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

Issue #109

January 15, 2007

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
We are now in the season when it is the most difficult to lose weight.  It is right after the holidays, it is cold, our outdoor activities are restricted and we want to turn to comfort foods.  Don’t let this time of the year be your downfall. I have given you some tips below.

The special continues on the Back on Track Program.  This is such a wonderful program with terrific people to help support you along the way.  This current special is the first we have offered in the history of the program.  Don't miss it.  Read the details that follow.

In This Issue


* The Votes Are in On Allergies
* Back on Track
* Research Article: Low Carb Diet Doesn’t Up Heart Risk
* Recipe: Beef Bourguignon  
* Success Story: Kathy Becker
* Spreading the Word in Allentown, New York, Park Rapids and Milwaukee

The Votes Are In On Allergies

In the last issue I printed a letter from one of our reader’s asking if anyone has reported lessening of allergy symptoms following weight loss. Well, the responses are in, and I received some interesting replies.  The overwhelming responses were from those who have found relief.  However, there were a few who didn’t.

This informal survey does not mean that weight loss surgery cures allergies. Just as weight loss surgery doesn’t cure a bad back.  But it does suggest that by losing weight, and living a healthier lifestyle that your allergies just may be better.

Click here to read the responses.

Back on Track Special

This is a good group. This program has really helped me. Hope it does the same for you.


I sure wish I had come here when my eating started slipping. I just joined last week and already I have a ray of hope I haven't had in quite some time.


It’s January 15th and time to keep true to your New Year’s resolutions.  More that 2/3rds of people make resolutions but few follow through with them.  In fact, January 15th is the day that most resolutions fall by the wayside. We get caught up in life and forget what we so earnestly hoped for on New Year’s Day.

If you are more than a year post-op and your resolution has to do with weight loss, maximize your chance of success by getting support and instruction along the way through the Back on Track Program.

January 2007 Special

As a special incentive, for the month of January, anyone who enrolls will receive the first month at at an incredible 50% off!

Click here for more information and to enroll http://www.backontrackwithbarbara.com/

Watch the Winter Blues

Don’t let winter get you down.  Here are some tips to keep winter from interfering with your weight loss.

  • Watch depression.  With shorter days, some people are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Be sure to get outside to get sunshine, or invest in a light therapy box.
  • Don’t turn to comfort foods.  Those carbs can cause you to feel hungry soon after you eat them.  You then eat even more carbs, stop losing weight, or worse, gain weight, and end up being more depressed.  Stick to healthy proteins, vegetables and fruits.
  • Exercise.  Exercise raises your endorphin levels and just naturally makes you feel good.  Look for alternative ways to exercise such as going to a roller skating rink or trying snow shoeing or cross country skiing. If you live in a cold climate, let this be the year that you embrace winter by buying some well insulated clothing so that you can get out.
  • Plan something to look forward to.  Plan a weekend trip out of town. Go shopping at a place you have never been before. Save up for a half hour massage. Or get your nails done. Have a party that emphasizes games rather than food. Be creative!
  • Remember to take care of you!! You’re worth it!

Research Article:
  Low Carb Diet Doesn’t Up Heart Risk

This article from WebMD reports on a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, and shows that all of the critics of low-carb diets may have been wrong. The study was the first to examine long-term effects of low-carb diets and found they are very healthy, especially if the major source of fat in the diet comes from vegetable sources such as canola or olive oil. 

While most people abandon restrictive diets because they are too difficult to follow, the Low Glycemic Index load way of eating was cited as healthy and easier to follow.

For the full article, click here.

Beef Bourguignon

This is a great recipe for the cold winter months.  It is warming and the meat is very tender, so there is less of a chance of the beef getting stuck. Enjoy!!

Beef Bourguignon

8 slices turkey bacon
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds beef tip sirloin (or similar cut), trimmed of visible fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 plus 2 Tablespoons Wondra quick-mixing flour (divided use)
16 small white onions
1 ½ cups baby carrots (or 2 small carrots chopped)
2 Tablespoons brandy
3 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
¾ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon thyme leaves, crushed
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup red Burgundy wine
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
¾ pound sliced mushrooms

1. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until just crisp. Break into bits.

