I had lost my inner peace and happiness, a reason to smile so-to-speak. I don’t mean that I walked around never cracking a smile. Obviously there were good days and social situations in which I chatted away and laughed along. By losing a reason to smile, I mean losing confidence in life and in myself. […]
Is meditation just New Age mumbo-jumbo? Hardly. Meditation, nearly as old as humanity, always has been part of Eastern religions. Through meditation, we learn mindfulness, which focuses on self-empowerment through increasing awareness of being in the present moment. This enables us to overcome matters that stress us. “It’s not the events of our lives that […]
Lately, I am indulging in a deep rich coffeehouse-style protein latte with long-lasting energy and no stomach upset! I LOVE frozen coffee drinks. But I gave up on them owing to the irritation that coffee causes my gut. Until now… I’m so excited to share my NEW recipe for Frozen Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel […]
My tummy tuck led to an incredible 8 inches lost from my waist in only three months! But not everyone wants to have plastic surgery. And the good news is there is an excellent exercise for a smaller waist. It’s called isometric contraction and according to BodyBuilding.com it is one of the best exercises we can do. […]
I alternate days between my ab circuit workout and high-intensity sprinting walking interval training. Sprinting is a high-intensity short-duration movement at the highest speed you can safely muster. It’s fun. It’s easy. You go at your own pace. And it’s great for fast fat loss. …two minutes of intensity equals 30 minutes of steady-state exercise… Increase Metabolism, […]
Be prepared. If you get a facelift by a facial plastic surgeon s/he is likely to do a whole lot more to maximize the improvements to your facelift after weight loss than a bariatric plastic surgeon is able to do. Thusly this extensive amount of work might leave you looking slightly inhuman for a week […]
November is the month of gratitude and we each have something for which to be thankful! So I’ve joined the #ThankfulNovember Challenge that has swept the country to acknowledge my many blessings after reclaiming my life from obesity. Every day this month I am among the many people who will Tweet something that I am […]
Not long after my gastric bypass surgery, my husband and I went on a day trip to Boat House Row in Philadelphia. The boat houses were filled with the shells that the rowers practiced with and competed in. We watched practice runs that were taking place on the river. I was impressed by the long, thin shells […]
This is part 4 of My Bariatric Life plastic surgery with Dr. Joseph F. Capella, Capella Plastic Surgery, Ramsey NJ. My Body Lift with Dr. Joseph Capella I was excited for my body lift with Dr. Joseph Capella (Capella Plastic Surgery). And I imagined how curious it would be to wake up much smaller than when I had “gone […]
November is traditionally a time to give deeper consideration for all that which we have to be thankful. And I am thankful for massive weight loss because it has given me back my health and my life. Before my gastric bypass in 2003, I had cycled through obesity, anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and finally morbid obesity. […]
Skin changes after bariatric surgery and many patients suffer acne and other dermatoses. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) say dermatological complications can be caused by metabolic and nutritional disorders, especially in malabsorptive procedures. Symptoms including constipation, inflammation, and hormone imbalances go hand-in-hand with acne flare-ups on the skin’s surface, as skin is a reflection […]
You may wonder what an acne facial has to do with bariatric surgery. There is a link between acne, constipation, and hormone imbalance. And constipation and hormone imbalance are linked to obesity and bariatric surgery. So, you may one day find your adult face inexplicably covered in acne, as I did. Constipation, Hormones and Adult […]
Readers are familiar with my amazing facelift with Dr. Catherine Winslow. Back in December 2013, Dr. Winslow (Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery) did an incredible job of removing all of my sagging excess skin. She truly took 15-years off my face. Then in December 2014, I underwent a few minor procedures to further enhance my results. I underwent […]
The daily hustle and bustle was tiring in and of itself. Throw in the holiday season, complete with a family visit that included my high-energy 2-year-old granddaughter, and I was not at all surprised at just how exhausted I was feeling. Later I would learn this was the beginning of my battle with iron deficiency anemia. Winter […]
My editor at Health Central Obesity asked if I wanted to write about the stigma associated with having plastic surgery after weight loss. Specifically, she was referring to my face lift. I replied, “What is the stigma?” I had never heard of this. She explained, “Many people judge those who underwent facelifts and view them […]
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon after Weight-Loss Choosing a plastic surgeon after weight loss is an important personal decision. Someone told me that you do not buy a procedure, you buy a plastic surgeon (Read: 18 Insider Tips on Plastic Surgery). I completely get that. Reflecting on my plastic surgery 10-yrs after my gastric bypass, I […]
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2 months ago
I'll let you in on my dirty little secret. I hide the chocolates in the vegetable drawer of the fridge where no one in my family ever goes! bwahahaha #truestory #MyBariatricLife #weightlossjourney #bariatrics ...