How Weight Loss Surgery Saved My Life

by sandi on October 26, 2010

My friend Gloria and I in my old pants. Can you believe it?


I have been fighting the fat war since I was 4 years old. I finally won the war, leaving only small skirmishes that crop up regularly. My friends tell me these little battles are what a “normal” person always deals with. 

 Just five years ago, I was 424 pounds, had arthritis in my right knee, and had trouble walking across a parking lot. My asthma forced me to stop and catch my breath several times across those parking lots. I rented a scooter to be able to take my grandkids to Disneyland. I let my husband go into the market while I waited in the truck. People looked fearfully at me when I was getting on a plane, hoping I wasn’t sitting next to them.  In March 2004 I had a hypertension crisis that got my attention. To this point, my arthritis, asthma, reflux, and sleep apnea had not yet been enough to make me take notice. 

I have succeeded at most everything I have tried in life — I have a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to my soul mate, a great daughter, four awesome grandchildren, and a successful business I built from scratch over 20 years ago. But I could NEVER get a handle on my weight for longer than five minutes. 

On 5/28/2004, at 55 years old, I had life-changing, and life-saving, Lap-Band® surgery. Within 28 months I had lost 250 pounds. Now, more than five years after surgery, I am holding at 175 pounds and loving it. I am off all my medications and move freely and vigorously through my new life. 

 With the help of this tool and a great support team I have reached a place where it is fun to go anywhere and try new things, and I actually enjoy looking at pictures of myself (well, most of the time). 

 If you are struggling with your weight, you may find some useful information and solutions here. I have created this blog because something like it would have made a big difference to me when I was going through the decisions and the process myself. 

 As the old saying goes, information is power. If you are struggling with your weight, I want you to have the information you need to answer the questions you have so that you can make the best decision possible for you to have a richer life. 

 I hope you find this useful. I look forward to hearing from you.  

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by sandi on October 26, 2010

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Never Stop The Celebration Of YOU!Time marches on.  You have lost 100 pounds, or more, or less – at any rate you have lost a significant amount of weight and now you are living life as you choose, free from the burdens of obesity.  You are no longer sidelined because you can’t _________ (fill in the blank – fit on a roller coaster, in an airline seat, hike for a few miles, ride a bicycle, play tennis, scuba dive, tie your shoelaces…….).  You are traveling, playing, participating 100% in life when suddenly you notice your jeans are a little bit snug, or the top button of your favorite shirt is pulling a bit too much for your taste.  What you do next can alter the tenor of your life for the next days, months, or even years.

Here are some of your choices as I see them:

  • Ignore it – it must be water weight since you ate out last night
  • Blame it on everyone around you – spouses, friends, co-workers, bosses, moms, dads – after all they put all that food in front of you
  • Get extremely sad, cry, and carry on like a two year old, blame it all on your surgery – it just isn’t working any more, right?
  • Get depressed, fall into a funk and stew on it, but do nothing
  • Face it, get on the scale, own the number, and figure out what comes next

The last is the most difficult to do and alas is the only one that will give you benefits in the long run.

Never Stop The Celebration Of YOU!So what does come next?  Do you start belittling yourself for gaining weight, calling yourself names, identifying yourself as a failure?  This stinking thinking will get you nowhere but to a higher number on the scale because once you have decided that you are a failure, that’s exactly what you’ll be.

Let’s look at what’s going on through a different set of eyes.  Let’s go back to the beginning.  You have lost xxx pounds.  You have regained xx pounds.  You have kept off a significant amount of the original weight you lost.  GOOD WORK!  Take out those pictures from the beginning of your journey and take one today.  Do you see the difference when you put them side by side?  YOU ARE A SUCCESS first and foremost.  Never lose sight of that, and you are ready to figure out what you need to do to get back into those jeans and that favorite shirt.  Look at what happens next as just another day, week, month in the life of a weight loss surgery patient.  Another page or chapter in your journal.  You still have your weight loss surgery tool, you still have your brain, you still know what actions to take to get to where you want to be. 

