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Project 2014: Living Inspired After WLS
Season 3 Summer
Unit 1  
LivingAfterWLS Project 2014
Summer Season
Program Structure
Unit 4: Are you in the dumps?
Unit 3: Are you prepared?
Unit 2: Obesity is a disease
Unit 1: Health Guardian
Project 2014 FAQ's
Project Mission

Empowering individuals to harness their inner strengths for life-long weight management with weight loss surgery. Personal empowerment through education, thought, community support, and validation. We are LivingAfterWLS.



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WLS is Challenging
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Defines Obesity:

"Obesity is defined as a disease in which fat has accumulated to the extent that health is impaired. In the absence of a simple direct method for measuring total body fat, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most common method for describing levels of obesity. For Western societies, the World Health Organization and the United States National Institutes of Health have defined a BMI of > 30 kg/m2 as being obese, based primarily on the associated mortality risk. In addition, the co-morbid conditions associated with obesity contributed substantially to the definition."

"This living after WLS is challenging. If you are in maintenance now you understand how truly difficult weight and health management is.  You probably also realize that you are left to your own devices to manage a very complicated disease. That's why you are here. Connecting with others who understand is a terrific resource in a world where we may feel let down by the medical establishment."
Spring Season - Unit 1
Program Structure
All of the Season 1 - Winter files are located under the FILES tab located just below the group logo on this Facebook Group (must be a member of this closed group to access files).Files are also available on the LivingAfterWLS website on this page: Project 2014

We have many silent participants who prefer not use Facebook - no problem. Sign-up for the emails & get the downloads on our website page:
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Participate in Project 2014 in  your own style!

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Seasons & Units

Each unit (13 per season) includes an email with informative articles and worksheets. Your level of participation is voluntary and private. Members may join the project at any time during the year. Participation in the LAWLS Project 2014 Facebook Group is encouraged. Keeping a binder with worksheets and information will promote your success, empower your effort, and validate your participation. Topics are supported with LivingAfterWLS publications (Kaye's Books) but the books are not required for participation. Documents for each season will be packaged for eBook purchase and download, but purchase is not required - just provided for those wishing for the convenience that format. You will receive all project documents free via email or through the "Files" tab in the LAWLS-PRO14 Group. Announcements regarding Project 2014 will be made via email and in the Facebook group.

(Please note: due to bureaucratic delays we are late getting started and the Winter Season units will be grouped more closely to fit all 13 units in a shorter time period. The remaining seasons will be on schedule with one unit per week.)

Season 1: Winter


Units 1-2-3 PDF Download   


Units 4-5 PDF Download 


Unit 6 PDF Download 


Unit 7 PDF Download 


Season 2: Spring


Unit 1 Download 


Unit 2 Download  


Unit 3 Download


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Season III: Summer
Living well and empowered

Welcome to Season III - Summer of our LivingAfterWLS Project 2014. I am so pleased you have joined me for this exciting and meaningful approach to health and weight management using our weight loss surgery tool empowered by our collective knowledge and strength. We continued to pursue our goal in Season II - Spring to unite like-minded people through education, support, and lasting health sustainability using our surgical tool for weight loss and weight management. Our Facebook group grew to over 1200 members and we enjoy lively and supportive conversation daily.  We listened to feedback from our membership and have revamped our units and worksheets for Season III to feel less like homework and more like engaging fun. You will notice these changes beginning in Unit II. Like our other seasons, Unit 1 of Summer is the activity of completing the Personal Self-Assessment and making daily entries in our Today Inspired micro-diary. The worksheets are attached in this convenient PDF download.

We hope you love the new worksheets and find them useful tools in the ongoing pursuit of good health and weight management with weight loss surgery. As always we remain committed to our goal of uniting like-minded people through education, support, and community, while promoting health sustainability and weight management with weight loss surgery.

Season III: Unit 1:
Personal Empowerment - You are in control.

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Personal Responsibility:
Our best weapon against biology and environment WLS patients have a tremendous sense of personal responsibility in controlling their health through weight management with surgery. In summarizing the research on biology and environment in relation to obesity expert George Bray said, "Genes load the gun, the environment pulls the trigger." No wonder we struggle, even with surgical intervention, in the fight against obesity. Dr. Brownell attaches great hope to personal responsibility saying, "Calling on people to make better decisions and providing them with the skills to do so should always be the first step, always the default. This is consistent with our country's character and also with psychological principles; people who change through their own efforts have enhanced self-esteem and maintain the changes longer."

