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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I Loathe My Weakness for Food But Keep Moving Forward

One pound. That’s all it takes to unhinge a man. One pound and I fall deeper into the hazy obscurity of self-loathing that caused the one pound in the first place. Have you ever noticed how harshly we judge ourselves? Sometimes the tiniest flaw, the smallest misstep or the most outwardly insignificant mistake can become…

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7 Ideas to Fuel Good Health and Performance in Young Athletes

Whether it's football, cross country, soccer, volleyball or some other physical activity, sports are an are excellent way to help children learn how to work well with others and develop skills and confidence. Sports also help them stay active and fit, preventing obesity. You may already be spending much time and money on lessons and…

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Dying in My Sleep and Other Weight-related Concerns

I see you staring at me with those lifeless black eyes – you smug, self-satisfied jerk. You think I care? Well, I don’t. Eyeball me all you want. I’m not going to give you what you want. What’s that? I dare you to come get me! No? Then quit eyeballing me! I cannot believe I just…

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I Run the Fast Food Gauntlet and (Barely) Win

Life is forever fraught with adversity. I recently heard a great quote about this in a movie: “Everything works out in the end, so if it’s not working out, it isn’t the end!” At first I found this comforting. Sort of like, hang in there, everything will work out. Then I realized it was saying, “All…

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4 Tips to Exercise Safely on Hot Summer Days

I love to see so many people outdoors during summer in Ohio. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the sunshine and longer days to get in some extra workout time, but exercising wisely is critical to your health and safety. When It’s Hot, Exercise Early or Late As the weather warms, your body…

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Inside the Mind of a Fat Man: Emotional Hunger Is Hard

It’s week two of Eric Buwala’s journey with weight loss. A Mercy Weight Management client, Eric is sharing his story as he strives to return to activities he once enjoyed. He currently weighs more than 400 pounds. Check back here each week to read about his struggles and triumphs as only Eric can explain them:…

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My Weight-loss Journey: How I Became Morbidly Obese and What I’m Doing to Change

This week we introduce our new guest blogger, Eric Buwala, director of sales and marketing for Rapid Mailing Services and one of our newest Mercy Weight Management clients. Today and throughout the coming weeks, Eric will share his weight-loss journey with our readers. We hope his story will encourage and inspire people in our community…

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5 Ways to Create Memorable Picnics with Health in Mind

Good tasting and good for you are my goal when planning a picnic. It is easy to do if you savor the flavors of summer by taking advantage of foods naturally low in fat and full of flavor. Keep it simple, make it fresh, and use your imagination are rules for surviving the summer without…

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