So what’s been missing and where did that extra weight come from?  Complacency, stress, lack of planning, eating your feelings, choosing to put yourself into a carb coma to escape from your day to day.  These are all of the same things that created your need for weight loss surgery in the first place.  Those nasty little habits are slipping back into your life.  STOP RIGHT NOW!  What can you do?  Many things starting with:

  • Make an appointment with your doctor for a check-up and blood work to make sure there is no medical cause like being low on a particular vitamin or supplement or to see if any of your meds need to be adjusted;
  • Make an appointment with a counselor or psychologist if you are feeling down or anxious much of the time.  There is absolutely no shame in asking for help
  • Take out your food scale, measuring cups, measuring spoons and food journal and begin planning your meals, prepping them and keeping track in your journal of everything you eat and drink and your feelings.
  • Get out and get some exercise.  This doesn’t mean 3 hours at the gym.  It could mean beginning with walking for 5-10 minutes a day at your break and working up from there.

Never Stop The Celebration Of YOU!The one thing I know for certain from my own personal experiences is that when I forget that I am a weight loss surgery patient first and start acting like I did, before I had surgery, regarding food choices, etc.  I begin feeling like I did before I had surgery, which is not very good.

Take 5 minutes each day and “catch” yourself doing something good.  What did you do today that has supported your health and well-being?

Come on up out of the dark side and step into the light.  You can do it!  You’ve been doing it and have done quite well.  Never forget that, and never give up!


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The Holidays Come Earlier Every YearIs it just me or do the Holidays actually come earlier every year?  By that I mean Labor Day is barely gone, the weather is still summer hot, and in most Big Box stores Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are already in full swing?

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard enough time resisting the Halloween candy when I buy it on the 30th of October to put out the very next evening, and that includes the candy I buy that I don’t particularly like- which is the ONLY candy I buy.  Sugar is sugar after all, “deep sigh”, and I am an addict.

The Holidays Come Earlier Every YearEverywhere I go I am assaulted with Halloween treats.  I walk into the market and besides the floor to ceiling candy displays there are cupcake, cookie and fully decorated cake displays right there in front of me.  Shopping the “outer rim” of the supermarket doesn’t always work anymore because the “in house” bakery is typically right there between the deli and the meat/fish departments and the end caps of every aisle are full of bad “goodies”.  I even found my crazy brain trying to tell me that the cute little mini cupcakes weren’t really that bad.  Really?  Fortunately I didn’t believe myself and walked past them – this time.

The Holidays Come Earlier Every YearAt the caps of every aisle there are Halloween Oreos, Scary Doritos, tons of candy corn, chocolates, licorice, and all the other treats that keep dentists and bariatric surgeons in business.  What happened to one aisle with all the holiday treats that I did NOT have to walk down if I didn’t choose to?  The marketing geniuses have taken over.  I wonder how many of them are obese from being taken in by their own creations? 

There have been Christmas trees and Christmas decorations at Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s and Wal-Mart since the school supplies were moved aside.  As soon as Halloween is over the chocolate turkeys and pilgrims and pumpkin peeps will be out in full force, followed shortly by the candy canes, fruitcakes, chocolate wrapped in Holiday foils and the cakes, cookies, cupcakes, chips, dips and eggnog for the Christmas season.  OH – Joy to the World……..

The Holidays Come Earlier Every YearHow are we going to do it?  How are we going to thwart the intentions of those Madison Ave marketers that get paid 6 figure incomes to contrive new ways for us to consume crap?

Me, I stay close to all my weight loss surgery pals.  As a matter of fact, as WLS Success Matters, Wendy and I have created an amazing group to cover November 1st through December 31st – those 9 weeks of hell known as the holiday season.  We have strategies to help you cope with the aisles of ever growing sugary foods, the parties, the alcoholic beverages, the stress of relatives you may only see once a year – basically everything that can get in the way of a successful weight loss surgery patient during the Holidays.  We challenge you, we coach you, and we share strategies, recipes and constant tips.  We become family and are available to you 24/7 to talk those chocolate Santas out of your shopping carts.

The Holidays Come Earlier Every YearWhy don’t you come to Hangin’ Through The Holidays ™ with us and make it to 2017 in one piece, with your mind and your body unscathed by the aisles of Fright that we face every time we go to a store, to the lunch room at the office or even to visit friends or family. 

Here’s the link for more information or to register Hangin’ Through The Holidays ™

I wish all of you a Happy and Healthy Holiday!

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Obesity Health 2016

by sandi on October 5, 2016

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This past weekend was the 2016 Obesity Help conference in Garden Grove CA.  Friday began with my not being able to drive down there from home, with all of the horrible traffic on the 405.  My rotator cuff is still giving me grief and holding the steering wheel for 2 ½ hours would only make it worse.  I absolutely detest not being able to do it myself.  Thanks to my amazing husband who is always there when I need him.

