Our discussion was free-flowing, and we covered many topics related to the psychology of behavior change, addiction, and persistence. To me the most memorable part of the night was our discussion about gratitude.
Let’s be honest, maintaining weight loss can get a bit tiresome and may even seem a little boring. Developing health routines and saying “no” to foods that most people say “yes” to can lose its appeal over time. It’s easy to forget how bad you used to feel , the compliments eventually come to a halt, and it’s easy to drift back to old behavior.
Over the next few months I will be presenting at weight management support groups throughout Indiana. In these meetings, I will share concepts contained in my recently published book, A Size That Fits. My goal is to encourage people who feel stuck or discouraged. For those who are currently riding the train of success, I hope these groups will propel them towards a sustainable long-term commitment to their health.
Although I will mostly present at St. Vincent Bariatrics’ groups, the fine folks at Community Bariatrics were kind enough to invite me to two of their locations. Thanks super RD Sarah Muntel for the invitations!
Here are a few take-aways from my time at Community Hospital...
I wish I had a Bitcoin for each time someone has asked me if housework, yardwork, or walking the dog counts as exercise. First of all, any activity is better than sitting. Recent research suggests that sitting too much is associated with decreased fitness and increased mortality. So almost anything that causes us to get off the couch or push away from our desk can be beneficial. But are activities of daily living like vacuuming actually exercise?