Embracing the Spirit of Excellence

As we move forward in our journey toward health, happiness and harmony, we begin to “see ourselves as a masterpiece” as Joel Osteen states.

The road to excellence did not end when the bariatric surgery ended or when we reached our goal weight. It’s a continual process. We’ve been given a second chance. Now, it is our responsibility to strive to be the best we can be, not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually and psychologically.

No half-stepping. We’ve come too far and made a huge sacrifice for the sake of a long, healthier, and happier life. It is incumbent upon us to allow our new sense of resolve to permeate every aspect of our lives.

Excellence is a Daily Focus

Are we taking our vitamins religiously? Do we exercise at least 30 minutes a day? Are we consuming adequate protein and fluids? Do we keep our follow-up doctor appointments?

When we step out the door every day, do we can ask ourselves if we are presenting our best to the world in all ways? Do we express gratitude to our higher power for the gift of health? Are we treating our friends, co-workers and family with the utmost of love and respect? Do we look for the positive in all of our dealings? Have we put judgments aside and replaced it with unconditional acceptance?

Embracing the “Spirit of Excellence” does not mean perfection. It’s a commitment to try to do the right thing. It is an understanding that doing our “best” is not the same level every day. When we close our eyes at night, we can rest in the knowledge that we made it through the day and that tomorrow will be a brand-new opportunity to try.

The Road to Excellence is Traveled with Small Steps and Consistency

The Pillars of Success, which is the basis of The Bariatric Wellness Journey™, is a checklist to help support our quest for excellence:

My Pillars of Success

• I begin my day expressing gratitude to my higher power. I meditate using the “Meditations for the Journey” CD to stay in a peaceful state one day at a time.

• I exercise regularly using the FABS™ program and equipment at home the days I don’t go to the gym.

• I always monitor my quantities and use a salad-size plate, which has just enough space for the amount of required food and prevents over-eating.

• I eat slowly, using the child-size fork, which helps. Its small size forces me to take smaller bites. I stop eating within a half-hour.

• Whenever I am not eating, I try to drink, drink, drink water or other nutritional fluids to get in my 64 ounces of fluid a day. I use the FABSTM water container to monitor my intake. I refill it two times.

• I record my food, exercise and fluid intake in My Wellness Journal to uncover my mental culprits, write down my progress and get back in the saddle.

• I don’t eat and drink at the same time. Otherwise, I will flush my food down before my system can extract the nutrients.

• I eat my protein first.

• I carry and use my protein shaker to make a shake to assure adequate protein intake.

• I stop eating before I’m full.

• I eat breakfast.

• I space out my three main meals.

• I try to refill my vitamin container on Sunday night and program my phone as a reminder to take them.

• I see my surgeon and nutritionist at least once a year or more.

• I ask for a takeaway container when eating out and put away food before I take that first bite, if possible, right away. It prevents me from eating beyond my program guidelines.

• I am mindful of sugar intake and overall calorie count. I don’t regularly use artificial sweetener unless I have no choice because they can lead to weight gain. I use Stevia or Truvia most of the time.

• Most of all: I Eat Mindfully. I have learned the signs that I am satiated; my pouch makes a growling sound. Some people sneeze when full.

• I am present in the moment and pay attention to the pace of my eating. I try to refrain from eating in front of the television. I make a dinner date with myself and enjoy my food—its texture, tastes and aromas. Most importantly, I approach my meals with an attitude of gratitude because it’s a blessing to have enough to eat.

Embracing Excellence in My Life

Research shows that success after surgery relies on focusing on yourself as a whole person in a comprehensive way.

The system I follow, based on personal experience and consultation from experts, offers inspiration, convenience and service in a real way, through a set of tried and true success pillars. To support the pillars, it is important to arm yourself with tools that address mental, emotional, fitness and nutritional challenges.

Now, it is out of my hands, I am obligated to share my experience, be of service and offer simple tools to support the journey. My vision is to inspire women and men to embrace that it is more than having a 30” waistline, but an opportunity to work towards living healthy, well and happy for the rest of their lives.


Question for the WLS Community: Do you follow a ‘Lifestyle Plan’ for your WLS journey such as the one Denise describes in her blog post?

Share your thoughts on Denise’s article, and/or your journey. Leave your message in the “Leave a Comment” section at the bottom of this page.


About the Author – Denise London

Denise London is the author of The Bariatric Wellness Journey, on Amazon and as an e-book. She is also a successful entrepreneur, marketing executive, author, blogger, patented inventor, and professional speaker.

Denise London is living the bariatric wellness journey. She underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2010, and it was one of the best decisions she ever made. As a result, she reached a healthy weight, and the diabetes and other co-morbidities disappeared or became manageable. It wasn’t always easy, but the surgery helped her take back control of her life.

Over the course of her journey, Denise learned that bariatric wellness is about much more than eating healthy and staying active—it’s about taking care of the inner and outer you. Meditating, journaling, joining a support group, and taking a renewed interest in fashion were just some of the ways she nourished not just her physical wellbeing, but her mental and emotional wellbeing too. To that end, Denise founded The Bariatric Wellness Journey™, a proven roadmap for successfully navigating the journey to a life of health and wellness.

Visit the website at Denise at www.deniselondon.com, to learn more. www.facebook.com/bariatricwellnessjourney


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Dec 20, 2018 Being Complacent Doesn’t Support My Healthy Lifestyle – Sandi Henderson
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