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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
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is to occasionally contribute to the content. You can do this by
sending in your success story. When
I ask for your opinion, please take the time to jot something
down. And when I have surveys, please respond.
Right now I really need your success story. I
am completely out. If you sent one and I havenít published it,
it is because I either didnít receive it or you sent it without
before and after pictures. So please resend it.
So please share your story with all of us.
And remember that success isnít only measured in pounds lost. It
is measured also in the accomplishments of doing everyday things
that were impossible before.
If you are wondering where my video is, my
husband Frank who is my videographer had surgery this week. He is
still feeling rather delicate. We will resume the videos with the
In This Issue
* Motivation: The Key to Long Term Success
* Reasons for Surgery: A Special Response
* The Obesity Action Coalition: Your Avenue to Pay It Forward
* Remembering My Surgery
* Recipe: Asian Chicken and Slaw
* Success Story: Wendy
Motivation: The Key to Long Term
Motivation to lose weight came easily when we had
surgery. With some of us, motivation came from a choice between life
and death. Motivation may have came from total humiliation or a
quality of life that was no longer tolerable.
But what happens when those circumstances change.
What happens when our health improves and we have lost a great deal of
weight? What happens when we are not at goal or are starting to panic
because the pounds are starting to creep back up? We look and feel
better, but wonder if we are on the path back to the weight we were
before. How do we get motivated to get moving and eating in a healthy
way to reverse a very dangerous trend? Finding that motivation can be
the difference between our success and failure.
In order to become truly motivated, there are
some things to do to set the stage for success.
- Have a positive attitude about yourself. If
you are expecting failure, then you will fail. Have faith that you
can do this. You need to have a healthy attitude on the inside
before you can be healthy on the outside.
- Surround yourself with positive people who
will be your cheerleaders. Share with them what you are trying to do
and ask for their help. Stay away from those who put you down or
urge you to eat. Donít bother to even share with them what you are
trying to accomplish, because they will make it their mission to
stop you dead in your tracks. They can eat away at your motivation
and reverse strides you have made.
- Find a role model Ė someone that you would
like to look or act like. Be sure this is a person who is ďrealĒ and
in your same age bracket. There is a woman who I have seen many
times at my local gym who also shops at my grocery store. She is
about my age and looks terrific. I donít know her, but I have
watched her over the years. I have seen how she exercises and the
food that she buys. She is my role model. She is not a Barbie doll.
She is not perfect. She is just a real woman who works at being
healthy in a realistic and attainable way.
- Examine why you overeat and why you may not
exercise. Sit down with paper and pencil and write some thoughts
out. What is it that might be holding you back? Are there
reasons that you can work on by yourself, and are there reasons that
you might need professional counseling with?
- Have a good understanding of why you are doing
this. This is truly where your motivation comes from. Know yourself.
Now you are ready to get started. Set a realistic
goal that you want to work towards, and then set a time frame. It is
better to set a short term goal that is achievable. Be patient with
yourself and have confidence that if you keep trying you will
eventually get there. It is only when you give up that you fail. Donít
let fear of failure stop you. It can lead to procrastination and never
being completely content with yourself.
Motivation is in you somewhere. If you had weight loss surgery, then
you are a motivated person. None of us goes through the ordeal of
weight loss surgery without
being extraordinary. Being the best that you can be takes a lot of
motivation, and if you dig deep, you will find it.
Reasons for Surgery: A Special Response
In the last
newsletter, I talked about reasons to have weight loss surgery. I
received many really wonderful responses. But I would like to share
the response that I received from Patty. It especially spoke to me.
Here are a few reasons that I had my surgery. Along with the obvious
reasons of looking better and feeling better, these are my personal
1. The main reason I had surgery was I couldn't
stand to see the pain in a little boyís eyes. A little blonde
haired, blue eyed, 2 year old grandson who, when I would come in from
working a day shift, would say, "Mamaw, letís go outside and play
baseball." I couldn't do it. I had no energy and I would come home,
sit in the recliner and go to sleep.
2. I have been a nurse for 32 years since
before my 20th birthday. At 51 years old, I am not ready to hang up my
hat yet. I love this work, but my dream job is to be a traveling
nurse. I will work 3 days a week in exotic places and I will take my
husband along as part of my personal baggage.
3. Absolutely to get off the 8 pills I was
4. To rid myself of sleep apnea, diabetes, and
severe foot and joint pain of arthritis.
5. To be able to look and feel good. This is one
of my main reasons. If you don't feel good then you make everyone
around you not feel good and they don't want to be there with you.
Misery rarely ever loves company in my experience.
Thanks for letting me share.
Attention Nurse Educators
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If you are a
bariatric coordinator or nurse educator and need obesity sensitivity
training for your hospital staff, contact me at 877-440-1518 or
sensitivity training is a Center of Excellence requirement. I can help
you find sponsorship that your hospital may qualify for.
