I need $700 to reach my goal!

HELP!  

 Due to inclement weather, the location of the Lowell, MA Walk from Obesity has been changed to:

The Center for Weight Management
20 Research Place
Chelmsford, MA 01863

Help Team MM + BBGC raise funds for the Obesity Action Coalition with a donation to the 2nd Walk From Obesity this year!  All donations will be eligible for prizes from MM, the BBGC.  ENTER AT THIS LINK FOR PRIZES.

ASBP does NOT support removing kids from home

"The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) does not support the concept that state intervention to remove a child from his or her home is the proper way to address life threatening cases of childhood obesity.  Comprised of physicians involved in the frontline clinical treatment of obesity, the ASBP believes that in most cases this type of state intervention is extreme and unjustified.  (August 16, 2011)"

ASBP

Because the idea is RIDICULOUS.

If these rules were in place — I run the risk of losing my kids — for what?  Having overweight kids.  All four children are overweight.  They are genetically screwed and environmentally jacked up.  We do what we can — but you know even by surgically altering Mom AND Dad?  You can't change fate, much.

From the OAC — Share your Challenger Testimonial and Receive a Free Cookbook!

From the Obesity Action Coalition and the Your Weight Matters Campaign:

Share your Challenger Testimonial and Receive a Free Cookbook! 

Have you taken the Your Weight Matters campaign challenge and spoken to your healthcare professional about your weight? Then we want to hear from you! We are looking for Your Weight Matters campaign challenger testimonials! 

The first 50 people who send us their challenger testimonial will receive a free copy of the cookbook "CookWise with Chef Dave, Volume 1." Chef Dave is a weight-loss surgery patient and has made it his mission to provide culinary and nutritional information to those seeking help with their health goals. Chef Dave is also a member of the OAC's Advisory Board. 

We will be creating a new section to the Your Weight Matters campaign Web site, where we will be featuring these testimonials with the individuals first name and hometown state.

Please share with us how addressing your weight has affected your overall health.

  • Simply send an email to info@yourweightmatters.org, describing your experience with taking the Your Weight Matters campaign challenge and receive a free cookbook! We look forward to hearing from you about how the Your Weight Matters campaign helped you address your weight and improve your health. 

Everything starts with one. Be that one. The Bully Project.

Don't tell me this doesn't effect you. – MM

The Bully Project Promo from Lee Hirsch on Vimeo.

The Bully Project: a year in the life of America’s bullying crisis

This year, over 18 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people in the U.S. experience. Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this bullying crisis. 

Following five kids and families over the course of a school year, the film confronts bullying’s most tragic outcomes, including the stories of two families who’ve lost children to suicide and a mother who waits to learn the fate of her 14 –year-old daughter, incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With rare access to the Sioux City Community School District, the film also gives an intimate glimpse into school busses, classrooms, cafeterias and even principles offices, offering insight into the often-cruel world of children, as teachers, administrators and parents struggle to find answers.

While the stories examine the dire consequences of bullying, they also give testimony to the courage and strength of the victims of bullying and seek to inspire real changes in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and in society as a whole. Through the power of these stories, The Bully Project aims to be a catalyst for change and to turn the tide on an epidemic of violence that has touched every community in the United States—and far beyond.

 

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Awesome! #1 Fundraiser. And just watch.

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I never checked to see the final stats from our last Walk From Obesity — to see where my team landed in terms of fundraising.  Typically, it's announced at the walk, and you hear #1, and yay!  But they didn't do it this time.

We totally were #1.  Not bad for my tiny team.  Thanks to all who donated.

I checked back just now because we have ANOTHER WALK in Massachusetts coming up, and I wanted to create my team again.  It's not "official" yet for the next walk, soon!

GET READY FOR LOWELL, MASS!  You will be joining.  The OAC needs you.

Walk from Obesity locations coming to a city near you this fall!

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; Scottsdale, AZ; Marina del Rey, CA; Ventura, CA; Greater CT, CT; Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Topeka, KS; Pikeville, KY; Lafayette, LA; Lowell, MA; Glen Burnie, MD; Rockville, MD; East Lansing, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Manchester, NH; Princeton, NJ; Cranford, NJ; Syracuse, NY; Columbus, OH; Bowling Green, OH; Cleveland, OH; Akron, OH; Coos Bay, OR; Eugene, OR; Hazleton, PA; Abington, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Johnstown, PA; Pawtucket, RI; Myrtle Beach, SC; Spartanburg, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; McAllen, TX; Everett, WA; Federal Way, WA

*Fall events will be online once (the OAC) receives event details from these locations. Stay Tuned!

 

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Take Me As I Am.

 

246971_226453380717933_100000598171296_881605_1811099_n While I sat in the Baltimore airport this afternoon literally twiddling my thumbs looking for something to keep me occupied for two and a half hours, I got a link on my phone – "read my post."  

 That's easy enough, I was just sitting at a bar eating fast-food steamed veggies and an egg roll (which later made me die for six hours, intestinal pain on a plane is SUPER FUN!) so I opened up the blog post.

And, leave it to Ms. Teresa to make me cry IN THE AIRPORT, while chewing undercooked celery (which later made me die for six hours) and an egg roll.

This is a person who who lives a thousand miles away from me, whom I know from the internet, and  have met up with at several weight loss surgery events, and SHE GETS IT.  

She understands.

MM isn't bad enough to be bad either.  Nor good enough to be entirely good.  

"Are you a good witch or a bad witch?"  

"Why, I'm not a witch at all!"  -Dorothy Gail, The Wizard of Oz.

I am not a bad person.  

I'm not a mean person.  

I am one of you — trying to make my way in the world.  

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I know I have been misunderstood, and others in this particular community have perpetuated these ideas by planting seeds of doubt and rumor.  I was again confronted by professionals in various capacities this week at the event I attended, who say,

"So & so says that you did this/said this/talk this way, why are they trying to sabotage everything you do?  What the hell did you do to them?  What are they planning, anyway?  We support you, but this is really bizarre."

My answer:  I DON'T KNOW.  I can't even answer the questions posed to me. 

I can ONLY care about the well-being of mySELF and my family.

DSC_6598 I sat down with the Presidents of several bariatric product manufacturers this week, several of whom have been nothing but supportive to me as I AM. 

I have never been asked to change a thing by these people.  

I take criticism and ask for it from people I look UP to.  If a CEO suggests I do something in particular?  I listen intently.  

I realized this past week that I have very different goals than others in our community might think, and extraordinarily different goals than other so-called professional post ops.  I have zero intentions to work in the field of WLS in any professional capacity what-so-ever.  I don't know why I am wearing a target on my back, I am not anyone's competition for ANY-THING.

If there is something I should know, then by ALL MEANS, tell me.  I refuse to accept any more drama, take me as I am, and I am as I am.  There's that.  NEXT!