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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

016 Dare to Dream BIG

As I mentioned in my last post, we had a Dr. Appointment Blitz on August 10th. If you have no clue what I am talking about then feel free to read my last post “INSERT TITLE & HREF”. One of the appointments Jimmy had that day was with Dr. Taylor who is a local Psychologist who works with the WLS program at Heartland. As a part of Jimmy’s WLS team it’s her job to make sure that Jimmy is mentally prepared for this surgery and the lifestyle changes it will entail.

I think it’s really a no brainer that Jimmy was the most worried about his appointment with Dr. Taylor. I mean--come on--no one wants people to analyze all the things going on in their heads! Thankfully our appointment went really well and Jimmy didn’t have to lay down on any therapy couches :) One thing that we really did take away from our visit with Dr. Taylor was that Jimmy needs to dream big and think about all the things that he really is looking forward to/wants to do/wants to have that he was physically unable to be/do/have before and that this surgery and changing his eating habits will allow him to be/do/have now.

Dr. Taylor made a great point. She said that if he can think about and make a list of all the things that he wants to come as a result of this surgery then it will be easier to follow his doctors instructions and his new healthier lifestyle because he knows what he is doing this for. So when he is really tired and feeling lazy and wants to order a deep dish meat lovers from Pizza Hut instead of giving in he should say/think something like “I am choosing not to have Pizza Hut because I would rather be able to wear a UCONN Jersey.”

If you are planning to have WLS think about what you want to achieve through this surgical experience and make a list. Next time I will be sharing some of the things from Jimmy’s list with you!

Until next time!


  1. I am not sure but maybe with WLS maybe the dreams should "small" smaller waist, smaller pants, smaller blood pressure...just a thought

  2. I suppose that is one way to look at it :)