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Losing weight can change your relationships. You may find that people treat you differently or may even be jealous of the success you achieve. Learn how to respond to these relationship challenges following weight-loss surgery. 

The Running Start

I never ran track in high school; it seemed kind of redundant, trying to throw my teenage body over hurdles and things. I had enough of those set up inside my head; I didn’t need to go looking for more. But there is a concept from the sport I learned only later that you can apply to most anything, whether you’re an athlete or not. It’s called a running start, and particularly if you’re dating — especially if you’re new to it, after a long time out — you’d do well to learn it. And don’t worry; it doesn’t involve unflattering nylon shorts.

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Queasy on the Love Boat? Coping Strategies for Singles

The state of being single, and the act of trying to “unsingle,” is hard at any weight. But for someone who has struggled with too many pounds and not enough love for themselves, dating — especially dating after WLS — can be even scarier. After all, we’re used to bad relationships: with food, with ourselves, with romantic partners who may reinforce, rather than fight against, an image of ourselves as unhealthy, unhappy … and unlovable.

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Secret Ingredients

Everybody talks about toxic ingredients: corn syrup, aspartame, palm oil or excess sodium…anything that somehow packs a food or beverage with extra consequences for the unsuspecting consumer. The warnings about these substances generally are not to avoid them at all costs, but simply to be aware of them, and to limit your consumption as appropriate to your dietary needs.

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Sex After Weight Loss Surgery

What can be scarier than the first time with a new sexual partner? The first time after WLS with a new sexual partner! So if you find yourself in that situation, give yourself a pat on the back for doing things in a big way. You, my dear, are not a wimp. You are Superman (or Superwoman), and guess what? Courage looks great on you.

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Setbacks: Meeting your Munchkins

When you chase a dream, no matter what it is — losing weight or finding Mr. or Ms. Right, among them — you’re going to have setbacks. No one likes to talk about this part of the process. Indeed, no one likes to think about this part of the process. Nevertheless, these disasters are part and parcel of achieving any goal. Here are three strategies to keep in mind for those inevitable “throw up your hands” moments. Use them and pass them on!

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