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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 [...]

10 02, 2014

The Recovery Phase – What To Do After You Wear Your Body Out

By |2014-02-10T08:02:35+00:00February 10th, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|1 Comment

It’s been a while since you have heard from this WLS fitness enthusiast, I know. Let’s talk a little bit about what has been on my agenda and what I’ve put my body through in the last 4 weeks. As you may recall, I left Portland OR on January 12th with three main goals ahead of me. Get to Anaheim, CA and run a half marathon. Get to Dallas to have some touch up work [...]

2 01, 2014

Introducing Coach Pandora! Heres to a new us Slender Seekers

By |2014-01-02T13:05:17+00:00January 2nd, 2014|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|3 Comments

About two years ago around this time, I had decided that I wanted to become a personal trainer. I knew I wasn't anywhere near ready yet, I had a lot to do in my own journey still, but my goal was to get my ISSA Certification and be ready as soon as my body was. As I started 2012 I had a goal of having several bouts of reconstructive plastic surgery after having lost 260 [...]

31 12, 2013

Realistic Resolutions – Promise Keepers and Problem Solvers

By |2013-12-31T12:33:24+00:00December 31st, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Alright my weight loss oriented friends. New Year’s Eve is upon us and everyone is getting ready to start making those New Year’s resolutions right? It occurred to me after reading an article I shared on Facebook yesterday entitled “Make a new kind of New Year’s Resolution,” that when we make these resolutions what we are really doing is trying to resolve problems in our life. A man named Eldrdige Cleaver once said “You are [...]

2 12, 2013

Celebrating Our Weight Loss Journeys – Do The Slender

By |2013-12-02T09:05:44+00:00December 2nd, 2013|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Just four months ago this bariatric fitness guru was in Phoenix with some fellow Weight Loss Surgery Patients at the Second Annual Your Weight Matters Convention put on by the Obesity Action Coalition. We were getting ready to start the Walk from Obesity put on by the ASMBS and I was on a scooter because I wasn't allowed to exercise after just having my fourth round of reconstructive plastic surgery. It had become a tradition [...]