As I packed I tossed things in my suitcase to wear.  My “investment denim”, that is my “designer” jeans purchased when I hit my new low weight of 154, leggings, a top, my 2 piece bathing suit, a gown I bought a couple of years ago, shoes, my WLS Success Matters tank top and a sweater to wear to fend off the air conditioning.  Well you get the picture.  I threw all of this in the suitcase without trying any of it on.  I knew it would fit.  All of the clothes in my closet are one size; they are no longer displayed in skinny, growing, and biggest sizes.  This amazes me still, in a good way I might add, after spending the first 55 years of my life going up and down not 5 or 10 pounds, but hundreds of pounds. 

So, all of the clothes in my closet fit, right?  Well, I guess you can say that.  Or maybe I can’t really say that.  Saturday night I put on my gown, had some help zipping it up since my shoulder is still giving me grief and it was a left side zip, had no “control wear” on underneath and realized that it was time to give the gown away or have it altered since it was big on me.  Fortunately, (or perhaps unfortunately) it wasn’t so big that it didn’t stay up.  It was a one shoulder deal so I think that kept it in place.  I was certainly comfortable all night in my loose fitting gown.

This particular non-scale victory brings me joy!  I guess it’s time to go back through my closet and see what else is too big.  My consistency with my food choices and my hard work in the gym is allowing me to continue to “shrink” without losing weight.  This 68 year young body continues to tighten (even as some parts want to sag with age).  Who would have thought this possible 12+ years ago as I was making the decision to have Weight Loss Surgery?  I certainly didn’t even dream of the possibility of ever wearing a gown without wearing control garments underneath, or jeans and a tank top tucked in with a belt, or leggings and a top.  It was all loose stretch pants, and ginormous flowy tops to hide what was underneath.

Today I am proud of who I am, and while my body is far from perfect, it is MY BODY and I am proud of it.

What are you proud of today?

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Making My Choices CountAs I was sipping my coffee this morning I checked my messages as per my usual routine.  My trainer had texted me to let me know she was dealing with a flooded bathroom and wasn’t going to make it in to the gym this morning.  My mind took off in the following directions at high speed:

  • Great, I’m tired anyway I can just stay home and go for a walk down to the beach later;
  • Hmm, should I try to reach out to one of the other trainers and see if anyone is available;
  • I can go to the gym and do my minimum of 30 minutes on the elliptical;
  • I can just bow off exercise totally for the day and take it as a rest day

Yes, in less than 2 minutes all of those thoughts raced through my almost awake brain.  I went through them again and then texted one of the other trainers to see if he was available – no go.  Next I thought about either blowing the day off or setting myself up for a walk to the beach later.  Hmm, either one is really blowing the day off because even if my calendar permitted, I will never get the calorie burn or the metabolism boost from a walk to the beach that I get from the “run” I can do on the elliptical, even if I only did 30 minutes.

Making My Choices CountOkay, decision was made.  It’s off to the gym I went.  I hopped up on the elliptical, plugged my tunes in and started moving.  I told myself 30 is all I had to do.  Then I thought some more.  I made a commitment to myself at the beginning of 2016 that my goal for the year was to do a 5k each time I went to the gym and used the elliptical.  I began pacing myself, bobbing my head along with the tunes, singing by mouthing the words with no sound and before I knew it I was approaching my 30 minutes.  What next?  Yes, I took the high road and continued on for 15 more minutes, completing 3.3 miles and 45 minutes.  It wasn’t easy, the hamstring in my left leg was threatening to cramp, but I met my commitment to myself.  I felt great when I stepped off and stretched my hamstrings, and wiped the sweat from my face.

I keep learning that life is a series of choices and so is our journey to health after weight loss surgery.  I control the choices, even when life doesn’t go according to plan.  I hold the power to control my personal choices whether that means choosing to meet my fitness goal for the day or having a yogurt instead of a bagel, or salmon instead of lasagna.  It’s all in my power.  Here’s some interesting tidbits on choice:

“Life may be likened to a path.  We walk along the pathway of our lives, doing what we do.  And sometimes we come to a fork in the path, where we must choose which way to go. 

Choice, then, is selection from alternatives.

This means we must see the alternatives from which we can choose. 

Being alert and able to see the choices we have is a critical ability for living deliberately.

