The Fresh Approach Podcast: Skills & strategies to live your healthiest & happiest life!

The Fresh Approach Podcast: Skills & strategies to live your healthiest & happiest life!

Shining a light on essential healthy living practices...nutrition, sleep, fitness, hydration, mental health, vitamins, medical follow-up...And cultivating practical skills to help you get over those BUMPS IN THE ROAD of life, so NOTHING gets in the way of you taking the BEST care of yourself!

What began as a fresh way to live your best life with weight loss surgery, The Fresh Approach Podcast welcomes everyone who wants to develop healthy lifelong practices to live their best life!

Hosted by Mary Clark, 18-year WLS educator & 8-year WLS patient, who realized the tools she was teaching clients & patients weren't exclusive to WLS, but applied to everyone who wanted to stop searching for "quick tips & tricks" and instead wanted REAL & PRACTICAL tools for making heart & mindset shifts for this lifelong journey of health...physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Mary is a mom to five and "Gigi" her grandma name, to three.

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    Practical "forever" solutions, delightful food, and filling up your JOY jar!

    We’re talking about long term solutions - not only for your healthy weight but long term solutions for ALL your healthy living practices. And you may be able to relate to Shannon’s tough situation, and why mindset matters here. Plus, why it's important to keep your food choices interesting, AND how to fill up your jar of JOY for when hard things happen because they do, right? So let’s get started!

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    This is BULL-SH...Baloney AND the 1000+ calories EXIT Strategy Part 2!

    First, I've gotta speak about this BULL-SH...baloney, because there is NO WAY I will let you think you deserve this kind of message - I don't care who it's from. NO WAY. I want you to see it for the BALONEY it is, and leave it out of your life. Plus, I'm taking you back into another scene from my life when I used the Burrito Exit Strategy and HOW I once again avoided pulling into the drive-thru! And, a little more about me. So let's get started...

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    When you're NOT where you WANT to be on your WLS journey.

    In this episode, we're tackling what could be GETTING IN THE WAY of you achieving your goals. And this isn't me calling you out and saying it's because you don't have enough willpower, self-discipline, blah, blah, blah. Actually, we're going COMPLETELY in the other direction. So let's get started.

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    If you're COMPARING your WLS journey to other WLS patients...

    In this episode, we’re talking about the slippery slope of comparison, and how a seemingly 'general interest' in checking how you’re doing compared to other weight loss surgery patients with similar stats - can turn into a downward spiral of comparison shame...and NOBODY needs that! Let's get started!

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    HOW to SHOW UP for yourself...and why we need you to.

    In this episode, we're talking about what it means to SHOW UP for yourself + HOW to do it every day + stories from 4 women who are SHOWING UP and what that's meant in their lives! We need YOU to SHOW UP...so let's get started!

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    The February Fresh Start! AHHHHHMAZING by April!

    February is FRESH START month! But this year we're doing it a new way. Imagine it’s APRIL and you’re feeling AHHHHHMAZING about the progress you’ve made in your WLS journey! Sounds good, right? Well...let's get started with this SPECIAL EDITION of the Fresh Approach Podcast!

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    WHY you need to make peace with your pre-surgery self IF you want long-term WLS success.

    This is one of those "me getting real honest with you about my life" episodes...a few tears were shed during this recording. But THIS is so often the missing link to long-term weight loss surgery success. What I hear too often is, "I can't stand who I was before I had surgery...I was a loser...I was a failure...I had no self-discipline or self-control..." If you don't get clear on who you were and WHY, pre-surgery, and make peace with yourself...you'll be at odds with yourself and your weight loss surgery journey until you do.

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    SENSATIONAL Success Strategies for 2019!

    Oh My Goodness!!! So much GOOOOD stuff in this "Happy New Year" episode! We're talking about "sabotaging" your nutrition by snacking and grazing at night, getting back on track, sticking to your plan, getting SUPER clear on your "WHY", and HOW to maintain your weight once the "honeymoon" is over! Let's get started!

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    Holiday fears? How to make your WLS plans sweet, simple & sustainable!

