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03/29/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The time has finally come to take my workouts outside! I know many people who continued to exercise outside during the winter, and even though I thought about it many times…the cold weather just doesn’t help my workouts feel like much fun. I usually keep my workouts indoors and just look forward to the springtime when I can get back outside again and enjoy the fresh air! And it is finally here…. But even though the cold may be moving out …the weather still isn’t always…

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Encouragement from Traci

03/27/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I posted a blog last year about the way I prepared myself to tell my family that I wanted to get the RNY (Roux –en-Y) gastric bypass procedure. It’s a post that Abbie thought I should share again, just because it talks about such an important moment. Here are a few helpful words from it that I hope will help you as you open up to your friends and family about your decision: First, take some time to think about what the best approach for your family would be. We all have very unique situations…

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Friday Fun: Did You Know…?

03/26/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

It’s springtime at last, and the outdoors beckon! Did you know that every Friday at the Clarian Bariatrics Outpatient Clinic (located at 6640 Intech Blvd., Suite 300, in Indianapolis at zip 46278), we have a weekly walking support group? Come burn calories, make friends, and keep on track with your goals. Bring your water bottle and good tennis shoes. And did we mention? It takes place at lunch time, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and stay to chow and chat with…

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Self-Healer Stories: Kristen’s Story: Part Four, I’m a Half-Marathoner

03/25/2010 | CommunityWellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

An airplane seatbelt, my dream car, and a half marathon—this is my story… The morning of the Half Marathon I was pretty nervous. I knew that I’d finish the event (either walking or running) so that wasn’t the problem. I think my nerves came from the anticipation of finally completing this goal I had worked so hard at. I was excited to get out there and actually make it happen. Once I crossed the starting line, my nerves calmed down and I got into my rhythm. The Half Marathon…

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NY Times features Jets’ Coach’s Lap Band Procedure

03/24/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Weight loss procedures are becoming more and more popular--and more high-profile. Here’s a news story from the March 15th edition of The New York Times about the New York Jets’ coach’s lap band procedure, which seems to have gone very well. You might remember Coach Rex Ryan from his team’s faceoff with the Indianapolis Colts in January (we won, if you remember). Here’s a snippet from the article, written by George Vecesy: Jets’ Ryan Tries to Flatten a Persistent…

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Breaking News from AP: Michelle Obama Talks Anti-Obesity to Food Giants

03/23/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In this March 19th report from the Associated Press (AP), Michelle Obama continues her fight for healthier children (and adults) by taking on the big food conglomerates that produce the processed foods that keep us unnaturally hungry—and heavy—and threaten to make our kids go through the same thing. Surprisingly, the food industry seems to be listening to her argument. Here’s a teaser from the article: WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has talked to schools and nutrition groups…

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Happiness and Bariatric Surgery

03/22/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In the Behavior Change Group at the Clarian Bariatric Center last week, we talked about what the Positive Psychology group has to say about happiness. We looked at information from the Values in Action website, which includes a list of 24 strengths or virtues from Seligman and Peterson’s 2004 book, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification System. Of these virtues, research has suggested that five are especially associated with happy people: hope/optimism, zest for life,…

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Weekly Wrap-up: Take a Hike! Letting Go of What Holds Us Back

03/20/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

 by William Hilgendorf, PhD, HSPP I’d like to take a hike. Maybe along the Appalachian Trail, which spans over 2100 miles and runs through 14 states. A friend of mine is a veteran overnight hiker who is amused by the various objects left along the trail by those who over-estimated how much they can carry: books, bottles of liquor, blankets, even tents. Others, more experienced, are so serious about being unencumbered by their load that they will cut off the handles to their toothbrush!…

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Friday Fun: Eating with Chopsticks

03/19/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

All week, I’ve been eating my lunch with chopsticks. The first day I did it, I was just messing around. My nurse-friends (who don’t mind sitting with the 23-year-old publishing intern while they talk about the escapades of their teenage children) said it was “cute” that I was eating a homemade stir-fry with chopsticks. They marveled at my “mad skills” with the sticks, which I had picked up while waitressing as a post-grad at a Hong Kong cuisine-based steakhouse.…

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Self-Healer Stories: Kristen’s Story: Part Three, Running Towards My Goal

03/18/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Story by Kristen Clark, collected by contributors Erin Light and Terri Hohlt An airplane seatbelt, my dream car, and a half marathon—this is my story… Over the summer of 2009, I had made my goal weight and began looking for the next challenge or some way to push myself. I had done a bit of cycling with a friend when I received a flyer in the mail for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They have a fundraising program called Team In Training where they train participants for endurance…

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