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Spring Has Sprung

By Pamela Shenk, CHt


I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love spring. I reflect back on the time I lived in Long Island. After a long winter, spring would finally arrive. We put our heavy coats away and opened our windows. Flowers started to bloom and the birds woke us up in the morning. It was also a time that we cleaned out our closets to donate to charities. It was such an energetic time of the year.


The start of spring creates an excitement similar to that which many bariatric feel when they have bariatric surgery. It is a fresh start, an awaking of the awareness of life. You start to make many changes by focusing on every bite of food you eat, carrying food with you so you are never hungry and eating at a much slower pace. It's a time of new beginnings, like the season of spring.


Your excess weight was dropping and before you knew it, you reached your goal. That’s something you thought you could never do! Life was great. You had more energy, a new lease on life and stamina to play with your children or grandchildren.


But, seasons later complacency sets in and you gained some weight back. Now is the time to get back on track.  It is important to harness the feelings of spring to reenergize and reawaken the I can do it attitude and carry this throughout all of the seasons. So get that body moving. Start gardening or go on a walk with a friend or attend a support group meeting.


Feel proud about how much you’ve achieved and remind yourself that you can do this. You CAN get back on track. You owe it to yourself, you’re worth it.