    In this episode, from my recent Facebook LIVE, we're talking about handling holiday fears, WHY some WLS friends told me they weren’t ready for accountability, HOW to keep your WLS holiday plans sweet, simple & sustainable...AND what I think about the pouch reset! So let's get started!

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    Get your WLS "mojo" back with a BLAST from the PAST!

    Remember those early days after surgery when you weren't having thoughts like..."I’ve gained 35 pounds and I feel like my tool isn’t working anymore! I’m stuck because I struggle with motivation! I'm just trying to get my head back in the game! I've regained 35 pounds and I'm fighting to get it back off!" No, you weren't thinking those thoughts then - because those were the days of confidence, empowerment, control, excitement, and anticipation! But NEVER FEAR! Because we're going to take a step back in time and find your missing weight loss surgery MOJO! Come on...it's time to go!

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    Sweetheart, STOP doing that...if you want to achieve your goals!

    Today we're talking about OBVIOUS changes you can make in your life - so you can achieve your goals! Sounds great, right? But the only problem is, these changes aren't OBVIOUS to you. You can't see your way through a problem. You've pretty much given up on trying to make a situation...better. But YOU KNOW I'm not going to leave you hanging there! So let's get started!

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    When lizards, squirrels & bees get in the way of your GOALS...do this!!

    In this episode, we’re talking about life - what to do when those metaphorical or REAL lizards, squirrels, and bees show up and get in the way of you achieving your goals + TWO proven ways to help your follow-through be way easier and less stressful! So let’s get started!

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    HOW to Avoid the Brick Wall of OVERWHELM!

    Okay, you know you want to improve something in your life, AND you're ready to make the necessary changes to get there. AWESOME! So you make a big list of goals and you set out to do them all. But what happens within a few days, or at the most - a few weeks? You hit the BRICK WALL of OVERWHELM. You took on too much, too fast, and probably without enough information to create an effective plan. And once again, you're left feeling like you failed. NO more of that. There's a better way. Let's get started!

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    Become the EXPERT on YOU...and turn your hopes into reality!

    It can be hard to trust yourself after spending years struggling - wondering, “How the heck did I end up here?” Whether that means years living with obesity, or too much time spent in a relationship you knew wasn’t working, or a decade in a job that was wearing you out and going nowhere. But I'm going to show you HOW to find the evidence from your own life that proves you are the EXPERT on YOU, so you can turn your hopes and wishes...into your reality!

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    Cindy's getting REAL honest with herself after gaining 30 pounds in 7 months...how about you?

    Daily trips to Starbucks, butter on your vegetables, or extra big handfuls of almonds can all contribute to putting on 30 pounds in 7 months. But what about when your spouse loses their job and you're worried about the future? When there's a family crisis and you can't sleep at night? Gaining weight after bariatric surgery IS NOT a simple equation of "too much food and not enough exercise", it's just not. Today, we're getting REAL...real honest.

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    How to stop your "sleepy thinking" from holding you back...so you can live your best life!

    Not too long ago, you decided you were unwilling to settle for a life of obesity...and you chose to have weight loss surgery. There were a lot of bold moves you had to make before you could have surgery, so many courageous actions. You did it because you believed in a healthier, happier life for yourself.

    But now, there are things in your life that need attention, that need improvement, but you're telling yourself, "There's nothing I can do...it's just the way it is...it'll never change." WHAT?

    It's time to talk about your "sleepy thinking" AND what you can do about it THIS WEEK so you CAN live your best life!

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    The RISK you can't afford to take after weight loss surgery.

    You CANNOT afford to take this RISK after weight loss surgery! I'm on my soapbox today with this one - and bariatric surgery outcome studies support me! Do you REALLY want to live your healthiest and happiest life? I know you do - that's WHY you had weight loss surgery...to live your best life to the fullest! So let's get started!

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    Getting comfortable with your WLS groove!

    Instead of "back on track" when you're stuck at a plateau, trying to deal with regain, or worried you'll NEVER reach your healthy weight...how about finding your weight loss surgery groove! Sounds better, even feels better just thinking about it, right? I'm discovering my own groove right now, not only with my weight loss surgery - but ALSO with my new life as a.....

