In This Issue
New Lower Price on Audio CDs

Read Labels; You May Be Surprised What You Will Learn

Facebook WLS Private Group
Weight Loss Surgery and Alzheimer's Disease
Back On Track with Barbara

Some Help Needed

I Just Don't Want To Give Up Those Roomy Pants.  What's Up With That?
Recipe: Portabella Pizza

New Lower Price on Audio CDs
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Read Labels: You May Be
   Surprised What You Will Learn

This was posted on my Facebook WLS Private Group. I got such a chuckle out of it and thought my newsletter readers would enjoy it!

..WARNING! WARNING!...As I was washing my hair today, I actually read my shampoo bottle. I am in shock!! The shampoo I use, that runs down my entire body says, "for extra volume & body."  OMG! Now I understand why I'm so "full-figured!"

Tomorrow I am going to start using Morning Fresh dishwashing liquid. It says on the label "dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove." It pays to read the warning labels!

Dawn Anderson

Facebook WLS Private Group

I am so excited about my new Facebook group, called WLS Private Group.  It is categorized as a CLOSED group by Facebook.  This does not mean it is closed to new members. It is definitely open for new members and I hope you will join. A CLOSED group in Facebook means that only members of the group can read posts and comments. That provides members with the privacy that what they are discussing cannot be seen by anyone outside of the group membership.

The discussions in my WLS Private Group have really been great. Within the past day, the discussions hav been about dumping, weight regain, a new vitamin company, getting a tattoo before surgery, journaling, and using a slow cooker.

Here are some comments from members:
“I love this site! I sure wish this was around when I was a new post-op! I think I would be close to 300+ pounds off instead of working my way to 250 off. I am learning so much as well.” Carrie

“I thank you for having this group. I read everything every day.” Lora

“Isn’t this group wonderful? I have learned more here than in months of going to a normal support group.” Shelly

Please join us. We would love to have you. Just click on the box above.

Weight Loss Surgery
  and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s is a horrible debilitating disease.  You may have a family or friend dying inch by inch with the disease. You have only to go onto the Alzheimer’s Association website and read some of the stories to appreciate how tragic this disease can be:

 Muffett’s Story

I’ve been the primary caregiver for my mother with dementia/Alzheimer’s for the past nine years. She’s 86 and is fading away by inches and by bits and pieces. It is so unbelievably cruel and torturous to watch someone who was an excellent teacher and active lover of life be whittled away by this hideous disease a tiny bit at a time. I’m convinced she contracted it through hormone replacement therapy, which she had for too long and past the age of 75.

More of this story:

There is new research that shows that weight loss surgery may have an effect on Alzheimer’s disease. I doubt that there is anyone over the age of 50 that does not think about the prospect of Alzheimer’s disease.  It is such a horrible disease with no real cure in sight. I have said for many years, “Well by the time I have to worry about it, they will have found a cure,” but that didn’t seem to be happening.

To find out about this important research, go to

Back on Track with Barbara

Internet Mentoring Program

The Back on Track with Barbara Internet Mentoring Program really concentrates on lifestyle changes. Join our group and receive lessons via the internet and the support of others who are struggling just like you are.

Get Ready for Summertime Fun

Are you suffering from emotional eating and can’t stop?
Are you grazing on carbohydrates and can’t control it?
Are you lacking inspiration to lose the weight you have regained?
Do you feel that you don’t know what to do now that you have had surgery?
Are you dying to be in better shape?

My Back on Track Internet Mentoring Program will give you the
support you need to get your weight under control.

View a FREE Lesson and Listen to a FREE Telephone Seminar by
clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

Some Help Needed

One of our readers is having very serious abdominal pain and cannot find relief.  If you have a similar problem or know what her problem might be, please email her at

Dear Barbara,
I had RNY surgery in 2002. I did really well at first, losing weight and keeping it off. I had a thyroid problem and have been taking thyroid replacement medication since then. 

My real problem started 4 years ago, when I began to have a "nerve" sensation in my stomach area, and  I have not been able to get rid of it.  I have been treated by a pain clinic, and with antidepressants and  anxiety medications, but nothing touches this discomfort.

I am at my wits end, and can't even find a doctor who knows how to treat it. Most doctors want to say it is just anxiety. I even had a nerve block for the abdomen area 2 times, but feel that is too dangerous.  I could not walk for 2 weeks after the last one.

I am writing to you to see if you have heard of this in anyone else or might know of a treatment?  Right now I hate living because this is my shaky terrible life. 

I don't know of what kind of doctor to see. I have an endocrine doctor, but she is honing in on the thyroid and pre-diabetes. 

This is a real "nerve" issue, but I am stuck with it with nowhere to turn. I don't want to get hooked on anxiety drugs, and antidepressants do not change this problem. The pain is inside where my new little pouch is. I have even tried acupuncture, but with little success. 

This has ruined my life, and I believe it is caused from my surgery. I only want an answer or a suggestion of who to see.  I have nowhere to turn. I think the doctors think it is a psychological problem not a physical one, at this point. But the pain is so bad that I can't sleep because it keeps me awake. I can't relax because it is always there.

What would you do if you were me? Who would you see?  Any help at this point would be welcome

Sue Shew

I Just Don’t Want To Give 
  Up Those Roomy Pants.
  What’s Up With That?

I hate change. I admit it. I am just not good with new hair styles, clothing styles, or technology. Once I make the change, I embrace it, but it takes a major move for me to get to a comfortable place after a change. And I suspect some of you are the same.

Having weight loss surgery involves a tremendous change. We totally change the way we eat, and so much of our lives have revolved around food. At times, food was our best friend, and that all changed and it was tough, very tough.

But this post-weight loss surgery life involves other changes. Through my speaking career and my Chairmanship of the Obesity Action Coalition, I have met thousands of people who have had weight loss surgery, and I do notice those who have a problem with change. They are those who, even though they have lost a lot of weight, and really look good, are afraid to show off their bodies. They won’t tuck in blouses, they wear loose fitting pants, and they wear dark colors.

It feels good to be able to swim in outfits that were tight. Zipping up a zipper with no problem when we used to have to lie on our back, suck in a roomful of air, doesn’t happen anymore. But many go to the extreme, not wanting to give up clothes that made us feel comfortable.  With so much changing, losing our relationship with food, we don’t want to lose our relationship with our comfortable, roomy clothes that are large enough for us to hide in.

But we need to move on, and build a new wardrobe along with our new life. Don’t get stuck. Don’t become a Susan Osbourne. One of my recent blogs will explain. .

 Portabella Mushroom Pizza

I had Pizza for lunch! Yes you heard that right! And it was really good. According to my calculations the entire thing was 182 Calories, 6g of fat, 670mg sodium, 12 carbs and 17g protein!!! LOL!!! It is a bit high on the sodium front for me but I still enjoyed it!! It was a Portabella Mushroom Pizza. I used the Portabella mushroom cap as my crust. You can decorate it anyway you want. The ideas are endless! This was passed on to me about 6 months ago, and I have been making them every now and again!

·         Carrie Burkart Jones

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