Choosing to have WLS is not an easy decision. Usually, it is the last choice when nothing else has worked in the past to lose and maintain weight loss. Before making your lifetime change, you probably did much research, had appointments with surgeons and talked in-depth with family and loved ones. You
Body & Mind
I have never been a physical person when upset or angry. I didn’t have to be because I turned to food. When things weren’t going well, food was my coping mechanism, my comfort, my go to. For years, whenever I got into a disagreement with my family or anyone, I
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your birthday? How about Thanksgiving or a special family gathering? If you’re anything like me, images of cake and ice cream immediately surface, as well as juicy slices of turkey and hot mashed potatoes drizzled with gravy!
One of the things I love about being part of the team for weight loss surgery patients is the excitement and the hope that each patient has prior to surgery. On a daily basis, I speak with patients about all of the reasons why they want to have surgery and
Everybody needs to move. The body was not designed to lay or sit around all day and night. However, sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we can’t move, where we have limited mobility. Whether you are bed-ridden due to the common flu for a few days, missed a step
To quote the famous comedian, Jim Gaffigan “I only go to the gym to exercise because it’s the ONE PLACE I can go where I don’t eat for 30 minutes.” How many of us can relate? Sure, going to the gym is amazing but that’s one hour of your day maximum.
So we all may ask… Can shopping really be a transfer addiction? We may say… but I have lost so much weight and I need to buy more clothes; I look really good and I just want to shop; I feel really good and I want to shop; I can
As both a bariatric patient and a counselor, I am a big fan of behavioral interventions serving as a foundation for long-term weight loss surgery success. And you may ask, why should we bariatric post-op folks see a mental health professional? It’s very normal that we have behavioral issues after
Weight loss surgery (WLS) is a wonderful thing. It gives people their life back. I often hear stories of how people were able to stop all kinds of medications after surgery. They get their health back. They can get on airplanes without seat extenders and can finally go to the
Most of us know the long term benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle. We have our own personal goals and activities that we love to do so an exercise program helps to improve our ability enjoy more. The biggest driving factor for me after a long work day or