Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

By - 11/10/2017

When A Tree Falls…

Monday didn’t quite start the way I expected. The first jolt came at 1 am when I was awoken from a deep sleep to a beeping alarm. We had lost power in the crazy wind and rainstorm. 

By morning, the power still had not returned, but I got ready for work, hopeful that by evening, life (and power) would return to normal.  As I headed off to work, I could see some commotion at then end of my driveway. I stopped my car and walked down to...

By - 9/25/2017

Thoughts for Difficult Times

One of the privileges of being a doctor, and in particular a weight loss doctor, is that my patients share their stories with me. Sometimes they share their good news, but often they share their struggles and their pain. My visits with patients allow me to see a wide cross section of people – from different walks of life, backgrounds, religions, and politics. Each person has their own story to tell, carries their own burdens and faces their own unique...

By - 7/7/2017

The Myth of the Easy Way Out

I love learning from my patients. They have great ideas, inspiring thoughts, and important observations.  Here’s a recent example:

“My husband doesn’t want me to have weight loss surgery because he thinks I’m taking the easy way out.” I’ve heard this, or some variation of it, probably hundreds of times.

For years I have offered the same answer: Weight loss surgery is not easy. It is just a tool to help you lose weight, and it...

By - 6/4/2017

There must be something in the air…. In the last few weeks I have received several emails and calls from patients who have not been in for quite a while. They all said essentially the same thing: “I’ve re-gained weight and I was too embarrassed to come and see you!”


By - 4/2/2017

Are you eating your stress? How does it taste? I am guessing not too good. I am also betting it’s not very satisfying no matter how much you eat.

If you feel stressed and you turn to food to cope, I’m here to tell you: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Having spent hundreds of hours talking with people about their eating habits, there is no question that stress eating is one of the most common responses to life’s challenges and one of the most destructive to achieving weight loss goals.


By - 2/28/2017

This past month has had its share of interest and excitement.   I admit to a little distraction and have been a little slow to put together this next blog.  In our far too frequent striving to just “get through the day,” we often fail to see and to appreciate the message and the meaning in our lives.  I had a slow start to the day, not a typical “manic Monday,” so I sat down to ponder some of the recent and exciting stories from this fabulous, fun, and freaky February.


By - 1/23/2017

A few quick thoughts:

Each and every day, yes even on weekends and other presumably “down time,” I am meeting people, talking to people, and discussing and learning about weight loss.  Everyone has a story, a question, a comment and I learn from them all.

Especially with regard to surgery and behavior there are some common themes that warrant brief comment.

The “rules” are easy to state and presumably simple to understand.  The real challenge is in their application and...

By - 1/18/2017

A Quick Weight Loss Thought About Portion Control

I was out to lunch the other day (and I mean that literally not figuratively) when a seemingly obvious but important thought struck me. I was enjoying my meal until I realized I was going to eat exactly what was on my plate – no more and no less. So I stopped for a moment.

I acknowledged that that was pretty much the way I approached eating at restaurants.  Whatever my portion size, I ate it. If...

By - 1/4/2017


It’s January again, a New Year, and for some of us a time for “new” resolutions.  You can hardly turn on the TV or radio, or read a newspaper or magazine without some talk of New Year’s resolutions.  Health clubs and diet companies advertise them.  Self-help gurus recommend them.  And we all buy in. “New Year, New You.” But this year I find myself asking, are New Year’s resolutions really productive?

There is something compelling for all of us about latching on...

By - 12/19/2016

To My SWLS Family,

Here we are, another holiday season upon us, and a new year soon to follow. Each one seems to pass by more quickly than the last.  To quote from a favorite Talking Heads’ song, “And you may ask yourself, well how did I get here?” My friends, however we got here, here we are, and I am thankful to be here with you.

I am grateful that you are willing to let me be a part of your journey and that you trust me to care for you.

I am inspired watching how hard...


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