Category: Allergy

The Cross Body (Knee To Elbow) Plank

If there’s a downside to planks, most people would tell you it’s boredom, because it’s a static exercise held in one position for time. The good news is, there are countless dynamic plank variations, and the knee to elbow variation is one of the best – it’s superb for bringing out muscle definition in the sides of your waist, along with your abs, while strengthening your core at the same time…. Read More


Do Not Want Sales Emails in my Inbox

I don’t know what’s happened with this site, but I’ve been getting sales emails in my inbox that I never agreed to receive! I want a stop to this NOW, whether that means my account is deleted or your team opts me out of these emails. It’s gross to just start sending me sales emails with promises of "miracle cures" for weight loss. You should be ashamed. This isn’t why I or any of the other members signed up. … Read More


I Was The So-Called Unhealthy Fat Woman At The Cardinals Game

Dear Shark Fitness Training,

I recently saw that you were at the same Cardinals game that I was. I assume that you were sitting right behind me. I did not pay attention to you because I am a huge Cardinals fan and was very excited to be able to go to a game.

I realized you were not interested in the game as much as you were about my weight and my eating habits. I noticed the next day that you posted pictures of me eating and commenting about my weight and my habits.


You made it clear that you want to fight obesity through shaming me and that I cared very little about my health.

Well, let me tell you a little about myself.

My name is B. It was not that long ago that I was over 400 pounds. I struggled with eating and my weight for a long time. I was unable to do many of the functions that others could. I could not put on my pants one leg at a time. I could not cross my legs. Being over 400 pounds was hard.

So one … Read More


My Favorite WLS in 2011? Sleeve Gastrectomy!

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It is official now. My favorite weight loss surgery (WLS) now is the sleeve gastrectomy. Does it cause the most weight loss among all weight loss surgeries? No. Duodenal switch and gastric bypass would cause more weight loss. Is it the easiest operation? No. Probably the adjustable gastric band (Lap Band for instance) is easier to perform. However, the sleeve gastrectomy operation combines a unique set of advantages that, together, make it extremely appealing.

1. It is a true restrictive operation. It does not place an obstructive foreign body like the adjustable gastric band. All it does is, to make the stomach smaller, much smaller. We remove 60-80% of the stomach. And the part that we remove is the most expansible part.

2. Patients feel much less hungry in between meals. Doing so is of great help to the vast majority of morbi… Read More


Yoga with Frances

05/28/2020 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Center for Weight Loss Success – Fitness Center
645 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News… Read More


Has Weight Loss Jumped the Shark?

by Barbara Berkeley, MD

Hello again to you dear readers and hello as well to those who are new to this blog.

I’ve been on a sabbatical for the past year and now I’m finding that I want to write again….so I’m back.

Despite my silence on these pages, I have still been reading and observing.  There is not much new in the weight loss world: no magic pills, no easy solutions.  Weight gain and weight regain remain vexing problems that feel too complicated to solve despite the best efforts of legions of scientists and big money investments by pharmaceutical companies.   

Yet there is one thing that appears to be changing and that is our collective attitude toward our weight.  I offer this strictly as my observation so feel free to push back.   I think things are different.

I have been involved with treating obesity for the past 30 years.  During that time, a great many people I met seemed urgently concerned with b… Read More


Contessa lost 97 pounds

Contessa lost 97 pounds in 13 months. Consistency was essential when it came to her exercise routine. Walking on an indoor track and a treadmill, along with doing water aerobics truly paid off. Check out her story.

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Yesterday afternoon I taught my last class for the semester. It feels incredible – not to be done, per se, but to finish a semester and not be entirely exhausted and overwhelmed. I have felt so incredibly content with my worklife this year, and compared to how I felt this time last spring, I am endlessly grateful. My students here work hard and my boss is just amazing – so supportive, so much faith in me.

It’s been a terrific year. I’m still recovering from my divorce and the last few difficult years in a lot of ways – beyond the financial part, I’m still extra cautious with my trust, still deeply protective of my and my son’s hearts. But this time in California has been so good for us. I’m a better mom here – more patient, less tired. I’m a healthier person here – mentally, physically, emotionally. And Noah is absolutely flourishing – my sweetest little love, who is excited for his fifth birthday this weekend and for summer camping trips and for kindergarten and for every s… Read More


Do I Get Lonely

Someone sent me a message on Facebook the other night:

There are a couple of things I want to share…

First off, the fact that anyone looks up to me makes me smile because it’s flattering but frightening.  Talk about the blind leading the blind…Lord have mercy.

Second, let me throw some cliche’ statements out there.  We all get lonely.  I think the funniest people are often some of the loneliest…but you wouldn’t know it because we are working so hard to make sure OTHER people don’t feel alone.  I also think that being an empath amplifies loneliness.  Empaths absorb so much of other’s energy that we are often left “holding” so many feelings and emotions…becoming a keeper of all of it in order to save others from it…that we end up feeling isolated in what we can share.

But of course I get lonely.  Nights are the hardest for me.  I am a morning person.  Annoyingly so…I am up and singing and holl… Read More