5DPT Bulletin
The Weight Management Secret
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This will change how you think about WLS
July 2013
In This Issue
July Theme
Infographic: Was my 5DPT a Success?
Bulletin Archive
Food for Thought: Avoid the Perfection Trap
Practice Practice Practice
Q&A: Is it too late for me to do the 5DPT?
The Science of Success
Recipe: Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage with Veggies & Pasta

July Theme:
Practice Practice Practice 
I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.
~ Ray Bradbury

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
~ Anton Chekhov

"Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired."
~ Martha Graham

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
~ Dale Carnegie

Key Learning Point

"Take the basic tenets of weight loss surgery, curate knowledge that supports your chosen dietary path, collaborate with others sharing your dietary circumstances, apply personal experience, and build a dietary health-management way-of-life that enables you to thrive.
This is the responsibility of every person who desires to live a healthy balanced well-managed life with WLS." 
~ Kaye Bailey


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LivingAfterWLS Newsletter Archive

January 2013 Bulletin:
Obesity is a Metabolic Disease.
Why do we treat it clinically?
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February 2013 Bulletin:
Rule #1: Protein First.
Why protein and how much?
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May 2013 Bulletin:
Day 4: Your New Normal
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June 2013 Bulletin:
Don't blame the equipment, just make the play
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5DPT June Special Edition:
Top FAQ's January - June 2013
Questions & Answers to improve your 5DPT Experience
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Food for Thought:
Strive to Learn, Avoid the "Perfection Trap"    
If we complete the 5 Day Pouch Test having learned a few things about our self, our weight loss surgery and our capability in managing life and weight loss surgery in relationship to one another we have succeeded: we can deem the 5 Day Pouch Test a success. Here are some things to consider while treating the 5DPT as a learning experience:
-- What can I eat that gives my pouch a feeling of fullness? What do I eat that fails to give my pouch a feeling of fullness?

-- Have the liquid restrictions become automatic to me? Do I have heightened awareness of how I consume liquids with my meals and snacks?
Refresher: Lots of Water & Liquid Restrictions

-- Am I eating protein in a ratio of 2 bites protein to 1 bite complex carbohydrate? (2B/1B Rhythm)
Article: Why 'Protein First' helps us lose weight

-- Have I found time to include physical activity in my daily routine?

-- Am I allowing myself to feel empowered when I make choices that nourish my body and respect my weight loss surgery?

-- Am I forgiving lapses in compliance with my guidelines and moving forward to make better choices the next time?



Question: What is the biggest mistake you see people making on the 5 Day Pouch Test?

Kaye's Answer: Not learning and following the plan or changing the plan drastically.

Learn the plan. Read the plan in full and be sure you understand it. Read the plan completely in order to understand the progression of your diet from Day 1 to Day 5. Pay close attention to understanding the liquid restrictions and slider foods: these are the most common problem areas that lead to weight regain after weight loss surgery.  As you become familiar with the 5 Day Pouch Test compare it to the early dietary stages following your weight loss surgery. Think back to what worked for you then and imagine the same will work for you again. Remember, you already know how to lose weight using your surgical tool. The effort you put into the 5DPT will return you to that place of healthy and reasonable weight management using your tool.

Try not to make too many changes to the plan. Keep it at 5 Days. Don't restrict foods and go hungry. Really pay attention to what changes you are making and constantly think about the Four Rules can be your way of life, not just a temporary means of taking off a few pounds only to put it back later. This is a way of life we agreed too when undergoing surgery and it is for our lasting health. The 5DPT can help you get back to doing what works with WLS to support your lasting health and weight goals.

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I hope this message finds you well and thank you so much for selecting this correspondence from the many that fill your Inbox, I appreciate the time you share with me.

In this Bulletin I have taken the liberty of exploring an idea that came to me during a research project I was involved with recently. What if getting WLS surgery right wasn't about the goal weight or my favorite Four Rules or any other little list of instructions.

What if WLS living is about dedication to an ideal goal that, like any other worthy pursuit, requires practice?

What if we put ourselves in training for healthy living? Forget relying on intuition or instructions alone.

What if we take each day as a new training session for healthy living and practice what we know in the pursuit of improvement.

What if daily practice is what makes the difference between hopelessness and thriving?

