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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How I Put My Support Systems In Place For Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

April 5, 2017

I had weight loss surgery on May 28, 2004.  That is almost 13 years ago.  I went into surgery terrified, afraid I would fail at this last-ditch effort to shed some of the 424 pounds I was carrying around that were killing me slowly.  I woke up after surgery in pain and still terrified wondering […]

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My Mindful Eating Tips – For Long Term Lapband Success

March 29, 2017

I sat down and wondered what I wanted to share in this week’s newsletter.  I’ve been thinking a lot about mindful eating as I have eating a little too fast lately and paying the price.  I re-read this blog and thought – “It makes the points I need to make for myself and the entire […]

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Where I Go For Motivation – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

March 22, 2017

  So it’s Monday morning, my sinuses are congested, my knee is screaming at me, my hip aches from my hike yesterday and it’s time to get ready for the gym.  The way I see it, I have only two choices – to go to the gym or stay home.  So let’s look at both […]

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Success – How Do I measure thee? Let me count the ways

March 15, 2017

Success after any weight loss surgery begins as a number on the scale for sure; and it is important to weigh ourselves regularly so we stay in touch with the number we declare as our goal and maintain our weight in a reasonable range.  The scale does have a place in our lives.  Rest assured […]

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Relationships Are Like Potato Chips – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery.

February 22, 2017

I have a problem with sleep.  I don’t get enough.  I get to sleep with ease most nights, but wake up after a few hours and often can not get back to sleep.  I have tried all the known remedies from melatonin, calcium and magnesium to chamomile tea, sleep masks, warm baths and everything in […]

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