I am sure for those of you in Christchurch you agree Autumn this year is an absolute pleasure, making up for the lack of sun in January and February!
As the days shorten and we prepare for winter, we are mindful that staying active and exercising regularly needs to remain high on the priority list each week. This is the time to find ways of being active that can be done in all weathers, with indoor options and outdoor activities that can still be done (and enjoyed!) in the dark or rain.
This might be the time to get some friends or family on board, so that if it is dark or a bit gloomy outside and the sofa by the tv seems even more attractive than ever, you still go for the walk or aqua jog or other activity session.
Vanessa Warrren, our exercise consultant has some great ideas for how you can stay active.
There have been several recent shows and features on tv about weight loss surgery. They will certainly increase people’s knowledge of the different options and give an insight into how people progress after surgery.
We know from our own experiences at SOS and the research that one vital part of your long term success lies in having really good support.
Do make this a priority or you and seek out the people that help make this journey a successful one. You have support from all of us at SOS and we urge you to seek those family members and friends that can be there with a positive input. It is a great idea to share your weekly, monthly and annual goals with someone. Have an exercise buddy to do a couple of sessions with each week, especially in winter. Check out the different website groups and in person support group meetings. We have put a few in the SOS dietary information under 'useful information and contacts' page.
If you want someone to talk to in your local area, you can either contact the local support person (see the previous newsletter number 3) or do ask us here at SOS to put you in touch with someone who has had the same surgery.
Do write in with any questions or if you want to share your story, we would love to hear from you.
All the very best to you this Autumn from all the SOS team.
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