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Weight Loss Support Group Meeting Minutes

September 5, 2017 – The Science Behind Willpower

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN : Chris spoke about Willpower, which most of us wish we had more of, to stop us from making choices that turn out to be bad for us.  Since temptations never stop, it is important to understand that we can improve or strengthen our willpower. There has been a great […]

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August 17, 2017 – How to Dress Your Body Type

Facilitator:  Gina Daugherty, CM Gina has been involved in fashion since she was in high school, when she worked at Jones Store to coordinate outfits for fashion shows.  She pulled a number of clothing items from the clothing exchange closets to show how to put together different outfits using just a few items of clothing.  […]

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August 1, 2017 – Key Steps for Getting Weight Loss Back on Track

  Facilitator:  Stephanie Wagner, MS, RDN Stephanie started with the two most important issues in getting back on track whenever you find you’ve regained some weight and stopped following your guidelines:  Motivation and Accountability; the “mental side” of getting back on track. Key 1:  Motivation – what motivated you a year ago is different than […]

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July 20, 2017 – Loss of Control Eating

Facilitator: Kathi Williams, LMFT-T Kathi started with an exercise that helped show us how much we associate food with relationships. Some of those associations are good, and some are bad, but they frequently involve family and a lot are about comforting ourselves with food. Then she did another exercise where we did some “self-soothing” and […]

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June 22, 2017 – Nutrition for Joint Health

Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA RD LD What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Joint Health If you suffer from joint discomfort in your knees, wrists or other parts of your body, you are by no means alone. Many people have dealt with discomfort in their joints, and it is so prevalent in part because it […]

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June 6, 2017 – The Appetite Regulation System – Simplified

Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih, Bariatrician Dr. Saradih began by showing that the body’s organs “talk” to each other through a signaling system. The organs, like the stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc. send signals by secreting hormones that then send signals to the brain.  These signals either tell a person they are hungry or they are […]

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May 18, 2017 – Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitator:  Dustin Huff, PA-C   Dustin is Dr. Hamilton’s Physician Assistant, and assists Dr. Hamilton in all surgeries.  He has worked with Dr. Hamilton for 4 years, and sees Dr. Hamilton’s patients post operatively.  He graciously agreed to come to support group and answer any questions our support group members had.  Below are the questions […]

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May 2, 2017 – Clinical Pearls to Prevent Weight Regain

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN Taken from The Bariatric Times, November 2016   There is a lifelong threat of weight regain after surgery.  A small amount of weight regain (3 – 5%) is expected after a patient reaches their lowest weight; but maintaining that weight loss is a challenge for most patients. Some of the […]

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April 20, 2017 – Meal Planning

Facilitator: Stephanie Wagner, MS, RDN Stephanie Wagner is a dietitian who has spent the last 8 years working with bariatric surgery patients, and has developed a support website and recipe book specific for patients who have had weight loss surgery. Steph began by discussing how we frequently manage many areas of our lives well, but […]

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April 4, 2017 – Optimizing Weight Loss

Facilitator:  Dr. Saradih  Dr. Saradih shared a fishbone diagram (see below) that shows different things that affect our weight after surgery, and addressed what we need to do with each area in order to maximize weight loss in the first 6 – 9 months following surgery.  Dr. Saradih also pointed out that the first 3 […]

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