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Northwest Weight Loss Surgery, the leading center for the Lap-Band , Gastric Bypass , Sleeve Gastrectomy , for weight loss surgery

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"The doctors are great. I had some complications as a result of my pre-op testing and my doctor was very concerned and very available to me whenever I had a question. I e-mailed him directly, and he answered me back quickly."  
Tarah - Seattle, WA

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Northwest Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups in Everett

We are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Studies show that people who frequently attend weight loss support groups lose more weight. We recognize that support is a key element of weight loss surgery. Quality support groups provide more than just social and emotional support. They provide a wonderful opportunity for learning. As weight-loss surgery patients, we sometimes feel alone and misunderstood in the real world. It is very important to surround ourselves with people who understand our decision to have weight-loss surgery and what it is like to deal with the many physical, emotional and relationship changes that we experience throughout our journey.

Our support groups are open to all members of the community including pre-op and post-op patients, regardless of where you had your surgery. Family members and friends offering words of encouragement and support are also welcome to attend.

Support Group Format

6:30 to 6:45 – Announcements / group guidelines / stretching exercises   

6:45 to 7:40 – Presentation of Monthly Topic & Focus question

7:40 to 8:30 – Small Group sharing circles / casual "discussion"
 


We facilitate a formal presentation followed by small group sharing circles twice a month

The second Monday of the month 6:30pm to 8:30pm

with a repeat session

The third Thursday of the month 10:00am to 12:00pm

We have added a session for small group sharing circles / casual "discussion"

The fourth Monday of the month 6:30 to 7:30pm


Our Everett support group is open to the public. We are currently meeting in the conference room:

Northwest Weight Loss Surgery

125 130th street se, Everett WA

425.385.2263

January 

Monday January 9th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday January 19st - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday January 23rd  - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Panel of Weight Loss Surgery Experts / Profiles of Success

People who have successfully lost weight will sit on a panel and discuss just how they did it. Our panelists will share their challenges and successes. We’ll build a portrait of a champion and talk about overcoming barriers to change and dealing with issues along the way.


Homework: Think about your goals for this year, write about it. Think about what may be preventing you from attaining that goal… write about it. Come prepared with a question for someone that has lost over 100 pounds. Suggested reading “100 Days of weight loss” – Linda Spangle.

February

Monday February 13th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday February 16th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday February 27th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic:  Self - Motivation 

You've gotten rid of the cookies in the cupboard, and virtuously refused the cake at the office party. And then, a few weeks into it, your motivation begins to flag. Maybe you hit a plateau in your weight loss, or you're bored with steamed vegetables for dinner night after night, or, tempted by a special dessert, you decide that just this once can't hurt. A few slip-ups and you're totally derailed, physically and emotionally. Motivation is a key element for long term life style change. We will look at some tips and techniques for “self-motivation” 


Homework: One of the most important motivation techniques you can apply is to clarify what it is you want, and why you want it. If you don't really know what outcome you are going for, or why you should go for it, it is really hard to maintain a high level of self-motivation. Make a ”pros and cons” list of how your life is going to be better if you lose the weight or worse if you don't.

Read: The gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The best way to predict the future is to create it……..

March

Monday March13th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles - Doctors cooking for nightime group only -

Thursday March 16th - 10:00am - Presentation on emotional eating and small group circles - NO COOKING FOR DAYTIME GROUP

Monday March 27th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Celebrity Chefs
Each year, the Celebrity Chef Tour comes to Northwest Weight Loss Surgery. In restaurants across America, innovative local chefs are serving fabulous, exciting dishes to their customers. They are known in their communities as the local culinary trendsetters. We are pleased to present Chef Bob and his Sous Chef Alana (Dr. Michaelson & Dr. Chock). These talented chefs will prepare a few dishes for you to sample while taking questions from the audience.

They will talk about recreating the experience of eating. Learning to plan, cook, eat to enjoy and answer questions.

Recommended Home Work: Bring a weight loss friendly recipe to share.

