Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is the author of the book Food, Sweat, & Fears about losing 250lbs with RNY Gastric Bypass and a lot of faith going on to live her dream of running the NYC Marathon. She’s a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff. They filled their empty nest from their combined family of six adult children with two very tiny, adorable Chihuahuas named Sid Vicious and Starling Estrella Betances.

She was a featured speaker at TEDxNewport in March of 2018, sharing her moving talk: These (Jiggly) Arms -Self Value and Life-Saving Weight Loss to a sold-out crowd in Newport, Rhode Island.

Knowing how difficult weight loss and long-term weight loss success can be, Regina shares her experiences on her blog and Facebook page Navigating Weight Loss. These peer to peer relationships are critical especially when so many people still don’t have a thorough understanding of weight loss surgery.

She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. After completing her marathon goal, she went on get certified to teach drum fitness class POUND and POUND Unplugged, as well as earning her Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate. 

TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell.


FOOD, SWEAT, & FEARS

Thirty years of failed diets, quick fixes, and disappointment was changed by RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery and a significant change in perspective. Here’s a collection of stories about how one woman went from super morbidly obese to marathon finisher one blessing at a time.

TEDxNewport – March 2018

The absolute 
realization
of a  dream 

Regina Bartlett always considered her body like it was a punishment. A terrifying experience being stuck underwater in a river as a girl left her fearful, searching for control over her young life. Her fear led to an eating disorder. “I ended up finding this incredible feeling of safety and comfort with food,” she says. At over 400 pounds, Regina lived as Super Morbidly Obese for 30 years.

Regina is an author and speaker who uses her story to help people navigate the river of behavioral and surgical options for medical weight loss. “People have a lot of disparaging things to say about weight loss surgery, but I saw that this could be a lifesaving medical treatment,” says Regina. The first life she saved was her own. In 2016, Regina completed the New York City Marathon in the same body that raised a family and now helps others struggling to reclaim their lives.

MUSINGS FROM THE JOURNEY

Last weekend we sang a new worship song, Burn […]
The other day an Instagram friend posted this quote: […]
I started to write a blog the other day […]
Suffering is universal. We all suffer. In our own ways and with own inner demons we battle things that can seemingly destroy us. I think every person on earth has an event in their life - at least one - that they can look back and wonder how they survived it. I had a moment to look again at suffering and the human condition this weekend.I served on a panel at Westerly Library this past weekend with other local authors and a local author who owns a publishing house. This event was for the main benefit of the writing group that meets on Saturday mornings at the library. The group wanted to speak with local authors who published their work and were willing to answer questions about their writing process and the road to publishing. It was an honor to be included with other writers and I learned just as much as I shared. It was a great event.How does this relate to suffering?Ahead of the session the event organizer sent the panelists a list of questions submitted by the writers and asking us to answer one that they'd feature in Facebook posts announcing the event. One question really stood out And I had to answer it:Q: How do you deal with negative self talk? Or the thought that 'I don't need to write that' or 'nobody wants to read about that'?
I discovered this foundation on Facebook and was intrigued. […]
When I look back on my life I see […]
I sat on a panel of entrepreneurs of my high school alma mater a couple of weeks ago as part of their career day. It was nice to be there and see how the school has changed and progressed in the past (nearly) 30 years. The panelists were all running different businesses from a social impact retail store and luxury handbags to a local performance and coffee shop and a brand new distillery. Everyone had something incredible to bring to the table. When I speak with students it's almost like I can see the pressure emanating from their pores! The pressure to do well academically, athletically, socially, and everything in between! We had pressures too but what we didn't have in the late 80s was information coming at us from every corner of the world nestled in the palm our hands! Look like this! Act like that! This will make you feel better!
I first walked into East Coast Karate two years […]
When I go to a place for the first […]
I had an opportunity today that was different than […]
I saw a quote the other day that I […]
Thank you 2018. What a whirlwind year! Goals achieved, […]
I’m definitely a perfectionist. I like things done. Right. […]
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to have a booth […]
I’ve heard a particular statement repeatedly since I started […]
Here’s a quick recipe I threw together tonight in […]
The first time I heard of the Ironman Triathlon […]
This is a Flashback post that was originally written […]
Five years ago Jeff and I bought new furniture […]
This is a Flashback Blog Post! Originally written on […]
Trust. It’s one phenomenon that takes so much time […]
What a blessing and a privilege to speak at […]
Many people say the same thing when they see […]
Sometimes there’s something powerful when you see your behavior […]
FLASHBACK POST: I’ve blogged for over 15 years on […]
Remember the old joke about a man lost in […]
There are certain species of fish that are rumored […]
If there’s one thing that’s universal it’s struggle. We […]
I’ve blogged for over a decade on various platforms […]
When I offered my new book for pre-sale to […]
It’s January and Food, Sweat, & Fears  is finalizing […]
So excited to share that my book Food, Sweat […]
Before I begin, I just want to explain why […]
I came across an article on the internet listing […]
Men have a distinct fashion advantage when it comes […]
This is a video from a Toastmasters meeting that […]
Everyone experiences anxiety in different ways. I find I […]
It was 4:30 in the morning and I was […]
The day I wrote my last post I had to immediately "put my money where my mouth is!" I pressed the send button waxing poetic about finally feeling comfortable in discomfort and was greeted by the opportunity to put that to the test at the door of the dojo!

