Danielle’s Testimonial After LapBand Surgery

Danielle’s Testimonial:

Surgery:    Lap-Band
Surgery date:    02/25/13
Weight lost:    114 pounds

“I love Dr. Goldstein’s upbeat personality and his sense of humor.  He definitely helped to put my mind at ease about the surgery and the recovery.  His bariatric team is absolutely wonderful.  They go above and beyond for patients and are always friendly.  I have special “WOWs” in my life as a result of having surgery.  For the first time in almost 15 years, I weigh less than 200 lbs.  I fit into normal clothing sizes without an ‘X’ in front of them and I feel far more comfortable.”

“Lap Band surgery has changed my life in ways I never would have been able to do on my own.  I no longer take medication for GERD and I was able to stop taking one of my asthma medications as well.  My back and joint pain have lessened and I’m able to be physically active for a longer ti… Read More


Early weight-loss surgery may improve type 2 diabetes, blood pressure outcomes

Despite similar weight loss, teens who had gastric bypass surgery were significantly more likely to have remission of both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, compared to adults who had the same procedure. Previously, no treatment has shown longer-term effectiveness at reversing type 2 diabetes in youth, which tends to advance more quickly than in adults…. Read More


Vegan (and no oil) Pesto Sauce

I’m a huge fan of pesto. And basil in general. There’s nothing better than a fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil salad in the summer.
But I digress…

We are here to talk about pesto. The thing where overgrown basil plants are made into a beautifully delicious, cheesy, oily delicacy. Yum.

However, most traditional pesto recipes call for 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cups of olive oil – yikes! Even with the health benefits of olive oil that is a huge calorie bomb.

Enter a recipe I discovered 3 years ago: Katie’s Raw Vegan Pesto Sauce

It’s a wonderful take on the pesto flavor without all the calories, fat, and dairy (if you watch that sort of thing). It’s delicious on raw veggies, as a flatbread topping and even as a pasta sauce. You can see the original recipe at the link above and here are my changes to a batch I made this week:<br… Read More


Half Size Me: The Importance of Setting Boundaries and Time Management

In episode 379 of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks to Jan about how she went from an overweight former athlete to a physical education teacher what helped her realize the importance of boundaries and time management what it took to stop trying to do it like everyone else and to start looking inward how […]… Read More


2014 Parris Island Sprint Triathlon

Well, if you haven’t heard… this was my best triathlon to date.

And it started like this…

Last week I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do this race. I pretty much decided the week before that I would do it even though I didn’t think I would be completely prepared. I went to bed the night before the race with so much nervousness that I barely slept a wink.  I was awake before my alarm and I couldn’t even eat. I had packed up my gear and everything the night before, so I grabbed up my bag and some food and headed out the door.

I met up with friends Bree and Bryce on the way out of town and jumped in their car. Bree is a seasoned triathlete at this point, but this was Bryce’s first race. He seemed pretty calm, cool and collected during the drive, but I may not have been quite as observant as usual because I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up. Shhh. Don’t tell those guys. I think they thought I was just ch… Read More


Flosstube 7 – Video & Show Notes

I can’t believe we’re already more than halfway done with Stitch Maynia! Well, at least those of us working on 19 projects are over halfway done. Those of you doing 31 projects are just over a third of the way…Flosstube 7 – Video & Show Notes was first posted on May 12, 2019 at 7:08 am.
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Spring Into Summer Challenge! 😎

Trading Cardio for Cosmos is excited to bring you this all-new “Spring Into Summer” Challenge! We’ve got 10 weeks to the first day of summer, which means we’ve got 10 weeks to create our happiest, healthiest bodies yet!

Each week for 10 weeks we’ll launch a new challenge designed to get us moving, out of our comfort zones, trying new foods, building new habits, and ultimately, to help us lose weight. We’ll track our progress and cheer each other on in a private Facebook group just for participants!

Challenges topics will include:

Menu Planning • Meal Prep • Exercise • Seasonal Eating • Building a New Healthy Habit • Conquering a Roadblock • Water, Water, Everywhere • Step Goals • Healthy Dining Out/Takeout • Get Out of Your Comfort Zone 

For each weekly challenge you’ll receive:

A half hour podcast about that week’s challenge topic
A resource email filled with healthy recipes, informative articles and inspiring blog… Read More