Do you find yourself yo-yo dieting and wondering why? It may be because you were not completely mentally prepared. You probably started very serious with your weight loss and diet, but possibly tired of it and didn’t see immediate results – so you just throw your hands up and yell YOLO (you only live once)! If you tell yourself YOLO every now and again, then you are not mentally prepared!

Okay, so what can you do?

Set realistic goals. The motivation usually disappears when you set very ambitious goals and realize later that you can’t achieve that goal. You start to feel like you’ve failed and then make justifications for quitting to feel better. It’s a cycle that results from poor mental preparation.

Set realistic goals! (Yes, again!). Remember that losing weight is for life, so you won’t have to rush into it. Don’t push yourself to lose 10 pounds in 10 days. Try 10 pounds in 10 weeks – that is much more achievable and if you lose 1 pound in a week, then that’s a great success! Whatever you did, do it again the next week and the following weeks until living healthy becomes second nature to you.

Y.O.L.O. You only live once, so make the best of it. Live healthy, do more!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, or would like to attend a free informational seminar, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

Foods That Make You Happy: Lemon

It’s so bright and yellow and citrus-y. Doesn’t that make you happy already? There is a study that proves citrus scents do improve moods. Lemons are also packed with Vitamin C that fight illness. A happy you is a healthy you!

Up and Downs (Grab a Chair or a Gym Ball)

This is a great exercise for people with knee pain.

Sit in a firm, armless chair with your feet flat on the floor and your arms crossed or loose at your sides, whichever feels more balanced.
Slowly stand up, using controlled movements, until you reach your full height.
Hold for a few seconds, and then slowly sit down again. Repeat for about a minute.