Hi everyone! We will resume filming this weekend and the first new episode will be out in two weeks. Thanks for being patient with us while our lives got in the way of putting together these shows for you. Believe me. We need these to help us stay on track just as much as you all do!
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In this weeks episode of BariatricTV, we start it off with a Drop Zone Freak that says there’s more to life than just breathing in and out. After that we talk a bit about Sarah Halbrook’s recent appearance on the TLC Network show The Real Skinny.
Next it’s time for BTV’s weight loss surgery trip around the world. In this segment we take a look at some of the healthier eating habits that abound in other countries. By adopting some of these habits you may find it easier to lose, and maintain, your weight.
And finally we finish things up with a review of a new protein bar from the folks at Supreme Protein, or and Toni named them in a previous episode “Super Me!”
Although we don’t normally link to other stories this was on The Today Show this morning and we felt that it needed to be shared. It’s an honest look at Star Jones and her decision to have weight loss surgery. Thank you NBC for doing this story. In a world of over sensationalistic negative stories about weight loss surgery, it’s refreshing to see the truth!Read More
Building Blocks Vitamins
- 28 Annual Meeting of the ASMBS
This coming week, the Obesity Action Coalition is attending the ASMBS Meeting in Orlando. In honor of the support from the bariatric community, the OAC is offering 50% OFF OAC Membership ($10.00!!) for ONE-WEEK! This promotion runs through Friday, June 17. Use code BTV2011 and be entered to win a Keurig Home Brewing System.Read More
I am sorry to report that we don’t have a show for this week Freaks. With Danielle (Prompter Girl) having her surgery on Monday we just ran out of time to get the show shot and edited. However we promise to make up for it next week with oodles of shows from the ASMBS conference in Florida. We’ll have interview with many product and service providers as well as interviews with key researchers at the show.
As for Danielle she is doing very well. She had her RNY early on Monday morning and was released on Wednesday afternoon. She is up and about and her and I have taken a few short walks in the neighborhood over the last two days. She’s doing great on getting in her fluids in and is starting on some soft foods like pudding and jello. She started her vitamins yesterday and is experimenting with different protein drinks to find a couple she really likes.
Thanks again for all of you kind thoughts and prayers as my baby girl is starting out on her journey. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… YOU FREAKS ROCK!!!
Our very own Prompter Girl, Danielle Towe, had her RnY surgery this morning. Toni just reported that Danielle is out of surgery and in recovery.. Doc said she did swell.
Thanks for all of your thoughts, wishes and prayers..
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You’ve been asking for her so here she is. The triumphant return of Patrina! It’s so good to see ya again dear!
- Patrina tells us what she’s been up to.
- Patrina tell us how much shes lost and how good she looks after weight loss surgery
- Patrina gets an almost new bike for FREE!
In Episode 18 we chat a bit about the following weight loss surgery stories in the news
- Kiwi women denied surgery in NZ but offered freebie in Korea
- Post-Op Weight Loss Surgery Patients – Protein Deficient
- 10 Things You Should Do After a Dramatic Weight Loss
We also have some great weight loss surgery conversation with our friends: Rob, Trimoon and Ian
In this week’s episode of BariatricTV we start things off with two Drop Zone Freaks in the happiest place on earth. We then ask the question “Is your pouch the boss of everyone?” In Altered Realities we take a look at how your outlook on your surgery can change as you move farther out. And then we wrap things up with a website that’s all about bringing a party to your pouch!
- The Drop Zone segment features Ron and Paula
- Does your pouch, band or sleeve make all the rules in the house?
- Asking your loved ones to change their lifestyle because you had weight loss surgery isn’t fair.
- Sooner or later you will have to face a world full of temptation.
- You need to learn that you control your cravings, they don’t control you.
- A few years after your weight loss surgery you’ll be amazed at how your perspectives change.
- Newbies can sometime chastise old timers for not appreciating their weight loss.
- Old Timers can sometimes be brutal to newbies by insisting they have “No clue what they are talking bout!” .
- Having weight loss surgery is difficult, let’s support each other!
- A quick review of 2 bariatric friendly web sites in one
Due to a family emergency, meaning Mike ended up back in the hospital with some abdomen issues, this week show had to be canceled at the last minute, meaning we didn’t get to shoot it so he didn’t get to edit it.
