Pound for Pound - Lowell General Hospital


Pound for Pound - Lowell General Hospital
Pound for Pound
The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital
Patient Newsletter • Vol.5 - 2012-2013
Nari Sabeti, MD, Roy R. Shen, MD, Rebecca Shore, MD and Michael Jiser, MD of Lowell Surgical Associates
New North Andover Office Opening in 2013!
We are pleased to announce that the Center
for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery
at Lowell General Hospital will be opening a
second office at 203 Turnpike Street in North
Andover in 2013. Our new space will feature the
same comprehensive approach to life-changing
weight loss that you have experienced at our
Chelmsford location. Patients will find a multidisciplinary team of bariatric surgeons, nurse
practitioners, dietitians, behavioral therapists,
medical interpreters and patient advocates
dedicated to providing exemplary service in a
comfortable and handicapped-accessible setting.
The clinic will offer support groups, laboratory
testing, counseling, new patient and follow-up
medical appointments. Our new North Andover
office is ready to help area residents on their
journey to health and wellness.
The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital
20 Research Place, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
978.788.7200 | TTY: 978.937.6889 | www.lowellgeneral.org
To learn more about how to become a patient
at the Center for Weight Management and
Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General attend our
informational session on January 10, 2013 at
6:00pm in the North Andover office. To register
please visit www.lowellgeneral.org or call
You’re Ready!
Estás Lista!
You have made the decision to go forward with bypass surgery. It has
been a very difficult one for you to make. But never forget why you are
doing this. You are mildly diabetic, you sweat profusely, you have a fatty
liver which may be contributing to your digestive problem, you have fat
on your back that is contributing to your round shoulders, your hip is
often out – carrying 100 pounds extra cannot be good – your ankles
and legs swell, you have gout, and you have an overactive bladder.
Haz tomado la decisión de hacerte la cirugía de Bypass Gástrico. Ha
sido una decisión muy difícil de tomar. Pero nunca olvides porqué estás
haciendo esto. Tú sufres de una leve diabetes, traspiras profusamente,
tienes el hígado cubierto de grasa, lo que puede contribuir a tus
problemas digestivos, tienes grasa en la espalda superior, lo que hace que
tus hombros se vean redondos, te molesta la cadera, (no puede ser bueno
cargar con 100 libras de más), tus tobillos y tus piernas se hinchan, tienes
gota y una vejiga muy activa.
Although you can be grateful for general good health and energy, these
problems loom large as possible serious health concerns that will grow as
you age. Remember, old age is nothing more than unsolved health issues.
Finally, you are embarrassed about your appearance so much that it has
undermined your self-confidence in a big way.
Remember, no matter how your physical appearance changes, it will be a
welcom change, as you are doing this for your health, for your future, and
for your family.
When temptation arrives, and we know it will, use this new tool to
support you. Remember your goal is health. Remember that we are
lifting off old layers so the real you can shine through with health, joy
and confidence. No matter what others may say or think, you know why
you are doing this, and may that guide you and strengthen you with
God’s help.
Good luck sweet girl – be brave – you can do this. And remember to seek
help if you need it.
With love, respect and affection,
Aunque puedas estar agradecida por tener energía, y salud relativamente
buena, los problemas de ahora pueden volverse serios con el correr
de los años. Recuerda: la vejez no es más que problemas no resueltos.
Finalmente, te sientes avergonzada por tu aspecto, tanto así, que esto ha
afectado profundamente tu autoestima.
Pero siempre recuerda, aunque tu apariencia física cambie mucho, (un
bienvenido cambio), que tú haces esto por tu salud, para tu futuro y para
tu familia.
Cuando llegue la tentación, y sabemos que vendrá, ayúdate con esta
nueva herramienta: Recuerda que tu meta es tu salud. Recuerda que
estamos levantando las viejas “capas” para que el “verdadero yo” pueda
brillar con salud, seguridad y alegría. No importa lo que los demás digan
o piensen, tú sabes por qué estás haciendo esto, y que este pensamiento te
guíe y fortalezca; con la ayuda de Dios.
