This is the cover to BMI, the new peer-reviewed journal for patients that is being put out quarterly by the same publishers of Bariatric Times.

Ever since I first heard about this project from the publisher (who happens to be the publisher for my book), I’ve been itching for it to come out.

What’s better? It’s free in it’s electronic format. If you want to get physical copies, you can do so.

There is absolutely NO REASON for you not to sign up.

Read the first issue here.

Unjury, the makers of oPurity one-a-day multivitamins have been campaigning hard for their vitamin, boasting updated statistics and continuing their banner of China-Free ingredients.

This morning, I got yet another one of these emails with the following:

Practices are switching to OPURITY

Here’s an email from one of the large practices switching from Bariatric Advantage to OPURITY.

“I just wanted to touch base and let you know that after a lot of research with Bariatric multivitamin companies our program has decided to make the switch from recommending Bariartic Advantage to Opurity!

Based on the number of supplements our patients currently need to take and the cost of these supplements, compliance has been poor.

We then plan to stock Opurity Vitamins for our post-op patients. We will be providing our patients information on where to order these supplements from in addition to the option of purchasing them from our clinic, as we currently do with Bariatric Advantage.

I wanted to get in touch with you regarding this decision to make this change in hopes we can work closely with supplying our patients with information, resources and samples on these supplements.”

Just reply to this email if you would like more information about Recommending and Stocking OPURITY® Vitamins at your practice or facility.

Thank you all for recommending OPURITY® Vitamins and UNJURY® Protein.


So I’ve decided to revisit oPurity and examine it according to the ASMBS suggestions, what we know about vitamins so far (with citations, of course), and let you make your own decisions in case your practice is one of the ones deciding to switch.

And I’m going to let out a trade secret here.. one that I probably shouldn’t tell – your doctor’s offices get cash for selling you your vitamins from whatever company they choose to sell. I can’t tell you how much because each company has their own percentage, and it might even depend on volume, but your office selling supplements is not truly an altruistic thing for you, the patient.

Now, keep in mind that offices are struggling to make ends meet. And this is a way for them to increase cash flow. BUT is it truly the best product for you? Don’t assume that it is. Do your research before making that assumption. Several practices are now making their own products and marketing them, for them to be not-so-great products in the end. Use your noggin’ folks.

So this is likely to be long, and might get a bit technical. I’ll do what I can to keep it easy.

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Mickey Marathon Update

On March 9, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I haven’t done an update in a few weeks or so, but it’s because I’ve been trying to work out some plans in my head. And several of you (Kaitlin, Michelle..) can attest to the fact that my head can be a scary place to be sometimes. (Hush, no details.)

That sticker you see up there? Or one very much like it? WILL BE MINE.

I am just stubborn enough that I will get it, or die trying. Especially since I know a few people expect me to fail. So just to spite them, I will succeed.

And I’m not alone. I’ve gotten a few others interested in doing either a half-marathon or a 5k — either with me at Disney or where they live if they can’t get to Disney in November. And it’s fantastic.

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So it begins..

On February 22, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Well, I’ve officially begun my half-marathon training.

Yes, I really am going to go through with this insanity. Please remind me of this when I start to whine.

So a few numbers -

Starting weight: 218.5 (would like to get down at least to 200)
Minimum speed: 4 mph (must be completed in 3 1/2 hours)
Distance: 13.1 miles or apx 22 km
Time to train: bit over 8 months

I’m going to start working on short-term goals.. something “due” every 2 months and will report back with those.


On February 19, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

So yesterday, I attended the Bariatric Breakthrough Challenge run by Erin Akey and hosted by Dr. Eric DeMaria of New Hope Wellness.

We were encouraged to set some goals. 3 month, 6 month, 1 year …

In the process, we learned about a half-marathon held down at Disney World in November – the Wine and Dine half.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE Disney fan. Absolutely HUGE. I went down to Disney every summer with my dad for 20+ years, my kids and I watch Disney movies on the weekends, etc.

So if there was to be any motivation to get my ass back into a running program? This would be it. Further motivation would be to somehow get my favorite musical artist involved somehow..

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