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

Issue #130

December 1, 2007

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
There is so much that we still need to understand about why we are the way we are. The research that is being done is very slowly chipping away at the horrible disease of obesity that we are all too familiar with. The research article below details a little chip towards possibly addressing an aspect of the problem.

On another note, Iím starting a special Program for all of you who love my book. Itís a rewards program that youíll love.

Finally, I am running short of success stories. So please take some time to contribute to this newsletter and be sure to include before and after pictures. 

In This Issue


* Request for Help with Jealousy Article
* Refer a Friend Program
* Research Article: Just Stand Up
* Back On Track
* Never Give Up
* Would you like to have a great support group event?
* Recipe: Sugar Free Holiday Nog
* Success Story: Pam Caswell

Request For Help  
  with Jealousy Article
I'm writing an article for the Obesity Action Coalition about How to Deal with Jealousy of Loved Ones After Significant Weight Loss. If you have a story of jealousy to tell, please email it to me ASAP  Barbara@WLScenter.com. Thanks so much!

Refer a Friend

When you read Pam Caswellís success story below, she mentions how she loved my book, Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin Person Hiding inside You. I have heard that from hundreds of people and I never tire of hearing it. I appreciate it and am happy that I have been able to help so many people.

I have also heard people say that they told all of their friends about my book. So I wanted to create a Program just for those people. It is the Refer a Friend Program. If you loved my book, tell a friend about it and if they order, you will be sent a check for almost $5.00.

Go to http://www.wlscenter.com/Product_referral.htm  and print out the form. Put your information on the bottom and have your friend use that form to order. Make several copies and take the forms to your support group meeting. Take the book with you so that people can browse it.  But donít let people borrow it.  You might not get it back!

Refer a friend and youíll be doing them a favor!

Research Article:
  Just Stand Up

There is a fascinating study that has just come out of the University of Missouri Ė Columbia that looks at a key factor in the equation of how we lose weight. A team of scientists has concluded that the reason we are having problems with obesity is because we are doing far too much sitting. Thatís right, we are sitting too much. The reason that this is such a problem is because the enzyme that burns fat shuts down when we sit.

Researchers injected fat that had a slight radioactive element in it into animals so they were able to trace the fat. When the rats were still, the fat didnít move into the muscle where it would be burned. Also the fat-splitting enzyme lipase decreased by 90% when the rats were sedentary for several hours. The very same results showed up in humans.

We have been looking so closely at exercise that we havenít paid attention to what is happening to us when we arenít exercising. The message is get up and walk, move your legs around and you will be healthier and better able to control your weight.

Don't struggle alone. Join us.

If youíre 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.

For more information or to join the Program, go to


Never Give Up!

I really appreciate that Karen shared her story with us. Many people in her situation feel like they are the only ones going through this. And Karen is not letting the situation get her down. She is pressing on with a great spirit!

Hi Barbara,
My journey toward weight loss surgery has been a little bumpy, but I am not giving up. I joined a Program last November and went through all the classes and all the tests. After completing this, the practice said they didnít have a record of me. Fortunately I sent them everything again because I had kept a copy of all the test results. We went back and forth for over 6 months. I finally gave up and went to another practice. I felt I needed to cut my losses, even though it meant starting the process all over again. But I wasnít giving up.

This October, I was very excited. I finally had a date for my gastric bypass surgery. I then got a call telling me that my doctor had a death in his family and my surgery had to be postponed. It was very understandable. They set a new date of November 29th. By that time I was a little afraid to get too excited.

But November 29th came. I went to the hospital and in the pre-op area I had a problem with my IV. Something went wrong. Two nurses on different shifts gave me shots of the blood thinner, heparin. When I questioned it I was told I could not have the surgery that day. It would be too dangerous.

Well I now sit and wait for a new date but I haven't given up. It just allows me to lose a little more weight while I am waiting for a new date. So if any of your readers feel like giving up, tell them to hang in there. I have!

Karen Belanger

Would You Like to Have a Great Support

 Group Event or

Obesity Sensitivity Training for

Your Hospital Staff?

(And It May Be Free)

Speaking for Hospitals

If you are a bariatric co-ordinator and need obesity sensitivity training for your hospital staff, contact me at 877-440-1518 or Barbara@BarbaraThompson.net. I have sponsorship that your hospital may qualify for.

