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Temptations, Tis the season!

Share the post “Temptations, Tis the season!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Temptation. When I hear that word, I think of an evangelist preaching at a big tent revival on the perils of falling prey to the temptations of sex, liquor and sinful living. The reality is that temptation is around us every day. I know I can not escape the aroma of sugary baked goods; the sight of…

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Courage and Mastery of Fear

Share the post “Courage and Mastery of Fear” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”—Mark Twain I particularly like the above Mark Twain quote about fear. The most common quotation used when talking about fear is “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”, the memorable sentence from FDR’s first inaugural address. Twain’s words put a positive spin…

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Is it time for a Time to Heal for bariatric patients?

Share the post “Is it time for a Time to Heal for bariatric patients?” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This past week I came across two excellent blog posts by Jone’ Carpenter, a cancer survivor. In the posts, the blogger spoke of her life after a summer 2010 diagnosis of breast cancer and her journey over the past 18 months. Although cancer has not touched my life, I can…

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What a difference six years makes

Share the post “What a difference six years makes” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Six years ago I lay in an emergency room losing consciousness surrounded by nurses and doctors with alarms going crazy. I had experienced a mild heart attack and severely reacted to a nitroglycerin injection.  This is how my 17 day hospital stay began in October 2005 that included a triple cardiac bypass and ten days…

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What is the key to happiness in your life?

Share the post “What is the key to happiness in your life?” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint As a reader of this blog, you may have noticed the tagline in the page header: One man’s journey where diet + exercise + health + wellness = happiness. This is the theme for my life that I have adopted after weight loss surgery. To me, happiness is something that comes along…

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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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Body image from a male point of view

Share the post “Body image from a male point of view” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint As a male weight loss surgery blogger, I am definitely in the minority. Females dominate the bariatric social network. My observation is that body image is a hot blogging topic in the female community. I have to admit that the topic has never come up in my discussions with my fellow male weight…

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A journey ends, but I am only halfway there

Share the post “A journey ends, but I am only halfway there” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint As most of you know who follow this blog, I was on quite a journey last week. My bariatric cycling buddy Chuck and I cycled from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. across the Alleghenies for eight days and about 300 miles. It was quite an adventure. This trip was an unknown for me;…

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Crossing mountains to challenge and transform myself

Share the post “Crossing mountains to challenge and transform myself” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Early tomorrow morning I embark on the journey of my life. In my March 29, 2011 post, Crossing Mountains Chasing Rivers, I spoke about my summer bicycle tour. Well, it is here. I often speak about the importance of transforming yourself by stepping outside of your comfort zone. There is no doubt that this…

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Coasting and pedaling along life’s path

Share the post “Coasting and pedaling along life’s path” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Yesterday I took another step in training for my summer unsupported bicycle tour with a WLS buddy. On an unsupported tour, the cyclists carry all their food and food prep supplies, camping gear, clothing and other provisions on their bikes. With a 350-400 mile tour over 10 days, most of the advice I have gotten…

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