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Use the Right Tools After Bariatric Surgery

By Jeff Butts

Tools - smI was building a Little Free Library that will be placed in a local park, when I thought of something my dad instilled in me years ago: “Always use the right tool for the job.”

My dad is one of those people who can do or fix anything. If we were repairing the brakes on a Chevy, he used a Chevy Brake Tool. When we were working on a Ford, he had a Ford Brake Tool. (He is impossible to buy gifts for because he has every tool ever made!) He was always drilling (pun intended) into me the importance of not using a wrench as a hammer or a screwdriver as a pry-bar.

The principle, “always use the right tool for the job,” applies to all aspects of life. In my bariatric surgery journey, I’m always adding new tools to my life’s tool box; bariatric surgery was just one of them. I’ve tried various tips and suggestions that I’ve read or heard about to see what worked for me, because everyone is different. Mindful eating and mindful living are some of the useful tools I’ve discovered to help me focus on the most important things in my life instead of worrying about the small stuff.

Now I pass my dad’s wisdom on to others, whether in one of my Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery webinars or my bariatric surgery support groups: Using the right tools for the job makes your life easier and better!


About the author

Jeff Butts is a facilitator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program and Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. He is a Wellness Coach, inspirational speaker, and Bariatric Support Group Leader. Jeff’s mission is to “Help others free themselves from the physical and emotional prison of obesity by sharing my experience, my wisdom, and my heart.” Jeff’s passion for helping others stems from his own personal struggle with food and weight. Reaching a weight of 643 pounds, Jeff knew he had to do something to regain his health and get back into life. Upon looking into bariatric surgery, he realized that it was just a physical tool, and that he also needed help to deal with the emotional reasons he ate. Through a twist of fate he discovered that Dr. Michelle May’s Am I Hungry? program was the additional tool he needed! He had bariatric surgery in 2008 and has maintained a 419 pound weight loss and leads five Bariatric Support Groups for St. Vincent’s. Jeff now teams with his Am I Hungry? teacher, mentor, and friend, Dr. Lori Hurst, to offer Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops throughout central Indiana. He also offers Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery workshops and webinars. A recording of Jeff’s webinars is available for facilitators-in-training. He also speaks frequently to local schools, colleges, civic, and health organizations. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of GasAmerica’s Charitable Foundation and Board of Directors of PAWS, a pet rescue in Hancock County, Indiana. He volunteers at Hancock Regional Hospital, Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen, as a Big Brother, and foster parent for PAWS animals as they look for their forever homes.

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