What a Difference a Year Makes

Terri’s View: My birthday just passed this week it made me reminisce of my birthday last year. The day before my birthday last year was our taping of The Dr. Oz Show. The whole experience was amazing and one I will never forget. I still have it on my DVR and have it in my computer, but have yet to make a DVD copy for myself as of yet (but that is another story.)

Terri’s View: My birthday just passed this week it made me reminisce of my birthday last year. The day before my birthday last year was our taping of The Dr. Oz Show. The whole experience was amazing and one I will never forget. I still have it on my DVR and have it in my computer, but have yet to make a DVD copy for myself as of yet (but that is another story.)

The night before the taping Ed and I saw a Broadway show, enjoyed a wonderful dinner and went to Rockefeller Center to enjoy the amazing tree. Being a native New Yorker, we sometimes take these things for granted and don’t always get to appreciate what is right in our own backyard. I live on Long Island and coming to the “city” to Manhattan would not be something I would normally choose to do. But being child-free, having a wonderful date night then appearing on a national TV show with the nation’s favorite doctor was just an amazing experience.


To top it all off we saw Bon Jovi and Richie Sambaura in the hallway as they were rehearsing for the taping of another show in the building – how cool was that!? I mean, I love you Dr.Oz, but come on – Bon Jovi! The whole experience is one I will cherish for a lifetime. Then I was asked to be a Wellness Warriors and here I am a year later still getting to contribute to the DoctorOz.com and hopefully reaching out to others who have the same struggles; it's an honor.

If you have been reading our blogs then you know it has been a very rough year for us. Ed was unemployed for almost 6 months and a recent passing of a good friend has definitely made us look ahead to better things in the New Year. But unlike my husband who is still within a few pounds of his weight during our Oz segment, I am up way too much more than I would care to admit. I am an emotional and stress-eater and have been struggling to get back to where I need to be.

Last year at this time I still wanted to lose about another 15 pounds. Now I wish I was at that point again. Don’t get me wrong, I have not thrown my new lifestyle out the window. Heck, No! It has been a challenge for me lately to get to the gym, as I am now working a seasonal night shift till about 12 a.m. and was still doing some office work with a friend some mornings. I am eating healthy most of the time but have gained some weight due to overindulgences on weekends and not being as strict as I should be.

Unlike my husband (and most men) I can gain major pounds just over a weekend of overdoing and it will take a month to recoup. Ed will indulge, then hit the gym and in 2 days, the weight is gone. Either way, I am not happy with where I am and am watching through the holidays. Come January, will get back into the zone. I know I have worked too hard and come too far to let the trend continue. A year has passed and I am grateful for all the wonderful things in life that I have to celebrate, although this is a year I am happy to see go. I will even be happier when I see my extra weight go too!

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It's more complex than too many calories and not enough physical activity.

The American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease in 2013. But in the past 13 years, there's not been much of a shift in the understanding of what causes obesity — not in the general public, in people who contend with the condition or in the practice of medicine. Most people still think of obesity as a character flaw caused by too many calories and not enough physical activity. But it's much more complex than that.

A study analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that even though US adults' BMI increased between 1988 and 2006, the amount of calories adults consumed and the energy they expended were unchanged. It also appears that the quality of calories consumed (low versus high glycemic index) is as important a consideration as the total quantity. And genetics only explains about 2.7% variation in people's weight, according to a study in Nature. That all adds up to this: The two most common explanations for obesity — calories in, calories out and family history — cannot, by themselves, explain the current epidemic.

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