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Weight Loss Surgery:
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* Weight Regain: Whatís It All About?
* Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup * Success
Story: Faye Harbin
Weight Regain: Whatís It All About?
A year ago I asked all of you via a survey what
keeps you up at night, what you are most concerned about. Seventy
percent of you responded that you fear weight regain more than
anything. And that is understandable. After years and sometimes a
lifetime of battling morbid obesity, through surgery we have been
able to experience weight normalcy and we fear that it will slip
through our fingers.
Before surgery we heard stories from concerned
family and friends about all of the people who died from the
surgery. Now after we have had surgery, we hear all the stories
about people who have regained all of their weight. You canít help
wondering if that will be your fate.
So why is some weight regain so common after
surgery? Here are some thoughts:
1.Problem: After gastric bypass
surgery, weight loss is so easy that we donít learn the lifestyle
changes necessary to maintain our weight.
Recognize that weight loss will never be this easy again. Lose as
much as possible during the Window of Opportunity period which is
the first 12 to 18 months. Donít
delay your weight loss during that period because of a cruise, the
holidays, vacation, a party or wedding, a stressful period, or a
host of other excuses. Your job during your first year is to eat properly
and exercise. Do everything you can to reach your goal.
nutritional counseling on how to eat in order not to regain weight.
Journal. Writing down everything that you eat is recognized as the
most effective way to control weight.
We donít exercise often because our excess weight has made it
impossible. We have bad backs, bad knees, or bad feet. We have
learned to associate exercise or even movement with pain. To now
embrace exercise is difficult.
Make a list of exercise possibilities for you. Some of them might
include to hire a personal trainer for a few sessions, join Curves,
walk through the mall, dust off the old exercise equipment and use
it, take an exercise class, do water aerobics, or buy a WII Fit.
If you aren't accustomed to exercise, do it in baby steps. You will not be able to exercise like
a pro for a long time. Start slowly - just a few minutes a day.
Exercise is something that you have to build up to.
We donít deal with emotional eating issues. Part of why we
are the way we are is that we eat our way through our problems. We
live to eat. Eating is such a part of our lives that not having
what we eat as the center of our world is a hard place to get to.
Although right after surgery we have it under control, after 2 or 3
years the emotional eating issues can return.
Seek counseling to deal with those emotional eating issues. Get to
the bottom of why you deal with problems through food. Read about
emotional eating. There are a lot of books to help you.
We get to a point where we are hungry. This can be from
eating too many carbohydrates which will start carbohydrate
cravings. It can also be because we have stretched our pouch or
Avoid simple carbohydrates which are found in sweets, white
breads, white pastas, etc. After protein, diet of complex
carbohydrates is important. Complex carbohydrates include
fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Build your diet around these.
If your pouch and stoma are stretched, there are surgical remedies
that will make those smaller. A lap band can also be put around the
Whatever the source of weight regain, the most
important thing is to catch the problem as early as possible. Donít
let it get out of control and donít panic. You can find a way to
deal with the issue no matter what it is.
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2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, defatted
ľ cup dry sherry or dry white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Ĺ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon saffron, or ľ teaspoon turmeric
Ĺ teaspoon salt
ľ teaspoon black pepper
Ĺ cup long grain rice
ĺ pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 cup frozen peas
In a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole, combine
the broth, 3 cups of water, the sherry, garlic, paprika, saffron, salt
and black pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, add the rice, and
cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
Add the chicken and bell peppers to the pan. Reduce
the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and the
chicken cooked through, about 15 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook just
until the peas are heated through. About 1 minute.
Makes 4 serving. Nutritional value of each serving: 256
calories, 23 grams protein, 28 grams carbohydrates
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of
thisnewsletter, please send it to me at
I am getting very low on success stories.
If you havenít done so already, please send me yours along with
your before and after pictures. It is how you can give back for
what you gain from this newsletter.
If I used your story in one of my past newsletters,
your updated story and new photos are welcome.
I want to offer Faye Harbin a special thanks.
Here is her story:
All my life, I was very small and petite, very
active and full of energy; however, when I turned about 40 years of
age, I put on a little weight-not too much, but more than usual for
me. By the time I was 46, I was wearing a size 12, whereas I had
always worn size 5 and 7.
Then in 1992 my husband was diagnosed with
Alzheimerís. I was able to care for him at home; however, we were
confined for a couple of years. During that time, I starting gaining
weight due to the stress, depression, eating junk food and sweets
which is all he wanted to eat. My husband passed away in 1996, but I
did not lose the weight. The stress was still present in my life
because for the first time in my life, I was alone. I left my
parentís home when I married and then I was married for 33 years, so I
had never been by myself. Needless to say, I did not prepare and eat
the right foods.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis,
osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux, a heart
murmur, and finally diabetes. My blood pressure was so high, I had to
take three different medications a day to keep it down, but never
normal. Then I was placed on a breathing machine for sleep apnea.
When all the diagnosis was complete, I was taking 13 prescription
pills a day and was only able to do water aerobics because of the
arthritis pain in my lower back, hips, and knees. Needless to say, I
did not lose any weight, but gained additional weight.
In 2005, I starting thinking intently about
losing weight however, I had tried every diet that came along, with
no success. With Weight Watchers, I did lose about 20 pounds, but
quickly put it right back on. Then I decided I would check out
gastric bypass surgery as I had known several people who had this
surgery with complete success. I researched the procedure and talked
with everyone I saw that had the procedure. I approached my family
physician to see what he thought about it. After seeing that I was
serious about it, he agreed that it might just work for me. He then
referred me to a wonderful surgeon who agreed I would be a good
candidate for this procedure because I was morbidly obese. I was 5í
1Ē, weighed 224 pounds, and wore size 20 womenís clothes.
On November 14, 2006, I had the procedure done at
Piedmont Medical Center by Drs. Espinal and Bohanian. In my opinion,
I was a textbook case because I had no complications at all. I
immediately felt better; probably most of it then was psychological,
but I knew I was going to be fine. It seems like the weight just fell
off, but of course, I did everything by the book. I wanted it to be a
success. I didnít want to have gone through all that for nothing. I
started to exercise as soon as the doctor gave me permission. At
first, all I did was walk. Then I started back to water aerobics
because that was all I had been able to do before. Shortly though as
the weight started coming off, I was able to do more exercise. I
joined a step aerobics class and started dancing. I have always loved
to dance, but the arthritis had stopped me from doing much of that.
Now, that I have lost 112 pounds, I am able to
dance a lot. I belong to 2 dance clubs and dance at least one night a
week (3 Ė 4 hours). I also do step aerobics for one hour, three times
a week. Sometimes I dance for 2 or 3 nights a week. I feel great and
have tons of energy. I now weigh 112 pounds, which means I have lost
exactly half my weight. My clothes are now size 4 Ė 6. I no longer
have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, acid reflux, or diabetes,
however I still have the arthritis, but no problem with my knees or
hips. I can walk 2 miles easily. I am able to keep up with my two
I can truthfully say my life has changed
dramatically and I am so happy, and feel that I am very healthy now.
I am planning on a long, healthy life
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