Guest Post: Satisfied versus Full – How do you know?


My first guest post is from the lovely dietitians at Nutrition For Weight Loss Surgery. Sally Johnston and Justine Hawke are Accredited Practising Dietitians and Accredited Nutritionists with a combined experience in weight management of over 20 years. Sally & Justine have worked with hundreds of people undergoing weight loss surgery and have not only the theory to share with you, but the valuable, practical tips they have learned from their clients. You can read more about Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery at Sally’s book, Your Complete Guide to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery is a must have for anyone considering, undergoing or who has had weight loss surgery. Available as both hard copy and ebook, more details are available here: For all the latest recipes, hints, tips, tricks & product review, sign up for Sally & Justine’s free ebook and monthly newsletter here Also make sure to follow them on Facebook at

Satisfied versus Full – How do you know?

Many of our weight loss surgery clients talk to us about ‘feeling full’. It is common for many clients who we meet prior to having surgery to speak about ‘feeling full on a smaller amount of food’ being one motivation to have surgery. Following surgery, those with a gastric band may often seek further adjustments of their band hoping it will help them feel ‘full’.Feeling satisfied and feeling full after eating are not the same and it is important to understand the difference.

To eat until satisfied means to eat until you are no longer hungry. You feel you have definitely eaten something, but may not need to eat for a few hours. You could eat more.

Eating until full is like when prior to surgery, you dined out on a delicious three course meal, so tasty you could not bare to leave any on the plate. It may be the feeling after trying to make sure you got your value for money at a buffet, or the feeling after lunch on Christmas Day.

Eating until full after weight loss surgery can cause some discomfort, indicating you have eaten too much. Continuing to eat too much over a long period of time will compromise your weight loss and it can cause surgical complications.

Eating until satisfied will guide the amount of food you should be eating. Whilst serving sizes may have been recommended to you, everyone is different and you need to listen to your internal cues to judge how much is right for you to eat.

People who have dieted for many years may have lost touch with the signals they get when eating. It is important to re-learn how to listen to your body’s signals to judge how much to eat.

The following scale can be useful to help you understand your internal signals and when is the right time to eat and to stop eating. Keep this scale near where you eat. Before you start eating a meal, stop and rate how hungry or full you are. Once you are part way through your meal, pause and consider where you would be on the scale. Do you need to continue, even if you haven’t finished the plate? If you are still hungry, continue eating. Pause again later in the meal and repeat. If you do finish the plate, rate yourself again.

Try this at different meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. It may take some practice, but is an exercise well worth doing.

Your goal is to start to recognize the point where you reach a 6 – this is the goal.

  1. Starving, ravenous. All you can think about is how hungry you are. This is a ‘danger time’ for overeating.
  2. You may have a headache or feel weak or grumpy.
  3. You feel like it’s time to eat.
  4. Your hunger is just starting, but you could wait to eat. Your stomach is starting to feel empty.
  5. Not hungry, not full.
  6. Satisfied or “just right”. You are no longer hungry, but probably will be in about three or four hours.
  7. You had a few bites too many. You are a little uncomfortable.
  8. You definitely don’t need more food.
  9. Your stomach feels stuffed, uncomfortably full.
  10. So full you feel like you could vomit.

For some more reading on this topic we highly recommend the work of Dr Rick Kausman and his book, If Not Dieting, Then What? Find out more here:

Let us know how you go finding your number 6 by joining the conversation on our Facebook page:

For more great info, please download our free ebook, Top Ten Tips for Success with Weight Loss Surgery, available on our website:


I’m Back!


I feel terrible that I haven’t posted in about three weeks, but it was for good reason! Two weeks ago my husband and I moved into our first house! We also got our new kittens who we are absolutely in love with! We’ve been super busy!

My husband and I in front of our new house (June 2)

My husband and I in front of our new house!

Linnea and Elena, our new kittens!

Linnea and Elena, our new kittens!

I also started a new position at my job. I transferred to the home care department at the retirement community I’ve been working at. I’ve been in the new job a week and really like it a lot! It’s far less stressful which is good for me in many ways! I’m so glad I made the switch.

