Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the journey! We’re always rushing to get there, never allowing ourselves the opportunity to stop and appreciate the lessons we’re learning along the way. Always wanting immediate results, while ignoring the fact that every day is a result! Enjoy the journey! Slow your need to watch the numbers drop […]

The Bum Warrior: part 1: My SLOW battle cry.

Food food food food food… over and over, it beats like a drum in my head! It’s not out of hunger; it’s not out of necessity; it’s out of addiction! The harder I try to ignore it, the louder and stronger it gets. I want to cry! I want to […]

Happiness Road

Happiness doesn’t mean zero stress. In fact, the “Happiness Road” is literally paved in stress. We’re always striving for that intangible thing, that far off illusion, that mirage of happiness at the end of the road and the closer we seem to get to it, the farther on in the […]

Feeling lost while finding yourself

  Nothing prepares us for life more than life! Just when you think you have it all under control, something pops up and makes you take a step back to reevaluate everything you’ve ever known. Life is full of uncertainties! It’s full of “what ifs” “what was” and “what could […]

Yes!!! Surgery Was the Easy Choice!

When people say surgery is the easy way out… own it! Yes! Yes… saving my life was the easy choice for me because I want to live long and healthy, but I needed help to get started. So yes, learning about myself to make my life better and grow as […]

Remove The Labels

Why must we label ourselves? Why must we constantly have a title to represent who we are? What we’re about and what our sexual preferences are; what our body looks like or how smart we are? It seems everything comes with a label, a title! A ”hey world, look at […]

Transfer Addiction

  One of the most scary and, sometimes, unrecognizable aspects of this journey is addiction transfer. Whether you choose to admit it or not, it’s there! Burying our heads in the sand about it is a sure fire way of causing severe damage to our mental, emotional and physical state. […]

Our Inner Demon

Weight loss is only a small part of this journey and to some, the easiest part! Learning your life over again and learning how to maintain your happiness is the hard part! Remember, if you’re not fixing the demons inside of you, they may lie dormant, but they’re not gonna […]

Turn that page!!

New chapters are important in life. Sometimes, turning that page is so scary, but you’ll never know how the story continues if you don’t turn that page! Will you succeed? Will you fail? Will you have a evil enemy to defeat? Will it be a happily ever after? Only YOU […]

Unconditionally Loving Yourself

Unconditional love, we’ve all given it to our parents, spouses and children. Some of us have been fortunate enough to receive it from others, but what about for yourself? Have you given yourself the unconditional love that you so willingly bleed to others? I can tell you the answer to […]

Limited Mobility Doesn’t Mean Zero Movement!

Just because your workouts may be limited due to your body and mobility, does not mean that you have to limit your movement! It means you work around your limitations and alter any exercise to fit your needs. Remember, any movement is good movement!! These are my top 3 workouts […]

VOTE OHANASTRONG

Hit OHANASTRONG to place your vote! THIS WILL HELP US WHEN WE APPLY FOR GRANT MONEY!! WE NEED THAT MONEY! WE CAN HELP THOUSANDS WITH THAT MONEY! WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT MONEY! You can vote DAILY! PLEASE I BEG!!!!!BEG!!!!! BEG!!!!! YOU……….VOTE! Keep those votes coming y’all you can vote everyday!!! Voting […]

Regain… THERE, I said it!

Ok y’all, it’s time….I’ve been putting it off for a while now, but even I must face the dreaded “R”. REGAIN!!! Ughhh!!! There, I said it! But let’s not shy away from this. Let’s face that donut eating demon. Regain happens! It’s normal and just like every other bad habit […]

But Wait… There’s More!!

