1. Valerie C.

    Valerie C. Artist, Stay-at-Home Mom “Growing up, I was often bigger than most of my friends. I wasn’t ‘the fat girl,’ but I always felt like I was fighting my weight - but it was a fight that never went anywhere. Things took a turn in my mid-thirties, though, when I went on medication and began treatment for high blood pressure. Everything seemed to be creeping in on me. I knew things need…Read More

  2. Sarah B.

    Sarah B. Flight Attendant Meet Sarah, a busy wife and mother of four who found herself at the end of her rope after steadily gaining 114 pounds over the course of 15 years. Like so many women, she struggled with her weight after having children. “After my kids were born, it was like my body rebelled against me. My hormones were so out of whack that I couldn’t lose any weight no matter what I t…Read More

  3. Maddie P.

    Maddie P. Mom, Competitive Runner Maddie P. isn’t your typical wife and mom of four. She’s a competitive runner, Zumba freak, and practicing yogi. But things haven’t always been this way for her. After reaching her peak weight of 252 pounds on her petite frame, Maddie knew it was time to make a change when she couldn’t catch her running toddler. “I’ve never been super-skinny; curves ru…Read More

  4. Russell F.

    Russell F. PFD technician, retired military “Before my surgery, I couldn’t even walk 150 yards. I couldn’t do anything with my children. Now I’m walking 2-3 miles a day, climbing 12-15 flights of stairs. I have a lot more energy and I’m a lot happier. I saw my sister for the first time in two years and she didn’t even recognize me!” Russell F. had his first appointment with Dr. Clark…Read More

  5. What the journey REALLY looks like

    Those "Before and After" pictures sure are compelling, but have you ever wondered what the "Middle" part really looked like? How does it feel to be in the middle of a weight loss journey? If the "After" seems unreachable sometimes, take a look at what Kat H. is doing and it just might change your mind. At 367 pounds, Kat, a mother and grandmother, could barely make it through the day. The joint pa…Read More

  6. Medical issues that cause weight gain

    Sarah is sharing her story to help dispel the myth that bariatric surgery is for lazy people who want the easy way out. “Obese people are real people with real issues; sometimes their weight problems are rooted in a medical condition. People think that bariatric surgery is a quick-fix so you can continue to eat mashed potatoes and watch TV all day. That’s not the case. If you are serious about…Read More

  7. The depression – weight gain connection

    Does depression really affect a person's weight? Yes! Scientifically speaking, a depressed person has elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The increase in cortisol also paves way to the rise in insulin levels, which would cause your blood sugar to drop and make you crave sugar and fatty foods. Another point of view is that a depressed person does not have the energy or the drive to move…Read More

  8. Stop putting yourself at the bottom of the list

    “I worked so hard for this. Having the surgery was a learning tool to guide me and keep me moving forward. I understand that my health is important and if I don’t care, then no one else will. My confidence is lifted and nothing can stop me now!” ~Maddie P. Maddie is one of our success stories and one of our inspirations. It is always a pleasure for us to be an instrument for people in discov…Read More

  9. What’s your weight status?

    Why is it important to watch your weight? Our weight reveals plenty about our health status. Being underweight could mean malnourishment, fragile bones, a weak immune system and growth and development problems. Being overweight can influence one's chances of becoming a candidate for diseases like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer. It can also make you susceptible to unnecessary…Read More

  10. An easy trick for dieting success

    Ever felt like a hopeless case when it comes to losing weight? This is a common feeling because dieting alone can be difficult and no one wants to give up the foods they love. But, what if it doesn't have to be like that? There IS a better way. Make tiny changes to the amount of food you eat. Reduce the amount of food that you normally eat by about 3-5%. Try this for a week and see if you feel any…Read More

  11. Why mindful eating is essential for weight loss

    According to studies, weight loss is generally 75% diet and 25% exercise. While it is important to eat healthy and be mindful of the foods you eat, it is not always necessary to compute carbs and calorie intake down to minute detail. Some people get lost in these tiny details and it can cause stress. But, it is necessary to be smart (i.e. "mindful") about what you eat. So, how exactly would you do…Read More

  12. “I was sick of the yo-yo dieting” so what did I do??

    Meet Dorothy, a retired restauranteur and mother. Her story is a familiar one. Coping with pressures from work and family, Dorothy neglected her health until a dangerous event nearly cost her her life. Now down over 100 pounds and feeling great, Dorothy wants to share her story in hopes of helping others. Dorothy worked in the restaurant industry and was on her feet for eight or more hours per shi…Read More