Choosing is the process of selection.  Classically, we weigh up each option, considering pros and cons.  We then select the most advantageous option.  In practice we are limited by time and the linear nature of conscious thought, so we leave a lot to our unconscious minds, which use intuition, rules of thumb, habit and so on. “

Making My Choices CountWhen we come to a fork in the path of life, it can be what to eat, what to drink, how or when to exercise, who to go out with, what job you want to apply for, or many other possibilities, some life changing, some not so much.  The important piece to remember is to stop, stay mindful of the possible alternatives and try to make the choice in the moment that will move you forward towards your goals.

My goal is living a healthy lifestyle.  I work on making my choices ones that support that path.

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Long Term Lap Band Success - It’s My Birthday and I Celebrate Life!As I begin the 68th year of my life, I am looking back and looking forward at the same time.  As I look back 12 ½ years to my decision to have Lap Band Surgery I know from the depths of my very soul that this was one of the best choices in my life. 

It’s kind of ironic that I am recovering from a rotator cuff injury when you think about it.  Me, who at 424 pounds could barely walk across a room, has an injury caused by a combination of the misalignment of my body (scoliosis), my swimming, and strength training.  I am an athlete, something I hadn’t been since college at 16 years old, over 50 years ago.  On the other hand, old habits that don’t serve my current lifestyle reared their ugly head with this injury.

Long Term Lap Band Success - It’s My Birthday and I Celebrate Life!Throughout the day, as my arm would begin to hurt, I was beginning to graze, an act of self-medicating or self-soothing with food.  I am not 5 years old any longer and I don’t need a lollipop to help make the “booboo” or my “owie” better.  How many of us were given treats to help us forget the scraped knee or the bruised ego growing up?  I was, over and over again.  Treats were a demonstration of love and caring and rewards for me by the adults in my life.  If it wasn’t have a cookie and you’ll feel better it was do xxxx and you can have a slice of chocolate cake, or be a good girl and you’ll get ice cream.

It’s no wonder I had to recreate my relationship with food these past 12 years to be fuel for my body that also tasted good, not pain medicine, or a reward for good behavior that was loaded with sugar.  So why, when I am hurting do I so easily fall back into the habit of trying to medicate with food?  Hmmm, oversimplified the answer is that 56 years of a habit, whether it served me well or was my master is a long time action that in times of stress I can still easily fall back to.  I am not cured of the disease of obesity, I have it controlled and am in a “remission”.

There are a few things I know for sure:

  • When I snack on processed carbs aka “crap”, that is exactly how I feel
  • Eating doesn’t make the pain go away
  • I am worthy of self love and self care

Long Term Lap Band Success - It’s My Birthday and I Celebrate Life!To those “knowns” I say my arm is healing, I am following my Physical Therapist’s as well as my Orthopedist’s instructions and I have begun a course of Chiropractic care along with massage, ultrasound, and electric stimulation.  My shoulder improves daily, I continue with my exercise regimen, modified as need be, and look forward to a complete recovery this year.  Feeding on sweets will not make the process any quicker. 

Happy Birthday To me – and Many More!

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The Saga Of My Shoulder Continues - Long Term LapBand Success I always say that I have been put on the earth this time around to learn patience, and right now, just before my 68th birthday I am being forced to be patient, not with others, but with myself.  I am following my Doctor’s and my Physical Therapist’s orders on what exercise I can do, and to be perfectly blunt and unprofessional, it sucks! 

After a couple of weeks of therapy I have a recovery to about 35% of where I was before my rotator cuff pain began.  I suppose this is good; however for me it is not good enough.  I wake up when my shoulder pain calls in the middle of the night, and stare at the ceiling wondering if I am doomed to this ache for the rest of my days.  The Saga Of My Shoulder Continues - Long Term LapBand Success My intellectual side understands exactly what is going on with my shoulder – I have  impingement of the supraspinatus tendon.  Was there a particular injury or action that was the cause of this condition?  No.  Supraspinatus tendonitis is a common cause of shoulder pain in athletes whose sports involve throwing and overhead motions.  I expect my swimming for the past 11 years at least 3 days per week and my scoliosis which has my right shoulder (the effected one) higher than my left and slightly forward is the cause.  So the cause is probably a combination of age, overall pre-existing physical conditions and my athletic prowess…GREAT.  Just great……NOT!