“If I can do it, you can do it!” I HATE that saying! Why? Because I’m different than you! Because you’re different than me! Because there isn’t a right or wrong way to walk this journey! Because there ARE things that I can do that you just can’t! Because there ARE […]

Feeding Your Grief

Death steals your breath. It tramples over your soul. It pierces your heart. It numbs your brain. But boy does it feed your emotions. Very few things in life, such as death, will trigger the knee jerk reaction to emotionally eat. Let’s face it, your brain is so foggy with […]

Time vs Now

Time is fickle! It is full of endless possibilities and opportunities missed. Time can guarantee two things: that we will always have it and it can always be taken too soon. See, time is a double edged sword. We are all guaranteed time on this planet; we’re just not aware […]

Heather M. Godwin

On January 18, 1982, I was born an 8lb 10 oz baby girl.  So when I say I have been heavy my entire life, it’s the truth.  I went thru my childhood being made fun of for being overweight.  That is debilitating to a child.  I always hid my feelings […]

Jillian Frizzell

“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re not willing to stay where you are.” It’s no secret I’ve always been a big girl. Chin up in pictures, only from boobs up, no full body pics, or hiding in the back. Always been the “fat friend” and I was […]

Shawn Depew

Here’s my story. Sorry if it’s too long, but I hope you read it anyways.  I’m not sure if I was ever a normal size kid, all I have ever known is being bigger than everyone else. In elementary school, I was the chubby kid who ate a lot. I […]

The Difference Between Keto and Low Carb Diets

Often people who claim to follow a ketogenic diet are actually following a low carb diet. This article will help clear up confusion on the differences between low carb and ketogenic diets and discuss the benefits of a well-formulated ketogenic diet as compared to a traditional low carb diet. Low […]

Penny Alligood

Well here goes … Not sure if I am doing this right but here is me in a nut shell… long probably boring read ahead…LOL I was born in Florida to Herb & Carol Nichols and yeah my name was Penny Nichols. My mom has always told the story of […]

Colleen Monigton

Here is my long journey I feel the need to share with this awesome supportive group. For my whole life I’ve been wanting to change the way I live. I’ve worked hard to be where I am today. I’ve failed over and over again. I’ve gotten up, picked up the […]

Jacquelyn Roberson

My name is Jacquelyn Roberson after losing my dad in 2007 and in 2015 I quit smoking, I have always been over weight but I was pushing 280lbs. I spoke to my health care provider and he referred me for weight loss surgery. My mom was against surgery fearful that […]

Dimarys

Here is my story My name is Dimarys, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but I’m actually living in Philadelphia, PA. Mother of 6 girls. As a child I was never overweight. My weight problem started after my 3rd pregnancy, I thought that as soon as I had […]

Amy Cleman

Hi Family, My name is Amy and I have been asked to share my journey with you. I have always been on the heavier side, at least enough to be teased in school as the fat girl. I don’t think my weight really started to get out of control until […]

Shelly Christianson

  My weight-loss story! Hello my name is Shelly. I live in Austin, MN. I have 3 kids twins that are 14 (Faith &Dillin) and my last one is going to be 13 in December (Jasmine). I have been with my husband for 20 years, married for 17 years. I’m […]

Tanya Dubenion

Hi, my name is Tanya and I am a 49 year old grandmother. I have actually been overweight for most of my adult life. I had my daughter at the age of 18, I was 140 lbs. I gained 60 lbs and I’ve never returned to my starting weight. Through […]

Mallory Davis

My story starts off by saying that I’ve been big all my life. Since I was a little girl I was always bigger. My parents separated when I was little & were always fighting and that’s when my weight started to increase. They ended up back together and separated again […]

Mason Weiner

So here’s my weight loss story. I love to share because I feel if I can help inspire one person to better themselves, then this has all been worth it. My name is Mason and I feel like my story starts out like most everyone else. I like to joke […]

Jamie Stotts

I’m living proof this TOOL can change your life! I started this journey in August of 2016. I was at my HW of 416 lbs. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, along side depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and PTSD. I was emotionally, physically and sexually abused from the […]

