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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
Do you know that during the holiday season we get a double
whammy when it comes to gaining weight? First of all, we have all
of the food and festivities around us that causes us to gain
weight. And then there is the stress of the holidays – getting
everything done, spending more money than we have, and sometimes
dealing with relatives. Stress causes our coritsol levels to
increase. Cortisol is the stress hormone that when increased,
causes a rise in appetite, a lowering of
metabolism and causes us to store more fat in our mid section. So
our double whammy is food and stress. It is a difficult time, but
try your best to keep both under control.
I wish each and every one of you a wonderful
In This Issue
* Research Article: Bariatric Surgery
* Holiday Display
* Holiday Special: Last Chance
* You Know You Are a Weight Loss Surgery Patient When
* Recipe: Rich Chocolate Cheesecake
Success Story: LaQuita F Derise
the American Medical Association
Surgical Procedures Increase Substantially.
While it may seem more and more difficult to obtain insurance
coverage for bariatric surgery, the
numbers are increasing dramatically each year. According to a
study reported in the Oct. 19th, 2005 issue of the
Journal of the American Medical Association, surgeries
increased from 13,365 in 1998 to 72,177 in 2002. The article
estimates 130,000 surgeries this year and 218,000 by 2010.
For the full article,
This time of year, our local news station always runs a story
about an overly decorated house that neighbors complain about. I
love Christmas decorations, so I have never seen “too many”
Although the video clip below has
been on the internet, I think this is such a neat display and
you may have missed it. I did hear on the news that the creator
of this choreographed display has turned
it off because of traffic jams in the neighborhood. But we are
left with the display on the internet. I hope you think it as
amazing as I do.
your sound up loud and enjoy!!
Weight Loss Surgery
form a community because we have shared so many common
experiences This list was made by a group of patients who
circulated it on the internet a few years ago. I hope this puts
a smile on your face as you recognize how many of these phrases
sound like you?
You Know You Are a Weight
Loss Surgery Patient When:
- "I have a date" doesn't mean you are
- You have baby food in the house and no
- "I'm a loser" is a good thing.
- All of your silverware says "Gerber"
- "Welcome to the other side" does not
mean you have died
- New clothes fall off the next week.
- You are excited about "hand me downs"
- The scale at Wal-Mart doesn't say "one
at a time please"
- Going bald and getting wrinkles is a
- Hitting the "Century Mark" is a good
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Looking for a great dessert for the
holidays? Try this. It is good enough to serve at a party or to
take with you to a gathering. No one will ever suspect that it is
not rich and calorie laden.
1-1/4 cups graham
4 Tbl margarine, melted
3 packets of Splenda
2 packages (8 ounces each) of reduced-fat
cream cheese, softened
1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
18 packs of Splenda
2 egg whites
2 Tbl cornstarch
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/3 cup European or Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
Fresh mint sprigs, raspberries, nonfat whipped topping and orange
Mix the first set of ingredients (crumbs, margarine, and
Splenda) together and pat into the bottom and up the sides about ˝
inch of a 9-inch springform pan
In a large mixing bowl, beat the 3 packages of cream cheese and
the Splenda until fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, egg whites and
cornstarch. Mix in the sour cream, cocoa, and vanilla until well
mixed. Pour the mixture onto the crust.
Place the cheesecake in a roasting pan on top of an oven rack.
Pour into the roasting pan about 1 inch of hot water. Bake the
cheesecake in a 300° F oven for about 45 to 50 minutes or until
the cheesecake is set in the center. Remove the cheesecake from
the roasting pan and return the cheesecake to the oven. Turn off
the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the oven door
ajar for 3 hours. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Remove the
sides of the springform pan. Put on a cake plate and garnish if
Makes 16 servings.
189 calories, 8 grams of protein, 14 grams of carbs
If you have a recipe that you would like
to share in future issues of this
newsletter, please send it to me at
I want to offer a special thanks to LaQuinta
for her story. I am often asked about people having surgery who are
older than 65. I hope LaQuinta will serve as an inspiration to them.
Here is her story:
In Jan 2004, at the age of 65, I had weight
loss surgery. I am a female, 5'2" tall and pre-surgery I weighed
I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, acid reflux, and urinary incontinence. One knee was
replaced and the other was going bad. I have lumbar stenosis and my
orthopedic surgeon wanted to put metal plates and wires in my back.
I could only walk or stand 15 to 20 minutes at a time without being
in so much pain I had to sit and take the pressure off my back. I
went to a pain management specialist and had epideral steroids,
facet blocks and was taking dilaudid which didn't do a lot of good.
I was doing research on what it would take to have Medicare pay for
a scooter so I could do my own grocery shopping and get from a car
to the doctor's office for my every 3 months appointments.
I tried Weight Watcher's 3 times, Nutri-System,
Adkins, diet pills and every crazy diet out there. I must have lost
500 pounds over my lifetime, only to gain it all back plus more.
Today I weight 115 pounds. My diabetes is gone.
My high blood pressure is gone. Every health problem I had is gone.
I can now walk as much as I want to and believe me, I want to walk.
I am working out at the gym and do water aerobics 3 times a week.
Without the excess weight there isn't as much pressure on my back.
I now see the doctor only if I am sick.
Weight loss surgery not only made an
improvement in my quality of life, but it greatly extended my life.
LaQuita F Derise
Corpus Christi, TX
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story to share, or inspiration,
please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can
include it in future issues.
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