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    Has losing weight become your "project"? Episode #5 "Bumps in the road" after WLS series!

    What happens when the process of losing weight becomes the PROJECT you've spent YEARS and YEARS focusing on? Is it hard to let that PROJECT go? Could THIS be one of the puzzle-piece reasons for your WLS regain or plateau? How attached are YOU to your WEIGHT LOSS PROJECT? I may just blow your mind with this one - and I'm sharing two of my own experiences with this BUMP in my weight loss road!

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    You're on the ELLEN show! Episode #4 "Bumps in the road" after WLS series!

    Today YOU are a guest on the ELLEN show! Amazing, right?!? I'm walking you through a powerful visualization exercise for INTRINSIC MOTIVATION! The "Bumps in the road" series is about HOW to deal with those things that come up during your weight loss surgery journey, that get in the way of you taking the very best care of yourself.

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    How to handle WLS summer struggles!

    OH this episode is sooooo good! We're talking about the things that get in the way of your "best-laid" summer plans...and I've got so much good stuff to share with you!

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    We NEED to talk about THIS after WLS.

    The bariatric surgery community isn't talking about this nearly enough, if at all. MENTAL HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT bariatric surgery guideline. And I'm talking about this today in the wake of the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, followed in the last week by my two very close friends each losing a family member to suicide.

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    "Bumps in the road" after WLS: Episode #3. When to piddle-paddle.

    The "Bumps in the road" series is about HOW to deal with those things that come up during your weight loss surgery journey, that get in the way of you taking the very best care of yourself. Today we're talking about being willing to dig deeper, ask questions, and discover what's REALLY behind the blocks that you say - are keeping you from achieving your health goals.

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    "Bumps in the road" after WLS: Episode #2. The stories you tell yourself.

    The "Bumps in the road" series is about HOW to deal with those things that come up during your weight loss surgery journey, that get in the way of you taking the very best care of yourself. Today we're talking about the uncomfortable stories you tell yourself and what you can do about them, so they don't block you from living your healthiest and happiest life with weight loss surgery.

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    "Bumps in the road" after WLS: Episode #1. All or Nothing Thinking.

    Are you ALL IN, but then when circumstances don’t work out in your favor - you’re ALL OUT? This kind of thinking and the actions or in-actions that follow can dramatically interfere with your ability to get the weight loss surgery results you want.

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    Day 7 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 7 of the WLS Master Challenge! Today our focus is MENTAL HEALTH, I believe the most important of ALL the fundamental bariatric surgery guidelines.

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    Day 6 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 6 of the WLS Master Challenge! Today our bariatric surgery focus is NUTRITION, and our Fresh Start focus is CREATIVITY.

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    Day 5 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 5 of the WLS Master Challenge! Today our bariatric surgery focus is FITNESS, and our Fresh Start focus is SELF-COMPASSION.

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    Day 4 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 4 of the WLS Master Challenge! Today our bariatric surgery focus is SLEEP, and our Fresh Start focus is CALM & STILLNESS.

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    Day 3 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 3 of the WLS Master Challenge! Today our bariatric surgery focus is MEDICAL FOLLOW-UP, and our Fresh Start focus is MAKING YOURSELF A PRIORITY & SETTING BOUNDARIES.

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    Day 2 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to Day 2 of the Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge! Today's bariatric surgery guideline focus: VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS. The fresh start focus is GRATITUDE & JOY! Let's get started!

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    Day 1 - Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge

    Welcome to day 1 of the Fresh Start WLS Master Challenge! Today's bariatric surgery guideline focus is HYDRATION, and the fresh start focus is PLAY! Let's get started!

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    Get more time for yourself with 3 simple steps.

    You need more time to take the very best care of yourself and do the things you've always wanted to! Learn how to get more time by making your to-do-list shorter, manageable, and even a little more fun!

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    You NEED a Weight Loss Surgery Backup Plan!

    Once you have weight loss surgery, you've taken an oath to never "wing-it" with your health...ever again. LIFE happens. You need a Backup Plan! Track includes link to awesome FREE GIFT to help you create your own Backup Plan!

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