086 It’s Never Too Late with Zoe Belle

by reeger on August 26, 2017



In this episode I have a conversation with Zoe Belle, author of “Queen of Crop which is a book version of the weekly blog she kept for the first 14 months after her bariatric surgery. After a life-long struggle with her weight and a consideration of bariatric surgery for all of one month, Zoe, who was 58 years old at the time, underwent Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. In this episode we talk about her journey, literally and figuratively, prior to having the sleeve, and what her journey has been like since, including both her triumphs and her challenges. She has the wisdom gained through 6 years of post-sleeve weight loss maintenance and the perspective to go along with it.

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Zoe and Reeger discuss In This Episode:

  • Why she titled her book “Queen of Crop.
  • Her life-long struggle with her weight and some of the contributing factors.
  • Some observed differences between the way of life in America vs Europe.
  • The catalyst conversation between Zoe and her husband that “broke open” their honesty with each other. She says; “The truth will set you free. But first it will really piss you off.”
  • Considering weight loss surgery, specifically the Lap-Band.
  • The awkward phone consultation with the surgeon in Frankfurt, Germany who told her, “No Lap-Band. You are too old. We do will do the sleeve.”
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy 3 weeks later as medical tourism in October, 2011.
  • Excitement, happiness, and delight to have a new opportunity for a new life.
  • Is having weight loss surgery a finish line of defeat or a starting line of an exciting new start?
  • “Flying solo” after surgery with little education.
  • Re-learning food while traveling in Europe.
  • A new term: O.B.T.M, “One Bite Too Many.”
  • Water, water, water: Why is it so hard to get in enough water right after surgery?
  • Pepcid or Omeprazole?
  • Heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Should people have upper endoscopy after sleeve?
  • Follow-up at her bariatric surgery program.
  • To tell (you have had WLS) or not to tell, that is the question.
  • What does a person do with their “before” pictures?
  • Her marriage now- better than ever.
  • Can a person be too old for bariatric surgery?
  • Plastic surgery
  • Weight regain- Is any regain normal or acceptable? Why might some regain occur?
  • Set Point vs Settling Point.
  • What to do if your weight loss stalls or if you have regain some weight: The role for obesity medications and obesity medicine specialist.
  • Reeger’s concluding thoughts.

Getting in touch with Zoe: You can find her HERE
Zoe’s book “Queen of Crop.” 

Getting in touch with Reeger

In Kindness,



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