Buena suerte, dulce muchacha, ten valor, tú puedes hacer esto. Y recuerda
de buscar ayuda si la necesitas.
Con amor, respeto y cariño,
Meet the New Ambassadors
In April, the Center for Weight Management welcomed six new Ambassadors to our ranks.
Janet Haouchine, Maggie Marshall, Jennifer Simons, Bob Teperow, Mary Towse, and Denise
Woodard have graciously volunteered to help support our pre- and post-op patients as they go
through their individual journeys.
All of our Ambassadors are carefully screened and receive Volunteer Training in accordance
with Lowell General Hospital’s rigorous standards. When training is complete, each new
Ambassador receives a Lowell General Hospital photo ID and can begin supporting patients.
In addition to making visits to patients after surgery and providing real-time support in the
classroom, our Ambassadors are the key to making the FIT activities a success.
As you come through the center for appointments, activities, or support meetings, please
welcome our new Ambassadors. We couldn’t do it without them! If interested in becoming an
Ambassador, applications are available at the Center for Weight Management after January 1,
2013. Ambassador Orientation will be held in the Spring.
Stay connected with
the Center for Weight
Management at
Find information on
the workshops, events,
support groups, the
“Heal Faster”
Program, the Patient
Ambassador Program
and much more!
A New You – 2012
to highlight the best looks for everyone. Brook
and Bridgette have provided each participant
with full licensing rights to have the pictures
printed as they desire. Please visit their
websites to see the pictures and how much
fun we had at the photo sessions:
www.brookmariephotography.com and
Celebrations (password LGH).
Toward the end of the event, raffles were held
by many of the merchants. For those who
signed up for the makeovers, CABi raffled
$100 gift certificates to five lucky winners! Gift
bags were raffled for all attendees by Arbonne
and Mary Kay cosmetics while One-to-One
BodyScapes gave away a free consultation and
session at their facility.
This year’s event was a smashing success! We
had a great turnout, with more than 20 clients
taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity
along with several other attendees who came
to see the vendors and enjoy the camaraderie.
Merchants participating in the event included
Mary Kay, CABi, Lia Sofia, Arbonne, Pampered
Chef, Tastefully Simple, and One-to-One
BodyScapes of Westford. Cathy Coker, DPM,
from New England Foot and Ankle was also
on hand to advise people about the importance
of properly fitting shoes and recommended
consultations for those having concerns about
their feet.
Meaghan LaBrecque and Samantha Mullin
skillfully managed the makeup sitting for
each of the participants. Using a color palette
specially prepared by Mary Kay, Meaghan and
Samantha began the transformation of each
participant for their photo session, focusing
on the natural beauty of the individual. From
there clients were treated to hairstyling by the
wonderful people from Salon Apryl of Nashua,
NH. April Bohaker and her team completed
the makeover transformation, styling each
participant’s hair to beautifully frame their face
and enhance their features.
Participants were not limited to their own
wardrobes for the shoot. Cathy Lipson of
CABi opened her line of clothes and Barbara
Bilo offered her line of Lia Sophia jewelry for
makeover participants to use in their photo
sessions. In addition, there were other clothes
and fun retro accessories available through
donations made by volunteers at the event.
There were lots of opportunities to make the
most of the photo sessions and to play with
personal presentation.
New for this year’s event was a serenity spa,
masterfully choreographed by Grace Conlon,
our own Christine LaBrecque’s mother.
Makeover participants were treated to a
soothing, aroma-filled session complete with
a foot soak and a heated neck and shoulder
wrap. The candlelit room with the peaceful
meditative music allowed participants to
reflect and unwind before going in front of
the cameras.
Just as important as the makeover participants
were to the success of the event, so are all the
people who volunteered their time and talents
to make everyone who attended A New You
2012 feel special – we thank you!
