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Stop the Comparison!

Weight Loss is Not a Competition - Even with Surgical Help 

October 4, 2011   

Losing weight and staying sane in a world where
 it's easy to be fat.

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Happy Dance was to Share the WLS Experience

Here are the top 12 non-scale moments I hear most often when I ask my WLS Neighbors, "How much HEALTH have you gained?" I have phrased them in the first person because I believe they collectively belong to all of us.

If you have experienced a set-back in your weight management program I encourage you to make a list of moments you have celebrated or look forward to celebrating. Do this along with your 5 Day Pouch Test and Capture the Enthusiasm again!

1. To have more energy. To wake up feeling energized. Or my favorite, "Hell! Just to wake-up each morning is my celebration!"

2. To live to see my children and/or grandchildren grow to be adults.

3. To fit in a "normal" airline, bus, or trrain seat without getting the scornful look from the stranger next to me.

4. No more C-PAP; fewer medications; fewer visits to doctor.

5. To go to the amusement park and ride the rides; not be the purse-stroller-Mickey-hat holder on the sidelines.

6. The feet: tying shoes, painting toe nails without becoming red-faced and winded.

7. Improved sex life/Improved relationships/Improved dating life.

8. Finally fit into something labeled "One Size Fits All."

9. To never hear again, "You have such a pretty face . . . if only you could lose some weight."

10. To live active lifestyle: dancing, horseback riding, walking up stairs, swimming, golfing, etc.

11. Bathroom issues: fitting in "normal" public stalls; no fear of breaking the toilet seat.

12. To be confident or at least be able to fake it better!
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What your Bariatric surgeon Forgot to Tell You That Will Cause Weight Gain 

A significant number of people who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss will at some point regain some of the weight they lost initially with surgery. Patients who stray from the high protein diet prescribed by weight loss surgery nutritionists to eat simple processed carbohydrates, called slurry foods, are likely to gain weight.

Learn why 


Slider Foods Spell Weight Regain For Weight Loss Surgery Patients  

Soft processed carbohydrates, slider foods, are the bane of good intentions and ignorance often causing dumping syndrome, weight loss plateaus, and eventually weight gain  for gastric bypass, gastric band (lap-band), and gastric sleeve bariatric patients. Learn what slider foods are and why they cause weight regain for weight loss surgery patients. Full article.

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Understanding the Liquid Restrictions of WLS 

Liquid restrictions are imposed on patients of all bariatric procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve. For thirty minutes prior to eating and thirty minutes following eating patients are to abstain from drinking fluids. They must not partake of liquids while eating. Learn why liquid restrictions play a key role in weight loss for bariatric patients.

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Chicken & Ravioli
Chicken Meatball & Ravioli Soup Replace the chicken meatballs with turkey meatballs or vegetarian meatballs for a pleasant change.

1 package fully cooked chicken meatballs (from the freezer case)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes (undrained)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 (32 ounce) container Swanson chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon each dried thyme and oregano
8 ounces mini cheese-filled ravioli
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425F. Arrange frozen meatballs in single layer on a cooking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes.

While meatballs bake heat olive oil in a 4-6 quart stockpot. Brown onion and garlic.

Add tomatoes and liquid, tomato paste, broth, water, sugar, basil, thyme and oregano. Bring mixture to a simmer, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add ravioli and cook, covered at a gentle boil according to package directions (approximately 10 to 15 minutes), until they are just tender and no longer have a starchy taste.  Stir in meatballs and return to simmer.  Stir in parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

Serve warm.

WLS patients should eat 3-5 meatballs topped with a modest serving of ravioli and liquid.

5 meatballs contain 13g protein, 11g fat (3 saturated), 6 grams carb.

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Greetings Neighbors!No Contest

Maybe it's the fall sports season that has so many of us in the competitive mood lately. Seems like things have really heated up on the weight loss surgery scrimmage lines where it is more popular than ever to compare and compete with one another in our weight loss. And while some healthy competition can be a great motivator the comparison of weight loss can lead to utter discouragement. I see it even with the 5 Day Pouch Test that people are making comparisons in how much weight is lost in the 5 days and if they do not meet that superficial standard they consider their 5DPT effort a failure.  It is not.

Unless you pound-for-pound and fork-for-fork competitively gained weight with another person you have no business competing to lose weight. Contrary to popular culture, weight loss is not a contest. Weight loss is a life saving initiative owned by the one taking action.

By all means we should compare our experiences. Let's share recipes and exercise tips. Let's give reminders to drink our water and take our supplements. But let's leave the competition to the amateurs. As weight loss surgery patients we understand that our lives were in danger from obesity and we took medical action to change the course. We are much wiser for it. Few people who join their positive energy forces in a united effort for better health ever feel burdened by not living up to an artificial contest.

If you are feeling beaten by the competition I invite you to download and print the copyrighted poster above. You can get it here. Please let it serve as a reminder the grand purpose of this weight loss surgery experience. You deserve to be healthy and pursue many prizes that far exceed the dot-marks on a weight loss ticker.

Remember, we are all in this together and we are here for you.  Please be sure to take a look at some of the free download worksheets LivingAfterWLS has available for you. These free tools are designed to support your best efforts for improved long-term health with weight loss surgery. Download Tools

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After WLS: How Much Weight Have You Lost?
How much HEALTH have you gained?

This is an old article, one of my syndicated articles from 2005. Even today I'm still uncomfortable talking about pounds and inches. I would love to get a real movement going where our weight loss is acknowledged with the question, "How much HEALTH have you gained? Isn't that the idea in the first place?

