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Little words of Motivation from our LivingAfterWLS Archives:

I Didn't do WLS to be on a Diet!
"Recently a weight loss surgery post-op told me, "I did not have this surgery so I would have to monitor my calories and food. For years I gained weight while counting calories, carbs and such. I'm not about to do it now! I didn't have WLS just to be on another diet!"

I understand her feeling of frustration.

 Sometimes we want "the tool" to do all the work for us. But as we move further out from surgery we learn the doc's are not kidding about it being only a tool. To sustain a weight loss and achieve a healthy weight we must be mindful of nutrition, caloric intake and exercise output. This mindfulness is yet another tool for use in the pursuit of healthiness with weight loss surgery. "
You Have Arrived Newsletter
September 1, 2006

Back to the Basic:
Our Lifelong Battle Cry

"Back to basics means following the four rules of weight loss surgery, not for just a short time, but for life.

Protein first.
Lots of water.
No snacking.
Daily exercise.

Back to basics means a refusal to return to the eating patterns and habits that caused your obesity in the first place. Back to basics is about dedication and hard work and stubborn determination."
You Have Arrived Newsletter
September 5, 2007



5DPT Manual: All New 2nd Edition
180 All New Pages!  5DPT Manual 2nd Edition

For Immediate Release:
On July 2, 2012: LivingAfterWLS published Kaye Bailey's all-new 180 page 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual 2nd Edition - and the reviews are in:

This is THE Must-Have book for every weight loss surgery library.

Surgeons and patients agree, "The information and advice is clearly presented and inspiring with an eye for detail and a voice of encouragement," said Cathy Burns, a weight loss surgery consultant from Philadelphia, PA and 14 year gastric-bypass post-op patient. "I read everything I can that comes out about weight loss surgery. Kaye knows her stuff as well as anyone in the field, but she tells it like a best friend who is sharing an experience.  I cannot imagine the struggles I'd face if I didn't have her books to flip through when I'm feeling frustrated or simply tired of trying. She really understands that this (WLS) is for life and she makes me want to keep trying. Thanks Kaye!"

The original 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual was published in 2008 at 102 pages. When it was retired June 30, 2012 it was in the fourth printing and had been shipped to every US State and many countries around the world. The 5 Day Pouch Test plan has proven to be a highly effective back-to-basics approach to capturing regain following weight loss surgery. It is nutritionally sound and founded on the rules of weight loss surgery and the basic tenets prescribed by accredited bariatric surgeons.  In early 2012 Kaye found the time was right to update the Owner's Manual to include new guidelines from the FDA, the bariatric community, the US Surgeon General, and the freelance bariatric research community (research not affiliated or supported by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, or hospitals).  The result is an all-new 180 page Owner's Manual.

Link: 2nd Edition Table of Contents

"Since the original manual was published the basics of the plan have not changed," said Kaye. "In fact, we have a greater body of knowledge and evidence that the 5 Day Pouch Test is highly effective when used correctly to get back on track with WLS. In the new Manual the format is different and the book is beautifully produced. It is seasoned with sidebars throughout for quick glimpses at important facts and reminders. There are 16 new recipes and an all-new 5DPT journal format. I think people who have read the first manual will find that even though the 5DPT plan is familiar the facts, enthusiasm and inspiration are fresh. People who have both the first and second editions of the 5DPT Owner's Manual will feel they have two very useful, very different books at their disposal for lasting WLS support. It is intrinsically important to me that we provide top-notch information to our readers in a manner that inspires and motivates. I think we have done just that with this 2nd Edition."

Read: Interview with Kaye Bailey

5 Day Pouch Test Owner'sManual 2nd Edition
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Review Top FAQs
February 2012:
Today we take a look back at the most frequently asked 5DPT questions in the last year. As the 5 Day Pouch Test has become more widely known information about it --both accurate and inaccurate-- abounds.

