Happy Labor Day from The BariatricPal Store! We hope you get the chance to enjoy a little extra leisure time this holiday weekend, whether you spend some quality time with friends and family or you take a few well-deserved peaceful moments for yourself.
If you do find yourself with a little down time and you are wondering what you can do for your weight loss, The BariatricPal Store has a few ideas for you! After all, this may be the last long weekend you get for a while as you dive back into your everyday busy schedule after a relaxed summer.
Set Your Goals
A long weekend marking the end of summer can be an ideal time to set your fall goals. If you had goals for the summer, you might want to start by thinking about them. Did you hit your goals? Which strategies worked, and what could you have done to get even closer to your goals?
Then set some goals for the next few months. For example, you might want to lose a few pounds or a few dress sizes, schedule your weight loss surgery, or participate in your first 5k fun run. Remember to make your goals challenging but realistic so you are motivated to keep working hard towards them as you see your progress.
Plan Some Menus
They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. There is a lot of truth to that saying, including when you are talking about weight loss. When you plan your meals ahead of time, it can be easier to get in the protein you need while sticking to your calorie goals. It can also be easier to shop for the healthy foods you need, and set aside the time you need to prepare them, and stash healthy snacks to use whenever you need them.
Even if you are not into regular daily meal planning, thinking about some possible menus that you could use in the future could actually turn in handy in a pinch. That way, you can know which healthy, high-protein meal or snack to turn to when you didn’t have time last night or in the morning to plan and pack for the day. You are far better off grabbing a yogurt from the fridge instead of a doughnut from the secretary’s desk, or heating up your own Protein Spaghetti and Meatballs for lunch instead of turning to the fast food restaurant down the street from work.
Menu planning is not always easy, but The BariatricPal Store is here to help. You can check out our meal plans complete with calorie and protein counts so you can be sure to stay within your nutrient goals. We have plans for each stage of the weight loss surgery diet, from liquids and mushies to solid foods. Weight loss surgery or not, you can also take advantage of our maintenance and back-on-track plans.
Stock Your Pantry
What happens when your kitchen cupboards are bare and your fridge is empty? You could end up with a carb-laden bagel or muffin from a drive-through coffee shop for breakfast, a burger and fries or oversized burrito for lunch, and Chinese take-out or a pizza for dinner. That is not your best bet for weight loss!
Instead, keep your kitchen well-stocked so healthy choices are always on hand. With a quick trip to the grocery store, you can end up with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables plus lean proteins such as chicken, yogurt, fish, and nuts. In the space of just a few extra minutes, you can stock your pantry with shelf-stable protein entrees and breakfasts that are ready within minutes. Omelets, oatmeal, pasta, and chili are just a few meals you can have at a moment’s notice. Just order them from The BariatricPal Store!
This Labor Day can be your chance to set yourself up for solid weight loss for months. With some goal setting, meal planning, and kitchen stocking, you can make sure you have what you need to start or keep losing weight just as you want. That’s cause for celebration, so Happy Labor Day!