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Dear Friends and Family of LapSF and the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Hawaii,

Image San Louis Obispo Clinic

Remember to see your surgeon! If you are located in the San Louis Obispo area, be sure to make an appointment for our upcoming clinic.

Date & Time: Saturday, August 14th from 3pm-8pm

Location: 1050 Las Tablas Road, Suite 2. Templeton, CA 93465

*Please call 415-561-1310 for new patient consultation appointments and follow-up visits.

Diane's Story & Pictures!
Diane had the Vertical Gastrectomy with Dr. Cirangle in November of 2009. Just 9 months later she is happily horseback riding- something she didn't think she would be enjoying again due to her weight. Today, Diane is down exactly 100 pounds from her highest weight, and 83 pounds down from her surgery date. "I am feeling great and loving life! My goal weight is just around the corner!"

Thank you so much for sharing, Diane.

Sharing Goals and Celebrating Achievements

ImageSharing your goals is a good way to help yourself get and stay on track with those things most important to you. For instance, your WLS goals might include getting off your medications, riding a roller coaster again, shopping at Victoria's Secret, playing with your child without getting winded, or smiling when you see a photo of yourself.

Two things happen when you decide to share your goals with others. First, you become more accountable. If you chose to share your goals with someone you trust (i.e. a friend, family member, therapist/coach), this person can help you by regularly checking in on your progress. Sharing with other WLS patients at support groups can also promote encouragement and success.

Sharing your goals can also be beneficial because you might receive unexpected help along the way. I have frequently found that when I have shared a goal with someone, they have often found a way to help. Such help has come in the form of giving advice, sharing books or other resources, or introducing me to someone that can help me reach my goal.

Finally, in addition to sharing your goals, I encourage you to celebrate and share your successes along the way. No achievement is too big or too small! At the next support group, share your successes with the group. Let your fellow members congratulate you and allow your achievements to inspire others.

Need a support person or someone to help with goal setting or accountability? Call Tara Griffith, MFT at (877) WLS-COACH.

- Tara Griffth, MA, MFT

A Better Bite

ImageThe frozen dessert section in the market is packed with ice creams, bars, and popsicles galore, but watch your step. These items are a quick way to get an abundance of unnecessary calories. Some popsicles and fudgsicles are better than others, however. First thing to notice is whether its a "Sugar Free" product, or "No Sugar Added". Some companies won't show how much sugar is actually added to the dessert, verses how much natural sugar is coming from the fruit or milk in the product. With everything, take a look at the label. Keep on eye on the calories, fat, and total carbohydrates.

Here are a couple of the lighter choices (but should still not be consumed in excess!)

- Fudgsicle No Sugar Added: 40 calories, 0 tsp added sugar

- So Delicious Sugar Free, Fudge (soy): 80 calories, 0 tsp added sugar

- Creamsicle No Sugar Added: 30 calories, 0 tsp added sugar

- Breyers Pure Fruit No Sugar Added: 30 calories, 0 tsp added sugar

*If you have a favorite Crystal Lite flavor, make home-made ice pops out of that!

Upcoming Seminars & Support Groups

Honolulu Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, August 7th from 10am - 12pm
Oahu Veteran's Center
1298 Kukila Street, Honolulu 96818

*Kona Clinic Hours*
Sunday, August 8th starting at Noon
75-5665 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua, HI 96740

Hilo Seminar & Support Group
Monday, August 9th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Resort
87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI

Monterey Seminar & Support Group
Monday, August 16th from 7pm - 9pm
Hyatt Regency Monterey
1 Old Golf Course Road

San Jose Seminar & Support Group
Wednesday, August 18th from 6pm - 8pm
2425 Samaritan Drive
*Located in the teleconference trailers in the East parking lot

Petaluma Seminar & Support Group
Satruday, August 21st from 9am - 12pm
Sheraton Petaluma, 4th Floor
*Amy Ingols, RD and Tara Griffith, MFT presenting

San Francisco Seminar & Support Group
Monday, August 23rd from 6pm - 8pm
2100 Webster Street, Suite 106 in the Spivey Room

Sacramento Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, August 28th from 9am - 11am
Red Lion Hotel at Arden Village
1401 Arden Way

Stockton Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, August 28th from 1pm - 3pm
Courtyard Mariott
3252 West March Lane

click here for the calendar of events

--The Team at Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco and the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Hawaii

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