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

Issue #122

August 1, 2007

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
I am very excited about how many of you are reading the Blog posts and commenting. This is an excellent forum for quick information and tips as well as keeping up with the latest news in the field of weight loss surgery.  Check out the new posts below.

I have another survey in this issue.  I am trying to keep the surveys short so they take just a couple of minutes to complete.  Weight loss surgery really is a relatively new field and because many of us do not stay in contact with our surgeons, long term information is lacking. We can learn from each other through these surveys. So I hope you will continue to take time to respond as well as send in questions that you would like answers to.

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  I know I am!!

In This Issue


* Speaking for Your Support Group
* The 90/10 Rule
* Back on Track Program
* Blogging Along
* Recipe: Cabbage and Jicama Cole Slaw
* Success Story: Nicole Stein

Speaking for Your Support Group

Would you like for me to speak for your support group?  If your support group has 80 people or more who attend and you would like for me to speak, have your support group leader contact me for details. Have them email me at Barbara@WLScenter.com

The 90/10 Rule

Roberta was really looking forward to a day at Six Flags with all of her children, but in anticipating the day, she was concerned about what she would be able to eat once she got there. As she approached the entrance to the park, the signs were prominently posted, “No Outside Food Permitted Inside the Gates.” And inside the gates the food was awful. There were places that served salads, but they were few and far between. Protein came in the form of breaded chicken. Nothing convenient was healthy, and Roberta eventually ordered a slice of pizza and ate the toppings.

We try our best to eat healthy, but there are times when it is just not feasible.  It may be possible in a perfect world, but we can’t always be perfect.  As long as we try to follow the 90/10 rule, we will be successful.

The 90/10 rule says to aim to eat healthy 90% of the time. Some may disagree and say that we should always strive to be perfect. But what I have found is that when we strive for perfection, it is unrealistic and we then experience failure. That failure can lead to feeling bad about ourselves, beating ourselves up, depression and then feeding the depression with food and so it goes. With the 90/10 rule, you accept a little slack, but only a little.  Being honestly healthy 90% of the time is a realistic and admirable goal.

By the way, Roberta did learn that if you are on a special diet that you can bring food into the park. Remember that for your next amusement park trip.

It's Time to get Back On Track

If you’re not happy with your weight loss, then join the
Back on Track with Barbara Internet Mentoring Program.

Back On Track with Barbara is a 6-month or a 12-month membership program that provides an internet mentorship for those who are struggling with weight regain after weight loss surgery.  It also benefits those who have never reached their goal weight after surgery

Here is a recent comment from a new member:
I have gotten so much form the Back on Track Program. I have learned so much from the lessons and from reading everyone’s posts on the yahoo group. I want thank you all for your honesty, guidance and support. I think we're all experts when it comes to dieting and exercise. But it's rare to be able to talk about how we feel. You've provided me with a safe haven and I will never forget you guys for that. I believe the best way to find peace is to connect with others. I've been able to do that here.

For more information or to join the Program, go to


Blogging Along

I have added posts to my Blog since the last newsletter. They are:

* Anemia
* Is Star Jones Set to Confess
* Plateaus
* Obesity and Parenting
* Results of a Malpractice Suit
* Star Jones Glamour Article

If you especially like a specific post in my Blog, be sure to email it to a friend.

Visit my Blog at http://WeightLossSurgeryBlog.net and be sure to leave a comment.

 Cabbage and Jicama Cole Slaw

Here is a great summer recipes for home and a great salad to take to picnics and summer parties.


Cabbage and Jicama Cole Slaw


2 cups shredded green cabbage

1 cup shredded red cabbage

1 cup julienne jicama*

½ sweet yellow pepper, cored, seeded and cut into matchstick size pieces

1 large carrot, coarsely grated

¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

¼ cup chopped fresh mint

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

3 Tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons sesame oil


In a large bowl combine the cabbages, jicama, yellow pepper and carrot.  Add the basil and mint and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.


In a small bowl combine the mayo, vinegar and oil. Pour this over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Toss again just before serving. Makes 8 servings.  35 calories per serving.



*Jicama tastes a little like an apple and is available in most stores. If you can’t find it, substitute an apple.

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:
   Nicole Stein

I want to offer a special thanks to Nicole Stein. Here is her story:

I am 30 years old, and live in Wisconsin.  My weight gain started when I was in the 6th grade. It seems the minute I hit puberty my weight spun out of control. By the time I was in 7th grade I weighed 175 pounds. 

