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

Issue #132

January 1, 2008

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
January 1st is generally a day for resolving to change.  Many of us set resolutions that statistics show are broken within the first 30 days of the year.  The success story this issue shows a very different journey to success that you may want to adopt instead of those all-too-easy-to-break resolutions.

For those of you who have just begun your weight loss surgery journey, I hope that 2008 will be your year. What an adventure awaits you! It is not always easy, but it is worth it.

For those of you on your way, letís succeed together. Just keep appreciating the wonderful person that you are. If you need some help, look at the very special Blow Out Sale offer below or My Back on Track Program. Let me support you on your journey to a healthier life.

In This Issue


* Blow Out Sale
* Insurance Reform Needed
* Research Article: Weight Loss Surgery May Help the Less Severely Obese
* Many Parents Donít See Their Childís Obesity
* Photos Needed
* Research Questionnaire
* Would You Like to Have an Event?
* Recipe: Teriyaki Scallop Kebobs
* Success Story: Rona Goldfarb

Blow out Sale

Do you...

  • Need inspiration to lose more weight?

  • Want to become better educated about weight loss surgery

  • Feel you donít know what to do now that you have had surgery?

  • Are suffering from emotional eating or want to become inspired to exercise?

Then you are in luck! My January blow out sale is just what you need!

Would you like to save 10%? OK how about 15%? Wouldnít 25% be even better? Huge savings on my books and CDís!!!

What better way to start to your weight loss surgery education or to get back in the grove of losing weight again?

Here is the secret to the sale.  On the checkout page of my shopping cart, enter the year 2008 in the box labeled "Coupon/Promotional Code" located on the right side of the page. Be sure to click the Apply  button on the right of the box that will apply your code. Remember, to get the sale price, enter 2008 in the Coupon/Promotional Code box. and click Apply.

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Insurance Reform Needed

You may have heard of the tragic death of the 17 year-old San Francisco girl who was approved too late by the insurance company Cigna for a liver transplant.  See my Blog http://weightlosssurgeryblog.net  for a commentary on this and how it relates to weight loss surgery.  

To automatically receive all of my Blog posts, go to http://weightlosssurgeryblog.net/ and look in the right column

Stay up-to-date on all the latest information about weight loss surgery!!

Research Article: Weight Loss Surgery
  May Help the Less Severely Obese

Many people have complained to me that they wish they could have weight loss surgery, but their Body Mass Index is lower than 40 therefore they donít qualify. They are obese but not morbidly obese. Well that BMI limit may one day change.

According to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, people who have heart disease but whose Body Mass Index is between 30 and 40, benefit as much from the surgery if not more so. Click here for the full article.

There are more and more studies that are looking at the health benefits of weight loss surgery and not the weight loss aspects. As this happens more and more, weight loss surgery will become more accepted in the medical community and more mainstream in the insurance community.

Help with that New Year's resolution!

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


Many Parents Donít
  See Their Childís Obesity

I absolutely adore my daughter and admit that it is difficult for me to see any flaws in her.  Sheís my baby and even though she will be 21 years old in March, she will always be my baby.

My daughter is adopted therefore does not share my genes and has never had a problem with her weight. But with such a strong genetic component associated with obesity, many of the children of weight loss surgery patients do have weight issues.  Web MD recently reported on a poll of parents that indicates that parents often do not recognize obesity in their children. They donít recognize or they choose to ignore the signs, which can be very dangerous for children. If you are one of these parents or know someone who is, read the Web MD article Click Here

Photos Needed

I am going to be featured in WLS Lifestyles Magazine and the Editors would like to include pictures of me speaking in the article.  If any of you have pictures that you have taken of me when I was speaking at an event you attended, please email them to me at Barbara@WLScenter.com.

Thank you for your help.

Research Questionnaire for
  Those Who are 2+ Years Post-op

If you had your surgery 2 or more years ago, you are invited to participate in as research study conducted by students in the Masters in Nursing degree program at Malone College in Canton, Ohio. The purpose of this study is to examine the number of persons who gain weight at 24 months after having Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and to evaluate their body image.

Your participation in this study is voluntary and there is no compensation. But your responses will help others to understand more about the post-operative experience following weight loss surgery. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Malone College has approved recruitment of participants for this research study. Professor Lauren Seifert, the Human Research Committee Chairperson, can be contacted to answer questions about the rights of research participants at 330-471-8558 or via email at lseifert@malone.edu. If you have any other questions regarding this study, contact the investigator, Phillip Moser, BSN, RN, cell phone number (330-592-5622).

By answering this survey you give Mr. Moser permission to report the results of your survey as part of his final research project manuscript. If you would like a copy of the final results that will be submitted to his project supervisor, please contact Phillip Moser at Malone College, School of Nursing, 515-25th St, Canton, Ohio, 44709. The data will be shared as aggregate data and no one person's name or information will be singled out.

Click here for the survey

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 coordinator and need obesity sensitivity training for your hospital staff, contact me at 877-440-1518 or Barbara@BarbaraThompson.net. I have access to sponsorship that your hospital may qualify for.

