How to Avoid the New Year’s Slump to Reach Your Goals

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At this point in January, you may find that you’ve lost motivation and have gotten off track in sticking with the health resolutions you set for this year. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up over it. You are far from alone! According to U.S. News, 80 percent of goal-setters drop their New Year’s resolutions by February.

So how do you pick yourself back up and stop yourself from throwing in the towel completely? Below are five tips to get you back on track so you can feel good about accomplishing your goals come December.

1. Revisit your “why”

There will be plenty of days when you don’t feel like doing what it takes to get healthy. The couch may be calling you to stay cozy instead of lacing up your sneakers and getting outside for a walk in the cold. When this happens, you need to know your “why” — the true, deep reason you want to achieve your goal.

For example, are you looking to lose weight? While looking better and being able to wear certain clothes are certainly good benefits of losing weight, they may not be strong enough reasons for you to commit to healthy eating and exercise over the long term. Getting healthy so you can be around to enjoy your grandchildren or to have the energy to give back to a cause you truly care about are some deeper reasons that may pull you off the couch time and again.

In a nutshell, when you have a strong connection to the reason for your goal, you are much more likely to be successful in reaching it.

2. Be realistic

Make sure your goals are attainable and avoid an “all or nothing” mentality. For example, don’t resolve to NEVER eat ice cream or French fries again. Instead, avoid these foods most of the time but allow yourself to mindfully indulge (and enjoy doing so without guilt) from time to time.

3. Break down big goals into small steps

Set small, attainable goals to work on each week that will help you work toward your larger goals. For each goal, write down every possible action you can think of that you will need to take to reach that goal. Then put the first few actions, or steps, on your calendar. Once those are done, add the next few steps and so on.

4. Track your progress

Keep track of and celebrate each small success to help you stay motivated. If your end goal is to lose 25 pounds, focus on 5 pounds at a time. Each time you lose 5 pounds, acknowledge and celebrate this smaller step toward your larger goal. Some ideas to celebrate might be going to the movies with a friend or buying yourself some new fitness gear.

One great way to track your progress is by keeping a food and/or exercise journal. You’ll be able to look back in your journal to remind yourself of all your hard work and see how far you’ve come. This is a great tool to keep you moving forward whenever you feel you’re losing steam or getting frustrated.

5. Enlist help

Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip your workout or grab a few cookies before dinner. Think about what works best for helping you to stay on track.

It may be as simple as reminding yourself of your “why” and thinking about how giving into temptation will derail you from the better future you want to create for yourself. If you need outside support and accountability, have a trusted friend or family member who you know you can call to help you when you’re facing temptation. Have a friend who is also working toward health resolutions? Propose that you’ll be each other’s accountability partners!

The key is to not let yourself get down when you occasionally get off track — life happens! Take it one day at a time and do the best you can each day. Remember, you still have 11 months to work toward your goals. Apply these tips and you’ll find yourself making great progress in no time.

Preparing yourself for surgery with 5 easy to follow steps

If you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming surgery, don’t worry — there are a few things you can do to get yourself ready for surgery and the recovery process. Going into surgery feeling relaxed and confident will help you have a better experience and an easier recovery.

5 helpful pre-surgery steps

Following the five steps below will help you prepare for surgery and the recovery process. Putting in this effort beforehand will be worth it when you’re feeling calm and prepared on the day of your surgery.

1. Learn about the surgery

As early you can, get good information about your surgery from reliable sources, including Dr. Dirk and his team. Make sure you understand the expected outcomes, success rates for the surgery, the risks that are involved and the average recovery time. The more you know about your surgery, the better you’ll feel going into it.

2. Get some exercise

People who are active tend to handle surgery better and are more likely to have less pain, fewer complications and a faster recovery.

Talk to Dr. Dirk to find out which specific activities you can do before surgery. Depending on your current health condition and activity level, Dr. Dirk may suggest activities like yoga, stretching or walking.

3. Eat the right foods

Talk with Dr. Dirk about which foods you should be eating as you get ready for surgery. You may need to stay away from certain foods or drinks before surgery. You may also need to fast (stop eating) for a certain number of hours before surgery.

For certain surgeries, including weight loss surgery, you will need to change to a healthy diet after surgery to get the best results.

4. Stock your pantry and freezer

Be sure to fill your home with plenty of healthy foods and drinks before the day of your surgery. Not only will this keep you from having to shop during your recovery, but it will also help you stick to your new healthy diet after surgery.

If you run out of time to do this step, don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for help. They’ll be happy to pitch in, and you’ll feel good knowing you have people in your life you can rely on.

5. Arrange for help during your recovery

Whether or not you end up needing help stocking up on food before surgery, you’ll definitely want to line up family and/or friends to help get you through the recovery process.

Depending on the type of surgery you’ll be having, you may need a ride home or help doing daily tasks, such as cooking and cleaning. It can also be very helpful to have someone stay overnight with you on your first night home after surgery.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be surprised at how positive and in control you’ll feel on the day of your surgery.

Is Dr. Dirk’s Executive Express Program Right For You?

Executive Express ProgramIf you’re considering undergoing weight loss surgery to improve your health and your life, you’ll need to choose the operation that will balance the demands of your busy life and what’s best for your health. Dr. Dirk has a lot of bariatric surgery experience helping patients find the surgery that will help them live their best healthy lives with little interruption to their work schedule, and he’s tailored an easy-to-follow program to meet each patient’s personal needs.

Dr. Dirk’s Executive Express Program, one of the few of its kind in the industry, allows on-the-go professionals to have weight loss surgery without disrupting their daily lives. As a busy surgeon with over 10,000 weight loss operations under his belt, Dr. Dirk understands the pressure to get back to work after surgery, which why he was inspired to develop the Executive Express Program. He wants to help you change your life without the need to spend countless days in a hospital or to lose precious work time, sick leave or vacation time.

The Executive Express Program can have patients back to work in less than a week—and some patients may be back at work only three days after surgery. If you’ve been thinking about weight loss surgery, ask yourself these three questions.

1. Do you need to keep up with a younger, healthier workforce?

If you work in a demanding industry like sales or consulting, keeping up with the new batch of college grads that joins the workforce every year can be really tough, especially if you’re struggling with your weight. Our Executive Express Program can help you get into the best shape of your life, and you won’t have to take off too much time from your busy work schedule to have life-changing surgery.

2. Are you a busy professional for whom extended downtime just isn’t a possibility?

Most people think that bariatric surgery is something that keeps a patient in recovery for months. With Dr. Dirk’s Executive Express Program, you could potentially be back to work in three or four days. Imagine having surgery on a Thursday or Friday and being back to work on Monday. Dr. Dirk also offers bariatric surgery procedure consultations via Skype or other virtual conferencing software, meaning that he can keep tabs on your progress while you’re still out closing deals.

3. Are you ready to change your health, your life and your professional opportunities?

Only qualified patients are accepted into Dr. Dirk’s Executive Express Program. Busy C-suite executives, managers, business owners and anyone who wants to portray an appearance of health, vigor and youth and are ready to make a monumental change in their physical health are admitted into this exclusive program. Dr. Dirk will tailor his approach directly to the demands of your schedule and lifestyle. If you’re not ready to make a big change on the fast track, this program probably isn’t for you.

Dr. Dirk and Nobilis Health Corp offer a variety of weight loss surgery options that can fit any lifestyle, including those among us who are just too busy to commit months and hours to a surgery that their body desperately needs. Different financing plans are available to patients. The Executive Express Program allows busy candidates to access all the health benefits of weight loss surgery without taking a major time hit in their professional lives.

Still have questions about weight loss surgery? Learn more from Dr. Dirk here.