WLS Mental Health

6 02, 2016

#BIGASSMEDAL Series Impresses in a Big Way

By |2016-02-15T14:18:36+00:00February 6th, 2016|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

I pick my running events for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I pick a race for the location it takes me to. Sometimes I pick it based on how cool the medal I get at the end is. Many times I pick my races based on what I can afford and how much they are asking for registration. Sometimes I pick a race based on the story behind the event. It’s rare that one single [...]

1 02, 2016

I Did The Dopey Challenge and Did Not Die

By |2016-02-01T20:32:01+00:00February 1st, 2016|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Dopey Challenge Day One: A run through the Park It was 2:30am on Thursday January 7th and I when the alarm went off I was really grateful that I had decided to spend the last week and a half going to bed wicked early and setting my alarm for ridiculous times that no normal human being would ever wake up at in order to prepare myself for the next four days. If you know anything [...]

8 10, 2015

Miles To Go – A Running Conundrum

By |2015-10-08T15:26:43+00:00October 8th, 2015|Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|2 Comments

I’ve been struggling with a big decision lately. Six months ago I signed up for one of the biggest running challenges of my life. I decided to take on a running event that has me scheduled to run 49 miles over a four-day period. It sounded amazing when I signed up for it. I was drawn to all the bling that I’d get for doing it. Six new medals to add to my wall for [...]

13 09, 2015

Some Days I Hate That I Don’t Feel Pretty

By |2015-09-13T13:29:30+00:00September 13th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

I’m unsure as I write if I’ll post it. I try not to put too much negative self talk out into the universe anymore. I’ve struggled with feeling “pretty” lately. People tell me I am pretty all the time and yet, I rarely see it unless I catch a selfie at a good angle. My weight has been bouncing around on the scale between 159 and 165 lately. That’s awesome. 165 is my maintenance weight. [...]

7 09, 2015

Nicole Arbour’s Perfect Example of Fat-Shaming

By |2015-09-07T14:32:20+00:00September 7th, 2015|Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss, Weight Bias|0 Comments

A new video entitled “Dear Fat People” hit YouTube a few days ago. This video features Nicole Arbour, a Canadian comedian, recording artist, actor, writer, choreographer and producer displaying very prominent views of weight bias and fat-shaming. Well Miss Arbour, you’re right about one thing, some people are already offended and I’m one of them. Fat-Shaming is very much a thing. It’s an unproductive and emotionally damaging thing. The saddest part of fat-shaming is that [...]

6 09, 2015

The Weight of Relationships: Losing and Gaining After Weight Loss

By |2015-09-06T23:04:46+00:00September 6th, 2015|Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

It’s nearly five o’clock in the morning and I should be sleeping. I’m not though. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. It’s been awhile since I actually shared what’s been going in my journey through written word. When I started my blog that’s what it was about, sharing my journey so that other people out there that might be experiencing the same sorts of things didn’t feel so alone. That was easy when [...]

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. [...]

25 05, 2015

NKOTB Inspires my Body Confidence

By |2015-05-25T22:51:17+00:00May 25th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss, Weight Bias|0 Comments

So there I was dancing around the room naked in front of the mirror. For someone who struggles with body image issues after massive weight loss, being able to do that without stopping to find a flaw and pick at something you don’t like about yourself? That is quite a non-scale victory moment in and of itself. I had to stop and double-check and make sure that the blinds were drawn and that nobody could [...]

9 04, 2015

Attitude of Gratitude – Appreciating Your Journey

By |2015-04-09T09:13:18+00:00April 9th, 2015|My Story, Bariatric Fitness, Bariatric Wellness, Life After Weight Loss|0 Comments

Sixteen months ago I wrote a blog that documented my running achievements thus far and gave a few tips on staying motivated and inspired in your journey.  At that point I had ran my first three half marathons and I was getting ready to take Dawn Brell, the winner of my first “How Do You Celebrate Success” contest, to run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland.  I've learned a few things since then. Sometimes life [...]

24 11, 2014

Contest Winner’s Wine and Dine Recap

By |2014-11-24T09:35:22+00:00November 24th, 2014|My Story|0 Comments

 Guest Blog by "How do YOU Celebrate Success" Contest WinnerAmy Smith When I last wrote, it was the night before I left for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. My injured knee threatened to take my dream of finishing this race and smash it all over the Magic Kingdom. So did I finish? Did I lose a knee? Did I get swept? Let’s start at the beginning. Pandora told me to forget the Mickey’s [...]