Useful Tool:
Free PDF Download:
LivingAfterWLS Quarterly Self-Assessment

We have included in this newsletter links to our previous units for your download and reference. We hope you enjoy these tools and find your Project 2014 a useful resource in your WLS experience.

Have a terrific week, cultivate your personal empowerment.
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Season II Unit 4: Are you in the dumps after WLS?
A hard look at dumping syndrome
Published May 15, 2014
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Unit 4 of our Spring Season Project 2014 takes an in-depth look at dumping syndrome and offers solutions for preventing it. You will also find a recipe for Spinach-Ginger soup that is made of healing ingredients and soothes a distressed tummy. Give it a try next time you have a grumpy pouch day.

Download PDF file for Spring Unit 4


Season II Unit 3: Are you prepared?
Are you prepared for emergency or disaster after WLS?
Published 04/29/2014
As much as we would like to believe our world is safe the fact is emergencies and disasters happen every day. Are you prepared to manage your weight loss surgery special needs in the event of an emergency? Current polling shows that nearly half of all American families do not have an emergency plan or an emergency supply kit in the home. When disaster strikes it is too late to make a plan and emergency preparations. This Unit 3 of our Spring Season addresses the unique needs of the weight loss surgery patient in the event of a crisis. We also provide useful first aid information for a gastric bypass dumping event.

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Season II Unit 2: Obesity is a Disease
Obesity designated as a disease
Published 04/23/2014
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In June 2013 the American Medical Association (AMA) designated obesity a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention. For weight loss surgery patients this designation can have significant implications in our ongoing weight management. Learn how viewing obesity as a disease matters in our overall approach and success with WLS.
Season II Unit 1: Be Your Own Health Guardian
Plan your Path: Review your Progress
Published 04/11/2014
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In Unit 1 of Spring Season your task is to take a look at that self-assessment and contemplate the past three months. Using this assessment as your guide now complete the self-assessment for Spring 2014. We have used this tool at LivingAfterWLS since 2006. What we have learned is the people who do a regular self-examination (every 3 months) are less likely to wake-up a year down the road only to wonder how in the world they have gone so far off track.

Download PDF File for Spring Unit 1


Project 2014:
LivingAfterWLS Project 2014 - Our FAQ's this week

Question: Do I have to be in the Facebook group to participate in the Project 2014?

Answer:  Project 2014 is a guided learning program in support of your weight loss and weight management goals with surgery. As we are a diverse community the Project is structured so individuals can participate in any manner that suits them. For some this means active participation in the Facebook group, for others quiet self-study is profoundly effective. Minimum participation requirements are simple: sign-up for our free email publications to get weekly updates that include the Unit download files. You take it from there to enjoy the Project and make 2014 a health-minded year.

Question: Can I join anytime?

Answer: Yes. Jump in anytime. Our group is off to a late start but we are self-guided. Winter Season (January-March) includes 13 Units. They are posted under the files tab. Read each unit in order and do the assigned exercises as you go. Participate in the group or follow silently on your own. You decide your level of participation.

Question: Do I have to buy anything to participate?

Answer: No - This is a free shared experience and we are glad you are here. Joining this group and/or being an active subscriber to the LivingAfterWLS Newsletters grants you full access to all of the Units for each season. The units are provided in PDF format for your personal use to download, organize, and copy. They may not be redistributed.

Question: The downloads aren't working for me. Is there somewhere else to get them?

Answer: Yes, all of our lesson Units are posted as PDF files on this web page at
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They are in PDF format and should open automatically open in a browser window. You may also open them if you have a PDF reader installed on your computer or device. You can get the free Adobe Reader here:
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Season 1 - Winter 
All of the Season 1 - Winter files are located under the FILES tab located just below the group logo on this Facebook page. You can also find them on the LivingAfterWLS website on this page: Project 2014

Review these units from Season 1 - Winter:

Visit this webpage to find all of the previously issued Project 2014 learning Units for Season 1: Winter
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Also - we get many emails asking us to help individuals learn how to download files. We do not offer tech support for the end users' computer or device. Our job is to provide great content in free files presented in the most commonly accepted format. If you do not know how to access and print these please talk to your device manufacturer or the smarty-pants-computer-genius you know. We simply do not have the resources to offer computer and device tech support.

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