Professional photographers Brook Conard and
Bridgette Braley took hundreds of pictures of
the participants in a number of flattering poses
Join us next year on May 4 for A New
You – 2013 and celebrate your journey!
A SMART Way to Exercise
Certified Personal Trainer Answers Your Questions
If you haven’t been to a post-op support group in
a while, you’re missing out!
On July 17, guest speaker and Certified
Personal Trainer Bob Dandaraw came to the
group to talk about exercise. In an engaging,
informative, and motivating hour, Bob
answered audience questions about the “how
to’s” of exercise and how to get the most out of
exercise in the least amount of time. Even if you
have a mere 20 minutes a couple times a week,
he said, you can get in shape and improve your
fitness and physique if you have the proper
guidance. The hardest part, he admitted, is
getting started. Everyone learned a lot and
all were motivated to get moving!
Here are some of the questions Bob answered:
What exercise is the best?
The best exercise is the one you’ll do. Never
start a program that you don’t intend to
maintain; in other words, a temporary
program will give you temporary results.
What’s the most important factor
in exercise?
One word: Consistency. Stick to it consistently
and you’ll get results.
What’s Bob’s workout routine?
As a triathlete Bob has designated days for
strength (weight training), cardio, and rest. He
usually works out two days then rests on the
third. For example, on Monday he might do
a strength routine, then on Tuesday a cardio
workout (a swim or run or bike ride). He would
rest on Wednesday. On Thursday, it’s strength
and Friday cardio, with a rest day on Saturday.
On Sunday, it’s strength, Monday cardio… etc.
Days off are important to rest and heal muscles.
How can one stay motivated?
Set goals! Bob uses the SMART approach for
both long- and short-term goals.
S The goal is Specific: For example, I will
walk in the Tufts 10K (6.2 miles) in Boston
in October.
M The goal is Measureable: I will complete the
10K in under 2 hrs.
A The goal is Attainable: I have time to train
and I already walk 6K (3-4 miles) every
other day.
R The goal is realistic: I will gradually
increase my walking distance by 1/2 K
(1/3-1/2 mile) each week.
T The goal has a timeline: I have 8 weeks to
complete my goal.
When’s the best time to exercise for
weight loss?
Whatever time will have you doing it
consistently. You burn the same amount of
calories whether you exercise in the morning,
noon, or at night. It can help to schedule your
exercise time like a doctor’s appointment, or
plan to meet your exercise buddy (or trainer)
at a set time on set days. That way, you have
to be there!
Is walking good enough for exercise?
If you’re just walking you may want to
incorporate some strength training like
dumbbells, squats, lunges, or weight machines
to build muscle. All exercise programs should
have 3 components: cardio (like brisk walking),
strength (weight training), and stretching.
You’ll get better results more quickly and be
much more fit than with walking alone.
Join us at a support group!
Bob Dandaraw, CPT is managing partner
at One2One Bodyscapes in Westford. He
is a personal trainer to both athletes and
beginners of all ages, shapes, and sizes. He
has clients who have had weight loss surgery
and is an approachable and knowledgeable
trainer who can get you on the road to better
fitness, and better health. He can be reached at:
Post-operative support groups occur on the
third Tuesday of every month from 6-7pm in
the classroom. It is open to all CWMB patients
who have had weight loss surgery. You do not
need to register — just show up. We have other
exciting topics scheduled for the year and we
always welcome your suggestions. We hope to
see you there!
My “A-ha!” Moment
For all of us who have struggled all our lives with obesity, we all had
our own “final straw” that helped us decide to proceed with weight loss
surgery. Mine was my soccer star son, Noah.
I had many of the classic signs of a patient who had to do something; high
blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, asthma, shortness of breath,
back and knee pain, etc. But it wasn’t until I realized that I could no longer
attend Noah’s soccer camps before I finally knew it was time.
