Physically, I'm half the woman I used to be, but as a result of my journey with gastric bypass surgery I've gained a lot. I'm Julia, and this blog is about the miles I've traveled in transforming my body, soul, and spirit while shedding more than 160 of the 300-plus pounds I carried before surgery. 

I'll share my personal experiences of restoring my health and changing my lifestyle, and I'll offer spiritual encouragement, social and emotional tools, nutritious recipes, health information, and more.

I've had a few challenges along the way, but through all the struggles I've grown stronger and regained my health and my life. I had my surgery on Easter Monday, 2006, which I call my personal resurrection day. Because of my transformation, I now look forward to many more "miles to go", and I invite you to travel with me on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle....yes you can...I just did!

secrets from a dietitian: part 1

In the next two post, you're going to learn 3 unconventional secrets to success from a Dietitian.

Katy relays the story of sitting in her office with a client who’d had bariatric surgery several years ago.

“It just didn’t work for me. I’ve tried everything. I don’t know what else to do.”  She was looking down in shame, and Katy could tell she was feeling totally defeated. 

As Katy shared, “This is a really common struggle,” “And I want you to know it’s not your fault.” Her patient looked at her in disbelief. 

The same advice over and over again

You see, most people are accustomed to seeing a dietitian and being silently scolded and told to “eat this, not that...blah, blah, blah.”  It’s the reason that a lot of people avoid seeing a dietitian - because it feels like you’re in the principal’s office. 

Truth be told, most people already know what they “should” be eating after surgery. Heck, they even knew before having surgery, but that knowledge wasn’t enough. And it still isn’t. If information were enough to solve a person’s weight problems, bariatric surgery wouldn’t exist.

Thus, here you are in a frustrating dilemma: Knowing what you should be doing, but not being able to do it consistently.

So now what?

It’s time to start thinking about things differently.  If what you’ve been doing isn’t working then STOP DOING IT. 

That same old dieting advice that didn’t work for you before surgery isn’t going to work after either. Don’t worry, I can help. I have worked with hundreds of people who have had weight loss surgery. From that work I have honed in on some key factors that will actually make a difference for you. 

Katy has common sense advise that works. Tune in tomorrow for the 3 unconventional secrets to success!

Submitted by: Katy Harvey, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD


fit as a fiddle

OK, so  we know the changes in tummy size won’t be enough to make permanent changes toward a healthy and complete life. During this series, we have been challenged to discover the keys to permanent weight loss success, as we continue to learn and grow in our effort to be compliant with our diet and exercise, and enjoy the benefits that weight loss surgery has provided. 

Just as in any surgery, we must experience healing from the inside out. We have found that our positive change in emotions, mind set, and thoughts can move us and inspire us toward health and wellness, instead of sickness and despair. 

We can seek to uncover the reasons we are held by emotional eating and we can focus on why we seek to bury our feelings within. We can be free from the destructive emotions of our past as we seek to uproot and destroy the inward disorders that hold us in their vice-like grip. 

We begin to turn toward a new truth and explore new meaning to life and wholeness. 

And in all these principles, the key idea for healthy lifestyle is sustainability. Just as we can be moved and inspired by great music, we are inspired with the ultimate commitment to keep ourselves in tune body, mind, soul and spirit. With these tools we can sing a new song, in four-part harmony, orchestrated by God himself finding completeness and health for lasting success. Fit as a fiddle…you bet ya!

Yes you can, you have many more miles to go!

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:00AM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman | Comments Off

the maestro

This is where the orchestra comes together for the final performance. The fourth element in reaching continued success is the spiritual aspect of our makeup. These are issues of the heart. 

Dr. Leaf’s research has also revealed that neurologically speaking, your heart is ultra-sensitive to what you think and feel and your thoughts can directly affect your heart both figuratively and literally. 

In this process, our goals must be forgiveness toward others and learning to love ourselves. Forgiveness is a choice, an act of our will, and a valuable gift to others and ourselves. It releases us from toxic emotions. Forgiveness is not condoning someone’s behavior, but simply letting him or her off the hook. 

Your heart is not just a pump but it has the ability to pull every other system of the body into its own rhythm. When your heart is filled with love, peace and forgiveness, your entire body will follow as these tunes are resounded throughout your body, transporting life and health with every beat. 

A survey of more than 31,000 adults, released in May 2004 by the National Center for Health Statistics and NCCAM, found that 36 percent of those surveyed used complementary and alternative medicine. The number rose to 62 percent when prayer was added to the definition of complementary and alternative medicine. 

Where do we go for the truth, healing and the answers to life? Who or what will fill the void that is left when we no longer can feed our emotional hunger with food? Who will supply our innermost needs and desire for unconditional love and acceptance? Will we turn to a natural source or divine intervention? How can we heal the whole person, mind, will, emotions and spirit as well as the physical body in which we dwell? 

God holds the answers to our hungry hearts. Just as symphonies must have a conductor to guide each player into the part he must play. Without this Maestro leading and guiding this multitude of musicians, the entire orchestra would be pandemonium and chaos. 

The choice is ours. Wholeness and success can be ours… we can choose to live a life of fear, restlessness, anguish and disease, or one of hope, confidence, optimism and peace. The overture is about to begin…are you ready to play your part?

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:00AM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman | Comments Off


Along side issues of emotional hunger are hungers of the heart. 

Some of the hungers we experience usually seek to fill a void or hurt. Some of us seek to fill it with food, some with alcohol and drugs, some with sex, some with work, shopping or other activities, but the root issues are all the same. These are the issues that tug on our heartstrings until we find the answers that fulfill us. 

This is where our part comes in. Weight loss surgery helps us by offering a physical solution, but this solution, is just for the physical aspects. Accompanying physical activity and a healthy diet, are seeking answers to emotional and spiritual health. These require a willing and honest examination into our lives, motivations and beliefs. 

Regardless of the offense, let’s look at matters from another perspective as we examine our value and worth as a person, seeking to forgive others and practicing self-love in the process. 

In his book Soul Care, Peter Lord, explains the eight ways that the worth of an object is measured…who made it, what was made, uniqueness or limited supply, personal preference or choice, potential worth, permanence, practicality, and the price tag. 

As you ponder on these things consider that God himself is our Maker, we were made and created in His image, and we are unique. You are God’s personal choice. In us he placed supreme value and potential. Our bodily functions and performance is supremely practical and awesomely inspiring. We were created with a spirit that is eternal, and purchased at a great price, the life of Christ. 

These eight points begin to merge our emotional needs with spiritual ones and can be summed up by this powerful affirmation by Robert McGee in his book, The Search for Significance...

I am an awesome spirit being of magnificent worth as a person. I am deeply loved by God; I am fully pleasing to God; I am totally accepted by God. And when my person is expressed through my performance, the reflection is dynamically unique. There has never been another like me in the history of mankind, nor will there ever be. I am an original one of a kind, really somebody—and so are you!

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:00AM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman | Comments Off

july support group meeting 

Our July meeting falls on Independence Day this year.

We will NOT meet on the 4th.

If you are interested in attending our second Monday meeting at the main campus, please email Kim Joyner for details.

I hope you have a great month. We look forward to seeing you in July.

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 07:00AM by Registered CommenterJulia Holloman in | Comments Off