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- Hobbies - I love to fly! I'm a licensed private pilot.
- Walking - Love to Walk - In 11/03, did the 3-Day/60 mile Breast Cancer Walk!
- Photography - Love to take photos and enjoy photography.
- Scrapbooks - I love, love scrapbooking!
- Hiking - Love to go on hikes - locally and in the mountains!
- Support Groups - I LOVE being w/the OH Support Group Leader Program; I have 3 supports groups.
- American Sign Language - Have taken ASL classes and enjoy signing.
- Shopping - Before surgery-hated shopping; after surgery-it's a sport!
Blog instead of throwing in the towel! on November 1, 2010 10:09 am
I have a list of distractions of things I do instead of giving in to emotional eating. One of mine is to blog here on OH with my OH friends/members. All of us understand and "get it" when it comes to staying on track with our healthy lifestyle.
I added a new "thing to do" on my list - blog on OH. What a better, safer place to write about what is going on with me?
I'm feeling some stress, nerves and overwhelmed. I know they will pass. They are quite uncomfortable emotions because it feels like there is no end in sight. I think before my surgery I used to believe that feelings wouldn't go away. Ha, I ate so fast after experiencing an uncomfortable emotion that I didn't know if it would go away because I never gave it a chance to dissipate. Emotion - nanosecond pause - emotionally eat. Yep, that fast.
I'm very solidly on track yet that still doesn't take away the desire to make uncomfortable emotions go away. Whether alcohol, drugs, shopping, sugar or whatever substance, we turn to those behaviors to change the way we feel.
I'm happy that I now have a new strategy on my list of things to do - blogging on my personal blog AND here on OH too!!
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What We're Consuming on October 31, 2010 11:09 am
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I ran across a website
that I thought was fascinating. It shows the breakdown of what Americans eat. No wonder obesity is such an issue by looking at the division of what we eat.
One of the things I hear when I talk with members is that they feel their morbid obesity and food issues are their fault, some deficiency inside of them. The components that make up morbid obesity and food issues are very complex. It is a combination of the physical AND emotional parts of us. Unfortunately, after having WLS, many people stop at the physical and don't deal with the emotional part. To me, if we don't address the physical and
emotional parts of us, we run the risk of weight regain later down the road. From my own personal experience, and my weight regain of a few years ago from a major transitional situation in my own life, I know both physical and emotional are equally important.
So for the physical, this website says tons about our nutritional requirements after having surgery. If you want to appreciate how far you've come in following your surgeon's WLS protocol, look at that Americans are eating. We've come a long way as successful WLS post-ops! Yeah US!
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Pre Trick-Or-Treat on October 29, 2010 9:26 am
Despite my efforts, my younger son is going trick-or-treating. In the past, he enjoyed handing out the candy which, of course, worked for me. It eliminated the candy hanging around the house and, most importantly, was a healthier thing for him. He actually doesn't like the dressing up part but is going with his friends so I'll have the dreaded assortment of candy in the house.
A little insight about my younger son is that he is a horribly picky eater. He loves anything carb-laden. It is a regular struggle to get him to eat vegetables, most proteins and could live on peanut butter & jelly 99% of the time with pizza filling the 1%. Thankfully so far, he doesn't have a weight problem at all because he is so active. However, I don't see healthy things ahead in his future if he doesn't become open to healthier choices. So the trick-or-treating candy isn't about me as much as stepping backward a couple of steps in my continuing efforts of healthy eating for him.
I'm armed this time for him AND me too. I'm going to have him pick out some of his favorites, enough to moderately consume in a week's time. After that, it is going to my husband's work. Score for my hubby to bring treats to the office, score for my younger son to limit the sugar junk, score for me not having it around. In the past, scouring my kids' trick-or-treat bags was an activity I indulged. Not this year though!
We'll hand out some non-trigger something and I've handled the trick-or-treat haul in a moderate non-candy police way. I'm looking forward to a happy, healthy Halloween!
