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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
Bicycle season officially started in the Thompson household. Those
of you who have been newsletter subscribers for awhile know how
much I love bicycling. I was thinking today about how much my life
has changed since surgery. Pre-surgery I could barely get through
grocery shopping. My back would be hurting so badly! Well this
afternoon after grocery shopping, we went bicycling for 14 miles.
And that is a short ride for us. Life following surgery is grand!!
I wish the same for each and every one of you.
In this issue there are so many changes that
we have to announce. I have a new blog, I have improved the Back
on Track program, and I am featured in People Magazine. I hope you
will be as excited about all of this as I am.
In This Issue
* Blogging Along
* Super Changes in the Back on Track Program
* Research Article: Enova oil
* Milwaukee Retreat
* Barbara in People Magazine
* Puzzle: All About Surgery
* Cruise to Paradise
* Recipe: Zucchini Beef Soup
Success Story: Kim Valera
* Spreading the Word in Park Rapids, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Charlotte,
NC; Greenville, PA;
The Caribbean; and
For those of you who really enjoy my
newsletter and wish it came out more often, you will be
happy to learn that I have started a Blog. I will be
posting short informational articles about weight loss
surgery 2 or 3 times a week. Here is the link for the blog
http://www.weightlosssurgeryblog.net/ I hope that you
will comment on the articles that you find there and visit
I have 2 articles posted there right
now. They are:
* How stress affects your weight and
I hope you enjoy them.
Now As Low
There are some great changes to the Back
on Track Program. Formerly the program has been 6 months long
with a lesson every week for 6 months at a cost of $35 per
you have an additional option. You
can spread the Program out over 12 months so that you are
receiving a lesson every other week. And the cost has dropped
to $19.95 per month. This helps people in the following ways:
- With 2 weeks instead of one, there is
more time to complete the lessons so they will be less
likely to build up
- The per monthly cost is lowered from
$35 per month to $19.95 per month
- Since the program lasts 12 months
instead of 6 months, you have a longer time in the yahoo
group and receive 6 additional telephone seminars.
For those who would like to get through
the program faster, the 6-month program will continue to be
For more information and
to register for the program, click
You may have seen a new oil on your
grocery shelves. It is Enova which boasts on the label, “Less
is stored in the body as fat.” You may have wondered what this
is all about.
When it comes to oil, you have probably
heard of triglycerides. These are oils that have 3 fatty
acids, as most oils do. But there is a new oil that has only
2 fatty acids. Instead of being a triglyceride, it is a
diglyceride which means it contains only 2 fatty acids.
The advantage of a diglyceride is that
research has found that the body burns the majority of
diglycerides for energy rather than storing it as fat.
Enova is a diglyceride oil, which is how
it can make that claim on the label. It has a very neutral
taste so it is perfect for salad dressing. You can bake with
it as well as sauté with it but you cannot use it for frying.
Enova is a mix of soy
and canola oil
and does not cause stomach or digestive distress. I have been
using it for a month with no ill effects. It has the same
calorie content as other oils, but it is digested differently
so fewer calories are absorbed. Calorie for calorie it is less
fattening, but it would, however, be wrong to think that you
can use it freely. But when you are using oil it is an
Thompson in People
More on Trading Addictions
Check out the
current issue of People Magazine. It’s the
April 9th issue and has the American Idols on the
cover. If you check page 60 you will find an article about
transfering addictions following
weight loss surgery and leads off with quotes by Barbara.
addictions affects about 5% of patients, this is a
very important issue that patients need to be aware of. Many
have gone for years thinking they were the only ones having
this problem until we started to highlight the problem last
year and those affected really
opened up with their personal stories. Here is a link to
the original article from my newsletter last year
http://www.wlscenter.com/alcoholism.htm . And check out
Test your knowledge of weight loss
surgery in this crossword puzzle titled
"All About Surgery."