Is this Dangerous?
March 2012:
Answering the tough question - Is the 5DPT dangerous to my health? Link

Help! I'm Stuck!
May 2012:
If you are frustrated with a plateau give the 5 Day Pouch Test a try. Get that scale moving again and renew your confidence in your pouch, your personal power, and decision to have surgery in the first place! This month's 5DPT Bulletin is all about using the plan to boost your metabolism, bust a plateau and get back on track with your weight loss surgery! Link

Days 1&2 are Hard!
June 2012
This month's 5DPT Bulletin takes a look at some of the pitfalls that derail us on Days 1 and 2. I then give solutions and suggestions to avoid these pitfalls so we all may successfully get back on track with our health and weight management using the weight loss surgery tool in the manner that serves us best. Little things make a difference and I think if you give Days 1 and 2 another try a pleasant surprise awaits you come Day 3.

Autumn: Exercise Tips to Stay Fit
Get outside walking every day.
  Some of you may leave for work in the dark, spend the day under artificial lights, and leave for home in darkness.  Even spending the day in doors can mess with your bodies natural rhythms, affecting sleep patterns, wellness and mood.  Go for a brisk walk during daylight, invest in outdoor clothes and an umbrella and use free time and lunch breaks to get some exercise and expose yourself to fresh air and light; you will feel better for this.

Try something new! 
Motivate yourself by looking for a new way to stay active; look out for salsa classes, belly dancing, ballet, Pilates,netball clubs, anything; just give something new a go, it may be a talent you never knew you had.

Drink more water
especially during and after exercising.  Resist the urge to spend the colder months 'comfort-drinking' hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate; staying well-hydrated is just as important as in the warmer weather.

Do not overeat

The colder weather encourages some people to eat more.  Avoid hunger pangs by carrying healthy snacks wherever you go; bananas, apples, rice cakes.  Eat 3 modest meals a day with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.   Remember, the advent of winter does NOT mean you have to eat gravy on everything!

Watch less TV

It is easy to fall into a serious TV habit when the evenings are darker.  There is a direct link between television hours watched, and weight gain.  Watching TV late at night may also affect your sleep, leaving you feeling sapped in the morning.  In stead, use the time to do things which you CLAIM not to have time for, such as cooking fresh food, and organizing yourself for the next day.  Organization may be the key to making your lifestyle healthier, and avoiding stress.


Greetings Neighbors!
Where has the summer gone? Already the kids are headed back to school and the carefree days of summer will soon be replaced with routine schedules and a focus on learning. When
I was in school I always enjoyed the first week of school where lessons focused on reviewing what we learned during the last school year; things we may have forgotten over the summer. I loved that feeling of "EUREKA" when knowledge came back and it felt so basic, so fundamental I couldn't believe I had forgotten it in the first place.

Now I'm a few decades past the good old back to school days. But that EUREKA! feeling returns when I take a new look at the rules of healthy weight management with surgery. Just today I re-learned that starting my day with protein feels really good. I wonder, "How in the world did I forget that fundamental?" So I am capturing the spirit of back to school in this special edition 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin and reviewing the EUREKA! fundamentals that keeps this WLS working for me. I hope you'll join me in this review and take some time to go back to school - the University of LivingAfterWLS - right this way - I saved you a seat!

Weight Maintenance Success Secrets

These are some of the success secrets I have gathered over the last several years. When I hear something powerful I write it in my "Inspiration Book" and use it as yet another tool when I'm discouraged. I hope you will find these informative and inspirational:

Weight Loss Surgery is not just about the weight you lose, its about the life you gain.

Consistently maintain the eating habits that helped you lose weight.

Avoid the trigger foods that you have not been able to control. You know what these foods taste like and you know how you feel after eating them. You do not need to re-learn this over and over again. Avoid trigger foods.

Accept the four rules. Embrace them. They didn't tell us these are the rules until you get to goal weight. They said these are the rules. That meant the rules for life.

Learn smarter ways to fix your favorite foods. Use healthier ingredients, less fat, better grains, fresh veggies, fruits and herbs. LivingAfterWLS Recipes

Savor the Flavor. Treat mealtimes as an opportunity to pamper your body with good nutrition.

