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Support at Home

If you made the decision to commit to a new lifestyle with Adjustable Gastric Banding System, keep in mind that the post-operative support you give yourself, through such positive, reinforcing behaviors as monitoring your diet and exercise activities, will help you achieve and maintain your long-term weight loss goals. And, the ongoing support that you receive from your family, friends, and others can also have a significant impact on your success.

Get Your Loved Ones Involved

Since a positive atmosphere will benefit you, consider educating those around you to help them understand your new lifestyle - including your diet and exercise program. You can bring your friends and family with you to seminars, support group meetings and even a surgeon appointment. Learn about the Adjustable Gastric Band together, so that everyone understands and supports what you are doing, and helps you avoid temptations that may be placed in your way. Information you share with your loved ones will help you stay motivated and celebrate your successes along the way.

Start Your Journey

One of the ways that you can track your successes, milestones and commitments is to create your own Adjustable Gastric Banding Journey profile. You can make notes of weight lost, follow-up appointments and support group meetings. It's a personal and private way to mark the steps on this journey. Or, you can choose to share your story, and inspire other patients as you may have been inspired by sending us your story.

Attend a Laparoscopic Adjustable Band Support Group

Naturally, once you've made this life-altering weight loss decision, you will need support through the pre- and post-surgical experience, to help you adjust to and, best of all, enjoy your new and exciting lifestyle. One excellent resource is the support groups for the Adjustable Gastric Band System patients. Support group meetings may help you make healthy and satisfying diet choices, and find fun and effective exercise options. Your fellow patients' support and encouragement will be one of the most important success factors through this journey.

Celebrate Your On- and Off-Scale Successes

Not every goal is a pound lost - some of the off-scale achievements you may make are shopping for clothes in a 'regular size' store for the first time, eating out at a favorite restaurant while staying within the dietary guidelines, gaining improvements in obesity-related health conditions or attaining a new exercise goal. Remember to celebrate these successes and get your loved ones involved - it will be very important to you and those who care about you.

If you would like more information please contact us at 630.312.BAND or at myhospitalbariatricprogram@ahss.org.

 

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