The Saga Of My Shoulder Continues - Long Term LapBand Success I have had to change my routine and that is very difficult for me.  I pulled back on lifting any weight at all for 3 weeks now and am doing the exercises recommended by my therapist with my trainer, with my therapist, and at home.  The improvement has stabilized to this point, with the exception of being able to increase my swimming breast stroke from 30 to 35 minutes and then 45 minutes without pain during the swim.  However I seem to be paying for the 45 minute swim today with some pain- more of an ache, but discomfort nevertheless.  I iced before I went to bed last night and got immediate relief and 3 hours sleep before my arm awakened me.  I iced this morning and got about 2-3 hours relief before the ache began again.  To me this indicates little to no improvement.  I cannot increase my bicep and tricep lifting weights (which we backed off from up to 25 pounds per arm to less than 5, at one point 1 pound weights were difficult to control) until I can swim for 45 minutes for several days with no pain.

The Saga Of My Shoulder Continues - Long Term LapBand Success I am frustrated.  I will be 68 years old on 9/15 and have worked very hard to create the body shape that I have, and it is more difficult the older you get to replace muscle.  That song keeps playing in my head, as does the one that says if you work too hard too fast you’ll tear the tendon completely and need surgery.

So I am taking Saturday through Monday off from physical activity using my arms and will hit the pool on Tuesday and see how it goes.

Think positive thoughts for me.  I want to be able to go back to my full routine and keep shaping my body into new and better.  This is harder than I thought it would ever be.

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Long Term Lap Band Success About 6 weeks ago my right shoulder began kind of hurting, a dull ache every once in a while, and occasionally I would feel a “catch”.  Oh well, just getting old I thought – keep right on pushing through is what I told myself.  I did, and low and behold, the dull ache turned into a chronic, nagging dull ache and from there grew to a full blown pain on moving my right arm in certain ways.  I could no longer ignore this.  I began paying attention by modifying my swimming to exclude freestyle since that hurt; modifying my weight lifting/strength training to exclude anything that hurt.  I thought this would give me time to heal and all would be good in a week or two.

Long Term Lap Band Success A week or two came and went, and the pain, and now some weakness persisted.  Okay, I give up!  Time to do something more about it.  I made an appointment with my orthopedist who took x-rays, couldn’t see anything so he sent me for an MRI.  Now THAT was an experience.  The technician turned me on my right side (the side that hurt) so they could get the images the doctor wanted and then told me to stay perfectly still for the duration.  I did, but since the shoulder that had issues was getting some of the pressure and weight from the rest of my body my right arm had a mind of its own and was doing some involuntary shaking.  I tried controlled breathing, etc. and I guess they got their images.  My arm hurt for 2 days afterward…. was this a test to determine what was wrong, or was it a way of creating a problem?

Long Term Lap Band Success Back to the orthopedist who told me my rotator cuff was not torn completely through, but frayed.  He suggested a round of PT, not doing anything that hurt (that was my only exercise restriction- if it hurts, stop), and a shot of cortisone into my left shoulder.  Okay then;  got the shot, set up the PT appointment and went on my way, which was a 2 hour drive to the airport.  The orthopedist apparently “forgot” to tell me that initially the cortisone shot could cause more pain, and then as it helped with the inflammation it would improve.  Well by the time we got to LAX I was squirming in my seat, and by the time we got back home, about 4 hours later after dinner I was crying REAL TEARS.  It hurt.  I have a high pain tolerance so this was nothing to mess around with.

I made it through the night and woke up Saturday morning with the pain barely noticeable- I guess the cortisone kicked in.  Saturday and Sunday were great.  I shopped for a cross body bag that was smaller and lighter than my current purse, and avoided using my right arm as much as possible.

Monday morning came and it was off to the gym.  I did my 45 minutes on the elliptical and modified that to use my arms low instead of high so I was not engaging my shoulders.  Then came my time with the trainer….I can row, I can do legs, I can do core and some other limited upper body stuff so we got it done.  Then I came home, realized my shoulder was doing okay and made the call to physical therapy.

Tuesday morning I swam, modifying my workout to no freestyle, and doing a modified backstroke that kept my shoulders in the water along with the breast stroke that was fine.  Oops, even that modified backstroke caused me some low level aching.  Spent 10 minutes in the hot tub and that didn’t help my shoulder, but always helps my general attitude.

