Bariatric Mindset Success aims to help individuals live a fuller richer life after weight loss surgery. 

Kristin Lloyd, MS, LPC, LMHC, PhD-c is a licensed psychotherapist and certified transformational mindset mentor guiding individuals to embrace healthy habits, better relationships, and fuller richer lives after weight loss surgery. 


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Group Mentoring

We have group mentoring programs that help individuals get the support and accountability that is needed while also working with a seasoned professional who is leading and facilitating the sessions.

About Me


Professional Bio:

Kristin Lloyd has been creating outstanding results for individuals, couples, and organizations for over 10 years as a highly-accomplished psychotherapist, transformational coach, college educator, and consultant. Through her invigorating and transformative facilitation skills, Kristin has been guiding individuals, couples, and executives to achieve dramatic breakthroughs in mindset and motivation, self-confidence, productivity, commitment, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, stress reduction, and aligning with their soul's purpose as well as reinventing one's future for success.

She is now leading bariatric patients and bariatric candidates through massive mindset shifts to help them create lasting behavioral habit changes, emotional adjustments to lead happy and healthy lives by keeping the weight off and adjusting to the multitude of lifestyle changes that occur following bariatric surgery. 

Kristin is also a PhD candidate in Psychology, a certified coach, a licensed psychotherapist, speaker, author of the book Bariatric Mindset Success: Live Your Best Life and Keep the Weight Off after Weight Loss Surgery and the accompanying Bariatric Mindset Success 3-month and 6-month Accountability Workbooks (all available on Amazon), a prolific writer and currently a contributor for Obesity Help, The Obesity Action Coalition YWM blog, The Huffington Post and The Master Shift. 

Kristin was also most recently a speaker at the Obesity Help 2017 conference. 


The Skinny: 

I’m just like you.

I know the pain, the angst, the struggle and the doubts when it came to the weight and weight loss. I also struggled to know myself in the months following surgery.

I was different on the outside, yet the same on the inside. The old mindset was still there. The old "fat chick" was still living and breathing on the inside of this new phenomenal body. I knew changes had to be made.

 Does this sound familiar? 

Here's where my story begins. 

In was about seven years ago, when I was in my office seeing patients when I was hit with my own inner critic in between sessions, “you’re so fat and they see how big you are. How can you possibly help others if you cannot even help yourself?”

The voice was loud and disruptive. Up until that point, I was able to achieve amazing levels of success in life, but the one area that I struggled was my weight. I’d hit 411lbs at my highest and I had tried everything – diets, food plans, nutritionists, therapists, trainers, gyms, shots, hypnotherapy, wraps – you name it, I tried it!

I even went to one of the leading eating disorders specialists in my city hoping for some answers or insights into what seemed to be an obsession or addition with food. You know what she did?

 She put me on a diet plan!!

I was ready to put in the emotional work and the only thing she could come up with was a diet plan? Been there, done that! 

I was done! 

After all my years of searching, trying, and everything but beating my head against a wall, I knew bariatric surgery was the answer for me. 

In 2013, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) or “gastric sleeve” for short. This surgery has saved and changed my life forever. I've lost 200lbs to date and have kept it off. 

I knew it wasn’t a quick fix and I knew I had to shift my mindset and my behaviors to keep the weight off long-term. There were other things too that I needed to shift - people pleasing, create firm boundaries, self-care as a priority, overcoming self-sabotage, and changing my thinking patterns so that I could have a healthy and successful life NOW that I've lost the weight. 

The biggest lesson I learned after losing all that weight... Wait for it! Wait for it!! 

It was NEVER about the weight. 

Actually, when the weight was there - it was ALWAYS about the weight. But once the weight was gone, the issues - the self-doubt, the lack of self-trust, the "not good enough, you're just a fat chick" voices were STILL there! 

Does this sound familiar? 

