MM is in VEGAS!

 I'm packed, mostly, and hopefully I did not forget anything!  I'm off at very early o'clock and headed out to Las Vegas for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon's conference and exhibitions.  I'm excited to meet many of my sponsors in PERSON for the first time!  Sure, we've emailed, chatted and been on the phone, but how cool is this? 

So I'm off to ASMBS

You see, you have to get a MD invite, or be a vendor.  I'm not typically on an MD's Google Reader.  Although, a good portion (way more than you'd think) of my readers come from medical institutions, including many Bariatric Surgery Centers, and I would love to know who is ACTUALLY READING my dribble. 

And, I am not a vendor but several are on my page, and I'd be able to meet quite a few in person!

Obesity Help shared a pass with me, and I am proud to wear their company name.  

(Two minutes after they gave me one, I was offered another from a vitamin company, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AS WELL!)

Picture 8
 Thank you, OH.  (Now, you will COME TO THE OH EVENTS?  Come on!)

Although I will be near the mecca of sin, I won't be partaking.  (Dork.)  I'll be attending exhibits looking at protein, vitamins and other super-fun stuff.  (Super GEEK.  I love it!)


Image: Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson is a… shopaholic? Also on the cover of WLS Lifestyles magazine.

Image: Sarah Ferguson


Just days ago, a British tabloid reported that Sarah Ferguson was caught on video offering access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for $724,000. 

Now, she's going to tell her side of the story to Oprah.  

Why?  Today.msnbc says

 “She’s totally broke,” one source told Us Weekly. “Her desperation led to the lack of judgment. What led to her financial situation? She never really made the transition from being a royal to being a civilian, according to the magazine.

“She’s a shopaholic, obsessed with designers like Chanel and Hermès,” the source told Us. “She didn’t know how to stop spending like a royal.”

Which is quite fitting, because I just noticed that she's on the COVER of the latest WLS LIFESTYLES magazine.  Yeah, we get it.  



Finding comfort in her own skin after losing 279 lbs.

This is just a bit of an article I just read online, but I identified with it very much, I thought I would share.

The Desert Sun

When Carrie Hanenberger gets dressed, she pulls and tugs at her flesh, folding it over and tucking 

the loose skin into her clothing. 


“I just want to wear pants that fit,” she sighs. “I've worked so hard.” It's been two years since the 29-year-old had gastric bypass surgery, and she barely resembles the woman she once was. Her face, once round, now has strong, chiseled bones. Her figure is now slender, no longer husky. Overall, the Yucca Valley woman has lost 279 pounds, bringing her down to a sleeker, fitter 189. Still, this is not the body she wants. 

This size 16 woman would actually be a size 10 or 12 if it wasn't for all the excess flesh that hangs on her upper arms and around her abdomen. Hanenberger carries about 40 pounds on her frame in skin alone. “I feel like a melting candle,” she says. 

Hanenberger is self-conscious about the excess skin. However, the procedure to remove it is potentially dangerous and expensive. 

Hanenberger consulted with five plastic surgeons, and the lowest estimate was $85,000. “I can still get around and move, but it's difficult. The skin gets in the way. It's cumbersome,” she says. “People kept telling me that I'm young, it'll snap right back. But that wasn't the case.” 

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BJ’s Bariatrics Newsletter! (Tee-hee, you gotta read it.)

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Also announcing a new Face Book Group!

Response to the 

Syntrax Nectar Sample/Variety Packs has been incredible!  At only $12.95 for 11 full size single serving packets, one in each flavor, it really is a good deal and a great way to try all of the flavors in the Nectar Line. Each serving provides 23 grams of the best Whey Protein Isolate that is available.  It dissolves very easy, the Portable Drink Mixer that BJ's has is for OTHER protein powders!  And the taste can not be beat.

But that's not really the point of this email.  The point is we are having a sale on Nectar!  Use the coupon code NectarDeal at checkout and you'll get 6.25% off all 
Syntrax products in your cart.  That is $2 off every 2.1 lb tub of Nectar, $0.81 off Sample Packs, $1.41 off Matrix 2.0 and a whopping $2.66 off Matrix 5.0!  

No limit to how much you can buy, but this coupon will expire Midnight EST on June 15.

Now into the kitchen

Last newsletter, I hinted about expecting to see something about Chef Woody … well, Chef Woody's first deck of recipe cards is ready!  But first, read Woody's Bio here

Woody is "One of Us" and has been an incredible success at both life and WLS.   But it is in the kitchen where he shines and is able to express his artistic nature. And Woody is truly an artist when it comes to cooking.

We are very pleased to announce the first in Chef Woody's Favorite's series of recipes.  These are in a 4 inch x 6 inch format and printed on high quality 110lb card stock so they'll stand up to the rigors of the kitchen.  

Each deck in the series (to be released about every 4-6 weeks) will have at least 15 of Chef Woody's favorite recipes.  This first one is all about Chicken and includes favorites like Chicken Salad ala Woody and Barbecued Chicken, but also some different ones such as Mustard Baked Chicken orTomato-Basil Chicken Porcupines.  Cost is only $7.95 and ships via First Class Mail for only $3.23.

We guarantee you'll like these.  If for any reason you are not happy, let us know and we'll promptly refund your money.  You can purchase yours from BJ's Bariatrics, do so today!

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Become BJ's friend and you'll discover how large our the Bariatric Community is becoming!  Find out what is happening in BJ's world, random musings by Bob (The "B" in BJ), chat with Bariatric Bloggers and more.

Melting Mama has a new group that is looking like a lot of fun…the 
Bariatric Bad Girls Club

Melting Mama (Beth) has said that if she gets 1,000 members by the end of Memorial Day Weekend, she'll do a give a way!  She hasn't said what she'll give a way, but it will be good.  She gets a lot of free stuff from vendors wanting her to do reviews.

In Closing, our Store

BJ's Bariatrics store is located at 622 S. Range Line Rd, Carmel IN 46032 in the Mohawk Place Shopping Center just north of 126th/City Center Dr and Range Line Road. 

Hours are Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and closed on Sunday & Monday.

Any questions or problems with anything, send us an email to, call us at 877-WLS-STUF or 317-203-3089. 

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