Chris Powell

23 10, 2014

My Health Hero – Chris and Heidi Powell

By |2014-10-23T15:01:57+00:00October 23rd, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Last week I received an email from the Outreach Coordinator at a company called Oscar Insurance who provides health insurance in New York and New Jersey.  They were looking for influential bloggers to write about their Health Hero, a person in their life that helps them stay on track and stay healthy as part of their campaign to help spread the news about their new approach to healthcare. I’m not the type to take the word “Hero” [...]

24 04, 2014

Big Brother, Big Dreams, Life after my 260 lb. Weight Loss

By |2014-04-24T10:14:38+00:00April 24th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|2 Comments

This year I've been working on my bucket list. Recently, that meant sending in an audition tape for the Big Brother reality show.  This was quite a surreal experience for me. Realizing that I was actually doing something that I had dreamed of doing for years and let my struggle with obesity hold me back from was yet another non scale victory moment for me. There was a time that a list of things I [...]

2 03, 2014

To Run or Not to Run- Understanding Cardiovascular Training

By |2014-03-03T07:05:37+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|2 Comments

Due to the recent buzz about the How do YOU Celebrate Success Contest, where my sponsors and I are giving away a Half Marathon Adventure valued at over $1,400.00 to one very lucky Desperately Seeking Slender reader, this question has come up. When we start talking about which exercise programs are better, I think first and foremost it is important to note that the only exercise program that will work for you long-term is the [...]

25 09, 2013

Emotional Clarity in my Weight Loss Journey – “I Feel Weak”

By |2013-09-25T23:15:23+00:00September 25th, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness|2 Comments

I have had an epiphany. It happens. I have had that break through “ah-ha” moment when you FINALLY put your finger on a problem and go “Oh THAT’S it! THAT’S why this was bothering me.” The great thing about this moment is that once this clarity has arrived we have essentially arrived at the problem, knowing the problem allows us to start to map our destination, to plan for our imminent future; the solution. So [...]

3 09, 2013

Realizing it is Bigger Than You – My PreTraining Headspace

By |2013-09-03T23:51:13+00:00September 3rd, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness|1 Comment

As a WLS Post-Op turned WLS Fitness Enthusiast there is nothing I love more than knowledge there are people out there that I encourage to move, that I motivate and inspire to get their fit on.  That little tidbit of information right there; that is the kick I live for. That is the moment that my brain hears “cha-ching” as the emotive payday comes rolling into my emotional bank account. My passion has always been [...]

27 08, 2013

Obesity Action Coalition Second Annual Convention #YWM2013

By |2013-08-27T18:20:29+00:00August 27th, 2013|My Story|4 Comments

So I am back in Oregon after attending the Obesity Action Coalition’s second annual Your Weight Matters Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Things have settled down a little. I had a few days with friends to unwind and now it is time to tell you about the amazing adventure that I had in Phoenix. We arrived on Wednesday flying in with my friend Kesha from Waning Woman and enough bags to likely provide clothes for all of our friends at [...]

25 08, 2013

Why I Choose The Tinkerbell Half Marathon

By |2013-08-25T23:00:36+00:00August 25th, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness|0 Comments

Today has started with so many projects half-open on my desk being worked on. But as a bariatric fitness enthusiast I have to stop and take a moment to share an exciting revelation with you as it pertains to my WLS fitness and wellness path. So as many of you know I am still looking to and attempting to gather the sponsorship to secure my way to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January. My [...]

25 06, 2013

Falling Without Failing What Chris Powell has Taught Me

By |2013-06-27T10:47:02+00:00June 25th, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness|6 Comments

As you all know I am a big fan of Chris Powell. Chris and his kind-hearted wife Heidi Powell through their communications with me on Facebook have become an integral part of my weight loss journey and huge motivators in my desire and determination to become a personal trainer. Chris often mentions the need to learn to "Fall without Failing" - What this concept teaches is that we have to expect that there are going to [...]

6 06, 2013

After Hurricane Comes a Rainbow – Selecting my Surgeon

By |2013-06-06T12:16:54+00:00June 6th, 2013|My Story|7 Comments

As I spoke to several of my closest friends yesterday to share my news, one comment stood out most to me among them all. "You lead a charmed life Pandora, Life is making up for every horrible thing you have been through." -  Keisha (Waning Woman) I believe this to be 100{6e74c841b8f362d8aea590534016dc569fd3035eeb9e530df8846b42682c6656} true. Somewhere along the line in my weight loss journey, the universe decided that it was time to turn the cards around for [...]

7 05, 2013

A Bucket List Moment – Meeting Chris Powell

By |2013-05-07T16:50:16+00:00May 7th, 2013|My Story|5 Comments

There are times when I can't begin to figure out where to start… My Father's remains are in my car after my trip to Los Angels where I helped my Mother move out of the house that my parents had lived in my entire life and said good-bye to the one place, that no matter what memories it held that haunted me, I always knew I had to go back to if I needed it. [...]