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Issue # 16
From the Desk of Barbara Thompson
Author of "Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin Person
Hiding Inside You"
** In This Issue **
* Some Thoughts on "Image"
* Recipe: Layered Salsa
* Research Article: Leptin
* Spreading the Word in New Jersey and Virginia
* Book Excerpts: Body Image and Shopping for Clothes
* Success Story: Susie Meriwether
* Poetry Corner: As We Begin by Kellie Ricker
Does anyone else love that Staples commercial on TV in which
the father is wearing shorts and goofy white socks and rides
around Staples in a shopping cart while in the background music
plays "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?" He is
celebrating that his children are going back to school soon. Every
August the networks pull that out and every year it makes me
laugh. I hate to see summer winding down, but I sure love that
In this newsletter edition, I want to address the issues of
external image and internal self-image. Every day I get email from
people at various points in their weight loss journey. Two common
issues I can sense in many of them is how they deal with their
external appearance both pre-op and post-op, and how they are
trying to conquer a negative self-image that has been with them
most of their lives. If this edition of the newsletter can cause
just one person to realize a better appreciation of the person
they are, both externally and internally, my efforts will be a
I wish you well.
** Some Thoughts on "Image" by Barbara Thompson **
I love big hair - the bigger the better. In fact, one of my
most prized possessions is my hot rollers. That's my secret to big
hair! When I travel, I even carry my hot rollers separately with
me on the airplane. What if they were lost in my checked baggage?
I have visions of arriving in the city where I am speaking,
standing at the baggage carousel watching it go round and round as
all of the passengers hoist off their suitcases (to the delight of
the chiropractic community). My fellow passengers depart one by
one. The carousel stops, empty, and I am left all alone. And the
thought hits me. Ahhhhhh!!!! My hot rollers are gone!
For the rest of this article, Click
** Recipes **
~ 1 brick light cream cheese softened
~ 1 cup of light sour cream
~ 1 cup of low fat mayo
~ 3/4 large jar of medium salsa (mild or hot if preferred)
~ 3 green onions diced
~ 1/2 sweet red pepper diced
~ 1/2 green pepper diced
~ 1 large tomato diced
~ 2 cups of grated low fat cheddar cheese
1) In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream & mayo
2) In a shallow dish, spread the mixture over the bottom evenly
and place in the refrigerator to set for about 1/2 hour.
3) After it is set, pour the salsa over top evenly.
4) After the salsa, spread the remaining ingredients one at a
time over top, making sure the cheese is the last ingredient to go
on, completely covering each layer as you go.
5) Refrigerate until ready to serve.
6) Serve with baked nacho chips or pita wedges.
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future
issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at Barbara@wlscenter.com.
** New Research Article **
Could Leptin Be the Cause of Yo-Yo Dieting???
Why is it that we diet and lose weight, but then gain it back
plus additional weight? Could the answer be in the hormone Leptin?
With a 61% increase in the incidence of obesity in the United
States during the 1990's, the medical community is desperate to
find a cure for this serious condition. A clue may be in the
Leptin, first discovered in 1994, is produced by fat cells. It
enters the blood stream where it sends signals to the hypothalamus
part of the brain suppressing our appetite. Leptin also causes an
increase in physical activity and a loss of fat. Sounds like the
perfect formula for weight loss. However, researchers have found
that after losing weight, the level of Leptin in dieters drops,
leading to an increase in hunger along with a slower metabolism.
And the pounds return leading to the yo-yo dieting cycle.
For more information on Leptin, Click
** Spreading the Word in New Jersey and Virginia**
On Thursday September 5th, I will be speaking for the practice
of Dr. Valeriu Andrei of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in
New Brunswick, NJ. For details, click here. http://www.wlscenter.com/calendar/wc09052002.htm
And on Tuesday September 17th, I will be speaking for Dr. Eric
DeMaria of the University of Virginia, Richmond, VA. For
If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by!!! I would love
to meet you.
** Book Excerpt **
We all have a sense of our bodies and how we relate to
others and our environment. But when our bodies go through such a
rapid and drastic change, we tend to lose a sense of ourselves and
can actually undergo an identity crisis. Patients report that when
they pass someone, they still give people a wide berth as if their
bodies are still the same large size. They tend to go through a
turnstile sideways even though it is no longer necessary. And
catching their reflection in a glass can be very disconcerting.
They don't recognize themselves. It is like they are walking
around in someone else's body. It takes some getting used to.
Shopping For Clothes
Shopping for new clothes can be equally disturbing. We
have been waiting for so long to fit into these new slim clothes
and we don't know where to go to get them. We are accustomed to
going to Lane Bryant or another "plus-size" store and
picking out what fits and not really thinking about it. Now you
can walk in and out of stores and be so frustrated trying to find
just where you "fit in." In what department in what
store do you shop? You have to decide what brands you now like,
and what is "you." You have to establish a new identity.
It can be fun trying on those clothes that you just can't believe
fit you now. And it can be a bit scary. But you do find your way,
and eventually shopping will be enjoyable as you find yourself
sobbing with joy in the dressing room, when you slip on a size you
haven't worn in years. You just need to give yourself time.
It is a great feeling when you walk into a regular size store,
and realize that the saleslady knows, from the beginning, that you
are shopping for yourself and not for some slim friend or
relative. You actually belong in that store because you need slim
clothes for yourself.
This is an excerpt from "Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the
Thin Person Hiding Inside You" by Barbara Thompson. This is a
book that is a "must have" for any patient going through
this surgery. Click Here
for order information
*** Poetry Corner ***
I have written this short poem that just touches the tip of the
iceberg for what we deal with. I hope you enjoy it and will put it
on your website. Have a beautiful day and God bless.
As We Begin
I live inside this outer shell, inside living a life of hell
Strangers words & ugly stares, makes me believe no one cares
In a world filled with pain & terror, what is reflected in my
Who is that? Where am I? Things are bad, I want to cry.
The answer is near, problem solved. Now watch me as I evolve.
From caterpillar to butterfly, now the world just dances by
No painful words or shameful tears, I've added to life better