Noah has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old and made the State
team when he was only 11. My wife and I have been chaperones at many
of his events, including grueling summer camps each year in New Jersey. It
was our job to monitor the boys at all times which included long walks in
the heat, games in 100 degree weather, and staying in non-air conditioned
By Bob Teperow
dorm rooms. At over 330 pounds, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I vividly
remember thinking “I can’t be with my son because I’m too fat”. That was
the moment I decided to take control of my life and do something about
my obesity.
With the help and support of the staff at the Center for Weight
Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital, I had
successful gastric bypass surgery in 2009 and have lost 120 pounds. All of
my health issues are gone and I truly look and feel like a new person. I just
returned from another soccer camp with my son, and had no problems
enduring all the walking and the heat of summer. And Noah was once
again selected to the US Soccer Regional Team! Thank you to Noah for
being my inspiration and thank you Center for Weight Management for
my new life.
Finding Inspiration Together Activities
Throughout the year our Ambassadors facilitate many different activities. These activities offer an opportunity for many people to try something
new, or maybe something that they have not done in years. The support and renewed sense of accomplishment participating in these activities
provide inspiration to conquer the hurdles that are presented during a person’s weight loss journey. Below Mary describes her kayaking adventure.
We hope you will join us for one or all of the upcoming F.I.T. activities over the next year.
Our group was full of friendly faces, several I
knew from our meetings, so that was one worry
put to rest. We all piled into a van and traveled
to the Amesbury boat ramp. We chose kayaks
from several laid out on the shore. I put my
dibs on the one with the widest opening, which
proved to be more than big and comfortable
enough for my cooler and me, as they all were.
George gave us some paddling lessons and
sage safety advice: if you tip over just blow the
whistle on your life vest, stay with the kayak,
and he and Ted would be right there to get you
back inside. Of course, I had no whistle on my
vest and got a bit panicky. George reassured me
that no one had ever tipped before, but I knew
there always had to be a first person. Off we
went into the river, launched one by one like
baby ducklings by George and Ted. Yikes!
As hot as the day turned out, it was measurably
cooler on the river, so I was glad to be there.
Our first trial was to get across the river, but
again we were skillfully guided like baby
ducklings; look both ways for boat and jet ski
traffic, find a clear opening, and paddle, paddle,
paddle, to the other side. After gathering safely
on the opposite side of the river, we began our
very easy paddle, with the current, down the
river. I was beginning to enjoy this! I fit, my
stuff fit, the paddling was easily doable, and our
guides were very attentive and knowledgeable.
Around 1:00pm, we stopped for a picnic
lunch in Maudsley State Park. After a leisurely
riparian feast (to quote Mrs. Bucket), bathroom
break, and water bottle refills we got back on
the river. We paddled and floated onward
navigating boats and jet skis successfully.
Around 3:00pm we stopped at a sandy beach
and took a refreshing dip in the river. Ahh...it
felt so good! I was really enjoying myself and
disappointed that it would soon end. Who knew?
Soon we were at the boat ramp beside the Black
Cow restaurant, right on schedule. I met some
new friends, spent a beautiful day with them,
learned a new skill, enjoyed the river thoroughly,
and survived in spite of my long list of worries.
I want to do it again next year, so I hope George
plans a return trip. On my way home all I could
think was, “Why didn’t more people try this?”
Sunday, July 1st dawned sunny and hot, and
once again I was having second thoughts about
kayaking for the very first time. As I drove to
Newburyport alone, I kept worrying: could I
actually fit into those small openings kayaks
have? Would I have the upper body strength
and endurance for a day of paddling on the
Merrimack River? Would my cooler would fit?
Would I have enough water to drink? Would
I get lost getting to the shop? Would I know
anyone else besides George in the group? By
the time I arrived, read and signed the legal
release, and got my life jacket (which I was also
sure would never fit) I was questioning the
sanity of my decision to risk my life in one of
those small plastic boats that looked too fragile
to support me. Why would anyone do this?
See pages 6 and 7 for all our
F.I.T. Activities, including the
2013 kayaking trip on June 23!
