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…


Dining Out? What to Say If Waitstaff Asks – LAWLS

Dining Out

Everyone who has had weight loss surgery knows how daunting dining out can be. Most of us are food addicts and the plethora of menu items can be a tad overwhelming if you aren’t prepared ahead of time. This also counts for what your waitstaff may say to you when ordering your meal. Some folks (after WLS) obtain a special card that allows them to choose foods from the kid’s menu. This may or may not make dining out easier. Related: What to eat after WLS (the four … 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…


3 Ways to Track Your Protein and Fluids Better – LAWLS

It is extremely important, after weight loss surgery, to track protein and fluids to the best of your ability. According to our weight and wellness program here in Maine, we are tasked with making sure we get 60-70 grams of protein per day, and 64 oz. of fluids*. It is important for you to track protein and fluids, to make sure you are getting in the required amount. Even if you haven’t had weight loss surgery, if you are working toward a healthier you, consider adopting this protein … Read more…


5 Ways to Fix Constipation Fast! + One Bonus Tip (psychologically speaking)

Fix Constipation fast with any one or more of these 5 easy ways - plus a bonus tip - psychologically speaking!

A lot of us struggle with constipation after weight loss surgery and there is so much information to be had about how to fix it. It’s an icky subject, but must be discussed if you wish to enjoy the go, again. I have done my homework and have also gotten lots of tips from fellow LAWLS folks; the following is my best summary about how to fix constipation, fast! Even if you haven’t had WLS, you may still find one or more items on this list that can … Read more…


The BEST First Step After Weight Loss Surgery – LAWLS

Best first step after weight loss surgery

There are a lot of steps you will take after weight loss surgery, but I am here to tell you that the best first step you can take just may make all the rest of them that much easier. It was recommended throughout my 7 months preparing for this life-saving event, and I am very pleased to tell you that after having taken that first step, the rest has been fairly easy to navigate. So far. I’m sure there will be some bumps in the road, but I … Read more…


What Can I Eat? 4 WLS Stages Food Planning – LAWLS

If you are considering having Weight Loss Surgery and are afraid you’ll never eat again OR eat the food you love, no worries. Eventually you will be able to eat pretty much whatever you want. But that’s not why we’re here today. Besides, after you go through the hard work of losing all that weight and getting into shape, why would you ever go back to old ways? Well. It happens. But I’m here to tell you that if you want to be successful in your new life … Read more…


I Had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – Happy Birthday to ME!

Whew, it feels good to get it out there – I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Good… and nerve wrecking. But I do know, despite my scaredy-cat nerves about sharing this life-changing life-saving event, the decision to have this weight loss surgery was the best one I’ve ever made. Ever. And while today is my actual birthday, I now have another – May 11, 2016 – to celebrate each year. Happy Birthday to Me – I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. For those who don’t know what that means, here … Read more…