The Obesity Action
Your Avenue to Pay It Forward
Membership in the OAC is Important
to YOU as a Patient
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is an important organization for those
who are affected by obesity. Whether you are seeking to treat your
obesity or have successfully sought treatment, the OAC needs your
support and your voice as a member. The OAC invites you to join with
us now and become a Patient/Family Member of the OAC.
is a National non profit organization formed more than three years ago
to bring together individuals affected by obesity, morbid obesity and
childhood obesity. The OAC serves these individuals, as well as the
public, through education and advocacy efforts. As someone who is
affected by the life-changing disease of obesity, YOU are why the OAC
exist to help others who are trying to access treatments for their
obesity. We exist to fight obesity discrimination that unnecessarily
happens each and every day. We exist to lessen the negative stigma
that those affected face in their daily lives. We exist to educate
others and the public that obesity is a complex disease and it isnít a
personal failing or lack of self-control. We exist to represent the
millions upon millions who are affected in this country. We exist to
serve YOU and help YOU in everything that we do.
the OAC is a small financial commitment of $20/year, and with that you
will receive valuable member benefits, such as an annual subscription
to the OACís official patient magazine, OAC News. But most
importantly, joining the OAC is a way to make a difference and help
others with the same challenges you face/or have faced.
thanks you for your support and hopes to welcome YOU as a member!
Remembering My Surgery
My husband, Frank, had prostate removal surgery
this week and it brought back so many memories of my gastric bypass
surgery. His surgery was done laparoscopically and he announced that
we now have matching scars. The first time that I saw him get back
into bed after surgery, he just fell back onto the hospital bed and groaned in
pain. I said to him, ďDonít you remember anything about how to get in
and out of bed from my book?Ē So we reviewed how to use your arms
rather than your stomach muscles when lying down and getting up. He
used a spirometer, and the leg wraps to guard against blood clots and
is dealing with a JP drain. I should have suggested that he review the
first part of my book prior to his surgery.
||If you have not had your surgery yet, my book,
Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside
You will prepare you and your family for what you will
experience, as well as provide you with a guide for the
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Asian Chicken and Slaw
Asian Chicken and Slaw
1-1/4 lbs. ground chicken
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions (including some green), finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons dark Asian sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (16 ounces) shredded coleslaw mix
1/4 cup beef broth
Combine chicken, 2 cloves of garlic, green
onions, 2 teaspoons ginger, half of the water chestnuts, 2 teaspoons sesame
oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, hoisin sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
in a medium- size bowl. Shape into patties.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a
large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook 4
minutes per side or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F
on an instant thermometer. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.
Add the remaining garlic, water chestnuts, soy
sauce and salt to the skillet, along with the coleslaw mix. Cook over
medium-high heat 7 minutes. Add broth, cover and cook 3 minutes or until
tender. Serve slaw alongside patties.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information for each serving:
Protein: 32 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
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Hello, my name is Wendy and I am a grateful Weight
Loss Surgery recipient! I am 48 years old, married, with one 12 year
Weight has always been an issue for me. I went on my first diet
when I was in 6th grade. In 12th grade my family doctor prescribed
Dexedrine to help me lose and maintain weight. After college I tried:
1) thyroid pills even though there was nothing wrong with my thyroid,
2) a hypnotist, 3) Weight Watchers (multiple times), 4) Nutri-System
(several times), 5) Jenny Craig (twice), 6) a liquid diet program, 7)
the phen/fen drug combination, 8) the Richard Simmons Deal-A-Meal
program, and 9) the Weigh Down Workshop (twice, and boy did I feel
like a bad Christian when I failed this program!!).
After all these weight loss attempts my weight was up to an all
time high of approximately 315 pounds. I realized that nothing I had
ever tried was going to give me a permanent weight loss. That is,
until my sister-in-law told me about Carnie Wilson and her weight loss
surgery. I started investigating weight loss surgery seriously in
January of 2001. I filled out my paperwork the first week in February
and was approved by insurance in May. In that time between February
and my surgery date, I ate like an out of control eating machine. By
my pre-op appointment, my weight had climbed to 333.5 pounds. I had my
lap RNY on 9/25/01 with Dr. Wittgrove in San Diego and have not looked
back since. I have lost 203 pounds!!
As far as how I feel Ė I feel better than I have since I was a
teenager! I have so much energy now it is amazing. And I eat a normal
amount of calories so my body is not starving or feeling deprived in
any way. Losing weight does not magically change your life. If
emotional or other problems exist now, they still have to be dealt
with after weight loss surgery. However, life does not seem to be so
hard anymore. My outlook on life has really improved!
I just had plastic surgery to remove excess skin and so I am
feeling better about myself than I have in many years. Several people
have asked me if I am glad I had the surgery and I always answer with
an emphatic ďYESĒ!!!!!!! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Lap RNY 9/25/01
Dr. Wittgrove, Alvarado Hospital
Minus 203 pounds
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