2012 and 2013 Finding Inspiration Together
Recipe Contest
November 13, 2012, 5:00–7:00pm
Center for Weight Management Classroom
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA 01863
Make your favorite bariatric friendly recipes for shakes and meals
and bring some copies of your recipe to share. You will have the
opportunity to taste and vote on your favorites.
Annual Holiday Party
and Yankee Swap
December 11, 2012, 5:00–7:00pm
Center for Weight Management Classroom
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA 01863
Get in the holiday spirit by taking part in our party. You can’t go
wrong with an atmosphere filled with joy and laughter. Enjoy great
music, food, people, and take part in our Yankee Swap. Families
are welcome!
Movie Night for Food Pantry
February 8, 2013, 7:00–9:00pm
Center for Weight Management Classroom
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA 01863
Come enjoy a family movie and healthy snacks. Bring your pillow and
blanket to get comfortable for a wonderful family night. Bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry.
Snow Tubing & Winter Family Fun
January 17, 2013, 6:00–8:00pm
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
79 Powers Road, Westford, MA
Please join the F.I.T. Group in an evening of family fun and activity at
Nashoba Valley Park! There are fifteen lanes and you will be given an
opportunity to ride one of four lifts to the top of the hill.
Spring Fling – Easter Egg Hunt,
Face Painting and More
March 23, 2013, 10:00am–12:00pm
Center for Weight Management
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA
Enjoy a morning of games, face painting, egg hunting and more. Shake
off those winter blues and join us for some fresh air and friendship.
To register for these and other events or programs at the Center for
(F.I.T.) Calendar of Activities
Kite Flying for the Whole Family
May 18, 2013, 9:00–11:00am
Center for Weight Management
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA 01863
Come and make your own kite, then let it soar to the sky!
Be creative, have fun, meet some new friends.
Kayak Paddle at Plum Island
June 23, 2013, 10:00am–4:00pm
(depending on the tides)
Plum Island Kayak
Newburyport, MA
Bowling – Family Fun
and Exercise, too!
April 13, 2013, 1:00pm
Brunswick Bowling Alley
647 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA
This activity has hidden benefits for good health. It focuses on your
entire body. Your biceps, waistline, back, abs, legs, and chest will all
be challenged in this fun sport.
A New You –
A Day of Beauty and Fashion
May 4, 2013, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Center for Weight Management
20 Research Place, Chelmsford, MA 01863
Join us for A New You! Come celebrate your accomplishments, big
and small, and embrace the new you. A New You will feature mini
makeovers, providing hairstyling and make-up for participants,
followed by a photo session with professional photographers.
This paddle is designed specifically for weight loss patients. Plum
Island Kayak provides a private, guided tour down the Merrimack
River from Rocks Village to downtown Newburyport. We’ll paddle
down river with the current, view several species of wildlife and
explore several creeks and estuaries.
BBQ – Family
Fun in the Sun
July 21, 2013,
Near Sampus Pavillion
Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA
Join us for a fun day of outdoor activities and a bariatric friendly
barbecue. Bring your Frisbees, balls, jump ropes, or any other
outdoor fun equipment.
Spinners Baseball Game
August 26, 2013, 7:05pm
LaLacheur Park, Lowell, MA
Join us for a fun day at the ballpark. Families are welcome to join us.
Weight Management, please call 1-877-LGH-WELL (1-877-544-9355)
Relax, Refocus, Reenergize
The Center for Weight Management’s April retreat provided an opportunity
for post-op clients to gather and share their experiences while finding
the inspiration to recommit to their individual goals. The day began with
movement and meditation in a yoga class led by Samantha Baker, BA, LMT,
RYT. The class was geared to all ability levels and received positive comments
from all who participated. Following the yoga, retreat participants were
treated to a tea bar, presented by MaryBeth Sherrin, with a wonderful
assortment of loose teas to explore and savor. During this time, Ms. Baker
offered chair massage for those interested in a bit of deeper relaxation.
