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…


What Are You Most Thankful For This Year? Here is mine and then some…

What are you most thankful for this year?

I think most of us can claim to be thankful for at least one thing, this year. And in this giving month of November (turkey day is HAPPENING, people), I wanted to share what I am most thankful for this year. It’s such a small thing, really. But it does rank high on the scale of being thankful. This small thing steers a clear path to ALL that I’m blessed with. What about you? So. I polled some folks. I didn’t pose this specific question. But I was … Read more…


Retrain Your Brain or You Could Gain!

Retrain Your Brain

Anyone who has ever been on any kind of weight loss journey knows that you must retrain your brain or you will gain. That losing weight, getting healthy and staying that way, is as much a mental game as it is physical. No matter what you are doing to lose weight, if your head isn’t in the game, you will lose (and not the weight you so desperately want gone). I come to you with this today, not to offer tips for how to retrain your brain, but … 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…


What Can I Eat? The Solid Food Stage

What Can I Eat? The Solid Food Stage

The solid food stage – the fourth and final stage in your bariatric weight loss journey. Perhaps the most favorite stage, as you are through all the other stages and can now begin to add foods back in that are more pleasing and of a greater variety than all the other food stages combined. This solid food stage can be a fabulous reward for all the hard work you have put in so far. And though we have to be careful (in not rewarding ourselves with food), we … Read more…


Meet Mandy – Our Newest 6 Miles Daily Contributor!

We have a new contributor here at 6 Miles Daily and I thought it would be nice to sit down with her and get to know her a little better. We are always looking for folks who want to share at any of our three sites. With Mandy’s background, we believe she’ll fit right in with the rest of us, aiming for a healthy life, for her and her family. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Let’s get to know Mandy a little more. As you … 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…


Considering Weight Loss Surgery? Read this reality first!

Weight Loss Surgery has been called the easy way out for as long as I can remember. However, I am ten and a half months post-op from having vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve, and I can tell you there is nothing easy about recovering from surgery while at the same time trying to relearn how and what to eat to fuel your body the proper way. Weight Loss Surgery is a tool to help those of us that need it for whatever reason that may be – … 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…


One Month From Weight Loss Surgery – My Stats – LAWLS

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my weight loss surgery and I am so excited for the numbers. My stats are pretty awesome (because they are mine, not comparing to anyone else and neither should you). But there is a better outcome from having vertical sleeve gastrectomy and I will share that, at the end! First, let’s look at some before and after pics, plus I’ll give you the whole run-down with my stats. Related: I had VSG – Happy Birthday to ME! So. The stats. … Read more…