Life After Gastric Bypass

7 06, 2015

Accepting The Perfectly Imperfect Me

By |2015-06-07T09:17:58+00:00June 7th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

The concept of being your “perfectly imperfect” self was first introduced to me by one of my heroes Heidi Powell. [ You can read her original article: I am (still) Perfect here] One of the biggest things I have struggled with post-weight loss is body image issues. The picture to the right is one of my favorite photos of myself. I feel like I look fierce, strong, happy and proud of what I have accomplished. [...]

28 01, 2015

My Fitness Tracker is a Watch

By |2015-01-28T12:43:53+00:00January 28th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Photo from October 12, 2014 I just looked at my watch and it’s nearly approaching 10:00 a.m. My watch is supposed to be much more than that. That’s why I bought it. My watch was supposed to do all sorts of things for me. It was supposed to track my activity, tell me when I've been sedentary too long, tell me how many calories I've burned in a day, what my heart rate [...]

15 01, 2015

The Bariatric Food Pledge

By |2015-01-15T13:50:41+00:00January 15th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Dear Slender Seekers, If you know anything about this Weight Loss & Wellness Coach you know that I love nothing more than encouraging and motivating folks to be the best version of themselves that they can be and that I think a great way to do that is to present a challenge that not only inspires you to do so but rewards you for doing so as well. Setting SMART Goals and building your personal [...]

4 01, 2015

Back To Being the BEST version of ME

By |2015-01-06T08:28:09+00:00January 4th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Dear Slender Seekers, Sometimes you just have to stop and write. I've been quiet for too long. I've gotten off track and felt guilty. But today, I fixed it. Today, my first day off since New Years, today I promised myself to fix it, and from here on out, I am going to keep my promise. If you only knew how much weight that promise holds. Here we go. I've shared with you in the [...]

12 10, 2014

The Teeter-Totter of Weight Bias

By |2014-10-12T09:43:24+00:00October 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 [...]

12 05, 2014

Ten Things to Do When You’ve Got the Body Image Blues

By |2014-05-12T10:11:04+00:00May 12th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

“I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” That’s what someone said to me the other night while I was out and comparing myself to each and every woman in the room and felt like I didn't measure up. Did you know that often times those mirror shot selfies you see me take are because it helps me see myself a little thinner when I look at a picture of my reflection instead of [...]

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 [...]

16 04, 2014

What’s Your Reason? Recognize and Recover from bad behaviors

By |2014-04-16T11:27:21+00:00April 16th, 2014|My Story|0 Comments

Dear Slender Seekers, As a woman effected by obesity there was a time when material things held more value to me than emotional things and everything I wanted and needed was wrapped up in my Christmas or Birthday list. Wants versus needs.  For a long time it was hard for me to understand the difference. Anything I wanted I felt like I needed and I didn't really have any priorities. Everything fell into the “I [...]

7 04, 2014

Self Advocacy; What You Allow in Your Emotional Headspace

By |2014-04-07T10:15:29+00:00April 7th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|1 Comment

Dear Slender Seekers, I've received a few letters from some of the #SlenderSeekers out there that heard that I got up and left the room during the Lisa Lampanelli show at the WLSFA event the other night and wanted to know why, so I wanted to take a moment to explain. We each have different paths and different journeys, we each arrive at different places at different times. For me personally my path and my [...]

18 02, 2014

Why Junk is NOT Food – What Junk food does to our bodies

By |2014-02-18T09:28:22+00:00February 18th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Junk Food Junkies.  It sounds comical but I am not kidding, and I am a recovering Junk Food Junkie myself. First let’s start with the obvious. If something was labeled Deadly Doughnuts, Poisonous Potato Chips, or Toxic Taquitos would you eat it? If I was taking the label seriously I wouldn't. And while these labels are fictitious, what we don’t recognize is that if it starts with something bad like “Junk” the truth is we [...]