Once everyone was refreshed, participants divided into two groups to
discuss the road ahead and how to refocus our energies on our health
1. Turkey Rollups
(2 servings, 2 rollups each)
• 4 slices deli turkey breast
• 8 teaspoons honey mustard, or mango chutney
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 8 sesame breadsticks
Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango
chutney) and season with pepper. Wrap each prepared turkey slice
around 2 breadsticks.
Nutrition per serving : 82 Calories; 4g Fat; 1g Sat; 1g Mono; 10mg
Cholesterol; 10g Carbohydrates; 3g Protein; 0g Fiber; 238mg Sodium;
47mg Potassium
2. Tomato-Basil Skewers
• 16 small fresh mozzarella balls
• 16 fresh basil leaves
• 16 cherry tomatoes
• Extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle
• Coarse salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Thread mozzarella, basil and tomatoes on small skewers. Drizzle
with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Try a sprinkle of balsamic
vinegar, too.
Nutrition per piece : 46 Calories; 3g Fat; 2g Sat; 0g Mono; 8mg
Cholesterol; 1g Carbohydrates; 3g Protein; 0g Fiber; 217mg Sodium;
34mg Potassium
Find more great recipes at
goals. Christine LaBrecque facilitated the group of post-op participants
less than two years out while MaryBeth Sherrin led those more than two
years out. Each group discussed their achievements, expectations, and
challenges. Conversations were lively and everyone benefitted from the
experiences shared by others.
The retreat wrapped up with a session on reenergizing with real snacks,
a quick lesson in making bariatric-friendly and protein-packed snacks
presented by MaryBeth Sherrin. For bariatric patients, snacks are more than
an opportunity to nibble, they provide a boost of energy and an important
protein source. These simple recipes, selected from www.eatingwell.com,
show how to easily get more protein while satisfying cravings:
3. Apricot Canapés
• 16 dried apricots
• 8 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
• 2 ounces chopped shelled pistachios
• 1/2 teaspoon honey
• Freshly ground pepper
Top each apricot with 1/2 teaspoon cheese. Sprinkle with pistachios
and drizzle with honey; sprinkle with pepper.
Nutrition per piece : 64 Calories; 4g Fat; 1g Sat; 2g Mono; 1mg
Cholesterol; 7g Carbohydrates; 2g Protein; 1g Fiber; 20mg Sodium;
170 mg Potassium
4. Quick Kebabs
(1 serving)
• 1/2 ounce cubed roasted deli turkey
• 1/2 ounce cubed Cheddar cheese
• 1/4 cup grapes
• 6 dried apricots
Thread turkey, cheese, grapes and apricots onto a wooden skewer.
Nutrition per serving : 218 Calories; 5g Fat; 3g Sat; 1g Mono; 20mg
Cholesterol; 37g Carbohydrates; 7g Protein; 5g Fiber; 247mg Sodium;
714mg Potassium
WLS Cheeseburger Delight
I love these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Perfect when I need a cheeseburger fix.
1 yellow onion - diced small
½ lb. ground beef
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
(or your favorite cheese)
5 eggs (large or extra large)
½ tsp. salt
pepper to your taste
Cook ground beef until done. Sauté onions until translucent and add to ground beef. Set aside to
cool. While that is cooling warm oven to 350˚. Grease two small mini muffins tins. Combine all other
ingredients and when cool add beef mixture. Spoon into mini muffin tins and bake about 25 minutes
until cooked. I usually get 25-30 per batch. These freeze really well for quick snack anytime or just eat
two or three as a meal!
The “Elvis” Protein Shake
I’m all shook up after drinking this bad boy!
8 oz. lactose free milk (or regular,
skim, or Soy)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 banana
1 Tbsp. SF Vanilla Torani
Add everything to your blender (I use my trusty Ninja)
and blend away! I like mine over ice and typically add a
squirt of sugar-free whipped topping. I liked it, but am not
in love with the peanut butter banana combo, but others
really love it!
