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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Apathy vs. Zen

On February 17, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted.

I know this. It’s not because I’ve not wanted to post anything.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened up the editor and tried to write something.. only to come up blank and then given up. But at some point. caution does not become the better part of valor and giving up does not do any favors.. and well, for me that day is today.

I’ve been very apathetic about the WLS community for awhile now.

Not in helping the people in it.. but the community as a whole. And in looking back, I think that began around summertime. In speaking with Kaitlin N yesterday, we both agreed on a few instances which probably started the ball rolling, and yeah, summertime was about the time in which things began roiling to a nice simmer. The full boil happened this fall, with explosion this past November.

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Meta-analysis looks at D2 vs D3

On November 29, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Vitamins, by Andrea

This is an article published by the Vitamin D Council, written by John Cannell, MD.


  • Dr. Goran Bjelakovic led a meta-analysis study in which he analyzed 50 randomized controlled trials with 94,000 participants with some form of vitamin D which reported mortality rates as either primary or secondary outcomes
  • 32 of the studies used D3 (74,000 people) and 12 used D2 (18,000)
  • 6% relative risk reduction of mortality when supplementing w/ D3
  • 2% risk reduction when supplementing with D2


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XXL Patient Jokes

On October 20, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea



It’s because of your voice that Dr. Kelly issued a direct apology to the OAC in response to the hundreds of letters he received about his deragotory article in the magazine. Here is the apology from Dr. Kelly, which he gave us permission to print and share with all of our members:


Mr. Nadglowski,


I am asking for forgiveness for a recent column I wrote. I confess I am frustrated by the obesity epidemic and the risks I see my patients undergo. I did not use a constructive vehicle to affect change and instead used oneliners my comedian colleagues have used for decades. I was obese once – in college. I played football was not happy with the way I looked. I share the frustrations of many and used my medical knowledge (and Grace) to lose the weight. Ironically I see patients no one else will see and actually have more empathy than most. I made a lazy decision to use recycled lines in order to meet my deadline. I know not to judge and that this problem will be best rectified with compassion and kindness. I never meant to hurt anyone and I will endeavor to let other comedians learn of the potential  harmful effects their words can have.


If you have other suggestions as how I can undue some of the hurt I have caused, please feel free to let me know.


Respectfully Yours,

John D. Kelly IV, MD



As a Coalition, we came together and made our voices heard loud and clear and fought this issue together! Thank you to all our members!

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