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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
It’s that time of year when you hear that door bell ring;
you open the door and scream!!! Ahhhh!!! It’s a girl scout
tempting you with Thin Mints and Samoas. And those girl scouts are
so cute and so sweet and you hate to say no. It is such a good
organization and you want to be supportive. Plus how can you say
no, when the little scout’s mother has bought so many things that
your children have sold?
If you have trouble staying away from girl
scout cookies, just remember that girl scouts will be happy to
take a donation and not give you cookies in return. Hand over a
few dollars and pass on the Do-Si-Do’s!
In This Issue
* Are You Where You Want to Be?
* Timing of Plastic Surgery
* Research Article: Is Weight Loss Surgery For You?
* Recipe: Chicken Soup with Greens and Black Beans
Success Story: The Arnett Family
Are You Where You Want to Be?
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Timing of Plastic Surgery
Questions about plastic surgery seem to
start about 1 year post-op. Here are two questions that I’m sure
many of you share.
I receive your newsletters and I enjoy them
very much. I'm 13 months out from my surgery and down 160
pounds. I have around 40-70 more pounds to lose depending on
which doctor I talk to. I would like to have
about when to have plastic surgery. How do you know? I heard
that when you have most of the weight off that you start checking into it.
I also heard that it's almost impossible to
get insurance to pay for it. We have Select
Blue. They denied my
surgery the first time and then after some work on my part about
which diets I'd tried and how long on each they approved it.
Thanks for your help on this.
You will need to lose all of your weight
first and then stabilize for about 6 months to make sure that
you are not just on a plateau. This will also allow your skin to
retract slightly. Remember that you won’t necessarily lose the
40 to 70 pounds left, but hopefully you will. You don’t want to
have plastic surgery and have your skin nice and tight, lose
additional weight and end up with sagging skin again. So be
patient until you are sure your weight is as low as it will go.
Insurance companies look at paying for
plastic surgery the same way they look at paying for weight loss
surgery. The question they ask is, “Is it medically necessary?”
If you can prove that the plastic surgery is for medical reasons
and not for cosmetic reasons, then you have a chance. Don’t go
by what other people say about insurance
companies not covering plastic surgery, because all
insurance companies and all plans are different. It just depends
upon your own plan and if you can convince them that you are
medically effected. If your excess skin has caused a rash and an
infection that must be medically treated, if you have difficulty
walking or if the sagging skin is causing you back problems and
pain, then those are issues they will consider. It is very
important to start getting your problems treated so they will be
documented in your medical records.
I did a telephone
seminar with Dr. Peter Rubin on plastic surgery. It will
answer all of your questions and answer questions you
haven’t even thought of.
are offering this audio CD for 10% off until Feb. 1st.
more information and to order your copy, go to
Dr. Phil Schauer, Cleveland Clinic
Is Weight Loss Surgery For
For those of you still considering weight
loss surgery, WebMD featured a terrific interview of my surgeon,
Dr. Phil Schauer who is now leading the Cleveland Clinic
Bariatric Center in Cleveland, OH.
Click Here to check out Dr. Schauer's website
In the article Dr. Schauer covered:
Gastric bypass, Lap Band and Duodenal Switch
How surgery effects appetite
Pouch size and overeating
Are you a candidate
Plateaus and weight regain
Risks of surgery and recovery
Future of weight loss surgery
How much can I eat? I am asked this
question often. People want to know exactly how many calories
are just right for them.
The Institute of Medicine has identified in
the chart below the approximate weight you should be according
to heights and the number of calories you should eat to maintain
5'1" to 5’4”, 98-132 pounds:
Women: 1,688-1,834 calories per day if sedentary; 2,104-2,290
Men: 1,919-2,167 calories per day if sedentary; 2,104-2,290 if
5'5" to 5’8”, up to 150 pounds
Women: 1,816-1,982 calories per day if sedentary; 2,267-2,477
Men: 2,068-2,349 calories per day if sedentary; 2,490-2,842 if
5'9" to 6’, 125-169 pounds
Women: 1,948-2,134 calories per day if sedentary; 2,434-2,670
Men: 2,222-2,538 calories per day if sedentary; 2,683-3,078 if
6'1" to 6’4”, 129-188 pounds
Women: 2,083-2,290 calories per day if sedentary; 2,605-2,869
Men: 2,382-2,736 calories per day if sedentary; 2,883-3,325 if
order to lose weight, subtract 250 calories per day from
wherever you fit in the chart above, and burn 250 calories
through a daily exercise program. That will help you to
lose about 1 pound per week.