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I'm in love - new "thing" on October 25, 2010 7:43 am
One of the things I've learned about myself is that I need interests and things to be excited about. I've got that now. It is actually the perfect thing and pulls at all the personal interests that I have. It allows me to play games, pursue health, fitness and overall wellness, stay organized (or get organized, depending on the day) and just all the interests I have that I value.
What is this wonderful thing?? It is my new iPhone. Love it, love it. I've downloaded tons of apps. When I say tons, I mean A LOT. I'm now an app junkie. I won't tell you how many apps I've downloaded but I will say that I'm grateful I bought the one that has the most space on it that is available. I'll need it! I think I'm an "app junkie!"
I'm a pilot and a member of the AOPA (association for pilots) and they have an awesome app. I downloaded it and it has all the information on all airports in the country (including little bodunk private runways). It also has diagrams of the runway which I love to see.
Of course, as a PCC (Professional Certified Coach with the ICF), I have coaching apps. I have lots of organizational ones, health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, journals, check in for emotion journaling, gps for walking, and, of course, games. I just love, love, love it. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm even more into it. This weekend, I had some to do things to do for work and for teaching my coaching class but when I was finished, my weekend consisted of the trio of me/iTunes/my iPhone! LOVE it.
This has actually helped me with my strong conviction to staying on track. I have apps that I use for all sorts of things that support me staying on track. And, they're working. So, I've found my new thing with my iPhone that I'm able to put myself into with apps that support my interests and values.
I'm not saying that my iPhone is the cure for my emotional eating because obviously it isn't. What it has done though is allow me avenues through the apps to channel my energies and emotions in a healthy way. My iPhone has apps on it that bring out interests and part of me to put in one place.
If anyone has any apps they like, please comment below!
P.S. This weekend, my Slingo score was 3.1 million points! LOL!
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Sick - Sugar or Soup? on October 7, 2010 10:04 am
The ultimate test of my sugar-free (junk-free too) is today. I'm sick. In the past, I've self-medicated myself when I get sick. I'll spare you the details but when I get sick with upper respiratory stuff, I get really sick. It hangs on and just drains me. So here I am on Day 4 of no sugar/junk stuff and I get sick. The ULTIMATE test. I'm staying on track. I'm honoring the commitment to myself. I'm taking care of myself in healthy ways. No popping a sugary/junk food choice. I'm drinking tea, lots of water, and healthy, true nurturing ways.
When my kids are sick, I nurture them. I don't give them a cookie to make them feel better. So....I'm giving myself the same care, love and compassion that I give to others in my life. Rather than push myself to be there for others, I'm going to give myself the same consideration. Duh, sounds like a no-brainer. It hasn't been. I can't even begin to claim that it'll be easy or come natural. Part of my natural instincts are to be there for others. I love doing that. It is a part of who I am. I have a portion of my heart that is dedicated to caring. Hello.....what about caring for myself?!
Even as I write this, it sounds selfish, self-centered, and I definitely don't mean it that way. When a friend or family member are sick or going through a difficult time, I give them my care, compassion, extra thoughts and give even more of myself. Yet, I don't do anything close to that for myself when I'm sick.
So, I've committed here and on my blog (even more) that I'm taking care of myself. Rather than pop a cookie, I'm making real nurturing things that I would for anyone else - hot tea that feels wonderful on my very sore throat, drinking extra water, and eating soup, going to bed early and other true nurturing things.
Here's to true nurturing ourselves whether sick or healthy - do something for ourselves too!
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My Story My name is Cathy Wilson and I had RNY Lap gastric bypass surgery in 2001. I've lost 147 pounds. In addition, I also lost my diabetes, GERD, sleep apnea, and arthritic conditions of my joints and spine. I went from a size 26, 3x to a size 4. Weight loss and maintenance, and behavioral health are my passion. I am a certified life coach specializing in weight loss and weight loss surgery. I have a website which I update daily that focuses on weight loss surgery issues. My website is www.LoseWeightFindLife.com.