Erica Fortes

My journey first started in 2008 I went to my first seminar I was 325 pounds. I was so excited I was finally going to lose weight, well my addiction to food won, I didn’t go through with it. I was dependent on food, it made me happy when I […]

“Momma” Sherri Scarborough

I was sleeved 11/18/2015. I had been denied or bariatrics was excluded for several years prior to surgery.  My obesity started at a young age.  Vivid memory: I remember visiting my grandmother and my aunt, who lived next door, chasing me with a measuring tape. I was devastated and cried […]

My Mindful Eating Experience

My biggest issue was remembering to sit down and think about what I’m eating and not default to eating on the fly.  Previous to the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge my “food time” was also car time because car time was the only time I had for anything.  That was before […]

Feeding Your Soul

We spent so much of our lives feeding our body, feeding our emotions and feeding our mental well-being, but when was the last time we fed our soul? When we’re being “body healthy,” we feed our bodies healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and protein while we remove the sugar […]

Burning the Toxic Bridge

  We all have THOSE people in our lives. You know the ones I’m talking about: THOSE whom you are forever doing things for, but never getting anything in return; THOSE that ONLY call when they need something from you; THOSE who belittle the decisions you’ve made in YOUR life […]

Little Ears Are Listening

  Our children hear what we say about ourselves, especially as mothers! As much as we tell our daughters how beautiful they are and how their smile and laughter brighten the room, we TEACH them to be critical of their body when they listen to us criticize ourselves. For example: […]

Why Suddenly the World Sees Us

Does the world view us differently or do we now view the world differently? Here’s the thing, before weight loss, most of us shunned eye contact, never spoke up and blended into the back ground. Why? Because we’ve been conditioned to by years of bullies; because, for years, we were […]

It Is Our Nature To Change

As the leaves fall to the ground I am reminded things must die for new life to be reborn.  We must shed the spring beauty we have grown out of. We must hit the ground yellow and brown. HOWEVER, we don’t have to lay there and rot. We can drift […]

Depression a Side Effect of WLS

So you’ve embarked on this amazing journey, you’re all ready to live the life of your dreams, but for some reason you’re not happy! What the hell gives? I mean we go through this whole process to better our lives and were still feeling the same as we did BEFORE […]

Mental and Emotional Weight Loss

We spend so much time on this journey trying to lose the physical weight, that we lose sight of the fact that we also need to lose the mental and emotional weight that got us there in the first place. While surgery will get you there physically it creates a […]

Alesha Cook

Hello! My name is Alesha and I’m 23 years old. I grew up in Dallas, Texas currently in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a child I was always chubby and bigger than the other children so that was always hard on me. By the time I was in 10th grade I […]

Amanda Stottlemire

We all start our journeys at different places, I started mine at a very early age. I’ve always been the biggest in the room and even 170 lbs later, I still feel the same way. About 5 years ago I started to realize that the cycle of diets, starvation and […]

Trina Johnson

Before my surgery I weighed 317 lbs. I always fell an had health problems an talked to my family doctor about lot of stuff that was happening to me an they came up with me having the roux-en-Y surgery. An before Surgery i could eat anything but after surgery you […]

Jackie Dufalla

So here is my story My name is Jackie, I have been struggling with my weight as long as I can remember. When I was in high school I got myself down to 119lbs but did not do it in such a smart way. Starting my senior year the weight […]

Jayme Allen

I’ve shared my story before with everyone but for the newbies. Here it goes. When I was 5 years old I had a knot show up on my right shoulder that was malignant melanoma. They removed it and after I started gaining weight But ever since I was in 6th […]

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

The kids are up. Time to feed them breakfast. It’s time to make their lunches, get them dressed and get them off to school. What do you mean you have a school project due today? 24 cupcakes – when am I gonna have time to make those? You need a […]

Brandy Sydow

My life started out like everyone else for the most part. I grew up in south Florida living either in the swimming pool or the ocean. My weekends were spent at the horse barn riding. My parents split when I was 3 or 4 and my mom was left a […]

