My Weight-loss Tale of Triumph, Woe, Water Retention and Cute Kittens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This week was my greatest triumph and worst defeat. Allow me to share with you, dear readers, a harrowing tale of loss, redemption, water retention and cute baby kittens. My First Visit with a Personal Trainer It all started with my first trip…

Three Self Treatments to Try for Your Running Injury

If you’re a dedicated runner, chances are good that you’ve struggled with a running injury. According to recent studies, 80% of all runners do get injured at some point. As a runner myself, I know it’s a frustrating process. Don’t Ignore Signals of a Running Injury We runners are great at minimizing what I call…

I Begin Weight-loss Counseling, or Discovering Answers I Know I Have

I weighed in this week and lost just two pounds. I am just disgusted with myself. I should be losing more than this and know I could be doing better. I didn’t have any emotional eating episodes this week, so I was disappointed with only a two-pound loss. As I started to get depressed about…

Eating More as Days Grow Shorter? Time for a Calorie Reality Check.

If you begin to feel hungrier as winter draws near, you are not alone! Some researchers believe our primitive impulses to stockpile calories for the long, cold winter ahead cause this, even though most of us live and work in a climate-controlled environment. Several years ago, a study conducted Georgia showed individuals tended to consume…

Avoid the Midsection Spread! Working Out During and After Menopause

As we age, our bodies go through many physical changes. At some point after your thirties, muscle mass and function start to decline. For women this process accelerates after menopause. Muscle mass and function decline at a higher rate if you are physically inactive. The main culprits for muscle loss are lack of exercise, hormonal…

What Victory Looks Like During a Bad Week for Weight Loss

Another week and another loss! I fixed a "bad-week" weight gain and lost a little more to boot! If memory serves me right, it's another 4.6 pounds.  I am under the 400 pound mark, and I never want to see it again! I know this isn’t my biggest loss, but I really feel like I…

Saving My Life: My Weight-loss Journey with Gastric Bypass Surgery

Guest author Erica Fletcher, CPAT, CCAT, is a Medicare reimbursement specialist at Mercy. Since 2009, she has made dramatic lifestyle changes and undergone gastric bypass surgery to improve her health and well-being. This is her story. (Updated 10/14/13)   I viewed it as the last chance to save my life. Overweight since age 6, I reached…

Between the Lines: Time to Up My Weight-loss Game

Well, dear readers, it has been a killer couple of weeks! I missed my OPTIFAST meeting last week, and you may have noticed my blog was absent, as well. Family, work and home all had tragedies and trials in store for me! I actually had a good week, according to my scale. I had lost…

The ‘No-Surprise’ Workout to Slim Flabby Abs

This is the second post in a two-part series on spot reduction for abdominal muscles. Click here to read last week’s companion post on an ab-friendly diet from Mercy Weight Management. Clever marketers would like you to believe that spot reduction in the abdominal area can be achieved with mysterious machines and ingenious gadgets that…

The ‘No-Magic’ Diet Plan for Reducing Belly Fat

Updated 9/27/13: This is part one of a two-part series on how to reduce belly fat. Read the companion post on ab-friendly exercise from the Mercy Health & Fitness Center by clicking here. Abdominal fat (belly fat) is often the target of many diet and exercise products, and I have good news and bad news…

Grace, Mercy and Dunkin’ Donuts: New-found Strength in Weight-loss Journey

Another week, another loss!  Let’s start with the positive. I lost 4.8 pounds this week! I feel like I have really turned a corner as far as the emotional eating goes. I had a couple of really bad days this past week, and I managed to stay on my diet. I found that by immersing…

Thank You, Chef Chang. You Remind Me Food Is Meant to Be Enjoyed.

After my recent disastrous week, I decided to make some changes and began reaching out for support when I needed it. I am happy to report that this week, I lost 14.8 pounds. IN A WEEK! Talk about a comeback! I peeled that bad week right off and took an additional seven pounds off in…

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walking Workouts

Walking is an excellent form of exercise. It's simple and requires very little equipment. However, some people label it as boring, and I've noticed that walking workouts can lose favor more quickly than other potential exercise choices. Good news! There are a number of things you can do to spice up your walking regimen and,…

Can I Get a ‘Fatness Sponsor’ for My Food Addiction?

I know I said before that this is the hardest thing I have ever done. I was being completely disingenuous. That statement fails to capture the true difficulty of struggling with weight loss. The more correct statement at the time should have been, “This is too hard for me to do.”  That would have been…

6-Step Survival Plan for Healthy Eating on a Hectic Schedule

Hectic schedules and demands on our time often drive us to the nearest fast food window. Healthy eating intentions are often just a passing thought as the demands of a busy day take precedence. Eating on the run, however, doesn’t have to be a hazard of a harried schedule if a few easy precautions are…

Impact of Concussions in Ohio: New Law Increases Awareness of ‘Hidden’ Injuries

As the new Ohio law for concussion care and return to play goes into full effect this fall sports season, it has certainly raised awareness and increased discussions on many levels from athletes, parents, coaches, physicians, athletic trainers, school administrators, attorneys and now legislators. Concussions in the past have unfortunately always been part of collision…

‘Fat Stanley’ Goes to Put-in-Bay: a Happy Weight-loss Story

Allow me to introduce someone to you this week. His name is Flat Stanley. A character in a popular children’s book, Flat Stanley begins as a little boy and then gets trapped between the pages of a book and flattened into paper. Because he is paper flat, he can be mailed all over the place…

Energy Drinks: Consume Them with Care

I love my first cup of coffee in the morning. The smell of fresh brewed coffee captivates me, drawing me out of bed in anticipation of the taste of perfectly infused beans. I am a purist and love it black. And I also happen to enjoy the added jolt I receive from the caffeine first…

What Flying Lessons & Barry Manilow Teach You About Weight Loss

What a mixed bag of a week. I sat here with so many jumbled thoughts, I experienced real difficulty in deciding what to write about. I had a setback again this week. Actually, I think we could call it a relapse. My rescue-swimmer skills were again put to the test, and again I came up…

Four Quick and Effective Golf Stretches to Try Today

A busy day at the office can lead to a frustrating evening on the golf course. Postures that we use while sitting at a desk or driving in a car can inhibit the athletic movements required for an efficient golf swing by creating physical limitations and restriction. These limitations can lead to injury-producing mechanics or…

I No Longer Fear Plastic Chairs (and Other Great Weight-loss Results)

I promised a lighter blog this week, and so I shall deliver. To be specific, it will be 7.6 pounds lighter! I've lost a little over 30 pounds in five weeks. In the words of Borat Sagdiyev, I say, "Great success!" How did I return from the depths of defeat? How did I achieve such a…