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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I Love Food!

February 15, 2017

I love food, I love to eat, and I love to write.  My love of food has transitioned into a way of being since I had my Lap Band surgery in 2004.  That love has resulted in our newly published cookbook, Eat Your Way to Success And Learn How To Control Hunger – A Weight […]

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Fabulous Breakfast After Weight Loss Surgery – Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup

February 8, 2017

Folks often ask me what I eat and when I tell them they then ask for the recipe.  Today I will share a recipe with you step by step for an amazing breakfast.  Try it and let me know what you think and remember, soon you will be able to purchase a copy of WLS […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – All Is Well With My Weight Loss Surgery AND I Have Pizza Back In My Life

January 25, 2017

This has been a very positive couple of weeks.  First of all I had my annual endoscopy on Friday and my bariatric doctor gave me a green light – my stomach is free of erosion, my band is in a perfect place, and all is right with my weight loss surgery world.  THAT is always […]

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A Morning At The Gym In January – Living a Life Of Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

January 18, 2017

Mornings at the gym in January are frustrating.  First of all, the parking lot is full of all of those New Year’s Resolutions people.  I look around and wonder who will still be here in March and April.  I know, after 12 years, that it will be less than half of the folks currently trying […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Just Doing It!

January 11, 2017

My body acts as a barometer.  Any time there are weather changes coming I know because I get aches and pains in places I didn’t even know I had places.  This is not a complaint.  It is a fact of my life.  I have had to learn to live with it, and I have. Last […]

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Detoxing From the holidays – It’s all about the attitude

January 4, 2017

Welcome to 2017.  It’s going to be a great year.  How do I know that you ask?  Simple, I will make it so.  I can choose to make my time on earth a chore, difficult, tedious, sad, troubled, or why not GREAT instead.  Attitude is everything. Over the holidays I got a little loose with […]

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Complacency Is A Buzz Kill For Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

December 28, 2016

Here I sit.  It’s December 28th, 2016 and time to look back on my year and see what I have achieved towards my personal goals related to weight loss surgery and what I choose to set as goals for 2017.  You may think – wow, she’s over 12 years out since surgery.  Why does she […]

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