Long Term Lap Band Success Spent 1 ½ hours with PT being massaged, ultra sounded and iced.  I learned that icing for 10 minutes after exercise is key.  I will try to keep that up once I return from the Your Weight Matters Convention on Monday.

I see my trainer and the physical therapist again tomorrow before I leave.  My attitude has gone from fear of not being able to work out hard again, to understanding that I could modify most of what I do and continuing doing while my shoulder healed.

Long Term Lap Band Success I may still contact an acupuncturist for that therapy next week since so many folks swear by it for pain relief and to assist with healing.

Right now I am getting by without pain meds, following both my doc’s and my therapists instructions and look forward to being 100% again soon.

The moral of the story is NEVER GIVE UP!  There is always a way to get it done.

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Taking Some Time Off For Me And Still Learning – Long Term Lap Band Success

August 17, 2016

Last week my husband and I escaped for a few days up the coast to Cambria and San Simeon.  We stayed in a really lovely little Inn right in downtown Cambria and did our first ever tour of Hearst Castle.  The Inn had no fitness facilities and they frown on visitors using the pool at […]

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Food, Fitness, Water – Living My Life As A Long Term Successful Weight Loss Surgery Patient

August 10, 2016

Here I am, 67 years young, working through my 13th year after Lap Band Surgery and my only real complaint is that I wish I had done it 20 years earlier.  Was it easy to lose 270 pounds? NO! Is it easy to maintain that weight loss? NO! The one certainty here is that it […]

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Dealing With The Challenges Of Sugar/ Carbs For Long Term Success After Lap Band, Or Any Weight Loss Surgery

August 3, 2016

I decided to ask folks on Facebook what the most challenging part of their journey has been.  The #1 answer was sugar or carb addiction.  So is sugar addiction real?  It is for me.  This is how it works in my body.  I eat a cookie or a cupcake or some ice cream, and within […]

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Planning To Be A Success – Setting Goals For My Health After Weight Loss Surgery

July 27, 2016

As you read this for the first time I will be 12 years and 2 months post-op from my Lap Band surgery.  Oh, and did I mention 270 pounds lighter?  I thought about the progression of everything it took to get me to where I am today, a fit, healthy, 67 year young woman enjoying […]

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Come With Us To The Beach – Long Term Success After Lap Band, or Any Weight Loss Surgery

July 20, 2016

I wondered what I was going to share with you, all of this week.  Food, portions, supplements, exercise, water, personal accountability.  It all matters, that’s for sure.  My opinion is that it all begins with personal accountability which has so many pieces to it.  It is being accountable that has us being mindful of our […]

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Food, Glorious Food – Long Term Success After Lap Band, Or ANY Weight Loss Surgery

July 13, 2016

Since I love eating and I love cooking and creating bariatric friendly dishes it is no surprise that my business discussion with the other half of WLS SUCCESS MATTERS centered on food, hunger, satiety, understanding that food equals fuel, and that even the “worst” of cooks can create a delicious meal in minutes. When I […]

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Marigold Bars Giveaway – Win A Chance To Try 12 of My New Favorite Protein Bars

July 6, 2016

You all hear me say time and time again that I eat ONLY delicious tasting food.  This goes for all my meals, snacks and even the “emergency” foods I keep on hand or that I travel with.  You know I was intrigued when I saw protein bars with names like Chunky Choco Walnut, Macarooned, Cinnabahn […]

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Calories – To Count Or Not To Count – Long Term Lap Band Success

June 29, 2016

Which of these have you heard? — Eat between 800-1200 calories per day.  Get 60-80 grams of protein per day.  Use a small plate.  Eat protein first, then veggies, then if you have room eat your carbs.  Fifty percent of your calories should be protein.  Seventy percent of your calories should be protein.  You need […]

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Taking Care of Me First – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

June 22, 2016

I had a revelation yesterday while I was at the orthopedic doctor’s office.  I meal plan, I weigh and measure most of my food, I get in at least 200 minutes of fit living each week, I see my bariatric surgeon on a regular basis, I take my vitamins and supplements, I drink my water.  […]

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Claiming Bragging Rights and Celebrating For Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

June 15, 2016

There seems to be two schools of thought within the Facebook Weight Loss Surgery Community.  The first think that celebrating success, sharing meals, sharing fitness, and “selfies” is a statement of lack of self-esteem. The second believes that sharing all of this on Facebook is just that- a celebration of how far we have come, […]

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