8 Months from Weight Loss Surgery – Graphic Images and Latest Stats!

8 Months from Weight Loss Surgery

Today marks my 8 month anniversary from weight loss surgery, often known as surgiversary. Which isn’t really a word, only we made it up, so now it is. 8 months and what a wild and crazy ride it has been so far. I am struggling a bit, these last couple of weeks. And with that comes some very old and nasty demons, trying to make their way to the forefront of my mind. I am working double time to keep them at bay, but it hasn’t been easy. … Read more…


5 Best Tips for the 5 Day Pouch Reset Diet!

5 Day Pouch Reset Diet

I’m going to say write it right here and now. I am on the fence about this 5 day pouch reset diet. I have several opinions about it, but we’re going to leave those for another post. In this post, we’re going to share some additional tips, our best tips, if you are considering the 5 day pouch reset diet. I do recommend weighing all (quite literally) the pros and cons when thinking about this basic diet. And ask yourself why. Why do you feel you need to … Read more…


3 Best Ways to Be Fit, Lose Weight Now – No Gimmicks, No Tricks!

Lose Weight

No gimmicks, no tricks, I’m going to give you the 3 best ways to be fit and lose weight now. It’s so easy (relatively speaking) that most anyone can do it. The hard part comes in to play when our mind plays tricks. But we aren’t going to give into those mind games. We’re going to learn the best ways to lose weight and get our bodies into the best fit we can. Related: 4 months from WLS and grateful for a working metabolism… As I said above, there … Read more…


Purge Your Fat Clothes – You Will NEVER Wear Them Again!

Fat Clothes

Fat clothes. If you are on any sort of weight loss journey, chances are you have fat clothes. And let’s not worry the word choice. Calling them “fat”, I mean. I could have said, larger, bigger, sized…but I didn’t. I chose the word fat with no intentions of offending anyone. Tis what it is. If you have larger sized clothes in your closet that you can’t fit into anymore, get rid of them. Related: 4 months after WLS, where am I at?  Purge your fat clothes. You will … Read more…


I am a Food Addict – How I Live In Spite of Myself!

I am a food addict and the following is how I live in spite of that addiction, in spite of myself. NOTHING gets my day going like a nice cold Spark, my morning run, and my daily 30-45 min exercise/weight lifting. I have come a long way in a short amount of time and I refuse to fail at the healthiest best me I can be. Everyday isn’t all roses but I push on and I’m happy with where I’ve made it so far. I have battled something … Read more…


4 Months from Weight Loss Surgery (graphic images, stats, and more!)

Weight Loss Surgery

When I had weight loss surgery 4 months ago, it was born out of a need to be healthy all over. When I was approached about the possibility of weight loss surgery, my weight wasn’t even on the list of all that was wrong with me. I’d been overweight for most of my adult life, but given what I had been through since October 2013, we hadn’t considered the weight. I had gained throughout my illness, mostly due to one really bad drug, but weight loss surgery? Yah. … Read more…


What Can I Eat? The Pre-Op Stage

The pre-op stage can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 days before your weight loss surgery, depending on your program. What follows is what my experience has been, going through the Weight and Wellness Program here in Maine. It is best to check with your individual program and/or PCP, Surgeon about what they recommend for your own pre-op diet. You’ve come this far, let’s make sure you are on the right path. See also: The 4 Weight Loss Surgery Stages – food planning Our program recommends a 2 week … Read more…


The Stall – 3 Ways to Handle the Psychological Effects – LAWLS

The Stall - 3 Ways to Handle the Psychological Effects

In a stall? Just broke through a stall? Afraid you will stall? For many of us who have had (or will have) bariatric surgery, worrying about whether we will stall at some point throughout our weight loss journey, happens. We can’t help ourselves. After everything we’ve done to get to here, to step on that scale day after day and not see it move, or worse, have it go up, can be absolutely devastating in the worst psychological way. Related: Are you a slave to the scale? Having just … Read more…


3 Ways Water Will Help You Lose Weight

Water helps you lose weight.

Who knew? Water is one of the most important things you can do for yourself if you are trying to lose weight. Drinking water is so beneficial in so many ways, whether you are on a weight loss journey or not. But I can’t stress enough why they (we’re still trying to figure out who they are) stress the importance of water. I’m just the messenger. And with proof of how making sure you drink enough water can help you lose weight. Related: tracking fluids and protein is easy with … Read more…


3 Key Ways to Deal with Sagging Skin w/out Surgery!

Sagging Skin

If you are losing weight rapidly, you may also be dealing with sagging skin. It’s no fun. Most anyone who has esteem issues stemming from being overweight to begin with, can be quite discouraged to discover all this extra skin hanging (literally) around once they reach their goal. For many, surgery is the best option. However, there are several key ways to deal with sagging skin without going under the knife. If you want better results, you must work better at it. Related: Track your fluids better! I’m not here … Read more…