Is that the secret of making WLS work for us and work for life?  Please take a look at the feature article "Take a Tip from the Professionals" and consider how you can employ the theories of practice into your WLS lifestyle. I've found some really great quotes and shared them throughout this newsletter - they are inspiring to me and I hope you will also find them inspiring.  While you are here please enjoy one of my favorite recipes shared from Cooking with Kaye: Sweet Italian Sausage with Veggies and Pasta. It is delicious and makes practicing this high protein diet satisfying.  I've also shared a terrific piece by Dr. Christine Carter on the Science of Success.  You guessed it - it's all about practice.

Thank you for joining me this month for our 5DPT Bulletin. I wish you the very best today and always!


Note: In case you missed it last month, we published our mid-year Special Edition of the 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin - the most commonly asked questions so far this year. Check it out in our archive: 2013 June Special Edition Bulletin

"I believe in you.
You deserve to be healthy.
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You deserve to achieve your greatest level of success with weight loss surgery when you harness your inner resources."
--Kaye Bailey
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Take a tip from the professionals
This WLS Living takes Practice Practice Practice.

by Kaye Bailey
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Practice Practice Practice
With diet and wellness with WLS we make an assumption that we should simply be able to get it right following a few written or verbal instructions. We assume that intuition, a little experience, and some instructions are all we need to get it right. We tend to measure our progress on an all-or-nothing scale. Listen to your self-talk. Do you hear yourself saying "I did really bad today" or "I did really good today?" When I leave things to chance, hoping to get by on luck and intuition, my end of the day critique usually starts with "I did really bad today."

As life-long dieters we have never been told that following a prescribed diet to manage health and weight requires practice. There is no amount of intuition, experience, or written instruction that will ever take the place of practice.

Practice practice practice.

Consider the talented athlete or musician: No matter their natural ability, their intuition, their experience, or their education - one thing they all have in common - they practice their craft daily. They practice, observe, make changes and refinements. They follow coaching advice and they take ownership and responsibility for the improvements that lead to success. They do not define their performance in moral terms of good or bad. They evaluate their skill and the execution of their skills in terms of improved, needing improvement, or on the mark. They take the good with the bad using feedback for learning, never allowing a sub-standard performance to catapult them into a "to hell with it" downward spiral. They take the ups and downs in stride. Most athletes and musicians will say above all else they strive for consistency in their performance.

It would be hard to find a someone who is very good at what they do who does not engage in practice, evaluation and improvement. So it should be for us as we practice the art of health and weight management using surgery as an instrument of change.

Practice practice practice.

~ Professional musicians practice 8 to 10 hours a day, every day, for life.
~ Olympic athletes practice their sport 7 days a week for 3 years and 50 weeks before each Olympic showdown.
~ Doctors, dentists, lawyers, nurses: they spend their career in practice.
~ Actors, singers, circus performers, writers, comedians all practice their craft no matter how many times they have performed.

Considering all this, doesn't it make sense that we should actively engage in practicing healthy habits that support our weight loss surgery? We don't need to get everything right on the day, we need to practice doing our best and making improvements. Imagine what we can accomplish when we release the burden of all-or-nothing-get-it-perfect in favor of practicing with a goal of improvement and ultimately winning the game of healthy living. Just imagine it - then practice it. 


Chanel that piano teacher or little league coach and remember their advice, "Practice practice practice". Please join me in practicing healthy WLS living today. Let's Go! The 5DPT is a great way to warm-up for a life-long session in practicing LivingAfterWLS.

This is where I hope your find yourself after using the 5 Day Pouch Test   to get back on track. Take your knowledge and let it empower you because you are a good and worthy person. You are not your disease. I have met enough of you, my WLS Neighbors ,  to say this with complete conviction.

You deserve to be your very best - obesity be damned for getting in the way!

You Can Do This!

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Quotes to Live By 
"Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or much harder than everybody else. They work much, much harder."
~ Malcolm Gladwell ~ Outliers: The Story of Success

"Practice, practice, practice. Most of us assume that Olympic athletes have incredible innate talent. It bears repeating however, that researchers across a wide array of fields have shown that innate ability has relatively little to do with why people go from being good to being truly great. Instead, greatness is all about practice. Elite performers practice hard, in a really specific way, and they practice consistently."
~ Christine Carter, Ph.D. ~ Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life


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Is it too late for me to do
the 5 Day Pouch Test? 

One of our LivingAfterWLS Friends
Is it too late for me?
5 Day Pouch Test
asked, Is it too late for me to do the 5DPT? Maybe you are asking yourself the same thing. Here is the standard answer from our 5DPT Bulletin and a link to another helpful article. I hope you find it helpful. Have a fine healthy day everyone!

