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10 Tips to Exercise With Your Kids

exercising as a family

This is a post I originally published in October 2012, but it seems appropriate to republish now. I’m 6 months post bariatric gastric sleeve surgery, and I make my girls go on a walk with me every day. We walk about 1.5 miles at lunch, although I’m thinking about adding a second walk after work. 10 Tips to Exercise With Your Kids According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, if one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese. When exercise becomes part of the family culture, everyone wins. … Read more

10 Tips to Drink More Water

10 Tips and ideas to drink more water - Water is great for your health and nutrition and helps to lose weight! There are many benefits and reasons to drink more water, and this post will walk through them as well as to give you 10 ways to drink more of it!

There are a few rules following bariatric surgery. First, you always eat your protein first. You have to get at least 80 grams of protein daily. Second, you have to drink, drink, drink water all day long. You are supposed to get at least 60-80 ounces of water per day. Third, you have to stay under 1,000 calories and approximately 50 grams of carbs per day. I don’t have any trouble with the protein having discovered a love for seafood, and the calories and carbs are pretty easy, too. But drinking 60-80 ounces of water a day when your stomach can … Read more

Bariatric Gastric Sleeve Surgery Results – 6 Months Post-Op

Bariatric gastric sleeve surgery results - This is an update 5 months after gastric sleeve surgery including before and after pictures (or is it before and during?). She is losing weight quickly and eating a healthy diet that she can maintain for life!

I think that having bariatric gastric sleeve surgery was the best thing I’ve ever done in my whole life. I mean, it’s the best thing I ever did just for myself. Of course, getting married and having babies were really good things in my life, and they changed my whole life and made it better (I think), but this surgery has been revolutionary in a 100% positive way. As of last Friday (exactly 6 months to the day after surgery), I am down 131 pounds and 20 points on my BMI. I have lost 13 inches at my chest (should I … Read more

Bariatric Gastric Sleeve Surgery Results – 5 Months Post-Op

Bariatric gastric sleeve surgery results - This is an update 5 months after gastric sleeve surgery including before and after pictures (or is it before and during?). She is losing weight quickly and eating a healthy diet that she can maintain for life!

I am so thrilled with the results of my bariatric gastric sleeve surgery; I almost can’t put it into words. I wrote this post on August 25, so almost exactly 20 weeks post-op, and as of this morning, I am down more than 111 pounds. My BMI is down from 61 to 43. I am wearing a size 22 now as opposed to 30/32 before. My goal at the time of surgery was to lose 100 pounds before our September Disney cruise, and I did it with over a month to spare! And best of all, I feel great and … Read more

Bariatric Gastric Sleeve Surgery – 3.5 Months Post-Op

Bariatric gastric sleeve surgery results - This is an update 3 months after gastric sleeve surgery including before and after pictures (or is it before and during?). She is losing weight quickly and eating a healthy diet that she can maintain for life!

It has been almost two months since my last bariatric surgery update, so I wanted to pop on and let you know how it’s going. So many of you have written with kind words and encouragement and asking how it’s going. I am truly honored by your emails and comments! In short, it is going great! I have lost 84 pounds since March 29 (3 months and 2 weeks), and I am recently (in the last month or so) able to see a difference in myself. And now that I can see it, what a difference it is! I know … Read more

#iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Week Four

Last week’s little virus turned into the flu. I wouldn’t have known it was the flu, except that I woke up with pink eye on Wednesday and had to go to the doctor for eye drops. My week didn’t go as well as I’d planned exercise-wise, but I also had virtually no appetite, so it worked out in the end. {I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. If I were you, I’d think What a nut. right now.} I did manage to get in a couple of workouts, even one heavy-duty Leslie Sansone cardio walking episode, but for the most part, … Read more