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When expectations do not meet reality

Share the post “When expectations do not meet reality” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Weight loss is a very goal oriented sport. You might not think of it as a sport, but it certainly is. Successful players in the weight loss game know it’s about setting a good strategy, outfitting themselves for play, mentally preparing for the battle and choosing a winning team. It’s remarkable how close a parallel…

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You are never too old for a NSV

Share the post “You are never too old for a NSV” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Non-scale victory, commonly known as NSV, is a term tossed around the weight loss surgery community. Members of our community use this term to signify a notable accomplishment other than a lower reading on the dial of the scale. They are definitely the better measurements of success after weight loss surgery. Too often…

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Real Life Weight Loss Surgery Transformers

Share the post “Real Life Weight Loss Surgery Transformers” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint You probably remember the Hasbro Transformer toys from the 80s. If you don’t, they were robots from an alien world who were able to transform into cars, animals and other cool things. It was quite intriguing to watch children transform the toy into a completely different and unpredictable shape. Share the post “Real Life Weight…

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Fear of the Unknown… My guest post on Bandwagon on the Road

Share the post “Fear of the Unknown… My guest post on Bandwagon on the Road” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I wrote the featured article in this week’s issue of Bandwagon on the Road, a weekly e-newsletter for adjustable gastric banding WLS patients. One thing I have noticed throughout my weight loss journey is how much fear has played into my story. Fear is an interesting animal. There were times when fear…

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All we want are the facts ma-am

Share the post “All we want are the facts ma-am” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint My fellow Lapband weight loss surgery pal Jean produces a nice email newsletter, Bandwagon on the Road. Jean’s recent issue focused on the topic of weight loss surgery wars. Over the past three years, I have found this an interesting topic. It comes up quite often in forums when someone asks for advice on…

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Logging my food and drink for a day… Oh my!

Share the post “Logging my food and drink for a day… Oh my!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint A few weeks back, Nik over at Bariatric Foodie was looking for fellow bariatric bloggers to journal their food intake for a day. Rob at Former Fat Dudes urged me to join in. I thought it was a good idea. So, here I am with my report of my Cinco de…

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DIY: Tips on Starting a Support Group

Share the post “DIY: Tips on Starting a Support Group” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Finding and actively participating in weight loss support groups can make a bariatric patient’s post-op life much more rewarding and successful. Being active in forums, browsing web sites and following your surgeon’s guidelines get you off on the right foot. A support group offers peer support and camaraderie. People attending meetings relax because they…

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Will I be a successful bariatric patient at five years?

Share the post “Will I be a successful bariatric patient at five years?” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint In 2005 I suffered a heart attack, underwent triple cardiac bypass surgery, and regained my strength through cardiac rehab. This heart attack made me aware of the fragility of life and altered the way I live my life. It led me to my bariatric surgery three years later. My experience gives…

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The power of weight loss surgery support networks

Share the post “The power of weight loss surgery support networks” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I believe in support networks. In my work life, I actively participate in software user groups. I have been involved in several community activist groups. I have learned from this involvement that the power of a group of individuals to help one another grow and affect change is undeniable. Share the post “The…

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My Evolving View on Lapband Fills

Share the post “My Evolving View on Lapband Fills” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Let me start with a quick primer on fills and restriction for my non-Lapband readers. A gastric band is placed near the top of the stomach and adjusted by adding (fills) or subtracting (unfills) fluid. An optimal fluid level provides good restriction allowing food to pass slower through the stomach creating a feeling of fullness and…

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