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  • doctor holding tablet of body mass index What is Body Mass Index (BMI)? - If you’ve already looked into getting bariatric surgery, then you’ve probably heard the question: what is body mass index?
  • Patient Spotlight: Maggy - It has been awhile since we had a nice dose of motivation on here. And what better way to kick of the holiday season than with a patient spotlight story of someone who transformed her life?! Maggy puts it best when she says, “One of the best things to come of this is that I’m...
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Dreading the gym?

Some days I sit at my desk and dread 5 o’clock coming because I know that I have to go to the gym after work. However I know that once I get there I will feel much better and have more energy, its just getting there. Does anyone else ever feel that way?
Here are some things that help me get motivated:

1.) I email or text my best friend and have her remind me why it’s important to go to the gym. She is always honest with me and will usually say something that will get me going.

2.) Try a new exercise class at the gym. I’ve been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for 4 years now and I still get intimidated going into a gym. However trying new things makes the time pass a lot quicker and I usually have a good time trying something new and you never know you might find a new workout buddy!

3.) Set small goals, I’m going to get to the gym, then I’m going to find a piece of cardio equipment, I’m going to workout for 5 minutes….if I still feel like I don’t want to be here then I’ll leave….but I rarely ever leave. I always think to myself, “You’ve made it this far, might as well get my 45 minutes in”. You’ll feel better that you stayed!

I hope these tips will help you if you’re ever dreading the gym.

How to get your spouse to exercise!

We each have different activities, goals, habits that we love about our spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners etc. But now you’ve started exercising and the other is just not interested, this makes being motivated to exercise that much harder. Here are a few helpful hints to try and get the other involved:

1.) Plan an active date: It’s important to continue dating the other person whether you’re married or not. It is time for you two to get to step away from everyday life and do something together. So why not plan a picnic and go walk around a trail before or after dinner. You could also go play miniature golf, play tennis or go swimming.
2.) Get them something cool to go along with your date. If you plan a tennis date have a new racquet or some new tennis balls.
If you go swimming have some new flip flops, goggles, or a new beach towel. Everyone likes to be surprised with a little gift.
3.) Support. It is really important to be open and honest about the fact that you need support from your friends and family. Tell the other person exactly how you feel and how important this is to you. When it comes to getting another person to like exercise you have to be a little tricky about it. Exercise has to be fun, the more fun it is the less you think about the fact that it’s “exercise”. Plan an exercise session around something the other person really enjoys!

I hope these tips work for you!

The New Digital Diet

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7 Ways Technology Helps You Lose Weight?

Prevention magazine recently published an article about the use of technology in weight management. “Women everywhere are turning to tech support, from apps to Facebook groups to interactive weight loss websites–and dropping pounds permanently. ” Read the full article below…

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/7-ways-technology-helps-you-lose-weight____

Best Glute Exercises

We all have areas on our bodies we would like to change. I get a lot of questions about what the best exercises are for your glutes. Remember that consistency is key when it comes to seeing the results you want. I would advise five days per week of cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes add in some of these exercises twice a week and you should get the results you are looking for.

1.) Squat

*Stand feet hip width apart
*Bend at your knee’s placing the weight back in your heels, slowly lower down as if you were trying to sit back in a chair. Now remember you want to pay attention to your knees and your toes. If your knees are over your toes you are not sitting back enough, your knees should be behind your toes. Remember sit back, keep your chest lifted and chin up.
Stand back up and repeat. Do 2-3 sets of 8-16 reps.

2.) Lunges

* Step forward with left foot; make sure you are keeping your toes forward on front and back foot. Lower into lunge. Now-check form, see if you can see your left foots toes. If you can not seem, then you need to step out further. Lower down towards the ground and then stand back up. Repeat 2-3 sets of 8-16 reps.

Barbecue potluck…Happy 4th!

After receiving an email inquiring for suggestions on healthy barbecue side dishes, I got carried away for a couple minutes this morning on kraftfoods.com.  It’s that time of year, when the potato salads and creamy coleslaw are staring you right in the face. The good news? The fun options I came across sound more appealing-slash-refreshing than the heavy and creamy sides we’ve grown accustomed to.

This Heirloom Tomato Salad sounds particularly wonderful to me.

