Life after Weight Loss

17 11, 2014

Contest Winner Experiences Pre Half Marathon Jitters

By |2014-11-17T08:05:56+00:00November 17th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Dear Slender Seekers, Running a Half Marathon is no small venture. Especially with the background of fighting obesity that many of us come from. It can be scary and it can be intimidating. I still get pre-event jitters on a regular basis. In fact you'll read my blog about pre-event jitters later this week. But for today I want to take you back to the day before Amy, our How do YOU Celebrate Success contest winner [...]

14 11, 2014

Slender Seekers RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

By |2014-11-14T13:57:53+00:00November 14th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

So I have arrived home from our big adventure at Walt Disney World for the RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. As I sit here drinking my coffee I’m trying to decide where I should begin. I could tell you all about our first day at Epcot. I could tell you all about the Health and Fitness Expo. But I can do that later in another blog. For today let’s begin at an obvious place, the [...]

5 11, 2014

Dear Amy, A Letter From Your Coach

By |2014-11-05T14:19:55+00:00November 5th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|1 Comment

Dear Amy, So we’re just one night away from getting on a plane to start our Walt Disney World half marathon experience and I know you are terrified. First I want you to take a deep breath, relax and remember that no matter what happens at this event, you've already accomplished what we set out to accomplish together. You've completed 37 weeks of training for this event. You have run countless 5k’s leading up to [...]

29 10, 2014

Emotional vs Physical Running

By |2014-10-29T14:46:25+00:00October 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 [...]

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” [...]

22 10, 2014

Confessions of a Stress Eater

By |2014-10-22T18:25:14+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+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 [...]

14 09, 2014

Physical Exhaustion Helped Me Find My Healthy Voice Again

By |2014-09-14T11:39:39+00:00September 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+00:00August 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 [...]