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

Issue #61

January 1, 2005

Hello Everyone,
Aren’t we masters at making New Year’s Resolution? We should be. Our species has been doing this since the Early Babylonians of 2000 BC.

It is no surprise that the top resolutions every year are 1) Lose weight and 2) Exercise more. Sounds like me! Well that is one way that we have broken tradition with our ancestors.  Their most common resolution in 2000 BC was to return borrowed farm equipment!

I wish each of you a wonderful year ahead. And my fondest wish for each of you is that you like yourself more this time next year. We need to learn to be our own best friend.

And by the way…
remember to return that borrowed farm equipment!

In This Issue


* The Road to Resolutions
* Plastic Surgery by Phone
* Check the Blog
* Join My Cancer Research Team
* Recipe: Barbeque Beef
* Success Story: Sherrie Boudinot
* Spreading the Word in Nebraska and Georgia

The Road to Resolutions
Weight loss surgery is a gift.  It is a gift that allows us to have a second chance at life.  And today is a day to look at the year gone by and how well we have used that gift during this year. It is traditionally a day for resolutions so that our year ahead will be better. But let’s try doing this resolution thing a little differently this year. Let’s try doing it so that we have a chance that the resolution will work. To do that, let’s reflect, recognize and resolve.

Reflect on the year. Take a break today and really think about how you spent your time. Consider yourself first. How did you act and react to all of the things that happened throughout this year? How did you spend your time? Was it work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep? How much exercise time was there? Was there time for you to do planning or organizing?  Was there time for fun?

Next reflect on your relationships with others. Have you made new relationships? Or are there relationships in your life that are continuing? Reflect on these relationships honestly. And include your kids in this reflection.

Then reflect on yourself as you relate to the world. Have you become more active in your church or helped a friend? Have you become involved with a charity?

Now let’s recognize. When you thought about how you spent your time and your reactions to things that happened, did you feel like you were in control? Or did you feel like you were the pinball as opposed to the flippers? You know that "out of control" feeling when you are just bouncing off things that are being thrown at you?  Are you better off than you were one year ago? What is better and what is not better? Did you spend your time productively? Were you able to pursue things that were important to you or are you stuck in an unproductive or unsatisfying routine?

Do a health check of your relationships. Do your relationships support you and support what is important to you? Does your spouse, children or significant other know what buttons to push to get you angry? How then do you handle that anger?

When you reflect on yourself in the world, do you have any sense that the world is a better place because you are in it? And how does that make you feel about yourself?  

Now for the good part!  Resolve
This is the good part, because if you make resolutions that are just off the top of your head, no wonder that you’re apt to forget your resolutions a week later and the next year you are just making the same resolutions.

If through reflecting and recognizing, you determined that you are out of control and that people and circumstances are running your life, you need to resolve to seize control. Focus on not letting that happen and work on directing your life. Sometimes, the most important thing to learn to say is, “No.”

If you are not better off now than a year ago, what are one or two things that would help you to have a better life? Not a whole list of things. Just focus on one or two. What can you effectively do to add those?

How organized are you? Resolve to organize your life to include what is important to you. Schedule those things that you really want to do and stick to that schedule.  It may be difficult at first, but with practice, you can do it.

And wouldn’t it be nice to do something for others in some way? This doesn’t have to be time consuming. You can just say a nice word or smile at someone that you know needs it. Doing something positive can enrich your life many times over.

New Year’s Resolutions involve making changes in our lives and change does not happen overnight.  Change is deliberate and you have to really put thought into why you are changing and how to make that change for it to work. This assessment will help you to do just that so maybe this year your New Year’s Resolution will work.

Plastic Surgery by Phone

Do you have questions about plastic surgery? Do you think you might need it, or know that you do? This is your chance to learn all about it from a plastic surgeon who is an expert in performing plastic surgery on weight loss surgery patients. Dr. J. Peter Rubin, Director of the Life After Weight Loss Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will be my guest on a telephone seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 9:00 PM EST.

If you can dial a phone, you can join in!

Go to http://www.wlscenter.com/plastic_surgery.htm to hear a preview of the seminar, read what will be covered and to register.

Recipe: Barbecue Beef

This is a good recipe for winter. The sauce and cooking the meat slowly in a crock pot really tenderizes the beef.

1 1/2 lb boneless chuck steak, 1 1/2 inch thick
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 Tbsp brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
1 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup (try a low sugar or low carb brand)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry or prepared mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper

Spray a skillet with Pam and brown the beef for about 5 minutes. Then cut the beef on a diagonal, across the grain into 1 inch wide slices and place in the crock pot. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the meat.  Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours or until very tender.

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: Sherrie Boudinot  

I want to offer a special thanks to Sherrie Boudinot. Here is her story:

When I was born I weighed 5 pounds, small huh? From then on, I was the tubby one in the family. I am now 40 years old and had been heavy all my life.

I remember being in school, always sick on the days of gym class because I didn't want to participate due to lack of energy and I didn't want to wear shorts in front of the class. The gym teacher would always "compliment" me by saying, "For being heavy, you do a very good job!" What a compliment.........

I had tried every diet imaginable. I would lose weight when I was dieting, but as soon as I would start eating again, I would gain it all back plus more----uncontrollable!!

In February 2002 I started hearing lots of advertising for gastric bypass surgery. I set out to accomplish this and I did in November 2002. I had my surgery in Columbus, Ohio at the Bariatric Treatment Center performed by Dr. Choban. She is an excellent doctor! I was lucky--my insurance approved me the first time around with no questions asked.

I had my initial visit in August 2002, my insurance was approved in October, and my surgery was in November. It was all very fast. I was scared but it was something I really wanted to do. Some of my family and friends were against it, but of course, they were the ones that have never had a weight problem.

The day of my surgery I weighed 280 pounds and I wore a size 24-26. Today, 22 months later, I wear a size 6-8. It's wonderful to go shopping and to be able to buy clothes that are in style and in the "regular size" section instead of having to go to the plus sizes and out-of-style clothes. And just to have the energy to go shopping is great!!

I never had any problems following surgery. I just followed the guidelines and it worked!! I have lots of energy now and I have much more confidence in myself. I have some loose skin that needs taken care of--trying to win the lottery to take care of that! But, with clothes on, it's not noticeable. I am now trying to get my daughter approved somehow for the surgery but her insurance is making her go through "hoops" that shouldn't have to be for this disease!

If this is something you are trying to make a decision about, "Go for it!" It's the best thing I have every done for myself!

Sherrie Boudinot
Albany, Ohio

Before After

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.  

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