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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Long Term Lap Band Success – Finally REALLY Comfortable In My Own Skin

December 22, 2016

          I just returned from a week at a warm beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico.  Several things were different from any other vacation I have taken in the past few years. First and foremost was that I had no qualms about wearing a two piece bathing suit and walking between […]

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Resisting Change Doesn’t Work For Me – Long Term Lap Band Success

December 7, 2016

As I walked into the gym early Wednesday morning I saw a sign where I needed to check in that said “Pool Closed Until Further Notice”.  I immediately began to panic and then get angry because I joined this gym BECAUSE they had an indoor swimming pool and my body needs to swim 2-3 times […]

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On Being Thankful – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

November 30, 2016

OK, so it’s a week after Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean I can’t be grateful, thankful, appreciative – of all the benefits that have come to me as a result of having Weight Loss Surgery in 2004. Here are a few of them, and believe me, each one comes from heart and soul: I have a […]

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A Weight Loss Surgery Patient’s Guide To A Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday Inspirations For Banded Living

November 23, 2016

First and foremost Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I am grateful for each and every one of you who reads my blogs and takes away something to use on their journey to health and well being.  I am grateful to all who share my blogs with others.  I am grateful for this opportunity to share my […]

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What do I eat for long term success after Lap Band surgery?

November 16, 2016

MEAL PLANNING – UGH, RIGHT? We spent x years before weight loss surgery going through life, often from one drive through to another or from the pizza place to the Mexican restaurant to the Chinese restaurant.  Some of us actually cooked – what did we make?  Big pots of mashed potatoes, rice and beans, lots […]

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Making It Through The Holidays Again Maintaining My Long Term Lap Band Success

November 9, 2016

This will be my 13th holiday season since I had weight loss surgery in 2004.  Every year is a little bit different because every year I am a little bit different.  There are a few constants that remain for me so I thought I would share them and see if anyone else feels the same […]

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How Exercise Has Shaped My Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

November 2, 2016

It’s 6am.  I am sipping a cup of black coffee in my sweats and it’s almost time for me to get dressed and leave for the gym.  Today my schedule is 30 minutes on the elliptical, then an hour working with my personal trainer, then 15 minutes more on the elliptical.  Then home to start […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – The Tools of The Trade That Work For Me

October 26, 2016

I had weight loss surgery on May 28, 2004.  That is 12 ½ years ago.  I had Lap Band Surgery so I was required to learn from Day 1 what I needed to do in order to get the weight off, improve my health and stay that way long term. There are some things that […]

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