Tina Lynn

I have always struggled with my weight. Weighing 245 at my Highest I was always on yo yo diets. Finally losing about 50 lbs I was at a good place. Got pregnant and gained 30lbs and ended up losing my baby.. got pregnant again 5 months later and gained 22lbs […]

Mindy Doberstein

Hello, I have always been over weight even as a child. In 5th grade I was in an xl already. My uncle decided when I was 13 to take my innocence, by 16 I was a 26/28 and they didn’t always fit. I think that was the beginning to my […]

Carolyn West

I have been asked to share my story….Here goes nothing. I started this journey about 7-8 years ago. I have always battled with my weight since I was a little girl. Food has always been my best friend. It comforted me and never talks back and always satisfied the feelings […]

Elizabeth Romero

Hello my name is Elizabeth Romero and I am 23 years old. My 1 year anniversary just passed on Sept. 26th. I got the gastric bypass RNY surgery and could not be happier with my tool! I started this journey after struggling with my weight for so long and my […]

Kathy Henry

I’ve been overweight my entire life. Diets? I’ve tried them all. On July 2013, I broke my back. I under went a L5-S1 fusion, while in surgery the paddle blade broke and Dr couldn’t retrieve it without potentially paralyzing me. I still carry around the blade just inches from my […]

Elaine “Laney” Key

My story starts at about age 9 when I hit puberty and my brother in law touched me inappropriately..from there at age 12 my other brother in law touched me inappropriately many times..My Mom married his Dad. Later he became abusive to my mom plus I figured out he was […]

Abbey Carter

Hiya so here’s my story 2 years ago I was on 40 pain killers a day and crutches to walk any distance! My disks in the bottom of my spine were degenerating at a drastic rate and my spinal consultant said I needed to lose between 6-7 st (38 -44kg […]

Sheri Linsky

May of 2015 I was having chest pain and heart palpitations and had been having them consistently for about 6 months at that point. I pretty much knew I was in aFib and ignored it mostly because I was scared and I knew the answer would be ‘Oh well, you’re […]

Harl Davidson

  Jump in, sit down, BUCKLE UP! The story of my life and BWL surgery get pretty bumpy at times! Hoping to encourage, inspire, and give hope to all, that seek this journey, to a healthier you, and better quality of life! Here goes! I’ve always battled the bulge, on […]

“Momma” Dee Godair

  I have been overweight my whole life…I can remember as early as the age of 10 being put on a diet because I was getting too big!! Going to visit my grandma in another state and she put me on a special diet while all the other grandkids got […]

Gina Kowalski

  Hello Ohana! My name is Gina, I am 28 years old and I have struggled with weight since I was 7 years old. I was chubby and unathletic most of my childhood, and I remember in middle school finding a running buddy in gym class and when another kid […]

Margaret Nuspliger Mueller

“A Sister, A friend, and one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever meet” — Cassandra Crawford I found this family after surgery, and have never felt so at home with complete strangers. A little about myself. I have ALWAYS been fat. I started gaining weight at around 5 […]

Tips For A Successful Journey

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY PREPARE: 1) Always have fluids and food on hand. Keep protein bars or shakes in your car or purse. Keep a few bottles of water in your car. 2) Plan your meals ahead of time: By day, week, or month. 3) Eat within one hour […]

Head Hunger

Today’s topic the dreaded “head hunger”! Oh I know what your thinking, “it’s not in my head, it’s REAL!!!”. And while that maybe true SOME of the time, the majority of the time it is not. See head hunger FEELS real.  Your belly may growl, your brain may say oh […]

But What If I Die?