April

Monday April 10th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday April 20th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday April 24th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Emotional Eating & Coping Skills

We don’t always eat simply to satisfy hunger. We also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. It usually makes you feel worse afterward. Not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating, and changing the habits that have sabotaged your diets in the past. We will provide suggestions for new coping skills to try.

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Homework Reading: The Food & Feelings workbook by Karen Koenig , Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays or Mindless Eating by Brian Wansick, Ph.D.

“Guilt & Shame have too many Calories”

May

Monday May 8th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday May 18th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday May 22nd  - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Physical Activity & Clothing exchange
Have you ever thought about going to an aerobic dance class but felt like you should lose weight first? Is that exercise bicycle collecting dust in your basement because you'd rather watch TV? We'll explore the motivational traps that may cause you to avoid activities and attempt to motivate you to include more movement comfortably into your week. We will explore activities for all sizes and levels of fitness.

We have invited Amanda our exercise physiologist to demonstrate some stretching and physical training; she will show us how to modify activity to where we are at in our own journey. Dress comfortably as we will be participating. We suggest making a few follow up visits with Amanda. Many insurance plans cover sessions with Amanda.

Clothing exchange

“Fashion” isn’t usually a word associated with weight loss surgery. But if you’ve been watching the pounds melt away over several months, it can be hard to figure out what to wear. Sweats and sneakers can only take you so far. You’ve got to have REAL clothes – but who can afford to buy clothing over and over while you’re dropping a dress size every month? Need a pair of pants that doesn't fall off of you?  You will!  That's why we are having a clothing exchange. Just bring in the lightly used clothing that doesn't fit anymore and walk out feeling even better in clothes that work for your new body!

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event or have questions about the clothing exchange please contact Chandra at -  CBaker@nwwls.com

Recommended Home Work: Sign up to walk with us at the Everett Relay for Life Cancer Walk

“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”

Make an appointment with Amanda our exercise physiologist – many times your health insurance will cover these visits. An exercise physiologist is a healthcare professional with extensive academic training who assists clients in achieving and maintaining health and wellness, preventing illness and disability, restoring health, and helping athletes reach their potential in sports training and performance.

June

Monday June 12th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday June 15th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday June 26th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Food Addiction  

The idea that a person can be addicted to food has recently gotten more support from science. We will explore how the body reacts to certain foods and discuss how to help you break the cycle of compulsive eating.

Experiments in animals and humans show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods. Highly palatable foods are foods rich in: Sugar / Salt / Fats

Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain's reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again


Homework: Read the book Anatomy of a Food Addiction: The Brain Chemistry of Overeating: An Effective Program to Overcome Compulsive Eating by Anne Katherine

Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same……….

July

Monday July 10th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday July 20th  - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday July 24th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Common Mistakes of Weight Loss Surgery Patients 

I really wanted to have surgery, fall asleep and wake up thinner!!! Sound familiar?

Weight Loss Surgery is not a magic bullet; people have to work hard after surgery to gain long term success. We will discuss some common mistakes that people make after surgery including weight re-gain and provide support on how to overcome these challenges.

Homework Reading: Think back to when you decided to have weight loss surgery: make a list of the reasons you wanted to lose weight and bring it to support group.

Read: But I deserve this chocolate! By Susan Albers PsyD.

August

Monday August 14th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday August 17th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday August 28th  - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Coping with everyday stress
We don’t always eat simply to satisfy hunger. We also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. It usually makes you feel worse afterward. Not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating, and changing the habits that have sabotaged your diets in the past.

 Homework Reading: The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting by Julie M Simon

September

Monday September 11th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday September 21st - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday September 25th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Getting Back on Track

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. With this time of year we can also create a new beginning. The first few months after weight-loss surgery, can seem easy. Patients have limited hunger, eat very small volumes of food, and struggle to get all their food in daily. During this period, it can seem as if the weight is just falling off of you. Many people refer to the first year after surgery as the “honeymoon period.” Unfortunately, the “honeymoon” doesn’t last forever. Typically, as patients pass by their one-year anniversary, hunger returns a bit, food volumes increase and it can be more of struggle for people to stay on track.

