What to expect at the 2017 ObesityHelp Conference

What to expect at the 2017 ObesityHelp Conference

I’ve been attending ObesityHelp conferences for quite a few years. I look forward to them every year. Although a lot of people at the conference know each other well, we still have LOTS of new attendees every year. That, for me, is the best part. I’m not going to lie: it takes courage to attend a weight-related conference. A lot of us haven’t had the best history when it comes to meeting new people. Some of us are introverted, while…

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You don’t need willpower, you need strategy

You don’t need willpower, you need strategy

I recently wrote an article for ObesityHelp.com about the idea of willpower. I hate willpower talk. “Wow, I wish I had your willpower.” You should see my willpower at work as I stuff my face full of my son’s two-day-old birthday cake. Or when I tell myself that I deserve a slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Okay, two slices. Okay, four. As I explain in the article, willpower is like a muscle that can get fatigued over time. Once…

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Drink more water challenge – join me!

Drink more water challenge – join me!

I hate drinking water. I wish I was one of those people at my work that guzzles down 4 to 5 water bottles daily… but I’m not. I usually get my water in while I teach fitness classes or when I’m playing hockey because I’m feeling thirsty. I haven’t been able to teach since September 26 due to a medical issue and won’t be able to for a few more weeks. This means my water intake is almost nonexistent. I’ve…

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Winter is coming – how do you plan to move?

Winter is coming – how do you plan to move?

I know this doesn’t affect everyone, but where I’m from (Minnesota), winter is hibernating season. I imagine even in the south, people tend to exercise less and eat more during the busy holiday season. Now that it’s officially fall, do you have a plan for how you’re going to move? Gyms in our area revamp their fall group-fitness schedules in order to accommodate more people who get memberships just for cold months. Winter sports are always an option as well….

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ObesityHelp Conference is in October!

ObesityHelp Conference is in October!

Next month you have the opportunity to head over to Long Beach, California for the ObesityHelp Conference, held October 27 through Oct 28. You might ask, “why go?” And furthermore, “why the heck are you still going 9 years out? The answer is pretty simple. Community support is one of the key factors in maintaining weight. I could pull out some research, but it’s really common sense. Those who attend support groups and seek support from others experiencing the same…

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Flotation tank: tune out the world

Flotation tank: tune out the world

Have you ever heard of sensory deprivation tanks or flotation tanks? I went to my first session via a Groupon deal (check your area… you may find a good price) more than a year ago. I’ve been back twice since.  The concept behind these tanks is that you experience “Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy,” also known as R.E.S.T. Therapy. Basically, you tune out all the computer and TV screens, vehicle noises, and screaming children for about an hour. You get to…

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My #1 WLS rule

My #1 WLS rule

Do you set specific rules for yourself when it comes to your weight loss surgery journey? This week I went in for my yearly bariatric checkup and told my doctor that I stick to one specific rule that helps me maintain: if I see the scale hit anywhere above 165ish, I consider that an emergency. Sirens go off and I do everything I can to make a change. The doctor’s response was unexpected: “That’s probably not good idea.” I get it. I…

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9 years and 150lbs lighter

9 years and 150lbs lighter

Nine years ago today I started my weight loss surgery journey. Wow. Speechless. I was excited, exhausted, unsure and hopeful. And I was a whopping 305lbs. I can’t say I was certain it would work, but I was certain in myself. Since then, I lost 160lbs, had a baby (and regained 70-80lbs), had complications, revised to the sleeve, divorced, had a breast augmentation, lower body lift (holy ouch), and an arm lift. I became a group fitness instructor, averaging about…

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Zoodles: tasty, simple and cute

Zoodles: tasty, simple and cute

Social media has taught us a few things lately: Unicorn Frappuccinos have just as much sugar as most other Starbucks specialty drinks. If you mix Borax, Elmer’s glue and shaving cream, you apparently get slime. And… you can make pretty much any food into a noodle. Coodles = carrot noodles. Toodles = turnip noodles. Swoodles = sweet potato noodles. And then we have zoodles… the trendiest of the fake noodles and the topic of this post. Noodles used to be at the…

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How I’m battling heartburn post VSG

How I’m battling heartburn post VSG

I was one of the few lucky ones that never had heartburn when I was morbidly obese or during the years I had the LapBand. That is until I revised to the sleeve. (I would say this is the ONLY downside of the surgery.) Severe heartburn started almost immediately and I got on a daily dose of omeprazole. I hate taking prescription meds on a regular basis but I hate breathing fire more. Eventually, I was up to two pills…

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