I think the biggest concern and questions we get are about complications or death from surgery.  Now as you know I’m not one to sugar coat things.  YES complications happen.  YES people can die from surgery. JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PROCEDURE.  So this is usually what I like to say […]

Any Movement is Good Movement

Any movement is good movement.  People tend to forget we started in the same spot they are! I didn’t just wake up one day 180lbs lighter and running marathons.  I started by walking to the top of my driveway. Then moving down to my stop sign. Then walking laps around […]

Life Is Fragile

Life is fragile, not a single one of us is guaranteed any designated time on this earth.  How do you want your life to be? If you’re unhappy change it. If you’re happy hold it tight. If the people in your life make you miserable, blood or not, let them […]

Stay Humble and Kind

With the world in a constant state of chaos, I’d like to take a moment to remind people that LOVE is the calm in the storm.  Family strives daily to stay humble and kind.  Remember those who have helped you on your journey. Turn around and help the next person […]

When The World Notices You Changing.

When the world starts noticing you’re changing, it can be quite a shock on how you get treated.  So many people are used to seeing us as the fat friend, fat sister/brother, fat spouse, fat kid, fat parent.  They can react in negative ways to our continuing changes.  They can […]

No Two Journeys Are The Same

No two journeys are the same.  Our genetic makeup is unique, therefore our paths are unique.  The hardest lesson this journey will teach you is not to compare yourself to others! Easier said than done.  Just try to remember others will always lose more faster, be stronger, go father than […]

Ohana Strong

Today is a big day for Leigh Anne Pereira and I. You see January 9, 2016 Elle and I started Family. We wanted a safe place to be ourselves as we figure out who we’re becoming on this journey! Today we welcomed our 5,000th member! That’s 5,000 people just like […]

There Are Days

There are days on this journey when you question,”What is all this for?” “Why did I do this to myself?” “Why does food have to be so good?!” It’s normal. It’s a part of this wild and crazy ride.  It’s a reality check, when you step off the bariatric path. […]

Fighting The Good Fight

Every day of this journey there seems to be a struggle. You either struggle with food, clothes, image, emotions, life.  Its ok! It’s normal! Every day you fight the good fight.  Some days you win. Some days you lose. However, there’s always tomorrow on the horizon to try again.  This […]

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2 Years Stronger – Gail Reeves

Today marks the two year anniversary of my surgery.  Not even gonna lie. This has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. This surgery is not for the weak, it’s for the strong. It’s for those who wish for more, but are stuck in the shell they were […]

Gail’s Running Tips

GAIL’S RUNNING TIPS **CARBS ARE FUEL IF YOU’RE RUNNING! YOUR BODY NEEDS THEM SO IT DOESN’T FEED OFF YOUR MUSCLES AND ORGANS! ADJUST TO YOUR BODY! GO AT YOUR PACE!** EQUIPMENT: Knee braces are a MUST! Walmart Ace adjustable straps are my favorite.They help prevent further damage and help with […]

Strut Proud In The Light

Life’s not black and white….. Our journeys aren’t black and white…..Its not one or the other…….or all or nothing…….it’s colorful….like a peacock…….you CAN have it all….like a peacocks plume, it’s about color balance. It’s bright, it walks with its head high. It’s unique, it’s YOUR STORY! WRITE IT! OWN IT! […]

Let’s Reflect

At my highest weight of 351 pounds I struggled to do everything a “normal” person could.  I could hardly walk up stairs, move around my house. Hell, I could barely breathe most of the time.  Life was a daily struggle of…..well…..living! This week alone I have walked over 40 miles. […]

Forever Happily Ever After

Once upon a time there was a beautiful, smart, funny, kind and loving woman. She loved so many things about herself BUT there were so, so, so many things she hated about herself! She couldn’t buy the cute clothes. She was always the largest person in a room. She was […]

I Am A Peacock

At the beginning of my journey I was required to go to the ever dreaded psych eval. All the worry of “Am I too crazy?” “Am I ‘too damaged’ to have this surgery?” constantly vibrating in my brain. As I sit in the waiting room the ever-present voices of  “you’re […]