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

Issue #127

October 15, 2007

Barbara Thompson
The Voice of Obesity

Hello Everyone,
Fall is here and at the end of this month is Halloween – always a fun time.  Keep it fun by making responsible decisions.  I have some tips below.

I have also included a nutrition quiz. It is amazing that we take some things for granted and never question them. Some of the answers to the quiz may surprise you.

In This Issue


* Nutrition Knowledge
* Oktoberfest Sale
* Halloween Horrors
* Back on Track with Barbara
* Recipe: Orange-Pumpkin Pudding
* Speaking for Your Support Group
* Success Story: Kera Wilson

Nutrition Knowledge

How much do you know about nutrition? Test your knowledge by taking this test. Some of the answers may surprise you!

1. True or False
Cottage cheese isn’t a particularly good sources of calcium.

2. True or False
Butter and margarine have about the same number of calories.

3. True or False
Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables contain fewer nutrients than fresh.

4. If you eat 100 more calories a day than you burn
a. You will become stronger and healthier
b. You will be able to exercise 5 minutes longer per day
c. You will gain about 1 pound in a month
d. Nothing will change as long as you take vitamins, particularly vitamin B.

5. Which fruit is highest in vitamin C?
a. One medium orange
b. One medium papaya
c. One medium mango
d. One medium grapefruit

6. True or False
Pears contain cholesterol.

7. True or False
Americans eat more potatoes than any other vegetable.

8. A 12 ounce can of regular cola contains
a. 3 teaspoons of sugar
b. 5 teaspoons of sugar
c. 10 teaspoons of sugar
d. 1 cup of sugar

9. True or False
Baby carrots are cut from young, immature carrots.

10. Eating a large dinner before bed will
a. Cause you to gain weight
b. Increase fat storage
c. Possibly cause heart burn
d. All of the above

Click here to find the answers

Oktoberfest Sale

We are having a sale!

For the month of October, my books and CDs and book/CD packages are 25% off only to readers of my newsletter.  To receive the discount, click the special button below to go to my shopping cart and get the discount. You will see the discount on the checkout page.

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to build your WLS information library.

(Please note that this discount is only available for online orders
that are entered through the above button.)

Halloween Horrors

Have you bought Halloween candy yet? If you haven’t, think twice about what you will be handing out. Halloween candy can cause you problems as well as helping the spread of obesity.

If you have candy sitting around your home in anticipation of Halloween, it can be very tempting. So here are some tips for handling those ghoulish goodies:

·        Buy treats that you don’t like.  It is much harder to control yourself around treats you like rather than those that you wouldn’t think twice about eating.

·        If you must buy treats, buy them just before Halloween so they aren’t tempting you too long.

·        After your children come home from their trick or treat adventures, have them pick out their 5 or 10 favorite treats and give the rest away to a homeless shelter or a personal care home. Children always get some treats that they don’t really like but end up eating because they are there. And the longer treats sit around your home, the more you will be tempted.

·        There are lots of alternatives to candy that you can give out for Halloween such as stickers, trading cards, raisins, pretzels, glow in the dark insects, temporary tattoos, water pistols, tiny colorful notebooks, hair clips or scrunchies.

Try something new this Halloween and you will be helping yourself, your children and those in the neighborhood.

Back on Track with Barbara

The Back on Track Internet Mentoring Program has a yahoo group where we share our struggles and successes. No one on this program feels alone.  This was written recently by one of the members after she had a bad week:

“Thank you so much , actually I know it will be better I just really need to vent and it helps that I have this wonderful group I can say anything to and not be judged . You guys have been where I am or are where I am and understand the frustrations and roadblocks we all have even if they are of our on making! I can not tell you how much I appreciate each of you.”


Don't struggle alone. Join us.

If you’re 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


Orange-Pumpkin Pudding

This is a pudding that is packed with flavor and is very nutritious. Perfect for Fall.

Orange-Pumpkin Pudding

4 slices whole wheat bread
½ cup milk
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup apple juice concentrate
2 eggs
1 banana, sliced
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup cooked pumpkin, canned
Dash of salt

Dice bread slices and crumble them in a blender. Place the crumbs in a square baking dish. Blend together the milk, orange juice and apple juice concentrate.  Add eggs, banana slices, cinnamon, pumpkin and salt. Blend again. Add the mixture to the bread crumbs. Stir together. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes. Serve slightly warm. Makes 8 servings.

Each serving:
108 calories, 18 carbohydrates, 4 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

Speaking for Your Support Group

Would you like to have an exciting and special event at your support groupor just do something special at a regular meeting?  Then invite me to speak If your meeting or event will draw 75 people or more and you would like me to speak, have your support group leader contact me for details. Have them email me at Barbara@WLScenter.com. 

