Did you see me? I didn’t do that. Wasn’t me.
Yes, I am going again.
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.
"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)"
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 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.
Don't tell me this doesn't effect you. – MM
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!