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TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY

  BY GAIL REEVES

 

PREPARE:

1) Always have fluids and food on hand. Keep protein bars or shakes in your car or purse. Keep a few bottles of water in your car.

 

2) Plan your meals ahead of time: By day, week, or month.

 

3) Eat within one hour of waking up then every 2-3 hours after. Tracking your times or creating a eating schedule will help you get your fluids in and your body prepared to burn fuel.

 

4) Using baby utensils, bowls,plates, and sippy cups can help you eat slower and smaller bites.

 

5) Measure and track your food. Our eyes are bigger than our bellies, discuss with your NUT how much you should be eating per meal.

 

6) If going out to eat pull up the menu and plan your meal ahead of time. Kids menus are excellent choices, and most restaurants will allow it.

 

7) Have some form of movement planned for the week. Having a workout partner is great or join our NYBC BOOTCAMP!

 

 

EDUCATE:

 

1) Use your resources! Doctors, NUTS, Support Groups, Podcasts, Friends, Family. Ask Questions, lots and lots of questions.

 

2) Find healthier alternatives to the foods you love.  Pinterest, Family, Google are your friends. EVERYTHING can be made healthier.

 

3) Learn how your new body will work so you can prepare your family ahead of time for the transition. Seeing you eat so little can cause an uproar and set off concern.

 

4) Talk with a doctor about a workout regimen that will be ok for you, and/or a personal trainer.

 

 

LIVE:

 

1) Make non food goals for goals met. Massages, Tattoos, Clothes, Hair, Vacations… Treat yourself.

 

2) Believe in yourself! Realize this is a learning experience and nothing is impossible if you work for it!

 

3) ALWAYS remember the goal is HEALTHY and HAPPY not skinny. ENJOY your life!

 

4) REMEMBER: Life happens!!! One bad food choice does NOT make you a failure.

 

5) MODERATION: In ALL things is key! Working out constantly is NOT healthy just like eating bags of candy isn’t healthy. BALANCE!

 

6) DON’T compare your journey to others! Were all special and made differently. The only competition is with yourself!  

 

ENJOY YOUR LIFE! ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!

EMBRACE YOUR UNIQUENESS!

 

 

 

 

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GAIL’S RUNNING TIPS

GAIL’S RUNNING TIPS

**CARBS ARE FUEL IF YOU’RE RUNNING! YOUR BODY NEEDS THEM SO IT DOESN’T FEED OFF YOUR MUSCLES AND ORGANS! ADJUST TO YOUR BODY! GO AT YOUR PACE!**

EQUIPMENT:

  • Knee braces are a MUST! Walmart Ace adjustable straps are my favorite.They help prevent further damage and help with strain from previous damage.
  • Water bottle, Powerade zero, or camel pack MUST have fluids on hand
  • Light reflective clothing so people can see you
  • Runners pack for your phone (please don’t run without your phone it’s your lifeline if something goes wrong)
  • Dress for the weather including hats, sunblock, coats, masks etc

GETTING STARTED:

  • Start Small: walk as far as you can go, then every walk go a few steps farther until you reach your target distance goal
  • Interval Training: slowly start jogging for one minute then walk for 2 minutes off and on until you’ve reached your targeted distance goal
  • When you feel able and ready start jogging in longer time increments and shorter walking times

RECOVERY:

Find a Yen Yoga online or gym class to help stretch your hips and legs

Epsom salt baths to relax your muscles

Take rest days to rebuild the muscles you’ve torn down

Eat a carb BEFORE you run such as a banana or bagel

Protein AFTER your run to help rebuild your muscles

Push fluids so you don’t get dehydrated

 

 

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STRUT PROUD IN THE LIGHT

Life’s not black and white….. Our journeys aren’t black and white…..Its not one or the other…….or all or nothing…….it’s colorful….like a peacock…….you CAN have it all….like a peacocks plume, it’s about color balance. It’s bright, it walks with its head high. It’s unique, it’s YOUR STORY! WRITE IT! OWN IT! LOVE IT! HATE IT! JUST DON’T STOP LIVING IT! This is why we don’t judge here! We value EACH UNIQUE STORY! Most WLS groups use the OWL (on going weightless) as their mascot.  OWLS hide in the dark. They hunt food in the dark. They’re constantly asking WHO? Who’s better? Who’s stronger? Who knows more? Who’s lost more?  FAMILY’S mascot is the PEACOCK! Each bird slightly different but beautiful. They prefer life in a flock. They don’t hide in the dark, but strut colorful and sure all day long. They don’t hide in the night nor hide their food choices. A peacock NEVER says WHO…….a peacock says FAMILY.

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LETS REFLECT

At my highest weight of 351 pounds I struggled to do everything a “normal” person could.  I could hardly walk up stairs, move around my house, hell i could barely breathe most of the time.  Life was a daily struggle of…..well…..living!  This week alone I have walked over 40 miles. I have played in the ocean. I have swam in the pools. I have LIVED life.  NEVER again will i go back to existing. June 23, 2015 i was given he rare opportunity to LIVE again. For the rest of my life i will make it so.

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FOREVER HAPPILY EVER AFTER

once upon a time there was a beautiful, smart, funny, kind, and loving woman. She loved so many things about herself BUT there were so so so many things she hated about herself! She couldn’t buy the cute clothes, she was always the largest person in a room, she was afraid of sitting on furniture, in booths and behind the wheel of the car. She spent her WHOLE life ONLY seeing the bad while still loving the good. She decided to make dreams happen. She made an absolutely life changing, scary, hard as Hell decision but she stuck to her guns and jumped through all the hoops. She works very very very hard to keep her outsides looking as beautiful as her insides. The removal of weight has set her soul free…….ITS NEVER THE END…….BUT IT WILL BE A FOREVER HAPPILY EVER AFTER!