I’ve been reading James Clear’s book Atomic Habits and find myself telling everyone about it given the opportunity. At the core of every aspiration or goal are the steps needed to get you there. I work with clients on goal setting and creating S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevent, and time-bound) all the time, and we break them down into actions they can take to get closer to the goals. But we’re still talking about big steps at that point. Atomic Habits talks about how goals are achieved through the building of small habits consistently, that lead to gradual improvements over time, and which compound over time, much like interest in your bank account.
I’m still working my way through the book, but it’s a great read and provides some great lessons on how to keep your habits going, even when things get tough.
This ties in perfectly with some of the new programs I am working on. As a successful weight loss surgery patient, there are things I do habitually every day. I take bariatric formulated vitamins. I drink whey isolate protein. I get 7-9 hours of sleep. I exercise. I plan my meals. I track everything. I journal. I meditate. I take time out for self-care. I did NONE of these things before my surgery. I mean, I did some of them, inconsistently, but it wasn’t built into my DNA. For something to become a habit, it must be done consistently.
I’ve been engaging with folks in the bariatric community about some of the challenges they face, and the number one thing that came up consistently was the fear of regain. And when you dig into that a little further, you start to uncover that the reasons why people regain are not only that they slip back into to their old bad habits, but they also never put the healthy habits in place consistently to the point where they become automatic.
Based on these conversations, I decided I wanted to create a free resource for people to help them get back on track by going back to the basics of bariatrics! I developed a bariatric-focused habit tracker for download when they subscribe to my mailing list. Be sure to subscribe and get yours too!
Which leads me to the most exciting thing! I’m working on a program that’s specific to bariatric patients to help them navigate their post-surgery life with regards to maintenance, plateaus, and regain. When you download the habit tracker, you’ll get a little more information about what’s in store, but stay tuned. If you’re interested in learning more now, schedule a free discovery call with me or check out what’s in store for my Reverse the Regain program. I’m excited to help people wherever they are on their weight loss journey. Looking forward to continuing to connect!