036 Rob Portinga: The Journey from Fat Dude to Positively-Healthy Dude

by reeger on September 14, 2014


In 2008, at his heaviest, Rob Portinga weighed over 380 pounds. After years of trying various ways to lose weight on his own, he came to the decision that he needed some help. He had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in April of 2009. Since then he has lost over 150 pounds

Rob is now a Certified Holistic Health Coach, radio host, blogger, public speaker and advocate with the Obesity Action Coalition finding ways to educate, inspire and encourage others on their own road to better health.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • Rob’s childhood as “One of the bigger kids.”
  • His weight gain trajectory as a teenager and young adult.
  • Rob’s #GreatQuote that sums up yo-yo dieting: “I would lose weight, but the weight would always come back, and it would always come back with friends.”
  • Pre-surgery unhealthy weight loss as the result of situational depression.
  • The influence of an aunt who had RYGB.
  • Getting over the “guy attitude” and asking for help.
  • His struggles with diseases associated with obesity before he had surgery.
  • The pre-surgery medical weight loss process.
  • What Full feels like now compared to before surgery.
  • #GreatQuote: After bariatric surgery “I was able to shop in my closet.”
  • The experience of shopping for clothing and when it hit him how much weight he had lost.
  • BMI: What it measures and what it does NOT measure.
  • The importance of focusing on all of the Positives in your life, not the negatives.
  • What bariatric surgery does for him and what it does not do for him (Hint: it does not control what he decides to put in his mouth).
  • The 80-20 rule.
  • Physical activity: Building up and getting stronger.
  • Physical health and body image.
  • The accountability that comes with openness and honesty.
  • Weight Loss Surgery is not just about the weight! Rob, prefers to use the term bariatric surgery (SIDE NOTE from Reeger: Even though this podcast is called “Weight Loss Surgery Podcast” I totally agree with Rob, so much so that I am considering re-naming the podcast to something else. Any suggestions?)
  • Weight Bias, insensitivity, and discrimination.
  • Bariatric surgery has a role for the person with obesity as preventive (prophylactic) treatment of future diseases and early death.
  • Why does society applaud Angelena Jolie for having prophylactic mastectomy (she had a strong family history of breast cancer but did not actually have breast cancer) but criticize someone with morbid obesity who decides to have surgery as part of their medical care to prevent worsening disease, co-morbid diseases, and possibly early death?
  • Game of Thrones is a story imbued with weight bias and discrimination.
  • Why Rob started blogging.
  • Rob’s volunteerism with the Obesity Action Coalition.

Parting Messages from Rob:              

Enjoy the RIDE! Stop comparing

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Rob’s Health Coaching: Postitively-Healthy
Positively-Healthy Facebook
Email: rob@positively-healthy.com
Former Fat Dudes Blog
Former Fat Dudes Very Popular Posts: A Non-Surgical Gastric Bypass? Really? and  Why We Don’t Drink While Eating
Former Fat Dudes Facebook
Rob Portinga on Twitter
Radio Show: The Wake Up Call
Obesity Action Coalition: Join Here
OAC Advocacy Training Programs
OAC Sign the OAC’S Petition to have Fat-Shaming Apps Removed from Apps Stores
OAC Your Weight Matters Convention
OAC Inaugural Advocacy March to Washington, DC: The Virtual March


Connecting with Me:
Email: Reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
Twitter: @preegerc
Pinterest: Weight Loss Surgery Podcast
Facebook: Southern Oregon Bariatric Center

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