EP38: A Dive Master’s Journey To Finding Her True Self

A Dive Master's Journey
To Finding Her True Self

Back in 2011, Heidi Stepanoff had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure, a decision that was not taken lightly for someone who always took a more natural approach to things. Luckily for Heidi, she shared a gym with her General Practitioner who noticed her weight gain and ongoing struggles to lose it. After trying every diet and pill known to man, Heidi finally had the courage to see her doctor and seek advice and with the positive support she received, Heidi went to an information night hosted by WeightLoss Solutions Australia where she learned about the surgical options for weight loss and realised it was just another tool to help achieve her goals.

Twenty years later, Heidi has found her true self. Now living life to the fullest with more energy, being an active mother to her two children and setting a healthy example, a strong working single mum and becoming the successful Dive Master she is today. This episode is an eye-opener into the life of someone who was never living their truth, one that was held back by excess weight. Heidi’s journey is just beginning, she plans to continue writing fiction with the hopes to one day be able to take it to publication.


Show notes:

01:02: Heidi Stepanoff’s life-changing decision for weight loss surgery in 2011

After trying every magic cure possible, Heidi shares the encouraging moment with her GP, opening her to the surgical solution that she needed.


04:22 – Post-bariatric surgery transformation: becoming more authentic and a better mum.

Heidi describes the quick changes in her energy and her quality of life. She shares how every aspect of her life becomes much more meaningful when confidently and actively showing up for herself and her kids.


13:31 – Diving ocean deep into a WeightLoss Warrior’s life passions.

Now a divemaster, Heidi expresses the fulfilment she can now experience connecting with the ocean again. Once self-conscious about how she looked and felt in swimsuits, she now leads others to the dive site in her wetsuit and does not think twice about it.


20:14 – The changing relationship dynamics following her evolution towards her true self.

Heidi shares how her relationships change over time as she starts to live the life that she is being true to herself more. Being confident in her skin allows her to make decisions in her best interests.


24:01 – No downsides for Heidi Stepanoff post weight loss surgery

Besides being more mindful of her habits and adjusting to a healthier lifestyle, Heidi was lucky enough not to have any usual post-surgery concerns.


26:52 – What wellness means to Heidi Stepanoff.

For Heidi, Wellness is very much the feeling of being healthy and active. And the ability to live an active life and feel good and confident, that’s wellness to her.

EP35: Not All Balloons Are Created Equal, Says Bariatric Nurse Casey Quinn.

Not All Balloons
Are Created Equal, Says
Bariatric Nurse Casey Quinn.

In this digital age, there is an abundance of resources and options when it comes to weight loss and treating obesity. WeightLoss Solutions Australia’s bariatric nurse Casey Quinn breaks down the surgical and non-surgical options available for lasting and sustainable results. Casey shares her love of a patient’s transformation and the importance of a long term bariatric intervention as a proven successful lifestyle modification.

Casey prides herself on helping patients choose the right solution to achieve their weight loss goals by connecting emotionally with people so they feel understood, valued and supported, then evaluating the way they behave so she can suggest the best procedure accordingly.

In this episode, Casey explains the various intra-gastric balloons currently on the market because not all balloons are created equal. There are so many different procedures now ranging from Orbera to Spatz and the new and exciting Elipse Balloon which is a real game changer in the field of bariatrics this year. Casey describes this new approach to weight loss in an honest and easy manner, to help us better understand the opportunity to create a healthier life through the revolutionary Elipse Balloon Program.

If sustainable weight loss is your next journey, visit www.wlsa.com.au/procedures/elipse-balloon/ to find out more.


Show Notes:

01:12 – The privilege of working with a bariatric patient population

As a bariatric nurse, Casey loves witnessing amazing outcomes, seeing her patients’ lives transformed for the better. It is a privilege to be a part of their journey and connect with them on all levels.

03:58 – The Orbera balloon weight loss procedure

Casey explains the long-standing procedure, Orbera balloon, on offer at Weightloss Solution Australia since 2007. This device serves those looking to lose more weight as they can choose to have the ballon in for as long as 12 months.

7:09 – The flexible Spatz balloon for weight management

Adjustable balloon, Spatz device is another alternative Casey would suggest to patients for volume flexibility.

08:41 – Realism, commitment and support for sustainable weight loss

Nurse Casey would look at the patient’s behaviour and history to identify the right solution for them. Casey stresses the importance of being realistic while being committed to the process, which there will be supports from the team along the way to help patients achieve sustainable outcomes.

14:29 – The game-changer in bariatrics – Elipse balloon

The newest technology for bariatric patients is introduced. Felicity and Casey discuss the advantages of the Elipse balloon as there’s no endoscopy and no anesthetic involved in the procedure.