We promise to be back next week with another great episode. (I can’t tell you how bummed I am because I wrote an awesome script and we were looking forward to having some fun-Toni)
We really hate to disappoint our viewers and hope you’ll forgive us.
As for this this week, we encourage to take this time and go back and look at some of your favorite episodes.
Thanks and we’ll be back next week.
Toni, Lynnda, and Mike
(oh and teleprompter girl)
Welcome to the Debut of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America’s Film Surviving to Thriving
To play the film please click on the play arrow in the image below. If you find that your playback is jumpy and the video stops to buffer just click on the pause button. Keep the video paused for a few minutes and the entire video will download.
For higher quality video click on the the HD button. This button will toggle between HD and Standard Definition.
After viewing the film please go to http://www.youtube.com/wlsfa to record a response video to let us know your thoughts about the film. The WLS Community response videos will be collected and edited to be part of the story as we show it to the world.
Additionally the crew here at BariatricTV would love to have your comments here in this post.
If after viewing you would like to make a donation to the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America please click on the Donate button in the side bar to the right. All donations received on October 2nd will be sent directly to the WLSFA.
On this weeks episode of BariatricTV, our “I freakin did it” is walking walking walking, our favorite Sergeant Shepherd tells you all about how weight loss surgery is not the easy way out, strange and weird emotions are perfectly normal after surgery, and we have miles to go for a review.
- This weeks “I Freakin Did It” is Linda Eaves. She is walking and staying hydrated.
- We pay a visit to Bariatric Brigade where Sergeant Shepherd show Private Towe how surgery is not the easy way out.
- Things will change after surgery.
- Right after surgery your body will be dealing with a nutritional deficit.
- You fat cells will release stored estrogen.
- As your estrogen then lowers your body will release MAO.
- After weight loss surgery you may have unexplained bouts of anger or sadness.
- We review a great site called Miles To Go.
- BariatricTV Forums
- Discount Code for Cincinnati Ohio OH Conference
- Discount Code for Houston Texas OH Conference
- Episode 6
- Miles To Go
The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America has just announced that they have awarded their first ever surgery grants to two very deserving individuals.
The first of these grants is being awarded to Connie Baily of Texas. Connie has been struggling with her weight for years and has been denied insurance coverage for surgery. Her disappointment has been compounded by watching her twin sister Rose obtain approval and surgery. Connie’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Garth Davis who in addition to being a world renowned bariatric surgeon, is also well know from his appearance on the TLC reality show Big Medicine. Dr. Davis has graciously offered up his services via the WLSFA Grants Program.
The second grant to be awarded is for post weight loss reconstructive surgery. This grant is being awarded to Sarah Halbrook of Arizona. After an amazing weight loss of nearly 200 pounds Sarah has been dealing with the skin issues that go along with it. Enter Beverly Hills reconstructive surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen of Body by Katzen. As one of the leading reconstructive surgeons that specialize in post bariatric patients, Dr. Katzen has offered up his services via the WLSFA Grants Program to help Sarah rid her self of her excess skin.
All of us here at BariatricTV want to commend the WLSFA and both Dr. Davis and Dr. Katzen for their generous contributions. It’s truly an amazing thing for this to happen. We also want to thank Antonia and the board at the WLSFA for their tireless effort to change peoples lives for the better. The community is truly blessed to have you.
- Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
- Dr. Garth Davis
- Body by Katzen
- Sarah Halbrook’s YouTube channel
Alright Freaks, as most of you know Mike had to undergo emergency surgery last week and have his appendix removed. Along with taking Mike down his nasty appendix also took down all the days we had scheduled to shoot episodes. Unfortunately that means that this week we don’t have a new episode for you. However Toni came up with a grand idea!! So this week we’re doing staff favorites.
Below are the episodes that each of us has picked as our favorite. Along with the episode we’ve each written a small back story to explain why we liked it so much. We hope you enjoy our favorites, and the reasons for why we like them so much. Thanks so much for your patience during this time and we’ll be back with a brand new show next week!
