Is It Really Hunger OR Am I Tired?

August 9, 2017

Here it is, a few years later and I find myself hungry today.  I stop, apply HALTS and realize I am tired.  I had a bad night of insomnia last night.  Good thing I am following a Kick Start eating plan this week – super low carbs, lots of firm protein, and low carb veggies.  […]

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A Positive Attitude Is What Has Brought Me This Far in My Successful Lap Band Journey

August 2, 2017

I was thinking about what I was going to share with you all today and my head went to the place of “I can’t come up with anything new”.  While that may be true, when I look at what I have done to lose my weight, regain my health and life, and be an active […]

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Going That Extra Mile for Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

July 26, 2017

“At 211 degrees water is hot.  At 212 degrees it boils.  And with boiling water comes steam, and with steam you can power a train.” Sam Parker Putting forth that extra effort, being persistent in the continual application of “steam” (extra effort) to whatever we undertake will get us extraordinary results.  Extraordinary results begin with […]

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Daily Action Plans For Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

July 19, 2017

Been thinking about Daily Action Plans today and I went into a detail of what my days will look like this week to achieve my goal for the week which is to lose about 2 lbs.  As I wrote my plan for my meals (all delicious by the way) and my fitness and my water […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – The Rules – Why Do We Resist Them?

July 12, 2017

As I am embarking on my 14th year after weight loss surgery and maintaining a 250+ pound weight loss people often ask me how I do it.  My answer is really not very complicated – I followed the rules my doctor gave me before surgery and I continue to follow them all these years later.  […]

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Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Success and The Trigger Foods Of Summer

July 5, 2017

A trigger food is a specific food that sets off a course of overeating where control is lost.  The most common trigger foods are calorie-dense, highly palatable foods that are often combinations of sugar and fat (e.g.  ice cream, cookies) or fat and salt (e.g.  nuts, potato chips, French fries). Yale university researchers had both […]

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Thirteen Years After WLS And Still Journaling

June 28, 2017

I am 13 years and 1 month Post-Op.  My weight loss surgery has afforded me a new, healthy life which I am grateful for every single day.  Wouldn’t you think that after 13 years of eating “right”, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and taking my vitamins, I could put my food journal away and just “live” […]

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Emotional Eating Doesn’t Serve My Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

June 14, 2017

I am human, and the nature of human beings is that we are not perfect.  I am not perfect. Every now and again over the past 13 years I seem to let it slip my mind that I am a weight loss surgery patient.  It’s usually during times of stress, be they family, financial, medical […]

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Being Sick Totally Cramps My Style In Ways I Never Would Have Thought About – Long Term WLS Success

June 7, 2017

I left for Portland, OR and the WLSFA annual Meet & Greet on Wednesday, May 17th.  I was all packed for a weekend of panel discussions, costume changes, seminars and fun.  That’s what I had – a great time! Sunday afternoon, as we checked out of the downtown Portland Hotel, moved to a hotel by […]

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What I Have Learned After 13 Years As a Weight Loss Surgery Patient

May 31, 2017

May 28, 2004.  That was the day I was reborn.  I was given a second chance to salvage my adult life, my health, my relationship with myself and others, and to find my WHY.  Many begin their journey knowing their WHY – they want to get rid of meds, cure obesity related diseases, fit into […]

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Thirteen Years After Lap Band Surgery And Still Living My Best Life

May 24, 2017

I am in Portland OR Making A Difference With The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation Of America, and then I will be taking a few days to hike and explore the Columbia River Gorge, Mt.  Hood, and whatever else calls to us in that beautiful area.  Since on 5/28/17 I will be 13 years post op […]

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Weight Loss Surgery — Is It The Easy Way Out?

May 17, 2017

It still infuriates me when folks think that having bariatric surgery is taking the easy way out.  HA!  I wrote this years ago and it still says it all for me.  How about you?  More and more seriously overweight  people are turning to weight loss surgery to assist them in taking off and keeping off the […]

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It’s The Non-Scale Victories That Keep Me Motivated After WLS Surgery

May 10, 2017

I am often asked how I keep doing it after almost 13 years… how do I stay motivated, inspired, and on point?  First of all I have to admit I am NOT perfect.  I have never been, nor do I ever expect to be PERFECT…..  To me perfect means flawless, without fault, quintessential, best, ultimate.  […]

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Spending A Weekend Just For YOU Can Lead To Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Success

May 3, 2017

I recently returned from a weekend in Tacoma Washington with 16 wonderful women.  We laughed, we cried, we painted pictures of Wonder Woman, we walked along the water, we worked hard together, we got fitted for new walking/running shoes together, we ate all of our meals together. We listened to a bariatric surgeon speak and […]

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How Fitness Has Fueled My Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

April 26, 2017

It will be 13 years in another month.  On 5/28/04 I had weight loss surgery, lap band surgery to be exact.  After that my life changed in so many wonderful ways.  Making exercise an integral part of my life has been one of them. Getting started was HARD!  My doc wanted us to move 30 […]

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What’s On Your Plate – Eating For Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

April 19, 2017

When I had surgery almost 13 years ago I progressed from liquids to mushies and then to solids as prescribed by my doctor.  Once I was into solids my menu began expanding except for breakfast and lunch.  I ate the same breakfast and lunch for 2+ years and boy did I ever get bored with […]

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Being Complacent Doesn’t Support My Healthy Lifestyle – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

April 12, 2017

One dictionary definition of complacent is:  Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness. Well I am not too sure about the smugness part, but I do know that any time on my journey from 424 pounds to a healthy life that if I became complacent, I […]

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