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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.

Issue #108

January 1, 2007

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
Itís a new year. Itís a time for renewal. Itís a time for a fresh start. Life gives us many opportunities for renewals. We can start each day fresh and new. And each new year can represent an opportunity for improvement.

For those of you who have just begun your weight loss surgery journey, I hope that 2007 will be your year. What an adventure awaits you! It is not always easy, but it is worth it.

For those of you on your way, letís succeed together. Just keep appreciating the wonderful person that you are. If you need some help, look at the very special Back on Track offer below or one of my retreats. Let me support you on your journey.

In This Issue


* Back on Track Special
* A Gift to you for the New Year
* Research Article: Study Links Cola to Bone Loss in Women
* Bye, Bye Allergies
* Recipe: Mexican Beef Bites
* Success Story: Charla Thomas 

Back on Track Special

This is a good group. This program has really helped me. Hope it does the same for you.


I sure wish I had come here when my eating started slipping. I just joined last week and already I have a ray of hope I haven't had in quite some time.


Itís January 1st and time for New Yearís resolutions.  More that 2/3rds of people make resolutions but few follow through with them.  We get caught up in life and forget what we so earnestly hoped for on New Yearís Day.

If you are more than a year post-op and your resolution has to do with weight loss, maximize your chance of success by getting support and instruction along the way through the Back on Track Program.

January, 2007 Special

As a special incentive, for the month of January, anyone who enrolls will receive the first month at 50% off!

Click here for more information and to enroll http://www.backontrackwithbarbara.com/

  What Is The Secret A Gift to you for the New Year

Visualization is a powerful tool. And staying positive is the best way to attract success into your life. I want to direct you to a very positive website that has a wonderful video

Turn your sound up and enjoy.  Allow a moment for a video to download


If you play this every day, it can have a profound effect on your life.

Research Article:
  Study Links Cola to Bone Loss in Women
We are directed after weight loss surgery to not drink carbonated beverages after surgery.  The carbonation can cause our pouches to expand and stretch. Additionally the caffeine acts as a diuretic and dehydrates us when what we want to do is to stay hydrated.

After awhile, many of us go back to drinking sugar free soda. After all, we reason, there are no calories, and if it is caffeine free, what really is the harm?

Our difficulty absorbing calcium following surgery makes us susceptible to osteoporosis. According to the article, drinking cola makes it even worse. 

Osteoporosis is very serious. Safeguard yourself by taking a good calcium supplement, one that is a calcium citrate, such as the Isotonix Calcium Plus that I take. http://www.WLScenter.com/Vitamins.htm

Safeguard your bones for a healthy life.

Bye, Bye Allergies
I am not aware of weight loss relieving allergies, but I am interested in whether there are any others who have experienced relief from allergies like Janelle describes.  If you have, please email me at Barbara@WLScenter.com and I will compile them for the next newsletter issue.

Dear Barbara,
I have a question.  I was an individual under treatment for chronic allergy problems for over 14 years.  The other day I had my annual check up with my allergist.  He told me I was a medical miracle.  Since my weight loss of 185 pounds my allergy problems have disappeared.  Have you ever heard of this happening before???  I was allergic to indoor and outdoor things like house dust and mites, ragweed as well as many other things.  My allergies are non-existent, now.  My weight loss is the only thing that has changed in the last year.

Janelle Forney

The research article below showed that many obese people are misdiagnosed as having asthma because their excess weight affects their lung functions. You can read a summary of the article here http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/briefs/allergy_asthma/hb041019c.htm

Aaron, Shawn D., M.D., M.Sc. et al. "Effect of Weight Reduction on Respiratory Function and Airway Reactivity in Obese Women." CHEST. June 2004, Vol. 125, No. 6, pp. 2046Ė2052.

Mexican Beef Bites
Thanks to David Fouts for this delicious beef recipe

Mexican Beef Bites

8 ounces beef tenderloin, cut into Ĺ ď thick cubes
2 large tomatoes
2 large jalapenos
4 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons lime juice
ľ bunch cilantro
2 small onions
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Place tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, onion, salt and cumin in a food processor and puree. Place the puree and beef cubes in a re-sealable plastic bag. Marinade the beef for at least 2 hours. Drain the marinade.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the beef cubes and sautť for about 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
203 calories; 16 grams protein

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

Success Story:
  Charla Thomas
I want to offer a special thanks to Charla Thomas. Here is her story:

Dear Barbara,

Last year around March I weighed 255 pounds, which was my all time high.  I had been told in December that I was a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery so I contacted the Duke Weight Loss Surgery Program in Durham, NC.  I went through all the pre-surgery steps and had the surgery May 31, 2005. Because it is a good idea to eat low-fat and begin to exercise prior to surgery, I weighed 236.5 on the day of surgery. I reached my goal weight of 130 pounds in July of this year. I lost 125 pounds or 1/2 of me. 

What motivates me to exercise and what motivated me to have the surgery is a chance to live a normal, healthy lifestyle and basically be given a second chance to "be good to myself.Ē  All my life I worried about pleasing everyone else, but neglected to take care of myself emotionally and physically.  I ate poorly and did not exercise.  I didnít spend quality time working on myself. 

Now that I am thin, I have the chance to not only "do it right" when it comes to my health, but to share my newfound enthusiasm with others for a "whole self" approach to fitness and health. 

My current weight is stable at around 128 pounds and I run or walk 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I recently completed my first 5K race, the Women's Distance in Cary, NC on September 30, 2006 and was very pleased with my time of 32:52 minutes.  I have accomplished all this in under 2 years. 

I am amazed at how my whole life has changed. I am more social and outgoing. I am no longer afraid to wear bright colors and to dress up and feel good about how I look. I volunteer at my daughter's school to teach kids fitness and good eating habits and most importantly, I take time for me.  I get massages every month, attend support group meetings, get my hair colored at a salon and sometimes my toenails painted.  I feel great about myself.  I never want to feel like I felt about myself when I weighed 255 pounds again.  That's what keeps me motivated to exercise. And I even like it now!!! 


Charla Thomas 

For those who want to read my "whole" story click here for my Blog:

Congratulations Charla
  I Love Good News
If you have a success story to share along with before and after pictures, please send it to me at Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in a future issue.

Attention Nurses

If you are a nurse and would like for me to speak on positive patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, or obesity sensitivity for your State Nurses Association, please have the conference planner for your State Association contact me. I have a corporate sponsor who will pay my fee and expenses so it is free for your Association. I also speak for many hospitals on the same topics. 

Contact me at Barbara@WLScenter.com or 412-851-4195.

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