2. Put 1/3 cup Wondra flour in a medium bowl or large Ziplock bag. Add beef chunks and coat well with flour. Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add beef chunks, spray the top with canola cooking spray, and cook, turning until browned on all sides.

3. Put the browned beef and the remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir and cook on low until beef is cooked throughout and onions are tender (about 10 hours).

Yield: 8 Servings

Nutritional Information:
277 calories, 30 grams of protein, 12 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:
  Kathy Becker

I want to offer a special thanks to Kathy Becker. Here is her story:

Hello Barbara!!!!
My name is Kathy Becker and I had the Duodenal Switch (DS/BPD) surgery on June 27, 2003, performed by Dr. Baltasar in Alcoy, Spain.  I can honestly say that I did have a lot of problems with a leak after the surgery and had several subsequent surgeries, but it was worth it all and more.  My highest weight was 375 pounds and on the day of surgery, I weighed 365.  I now weigh 154 pounds so obviously it has been a great success for me since I lost 211 pounds.   I went from a very, very tight 26/28 to a 10/12 now.  I would like to lose just a little bit more, but have more than reached the goal that my surgeon in the US set for me which was 170.

Before the surgery, I had no other problems besides the weight. I could exercise and walk and do most anything that I attempted.  I kept myself in great looking clothes, and took good care of myself at all times, but I was sooooo very unhappy.  I would lose massive amounts of weight over and over, well over 150 pounds each time, but I always gained it back again and, of course, added a few more pounds for good measure.  I was so depressed with my weight, but just could not stop the constant cycle of losing and gaining.  

One day, I was on several Weight Loss Surgery sights just exploring the possibilities and I came upon a story of a wonderful woman who had gone to Dr. Baltasar and had lost an incredible amount of weight, probably around the same amount that I now have lost. With the story she included her pictures.  I was so blown away that I struck up a conversation with this wonderful woman and she patiently answered all of my questions and directed me to Dr. Baltasar’s email group.  I learned so much from her and this board, that I knew that this operation was for me. 

My husband, who is the dearest man in the world, agreed to accompany me to Alcoy, Spain in order for me to have this surgery.  However, my outcome did not go well and I developed a leak.  I spent a month in the hospital in Spain and I just continued to go downhill quickly.  My husband being a man of action said, “ENOUGH, I'm taking her to Johns Hopkins Hospital and getting her some help there.”  Well, the chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Eckhauser, performed several lifesaving surgeries on me and I spent the next year eating through a feeding tube and my husband was the best nurse a woman could ever have.  I cannot tell you how wonderful that man was to me.  Dr. Eckhauser and my DH saved my life. 

Now, after all of this trouble, I am feeling better than I ever have in my life.  I can do anything that I want to do and walk over 3.5 miles every day.  Soon, I am planning on starting my workouts at the gym again also.  All, in all, this is the very best thing that I have ever done for myself.  Even with all of the problems I experienced, I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

This is not to say that Dr. Baltasar is not a wonderful surgeon, as he is, but sometimes things happen and I do not believe that the care given in the hospitals in Spain is as good as the care I received at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  I am eternally grateful to them for saving my life.

Kathy Becker
Arnold, MD

Congratulations Kathy
  I Love Good News
If you have a success story to share along with before and after pictures, please send it to me at Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in a future issue.

Spreading the Word in
  Allentown, New York,
  Park Rapids and Milwaukee

 I have several engagements coming up which you will be able to attend.

Wednesday Feb. 14th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, Allentown, PA. Call Karen Nisky, 610-776-4928, for reservations.

Wednesday March 7th, 7 PM to 8:30 PM, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Whitney 117, 525 East 68th Street, between York Avenue and the East River. Call Liz Goldenberg, 212-746-5294 for information.

Saturday April 14th, 10 AM to 11:15 AM, sponsored by Dakota Clinic, Park Rapids, MN. Call Laurie Hanson, 218-732-2829 for information.

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.

Attention Nurses

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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