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BariAftercare: The Podcast

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D.

Welcome to BariAftercare: The Podcast, where weight loss surgery patients learn healthy coping skills for dealing with the emotional and psychological issues related to living an amazing post-op life. Learn to avoid regain and how to lose post-op regain! Hosted by Dr. Connie Stapleton, a licensed psychologist with many years of experience sharing practical skills for improving your post-op relationships: with food, with other people and most importantly, the relationship you have with yourself! Be sure to check out the entire BariAftercare program for successful post-op living at www.bariaftercare.com.

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Episode 76: Focus on the PROCESS!
Episode 76: Focus on the PROCESS!
“You’re Only Responsible for the Effort You Put Into Whatever You Do.” This sentence has had tremendous impact in my life. And I hope it will become a sentence that you learn to live by! People who have bariatric surgery tell me they want to live at a healthy weight and have an improved quality of life. In order for that to happen, they need to develop a healthy lifestyle that lasts for the rest of their life! Too many people focus on reaching a goal weight rather than on learning to live a healthy post op way of life. Developing a healthy lifestyle and putting effort into that process has a number of benefits including feeling less pressure, having improved self-confidence, and experiencing more happiness along the way. Not to mention, focusing on today’s effort keeps people from falling into old habits that result in weight regain! Listen in and learn more about the importance of focusing on the process rather than the outcome!Also, please invite anyone you know who has had bariatric surgery, or who is planning to have bariatric surgery, to listen to the BariAftercare podcast. And for more information on the entire BariAftercare program, go to www.bariaftercare.com.https://www.lifehack.org/338162/why-people-that-focus-more-process-than-outcomes-get-better-resultsClear, James. Atomic Habits. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fear-of-failure_b_969503 Please subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.
4d ago
52 mins
Episode 75: REFUSE REGAIN — Follow the Bariatric Basics as Outlined by Dr. Susan Mitchell, Bariatric Registered DieticianEpisode 74: REFUSE REGAIN — Addressing Resistance to Making Lifestyle ChangeEpisode 73: REFUSE REGAIN — The 4 ACES for Weight Loss and Weight MaintenanceEpisode 72: Body Dysmorphic Disorder OR Body Image Dissatisfaction?Episode 71: Health Coaching — Might it help YOU in your journey to maintaining a healthy weight?Episode 70: Sleep and Your WeightEpisode 69: Overall psychological strength and stability… for Sustained Weight
What does “overall psychological strength and stability” mean and what does that have to do with maintaining weight loss? Having what the researchers of the article we have been discussing for the past several episodes call “overall psychological strength and stability” basically means being a healthy adult. Well… that doesn’t clear things up very much! Listen in and I’ll explain why being able to at least act as if we’re psychologically healthy adults is important when it comes to keeping weight off. And maintaining  weight loss after bariatric surgery is, after all, one of the main goals I hope you have when making the decision to have bariatric surgery. So let’s get on with finding out what a person with overall psychological strength and stability acts like! As always, please be sure to share this information with your friends! Encourage them to listen to BariAftercare, the Podcast and for additional information to include a worksheet I created on this topic, join the BariAftercare program by going to www.bariaftercare.com. SOURCES:lfhag K, Rössner S. Who succeeds in maintaining weight loss? A conceptual review of factors associated with weight loss maintenance and weight regain. Obes Rev. 2005;6(1):67–85.BariAftercare: www.bariaftercare.comhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/traversmark/2020/06/25/what-personality-traits-define-the-psychologically-healthy-individual/?sh=450058e62d7dPlease subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.
Mar 25 2022
43 mins
Episode 68: Autonomy and Assuming Responsility in Life… BOTH Needed for Sustained Weight
Are you an autonomous adult? Say what? Are you a person who makes decisions for themselves, who is independent and chooses their own path in life? I’m sure that in many ways and in many areas of your life, you are indeed an independent decision-maker. How about when it comes to make decisions for your life about having bariatric surgery, what foods come into your home, whether you take your lunch to the office and eat what your brought or cave when everyone orders fast food? Do you assume responsibility for following through with your healthy decisions? Making your own decisions and following through with them are both described by researchers as being necessary to maintain weight loss. Find out more about what autonomy and assuming responsibility in life look like for your life after bariatric surgery.And please be sure to share this information with your friends! Encourage them to listen to BariAftercare, the Podcast and for additional information to include a worksheet I created on this topic, join the BariAftercare program by going to www.bariaftercare.com. SOURCE: lfhag K, Rössner S. Who succeeds in maintaining weight loss? A conceptual review of factors associated with weight loss maintenance and weight regain. Obes Rev. 2005;6(1):67–85.BariAftercare: www.bariaftercare.comPlease subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.
