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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
In the last issue of the newsletter I mentioned that I was
considering conducting a series of retreats. I then sent out a
survey to get your feedback. I was not prepared for the
tremendous response that I received. Wow!!! As
a result, we are planning our first retreat in Pittsburgh on
August 18th to August 20th with more
retreats in other cities around the country. Thanks to the nearly
800 of you that responded. You spoke and I am listening!! There
are details below.
In This Issue
* Dealing with an Empty Pouch
* Hair Loss
Recipe: Kiwi in Strawberry Sauce
* Success Story: Tricia Watts
Dealing with an Empty Pouch
I have a stomach that empties quickly. Have you heard complaints
of people’s pouches emptying quickly?
The main reason for your stomach emptying quickly is because the
stoma, or the opening from the pouch to the intestines has
stretched or was not made small enough initially. Right after
surgery, the opening is about the size of a dime. This small
opening means that food stays in the pouch longer and you feel
full and satisfied. The faster your pouch empties, the sooner
you will feel hungry.
There are a couple of ways that you can
manage this. They are:
Do not drink right after you eat. The liquid will
push the food out of your pouch even faster. Wait at least 30
minutes before having liquid.
Eat food that is denser such as protein or higher
in fiber such as whole fruits and vegetables. These foods will
not break apart as easily and will therefore stay in the pouch
If it is extreme, you may be a candidate for
revision surgery. Some bariatric surgeons are doing this.
Either the stoma, or opening, is surgically tightened or a lap
band is used. To qualify for the surgery, you must meet the
same criteria as for the original operation. You must have a BMI
of 40 or above to have your surgery covered by insurance. If you
qualify for this option, please be sure to have your surgery
performed by a very experienced bariatric surgeon.
This is not common, but it certainly does
happen. There are many who have regained their appetite that
are on my Back on Track Internet Mentoring Program and are
finding that they are having great success learning how to
control their appetite, how to control grazing and their
Click here for more
information and to read what attendees have said about the
Hello Barbara – I so look forward to your
newsletters! I feel blessed that I am doing so well at 3.5
months out of my surgery. My only concern/complaint is the hair
loss. I know it is inevitable, but wondered if there are any
remedies that slow it down at the very least. Also, what really
causes it? My hair is short and fine and gray to start with.
Would you consider including something about it in your
newsletter or responding to this with some ideas. I do
appreciate this so much!!!
Unfortunately, this is a common complaint that many weight loss
surgery patients have. I covered this is depth in an article in
my November 1st newsletter. Click here for the
I know this can be very difficult and
discouraging, so I wish you the very best!
Kiwi in Strawberry Sauce
Kiwi in Strawberry Sauce
This is a simple-to-prepare
Strawberry Sauce that you can use combined with other fruits
like pineapple, sliced peaches, or pears. This is a recipe
for one but you can multiply the recipe to serve your family
vanilla yogurt (Dannon Light and Fit Carb and Sugar Control)
1 kiwi, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, each half cut
into ¼-inch slices
1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon honey (or Splenda)
Dash of ground nutmeg
(optional) sprig of fresh mint
Spoon the vanilla yogurt into a dessert bowl and top with
the kiwi slices. Purée all of the sauce ingredients in a
blender or food processor until smooth. Pour over the kiwi
118 calories, 16 g. carbohydrate, 6.25 g. protein
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues
of this newsletter, please send it to me
I want to offer a special thanks to Tricia
Watts. Here is her story:
I am so happy that I have the opportunity to share my story with you
and the many fans you have. I have been up and down in my weight for
years. At the age of fifteen I weighed 185 pounds. I had been on all
the diets just like your readers and even made up a few of my own.
Yes, and as we have all experienced, I regained all of the weight
It was 2003 before I thought about having weight lose surgery. I
attended many meetings and heard the pros and cons about the
surgery. To tell you the truth I was scared to death. Thinking back
now I was devastated knowing that my battle with my weight was one I
had lost. I always thought that I didn’t need surgery and that I
could do this on my own. Sad to say I had to understand that I
needed a tool like this to help guide me along my way to be able to
live a life that I couldn’t without the surgery.
I went to a seminar in Kansas City, MO. where I first heard
Barbara speak. I remember her saying the word “us” all the time. She
was talking and I thought to myself, ‘Why is she saying that? She is
thin and I am big. Why would she say “us?”’ At the end of the
seminar I could not leave until I asked her. She said to me, “I will
always be one of us even though I have lost weight. I will just be a
morbidly obese person who has lost her excess weight.” That moment
is when I decided to have the surgery. How funny that I understand
the word “us” so much better now.
On January 15, 2005 weighing 347 pounds, 33 years old, and a
single mother of five, I took the first step to a new life. It has
been great! Then on February 14, 2006 after losing 167 pounds I also
had 10 pounds of skin removed from my belly and four inches of skin
removed from each thigh. I also have an
appointment to have my breasts
and arms done. I now weigh 170 pounds having lost a total of 177
pounds. I lost more than I weigh!
I can do so much that I never thought I could. I play with my
kids. We go for walks. Wow I can't tell you how good my life is
now that the weight is gone. If I can do it, trust me you can. My
insurance was great. I was never denied and I am on State Medicaid.
If there is a will there is a way. Thanks so much for letting me
share my story. Good luck to everyone.
You achieved your
goal, be proud and tell the world.
you have a story to share, are at least 1 year post-op and
have before and after pictures, please send them to me at
Barbara@wlscenter.com so that I can include
them in a future
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