January 13, 2011

Traits of a WLS Winner by Katie Jay

by Katie Jay, MSW, Certified Wellness Coach
Director, National Association for Weight Loss Surgery

While nearly everyone who has WLS achieves some measure of success, some people do much better than others -- and not just in the measure of their weight.   Winning at WLS is not a size, it's a whole state of being.  Winning at WLS means achieving a weight that creates the opportunity for you to live a full, healthy, and satisfying life -- and then getting out there and living it. So what do WLS winners do?

Delta Founder's Day

22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta taken in 1913Image via Wikipedia

98 years ago today, 22 women from Howard University collaborated together in the face of discrimination and women's suffrage. Through much difficulty and perseverance, the founders incorporated the Greek-letter sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority is dedicated to the community, the country, and women all over the world. With more than 200,000 members and 900 chapters, Delta continues its dedication to its five point thrust:
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement
Happy Founder's Day, Sorors!

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Words of Encouragement and Strength

My girl, Sharon Dass, posted this as her Facebook status and I wanted to share it with all of you who may feel down and are contemplating that piece of chocolate.

"the heart and spirit of a champion is never deflated by people, places, situations or things. the spirit of a champion sees past the B.S. and keeps its eye on the prize. no body promised that it would be easy. true grit and willpower will keep that spirit energized. failure is not an option. it was never in the equation..."

Now drop that candy and give me 20!

Snow in Atlanta - I've Got Cabin Fever

If anyone follows me on Facebook, you'll know that it snowed here in Atlanta and that all of the kids have been out of school since Monday.  I wanted to share this cartoon to illustrate the feeling of ATL-aliens.

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January 11, 2011

Progresso "Souper You" Makeover Contest

Remember to go to the Facebook Fan Page for Progresso, click "like" and then click the tab, "Souper You", to enter their "Souper You" contest to be entered for a chance to win a free makeover.  One of our own, Michelle from "The World According to Eggface", was a winner last year.  You can't win if you don't enter!

My Kind of Recipe

This recipe is courtesy of GoFitCoach.com.  It is a simple recipe for salmon and stir-fried veggies.  Check out the recipe here.  Forgo the rice for a yummy pouch-a-licious meal!

Clean Plate

This article is a good read.  I have long said that healthy eating is based upon income, but in recent months have been refuted.  Read this article and post your comments.  Is sensible eating really based upon income?  How much are you really spending on putting quality foods into your pouch?

*** Overweight, but Working on It *** - Updated!!!

I was reading another blog and come across a blog from a young lady, called, "Single Mom Says". It is the adventures of a Single Mom vs. The World. Even in WLS, we all feel we are opposing the world in our quest to lose weight.

NAWLS Weight Loss Retreat - Get Your Spot Today

The National Association for Weight Loss Support is offering several spring retreats to help with issues regarding weight loss.

Spring Renewal Retreats

WLS Stages of Transformation:
How to Find Physical, Emotional,
and Spiritual Freedom on Your Journey!
April 28-May 1, 2011
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Boundaries Bootcamp:
Discovering What's Yours and What's Not,
so You Can Relax and Enjoy Your Life!
May 1-May 4, 2011
Virginia Beach, Virginia
*1 "single" & 2 "slumber party" spots left!

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Stay for Two Retreats in a Row,
and Enjoy an 8-day Getaway with your WLS Friends!
April 28-May 4, 2011
Virginia Beach, Virginia

All retreats include programming, food, snacks, lodging and, of course, access to Katy. Make sure to check it out. Space is very limited so if you don't get in now, look for their offerings for this fall.

Let's get happy and healthy, together!

January 9, 2011

AMBS WLS Emergency Room Cheat Sheet

Great resource from the ASMBS and WLSFA. Please print and have available!


The ASMBS has produced a very important document-- an Emergency Room Instructional Sheet. If you have had any form of weight loss surgery, your needs in an emergency room situation are very special. The WLSFA suggest keeping a copy in the following locations:
  • On your refrigerator
  • In your wallet or purse
  • In your car glove box
  • In your back pack
  • Emergency contact people
  • Take a copy to work
  • Take to your ER!
Here is a link to the file CLICK HERE and download it NOW

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