I had surgery X-many years ago. Is it to late for me to do the 5DPT?
Only you can answer this question. I know of people who had bariatric surgery back in the 1980's --when the procedure was a simple staple line down the stomach-- who have successfully done the 5DPT. Many times when people ask me if it is too late to do the 5DPT it is out of fear: fear they will learn their pouch no longer works or fear they will learn the pouch does work. The simple back to basics 5DPT will not cause you harm and it is only 5 days of your life. So it is up to you to decide if it is too late."

Helpful Article:
Three Keys to Lasting WLS Success
Nearly a quarter-million people in the United States will undergo weight loss surgery this year to arrest their morbid obesity and lose weight. In spite of the drastic nature of gastric surgeries not all patients will reach a healthy weight and some may eventually regain weight they lost initially with surgery. Link to Article

The Science of Success:
5 Consistencies 

by 2008 Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Link to the Original Article by Dr. Carter

People who rise to greatness tend to have five things in common:

1. They practice hard, in a really specific way. Nobody makes the list of true greats effortlessly. Accomplished people devote hours upon hours to what researchers define as "deliberate practice." This isn't just poking around on the piano because it is fun; it is consistently practicing to reach specific objectives say, to be able to play a new piece that is just beyond your reach.

2. They practice consistently. K. Anders Ericsson, author of a landmark study on this topic, says that "elite performers in many diverse domains have been found to practice, on the average, roughly the same amount every day, including weekends." Knocking out a bucket of balls on the weekend isn't going to make you a great golfer but doing it every day might.

3. They gain experience over the long haul; researchers call it the 10-year-rule. Most successful people average ten years of practice and experience before becoming truly accomplished. Even child-prodigies generally work at it for a decade or more. Bobby Fischer became a chess grandmaster at 16 years old, but he'd been studying since he was 7. Tiger Woods had been working on his golf game for 15 years when he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship.

4. Most greats have had significant failures-it goes with the territory. J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers. Michael Jordan was cut from his high-school varsity basketball team. The great receiver Jerry Rice was judged as slow, and was passed up by 15 teams. But all three of these people became known for their perseverance and hard work. (Rowling delivered an incredibly moving commencement speech about embracing failure at Harvard; watch it here if you haven't seen it already!)

5. They believe persistence leads to success. Great performers have been shown to believe that their persistent effort will lead to success; researchers call this self-efficacy. Parents and teachers can build self-efficacy in kids by giving them effective encouragement (vs. empty praise), by helping them find effective strategies for mastering an activity, and by helping kids model their practices on the behavior of others who have succeeded.

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CWKSweet Italian Turkey Sausage with Veggies and Pasta
From Cooking with Kaye
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Featured recipe from Cooking with Kaye page 125.
Shared with permission, LivingAfterWLS, LLC (C) 2012.

Freeway Chef, colorful variety, succulent sausage flavor

This is a good recipe for learning to enjoy pasta as an ingredient in our meal rather than the main course. The sausage and vegetables play the lead role providing most of the volume while pasta makes an appearance as supporting cast. Select a variety of colorful peppers to feed your eyes and provide healthy nutrients. Learn more about including pasta in your Protein First diet on Page 165 (of Cooking with Kaye).

1-cup garden rotini corkscrew pasta
1 (19-ounce) package Jennie-O Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow sweet bell pepper, seeded, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green zucchini, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, rinsed and drained
1 cup barbecue sauce, any flavor

Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Slice sausage links into 1-inch pieces; set aside. Prepare all vegetables. In large high-sided skillet heat canola oil over high heat; add turkey sausage and cook and stir until sausage is lightly browned and fragrant. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Continue to cook and stir over high heat until vegetables become tender but not overly soft. Add cherry tomatoes and cooked pasta and cook another 2 minutes. Stir in barbecue sauce and cup water; toss to coat all vegetables and sausage; adjust with more barbecue sauce or water to preferred consistency. Serve warm.

Nutrition: Serves 4 to 6. Each 2-cup serving provides 322 calories, 21 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 44 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams dietary fiber.

Cooking with Kaye: Methods to Meals Try This: Vary the vegetables with the season and use frozen vegetable blends when fresh vegetables are in short supply. ~ Chilled leftovers of this skillet meal make an easy on-the-go lunch. Serve leftovers chilled, or gently reheated in the microwave.


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