Your Bariatric Journey

Your Bariatric Journey

Your Bariatric Journey is a podcast about weight loss surgery, hosted by a patient. Season one of Your Bariatric Journey is about “beginnings.” We want to focus on new patients, new questions, and introductions to weight loss surgery procedures. Our podcast will be interview-based focusing on a variety of both bariatric surgery professionals and patients. While the information on this podcast is not a substitute for medical advice, you can be armed with new research and knowledge when you discuss this procedure with your doctor. This podcast wouldn't be possible without our sponsor,


May 14, 2020 39 mins

Today on the podcast, Janine interviews Beth Marks, a personal trainer of fifteen years who specializes in bariatric patients. As an athlete in the women’s high jump, Beth is a top-tier trainer who knows how to motivate and inspire people who might have limited experience exercising. In this episode, Janine and Beth discuss how bariatric patients can improve their lives through achievable fitness goals. Topics include:


  • The progre...
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    Janine interviews dietitian and therapist Megan Moore. Megan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Washington State University and has been working with bariatric patients since 2013. We discuss:

  • What a pre-surgery bariatric diet looks like, and why it is so restrictive.
  • The flexibility of a diet post-surgery, including the best foods to eat and whether a strict low-carb or high-protein diet is neces...
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    In today’s interview episode, Janine speaks with independent blogger and bariatric patient Kimberly H. Kimberly has been documenting her bariatric journey on YouTube since 2014. She makes videos where she discusses her weight-loss surgery, reviews different foods and bariatric products, and provides motivation and encouragement for people in similar situations. Here’s a brief overview of the topics we discuss:

  • The start of Kimberly...
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    Bariatric surgery is a process that relies on a support team including your peers, doctors, and nutritionists to guide a patient on the journey to success. In this episode, Janine talks to nutritionist Elizabeth Anderson with CrackerJack Nutrition. Elizabeth is a registered and licensed dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. She writes blogs about the science behind eating and nutrition with a focus on busting common myths ...

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    A reality of massive weight-loss is dealing with your changing body, including loose skin and plastic surgery. In this episode, Janine talks to bariatric patient Jessica Weber. Jessica has been documenting her weight-loss journey on Instagram, with a focus on issues relating to plastic surgery and the aesthetics of loose skin. Jessica and Janine discuss Jessica’s 2016 surgery, the positive attitude she has developed about her body,...

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    In this episode, Janine converses with Dr. Randy Seeley, a Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Seeley serves as the Director of the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center and works in understanding the physiology of obesity and weight gain. Dr. Seeley takes Janine on a deep dive of the mechanics and chemistry behind why the human body gains weight, what triggers the desire to eat, and how food affects the bo...

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    In this episode, Janine speaks with Mili Metz, a former bariatric support group leader. In their conversation, Mili discusses the importance of support groups for bariatric patients and how a support group can help a patient to succeed in their bariatric journey. The journey is easier when we travel together! Here’s a brief overview of the topics we discuss:

  • Mili’s inspiration to work with bariatric patients
  • Support group and how th...
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    In this episode, Janine talks to Nikki Lynn, the Bariatric Foodie. Bariatric Patient (and part-time gardener) Nikki shares with us how you can still be a foodie, even post Bariatric Surgery. Nikki and Janine talk about how just because you're undergoing weight loss, you do not have to suffer bland, boring foods. You can still live the full life you deserve post-surgery, and Nikki can teach you how. Here’s a brief overview of th...

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    In this episode, Janine speaks with Lou Schopfer, a bariatric patient who underwent gastric sleeve surgery in 2014. Since that time, Lou has lost over 100 pounds and advocates for bariatric surgery as a means for transforming the lives of others like himself. He shares the story of his life, from the roots of his struggles with obesity, the questions he had before the surgery, and how his life dramatically improved afterward. If yo...

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    In this episode, Janine speaks with Kristin Lloyd, a psychotherapist and mindset coach for bariatric patients, who shares the story of her own Bariatric Journey. During their conversation, Kristen and Janine connect over the common issues worrying many Bariatric Patients and how to help address and overcome any fears you may have if you’re considering weight-loss surgery. Here’s a brief overview of the topics we discuss:

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    In this episode, Janine converses with Dr. Rachel Moore, a Bariatric Surgeon with over 17 years of experience in the field. Their conversation covers what to expect from the actual procedure, as well as recovery and general wellness tips. Dr. Moore provides insight from the physical side of the surgery. Here’s a brief overview of the topics we discuss:

  • Dr. Moore’s inspiration to work in the field of bariatrics
  • Available bariatric pr...
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    For our first interview episode, bariatric surgery patient Janine speaks with psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton about the importance of therapy for weight loss surgery patients. Here's a brief overview of the topics we discuss on this episode:

  • Food Addiction and Emotional Eating
  • Advice for new patients
  • The psychological evaluation
  • Coping post-surgery
  • Transfer addiction
  • Self-defeating mindsets
  • Overcoming fear of failure
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    April 22, 2020 5 mins

    Welcome to the very first episode of Your Bariatric Journey podcast! In this episode, your host Janine will be discussing the format that this season of the podcast will take and talking about some of the important points that Your Bariatric Journey podcast will be covering over the following thirteen episodes. You’ll also hear some clips of discussions with experts in the field of weight loss and bariatric surgery. Let Your Bariat...

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