It's a Boy.... and a Boy!!


Wow!!…It's Labor Day, Summer of 2012 is over already! it just me or did it fly by!  Reminds me of a funny quote I heard recently.."Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes".  On that (hopefully) funny note today's newsletter is about some events in our office that involve the beginning of life…namely that we've had two births in the last couple of weeks.

Also this week is the regular column by our patient Glynn Fluitt…read on to learn the tale of his 500 mile bike ride across Iowa…congratulations Glynn!   
After that is Marisol's Corner by our Registered Dietician, Marisol.  This week she has a particularly delicious recipe made with Salmon.  I have to mention that Salmon is a particularly good food for bariatric patients, high in protein, low in fat and carbohydrates.  It is also one of the few foods that is naturally high in Vitamin D.  Many bariatric patients are low in Vitamin D and this is great way to get it.

Lastly we have our Support Group on September 12 and we will be discussing something near and dear to my heart…walking!  Not only will we be discussing it but we'll actually be going for a walk!



If you have been to the office at all recently I am sure you can guess that one of the births involves our physician's assistant Bella.  Since Bella already has two lovely daughter's I think everyone was rooting for a boy and what do you know, she had a boy!  Joseph Irving Baum was born on August 7th and Mom and new son are doing well.

Bella will be out on leave, recovering and bonding with her new son so you won't be seeing her around the office for the next two months.  Her email address is: if you want to say "congratulations".

Now, unless you are one of Dr. Yurcisin's patients you may not have known that his wife, Andrea was pregnant.  (I think at this point I should issue a public service message to all of our female patients that we are not sure if their is something in the water at our office, so be careful next time you are there for an office visit :)…but remember no getting pregnant for 2 years after weight loss surgery!).  Lennon Porter Yurcisin was born on July 30th.  Please feel free to congratulate Dr. Yurcisin on the newest addition to his family if you see him around the office or send him an email at:


From the Gut... by Glynn Fluitt
Mr. Fluitt is a patient that has graciously offered to contribute to the newsletter – his column is a welcomed addition to the GSBWC newsletter and its readers!



There once was a 324 lb couch anchor…


Hey! Did I tell you the one about the morbidly obese guy that road his bicycle over 325 miles over a period of 7 straight days?


Well,,, that was ME!!


I told you previously about my goal of riding RAGBRAI — heralded as the oldest annual organized bike ride in the country. Five hundred miles through the Iowa countryside, from the Missouri river to the great Mississippi. Well I did it!




So here's the tale. Remember, 3.5 years ago I was 324 pounds of couch-anchor. Now, I'm in the 225-230 range, jogging in 5Ks and riding my bike for hours and hours and hours and hou……..


Now wait! 500 miles? 326? What gives!?


Who knew that temperatures reached 113-116 heat index in Iowa? I didn't!

But once I realized it, and found myself becoming delirious, I pulled to the side of the road and let the rescue wagon take me and my bike to the next overnight town. I'm exercising .. not trying to KILL myself!!


So, 10,000+ bike riders riding for 50 to 100 miles a day for 7 days.

Camping overnight along the way. And no one pointing at me saying "bless his heart! I hope he doesn't have a heart attack!" I STILL marvel at the fact that I am embraced rather than ostracized. That hasn't allowed me to come completely out of my shell. I didn't take my shirt off as I pedaled through the blazing heat — but I was now comfortable taking my shirt off as we got to the municipal swimming pool in our pass-thru towns.


The ride is touted as a picnic on wheels. Vendors sold pies, corn, bagels and muffins, burgers and fries every 5 to 10 miles. If I stopped for fuel, I didn't mind grabbing something less than ideal, taking a few bites then either pocketing or throwing away the rest. I didn't succumb to the carnie-like hawking of the folks trying to help me gain weight during my week-long outward bound adventure.


I can tell you more about the biking adventure if you like, but hear now some of the other things I did to congratulate myself along the way.


I found myself craving and rewarding myself with water water and more water. I realized whenever water wasn't coming OUT that I needed to take more IN.