By Kaye Bailey

I had lost nearly fifty pounds before anyone mentioned my weight loss. Then, all of the sudden, everybody noticed! As soon as they noticed the questions began. The most often asked: "How much weight have you lost?" People who I barely knew asked me this question as if it were their right to know. I was never sure of the motive for the question? Did they want to celebrate my weight loss? Did they want to gasp knowing just how fat I was?

How much weight have I lost?  I have shared the answer with very few people - it's nobody's business. I know many weight loss patients who are proud of this number and I admire them. I wish I had more confidence in myself. But truthfully, I'm embarrassed  by how fat I was and how much weight I had to lose.

These days when I'm asked this question, with a curious tilt of my head I ask back, "Why do you want to know that?"  Never has anyone answered my question with a valid response.  This data, the number on a scale, means nothing to anyone but me. I don't care to give someone an opportunity to marvel at just how huge I must have been that I could lose that much weight.

Most of the time when I ask in return, "Why do you want to know?" the busybody retreats. In general, we know when we've crossed the line - sometimes it just takes a gentle reminder. If, however, they persist, I say I prefer not to share that information. Only on one occasion has a nosy person continued to pester me, at which time I said I wouldn't answer a rude question.

I admire the courageous patients who openly and proudly answer this question.  Patients who are comfortable sharing this number must by all means include others in their weight loss celebration. We are all different and whether our approach private or public we have only have to answer to ourselves.

Copyright 2005 Kaye Bailey - All Rights Reserved.


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The LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood is your compassion-driven online social space for sharing your weight loss surgery and learning about others with weight loss surgery. We welcome Neighbors with any surgical procedure (or not) and at any stage in their weight management. This is our safe haven circle of friends. Below are quick links to some great destinations in the Neighborhood:

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Why I don't like weight stats in my
Neighborhood signature line
 By Kaye Bailey 

A reader recently wrote to ask why I don't include my weight statistics in my signature line. A great observation and excellent question.


Typically in on-line weight loss communities a signature is written with starting weight/current weight/target weight - so for me that would be (287/146/140). For a long time after WLS I did carry the weight stats on my signature line - it was part of who I was and a measure of progress.

But the day came when I didn't want to be measured by those numbers any longer. I wanted to be about more than being fat and losing weight.


To this day, one of the most difficult things for me to hear is, "I heard you used to be really REALLY huge!" Ouch! I also used to be a newspaper editor and I am accomplished pianist, yet somehow that never gets mentioned. It seems, however, there are plenty of people around to remind me that I used to be really REALLY huge.


So one day unannounced I dropped the weight stats from my signature line. It was time to move forward from defining myself as a person who used to be really REALLY huge. Certainly I have not forgotten that person and I am humbled today by my small size and my good health. I am proud of my weight loss. But I don't need the numbers on my signature line to define or remind me anymore.


I don't object to others using the signature stats and applaud each pound that is lost in this after WLS living. But I submit that one day others, when the time is right, will say goodbye to the weight stats in the signature line - moving forward and onward in new and better lives.


Today my signature line reads, "Welcome to Your New Life: You have Arrived." And that's how I feel each and every new day when I wake in my healthy, trim and fit body. "I have arrived". This motto is the name of the official Living After WLS newsletter: "You Have Arrived" because that's what we are celebrating. My wish for all WLS patients is to wake with the fabulous feeling "I Have Arrived."

 I recently marked 12 years since weight loss surgery. The time has gone quickly and has been full of challenges, hard hard work, and adventure. Along with my signature line philosophy you can read more about my lessons learned in this archived newsletter:

12 Years of LivingAfterWLS and what I *Think* I know now

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 Comforting on Day 6 and Beyond
Many people profoundly enjoy the soups offered as menu choices for Days 1 & 2 of the 5DPT. Soups provide warmth, comfort and healthy ingredients which are moist, soft, and easier on the little pouch systems we are nurturing. So it makes sense to continue including them in our DIET (Daily Intelligent Eating Triumphs) beyond the pouch test.

Day 6: All About DIET

In today's Bulletin are two very good quick soup recipes that take advantage of pantry staples and ready-made fully cooked chicken meatballs from the freezer. When serving food that includes liquids and solids remember to measure about one cup of solids - or in this case suggested 5 meatballs - and add a lesser amount of liquid. The more solids we eat the longer they will stay with us providing both comfort and nourishment. We want to give our body a good opportunity to absorb as much nutrition as possible. And as always, even with soup, follow the liquid restrictions at mealtime. ENJOY!

Understanding the Liquid Restrictions of WLS

Chicken-Meatball Mexican Soup
1 package fully cooked chicken meatballs (from the freezer case)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (4-ounce) can green chilies, chopped
2 (15-ounce) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, chopped, reserving the juice
8 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot sauce or to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Chopped cilantro
low-carb tortilla strips
Avocado cubes
Sour cream
Pickled Jalapeno
Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 425. Arrange meatballs in single layer on a cooking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes.

While meatballs bake heat olive oil in a 4-6 quart stockpot. Brown onion and garlic.  To the onions add the green chilies, stewed tomatoes, chicken stock, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce.

Simmer the soup for 15 to 20 minutes.  Stir in the cooked meatballs and bring soup back to a simmer. Serve soup with garnishes.
WLS patients should eat 3-5 meatballs topped with a modest serving of liquid.

5 meatballs contain 13g protein, 11g fat (3 saturated), 6 grams carbs.

You might also enjoy White Turkey Chili

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