Teriyaki  Scallop Kebobs

Teriyaki  Scallop Kebobs

Sea Scallops have a very delicate flavor and are high in protein and low in calories. What a great combination! This recipe is delicious and very easy to make.

12 large sea scallops, washed and dried
12 chunks of fresh pineapple
1/4 cup bottled all-natural teriyaki sauce

Soak 4 wooden skewers in water. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and marinate for Ĺ hour to 1 hour. When ready to cook, drain skewers.

Heat the grill to medium.

Place 3 pineapple chunks and 3 scallops on each skewer. Grill, turning as needed, for 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops are just cooked through.

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 120 calories, 9g protein, 21g total carbohydrate

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:
  Rona Goldfarb

I want to offer Rona Goldfarb a special thanks for her inspiration. Here is her story  

Goals met without knowing . . .

I set goals for myself this summer.  One was to walk 100 cumulative miles.  The seed of this idea is over a year old.  A friend told me she had walked 100 miles in a summer.  I was impressed by the wholeness of it, the roundness of the number.   She set the goal and obtained it.  I started thinking about goals in my life.  I have always had the same one; to lose weight.  I have done this many times. I would drop weight only to put it back on again and often, added a few more pounds for good luck.                                                                                                                            

The thought of setting a goal that was not weight oriented intrigued me. If I only did two miles a day it would still take 50 days.  In the 100 days of summer, it could be done.   As I started to walk the walk, I did some soul searching, reaching down deep to think about what it really meant to me.  The walk was really so much more than just that.  The miles starting passing without much notice, and the systematic action of foot in front of foot took on an auto pilot motion.  I was looking at the gardens, smelling the roses here, watching the tomatoes ripen there, and weaving a pattern for myself that was comfortable, manageable, and almost effortless.  The walk that started out as a goal, with huffing and puffing suddenly became easy.   

Over the course of the summer, with traveling, the scenery changed now and then.  Corn fields, green and growing in June were ripe with brown tasseled corn in August.  The Acadia Mountains were rugged, but the paths through them were comfortable, and offered wonderful views of lakes, waterfalls, and peaceful forestry.  The gardens of flowers and vegetables ripened and fell from the vines.  The miles continued to add up.

I was thinking more, mile after mile, and I realized, after about mile 35, that the goal wasnít the 100 miles.  The goal was each step.  It was every time I put on my sneakers, donned my baseball cap, and plugged in my headphones. All of it was a gift to me.  Every time I walked out the door to start another walk, it was a goal met and accomplished.

At mile 65 I started to want to walk more at each outing, three or four miles at a time.  By the time I realized that I was on the last 10 miles, the trees were starting to change color, and the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet surprised me. Where did the summer go?  Iím starting to think about goals for the next season.                        

With bariatric surgery as a tool, I have lost weight over the past 5 years. The bigger picture is the rest of my life. For me, one step, one foot in front of the other has been taking place since I woke up after my surgery.  I couldnít wait to put my feet on the ground and get started.  I embraced exercise and good nutrition from the start, learning what I could from sources available to me.  I wanted the success, and was willing to commit to this lifestyle forever

The goals I have accomplished can never be taken away from me.  I will always be grateful to my trainer who taught me that it isnít just exercising, itís doing it with good form, and eventually making is harder.  When I think, "This isnít so hardĒ, my trainer makes it harder.  I have learned from him that the goal is accomplished the first time I did one of anything.  No one can take that away.

I can gain weight, and lose weight.  Two steps forward and one step back.  To walk each and every step is one more step towards a greater picture.  Each step IS the goal

Days of further walking have added to my insight.  Walking my route at home backwards to make the hills harder made me realize that there are many ways to conquer a goal. Sometimes something that looks unattainable just needs to be looked at from a different angle. Walking while on a trip somewhere is a walk that shows me different views, different people.  Walking in the granite mountains of Maine or through the giant Redwood forests of California is awe inspiring. We are so little in the scheme of things, so truly insignificant. My goal of 100 miles is my mountain, strong and unyielding.

I am a mountain.  I am a giant.  I can be strong as the granite, and I can start anew from my own self. All this insight from a simple step. 

I look all around me and I see the imbalance of the world, the cockeyed view that we all have.  Somehow with just a walk, I feel more in balance.  I see the view more clearly. I want to apply this philosophy to other places in my life.  I can pass the ability to accept the greater good on to my children and grand children.  This will be my legacy. 

Only one word is learned at a time to read
Only one look is given to show love
Only one step is needed to walk

I walked the last three miles today.  I did them slow and determined; savoring each and every step.  There was no cheering at the end, no ribbon to break through, but my smile never left my cheeks.  My heart was pumped with the joy of victory. 

This goal is complete.   There will be others to accomplish. If I can remember to take the first step towards it, walk strong and tall, I know that I have started the chain reaction that will bring me to my goal. 

Rona Goldfarb

Congratulations Rona


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