Speaking for Support Groups

Would you like me to speak for your support group? Wouldn't it be great to have a special event and invite all of your past patients?  Email me at Barbara@WLScenter.com

Sugar Free Holiday Nog

I want to thank Pamela Aumiller for sending this recipe. She writes:

ďThis is the first time I have ever done this, but the site has been a tremendous help and I wanted to keep the encouragement going.Ē

Sugar Free Holiday Nog     

1 package (1 oz) sugar free instant vanilla pudding mix
7 cups fat-free milk, divided
2 to 4 packets sugar substitute
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or rum extract
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk

Combine the pudding mix, 2 cups of milk, the sugar substitute, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix according to pudding directions.  Pour the mixture into a half-gallon container with a tight fitting lid.  Add 3 cups of milk and shake well.  Add the evaporated milk and shake. Add the remaining milk and shake.  Chill. Makes 8 servings

Each serving:
107 calories; 15 grams of carbs; 10 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 Barbara@WLScenter.com

Success Story:
  Pam Caswell

I want to offer a special thanks to Pam Caswell. Here is her story:

Dear Barbara
I am a very big fan of your newsletter and books. I have read both. Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin Person Hiding inside You, and Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies. I would have been lost without them. I want to thank you personally for the great information.

At 12 or so I started gaining weight. In high school it got even worse. Diets worked temporarily and my self-esteem suffered with each failure. At the end of 1998, I reached my highest every recorded weight of 297 pounds. We all have that magic number, the one that scares us into accepting our situation. It got me started on diets and exercise again.

I managed to lose down to 270 pounds, working out 3 times a week and using diet shakes. In 1999 I herniated 2 lower discs and had to have surgery. While recovering most of the weight came back. I cried when my doctor suggested gastric bypass. I hadn't realized my weight and my situation had reached that point.

I agreed to meet Dr. Arreola at Hamot Bariatric Surgery Center in Erie PA. I was very skeptical. My insurance required 6 months of visits with my primary doctor. Thank heaven for this time to research and discover how much I needed this surgery. I had a strong family history of diabetes and heart disease. My cholesterol was 275 at the time and the doctor suggested medication. With diet I could only get my cholesterol down to 215. I knew I had pre-diabetes, poly cystic ovarian disease, and pain in my joints and feet. My back surgery was a success, but my back was starting to hurt again with the return of the weight. I found through testing that I had sleep apnea and acid reflux. In the end it came down to this: would it be safer to stay the way I was with all my health conditions or to have the surgery and possibly change my life forever? As a friend who had the surgery told me, "I'd rather die trying to be healthy, instead of accepting that I will die from being so over-weight." I had my surgery on March 21, 2006. I was sure I was making the right choice for me. At that point I wore sizes 3x and 28.

This month it will be 1 year and 6 months since my surgery. I have lost 121 pounds so far and feel great. I am wearing some large and medium sizes. I also wear a size 14 or in women's jeans size 16-18. I am so much healthier. I still have slight pain in my joints and feet, but everything else is wonderful. My last cholesterol level check was 184! My good cholesterol is 59 which is wonderful. I am surprised to find that my dentist said my gingivitis is gone. Years of up and down blood sugars were affecting my gums. They are in great shape now. My feet have shrunk 1 whole size so far. And you won't believe this; I also grew 1/2 an inch. I was told my posture has improved without the extra weight pulling me down. After years of infertility the doctors tell me I can safely try to have children. I am told the chances are much better now with my improved health.

I would definitely urge anyone considering this surgery to do their homework. Research as much as you can and read both of Barbara's books. They answered a lot of questions for me in plain English. I have found the support group meetings help keep me on track. There is something wonderful about being in a room with 50 or 60 people who understand the challenges we face. The room is full of people who are going through the same things you are or have been there. I finally felt accepted. I finally fit in with the crowd! I learn so much each time.

My advice is to make sure it is the right decision for you. Do it for yourself and be proud of your decision. It will change your life forever. I had some problems at the beginning but would do it all over again if I had to. It was the best decision of my life. When asked, my husband jokingly says, "She's half the woman I married." We have been friends for 21 years and married 10 years now. I am looking forward to many more healthy years with my best friend.

Good luck to everyone who is considering this wonderful miracle of gastric bypass surgery. May you find success with improved health.

Pam Caswell

Congratulations Pam


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