Water. Water. Water. When you are losing weight, there are many waste products to eliminate, mostly in the urine. A high water intake helps your body to rid itself of waste products efficiently, promoting better weight loss.

Become arrogant about the foods you put in your body, treat your body respectfully.

Plan your menus so that you are not caught off guard and unprepared without a plan. Do not leave your nourishment to chance.

Cultivate a passion for healthy living. It's much easier to overcome obstacles if you are passionate about what you are doing.

Learn what eating pattern keeps your metabolism running efficiently and follow that pattern to avoid hunger.

Continue to eat low or non-fat proteins. Following the protein first rule helped you lose weight and will help sustain weight loss.

Protein tends to turn off hunger (offers more satisfaction) the best and the effect lasts the longest. Be absolutely sure not to drink liquid with food since liquid washes food out of the pouch.

When you think you have head hunger for food redirect that head hunger with thoughts for a healthy body and all the enjoyment that comes with being healthy. Do not indulge the so-called head hunger.

You are more powerful than you think and
You Can Do This!


"Keep learning. Use the 5 Day Pouch Test and beyond to continue your education about health, nutrition, weight management, and living after weight loss surgery. Continued education works to keep us informed, trying new things, and renewed hope that lasting remission from our medical disorder is achievable. Seek knowledge from reputable publications and from peers. This process of support and learning becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as we benefit from the give-and-take of a generous spirit. Learn, teach, and share. We are in this together."
~Kaye Bailey - 5DPT Owner's Manual 2nd Edition, p.29

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Make Right Your Nutritional Wellness
"Let your food be your medicine"
It seems there are two schools of behavior patients follow after gastric bypass surgery:

The first are the patients who realize WLS is a second chance to make right their nutritional wellness and they exchange the eating habits and poor food choices that made them obese for a smarter way of eating. These patients become champions of healthy ingredients and wholesome eating making conscious choices for how they fuel their bodies. They are non- stop learners in constant quest for information to aid in their health and wellness. They are actively engaged in their own nutrition to improve their health and make strong their bodies against disease. These patients have tremendous success in long-term weight maintenance following massive weight loss.

The second are the patients who rely solely on the restrictive and malabsorptive nature of the gastric bypass to lose weight. They half-heartedly follow the program during the phase of rapid weight loss and little by little the old habits that made them obese sneak back into their daily living. You'll hear these patients say, "I can eat anything I want, just less of it" and they laugh. But the joke is on them because sure enough, these patients will regain weight and suffer from poor nutritional health.

Perhaps the people in the "old habits" school think it's a waste of effort or energy to try and eat healthy - after all, we eat such little portions. Perhaps they think health food is seaweed and tofu and icky stuff like that. Perhaps they simply don't have the information necessary to affect positive healthy change in their diets.

Dr. Bernard Jensen in "Guide to Body Chemistry & Nutrition" writes, "The old saw "what you don't know can't hurt you" just isn't true when it comes to body chemistry, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Ignorance leads to poor nutritional choices, chemical deficiencies and the kinds of diseases that prey on an undernourished body and shorten the life span. Heart disease, cancer and diabetes all take a terrible toll on life in this country, and all three of them are strongly influenced by food patterns and lifestyle habits. . . The right kind of knowledge can always lead us to a better life."

Dr. Jensen writes, "Hippocrates said, "Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food." In my opinion, the kitchen is more important to our health than the doctor's office or the local hospital. If food selection, preparation and cooking are done wisely, intentionally and properly, very little time will need be spent visiting health care facilities." Dr. Jensen, by the way, wrote "Guide to Body Chemistry & Nutrition" at age 92.
Before WLS surgery I believe it is fair to say many of us "let food be our comfort" and indeed we were well comforted - that's why we needed surgery. If we can change that thought to "let food be our medicine" and treat it as such, perhaps our relationship with food will improve, our bodies will become healthier and the quality of life will exceed expectation.

