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

Issue #77

September 15, 2005

Hello Everyone,
There is something about September that makes people feel like they need to get down to business. I suppose it has to do with leaving summer fun behind.  So if you are ready to tackle a problem that you are having with your weight, September is a great time to do it.  If you havenít let me know that you are interested in my Mentoring Program, there are details below. You will have a lot of company!

In This Issue


* Mentoring Program
* Centers of Excellence Announced
* Donít Worry. Be Happy
* Spreading the Word in Baltimore, Chicago and Hartford
* Recipe: Asparagus Chicken
* Success Story: Kellie McNaughton

Mentoring Program  
  Back On Track with Barbara

The Mentoring Program will soon be ready to launch and the response has been huge!! If you have gained back weight since your surgery or have never reached goal, this Program is perfect for you!  Send an email to Barbara@WLScenter.com telling me that you are interested. I will let you know when we are starting.

The 6-month Program includes weekly lessons emailed to you complete with homework assignments, monthly teleseminars, product discounts and a members only Message Board Ė all for $35 per month.

I gave more complete details in the last newsletter. Go to http://www.wlscenter.com/NLArchive/sept_1_2005.htm. The first article will give you more information.

Centers of Excellence Announced

On Sept. 15th, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Surgical Review Corporation announced the first group of Centers of Excellence. The process is a long and involved one and indicates that at these Centers patients will receive superior care. Congratulations to these Centers!!


Elk Grove Village:
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, S.C.
Dr. James M Kane Jr.
Dr. Paul J Guske
Dr. Peter Charles Rantis Jr.


Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Sinai Surgical Associates
Dr. Alejandro Gandsas


Unity Hospital
Daniel R. Baker, MD, PA
Dr. Daniel R. Baker
Dr. Frederick Warren Johnson
Dr. Jeffrey Daniel Baker

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis Bariatric Surgeons
Dr. Edmund Phelps Chute
Dr. Michael Lewis Schwartz
Dr. Raymond Lester Drew


Elmbrook Memorial Hospital
Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin
Dr. David J Engstrand
Dr. James W Burhop
Dr. Manfred C Chiang

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. James R. Wallace

New York

Lutheran Medical Center
George Ferzli, MD, PC
George Ferzli, MD



Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Texas Bariatric Center
Dr. Dirk Isaias Rodriguez



Parkwest Medical Center
Premier Surgical Associates
Dr. Stephen Glenn Boyce

Saint Francis Hospital
Memphis Surgery Associates
Dr. Virginia McGrath Weaver

Baptist Hospital
Cumberland Center for Obesity
Dr. John Husted
Dr. Albert Spaw

Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity
David Dyer, MD
Lap Surgery Group
Hugh Houston, MD
Brentwood Surgery Clinic, PC
Douglas O. Olsen, MD


Donít Worry, Be Happy!

I canít listen to Reggae music without smiling.  It just makes me feel so happy and carefree. What a wonderful thought, ďDonít worry. Be happy.Ē It is hard to do that sometimes, but at other times we can be happy more often than we realize.

We get so accustomed to disliking ourselves over the years that it is hard to believe that when we are successful that we really look good. We can be our own worst enemy sometimes Ė just never content with ourselves.  So I offer you a challenge. For the rest of the day, be kind to yourself.  Allow yourself to be happy. Smile even if you donít feel like it. Be happy! Sometimes all it takes is to give yourself permission.

Spreading the Word in  
  Baltimore, Chicago and Hartford

I will be speaking in Baltimore, Chicago and Hartford in the next few weeks at events that are open to everyone.  If you are in either area, here are the details:

  • Sept. 24th, 2005

On Sept. 24th, I will be speaking at the Baltimore Book Festival from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The Festival will take place at:

Mount Vernon Place
            600 & 700 block of North Charles Street
            Baltimore, Maryland

I will be speaking in the Dummies Tent (oh the jokes you can make with that!!!) sponsored by Wiley.

  • October 1st Chicago

Weiss Memorial Hospital

I will be speaking at the ObesityHelp all day seminar. There is a charge to register for this event.

  • October 15th Hartford, CT 

St Francis Hospital and Medical Center
            114 Woodland Street
            Hartford, CT

I will be the speaking for the 10th anniversary celebration of the bariatric practice of Dr. Carlos Barba. Free and open to the public.

Please Note: I am asked very often about coming to speak for various practices. If you would like me to speak, call me. I am sponsored to speak by either the Hospital, by a corporation or you may want to let me help you to do a weight loss surgery fair. Call me for details 877-440-1518.


Asparagus Chicken

1 Tbsp oil, divided
1/4 tsp ground ginger
14 oz skinless chicken thighs (or boneless chicken breasts)
1 bunch asparagus, woody base removed
2 green onions, sliced
8 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 pinch salt

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil with the ginger in a non-stick pan. Add chicken. Stir constantly for 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan.

Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil to pan. When heated, add asparagus. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add green onions and mushrooms. Stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.

Return chicken to pan. Add salt. Cook a further 3 minutes.

Makes 4 Servings

Per Serving:
275 calories
30 grams protein
4 grams carbohydrates

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:
  Kellie McNaughton

I want to offer a special thanks to Kellie McNaughton. Here is her story:

Hi Barbara,

I just finished reading your latest newsletter. I just love getting those from you.  I thought you might be interested in my story. I have been with you since the beginning of my journey, am a member of your century club and learned so much from you that I thought I would share my story with you.