It’s time to let go of your love-hate relationship with your scale. When you use it the right way, your scale can become your biggest ally in managing your weight. Imagine saying to yourself, “I love my scale!” We will look at ways to stay on or get back on track and talk about resources available at the clinic.

Recommended Home Work: Read the book “Friends with Scale” by Linda Spangle.

“Weight Loss is like driving a car, if you ever veer off the road, just make a U-turn and head back in the right direction.”

October

Monday October 9th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday October 19th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday October 23rd  - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Nutrition Refresher / Ask the dietician


This session is all about making wiser food choices. We will talk about the components of a healthy meal, how to read labels, portion sizes, and recipes. How much protein do we really need?

We will also have a speaker from Bariatric Advantage to talk about vitamins and supplements. He will provide a great understanding of the products available in our office. High energy / Great information / Lots of samples. 


Recommended Home Reading: Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery: Over 140 Delicious Low-Fat High-Protein Recipes to Enjoy in the Weeks, Months and Years After Surgery by Patt Levine, Michele Bontmpo-Saray. Preview this book on Google

November

Monday November 13th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday November 16th - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Monday November 27th - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Small group therapy for emotional eating.

Topic: Stress Management through the Holidays


The holiday season often brings unwelcome pressures - stress and sometimes depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands - decorating, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. End up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you could. We will explore how to deal with stress, family and holiday pressure


Homework Reading: Take an hour or two for yourself and declare a holiday strike!! - Go to see a movie, get a pedicure or just go for a walk. Read 50 ways to sooth yourself without food by Susan Albers

December 

Monday December 11th -   6:30 to 8:30pm - Presentation and small group circles

Thursday December 21st - 10:00am - Presentation and small group circles

Small group therapy for emotional eating cancelled for the holidays

December 

Topic: Plastic Surgery after weight loss

We will explore what plastic surgery has to offer to a person who has accomplished massive weight loss. Dr Chock will start the group by explaining the cosmetic services offered here at Envisage at Northwest Weight Loss Surgery. She will present information on Botox, Juvederm , Latisse, Vivite skin care and other services. Not everyone wants or needs plastic surgery but our guest speaker is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in helping people with body shaping after weight loss. You will be able to see before and after pictures of the various procedures. This is a fascinating topic, even if you are not interested in plastic surgery for yourself. The plastic surgeon will be available to answer all your questions and talk about what to expect from plastic surgery.
 

Recommended Home Work: Body Contouring Surgery after Weight Loss by Jeffrey Sebastian, Joseph Capella, and Peter Rubin

 

Community-Based Support Groups

Research indicates that patients who attend support groups after surgery achieve greater weight loss. We encourage all our patients to participate in the free weight loss support groups led by Northwest Weight Loss Surgery staff. For more information about these groups and other weight loss support groups in the Northwest, please call us at 425-385-2263.

Diet and Exercise Trackers

My Fitness Pal - www.myfitnesspal.com

Lose It – www.loseit.com

Spark People – www.sparkpeople.com

Calorie King – www.calorieking.com

My Net Diary - www.mynetdiary.com

Trails.com –www.trails.com

King County Walking Trails- http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/trails.aspx

Research indicates that patients who attend support groups after surgery achieve greater weight loss. We encourage all our patients to participate in the free weight loss support groups led by Northwest Weight Loss Surgery staff. For more information about these groups and other weight loss support groups in the Northwest, please call us at 425-385-2263.

How Can Northwest Weight Loss Surgery Help?

 
 

Northwest Weight Loss Surgery offers options for weight loss surgery; Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band Surgery, Plication, Botox, Juvederm, Facial Peels and Medical Grade skin care products.  for Washington State, servicing the entire country including Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane, and the Tri cities areas as well as Nationwide. We also offer weight loss surgery for patients from Canada and other countries outside of the U.S.A.

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