“Do You Regret Having Weight-Loss Surgery?”

My last post was a direct response to someone who asked a fair, albeit judgmental, question about my weight, and now I want to answer another question. I think this question was sincere and thought-provoking, and I genuinely enjoy reflecting on the answers to hard questions even when they feel easier to avoid. And just as a quick reminder for those who felt defensive for my sake per my last post – I’m answering this for myself, not because I think I owe anyone an explanation. And I wonder if anyone else in my shoes has faced similar thoughts and feelings post-surgery. Here’s the question – Do you regret having weight-loss surgery? If you could go back, would you still go through with it? I’ve given this question a lot of thought, and in short, I do not regret having weight-loss surgery, but if I could go back, I would definitely do some things differently. Many people experience incredible success, at least temporarily, after Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy su… Read More


Thank you.

I’ve been going back and forth wondering why I have such long breaks between posts. I’ve come to the final conclusion that I just do not have any interest in this any longer. Sure I love writing, but I don’t love blogging….did I ever really love it?? That I am not so sure about. I love(d) connecting with you guys and hearing your stories and getting your feedback. There are very few feelings in this world that move me as much as when someone says that I have inspired them in any way, shape or form. But it’s time for me to move away from this. This will be my last blog post and in short time this as well as the FB page will be shut down. But there are other places & ways to find me so please feel free to reach out to me there.
For the first time I can truly say without hesitation or doubt…I am happy and I am healthy.
Thank you so much for all of the support, encouragement, inspiration and love over all of these years. I love you guys. XO

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Exercise A lot

by Barbara Berkeley, MD

This post is not for everyone.  It is for those of you who are fully capable of exercising or of regaining your ability exercise strenuously.   If you fit this description or think you might, read on.

There is as much confusing information about how much to exercise as there is about how many grams of sugar, fat and protein one should consume every day.   Let me make it simple:  where exercise is concerned there is just one prescription:  exercise a lot.

If I were to look at the single thing that has changed my life over the past 30 years it would easily be my discovery of “aerobics” way back when.   I was lucky.   A completely sedentary person, I just happened to be passing an aerobics studio on a busy street in White Plains, New York when I heard shouting and music.  I looked up and saw a bunch of women having what looked like a dance party through an upstairs window.  The whole building … Read More


Slow and Steady

Last Week’s Weight: 168.2Current Weight: 168.0Change: -0.2Total Loss: -60
If slow and steady wins the race, I am an Olympic gold medal winner of weight loss. 
It’s been… a hell of a week. For more reasons than one. The good news is that it’s halfway over. The bad news is there are still two days to go. The other good news is that it’s October. New month, fresh start. Let’s go.

October goals coming tomorrow.

How was your weigh-in Wednesday?… Read More


2018 Review Thingo

Belated happy new year to you! For the tenth year on the trot, here is the Annual Review Thingo. Previous episodes: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?

made two new friends who live in the next village. Walking distance pals: the holy grail!
took a beginner’s sewing class (swore a lot)
consistently attended both Pilates and yoga classes… after years in the exercise wilderness I’ve found some love again!
had a brilliant trip to Green Mountain in Vermont as a guest blogger to work on my binge eating stuff.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
I chose a word for the year, Outside: “I literally want to get more fresh air, but also looking to get outside of my head and outside of my comfort zone”. This turned out to be a handy anchor and it was an adventurous (for me!) 12 months.

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Half Size Me: How To Restart Again After Years Of Yo-Yo Dieting

In episode 371 of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks to Carrie about why maintenance was not in her vocabulary how to restart again after years of yo-yo dieting how cheese and dessert helped her find her maintainable weight and more! JOIN The Half Size Me™ Community waiting list! Learn more about the benefits of […]… Read More


October Goals

Anyone else feel like September just started yesterday? Between Labor Day, my trip to Baltimore and DC, and just general work/life craziness, I feel like this month was over and done in the blink of an eye. 
Still, there were some pretty good highlights this month. I had a successful work trip to Baltimore at the beginning of the month to attend the Blogalicious Conference on behalf of a client. I don’t talk about work too much on here, but I am lucky to have a job that I really and truly love. If you’re new, I work for a PR agency as a digital manager, meaning I manage the social media channels and strategy for some really amazing brands. I also get to work with bloggers on behalf of clients, which is a lot of fun. It’s the perfect blend of my work passions and my real life passions, which is what keeps me going even when it can be stressful at times 🙂

Followed up my Baltimore trip with a quick stop in DC for a visit with one of my best friends/college … Read More


The Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we have now entered the holiday season. It’s a wonderful time of year where we all get to celebrate and spend time with our family and loved ones. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year and see how far we’ve come in terms of achieving any personal goals.

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we understand that when it comes to our weight loss goals, keeping track of our progress throughout the year can be a challenge. Moreover, we know that it is especially challenging during the holiday season when we are tempted to stray from our healthy eating habits with holiday treats.

While this may be a time to celebrate and let loose a little, keeping our healthy eating habits in line should remain a priority. Taking some extra time to reflect on our habits can really help us with our weight loss goals in the long run.

Luckily, we not only offer our patients with cutting-edge bariatric surgery procedures, such as a sleeve gastrec… Read More


Which Has Better Health Effects THC or CBD in Marijuana?

In a recent study titled “The Association between Cannabis Product Characteristics and Symptom Relief,” published in the journal Scientific Reports, UNM researchers Sarah See Stith, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, and Jacob Miguel Vigil, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, found that THC and CBD contents were the most important factor for optimizing symptom relief for a wide variety of health conditions.

Cannabis is rapidly gaining popularity as a mid-level analgesic and promising substitute for prescription opioids and other classes of medications, which often carry undesirable side effects, dangerous drug interactions and risk of death. Presently, federal barriers restrict researchers from conducting cannabis administration studies in the U.S.

One of the real shockers, to me anyway was the finding that THC has more health benefits than CBD.

I have done some research (no, not smoking it), and CBD has a… Read More