Often when I speak, the events are not open to the public.  There are 2 upcoming events that anyone can attend:

Wednesday Oct. 17th – Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, MI, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Sponsored by Oakwood Hospital.  To register call 1-800-543-WELL.

Saturday November 10th - Mercer Auditorium, Hoskins Research Center, Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA.  Program lasts from 9 AM – 3 PM. Call Jodi Hannah, 912-412-2115 for information.

Hope to see you at one of these events!!

Success Story:
   Kera Wilson

I want to offer a special thanks to Kera Wilson. Here is her story:

My name is Kera Wilson and I had gastric bypass surgery.  I am 35 years old and can truly say I am blessed and so very fortunate that I was able to have this surgery 3 1/2 years ago. 

My story begins like this.  As a child, I grew up with deaf parents who were divorced by the time I was 4.  My 2 sisters and I lived with my Dad.  Our grandmother played a huge role in raising us and if it were not for her, we would not have known the values and morals that we all have.  Unfortunately all of us were abused by one member of our family or another and all of us wound up being overweight. 

At 14 I started slimming down but never had any boyfriends to speak of until I hit my 15th year.  I met my first true love.  He was the first person who made me feel pretty and appreciated.  Too bad he lived  2 states away though!  I met my husband shortly after I broke up with my first true love. 

I was pregnant at the age of 15 and married my husband on July 5th which was my 16th birthday also.  This is not something I suggest any 16 year old do. After I had my first daughter, I gained about 60 pounds and didn't have the desire to do much about it.  I was beginning to fall into a depression and did not know it. 

While living across the country with my husband it was revealed that my sisters had also been abused and then the depression really set in.  I started some counseling in Indiana but did not feel it was doing much to help.  After a year or so, I felt like I needed to move back home so I came back to Oklahoma to live with my grandmother.  Soon my husband followed and we wound up moving to Nebraska where my Dad was living at the time. That only lasted about 3 months then back to Oklahoma we came.  I was pregnant with my second child and I was only 18. 

After the birth of my second daughter, I had gained another 70 + pounds and depression was hitting me hard.  We moved to Wichita Falls TX and our life really began.  I was 200 pounds and suicidal.  I finally began counseling with a wonderful counselor and started getting to the root of things.  After 2 years of therapy, I was on my road to recovery. 

I started working for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas in 1998.  This was my first real job that made me feel worthy of even having.  I made a really great friend while I was there and in 2003, she decided to have gastric bypass surgery.  I watched her for several months and talked with her daily to see how her progress was and how she was doing.  I had heard so many bad stories about the surgery I was afraid for her life!  She recovered so very well and so I began to pray about it. 

I was now 250 pounds and miserable.  I would not go out in public after work, and I didn't want to deal with the comments and looks.  My husband and I were not doing well at all. I couldn't exercise very much because I had serious low back problems and I had tried every diet known to man. 

I had gotten a new job that paid me almost double what Blue Cross was paying me and that made me feel wonderful!!!  While at work one day I was praying about having the surgery and I heard God’s voice tell me, “It's going to be fine.” That was all I needed.  I went to see Dr. Warnock and scheduled my surgery for Feb 27th,  2004.  It was exactly 6 months to the day that my friend had her surgery. 

I began exercising prior to surgery so that I would be able to exercise after. After surgery, I was able to get up and walk every hour without the nurses telling me to and I never got sick and threw up after I got home.  My Pastor came to see me while I was in the hospital and he was amazed at how well I looked. He said I didn't even look like I had just had surgery!  That was most certainly God on my side lending me his divine strength and healing.  I stuck to the rules with the help of God and lost 100 pounds!!! 

My marriage is wonderful now.  I have a great husband who loved me through it all and stuck with me through all of my "stuff."  I now have no problem with going out in public and doing things with my family.  My husband and I have started dating again on Friday or Saturday nights and it is wonderful!!!  Our 2 girls are just about grown, one is 18 and the other will be 16 on Sept. 6th. 

I have been promoted to management and feel very confident in myself these days.  Had I not had surgery, I never would have dreamed of taking the management position.  It is such a good feeling to walk down the halls and hold my head up and greet people while looking them in the eye!  I will NEVER walk with my head hung down again.  I am a good person and worthy of looking people in the face!  It is amazing what weight will do to a person's self esteem and confidence.  Never again will I allow myself to feel the way I did at 250 pounds. 

Gastric bypass surgery saved my life and my marriage.  Of course God gets all the glory for my success and Dr. Warnock gets my thanks and appreciation for allowing God to use him to make me a success in every aspect of my life!


Kera Wilson

Congratulations Kera


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