Once a month or so I make the trek to The Big City to accommodate our downtown area patients. This means the country mouse actually has to put some thought into her attire and wear her ‘big girl shoes’…ugh. As I was standing on the train platform this morning, sweltering in the heat in my long-sleeved sweater and pants, I thought to check the weather forecast…I mean its mid-September why is it so freaking hot ??!! 34 degrees today. Unbelievable. Yesterday it was 19. As sweat trickled down my back and my bone straight hair actually started to frizz I realized I should have been a bit more prepared and perhaps checked the weather last night.
This thought set my mind to wandering as I waited for the train and I recalled how I blasted my son last Friday. I was in the middle of creating a meringue masterpiece for a dinner party and I got a panicked call that he needed his football cleats IMMEDIATELY for his big game. Now all you bakers out there know that 1. you can’t bake a meringue on a humid day, and 2. you can’t leave one 1/2 whipped!!! “WHY WASN’T HE MORE PREPARED?!?!” I screamed (no not silently the way the good mothers do, into the phone). Then I remembered the trip I made to the school on Monday to deliver my other son a lock for his gym locker. “You are going to have to think ahead and be more prepared if you want to succeed in high school let alone life!!!” Yes a bit dramatic perhaps but honestly…what does he think I do all day?? Finally it’s my daughter who is going to university in the states. We skyped the other night…“I have NOOOO money”!! (school has been in session 10 days..what the h#@* is she doing over there…and “why aren’t you more prepared”??) Turns out she forgot to pick up her last cheque from her summer job…who does that?! Were they all raised by wolves? (wait a minute…) How are they ever going to be successful and succeed if they aren’t prepared???
So what I’m getting at is this: to be successful we need to be prepared. Yes we all have little slip ups that throw a monkey wrench into our days, but with the bigger things in life, we really do need to think ahead. We need to set goals and then think of a plan. Write that plan down. “A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”. A very cool friend sent that to me and I’ve put it in my phone as a reminder. Not only that but anything worth having usually requires some effort on our part doesn’t it?
A patient came in today, I will call her Nichelle (because that’s her name and she said I could talk about her :)). Nichelle is incredible. She had her surgery in September 2009 weighing in at 299.8 lbs. She has always been a committed patient, coming regularly for follow-up visits. She desperately wanted this weight loss thing to work, yet despite our education and encouragement for nearly 4 years Nichelle couldn’t break the 280 mark. Until February 2013 when something in Nichelle seemed to ‘click’. She said that all of a sudden she realized that she had to make some serious changes to her lifestyle if she wanted to get the weight off and get healthy…no one else could do this for her. All of our education and support was great but she had to take responsibility for her life and her actions and BE PREPARED. So she made a plan. She set goals. She prepared daily. Today she said she never goes out of the house without thinking about what she is going to feed her body. She feels one of the key factors to succeeding in weight loss is preparation.
Let me ask you a question: How many people out there, banded or not, can drive through a drive through at 5:30 pm, starving because you haven’t eaten in 5 hours, and order a yogurt with limp berries?? You’d need to have super powers!!! Not so however if you were prepared and had enjoyed a healthy protein/fiber snack at that four-hour mark or had a dozen or so raw almonds and a cheese string handy. Being prepared, having a healthy snack in your briefcase, at your desk, in the fridge, can prevent you from giving into those cravings and help to keep you on track. PLAN your meals and snacks. MAKE A SHOPPING LIST and shop when you are not hungry. AVOID the junk aisle. PREPARE for the week.
Today Nichelle is down to 232 and just going down, down, down. She is radiant. Her skin is glowing and she walks with confidence. She just got back from ziplining (200 feet up in the rainforest!!) in Costa Rica. Went ATV’ing through the jungle!! Would she have done that a year ago I asked her? Not a chance!! And although she veered off her regular routine and sampled and enjoyed the delicacies of the resort, she still came back having lost 5 lbs. Why? Because she has GOALS. She has a PLAN. And she is PREPARED. Exercise has become a part of her daily routine. Yes there are days when she doesn’t feel like climbing those stairs on her lunch hour but she plugs in her music and does it because the rewards are priceless…health, wellness, longevity, happiness…all the things that go hand in hand with loving yourself and feeling good.
Now, if you haven’t already done this I encourage you to go grab a pen and 3 pieces of paper. On the first piece of paper write down : Top 3 Reasons I Had Lapband Surgery. On the second write : Top 3 Goals I Want to Achieve (and don’t write down a weight…write down REAL reasons…reasons that will change your life) and on the third piece of paper start writing a plan.
If you want something badly enough you can get it…but you have to put some effort in. YOU have to want it for yourself more than ANYONE else does. Remember to plan ahead and be prepared. A Goal Without a Plan is just a Wish. You KNOW you can do this!!!
Yours in Health and Wellness,