In fact, I realized quickly in my academic research that nearly 40% of all weight loss surgery/bariatric patients regain weight within 5 years of surgery because they don’t create a lifestyle change following surgery. Also, there's also evidence that even though you've lost the weight, there are still patterns of behavior that "fat thinking" is still an issue. 

Your pouch is a tool, it’s a way to achieve success and a bariatric mindset will get you there!

To feel as good on the inside as you look on the outside is just as important as the weight loss.

It's not just the physical change you are experiencing, it's the birthing of a NEW YOU in the process. 

Part of my passion is helping others to shift their mindset and achieve long-lasting weight loss through lifestyle change, and to help guide them to live richer, fuller lives in their careers, relationships, and more! 

I’ve been there, I’ve done this and have both the personal and professional experience to guide you to your long-term success through a bariatric mindset shift. 

Are you ready to meet the NEW YOU? 


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Bariatric Mindset Success

Weight loss surgery is not the quick fix to having the body of your dreams, it’s just the first step! Did you know that 40% of WLS patients regain weight within 5 years of surgery? When it comes to long-term WLS success, you’ve got to get a handle on your emotions and motivation.

This is why MINDSET is essential.

If you are not in the right headspace, you can slide backward and enter the danger zone of regaining weight. After investing so much time to get your body where you want it, is having the wrong mindset worth the risk of sabotaging all you've worked hard to achieve? 

In Bariatric Mindset Success, you will be guided through the WLS basics as well as advanced mindset, motivation, and emotional techniques to help you stay motivated through the ups and downs of life and create lifestyle habits that keep you focused on WLS success for life, not just in the short term.

Make weight regain a distant memory, take a stand for yourself and create a healthier version of you.

You're worth it!  Available in both Kindle and Paperback formats. 

Order on Amazon today!

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Bariatric Mindset Success:

3-Month & 6-Month Accountability Workbooks

Keep your weight off after weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery is a tool. Research has indicated that self-monitoring is one of the determining factors that helps prevent regain and help people keep their weight off long-term. 


When studies show that 40% of weight loss surgery patients regain weight within five years of surgery, there has to be something that is missing. Accountability and support, in addition to mindset shifts are key. However, many of the programs that exist aren't for bariatric patients, or require a lot of excess time.

This post-bariatric surgery accountability workbook was created specifically with busy individuals in mind to keep things simple, while also helping people to stay focused on their post WLS weight loss goals. Planning and preparation is one of the key ingredients to being successful after weight loss surgery and this accountability journal is your one stop shop for reaching and maintaining your weight loss surgery success!


Packed with daily, weekly, and monthly exercises this accountability journal aims to put everything you need in one place so you can plan and track effortlessly, so implementation is easy and habit changes occur naturally. This workbook is also designed to guide you to your personal growth beyond the weight as well. While the weight loss may be one of your biggest goals, the ultimate goal is to live your best life after bariatric surgery. 


Whether you've had lap band, gastric bypass, or the gastric sleeve procedure, this workbook will help you stay on track with your post-surgical plan. 

The Bariatric Mindset Success 3-month and 6-month Accountability Workbook includes:

* Monthly Food and Fitness Goal Worksheets 

* Monthly/weekly intentions for success worksheets

* Build new healthy habits worksheet 

* Break old bad habits worksheet 

* Weekly meal planning and grocery shopping worksheets 

* Worksheets to track your daily food, exercise, supplements and water intake 

* Worksheets to help you practice self-awareness 

* Tracking sheets to celebrate your successes 

The Bariatric Mindset Success 3-Month and 6-Month Accountability Workbooks are your complete guide to mindset shifts and lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery.


Shift Your Mindset --> Thinking Thin to Keep the Weight off Long-Term & Gain Unshakable Confidence


Did you know that 40% of people who've had bariatric/weight loss surgery will regain a small portion of weight within five years of having surgery?

Long-term lifestyle changes are the biggest reason that people keep the weight off long-term.

Most people who regain weight and are unable to maintain behaviors of post-op nutrition plans or exercise have internal or emotional struggles that go deeper than calories in, calories out and the good news is - there is help! You have access to support! 