Mar 23 2022
28 mins
Episode 67: Registered Dietician Taylor Educates Us About Sugar and Sugar SubstitutesEpisode 66: Self Efficacy — CRITICAL for Successful Weight Maintenance
Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to succeed in a particular situation. When it comes to keeping weight off following bariatric surgery, many post-op patients struggle mightily to believe deep down in their heart of hearts that they will succeed in keeping their weight off for the long haul. They may or may not verbalize this sense of doubt. For every patient who does admit to having this unwanted fear related to potential weight regain, there is likely a very good reason for their apprehension. It’s their lack of self-efficacy, their belief in their ability to maintain a healthy weight. This self-doubt is very reasonable and is a result of having lost and regained weight - a number of times in the past. As you are well aware, bariatric surgery will help you lose weight, but it’s no guarantee for keeping it off. Developing a sense of self-efficacy, a genuine belief that you can and will keep the weight off after surgery is essential to actually doing so. Listen in and learn how you can improve your belief in yourself… that sense of self-efficacy is necessary to keep your body at a healthy weight for the rest of your life.  Here’s to improving your self-efficacy.Please subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.Resources:Bandura A. Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies. Cambridge University Press.https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-self-efficacy-2795954https://positivepsychology.com/3-ways-build-self-efficacy/
Mar 2 2022
31 mins
Episode 65: Predictors for Successful Weight Maintenance — Healthy Coping Skills and the Ability to Handle Life Stress
Life is stressful – both before bariatric surgery – and after bariatric surgery. You’ll continue to run late in the morning, your job will continue to overwhelm or overload you, your family will still say and do things that hurt your feelings or frustrate the bejeesus out of you, parents will continue to age, spouses and partners will disappoint you, and food triggers will remain everywhere you look. Life is stress-filled. Researchers inform us that in order to successfully maintain weight loss, you need to be able to handle the stress in life using healthy coping skills. As a bariatric patient, eating is not a healthy coping skill. You need to learn and practice engaging in healthy coping skills to have a better chance of maintaining a healthy weight after surgery. Learn more about what a healthy coping skill is, according to a 7-year-old, then learn the importance of practicing using them. Also, do a friend a favor and share this podcast with them!Please subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.SOURCE: lfhag K, Rössner S. Who succeeds in maintaining weight loss? A conceptual review of factors associated with weight loss maintenance and weight regain. Obes Rev. 2005;6(1):67–85.https://www.verywellmind.com/forty-healthy-coping-skills-4586742https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/6392-stress-coping-with-lifes-stressorshttps://positivepsychology.com/coping-skills-worksheets/
Feb 22 2022
38 mins
Episode 64: Predictors for Successful Weight Maintenance — Healthy SUPPORT
Feb 15 2022
44 mins
Episode 63: Predictors for Successful Weight Maintenance: Internal Motivation
Internal (or intrinsic) motivation has been noted by researchers as being a healthy predictor of successful weight loss maintenance. Intrinsic motivation comes from within a person rather than from outside rewards or fear of punishment. External (or extrinsic) motivation comes from a desire for some sort of physical reward.Most people, during their pre-surgical psychological evaluations say the reasons they want to have bariatric surgery include improving their health (or preventing health problems) and enjoying a better quality of life (being able to do more things they want to do). However, for many people, once they lose the weight and are enjoying better health and an improved quality of life, all of a sudden that isn’t enough. All of a sudden they become obsessed with a particular number on the scale or a specific clothing size. This raises a red flag for me. Listen in and find out why! Also, learn the reasons it is important to use both external and internal motivation in the weight loss process but why having internal motivation is necessary to keep the weight off!Please subscribe to the show and rate it on Apple Podcasts, download free information at www.conniestapletonphd.com, and follow me on Twitter (@cstapletonphd), Instagram (@cstapletonphd), YouTube, LinkedIn, and on Facebook.SOURCE: lfhag K, Rössner S. Who succeeds in maintaining weight loss? A conceptual review of factors associated with weight loss maintenance and weight regain. Obes Rev. 2005;6(1):67–85.
Feb 10 2022
40 mins
Episode 62: Emotional Predictors for Successful Weight MaintenanceEpisode 61: Interview (Part 2) with Tonimarie who has recently lost 50 pounds of regain!Episode 60: Interview with Tonimarie who has recently lost 50 pounds of regain!Episode 59: Onward and Forward!Episode 58: The Present by Spencer JohnsonEpisode 57: Resolutions No More!