It is a lifelong struggle that I’ve dealt with ever since I can remember. I went on my first diet at 14 years old and dieted ever since. I love helping others lose weight, maintain it, and achieve their goals. I tried all of the diets out there. I joined Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Gloria Marshall, Overeaters Anonymous, along with any diet out of a book or magazine that I could find. All in the hope of finding the magic formula for weight loss success. There were elements of the weight loss programs that I liked. Ultimately, I never attained permanent weight loss success. So, that’s why I’ve turned to coaching.
With weight loss coaching, we can create a program designed for you and just you. Sure, there are some common healthy habits you’ll need to embrace in your life but we can personalize and customize a program for you. I used to think if I had one-on-one access to my very own Weight Watcher leader, Jenny Craig consultant, or OA sponsor that I would have the answer I need. I found the answer and that is weight loss and life coaching. Another part of the answer for weight loss is to know that it isn’t about the food. What? It truly isn’t about the food. Eating emotionally or out of habit is what we do. Together, we can find out what will help you achieve weight loss, maintain that weight loss, and design the life you are meant to live. My life is completely different than it was six years ago. You can have that too. What I've gained is beyond what I ever thought I would have in my life.
I am a certified life coach specializing in weight loss. I completed all training courses in a life coach training program to obtain my certification and advanced certification along with a back on track faciliation weight loss course. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation and International Association of Coaches to stay involved and informed on all aspects of coaching. I am passionate about weight loss and am a member of the Obesity Action Coalition and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
I am the Director of Support Groups & Training, and the Mental Health Professionals Liaison for ObesityHelp. I LOVE, LOVE my job. I get to work with OH Support Group Leaders, train them in the operation and set up of support groups, the surgeries, and nutrition. I have written a bariatric coach training curriculum for a bariatric coach training workshop for ObesityHelp Support Group Leaders. I am the trainer for this exciting and important workshop. In my career experience, I assist and support people in the areas of nutrition, physical movement and activity, behavioral health issues, and forming new healthy habits to not only lose weight but maintain as well. I have been a support group leader for the past five years in the areas of weight loss surgery and weight control.
I've also been employed with one of the most gifted bariatric surgeon and his very comprehensive bariatric program that is nationally well respected. I was involved with his practice, surgeons and obtained a solid foundation in weight loss, maintenance, health, nutrition, and fitness that I will always be grateful for. I was also featured in a marketing program for the bariatric program of the hospital where I had my surgery. I taped television commercials, was photographed for brochures and newspaper advertisements. It was a WOW Moment of a lifetime. I was very honored to be in this role to represent the excellence of this hospital in such an exciting way. I chose surgery to lose weight because I was diagnosed with diabetes. Surgery is a tool in order to lose weight and allow the creation of new habits to create a healthy lifestyle. The diagnosis of diabetes was the wake-up call that I needed in order to take control of my life and my health, and lose weight. I was tired of living my life through what I ate, what I didn't eat, what I weighed, my size, and the day my next diet would begin.
Today, I have a fulfilling life that I would have never thought possible. I no longer live my life centered around food. Losing weight and coaching has enabled me to live a rewarding life for myself and my family as well. I never knew life could be this great and it only gets better and better. Since having my surgery, I've become a licensed private pilot, walked the 3 Day/60 Mile Breast Cancer Walk, walked in competitive races, traveled to New York on the set of Good Morning America to watch my bariatric surgeon boss interviewed by Charlie Gibson, made close healthy friendships, love being a wife and mom like never before surgery, did television commercials and a professional photo shoot, model in a fashion show, and had countless WOW Moments of my own and share in WOW Moments of others that I assist through coaching.
My favorite shirt that I love to wear sums up how I feel: "Life Is Good"!!!
Believe In Yourself,
Certified Life Coach, Weight Loss Surgery Coach