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Issue #165

May 1, 2009


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In This Issue


* Video: Self Sabotaging Your Eating
* Ask Barbara: Why Arenít I Losing More Weight?
* StomaphyX Video
* Texas Conference
* Recipe: Caponata
* Success Story: Jennifer Miller

Why Arenít I Losing More Weight?

Hello Barbara,
I was exploring your website and indeed, was very impressed with all you have achieved and done for yourself. It is good mentorship for the rest of us who have also been struggling with weight issues and have undergone bariatric surgery in the hopes of creating a drastic change in our food intake.

I had my surgery 5 months ago; I am a diabetic, 5'1" and weighed 209 pounds. Now, five months later, I weigh almost 157 and feel and look much better. However, I find the weight loss has virtually stopped and someone told me it was due to the fact that diabetics do not lose as much as others.

I am 54 years old, not very active but not inactive either. Due to a bad leg, I have not been able to join a fitness class. Depending on how active I get, whether it is cleaning up at home, running around doing errands, or simply doing some dancing at home, that is the extent of my exercise.       

I only have a cup of cornflakes with skimmed milk in the morning for breakfast and sometimes after dinner for dessert too. I might also have a slice of multigrain toast with half a slice of cheese with tomatoes. For lunch and dinner I have a bowl or two of chicken corn soup with bits of chicken in it. Here and there I pick at a piece of low fat cheese and a bite of an omelet. I have also taken a handful of nuts on occasion. I also have a bottle of Fuze vitamin drink along with my vitamins. My calorie intake does not exceed 1200, although sometimes it goes up to 1400 calories. I am trying to keep it to 800-900 calories and can only do that if I avoid anything in the evenings. I am not sure if this is the correct diet for me, so anything you can suggest would be very helpful!

I find my weight loss has almost come to a halt. I know there is something more I can do and was wondering if you could help with some tips on how I can expedite the weight loss. Although I have lost 52 pounds, I do want to lose another 30 to reach my goal and not sure what I am doing wrong to have slowed the process.

Your assistance and inspiration would be great! I eagerly await your response.

Please also let me know if you have any plans of visiting Toronto, Ontario in the near future? I would like to attend your sessions

Tess Hamid

Dear Tess,
You bring up a lot of issues that I can address. So I will just approach them by topic:

1.  You said you had heard that diabetics do not lose as much weight after surgery as those who donít have diabetes.  I have not heard that diabetics donít lose as much weight. That may be true but I have not heard that.  I would be very interested to hear from other readers that are or were diabetics and have had surgery.

2.  You describe what you are eating.  I first wonder how you determined how many calories you are eating.  Have you journaled and written down everything that you put in your mouth? For instance, are you counting the calories in your Fuze drink? Depending upon which drink you consume, a bottle could be 0 calories to 200 calories. Unless you weigh and measure, your calorie count could be as much as 25% off.

3.  Where is your protein? You should be getting in 60 to 80 grams of protein and I donít see it in what you have reported.  You could eat some very low calorie protein such as broiled fish or grilled chicken or you could try a protein drink. But remember to count everything.

4.  You need more variety in your diet.  If you eat the same thing day in and day out, your will lose less weight. Your body naturally looks for ways to conserve energy. If your body becomes so efficient at burning calories from the same food every day, it will burn fewer calories.  You need variety.

5.  You havenít mentioned anything about drinking water.  Be sure that you include 64 ounces of water in your diet.

6.  You definitely need to exercise.  Even with a bad knee, there are things that you can do for exercise.  Try water aerobics, or try the ďSit and Be FitĒ type of exercises. Try lifting hand weights to build up your muscle mass so that you will increase your metabolism. Exercise is very important.  You have a narrow window of opportunity in order to lose weight. Your weight loss will never be as easy as it is during your first year.  But exercise is a key to taking advantage of that window.

7.  You are not that far away from your goal weight; therefore, weight loss will be slower. Your Body Mass Index has crossed over the obese limit and you are in the overweight category right now. The additional 30 pounds is a good goal because that will put you into the normal weight range.  But these last pounds will be more difficult.  

Everything that I am suggesting is what I teach in my Back on Track Program Internet Mentoring . The program is not only for those who have started to regain weight but for those who arenít losing enough weight. Plus you have access to me to guide you every step of the way.