Also, there are other changes that people go through after having bariatric surgery that impacts their lifestyle. Most of these changes occur internally and may never reflect in one's physical body yet do show up emotionally.

Having issues of low self-esteem and low self-worth are common for those living with obesity and even with weight loss there is the internal "fat girl" or "fat guy" living inside your head - and just because your body has changed doesn't necessarily mean the confidence is there. 

It's important to gain the mindset shifts to help you feel just as good on the inside as you look on the outside. 


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Group Program


Monthly Group Mentoring Sessions Evening: (Twice Monthly)

BONUS: Bariatric Mindset Success 3-month Accountability Workbook

Accountability Buddy Program .

Michele P. 

Kristin has been an invaluable resource and mentor for me as I've gone through the process following gastric bypass surgery. She's been a great support system as I've struggled with emotional changes through the weight loss. After I'd lost about 178lbs., I had realized the weight was gone but I was still thinking about myself as "fat" and was still struggling with shame, doubt, self-criticism, and emotional baggage. It was clear to me that I had to shift my thinking and the whole time I thought it was about the weight, clearly it wasn't. I'm much more confident in who I am and in my career and relationships. I highly recommend working with her. 

Emily G. 

It was about two years after I got the gastric sleeve surgery that I thought I needed to work with someone to kick start my weight loss after experiencing a stall. I wanted someone who knew what I'd gone through and who would understand the emotional aspect and to help me refocus. 

I found Kristin during a time when I needed accountability and support but the online forums were too crowded and I had a lot of shame built up. I didn't want to share my struggles on the internet in such an open way. I wanted something more one on one. I love that Kristin is a counselor and a mentor because she can see beneath things that my nutritionist couldn't. I also love her very direct "kick ass" style because she always calls me out on my excuses and knows when I'm trying to pull something over on her. As a result of our work together I've move past all my "stalls" and have gone on to get to my goal weight. She's also helped me as I've started to enter into my first romantic relationship since surgery. Working with Kristin after surgery has really changed my life. 

Lynn S. 

I found Kristin at a time when my relationship was falling apart and loved that she had experience with bariatric patients and even had the surgery herself. I had weight loss surgery and while I thought it would be great for my life and my marriage my husband became very jealous of how good I looked and it took a toll on our marriage.

Working with Kristin has been a godsend because through mentoring she helped me see how Matt was threatened by my new body, fearing I would leave as I changed into "my new self" and helped me work on our relationship. I've got a new body, a better marriage and couldn't be happier. 



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Trusted Partners

Bariatric Mindset works in conjunction with other professionals and businesses who provide products and services that support needs of the bariatric community. This resource page is to share information so bariatric patients can access these recommended products or services with ease. 

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Bariatric Women is a Facebook community of 64,000 women who have had, or are having bariatric surgery. They run challenge groups, give nutrition information including recipes and create accountability through their community.


Patricia Hill, Nutrition Coach and Owner of My Bariatric Kitchen / Living Healthy NutritioN

Patricia is a 25-year career educator, former caterer, and amateur chef who had Bariatric Surgery on 7/21/2016, losing a total of 118 pounds. Inspired by her own quest to lead a healthier life, she took it upon herself to learn all that she could about nutrition and how it now relates to her new tool. Drawing upon her degrees in science and education, she enrolled in classes and became a certified nutrition coach. She maintains a Facebook recipe and support group with nearly 32,000 members and runs a health and wellness coaching business that specializes in weight loss and healthy living for her members and their families. She teaches multiple online classes on a variety of topics related to health and wellness, provides 1:1 coaching both online and in person, publishes a weekly meal plan subscription, and travels to host dinners, retreats, intensives, and speaks at Bariatric conferences around the country. Patricia's plans and recipes focus on healthy balanced macronutrients for both men and women, taking into consideration the needs of the family and the challenges of our hectic lifestyles.

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