bariatrics weight loss Articles

Catching up with a past patient

03/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I was so excited about two weeks ago. When I was at the gym, walking and sweating on the treadmill, my personal trainer came up to me with another man who sort of looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite place where I had seen him. My trainer said, “Do you know who this is?” My comment was, “gosh, you look really familiar but I’m not sure I remember.” My trainer then said, “He is one of your former patients.” That is when I said, “You will…

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Pot O’ Gold

03/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

St. Patrick ’s Day is now celebrated with parades, music and songs, green rivers, and Irish food and drink. However, many years ago St. Patrick’s Day was considered a holy day of obligation and pubs were not open for business. There were no parades and no drinking but rather a day of prayer and fasting. So now that you’ve had weight lost surgery, don’t think that you can’t change the way you celebrate holidays. Rather than bacon, ham, or corned beef and cabbage, try…

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Put Yourself First: Reach Your Goals by Starting with Yourself

03/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

You’re a parent, school volunteer, Little League coach and trusted assistant to your boss. You’ve been up since 6 a.m., made breakfast, packed lunches, cleaned the house, chauffeured the neighborhood kids, helped with homework, read bedtime stories, and finished extra work from the office. It’s 11:30. You’re exhausted. And, in about six-and-a-half hours you’ll begin the whole 24-hour cycle…again. If you find yourself saying ‘Stop the merry-go-round, I want…

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How do I lose without getting too loose?

03/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is whether or not exercise will help with the extra skin that can result from bariatric surgery. And the answer I give is “Yes!” Consistent strength training and muscle-building can help your skin reform while you lose weight. Since skin is a living organ, it does have the ability to change and reshape. While certain factors do play a role in how much skin can change (age, condition, genetics, etc.), it’s possible to decrease the amount…

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More Indiana State Park Tips

03/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I have a favorite trail at most Indiana State parks, which I will not tell you about as part of the appeal for me is that they are less traveled by park visitors then some of the other trails. I will tell you that we favor the more difficult and longer hikes, as this is our way of exercising, so the longer more strenuous the hike the better. Let me suggest that should you want to spice up your fitness routine you pack up the family and rush to any of the parks listed above or at http://www.stateparks.com/in.html.…

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Don’t fall for a “quick fix!”

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Obesity is a growing epidemic in Indiana and many of us are looking for the “quick fix” for our disease. I know first hand what it feels like to be morbidly obese, and to be terrified of how to get my weight under control. I have a 45 minute drive to work each morning, and I was flabbergasted at the amount of weight loss pill commercials I heard in that time frame. I counted five different types of ads for the quick fix weight loss pill. We all have different circumstances of why we have…

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Spring Cleaning: Inside and Out

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Are you feeling the spring bug? Are you itching for sunshine, flowers and warm breezes? Me too. Every spring I start my spring cleaning from the inside out. I know, you think what is she talking about? You know those cobwebs that gather on our unused treadmill, sewing machine and stationary bike. They gather in our minds and hearts as well. The springtime is a perfect time to start over, clean out the old and face the new. March is Women’s Health Month. When is the last time you visited your…

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Nerves, the good kind

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This week has been a big one. I wrapped up midterms earlier in the week (just two more months and I officially have my MBA!), we are moving our marketing offices today (gotta love new beginnings) and tomorrow I will run my first competitive 10K in more than five years. I'm not good with change. I never have been, and probably never will be. With the three things I mentioned all happening in one week, I have been a ball of nerves since Sunday night, and I don't see it stopping until I cross…

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The Art (Not Science) of the Gastric Band Adjustment

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I think the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is a fantastic tool to combat morbid obesity. I have the pleasure of working with our post-operative gastric band patients and, along with our dieticians, helping to determine when a patient needs an adjustment to provide more, or less, restriction from their band. To me, the science is in the surgery, the art is in the adjustment. Each patient is an individual and has unique expectations when it comes to their band. I have a few patients who have…

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Roll Out the Rewards

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Creating a rewards system for yourself gives you that extra motivation to keep moving forward despite the struggles that come up. Examine your goals and find little benchmarks in your program that you can reward yourself for achieving. For example, if time has always been your issue, try setting a goal to make it to the gym at least four days every week for a month. Then make a list of things you have been wanting to do or wanting to buy yourself (big and small things) and keep it along with your…

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