Updates for Support Group Participants ~ Provided by: Kristi Fregia Rucks, PT ~ Margee Romportl, RD, CD ~ 715.847.2819
Volume 1, Number 3, December 2005

Feature Article:


Aspiring Higher...Adjusting to the New You.

Lets take some time to talk about some of the changes you may be experiencing after weight loss surgery. “But I still see myself as fat!” How often we hear this phrase from weight loss surgery patients who, even after losing a substantial amount of weight, still feel heavy and see themselves as much larger in size than they actually are. With rapid weight loss, it takes some effort for our minds to catch up to where our bodies are. Take some time to look at yourself in the mirror and really see the new you. After weight loss surgery, post-operative effects of anesthesia, and significant changes in diet, patients often report hair loss during the first 3-9 months. Also some patients find that their hair texture has changed. If this is a concern, check your eating habits and make sure you are getting in your protein. You may even want to try a vitamin supplement to improve the condition of your hair, skin or nails. Like hair, it is likely that your skin tone, texture and elasticity may change also. You may find that your skin is drier and you may need to find a good moisturizing cream or lotion. Drinking 6 to 8 cups of water daily will also prevent dry skin. Excess skin can be a challenge as well. Weight loss surgery patients possess a “wealth of skin.” Some

Future Support Group Meetings:


Our support group is facilitated by a certified Bariatric Support Group Leader and Success Habits Instructor as well as a Registered and Certified Dietitian. Meetings are a free service provided by Aspirus Bariatrics. Join Us!!


Night Time Support Group:


· Third Tuesday every month
· 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
· Medallion Room


Day Time Support Group:


· First Thursday every month
· 12:00-1:00
· On-line via the internet
· Call to register 847-2380
24 hours in advance


Upcoming Topics:


January 17th: Plastic Surgery….is it right for you. Dr. Butler will be our guest to speak about plastic surgery options after gastric bypass surgery.


February 21st: Exercise “Try-athlon”. Come and try your hand at some new types of exercise you may have never experienced. We will have experts here to demonstrate 3 different workout options. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

March 21st: Success Habits Learn the 6 principles that have been identified as the habits of successful weight loss patients. We will teach you the secrets of success.


April 18th: Protein Taste Test. Come and put your taste buds to the test to find the tastiest protein for you.


Support group members work together and help each other on the journey which gastric bypass surgery takes us. We welcome your comments on this communiqué. To share a recipe or suggest a topic, talk to either Kristi or Margee.


Both of us are available by phone or e-mail. Kristi can be reached at (715) 847-2000 or 1-800-283-2881, extension 53165; her e-mail is kristif@aspirus.org. Margee can be reached at (715)847-2819 or 1-800-283-2881, extension 72819; her e-mail is margeer@aspirus.org.








patients choose to invest in plastic surgery options to remove or tighten this excess skin. Finally, posture can also play a part after surgery. “Stand up straight!” Does that sound like an order from your mother? As you lose weight and your body sheds excess pounds, the pressure on your joints is relieved; it is important to adjust your posture accordingly. Hold your head high, shoulders back and walk tall! Be proud of your accomplishments and let everyone know it. With a new body, new life and new health, you may find yourself smiling more and making eye contact with people. As you recognize the great value within you it will show. People will respond differently to you. Doors will open; opportunities will present themselves because of your new found confidence and great attitude about life, health and happiness. Take some time to do an inventory on how you are doing in the 6 habits of successful weight loss surgery patients. The inventory is included in this newsletter. If you are answering no to any of these questions, re-evaluate your position and make sure you are making the healthiest choice possible.


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***Weather Alert*** Please remember if after school or evening programs are cancelled in Wausau due to inclement weather, support group will be cancelled. If there is any question please call the hospital switchboard at: (715) 847-2121.



Previous Support Group Topics:


Here is a review of our previous support group topics.


October – On-line support group. We had a live demonstration of our on-line support group and were able to share tips on getting through the holidays.


November – We had an open discussion night dedicated to learning more about gastric bypass surgery and sharing insight for how to stay successful after surgery.


December Special guests joined us to talk about their experiences with pregnancy after gastric bypass surgery as well as doctor recommendations regarding pregnancy after surgery. Special door prizes were featured for the holidays.



Free Seminars:
Aspirus Bariatrics is offering FREE seminars for potential patients to find out more about Bariatric Surgery. If you know someone who is interested in weight loss surgery, encourage them to attend one of our seminars offered quarterly here at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Find out if they are a candidate, talk with a surgeon, physical therapist, dietitian, insurance specialist and someone who has been successful in the program. No registration required. Monday, February 13th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Medallion Room. Use main entrance at 28th Avenue. If you are you are unable to attend, but want more information, call our program coordinator for a confidential discussion at (715) 847-2000 ext. 53165


New Time for On-line:
Our new Aloha on-line support group has been going strong! This on-line support group is offered the first Thursday of every month with a new time from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., beginning January 5th. The time has changed to help those who participate over their lunch hour. Participate in discussions and get answers to your questions from the comfort of your home or office. Online topics will be the same as on-site meetings from the previous month. To register for ALOHA on-line, call 847-2380. You must re-register each month you plan to participate.


Featured Recipe:




6 eggs or 1 ½ cups egg substitute


¼ cup skim milk


½ cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced- fat Swiss cheese


¼ tsp salt


1/8 tsp. pepper


10 fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch lengths


1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped


Preheat broiler. Mix eggs or egg substitute, cheese, and milk in medium bowl until well blended. Set aside.
Spray medium skillet with ovenproof handle with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add asparagus, onions, salt and pepper; cook and stir 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add tomatoes; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add egg/egg substitute mixture. Reduce heat to low; cover skillet with lid. Cook 12 minutes, or until bottom of frittata is set but top is still slightly moist. Remove lid from skillet.
Place skillet under broiler. Broil 2 minutes, or until top is set but not browned. Cut into 4 wedges to serve.


Nutrition Information Per Serving:
13 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 2 grams fiber


Any type of vegetable could be substituted for the asparagus. Be daring…experiment!!!