surgery there’s not much info out there in terms of long-term maintenance strategies. It’s quite a nice coincidence that the launch of my blog coincides with one of my first maintenance milestones.
It’s now been six months since I first hit my goal weight! I have successfully maintained my goal weight and, in actual fact, stayed underneath it for a whole six months and I’m so pleased and proud of myself. In the lead up to surgery and in the initial stages after my whole focus was on my goal weight and the magic number I had set for myself. In the picture related to this post I’m wearing the outfit I bought as a mini celebration when I met my goal weight on the left and again the same outfit a few days ago, six months later!
Reaching my goal weight was amazing and I could not believe I had met the goal that at times, especially before surgery, seemed like such an unattainable dream. One thing I’ve now realised is that reaching that goal doesn’t end the hard work related to surgery it has just changed my focus.
It is a totally different and really weird feeling because now my focus is not at all on losing weight. I’m actually happy with my weight for the first time EVER in my life. I actually never imagined I would get to this point. My new mission in life and the new path I have started down is trying to maintain this happy point I have reached. I had even mentally prepared myself for the huge possibility that I wouldn’t reach my goal weight in case my body found its happy place before I reached my initial goal weight.
I chose gastric bypass surgery as a life long weight management solution and I’m determined to use this tool as best I can and maximise the benefits. I see now how naïve it was before surgery to only have my goal weight in mind and see that as the point of completion. I will never be ‘done’ looking after myself and actually, that’s pretty cool.
I have made a few discoveries in these six months about how I can maintain my weight and carry on down this path of lifestyle changes to make it a permanent life long solution and that’s what I want to share here. My challenge for the next six months is to see how I continue to maintain and I’m excited to see what I learn and figure out over the next six months.
In realising that this ‘self care’ approach is forever I’ve realised that I will always need to be mindful and purposeful of what I put in my body and the exercise and activity my body needs to stay healthy and strong. I’m figuring this out as I go but I think its going to be an always evolving thing that will change over time.
Do you have any great strategies to keep healthy and maintain your happy place? Let me know below because I’m interested to see if I can learn anything from you guys too!