My life changed September 30th of 2002. That is the day I had gastric bypass surgery. I was 35 and weighed 300 pounds the day of surgery. No one knew how much I weighed, not even my husband until the very day of surgery. I still can't believe I weighed that much myself. Somehow the weight just piled on and with everything going on in my life at the time, the weight was not my biggest concern. When it became my concern, it looked like an unbelievable obstacle. At 5'11" I should weigh about 150-160 not 300. How was I ever going to lose all that weight?

I had dieted most of my adult life. My weight fluctuated almost constantly. I lost 80 pounds on several different occasions through various diet and exercise programs, was a lifetime member of Overaters Anonymous and I was always looking for the latest diet pill that could transform me. 

I had periods where I looked good but they were always short lived. I always ended up gaining weight back and then being angry at myself. The night before surgery I went through my closet and separated my clothes by size. I sadly had every size ranging from 10 to 28.  I had explored the option of surgery several times throughout my adult life but never took it further than the initial step. I hit rock bottom when my company closed down and I had to get a new job. The stress of the new job helped me gain an additional 30 pounds.

I was so heavy that even size 28 pants were tight. I was miserable. I did not want to do anything. I had horses that I would not ride, I had kids that I did not have the energy to play with anymore like I should. I did not want to meet new people, and it seemed like everything revolved around food.  I knew I had a food problem but I really did not know what to do about it.

I decided to look into weight loss surgery again. This time I took it a step further than I had on previous occasions. I went through the whole process of all the tests, the appointments, and the appeals to the insurance company. I read everything I could find on the surgery and what to expect.

My wonderful doctor performed my surgery on the last day of September which to me will be forever etched in my brain. That day is almost better than my birthday, it is at least equal to it. There will never be a day that goes by where I don't say or think kind thoughts about the man who changed my life forever.

I felt I went into surgery well educated. I did not have very much support from my immediate family because they were afraid for me. My husband has always been my main supporter.

The surgery itself was nothing compared to learning to live a different life.  I lost 160 pounds and went from a size 28 (tight) to a comfortable size 4. I had never been a size 4 and I am still amazed when I hold up a pair of my pants. I shake my head in disbelief that I can actually fit in those. 

The journey has been one of self discovery. I am not sure anyone can ever understand that except for those of us who are on the same journey.  I have learned more about myself in the last couple of years. I have learned who I am. I have learned that I even have some friends that really should not be friends at all. I have learned that I compensated in many ways when I was heavy that I am not willing to do now. Some will say that I have changed, that my personality is different. Some would even say they liked me better before.  I say that they did not know the real me. This is the real me. I am no longer afraid to speak up and say what I mean.  If someone doesn't like me it is because they just don't like me. I no longer feel like they don't like me because I am fat.  I am much more self assured. I am just much much happier.  For the first time in my life I feel good in my own skin.  My only regret is that I did not have surgery sooner.

I have had problems. It has not been a picnic for me. I do throw up often, usually because I have a terrible habit of eating too fast. I have had to change the things I like to eat to the things I need to eat.  There are so many things that I can no longer have, because it simply makes me sick. Any kind of sauce, such as pizza sauce, BBQ sauce will make me sick. I can no longer eat a hot dog, pasta is out, and so many other different things are out. There is a trade off that is for sure. 

I have continued to battle my food demons which always seem to be lurking out there. I have had to find my new place in the world, in society, within my family. Everything is different, different in a good way but still different.

People do not understand what it feels like to be heavy. If they did they would not be so quick to ask you all the time if you regret the surgery. What is there to regret? Do I regret that it saved my life, that it gave me back my life? That is what it did for me. Having my surgery gave me an actual life. I had been heavy for so long that I never got to enjoy the things as an adult that one should. I never really went to the beach or amusement parks. I never got to wear skimpy tops in the summer. Those were just some of the things I never got to do. And now for the first time in my life, I am able to experience so many things. That is tremendous.

There are a couple of defining moments that will forever be etched in my mind.

1) The first time I rode on one of those amusement park swing rides. I was thrilled when I could slip in and not worry about a weight requirement.

2)  When I went to Rite Aide and got an ice cream cone and walked down the street eating it and did not feel like everyone was looking at me thinking that it was something I did not need.

3)  The first time I was able to swing myself up on my horse from the ground. This was something I had not done since I was a teenager. God that felt good.

4)  This is the best one...the first time I was able to take out a pair of shorts, or pants or whatever and say, ďI haven't worn this for a year,Ē and I could put it on and it fit. Every summer I can fit in the clothes I wore the summer before. I no longer had to buy a whole new wardrobe every season because I outgrew the ones from the season before. For the first time in my entire life my clothes would wear out or become outdated instead of outgrown. That is the best feeling in the entire world.

There are so many other firsts, but these stick out for me. I exercise just about every day. I usually run 3 miles a day and then do weight exercises. I follow my doctorís orders without fail and I never forget to take my vitamins. I have a hard time eating meat so I am an avid protein shake drinker.  I take care of my body now and am thankful it has been kind to me with all the years that I have abused it.  I am an advocate of weight loss surgery. I am also an advocate of healthy living. I try to teach my children how to eat and why to eat properly as I would never want them to think or need the surgery as an option. I agree....nothing tastes as good as thin feels.....no truer words were ever spoken.

Thank God for doctors who are there to help change lives. My doctor has been with me every step of the way. Each and every time I have called upon him he has been there. It is in his office that I was first offered your book. Your book was the first book I ever read and one that I have re-read several times. 

I thank you for all your dedication. I hope you know how many lives you touch that you are not even aware of.  You have given many of us the courage to do what we have needed to do. Thanks for always being supportive.

Kellie McNaughton
Lake Elsinore, California

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