I finally went to a neurologist about my headaches and was officially diagnosed with chronic migraines which I suspected all along. I need to get help after my allergic reaction at the beginning of the year to Topamax which I was taking for the daily headaches. We started me on a medication called Pristiq which will also help with my anxiety problems. I also spent two full days at the Cleveland Clinic having infusions done. I got a slow drip of different things one at a time. I had anti-nausea medication, a muscle relaxer,  magnesium, something for my blood vessels and a migraine medicine.Since then my migraines have gone from being constant to episodic so that’s an improvement for me. The infusions should help for up to 3-4 weeks. I am also waiting on approval for Botox injections.

I am officially of the steroid medication that I have been all year for my allergic reaction! I spent 5 months on it and only gained 6 lbs. I’ve okay with that. Steroids are not friendly to the body and considering the medication saved my life and kept me from dying I am just fine with a little weight gain.

I also turned 31 a few weeks back! Now that life is starting to calm down for me (knock on wood) I am going to start planning my health education consulting business that I am aiming to start next year! I have a Master’s degree in Health Education and it would be nice to finally utilize it!

I have a blog post stirring inside me just need to find the time to write it…I am hoping maybe tomorrow. I have a lot I need to get out!


New Update!


Another update on my life! I’ve been so busy with our upcoming move that I haven’t had much time to blog, I’m hoping to change that, I have so much I want to say. My husband and I are closing on our first house this Monday and then we are moving in on the Saturday the 7th. We are also getting two kittens that we’ve agreed to adopt on the 7th! My 31st birthday is also coming up on the 9th! I’m so excited!

Relief may be ahead for my constant headaches, I have a neurologist appointment on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. What I was taking for my headaches, Topamax, was what I had a rare life threatening allergic reaction to at the beginning of the year. I have been on nothing for my headaches since and I’m miserable most days. I’ve been suffering for a few years now.

My weight has been at a stand still since my allergic reaction and hospitalizations and I’m okay with it. I have had a rough year with 13 days in the hospital, 11 blood transfusions, and going into kidney failure from the allergic reaction. I have been on steroids all year and the fact that I’ve pretty much maintained my weight through all that makes me happy. My last dose of steroids is June 16, I’m looking forward to it!

Below is a new facial side by side, I’ve certainly changed!

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“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”
~J. Sidlow Baxter

New Giveaway!


I’m running a new giveaway for my followers since I love you all so much!  

I’ll giving away a $20 gift card to GNC and 4 Quest Bars (2 chocolate chip cookie dough and 2 cookies and cream!)

You can enter here: 

The giveaway ends Monday, May 26 at 11:59pm (EST) and I will announce the winner on the morning of Tuesday the 27th. Good luck!

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An Update!


Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, we are closing on the house in two weeks and moving in three so we’ve been busy. A couple updates, I had my last nephrology check up on May 7. Kidneys are good now and we can say with certainty that what I suffered from at the beginning of year was an allergic reaction to Topamax (migraine medication). I finally get to come off my Prednisone! I will be tapering off the last 10 mgs over the next several weeks and then finally be free of it after June 16. I will have blood work ran in September. Now if I could just get back to feeling like my old self all around life would be good, maybe the move and new family additions will help. 

We found out from my sister on May 9 that she had to have the adult cat, Nicky, we were planning to adopt put to sleep due to a sudden decline in her health. However, she did put us in contact with someone who was fostering two female kittens who were in need of their forever home. We met the kittens and have agreed to adopt them both. The foster mom is keeping them until we have moved our furniture and boxes to our new house. They are estimated to be about 10 weeks old as of last Sunday. The gray one is blind but gets around wonderfully. They are believed to be from the same litter as they were dumped outside a vet’s office together. We have named the gray one Linnea and the orange one Elena. We can’t wait to have them join us, we really miss the companionship that a pet offers since Rowan’s passing almost three months ago. I miss him every single day. 




Today was my 7th wedding anniversary. Below is a picture of us on our wedding day and then a picture of us back this last December. We’ve both certainly changed since our wedding day! 

We've both certainly changed since our wedding 7 years ago today!

