Deadly sin: Lust
The opposite of lust is chastity: We need to deny our self-indulgence and be honest about the life-long condition we have. If lifetime obesity management from our weight loss surgery is what we want, then we make healthful choices and we address our emotional issues with food. Forget about free cake in the breakroom and focus your attention on something more important: living!
Deadly sin: Gluttony
The opposite of gluttony is temperance: It would be wonderful if our surgery fixed all our problems with food - how simple to have the surgery and then be able to eat like everyone else and be thin. Our weight-loss surgery simply can't solve everything, and we need to use portion control and follow the pouch rules at every meal. It's cliché, but true: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
Deadly sin: Greed
The opposite of greed is charity: sometimes we should do things that are completely selfless. Our surgery and subsequent weight loss have given us a new lease on life. Make the most of that second chance and start helping those less fortunate than you. Volunteer at a food pantry, or serve at a soup kitchen during the holidays. Witness what real hunger is, count your blessings, and try to change the world for someone.
Deadly sin: Sloth
The opposite of sloth is diligence: we must maintain a daily exercise routine and resist the urge to take the easy way out. Be determined, be resolute: don't let a host of excuses from "sore knees" to "too busy" keep you from squeezing in at least 30-minutes of exercise each day. If you've got 30-minutes for Facebook then you've got 30-minutes to exercise. Try Facebook and Easy Tricks to Sneak in Exercise.
Deadly sin: Wrath
The opposite of wrath is patience: don't let a bad day sabotage your food and exercise plan. Setbacks are part of life, so learn to deal with them. Take a moment, suss it out, and release the frustration: Stay the course and stick to it, and you will get through it!
Deadly sin: Envy
The opposite of envy is kindness: look, you can't be the best every single day of the year. Sometimes, you'll meet weight loss surgery patients who've lost more weight than you, had plastic surgery, and look amazing. Don't begrudge them their time in the sun. Learn from their success to fuel your own. They'd probably love to share their story with you! I know amazing patients like this, but still I enjoy my weight loss surgery success story.
Deadly sin: Pride
The opposite of pride is humility: we could all use a slice of humble pie (as long as it is grain-free pie). The next time you pass a morbidly obese woman wedged uncomfortably on a public bench, struggling to catch her breath, remember the quote, "There but for the grace of God, go I." How like all the other passersby, can you look upon this woman without compassion? Were you not the very same as she before your obesity surgery? It could be you or I sitting on that bench, if not for the grace of God.