 

(courtesy of www.kraftfoods.com)

1 lb mixed fresh tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions

1/4 cup Athenos Crumbled Feta Cheese with Basil & Tomato

1/4 cup Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing and Marinade

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Combine ingredients….and impress your friends.

 

Other gems I came across:

Zesty Grilled Vegetables

Mediterranean Starter Sticks

Cinnamon, Apple, and Cheddar Cheese Board

Easy Crisp Cucumber Salad

Skillet Green Beans, Tomato, and Bacon

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Water Aerobics

This summer is so HOT!!! I know for me I tend to make more excuses about exercise because I don’t want to sweat. I know many of you have access to a pool and hopefully you’re using it.  We’ve made a water aerobics routine for you to try this summer!

1.) Get warmed up and start by water walking 5 minutes.

2.) Frankenstein walk: stand with your feet shoulder width apart and lift Left leg straight out while taking your right hand out to meet your left leg. Repeat with other leg. 2 minutes.

3.)Heels to Bottom: Stand shoulder width apart and bring each heel back to your bottom like you would do a quadricep stretch. 2 minutes

4.) Flutter kicks: Hold on to the side of the pool and kick your feet back behind you, 2 minutes

5.) High Knee’s: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bring each knee into your chest and repeat with the other lef, 2 minutes

6.)Cross Country Ski: Standing with your right foot forward and your left foot back, jump and switch. Repeat with other leg. 2 minutes

7.) Arm circles: Stand with your arms extended out to your sides to make a T. Circle your arms forward for 1 minutes and then backwards for 1 minute.

8.) Jumping Jacks in deep water or at least chest height.

Repeat! Make sure you are doing your stretches after!!

Summer time!!

It has been such a hot summer already and it’s only June. I thought I would share some tips on how to stay cool in the summer but still get your exercise in.

Time to start SWIMMING- Being in a pool can bring back great memories from childhood. I remember always getting to go to Big Splash every summer and swim all day long! Of course my parents loved it because we would be sound asleep before even leaving the parking lot. So it’s a great place to take your kids too. Along with it being fun you’ll also be getting the whole family involved and having fun. Swimming helps to burn calories, firm and tone muscles all while having fun. Swimming is excellent if you do suffer from joint pain. There is very low impact on our joints from swimming. We also have added resistance which is very helpful in giving us a total body workout. There have been several studies that suggest that swimming can be done daily with out risk of injury. You may not have the same luck if you’re running or doing strength training. Water aerobics or lap swimming help to improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels and cardiovascular performance.

So this summer take your family out to the pool for a good time and get some exercise in. Remember to wear sunscreen!

WeightWise Partnering With SMC/KOCO to Offer Free Weight Loss Surgery

WieghtWise is proud to announce that we are partnering with Summit Medical Center and KOCO Channel 5 to offer a chance at a free weight loss surgery. Entry is open to anyone interested in improving their lives by reducing their weight. You can visit KOCO.com to submit an essay or watch the video below for details.

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Good luck to all who enter!

International Diabetes Federation (IDF) releases position paper on bariatric surgery

 

The IDF (Internation Diabetes Federation) presented a recent position paper to leading experts at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type II Diabetes in New York on March 28th. The paper encourages bariatric surgery to be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients and contains a series of recommendations on the use of surgery as a cost effective treatment option for obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

For more information, read on at http://www.idf.org/idf-first-address-question-bariatric-surgery-good-diabetes

WALK from OBESITY!

Hey everyone! The walk from obesity will be held on May 14, 2011.

To register, go to www.walkfromobesity.com. If you would like to mail in your registration contact your local surgical bariatric program for a form.

*Early Registration is only $25.
* On-Site registration will be $30
* Children under the age of 12 are FREE
* All registrations include a Walk from Obesity t-shirt

Walk location:
Earlywine Park
3033 SW 119th Street
Oklahoma city, OK 73170

Walk Date: May 14, 2011

On-site registration will open at: 9:00 a.m.

Walk will begin at: 10:00 a.m.

Walk Information: The walk will be held rain or shine. Earlywine has a beautiful 1.5 mile paved track. You may form teams of walkers/fundraisers or participate as an individual. You do not need to walk to participate- you can cheer on the walkers as well.

For more information or to volunteer your services for the Walk, please contact:
Barry Keith
info@mywellnessjourney.com
405-735-2049

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