October 20, 2016 – Small Group Discussions

Bariatric Support Group

Date: October 20, 2016

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN and Laura Hernandez, RD

We had a small group of folks for support group, and Chris and Laura just made one circle and we had a great discussion among the group.  We had patients who were only a couple of weeks out from surgery and some that were over a year, so there was a lot of exchange of information and tips for those struggling in the early stages.  A couple of patients stated they were only a month out and had stopped losing weight and were concerned.  Laura reminded everyone that you need to not depend on the protein shakes for all your protein, even though that is an easier way to get protein in.  It is liquid and so it doesn’t stay in your stomach very long. You can get hungry too soon, so make sure you move to solid protein and start getting used to digesting solid protein once you get to week 3.  She reminded everyone that getting in your protein and staying well hydrated is the way to lose weight.

Chris reminded everyone that your body sometimes needs to adapt to the new weight and may need to “rest” before it starts losing again.  Keep moving, stay hydrated and eat your protein and you will start losing again.  Don’t pay as much attention to your weight as to how your clothing fits, and do some strength training to gain muscle, which has a faster metabolism that fatty tissue.

We also discussed that we will probably have to change the days of some of our support groups – may be moving some to the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm due to construction issues at the main campus. They are having to increase the number of evening meetings in the Prairie Star Conference Room, so we have to share with other groups.  Please continue to check the website and the Facebook page after the first of the year to see the new schedule.  Chris will post it as soon as we have firm dates.  There will probably not be Saturday meetings, so the 2nd meeting of the month will most like be the Thursday afternoons.  The November 3rd meeting has been cancelled as Chris & Laura will be at the annual national conference.  Our apologies. The next meeting will be on Saturday, November 19th.  Please always double check dates and times so you get the latest information.