Our caravan group also had a massage therapist in tow and I gave myself 3 1-hour massages during the week to release the muscles and prevent my usual leg cramps.


Ok. I'm getting a little long-winded here .. but there is a message. Before April 09, I couldn't do any of this. As recently as last year it would have been a near impossible feat. This July it became a fait d'accompli!


This may not be YOUR idea of a "vacation" but in your head there must be something that you yearn to pursue. Do it! It doesn't happen overnight.

Patience and perseverance.


Ask me about bikes, too, if you want!


Follow me @bariatricdude.





Did you know that adult salmon swim upstream to the same area where they hatched? Marine Scientists believe this is accomplished by an imprinted sense of smell the fish are born with. This journey may be only a few hundred yards or over two thousand miles depending on the species and the stream.And we thought WLS folks had a journey!

Salmon is a delicious favorite among fish lovers, and even those who don't love fish. Salmon is rich in nutritional value and contains heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Most supermarkets carry fresh salmon year-round. Flash-frozen salmon is also available year round. Important to our community, most WLS patients report a great tolerance of salmon, both fresh and canned.

A 4-ounce serving of salmon is 261 calories, 29 grams protein, 5 grams fat (less than 1 gram saturated) and 0 grams carbohydrate. It is rich in tryptophan, Vitamin D, the nutritional rock star omega 3 Fatty Acids (selenium, niacin and cobalamin.)


Salmon with Gingered Teriyaki Sauce
by Lucinda Page 136, Neighborhood Cookbook

Serves 4


    nonstick cooking spray
    2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    3 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped
    4 (4-ounce) salmon filets, about an inch thick
    4 (1-inch thick) slices fresh pineapple, cut in half  


    Preheat oven to 450F.  
    Lightly coat a large shallow banking pan with nonstick cooking spray
    In a small bowl combine teriyaki sauce, ginger and cilantro
    Set aside
    Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels
    Place salmon and pineapple in baking pan
    Brush with teriyaki mixture
    Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork

Nutrition: serves 4.

Per serving: 194 calories, 24 grams protein, 4 grams fat (1 saturated) 15 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.




Patients are frequently asking for suggestions on how to keep track of what they eat and how they know the mix of what is in what they eat – Protein, Sodium, Fiber,Carbs, Good and Bad Fats) especially when they are out or do not have access to the labels of the food they are eating.  If you want a mobile application to assist you when on the run, out eating or just like having it at your fingertips at all times…there is a Free Smartphone App called "LOSE IT!" that I have been suggesting to patients as an option to work the menu and menu the work for before, during and after surgery.  I have reviewed the app and find it to be a good way to help you work your plan.  

If you are using it now – would love to hear how it is working for you.  

We are not associated with the app in any way or receive any compensation for recommending the application 🙂 –



Upcoming Free Seminars
The next Free Informational seminar is at our Millburn office on September 5th, 2012 starting at 6:30pm.  Dr. Yurcisin leads the discussion on weight loss, your surgical options and if 'Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?'.
If you or your guests cannot make the 9/5/12 seminar, September 19th  2012 will be the next available seminar in our Millburn office.

To Find out more, simply click here for Dates and Locations of Seminars!
We welcome your guests and anyone that wants to know more about the benefits of bariatric surgery.

In This Issue Its a Boy and a Boy!!From the GutMarisol's Nutritional CornerEnd Quote

This Designation  is the 1st line of Defense for All Patients when looking for a Certified Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon.  GSBWC has proudly been Certified since we began our practice.
September 2012 Team Happenings!
Both Dr Bilof and Dr Yurcisin are September Birthday Babies!
Dr Bilof is September 23rd and Dr Yurcisin is September 8th!  We are lucky to have them both and wish them ongoing and continued health and happiness!


Upcoming Dates and Locations of Support Group in Your Area:

Next Support Group at ACC in Livingston, NJ is September 12th, 2012 from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Support Groups are designed for YOU and what you need for sustainable weight loss and reclaimed health! Hope to see you there. To register for the the 9/12/12 support group, call 973.322.7433.   


Thanks For Trusting Us with Your Health!

 End Quote:


"Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be."
Shel Silverstein   


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