We’ve both certainly changed since our wedding 7 years ago today!

Patrick has been with me through so much, we have been together over 10 years now. He has been both of my surgeries and my all of my years of depression and hospitalizations for depression. He’s never left my side despite how bad I got. I love you!

Anniversary dinner- homemade veggie stir fry with red peppers, carrots, snow peas, green onions, broccoli, and asparagus with Kung Pao sauce.

Anniversary dinner- homemade veggie stir fry with red peppers, carrots, snow peas, green onions, broccoli, and asparagus with Kung Pao sauce.


How I Changed My Life With Blogging Presentation


I spent the last two days attending WordCamp North Canton. WordCamp “is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress (where I do my blogging).  WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.”

I was invited to speak and share my story by my brother Justin who works for Automattic, the company behind WordPress, so I decided to share how blogging and social media have changed my life and helped me in my weight loss surgery journey. I had 25 people sit in and listen to my presentation.

You can watch a copy of my PowerPoint presentation and hopefully a video of me actually presenting will be available soon.

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My brother, me, and one of our friends after WordCamp was over.

Getting ready to present at WordCamp!

Getting ready to present at WordCamp!


Last Day Of Blogging Challenge


Today is the last day of the blogging challenge that I participated in this month, so you won’t be seeing any more daily posts from me but I will be back to posting once or twice a week like I was.

I’m finishing up my presentation for WordCamp North Canton where I am presenting on Saturday. Friday and Saturday I will be attending WordCamp and sitting in on sessions as well as presenting. I will also be participating in the Speaker’s dinner on Friday and the after party on Saturday. I’m really looking forward to it.

Monday is my 7th wedding anniversary,it worked out that both my husband and I are off work that day so we will get to spend the day together doing something fun. We haven’t decided what we are doing yet as we really haven’t seen each other much. We work opposite schedules and I was out of town visiting my sister over the weekend but I did see him a little Monday evening.

As I mentioned yesterday I am down in the dumps lately and just can’t seem to shake it. I have been far more depressed than this before so this isn’t the worst I’ve ever felt. I am hoping May is a better month for me. Patrick and I have to start packing for our move the first week in June so I will be busy, maybe I’ll be busy enough that I won’t think about how unhappy I feel sometimes. I see my kidney doctor next week and hopefully might be able to get off this prednisone that I’ve been on pretty much all year. I hate that medication!

Keep Going




I really needed to see this today, I’ve been feeling a little down on myself this year and kind of unhappy at times. This year has been hell for me with my kidney failure and hospitalizations this year. I’m doing better now but haven’t felt like myself in a long time. I wonder when that will happen. I still feel pretty shitty but every thing is working okay. I just want to go back to how I was feeling in December, I felt on top of the world. I know I’ve been through shitty things before and gotten through them. I will get through this too, I just don’t know when. Keep going Jessica, you can do this. I need to tape that to the bathroom mirror as reminder.

A Weekend Of Adventurous Eating


This weekend my brother and I drove down to visit my sister, they are both moving out west this summer and this was probably the last time that the three of us would be able to hang out like that. We went to one of my favorite stores which sadly is over 4 hours away from my home but close to where my sister lives. It’s called Jungle Jim’s International Market, it’s huge and has lots of unique food items. We decided to be adventurous with some of our items that we bought.

Sunday's dinner...ground camel burgers! They were very good and tasted just like ground beef. The nutritional info blew me away, 8 oz is 225 calories, 2 g fat, and 49 g protein!!!

Sunday’s dinner…ground camel burgers! They were very good and tasted just like ground beef. The nutritional info blew me away, 8 oz is 225 calories, 2 g fat, and 49 g protein!!!

Monday's breakfast-hard boiled quail eggs. Also very good and just like mini chicken eggs.

Monday’s breakfast-hard boiled quail eggs. Also very good and just like mini chicken eggs.

Monday's breakfast-Boar bacon. Better than regular bacon in my opinion!

Monday’s breakfast-Boar bacon. Better than regular bacon in my opinion!

All the items we tried ended up being very tasty in my opinion. So try to be more adventurous in your eating every once in a while, it keeps life interesting!