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    Workshops

    These interactive workshops can be delivered in person and many have a deep dive video series for a more in depth experience. 

    Writing Through Trauma: Tips for Post Traumatic Growth

    Well Within Reach: Breaking Free From Guilt & Shame

    Sharing Your Ugly: Creating a Culture of Vulnerability in Women’s Groups

    Dimensional Wellness: Tracking the 8 Points to Success

    Writing Through Trauma:
    Tips for Post Traumatic Growth

    Duration – 2.5 hours 

    Pain. Anxiety. Fear. Depression. What if the source of your greatest struggle became the key to your freedom? This workshop will show you steps to take to look inward – in your own time – and discover how to use writing as a healing place and channel past pain points to forge a path for growth. Prompts will gently guide you to excavate your past, and provide the tools to craft your story into something meaningful for others to read.

    2 Worksheets During Lecture

    5 Take Home Worksheets


    Duration: Lecture 2.5 hours
    Intermission: 30 minutes
    Interactive Session – 2 hours

    Pain. Anxiety. Fear. Depression. What if the source of your greatest struggle became the key to your freedom? This workshop will show you steps to take to look inward – in your own time – and discover how to use writing as a healing place and channel past pain points to forge a path for growth. Prompts will gently guide you to excavate your past, and provide the tools to craft your story into something meaningful for others to read.

    After a brief intermission we will work on a series of exercises in a group and individually to help start building the bridge of writing through our traumas. 

    8 Worksheets for Interactive Session

    Self Paced Video Series

    Pain. Anxiety. Fear. Depression. What if the source of your greatest struggle became the key to your freedom? This workshop will show you steps to take to look inward – in your own time – and discover how to use writing as a healing place and channel past pain points to forge a path for growth. Prompts will gently guide you to excavate your past, and provide the tools to craft your story into something meaningful for others to read.

    This class is a self paced video series that allows a person to have a unique and individual experience with writing through trauma. For the serious writer or person serious about moving forward with their writing. 

    10 Videos

    15 Worksheets

    2 One on One sessions with Regina Bartlett

    COMING SOON!

    Well Within Reach:
    Breaking Free From Guilt & Shame

    Duration: 2 hours

    Guilt and shame are both powerful emotions. They are often used similarly but are quite different. This seminar will show the difference between guilt and shame and use two very familiar stories of women in the bible to show how God can make breaking the chains of guilt and shame Well Within Reach.

    Self Paced Video Series & Bible Study

    Guilt and shame are both powerful emotions. They are often used similarly but are quite different. This seminar will show the difference between guilt and shame and use two very familiar stories of women in the bible to show how God can make breaking the chains of guilt and shame Well Within Reach.

    7 Videos

    5 Worksheets

    1 One on One Session with Regina Bartlett

    COMING SOON

    Sharing Your Ugly:
    Creating a Culture of Vulnerability

    Duration: Lecture 2 hours
    Intermission: 30 minutes
    Interactive Session: 2 hours

    Have you ever wanted to share something vulnerable and thought twice about it for fear of judgement or just exposure? Do you feel that you can’t be open in your women’s group? Church should be the safest place for women of Christ to come together and share. We heal, learn, and grow when we unburden ourselves from guilt and shame? How do we create a culture of vulnerability and openness in our women’s groups? 

    In this interactive series we’ll tackle the 8 critical items necessary to create and sustain a culture of vulnerability and explore where we see these items in action in the Bible. 

    Self Paced Video Series & Bible Study

    Have you ever wanted to share something vulnerable and thought twice about it for fear of judgement or just exposure? Do you feel that you can’t be open in your women’s group? Church should be the safest place for women of Christ to come together and share. We heal, learn, and grow when we unburden ourselves from guilt and shame? How do we create a culture of vulnerability and openness in our women’s groups? 

    In this interactive series we’ll tackle the 8 critical items necessary to create and sustain a culture of vulnerability and explore where we see these items in action in the Bible. 

    14 Videos

    10 Worksheets

    2 One on One Sessions with Regina Bartlett

    COMING SOON


    Dimensional Wellness:
    Tracking the 8 Points to Success

    Duration: Lecture 2 hours
    Intermission: 30 Minutes
    Interactive Session: 2 hours

    When people think of health or wellness they tend to think of only physical health. What is your weight? Your cholesterol? Do you walk enough?

    Overall wellness goes beyond just the physical metrics of health and if we limit our efforts to improving just that one aspect we often come up short and not understand why.

    Taking a look at the 8 Dimensions of Wellness using scripture as a guide will allow you to see your true overall wellness and provide insight on what areas in particular you can improve. We will talk about all 8 dimensions and ways to improve your overall wellness.

    Self Paced Video Series

    When people think of health or wellness they tend to think of only physical health. What is your weight? Your cholesterol? Do you walk enough?

    Overall wellness goes beyond just the physical metrics of health and if we limit our efforts to improving just that one aspect we often come up short and not understand why.

    Taking a look at the 8 Dimensions of Wellness using scripture as a guide will allow you to see your true overall wellness and provide insight on what areas in particular you can improve. We will talk about all 8 dimensions and ways to improve your overall wellness.

    12 Videos

    9 Worksheets

    1 Tracking PDF

    COMING SOON


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