Has lost over 100 lbs. since having her gastric sleeve last February!!
Sara states her “ah-ha” moment was “fitting in a restaurant booth without that paralyzing fear of getting stuck, RUNNING, and playing basketball with my children. I feel like having surgery gave me my life back! I’m so much healthier now. BONUS – no more back and knee pain! I finally have the energy to LIVE life again! From the first appointment, I was so impressed with the entire staff! So kind and helpful. Dr. Smith saved my life and I will forever be grateful.”
Thank you Cecilia for all the hard work and dedication you provide to our patients day in and day out!
Weight loss plateaus can be frustrating and disheartening following weight loss surgery. You look at the scale after weeks of eating healthy and exercising regularly, and the number did not budge. While it is so easy to get caught up in the numbers, the scale is not the only sign that you are succeeding in your weight loss efforts. Non-scale victories are the personal achievements that have nothing to do with the scale, but show you how far you have come in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Examples of non-scale victories could include:
There are truly so many small victories worth celebrating in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Take a step back and look at your overall progress. Always remember—weight is just a number!
Learn about the most common bariatric procedure(s) performed in the country and gain knowledge as patients contemplating and post bariatric surgery ask questions.
“Don’t overlook the small victories along the way. Embrace each and every success, such as being comfortable in your own skin, playing with your children or grandchildren, having more energy, and even walking faster while performing your daily tasks. Successes such as these are great motivators that quietly encourage us to become more active and more confident. Allow yourself to shop for the clothes you’ve waited to fit into for so many years and even go for the hairstyle you’ve always wanted to fit your new, slender facial structure. Bask in these moments and never allow anything or anyone to minimize these “small” victories that are so big to many of us.”
~ Lisa Greene, Assistant Director of Bariatrics
Jessi Treadaway BSK
Remember… Good things come to those who work hard!
Lack of Motivation:
Problem: Not enough motivation to want to work out or be consistent with the workout.
– Set easy to reach goals so as to see yourself succeed
– Set monthly or weekly challenges as to bring out the inner competitor
– Work out with someone (friend, family or trainer) for an outside motivator
Not enough time:
Problem: Not being able to “find” time to work out due work, kids, etc.
– Schedule it into your day. This means set aside a time on your schedule so that you will always have that time available.
– It doesn’t have to be an hour. Even just 30 min out of the day can be used for a good workout, such as HIIT, Tabata, Zumba or even just walking or riding a bike.
– Remember, anything is better than nothing.
Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
Bell peppers come in a variety of colors – red, orange, yellow, green, and many others we do not typically see in our local supermarket. Each bell pepper color has its own taste profile, for example red, orange, and yellow varieties have a fruit-like taste and are much sweeter than the green bell pepper. Bell peppers are not spicy like other peppers, because the amount of capsaicin (it gives peppers the spicy taste) is very low. So don’t let the word “pepper” scare you away from giving it a try!
These delicious peppers are great eaten raw or cooked and provide high amounts of vitamin C. A cup of bell pepper has more vitamin C than TWO oranges! So next time you’re in search for a “pick me up” to fight the common cold, try crunching on a bell pepper. When choosing bell peppers, look for fresh green stems, no blemishes or spots, and a firm texture. Happy eating!
Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
6 – bell peppers (multiple colors)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1/2 c. diced onion
1 – 12 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 – small can tomato sauce