St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss

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How to Make Your Best Resolution Yet!

Category Diet, Exercise, Health, Surgery


Happy New Year! As each new year comes, many of us aim to make this next year the best yet. While that is a fantastic goal, we typically set very high standards for ourselves. Thus, many of our goals never truly come to fruition. As we’ve discussed before, utilizing SMART goals is one of the Read More…

Preparing for the Holidays

Category Health, Surgery


The holiday season can be difficult for many individuals who are trying to lose or maintain weight, especially those who have undergone weight loss surgery. It is status quo to eat more than usual during the holidays. However, once surgical weight loss is pursued, holidays must take on new meaning. A plan is vital to Read More…

Preparing Your Support Group

Category Health, Surgery


Support is vital to success throughout the journey of Surgical Weight Loss. Who we choose to be a part of our support group is very important as they will be the individuals to walk this journey with you. As you all know, we as a team here at St Francis are proud to be a Read More…

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…Celebrate It!

Category Health, Surgery


The body and mind go through multiple changes following surgical weight loss. A myriad of emotions can be felt during this journey.  It is important to not only acknowledge the big changes that have occurred in your life, but also the smaller ones. This celebration doesn’t need to be a huge party, but can simply be Read More…

Environmental Stressors and Bariatric Surgery

Category Health, Surgery


As we all know, the environment we live in everyday can have a huge impact on our success with a healthy lifestyle. This is extremely important to acknowledge when we are pursuing or have pursued surgical weight loss. Our Support Group this week discussed how the environment can have a negative impact on our success Read More…

Education & Motivation

Category Diet, Exercise, Health


We have a few programs in the area that I think would be beneficial to many of our patients and friends. Take a look at these opportunities and not only get motivated, but educated! Living Beyond the Tool: This is a conference designed for individuals pre- and post- weight loss surgery. This conference cultivates a healthy Read More…

Time Management

Category Diet, Exercise, Health, Surgery


Weight Loss Surgery is a lifetime commitment that requires the individual to manage choices in food intake with adequate protein, portion sizes, drinking plenty of water, enough sleep, and physical activity. In our support group this past week, individuals pre and post weight surgery participated in a time-management activity to uncover obstacles that hinder success with the tool of weight loss surgery. The Read More…

Non-Scale Victories

Category Diet, Exercise, Health, Surgery


Throughout the journey of Surgical Weight Loss, many individuals can get stuck on only focusing on how many pounds they’ve lost according to the scale. However, the SWL tool does much more than just decrease that number. It is important for us to recognize the victories beyond the scale because that is truly where a Read More…

Sustained Motivation

Category Diet, Exercise, Health, Surgery


Staying motivated to stick with health goals can be difficult, even after having a life-changing experience like weight loss surgery.  Simply having the surgery doesn’t mean you are immune to the temptations that we all face.  I want you to print out the next page or take a picture of it.  Keep it with you or Read More…

Tips to make Meal Planning simple

Category Diet, Health

meal planning

Meal planning is vital to weight loss and weight maintenance.  However, meal planning can be quite a daunting task week after week.  Here are a few tips to make meal planning a cinch: 1. Prepare ahead of time– If you know you’ll have a little more time at some point during the week, make some Read More…