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Nominated For the 2013 WLS Awards Most Inspiring Story

wlsawardnomineeNominated for:

Favorite YouTube Personality

Favorite Individual/Personal Obesity or WLS-related Blog:

Most Inspiring Story: can be obesity or WLS related

Being Nominated for something like this is SUCH an honor. I can’t even begin to tell you. When I think about the fact that so many of you really only met me and started following my blog back in October after we met at the OAC Convention it really warms my heart that so many of you think so highly of me that you nominated me.

These nominations are very special to me for two reasons, one they show that you appreciate what I am doing. Considering that my goal is to use my YouTube Videos ( The Desperately Seeking Slender Show ) and my Blog to inspire and motivate others by sharing my weight loss journey with them to be nominated as your favorite YouTube Personality, Favorite Personal Blog and Most Inspiring Story pretty much tells me that I am on the right path.

One of my Hero’s in this Community, Waning Woman posted a little blurb today about what she would do if elected Favorite VGS Patient ( Favorite Sleever ) … I just HAD to follow suit!

If selected I promise to stand for equality, to make sure that you have someone tough to stand up against bullies, I promise to make snarky comments that make you all laugh and throw your hands in the air to cheer in the face of Fat Haters, Bigots and Mean Girls.

I promise to combat the high school behavior in this community with comedy and a positive attitude. I promise to fart rainbows and poop sunshine on the Negative Betties and Queen McNasties.

I promise to stand there with my arms on my hips and dare someone to tell you that you took the “Easy way out” and I promise to challenge those with that mindset to out exercise me and to leave them huffing and puffing in the back ground as I prove how hard we work for our weight loss.

I promise to be an example of Fitness, Fun, and I promise that I will enlist the help of those way better than me to help with Dress Shopping, High Heel Wearing, Support Group Leading, Recipe Making friends to ensure that once we all finish our work outs, we look damn good.

I promise to make fun of myself by posting pictures of my bad hair days and I promise to always be the one in the corner with the pom poms shouting your name as you reach your goals. “2 4 6 8 YOU KNOW PANDORA THINKS YOU’RE GREAT!”

Now please go vote for all my friends! Pay it forward to this community and thank them for all they do. You know who they are. Please don’t put a check by my name unless you are putting a check by theirs too!


Now you know me… I have to go share this exciting news, I just have to go share this new Non-Scale-Victory with my own Personal Hero – Chris Powell and his wife Heidi Powell.


Training To Become a Personal Trainer

Once in a while you meet someone and you just click. You goals are so similar and you are so passionate about the same things that when you are together it’s like you feed on each other’s positive energy. I call this “Motivation Transference.”

Bobby Whisnand Leading the Walk from Obesity at the OAC Inaugural Convention Dallas Texas October 2012

If you are someone who reads my blog and finds themselves motivated by what I share and write, you’ve probably experienced this same sort of thing.

I am the type of person that thrives on order and structure. I’m the type of person that has to look to someone as the paradigm.

In the beginning of this journey that I am on towards becoming a personal trainer, it was my own personal trainer that motivated me. We used to talk about how we’d work together some day, how we’d do big things together, help more people lose weight, what a powerhouse team we would be together. For almost a year, those dreams helped me stay focused on own weight loss journey and helped ensure my own personal accountability – something that is a monumental part of my weight loss journey.

I have a theory about my need for positive role models, good examples, mentors and heroes; I believe it stems from a childhood without a lot of friends and where my main form of socialization was among adults. You compile that on the fact that most of those adults ended up hurting me at some point or another and voila you have the reason that my heroes are people like Chris Powell and Ellen DeGeneres. I’ve been looking up to public figures and role models to learn who I want to be most my life when the examples I had in my life were more what I didn’t want to be.

Since last August when I believed that my last reconstructive plastic surgery would be in November I have been working on the goal of opening my own business as a personal trainer in July of this year. And since October I’d been working on finding a Personal Trainer that would let me sort of apprentice with them. Go to sessions and watch them in action. I was looking for someone to help teach me how to be a good trainer.

I talked to a few Trainers that I’d met thus far. My own Trainer, and another one from the local area that had some experience and was starting to get involved in the WLS Community. Unfortunately neither of them were able  or willing to help me.

Then a thought occurred to me. Bobby Whisnand. I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby at the OAC Convention back in November. In fact, it was his, Merril Littleberry and Julia Karstad’s high praise of the Cooper Institute that lead me to select it as my school for my CPT studies over the ACE, ISSA and NASM.

I had connected so well with Bobby at the event. His views on exercise, on making sure that people are taught how to exercise without hurting themselves, and his understanding that you have to understand the mobility limitations of people who are morbidly obese when working with them were things that Bobby and I could have talked about for hours. When I told Bobby that my goal was to teach people to not need me rather than to expect them to come work out with me 2-3 times a week forever and he agreed, I was elated. As Bobby shared exercises with me that he knew I would find exciting and told me all about his upcoming video I knew this man was someone who was going to be an important person in my life.

Bobby’s upcoming video is something that I am extremely excited about. It promises to be the first of its kind with special attention to bariatric fitness. Bobby is a front-runner in the definition of Bariatric Fitness and Nutrition and the efforts and steps that he is taking to start to mold the shape of Bariatric Fitness is something that I want more than anything to be a part of. Bobby has done some amazing things already in the Fitness industry when it comes to Diabetic Fitness and Nutrition and I can’t wait to see what he does with Bariatric Fitness and what this new video with a focus on movement for all levels of participation in the weight loss world comes out like.

As if that all isn’t enough, Bobby has also stepped up to the plate to help me out where nobody could locally. When I asked Bobby if there was anyway that while I was in Dallas working on my studies I could spend some time with him in a sort of apprenticeship fashion, not only was “Absolutely, yes.” the first words out of his mouth, but he also let me know that not only would he let me observe him in action, but put me through his own fitness program and teach me some things that I might not pick up in the classes at CI. As if that isn’t amazing enough, Bobby is also a Cooper Institute Alumnus, which makes me really confident in knowing that he’ll help me make sure I am well prepared.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Bobby’s new exercise video and he’s told me that I’ll definitely get a sneak peek and get to share my opinion of it with you guys, so we have that to look forward too. I’m so excited to have an entire month in Dallas to do nothing but focus on my CPT education and learning from a Mentor as amazing and fun to work with as Bobby Whisnand and I can’t wait to share that whole experience with you.

Until then, why not click on over to Bobby’s website  Victory of Life and check him out and of course be sure to visit him on Facebook, give him a little WLS high-five and hit the like button and tell him Pandora sent you!  I bet by the time you do that, you’ll be as motivated to go get your fit on as I am this morning.It just so happens that I am in Dallas until the 16th of April now, since I had to fly out here to help my friend deal with the unexpected and sudden passing of her Mother and I got in touch with Bobby today and will be meeting with him sometime next week. I cant wait to share more information with you then. But for now, I need to get some sleep, I have an After the Cut Support Group Meeting to attend in the morning and need to get a little bit of beauty sleep.


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