Holiday eating habits: finding alternatives

Holiday eating habits: finding alternatives

It’s comfort food season. First, we have the holidays and all the different traditional meals that are tied to them. Next, we have the cold weather (this Saturday in Minnesota: low of -25). Cold temperatures drive us to eat comfort foods. Holiday shopping and planning stresses also push us toward comfort foods. Finally, gloomier weather and less daylight can make people feel gloomy and therefore turn to comfort food. On top of that, we may skip workouts or travel to all-you-can-eat…

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Iron deficiency: look for symptoms, not just numbers

Iron deficiency: look for symptoms, not just numbers

It’s been eight years since I had weight loss surgery, and I consider myself pretty blessed in terms of my nutrition. I go in for labs every six months, or at the very least, once a year. If you don’t, you should. Just because you feel well, doesn’t mean you ARE well. I am now more than three years out from my revision to the gastric sleeve and have started noticing symptoms of anemia. My labs showed lowered ferritin and low…

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Team LiveFit starts today!

Team LiveFit starts today!

I needed an easy but challenging plan to follow now that I am fully recovered from my arm lift surgery. I also needed a plan that would keep me eating healthy during the holidays. I have to admit that, as usual, I have let a few bad foods slip through the cracks. These are the types of behaviors that lead to 20 or 40lbs regains for bariatric patients. I would carb load at night, binge eat sometimes and drink Coca-Cola….

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What I learned during plastic surgery recovery

What I learned during plastic surgery recovery

Things I’ve learned after three rounds of reconstructive plastic surgery after weight loss: You’ll experience tingling and stabbing sensations as nerves regenerate. This can last for quite a long time. Results are not immediate. It can take up to 3 months or longer to see the “final” result of your surgery. You may be asked to wear compression garments for a month or more. It’s frustrating, especially if you are excited to show off that part of your body. The…

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Plastic surgery recovery: what to expect

Plastic surgery recovery: what to expect

I’ll throw the common sense disclaimers out there first: Every surgeon is different. Every body is different. Every operation is different. My experience is mine alone. I am not a doctor. Consult your surgeon. Yada yada. Ok, on to the topic. I’ve had three rounds of reconstructive plastic surgery after massive weight loss, so you could call me a plastic surgery whore. I’ll proudly own that title. What I’m about to tell you is 100% my experience (although I have…

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The batwings are gone

The batwings are gone

I am home. The surgery went very well. I am now the proud owner of upgraded arms and a thinner back. Dr. Tholen marked me up and it was chop time. I didn’t cry like I usually do. Too much determination with this one. The surgery took about four hours. I woke up in some pretty severe pain. I wanted to fall back asleep, but I couldn’t. I would say the first few hours were the worst. I was extremely…

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Arm lift and liposuction today

Arm lift and liposuction today

I’m basically a Minnesota freeway… constantly under construction. Later today, I will head to Minneapolis Plastic Surgery for my third round of plastic surgery. If you’re new to my blog, let me catch you up (feel free to click on the links… they will take you to old blog posts and photos): 2008: Lap-Band surgery. I’m 305lbs, I have hooves for feet and I feel like shit. Oh, and I find out I have PCOS. 2008 – 2012: I slowly…

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Do you have a support system?

Do you have a support system?

When I tell people I still go to support group 8 years out from surgery, many are surprised. In fact, I’ve attended some type of weight-loss support group ever since before my surgery. Weight Watchers meetings, ObesityHelp gatherings, groups run by my bariatric clinic and Overeaters Anonymous meetings. I’ll give you the same advice that others gave me when I started my weight-loss journey: Seek support. Do not stop going because you’re a sudden success. And do not disappear when…

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How I chose my plastic surgeon

How I chose my plastic surgeon

Getting plastic surgery means putting an enormous amount of trust in the hands of one individual. You have an idea of what you want but you have no idea what the realistic possibilities are. It is your plastic surgeon’s job, in my opinion, to make you feel confident about your decision. I’m not a picky person at all… that is, except when it comes to medical professionals. When it comes to medical care, I’m a picky bitch. My biggest gripe?…

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1-year anniversary as a group fitness instructor: what I’ve learned

1-year anniversary as a group fitness instructor: what I’ve learned

I got an email from my manager at Lifetime Fitness this week reminding me that I’ve been teaching for one year. I’m a group fitness baby, soon to be a group fitness toddler. Being an instructor is not a built-in talent. Sure, you have to at least be able to hop on that stage without wetting yourself, but a lot of the skills take practice. With every class you teach, you learn something about yourself. Your confidence grows. Your personal…

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