Maureen Brady of Long Beach, NY had a
great suggestion for helping her to get motivated to exercise
that she wanted to share with everyone. She listens to Books on
Tape that she borrows from the Library.
She says, Now I can listen to books
while walking, running, lifting weights, anything at all!
The Harry Potter series is great, I've also begun to learn new
languages and I can of course listen to music as well.
Books on CD are great. Even books I have enjoyed reading,
take on a whole new enjoyment when performed for me on this
My personal recommendations are:
Diane Mott Davidson, all her books are about a caterer named
Goldie who also sleuths!
All the Harry Potter books are superbly entertaining
Robert Parker's books
Patricia Cornwall's books (Kay Scarpetta is the main character)
In New York, Nassau county's libraries are
all linked by computer so if you have a local library card like
I do for Long Beach, NY, I can use my card in any library in
Nassau County! Everyone should check what their local Library
policy is and take advantage. My local libraries are all
wonderfully stocked with audio recordings of popular authors and
they have most of the popular music artists on CD, too.
I hope this will help some of your
newsletter addicts like me. Hit the library!”
I do something similar. I subscribe to
Audible.com and for $19.95 per month I can download any 2 audio
books. I can then listen to the books on my computer or since I
have purchased the rights to them I can burn CD’s of them. But I
love Maureen’s suggestion because you can do it for free!!!
If you have any great tips for our
readers like Maureen, please email them to me at
Chicken Soup with
2 tsp. canola oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small red or green pepper, diced
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
6 cups mustard greens, lightly packed, diced*
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup (3 ounces) cooked chicken,
4 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a Dutch oven and add
the peppers and onion. Sauté about 4 minutes, or until the onion
is translucent. Stir in tomatoes and greens and cook stirring and
folding about 3 minutes or until the greens collapse and turn
Pour in the broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat and
simmer until the greens are tender, about 15 or 20 minutes. Mix in
beans and chicken. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Divide into 4 bowls. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each serving.
*If you don’t like mustard greens, you can substitute escarole
Makes 4 servings. Each serving:
149 Calories, 18 grams of Carbs, 13 grams of Protein
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 Debbie Arnett and her 2
daughters, Michelle and Brandi. Here are their stories:
The three of us girls have lost over 350 pounds.
My surgery was 11/17/03
My 21 year old daughter had hers 12/17/04
My 19 year old daughter had hers 06/01/05
We are doing great.
I remember being the fattest girl in every class at school. I was
always the last one picked on the dreaded team in physical education
class. I can remember being so mad at being picked last. And yes I
can remember the dreaded weighing in at the once a year report card
time. I still do not know why it was so important to put our weight
on the report card back then.
I reached my highest weight of 286 pounds when I was pregnant. I
never lost the weight after the first child and gained more with the
second child. I weighed 277 pounds and wore a size 30-32 when I had
my date with Dr. Babineau. Let me say that Dr. Babineau is the
I had some complications with my surgery and had to receive a
blood transfusion and stay in the hospital for 5 days, but I would
do it again in a heartbeat.
Needless to say I trust Dr. Babineau with my life and my two
daughters’ lives also.
My girls have my genes and large genes they
are. We are a success
at this point even if we lose no more weight.
I have lost 152 pounds and my daughters have lost over 125 and 88
pounds respectively. Michelle started at 282 pounds and now is in a
size 8-10. Brandi started at size 20-22 and now is in a size 8.
We are doing great. I tell everyone to make their own decision
based on what they need in their lives, not by our success. You must
make your own decision and research all you can and know the risks
It is not the easy way out. It is a life-changing event.
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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