WLS Mental Health

6 09, 2015

The Weight of Relationships: Losing and Gaining After Weight Loss

By |2015-09-06T23:04:46-04:00September 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 |2015-06-07T09:17:58-04:00June 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 |2015-05-25T22:51:17-04:00May 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 |2015-04-09T09:13:18-04:00April 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 |2014-11-24T09:35:22-04:00November 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 [...]

17 11, 2014

Contest Winner Experiences Pre Half Marathon Jitters

By |2014-11-17T08:05:56-04:00November 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 |2014-11-14T13:57:53-04:00November 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 |2014-11-05T14:19:55-04:00November 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 |2014-10-29T14:46:25-04:00October 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 [...]

22 10, 2014

Confessions of a Stress Eater

By |2014-10-22T18:25:14-04:00October 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 [...]