I picked this episode for a couple reasons. For starters because of how quickly the inspiration for it hit me. It started with a script that Lynnda wrote and in it she had a segment about tips for going to an all you can eat buffet. As I was reading it I just had this vision of people attacking the buffet. It then changed into a military scenario with Lynnda as a Drill Sergeant explaining to her platoon of bariatric patients how they too could enjoy a buffet with their families, as long as they had a plan of attack. At that point Sergeant Shepherd was born. Of course any good Drill Sergeant needs a bumbling private so I added Private Towe to the skit. A quick trip to the Army surplus store for wardrobe and we we’re off and running.
My second reason for liking this episode so much is Lynnda’s performance. It just all came together perfectly and she nailed the character. It’s not often that what you see in your head while writing get’s captured in the performance but this was one of those times. Lynnda really is amazing and quite a natural in front of the camera. I have worked with a lot of professional actors that she blows away on a regular basis. No matter what gets written she is always ready and willing to do it. I really consider BTV to be lucky to have her in the show!
This is my all time favorite episodes. Not only did it have a lot of great information, including a freak of the week that had serious complications, but it talked about how weight loss suergery effects your family members and it highlighted the most popular reconstructive surgery for WLSer, the Panneculectomy.
Mostly I think it’s my favorite because we had so much fun shooting it. The last segment was just a real riot to do and I love being Mrs. Wendelton. She’s a great character because she doesn’t have a solid thought in her head. Sometimes it’s hard being yourself but when you get to act like someone completely different from you, it’s a little liberating. And anyone that knows me, knows that I’m nothing like Mrs. Wendelton. And anyone that knows Mike knows he nothing like Mr. Wendelton. It was fun still being a couple, but a completely different couple. That and the gag factor. I really did GAG from the smell of the fish skin getting caught in the blades of the Omega Master 9000.
And one more note…not sure anyone caught on that my head gears spells out the words “Dork”.
I would have to say that this episode 32, “The Weight Loss Saboteur” is my favorite. There have been many episodes that I loved the content of or I loved filming.. This one was both for me. I think we can all relate with having some sort of saboteur in our lives and it’s okay to admit that we don’t like them and, at times, are threatened by them.. They seem to voice the commentary that a lot of us having running in our heads.. “It’s okay.. that Twinkie won’t hurt you.. it’s only one”.. Hearing it actually voiced by someone else has the potential to enable you to give in.. and I know that scares me, probably scare you too. 9 times out of 10 they really do mean well.. For a lot of people, food is how they show love. It’s just a matter of recognizing what they are doing and helping them to understand that there needs to be another way. Toni, Mike and I had a great time filming this episode. I hope you enjoy as much as we did.
I like this episode because anyone who knows me knows that I love a good accent. The way the Toni in Lynnda talk to each other during coffee talk makes me laugh out loud every time I see it. BTV coffee talk, I love you!
The crew here at BTV would like to apologize to our viewers. Unfortunately, due to an unforseen circumstance, we don’t have a video for you this week.
Our own editor and producer, Mike, had a emergency appendectomy this last Wednesday and is currently on bed rest.
Yes folks, we are having to hold that man back from sitting at his editing bay.
The good news is he is on the mend and we will, hopefully, have something up for you next week.
And for all our viewers sending their well wishes, we just can’t thank you enough. It really did a lot to keep our spirits up during the hours before and after surgery.
So from our family to yours…thank you.
We interrupt our continuing coverage of the ASMBS meeting to bring you another episode of Protein Cooking With McNee. This week things get hot and spicy with Rob’s recipe for Pepper Sauce.
- McNee cooks a weight loss surgery friendly recipe
- It’s Pepper Sauce
We ran across this after Jay mentioned it in the forum and thought we needed to share it with you. Al Roker talks about how he lost weight through gastric bypass, but also the challenges of keeping it off. He talks about how it is not a magic bullet, how you will need to work at keeping the weight off, basically all of the things we have talked about.
We can’t tell you how happy we were to see a network do a true and fair story about weight loss surgery. Thank you Al Roker, and thank you NBC for doing this!Read More
Well after 78 consecutive weeks the streak is ending. Unfortunately time caught up with me this week and I was unable to get our show edited. You will be happy to know it was for a good cause though. You see I have about 8 hours of broadcast stuff to edit for the local Children’s Hospital’s telethon. That’s what had to take precedence this week.
However I do have a couple hours of down time today as I wait on client approvals so I will have time to edit together Patrina’s show for this week. So check back a little later and it will be here.