Zucchini Beef Soup
Thanks to Pamela Matthews who submitted
this recipe. Pamela attended one of my reteats. I am a soup lover
so this recipe is perfect for me. I hope that you enjoy it as
much as I do.
ZUCCHINI BEEF SOUP
1/2 pound ground beef
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 medium zucchini, cubed
2 cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt, optional
1 tsp beef bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pepper to taste
Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
In a large saucepan, cook beef, celery, onion
and green pepper over medium heat until meet is no longer pink and
vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, zucchini,
water, Italian seasoning, salt, bouillon, sugar and pepper. Bring
to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or
until zucchini is tender. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if
desired. Yield - 6 servings.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving (prepared
with lean ground beef and without salt & Parmesan Cheese) equals
106 calories, 10 g carbohydrate, and 10 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 Kim Valera a special thanks.
Here is her story:
I am writing to you to tell you my weight loss story. It is my
story, which is not yet complete, but one which may help others in
Like most others suffering from obesity, I
struggled throughout my life with issues related to weight. I lost
and gained more weight than I can calculate, and had come to the
point where I felt that there was no way that I would ever be able
to achieve a "normal" weight in my life. I was actually quite sure
I would not live to retirement age, so I did not worry much about
preparing for retirement. I had nearly given up on my life being
anything more than what it was at the time, which was, I realize
I had my laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
surgery on September 27, 2005 here in Houston. I weighed in at 388
pounds the morning of surgery, which was 87 pounds less than my
known highest weight of 475. My surgeon, Garth Davis, insisted that
I lose weight before undergoing the procedure for my safety. After
surgery, I initially began losing the weight pretty quickly, and got
down to 319, where I was stuck for a couple of months. At about the
time when I was convinced that I was going to be the one person this
surgery did not work for, I met and began to work with my trainer,
Austin Davis. It was then that I learned how important exercise
really is to the success of the surgery, and that the surgery
itself was not the magic bullet that was going to solve my
problems. Through my work with Austin, I faced many important
issues and came to realize how small I had allowed my world to
I have come to realize that there is a lot I
did not allow myself to do...or even dream of doing...because of the
weight that I carried around. I allowed my world to shrink down to
a size just barely big enough to hold me, and didn't dare to dream
of anything bigger. Now that I'm losing the weight (I'm down to
265), I see how many things I stopped myself from doing and
enjoying. I wasn't really living. That is definitely not the case
anymore! I am loving life, and last Sunday I conquered fear and
took my life to a whole new level when I did a tandem skydive. Yep,
I jumped out of a plane, and I have the pictures to prove it.
The fat girl who used to control my life (we
call her old kim...lower case intentional) has pretty much lost her
grip on me. I am a whole new person who loves life and gets out
there and lives it...to the absolute fullest! Don't get me wrong, I
still have weight to lose and there are still times that I struggle,
I just don't let old kim get me down...I am truly living!
I hope that you can use my story. I am
passionate about helping others get out of the pain and loneliness
of obesity, and if my story can help someone do that, I would love
to share it.
You achieved your
goal, be proud and tell the world.
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.
MN; Milwaukee, WI;
Park Rapids, MN:
Saturday April 14th, 10 AM to 11:15 AM, sponsored
by Dakota Clinic. Call Laurie Hanson, 218-732-2829 for
Monday May 14, 2008, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Heaton Hall at the
Cornwell Center, Behind Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn
Ave., Charlotte, NC. Sponsored by Dr. David Voellinger,
Southeast Bariatrics. Call Jennifer Sawyer, 704-347-4144 for
Wednesday May 23rd, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thiel College
Auditorium, sponsored by UPMC Horizon, Greenville, PA. Call
Jonathan Bailey, 724-589-6642 for information
Speaking for Dr. Needleman and Dr. Mikami, Ohio State
University, Date not yet set.
|Please Note: I am asked very often about
coming to speak for various practices. If you would like me to
speak, I am sponsored to speak by either the Hospital or by a
corporation. Call me for details 877-440-1518.
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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