21:56 – Dietitians and psychologists are critical throughout the weight loss journey

The dietitians and psychologists at Weightloss Solution Australia work closely with the patients, even through Telehealth. Felicity and Casey believe the patients must have correct guidance to achieve a sustainable diet. Casey shares that the psychologists at the clinic are specialised in weight and body image and issues around food, assisting patients in making progress emotionally.

24:50 – The right weight loss intervention for the right circumstances

At WLSA, the team ensures that the patients are well-informed about the procedures available and the right intervention for their circumstances.

31:01 – Is Medical weight loss an alternative solution or combination of therapy?

Casey explains the pharmacological treatment that patients can choose to include with other procedures along the process.

33:06 – Achieving flow state in career and life

As a mum, making time for herself can be difficult. However, having a career that fulfils and energises her every day has helped her. Casey focuses on being healthy and authentic for things to flow in her life.

35:36 – What does wellness means to Casey Quinn?

To Casey, wellness means feeling excited about life, starting the day feeling excited, just feeling open to everything coming your way. And you can only feel that way if you’re not in pain if you’re not thinking about your body, you know, like if you just kind of fresh moving forward. So when her body is a healthy vessel, she can do that. And when it’s not, she notices the difference.

EP33: Juggling Life as a Breakfast Radio Presenter and Mum of Two

Juggling Life As A
Breakfast Radio Presenter
and Mum of Two

Olivia Scott is a well known morning radio presenter at Hot Tomato, a radio station on the Gold Coast, Australia. In this open and honest interview, Olivia shares how she doesn’t hold back on life being a mother of two as well as a morning radio presenter. We delve into how her career started, her history of travelling and working in regional areas, then starting a family and making her way back to living on the beautiful Gold Coast.

We all love radio as it’s instant coverage from headline news to celebrity gossips, which makes for a great medium. Olivia shares how she stay connected with the community through events and fundraising but most importantly how she manages a healthy work life balance during a pandemic and Queensland lockdowns.

Tune in to Olivia Scott on Hot Tomato 102.9fm between 9am to 12pm.


Show Notes:

01:06 – Tell me all about what was it that first took you into radio?

Olivia had close connections and involvement within the radio station community from a very young age, which sparked her keen interest in joining the industry. Her profession took her around the Australian regions before she would be where she is today.


05:19 – Do you find that you need to change your approach in terms of where you’ve lived and worked in the different regional radio stations?

As a communicator, Olivia finds it exciting to get to know people from different places and learn to be relatable to them.


12:18 – How have you coped with juggling a life of being a radio career person and managing, raising two children, a home, a family, a husband, how’s that juggle looked for you?

For Olivia personally, she has been handling it quite well. Through flexibility at work and her support system at home, have helped her navigate through her busy schedule.


17:35 – So tell me a little bit about your health and wellbeing and your own personal philosophy on wellness. And what do you do to look after yourself?

Olivia shares her experience trying to quit smoking for a very long time and her experience in hypnotising with Felicity and Dr Drew had changed her life. One of the main reasons for her to quit was for her kids.


21:36 – So tell me about your approach to wellness and what does it mean to you and what do you do on a daily basis?

Olivia aims to have an active lifestyle as well as having a balanced diet that still allows her to enjoy everything else in life.


23:09 – What’s next for you? What are you most looking forward to over the next five years? What’s your plan?

Olivia loves to travel. She would love to travel overseas more in the future but now to keep rediscovering Queensland and places in Australia.


25:12 – Working 6 days a week is a lot. What’s your favourite thing to do on that one day a week that you don’t work?

Having quality time with family is important for Olivia to keep her going through the long work week.


26:35 – What does wellness mean to you?

For Olivia, health and wellness is everything.

EP24: Author & Mother Kaz Dalton’s Journey of Writing Her Sell Out Book, A Boy Named Bear

In this uplifting episode with #WeightLossWarrior Kaz Dalton, we dived into the epic milestones she has achieved post-bariatric surgery, from improving her relationship with her husband, to successfully conceiving her first child and starting her own business.

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EP21: Once A Sideline Mum & Now An Active Mum, Paula Cured Plantar Fasciitis with Surgical Weight Loss

Paula Joseph underwent weight loss surgery and successfully lost a total of 47kg. In this episode, she talks about why she finally decided to have this transformative surgery and how it has impacted her life for the better. Luckily for Paula, she didn’t have any major health issues, except for Plantar Fasciitis which hasn’t flared up since she has lost the excess weight.
Mary had an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease which ultimately lead to her decision to undergo weight loss surgery with the support from a few colleagues who had embarked on the same path.

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