Bariatric Wellness

29 10, 2014

Emotional vs Physical Running

By |2014-10-29T14:46:25-04:00October 29th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

I've been running my whole life.  I don’t mean that I have been putting my feet to the pavement and racking up the miles in races. Nope. Until about two years ago running wasn't a physical activity for me. It was an emotional one. Internalization was a lesson I learned young and perfected by my teenage years. Anger in my house was an emotion that bred dysfunction and abuse. It was the fuel behind volatile [...]

22 10, 2014

Confessions of a Stress Eater

By |2014-10-22T18:25:14-04:00October 22nd, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Guest Blog by "How do YOU Celebrate Success" Contest WinnerAmy Smith Hello Slender Seekers! It’s me, your How Do You Celebrate Success contest winner. And I have a confession to make: I've been struggling. Like… a lot. If you've lost a large amount of weight, you already know a fact that surprises people who haven’t: It’s much harder to keep weight off than to lose it in the first place. The hardest part about losing [...]

20 10, 2014

Tackling One Goal at a Time

By |2014-10-22T18:24:08-04:00October 20th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

This has been harder than any other training program I have ever held myself too.  My body aches in ways it never has before and I keep asking myself “Why is this so difficult for me this time around?” When I answer myself back it sounds like my Father’s voice and it says, “You’re comparing apples to oranges, you've never done THIS before.” It’s the absolute truth. Not that I haven’t done a half marathon [...]

12 10, 2014

The Teeter-Totter of Weight Bias

By |2014-10-12T09:43:24-04:00October 12th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss, Weight Bias|0 Comments

As a Weight Loss and Wellness Coach, I often use the illustration of a teeter-totter when sitting down with a new client to go over the theory of “calories in, calories out” and to explain the importance of putting good fuel in our bodies to support vigorous activity. As I lay in bed restless tonight, I am thinking about an article I read about people who sit on both sides of the spectrum of weight [...]

14 09, 2014

Physical Exhaustion Helped Me Find My Healthy Voice Again

By |2014-09-14T11:39:39-04:00September 14th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

I got in the car huffing and puffing and threw my hands over my face to hide the emotional storm that was brewing within me from the driver. I had stopped my Nike+ Sports watch at 6.2 miles because that is the distance that I had intended to run and the obsessive compulsive in me needed to know what my pace for that distance was, rather that the time after that where I slowed down [...]

26 08, 2014

#TeamSlenderSeekers Contest Winner – Paying It Forward

By |2014-08-26T12:35:14-04:00August 26th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Guest Blog by "How do YOU Celebrate Success" Contest WinnerAmy Smith The day I won the How Do You Celebrate Success RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon contest, it felt like it was all about me. Pandora's phone call, congratulatory messages from friends and family, my head spinning at the idea of running 13.1 miles… but by the next day, it had turned into so much more. It became about tons of people inspired to [...]

11 08, 2014

Coming Out of the Dark – When Life Derails Training

By |2014-08-11T10:17:36-04:00August 11th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

I wish I was perfect. I've striven for perfection ever since I was a little girl and got very discouraged when I couldn't do something that stood up to those high standards. I’ll never forget the first time I brought home a report card with a B on it; I sat in the car crying hysterically because I hadn't gotten straight A’s. I was in the third grade. I wish I was clairvoyant. I wish [...]

23 06, 2014

#20Week2WineDine Virtual Cash Challenge

By |2014-06-23T22:46:57-04:00June 23rd, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

So our #WineDineC210KPrep couch to 10K is over and now it's time to start our 20 week to Half Marathon Training here at Desperately Seeking Slender! If you missed out on our couch to 10K, now is the perfect time for you to join us in this 20 week beginner to half marathon training schedule! But guess what? THIS time I'm going to encourage you to participate by offering the participant with the best overall time improvement [...]

10 06, 2014

How YOU aid in my Transformation. Thank you Slender Seekers

By |2014-06-10T09:46:06-04:00June 10th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was moving to North Carolina and we were holding the second “How do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest and selecting our winner. Now here we are in June and we’re in the final week of our #WineDineC210K training program. These last few months have been amazing. That old saying time flies when you’re having fun is the truth. I [...]

3 06, 2014

Weight Loss Fitness Contest Entrant Jessica Luster’s Story

By |2014-06-03T09:23:27-04:00June 3rd, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

When we launched the second "How do you Celebrate Success Contest" there were several people who wrote in entries. 5 Judges selected our winner, Amy Smith, based on the essay that she submitted. Amy is currently in the middle of training for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon which we will do together in November. This time around, I promised that I would share the essays of the other entrants. Each one of them touched [...]