Sunday, July 01, 2018

Some Ruts are Grooves... and it is a Challenge when they END

Oh boy - my true north has always been moderate exercise. As Dr Sayeed Ikramuddin told me "you will rarely find a WLS patient who has totally fallen off the tracks if they have a regular exercise program"

That doesn't mean "I go when I can" or "When the weather is nice, I..." or "I don't go if I can't get a full hour in" It means that the person can look you in the eye, and say "I exercise - if not with my regular plan, then with some other way!"

Well, for me Plan A has been the Front Training Room in SLC for over 2.5 years. It has been the best place and the best coaching ever, ever, ever! I used to try to do my own plan, and spend reasonable effort - but never really made progress, and kept the stale routine for months on end. With the FTR, I didn't have the hassle of personal trainer appointments, but a custom plan made new every 6 or 8 weeks, regular progress checks, coaches who were in the gym several hours a day for form checks, advice, etc.

Luckily, that all stays the same - BUT.. The very SWEEEEEET private gym where the program happened has been rolled into the larger Front Climbing Gym open workout area. It brings back that public feeling that makes many of us shy away from the gym. I have been so spoiled! I am always happier with only a few people around - enough to inspire me (why I don't do my own basement very well), but not so many I feel in the way.

Challenge! The average age in the regular side is about 25 years younger than me, and in wicked good shape. I NEED to make this work, and I will, but it is taking some time.

It has been hard to get as excited about going - used to be the highlight of my day! The gym is wonderful, but I was feeling guilty about not wanting to go... Self acceptance - recognizing barriers works to keep things on the rails (other things have thrown me off this last year: back sprain, travel chaos, one bad cold, etc...)

Looking forward to the new groove!!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Worth a read - Amber Huett-Garcia is a leader and public servant already...

She is a personal hero of mine - outspoken and brave, but always positive and engaging. Tennessee is lucky to have her, and OAC did great things with her at the helm as Chair of the Board! Obesity is a key issue, but it fits in with overall themes and commitments to equality and respect, and opportunity for all. You will love her perspective in this article. Progress needs leaders, but it mainly needs citizen action - votes, donations, support!

link to Teen Vogue Op-Ed

Friday, April 13, 2018

Duodenal Loop video on YouTube

As Presented at Video Loop #SAGES2018 - Edited version of our Duodeno-Ileostomy and simple dissection. Surgeons with RYGB skill will easily adopt. Don't need to throw away the Pylorus anymore. We only use one staple firing, so can charge much less in surgery center. Patients usually don't have to spend the night (it's a lot more comfortable than sleeve)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bariatric info (1 of 6) Intro to obesity effective treatment, How to cho...

Bariatric info (2 of 6) hunger, genes, cost

Part 3 - Balloon, Aspire, Overstitch options, Lap Band, demo Laparoscopi...

Part 4 - Staple and Surgery Model Show and Tell

Part 5.1 After surgery, Weight Loss surgery care, Outcome goals

Part 5.2 After surgery, Weight Loss surgery care, Outcome goals, Cost is...

Is Loop Duodenal Switch the Future of Bariatric Surgery? WLS podcast Reeger Cortell FNP

Is Loop Duodenal Switch the Future of Bariatric Surgery?

Well - this doesn't have an image that I can easily upload, but it is a BIG discussion!

See Reeger's website for art (and links to all sorts of wonderful interviews!)

A couple of the best aren't even interviews - listen to "Reeger Rambles", and "the Importance of Aftercare"