A lot of people who embark on a dramatic weight loss journey do it for a variety of reasons. Health is, of course, a strong focus. Carrying excessive weight can put a lot of pressure on your body. But physical health isn’t the only reason why we want to lose weight. I am ashamed of […]
Weight regain after bariatric surgery is a reality. The numbers aren’t conclusive, but one study found that excess weight loss is at approximately 77% within the first year but drops to 56% after five years. Another study found that only 40% of gastric bypass patients maintained a 30% or more loss after 12 years. Obviously, […]
Bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight, particularly if other options haven’t enabled you to achieve your goals. However, any type of weight loss has an impact on your mental health. Fortunately, many clinicians ensure their patients have access to emotional support and counseling prior to and following bariatric surgery. Of course, […]
A familiar face and a kind word can sometimes make all the difference. Family support after bariatric surgery is not only a wise choice for the patient, but the family itself might feel hurt if support is not asked for. After all, the purpose of family is to nourish the best interest of all who […]
The facts have been presented so many times that you might wonder if anyone is listening. Our children are at risk. They are overweight and becoming obese at an alarming rate, and the forecast for the future is not good. The positive news is that there are now schools fighting childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has […]
My experience with my bariatric surgeon’s support group is that it was useful in preparing me pre-surgery and for a short-term post-op in managing my new anatomy. However, it did little to educate me on how to maintain permanent weight loss. My surgeon told me, “I do the surgery. The rest is up to you.” So, […]
Weight loss inspirational quotes help us to mentally stay on our journeys. Why this is important is health isn’t just about weight loss, eating right and exercising. It is also about taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally. Wisdom, an attitude adjustment, is needed when we strive to transform our physical bodies. Our “being” consists of […]
I’ve led a well-lived life after weight-loss surgery in 2003. Prior to that, when I was morbidly obese, I led a life half-lived. One might say I am making up for lost time. Years ago I came to the realization that my life is the dash between the date I was born and the date I die. […]
Love is the deepest and most fulfilling connection to the world. Yet it is sadly ironic that most of us don’t know what love is. This is the story of how I found true love after weight loss. Storybook Love I grew up with a romanticized notion of love: One day my prince would come […]
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My Bariatric Life is feeling sneaky.
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 ...