It has been noted by many a bariatric counselor that patients are resistant toward learning a healthier way to live. One nurse told me, "Some people want to have doctors take care of them. They don't want to take responsibility for their own lives." But she noted the patients who are eager to learn good nutrition do not regain weight, do not fight the emotional demons of weight fluctuations and they enjoy boundless physical wellness. They never suffer from obesity again.

Dr. Jensen states, "There are arguments, disagreements, people defending their right to eat what they love. I tell them I don't blame them and encourage them to make the change because it's the right thing for them to do."

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How do I get empowered when I feel so hopeless?
Feeling empowered is not just a good turn of luck: 
Feeling empowered means working and taking control of your destiny. It is a state of mind cultivated with education, thought and validation.

The LivingAfterWLS philosophy states, "Personal empowerment is not borne of the statement "I am empowered." It is a state of mind cultivated with education, thought and validation."

The following are three keys to achieving personal empowerment.


Ayn Rand said, "To know one's own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: Rationality." Loosely defined rationality is the logical pursuit of goals. So cultivate some rationality. Face the fact that morbid obesity is a disease that when treated with weight loss surgery can be controlled. But the burden of that control is not on the surgeon, the insurance company, the spouse or the child. The burden is on the patient. Accept the rationality and embrace the burden. Empower yourself to become a WLS success story.

Engage actively in making life after surgery successful. Become an information sponge. Learn about nutrition, healthy cooking and eating and physical and mental fitness. Pursue knowledge and living with a zealous heart. Celebrate your chance to make right an unhealthy life by becoming fanatical about good living both of body and spirit. If you feel defeated then start today productively taking control of your post-WLS life. It's not too late.

Pride refers to a strong sense of self-respect, a refusal to be humiliated as well as joy in accomplishments. Give yourself permission to be proud of your decision, proud of your success, proud of your soul and your appearance. This is difficult for recovering morbidly obese people because we are better skilled at humility and self-degradation. Stand tall and walk proudly. Share a smile with a stranger. Cultivate your self-confidence because you have earned the right to be proud.

Are these three keys easy to accomplish? No. Can you have them overnight? No. But any day that you empower yourself in pursuit of personal ownership and success is a day far better than one of torment and self-loathing. On days of empowerment you will speak aloud, "The question is not who is going to let me fail; it is who is going to stop me from succeeding?"

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Four Rules

Rule #1 - Protein First:
 LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest January 20, 2011


Rule #2 - Lots of Water

  LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest February 2, 2011 


Rule #3 - No Snacking

LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest February 9, 2011  


Rule #4 - Daily Exercise

LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest February 18, 2011  


The Four Rules: Should this be Rule #5?
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest February 24, 2011.




Recipe: Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Day 5 Recipe
These Thai inspired skewers are great for Day 5. They are easy to prepare and the spicy flavor brings new life to the ubiquitous boneless, skinless chicken breast. Serve them with chopped cucumber for a complete and satisfying meal that is a fine finish to your 5 Day Pouch Test. Cucumber is an ideal vegetable because it has very little carbohydrate and is low glycemic.

Chicken Satay:
4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
4 Tablespoons soy sauce, reduced-sodium
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
cooking spray
1 medium cucumber, chopped

Peanut Sauce:
2 Tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 Tablespoons crunch peanut butter
4-5 Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Place the chicken cubes in a shallow dish. Mix the soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic, and ginger together in a small bowl and pour over the chicken. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, soak 12 bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375^F. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Thread the chicken cubes onto the skewers. On the stove heat a grill pan to high heat and sear the chicken skewers on all sides, about 3 to 4-minutes.

Place seared chicken skewers on cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
Meanwhile make the peanut sauce. Heat the oil in a small (1-quart) saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic until tender. Add the peanut butter, water, and chili powder and simmer for 2 to 3-minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve the skewers immediately with the warm sauce and the chopped cucumber.

Serves 4. Per serving: 322 calories, 31g protein, 18g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber.

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