Chocolate Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake
This is my favorite shake!
8 oz. milk (I use lactose & fat free)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp. SF Chocolate Torani
1 Tbsp. SF Peppermint Torani
Few ice cubes
Add everything to your blender (I use my trusty Ninja) and blend away! I like mine over ice and typically
add a squirt of sugar-free whipped topping. Blend really well. Pour into a fancy glass and I like to top
with sugar-free whipped topping… Hood® makes a good one in a can.
Protein Sugar-Free Banana Muffins
I have a ton of bananas on my counter that have just about seen their last day. I would hate to just throw them out so I have created
a sugar free banana muffin with no flour and added protein powder!
3/4 c. old fashioned oats
2 scoops protein powder
(banana or vanilla)
1/2 c. Splenda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cinnamon
dash salt
Add ingredients in food processor
and blend. Once combined add in:
• 3 bananas
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 c. Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I use
vanilla bean paste)
Combine until well mixed. Pour mix into well sprayed muffin tins. Do not use paper liners. Using
paper liners with recipes with oats will cause the muffins to stick to the liners. Bake at 350˚ for 15-18
minutes, remove from oven and place on cooling rack
One of these will find its way to my belly for dessert tonight… and maybe one for breakfast tomorrow!
These muffins have about 90 calories, 8 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein if you make full size
muffins and get 9 out of your mix. Usually I make mini muffins and freeze them. Counts will vary
depending on your yogurt and protein powder!
These would also be really great with some nuts or blueberries mixed in!
If you try these let me know! I always love feedback :)
Providing Complete connected care !
As you enter the Center for Weight Management office you will be
welcomed by Sue and Darlene at the front desk. These are caring, wellinformed professionals whose job is to ensure that appointments are
friendly, yet professional experiences. They will assist you with the
completion of necessary paperwork prior to your appointment. They
are trained to answer questions pertaining to referrals, support groups,
insurance coverage, letters of absence from and return to work, and
other non-medical issues. They are here to help and encourage patients
through the weight loss surgery process. To make your check-in quick
and efficient, Darlene and Sue would like to remind you that:
• Everyone must pre-register with Lowell General Hospital for
every appointment
• Arrive in our office 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
• All new patients must have the two Initial Questionnaires completed
It is important to the staff that you feel welcome, well informed and have
all of your needs met when you come for an appointment; please let us
know if there is anything we can do for you!
Proveemos Atención Completa y Personalizada
Cuando entre a la oficina del Centro de Control de Peso, Darlene y Sue, en
el mostrador de entrada, le darán la bienvenida. Ambas son profesionales
dedicadas y bien informadas, cuyo trabajo consiste en asegurar que las
citas sean experiencias agradables y profesionales. Ellas le ayudarán
a completar los papeles necesarios antes de su cita relacionados con
remisiones, grupos de apoyo, cobertura de seguros médicos, cartas para
ausencia y/ó regreso al trabajo, y otras cuestiones no médicas. Están aquí
para ayudar y alentar a los pacientes, a lo largo del proceso de la cirugía de
pérdida de peso. Ellas hacen que su proceso de registración sea rápido e
eficiente; Darlene y Sue necesitan recordarle lo siguiente:
Free Info Sessions
The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery offers FREE
information sessions on surgical weight loss options and how they could
help you change your life! Friends and family can find out more about
our weight loss surgery procedures: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and
Laparoscopic Gastric Band.
First Tuesday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm
Third Friday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm
To register call 1-877-LGH-WELL (1-877-544-9355)
Latin Corner/Esquina Latina
Spanish Support Group meets the second Saturday of every month at
11:00am. If you are interested in joining, please call 978-788-7200.
El grupo de ayuda español resuelve el segundo sábado de cada mes en
11am. Si usted está interesado en ensamblar el email español o árbol
del teléfono para los acontecimientos que vienen ascendentessatisface
el contacto el centro de la gerencia del peso en 978-788-7200 y
proveeremos de usted la información del contacto de Cindy Marcano.