I hope these observations will help you to move faster along your journey. I would love to hear from other diabetics and if they have been told that diabetics lose weight more slowly.  Also, if I have skipped anything in my haste to send out this newsletter, please let me know. Email me at

And I have no plans to come to Toronto at the moment, but would just love to!!

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StomaphyX Video

I know that many of you have questions about the StomaphyX procedure to help you lose weight that you have regained since your gastric bypass surgery. During the procedure, a surgeon places a tube down your throat and pleats the pouch and stoma to make them smaller. Here is a YouTube video from a segment of the Doctors that is really informative.


To find a surgeon that does the procedure, click here.

Texas Conference

Do you live in the Texas area? If so, you do not want to miss the Making It a Lifestyle Conference in Dallas June 27th, 2009 featuring me along with my 2 friends Colleen Cook and Monica Ganz. There are special discounts for 2 people signing up at the same time. Sign up early so that you will be assured to have a seat. You are getting the 3 of us for the price of 1!!

 Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity

to learn from these legendary leaders

Be inspired by our stories, educated by our wisdom  and motivated by our lasting success. Each of us will provide a keynote presentation,  meet and greet opportunity, and book signing.

For additional information on tickets, sponsorship packages, bariatric program packages, and support group coupons: (800) 339-9129 or visit our website.

If you are a bariatric practice, contact me at for savings coupons for your patients. Also click here  for sponsorship information.

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This is a tangy vegetables dish that is very low in calories. Serve it with raw vegetables to dip or with low-fat high-fiber crackers.

2 tsp. olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups peeled, diced eggplant
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup diced celery
ĺ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted
2 Tbl. no-salt-added tomato paste
Ĺ tsp salt
ľ tsp pepper
1 Tbl capers, rinsed
2 tsp red wine vinegar

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until hot but not smoking over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the eggplant, 1 cup of the tomatoes, the celery, broth, ľ cup of water, the tomato paste, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the sauce is thickened and the vegetables are softened, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the remaining 1 cup tomatoes, the capers, and vinegar. Spoon the caponata into a serving bowl and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Serves 4
Nutritional information for 1 serving:
87 calories, 3 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat

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Success Story:
  Jennifer Miller

I want to offer Jennifer Miller a very special thanks for sharing her success with us.  Here is her story:

I have never written a success story, but I love the Barbara Thompson's WLS Center Newsletter and I would do anything to add to it.  So if she needs success stories, I would be happy to share mine. You go, Barbara!

The problem is with a success story is that you have to wrap your brain around the fact that you are a success.  And I am a success.  This is a very foreign concept for me, as I have been a large person my entire life.  I was 180 lbs in the 8th grade. I only remember this because in gym class we had to weigh ourselves in front of everyone and people were having a cow!  (Let this be a lesson to all gym teachers, there is no reason to humiliate childrenÖ it will not help them, believe me!) 

Anyway, I will just give the highlights of my story, since I am now 37 and to go through all my years would be long and probably painful (for the reader as well as me).

I started researching weight loss surgery around 2000.  I had my son in 1999, and had my daughter in 2002, so after 2002, I got really serious about the process.  You could say that I was obsessed.  My husband and I were happy with our current family, and I knew it was time to fix myself, so that I could live and enjoy my childrenís journey.  I wanted to play and run with them.

It took a long time to get the surgery paid for by my insurance (I hope that the process is easier now), but they did pay.  I had an RNY gastric bypass procedure in September 2005.  I wish I could say that it went well, but I flat-lined during the operation.  I guess that shows you how badly I needed to change my lifestyle.  I am now on Coreg twice a day for my heart, but I believe with the way I have been going that someday I will be off this medication. 

I cannot even describe how much I have changed my life with diet and exercise.  I now exercise daily, with my current favorite being Bikram Yoga (If you have not tried this yoga, you must!!!!)  I was loving water aerobics my first year out, then I had a personal trainer my 2nd year out, now it is Bikram yoga, so as they say, variety is the spice of life and there are a lot of different forms of exercise out there.  Find one!

I had a tummy tuck about a year and a half after surgery.  I was getting really discouraged because I had so much skin. It was crazy!  After my tummy tuck, I regained all my resolve to never be overly heavy again.  It is just not worth it!

So, to quote an old Chinese proverbÖ ďA journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.Ē  So donít just stepÖ  LEAP! 

Jennifer Miller

Congratulations Jennifer


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