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Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing experience that can impact every part of your life — including your relationships, your family life, and even your career. The journey to becoming healthier and happier can sometimes become difficult to navigate. Learn how to make the most out of your weight-loss journey with our articles on body image, emotional health, family life, and more.

Harder Than It Has To Be

Harder Than It Has To Be

Ever walk on a track? It’s kind of fun, in that you get halfway around and even if you want to stop, you can’t, because you still have to walk back the other way to get to your car. Plus having a mindless route — it’s walking around in a circle, for heaven sakes — makes it easier to think about other things besides where you’re going. You can notice the trees, or the weather, or the other people exercising around you. And of those, there are always certain predictable types: the parent maneuvering the huge stroller like a DC-10 coming in for a landing, the athletic competitor zooming past on a training run, the elderly person listening to the ball game on their progress-be-damned transistor radio as they walk slowly around in a windbreaker and sensible slacks.

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Extra Dinner Guests

Extra Dinner Guests

A question for people who aren’t organically nuts (because bless their souls, that’s a whole ‘nother ball game): did you ever notice how the negative voices inside your head can talk louder than the positive ones? Thoughts telling us “you look fat,” “you sound stupid,” or “she/he likes you? Well, just look at his/her outfit … that explains a lot” can drown out any chance of spontaneity in ourselves, making a casual date with someone new feel forced and awkward. Chalk it up to post WLS jitters, but really, it comes down to one simple question: how many people live in your head?

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The Running Start

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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Mr. Hallelujah -- Families in the recovery process

Mr. Hallelujah -- Families in the recovery process

April is alcohol awareness month, and it is useful to recognize there are many similarities between the arduous recovery from alcohol abuse and the post WLS lifestyle. Both are difficult, both are life changing, obviously. However, it is also useful to recognize that excess weight, like alcoholism, is a family disease.

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Queasy on the Love Boat? Coping Strategies for Singles

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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