My mom knew the risks of being overweight, and through out my teenage years she would try to get me to eat healthy.   I would take diet pills without my parents knowing, I went to the gym, I was up and down with my weight, and my periods were irregular to say the least. I would go 2 to 3 years without one.

After high school I managed to lose 50 pounds and get down to 190 pounds when I was a certified nursing assistant. I was walking 8 hours a day in a nursing home and only eating one meal a day. I managed to drop some of that weight, but it came back, plus like everyone else, I gained even more once I left that job.

While I sought answers to why I wasn't getting my period, no doctor ever took it seriously enough. I finally found an ob/gyn who listened to me, and suggested I see an endocrinologist and see where my hormone levels were. I later found out that I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), type 2 diabetes and my cholesterol levels were through the roof.

I then met a wonderful man in October 2001.I had been so used to being treated like a doormat by old boyfriends that when he came along and he was so genuine and sweet, I couldn't handle it and broke his heart many times. By March of 2002 I finally came to my senses and realized how good he was to me and I could be myself and he wasn't going to leave. As a matter of fact, the harder I pushed him away, the harder he pushed back and refused to leave. I knew he was my angel.

I had tried in February of 2004 to get approvals from my insurance to have weight loss surgery, but they had so many hoops to jump through that I got discouraged and walked away from the possibility. I was completely heartbroken and devastated. My soon to be husband even offered to take a loan out to pay for the surgery. I knew that wasn't feasible and I said no and pushed the thought out of my mind (with food of course!!).

On March 27th 2004 my husband and I were married. I was pushing 235 pounds at that time. We bought a house and my husband got a new job. With his new job came new insurance and one night I was going through his policy and came across the weight loss surgery information. Sure enough it was covered.

I called the next day to verify with the insurance company.  I was told what I needed to have sent in by my doctors so I started doing what I had to do with a lot of phone calls and doctors’ appointments. At this point I was nearing 255 pounds.

My diabetes was not under control, and I didn't really care. My asthma was horrible and I could barely breathe. I had not gotten my period in about 3 years at this point. I knew that if I didn't get this surgery I would die very young.

Not knowing how to take the next step and find a surgeon, I asked the insurance company if they knew of anyone, and they told me about Dr Zane Prewitt at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, WI.

I called Dr Prewitt's office and his nurse got me in within a week for a consultation with him. We started the paperwork process. I saw a nutritionist, Laura at the hospital who has been wonderful and an awesome support to me. We submitted everything to the insurance company and once they got it, I was approved within 2 weeks and I had a surgery date of November 27, 2005.

The day of the surgery I was terrified. I honestly thought I was not going live through the surgery. The surgery was 7 hours long. They thought I had a leak so I was on ice chips for a week and I had to stay in the hospital. Once the leak test came back negative after 7 days I begged Dr Prewitt to let me go home, and he agreed. I came home and started my new life.

Within a year I had lost over 100 pounds. I walk 3 to 4 miles a day. I didn't need diabetes medication 2 months after the surgery and I had never known until then what energy felt like!! I get up at 6am and keep going until 11pm. Oh and my periods came like clock work too. My asthma has been much better also. My weight dropped to 135 pounds.

On March 4th, 2007 my husband and I found out our lives are going to take a different twist. I found out I am pregnant. I had to ask my husband 4 times that the test really showed it to be positive.

I went to a new ob/gyn who works in the same office as Dr Prewitt since I am his first post-op patient that has gotten pregnant. My ob/gyn, Dr Prewitt and Laura, the nutritionist, have rallied with me. Dr Prewitt even called me back himself to congratulate me when I called his office to tell him about the positive results.

My husband and I are expecting a little girl in November. She is healthy and growing like the doctors wants her to. I have upped my calories from 1200 to 1800. And I have gained 7 pounds so far with the pregnancy. I keep walking and don't use the pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy. I know my limits.

I feel I have been so blessed, and I know someone up above has got to be watching over me to let all of these wonderful things happen.

I look back now and realize I am an emotional eater. I lived for 25 years with a father who was an alcoholic and who physically & emotionally abused my siblings and me. The only way he rewarded us was with food, never with love, and that has been the hardest part of this journey. My parents divorced in 2001, and knowing I had no more excuses for the way my life was, I have had to take my life and control it now. My father and I have been estranged for 6 years now, but I feel it’s for the best. My mom, brother and sister are also happier without him.

And I know - I will never ever treat my child the way my dad treated me. I am breaking that cycle. It empowers me more then anything to make that commitment to my husband and my unborn baby. I will never do what he did to me.

Thank you,
Nicole Stein

Congratulations Nicole


I Need More Success Stories!!

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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