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

Issue #94

June 1, 2006

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer as much as I am. It is great to get out in nature and walk around. This is truly my favorite time of the year.

There are some exciting things that are happening.  The Yahoo group for the Back on Track Internet Mentoring Program is a huge success.  It is giving everyone on the program so much support. It really helps to know that there are people who understand your struggles because they are going through them also. There is more about the program below.

Plus I am planning a series of retreats. Doesn’t it sound wonderful to get away for a weekend and concentrate just on you? Stay tuned for more information!

In This Issue


* Research Article: Follow-up of Nutritional and Metabolic Problems After Bariatric Surgery
* Thin-Life Crisis
* Weekend of Enrichment
* Recipe: Crab Bisque
* Success Story: Kimberley Hanson
* Are You Where You Want to Be?
* Attention Nurses
* Walk From Obesity

Research Article:
  Follow-up of Nutritional and Metabolic
  Problems After Bariatric Surgery

“Over the next several years, the number of patients who will have had bariatric surgery…will reach close to a million. Several well-described nutritional problems such as B12 and iron deficiencies will be noted in these patients. Many of these patients will be lost to the original surgeon and will now be in the care of the “other physician.”

So begins an article which appeared in a 2005 issue of Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association. The article goes on to describe all of the nutritional and metabolic problems that we need to look out for.  We need to be proactive in our own healthcare and be sure that our primary care physician knows what to look for. This is an article that is good for you to read and then pass on to your primary care physician.

For the entire article, go to http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/28/2/481?eaf.

Thin-life Crisis

Dear Barbara,

My best friend, Vickie, and my husband, Ray, both had RNY over a year ago.  Vickie has dropped 140 pounds and my husband has dropped over 180 pounds.  They both are feeling great and looking great and I am very proud of both of them.  What I would like to know about is what I call "Thin-Life Crisis" -- do others who have had the surgery find themselves acting entirely different, like they were teens?  Vickie is not as bad as my husband, but both seem to have lost their common sense and maturity along with the weight.  I knew my relationship with them would change, but others have also commented on how they are acting too. 

I would like to have the surgery, but I don't want to lose my mind with the weight! :)  Actually, I had a stroke with my last surgery and I am really skittish about surgery now.  I am 38 and would love to have the energy and health that my spouse and friend have! 

What is your experience with the Thin-life Crisis????

New Castle, IN

Dear Kathy,

What you are describing is not at all uncommon.  But I must admit that I have never heard it referred to as the thin-life crisis!  That is a great name for it! Let me see if I can lend some perspective.

Those of us who have had a weight problem all of our lives, may never have had an opportunity to let loose and be ourselves.  We have lived under and been inhibited by our size.  Most of us don’t want to attract any attention, because we don’t want people to stare at us anymore than they already are.  We suffer from low self esteem and many of us have not fully developed our social skills because we have never been “out there.”

After losing a tremendous amount of weight in a very short period of time, we feel suddenly freed of what has held us back.  We have dreamed about what it would be like to be of normal weight. Well, it’s here.  What we have fantasized about is now a reality.  And that makes some go a little crazy.

In addition to those psychological issues, we feel so much better physically. We can move, we can dance, we can “kick up our heals.” We have new interests because we can have new interests.

Often people don’t realize what they are doing.  Many have commented to me that I am much more open and assertive since my surgery.  I don’t see it.  I thought I was always like this.  But I have heard it often enough that I suspect it is true. Likewise, your husband and your friend may have no idea that they are different.

Generally people calm down as they become accustomed to their new body, but there are some that don’t. Just be sure to keep the lines of communication open.  Talk to them about how you feel.  Try to continue to be understanding and rejoice with them.  They have waged a real battle and won.

A Weekend of Enrichment

Imagine a weekend to reflect, learn, move, plan and generally hang out with me and others who have had weight loss surgery. A weekend to get away from work, cooking, and responsibilities to take time out for just you! That is what you will be able to do at a series of retreats that I am planning. I am excited to announce the Barbara Thompson Enrichment Retreats.

As these are planned, I will pass details along to you. In the meantime, I will be sending out a questionnaire to each of you asking for your input in planning these events. Please take a few moments of your time to let me know how you feel about these retreats so I can put together an event that will be truly valuable for you to attend.


Crab Bisque

This is a recipe that you can enjoy no matter how long you are post-op.  It is terrific and is from David Fouts’ Culinary Classics book which unfortunately is no longer in print. 

Crab Bisque

1 Tbl onion, minced
1 Tbl butter
2 Tbl flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups half and half
1 pound crab meat
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion in butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually stir in chicken broth and half and half; cook and stir 5 minutes.

Break crab into chunks; add to broth. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Heat thoroughly. Yield 1 cup.

Per serving:
227 calories; 17 grams of protein; 6 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:
  Kimberley Hanson

I want to offer a special thanks to Kimberley Hanson. Here is her story:

Dear Barbara,
I had been overweight since the age of 17. I weighed 214 pounds, was 5 feet tall and wore sizes 20 and 22. My self esteem was near zero. At the age of 34, my father died of congestive heart failure. At the age of 38, my mom also died of congestive heart failure. I have 4 brothers and 3 of them have already suffered heart attacks, and strokes. Two of them had triple bypasses. I knew I had to do something or I would follow in their footsteps and could possibly die like my parents. I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tachycardia and acid reflux.

I went to see my doctor and was told that I was a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery. Knowing that I could die if I didn't have the surgery outweighed any fears of having the surgery. I was put on the list and on Feb. 9, 2005 I began a new life. The surgery went well and I was out of the hospital in 3 days. It is now May 2006 and I am wearing a size 0, 2 and even some girls 14/ 16 from the kids department. I am no longer a diabetic, I have no acid reflux, no tachycardia and my cholesterol and blood pressure are great. I feel wonderful and have great self esteem. I just finished my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and am now pursuing my Bachelors Degree in the same field. I recommend this surgery to everyone who needs it.

Kimberley Hanson
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Congratulations Kimberley

You achieved your goal, be proud and tell the world.

I am running low on success stories.  If you have a story to share, are at least 1 year post-op and have before and after  pictures, please send them to me at Barbara@wlscenter.com so that I can include them in a future issue.

Are You Where You Want to Be?

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

Would you like results like this?
“I am loving this Back on Track With Barbara Program. It really does keep me on track.  I like having a new lesson each week, and practicing each of the new steps in the lessons. I know I need constant encouragement to keep the grazing under control. The low glycemic foods are a wonderful help. Let's hear it for Barbara! I'm so glad she is doing this work for us. This is a real need she is filling.”

New Jersey

For more information or to join the Program,
go to http://www.BackOnTrackWithBarbara.com

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.

Walk from Obesity
The Walk from Obesity which will be held this year on September 30th. This is a wonderful non-competitive fund raising event that is held each year to raise awareness and end the disability, death and discrimination of those who are obese.

Click here for more information about participating in a Walk near you
or donating to the cause.

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