Pic taken 12/7/2015, before my surgery…updated pic coming soon


Lemme introduce myself:  my name is Elizabeth, but my friends call me Liz. I’m 35, no kids, single, and currently living in Atlanta.  I do instructional design and software training full-time, and I teach ESL on the side. In my free time, I volunteer with a few organizations, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hands On Atlanta, Atlanta Mission, and LiftUp Atlanta.

I like watching old reruns of my favorite shows, like Sex and the City, Martin, and Living Single.  I love shoes and I love reading fashion magazines. I love all kinds of music – jazz, classical, hip hop, neo-soul, jazz, old school r&b (I’d rather listen to the Isley Brothers than listen to half of the crap on the radio today).  I love the arts – museums, the symphony, plays, concerts, etc.  Lately I’ve really been getting into thrift shopping and DIY projects.  I LOVE travel, and one day see myself working remotely outside of the US in my beach house  overlooking the ocean; of course, that’s only when I’m not in my high-rise condo back in the States with the gorgeous panoramic city view.  One day….

Having weight loss surgery was a deeply personal decision that I’ve made, after years of being unsuccessful with meeting my health goals.  And by years, I mean since childhood.  My goal with this blog is to educate, inform and inspire others that are also struggling, and are looking at all their options for getting healthier. *  Surgery isn’t for everyone and it certainly should not be your first option for weight loss, but it’s a powerful tool that can be effective if used wisely.

I don’t want this blog to only be about surgery and losing weight – I want it to be a well-rounded view about my life as a whole and how it changes as a result of the surgery.  I believe that success with weight loss is not just measured on the scale, but in your overall quality of life.

I appreciate your taking time to visit my blog, and I hope that you enjoy!  Please stop by often for updates to articles, meal prep plans, and much more.

* Disclaimer:  I want to put out there that I am NOT a medical doctor and am not able to provide medical advice.  Please make sure to do your research, just as I am doing, and speak with your doctor about your specific medical conditions.


Recent Posts

June EOTM – “I can’t exercise, it’s raining/cold/hot outside!”


Any of my family and friends can tell you how much I hate rain and typically won’t even leave my house at all.  To add to the issue, Atlanta traffic is a BEAST when there is just a few drops of rain water on the roads…but your body doesn’t know that.  You might not like cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you can go the whole winter without exercise!

I’m certainly not suggesting that you go outside and workout if there’s a monsoon going on.  But because unfavorable weather is inevitable, you need to consider both indoor and outdoor exercises so you don’t get too far off from your regimen.  Continue reading

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