CrossFit: Know Your Goals and Your Limitations!

CrossFit Inc. claims, “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.” Though this statement may be true, a good trainer should still be able to modify or exchange an exercise so it works for the individual’s needs—not just the program. Most of us, no...



“Mom, Dad… Am I Overweight?”

Talking about weight with your child is tough. But with one-third of young girls and one-quarter of boys reporting weight-based teasing from peers, helping your kids address weight and health is a necessary conversation. When parents search online or ask a medical professional for help in talking with their...



CrossFit: Know Your Program, Know Your Trainer!

CrossFit is founded on the beliefs of Greg Glassman. He states, “CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in… cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy,” . Any sport that does this will...



10 Questions with Pam Davis

As Director of Communications for the OAC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. In 2006, in the early-days of the OAC, I had the opportunity to meet Pam Davis. Well, I met her via email. She had just joined the OAC and wanted to get more...



CrossFit: Is Sport-like Fitness for You?

CrossFit gyms are popping up in major cities all throughout the U.S., increasing the trend toward performance training. Using high-intensity exercises such as plyometrics (jumping and medicine ball throws) and explosive weightlifting techniques (Olympic weightlifting), their goal is to forge fitness into sport. It’s tempting to follow this new...



Bariatric Cooking and Your Family

Last week, we talked about bariatric cooking, changing your lifestyle and being successful after bariatric surgery. When I talk about diets after surgery with patients, I commonly hear, “That’s great, but I can’t do this, because I have kids.” Preparing meals that fit into your plan is one thing,...



Bariatric Cooking – Where to Start

Choosing to have bariatric surgery, is a big step. Patients are very motivated to make multiple changes in their diet, exercise plan and entire lifestyle in order to be successful. The changes patients make in their diet can be overwhelming at times, but start slowly and find one or...



Mark Your Calendars!

I know many of you have seen the Your Weight Matters 2014 logo teasers on social media this week as we’ve unveiled a small piece of the convention theme and logo each day. Some of you may have already figured it out! Without further ado, I present to you...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Long Term Issues

Issues-everyone has them! In our life’s journey, there are always issues. Actually, I prefer the word “challenges.” That is life, if you are growing and changing. What matters is how we respond to the challenges in which we are presented. It’s important to recognize that there is no personal...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Successful Weight-loss after Surgery

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is a complex journey to improved health that varies from person-to-person. I spoke previously about “Changing Your Mind” and I believe that is a process too. I do better with that some days than others. However, it warrants working on daily so that the rest of...



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