• Deberá registrarse con el Hospital Lowell General antes cada cita.
• Procure llegar 15 minutos antes de la hora de su cita.
• Los pacientes nuevos deberán traer los dos cuestionarios completamente
llenados a la cita inicial.
Es importante para nosotros que se sienta bienvenido; por favor háganos
saber si hay algo que podemos hacer por usted.
Ten Years of Weight Loss Surgery:
We Want to Hear From you!
The first Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery was performed in Lowell,
Massachusetts on February 5, 2003. Dr. Jiser arrived in the operating
room with his lucky Yankees surgical cap as all of us Red Sox fans
enthusiastically awaited this monumental event. In May of that same year,
Dr. Shen joined our Weight Management team, and by the end of the
year the two surgeons had performed 104 Gastric Bypass surgeries. Dr.
Shore joined the team in 2005 and Dr. Sabeti in 2010. To date, these four
surgeons have performed more than 3000 weight loss surgeries.
Healthy results
It is important to everyone here at the Center for Weight Management and
Bariatric Surgery that weight loss surgery has helped improve the overall
health of our patients. That’s why what matters most to surgeon and staff,
is seeing a patient for his/her annual post-operative visit and hearing from
them about the results.
Tell us your story
Having weight loss surgery is a huge decision and whether you feel you
have been successful with it or not, we want to know. We have created
two surveys we’d like you to participate in, which are posted on the Lowell
General Hospital website.
1. The first survey - 10 Years of Weight Loss Surgery - is anonymous
and provides an opportunity for all of our weight loss surgery patients
to describe his/her respective journey. We want to know about your
experiences, both good and bad. It’s your chance to be brutally honest with
yourself and with us! Visit: www.lowellgeneral.org/yoursurgeryresults
2. The second survey – Place me on your celebration list - lets us know if
you are interested in attending the10 year celebration we are planning to
hold in early 2013. A chance to kick up your heels and share your victory
with others! Visit: www.lowellgeneral.org/10yrcelebration
Want to Join our Email Community?
Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers!
The Center for Weight Management’s email group is a safe, private,
and convenient way to stay in touch with happenings at the Center,to
give and receive helpful advice, and find supportive friends who share
your experiences of weight loss surgery. This group is only available to
our active patients and it is not open to the public. Currently over 200
members have participated in various topics such as:
Quiere unirse al correo electrónico
de la comunidad? Si tiene preguntas,
nosotros tenemos las respuestas!
“Hair loss”
El correo electrónico del Centro De Control de Peso es un grupo
seguro, privado y conveniente para mantenerse al tanto de lo que
sucede en la Clínica, dar y recibir consejos útiles, y encontrar apoyo
entre amigos que están pasando por las mismas experiencias de
la cirugía para bajar de peso. Este grupo está disponible a nuestros
pacientes activos y no está abierto al público. Actualmente han
participado más de 200 miembros en varios temas como:
“What happens during surgery”
“Esperar, pacientemente, la fecha de la cirugía”
Plus there’s information about support groups, products,
recipes, FIT activities, and more.
“Perdida del cabello”
If you’d like to join the list, send an email to [email protected]
that includes your full name (so we can verify you are a patient) and
email address. You will receive an invitation and link to join.
Además, hay información sobre los grupos de apoyo,
productos, recetas, actividades físicas y más.
“Patiently waiting for surgery date”
“Que sucede durante la cirugía”
Si desea unirse al grupo, mande un correo electrónico a
[email protected] e incluya su nombre completo (para
identificarlo como paciente nuestro) y dirección de correo electrónico.
Usted recibirá una invitación y la pagina de web para unirse al grupo.
The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital
20 Research Place, North Chelmsford, MA 01863 I 978.788.7200 TTY: 978.937.6889 I www.lowellgeneral.org

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