Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

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Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

A message from the OAC's Joe Nadglowski – Please help out!

"The OAC needs your help! As some of you may have seen on our Facebook or Twitter Pages, we are participating in a Facebook contest for nonprofits sponsored by Vivint. This is a great opportunity for the OAC because the grand prize, going to the nonprofit who receives the most overall votes, is $250,000!


Right now, Phase 1 of the contest is taking place and will come to a close on June 11. At that time, the top 20 nonprofits from each region (there are five different regions and we are part of the Eastern region) will advance to Phase 2. The top 20 nonprofits from each region will be announced on June 14 and then voting will resume.  As of today, the OAC is close but not yet in the top 20 for our region.

We are reaching out to you to help the OAC advance in this contest. All we are asking is that you vote for the Obesity Action Coalition and that you share this contest with all your followers on Facebook. This contest allows individuals to vote for one charity, once a day, every day, by signing in with their Facebook account. You can vote for the OAC by visiting this Web site:

You place your vote by clicking the “endorse” button. Right above that button is a message that says “I just endorsed Obesity Action Coalition on the Vivint Gives Back Project. Vivint is giving away $1.25 million dollars to local charities and I want Obesity Action Coalition to win.” If you click yes, this message will then be displayed on your Facebook for all your Facebook Friends to see. If possible, the OAC asks that you share this link on your Facebook so we can get the word out to as many people as possible.

With everyone’s help and support, we believe we can win this contest and use the money to continue helping those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.

Thank you for your help."

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WLS Means Nothing.

I get to memorialize my grandmother today.  She passed months ago, but she wanted a simple service in the spring.  I am taking the day off.  But in doing so, I am asking you all a favor:  

Please stop the hate.  Please stop the posts about hate or drama or hating drama.  It's creating a much bigger issue than there even IS and causing serious collateral community damage.  

These posts are not helping at all, they are further dividing us.  No one knows what you are talking about. I should thank you for the hours of damage control I've had to do today, and the loss of vital connections in the community.  It's not helping.  

Our community needs group therapy, not angry blog posts directed to pseudo-gangs.  Most of our collective followers don't even know who the hell is going on.  Mine don't know what the hell I am ranting about half the time, or now, because I've been sitting on my fingers for months.

Do you WANT peace?  It doesn't seem like it.  

(And, I am hyper defensive because I keep getting attacked.  SO, I know it looks like I want to rumble.  I don't. I can't.)

What can we do — together?  I'm open to it.  Goodness knows, I CANNOT DO THIS.

I will do my part.  I'm here.  I'm listening.

Everyone deserves a voice, I am just as worthy of having a voice as any of you.  

Please just do your part to end the fighting, sniping, attacking, and hurting.  I don't care that we are "all WLS patients" we are all HUMAN. Who gives a flying shit about WLS?  This is part of the reason why we are such a diverse community – it's at times – the only thing we have in common with each other.  The WLS means nothing if we are bullied into silence and cannot share our collective experiences.

‘Cause everything inside me screams, “no, no, no, no…”

I stare at my reflection in the mirror…
Why am I doing this to myself?
Losing my mind on a tiny error,
I nearly left the real me on the shelf…
"no, no, no, no…"

To lose it all in the blur of the start!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay…
Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart.
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are!
(Who you are)x11

Brushing my hair, do I look perfect?
I forgot what to do to fit the mold, yeah!
The more I try the less is working yeah yeah yeah
'Cause everything aside me screams, "no, no, no, no…"

To lose it all in the blur of the start!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,

It's okay not to be okay…
Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart.
But tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
There's nothing wrong with who you are!

Yes?, he goes, fake shows
Like "wow", just go, and leave me alone!
Real talk, real life, good love, goodnight,
With a smile…
That's my own! (that is my own) "no, no, no, no…"

To lose it all in the blur of the start!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay…
Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart.
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are!
Yeah yeah yeah


OAC Walk From Obesity – We did it!


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The 2011 Walk From Obesity in Natick was today, and we kicked arse. Just wanted to say that.

(I will share photos as soon as I can get them uploaded to Flickr, this hotel has a super-slow connection.)

Top Fundraisers

  1. Beth Sheldon-Badore
  2. Cheryl Warner
  3. Victoria Hess
  4. Catherine Sheldon
  5. Beth Dickens


Top Teams


Stop Talking To Yourself.

You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ‘em, but I never asked
So let me thank you for your time, and try not to waste anymore of mine
And get out of here fast
I hate to break it to you babe, but I’m not drowning
There’s no one here to save
Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?
You sound so innocent, all full of good intent
Swear you know best
But you expect me to jump up on board with you
And ride off into your delusional sunset.


When you make a choice to put yourself online as a blogger, you usually open up the opportunity for others to communicate with you.  

That is supposed to be part of being a blogger:  allowing two-way communication.  

However, when the opportunity for outside voices to add to the conversation are shut down, it appears that you are talking to yourself.  “Hello hand!  Hi hand!”


Talking to yourself is typically a non-acceptable behavior in public, am I right?  You’d likely poke fun at the women talking to her hand bag, or take a video of her and post it to YouTube.

I am not sure why we as bloggers, make it acceptable, to dump our opinions out like trash and let them stink, and not allow others to tell us THEY SMELL BAD.  We, as bloggers, must know if we are stinking.  (I am working on it.  Got new deodorant, totally NOT product linking here, sorry social media lady.)

I understand that it “feels better” to keep yourself safe in a blog bubble and to let no one penetrate your space with  different ideas.   But when you leave only a certain angle of commentary and cut out any dissenting opinion or even any questioning — it looks strange.  Bleached.

A blog without any comments, is NOT A BLOG.  

It’s you, like an evangelical preacher!  Maybe that’s what YOU want?  Maybe you ARE AN EVANGELICAL PREACHER!  (But, honey, if this is a weight loss blog, it AIN’T ABOUT RELIGION.  Unless, you have a WWJD, WW? Weight Loss Blog.)

Coding Horror

“It’s more like a church pulpit. You preach the word, and the audience passively receives your evangelical message. Straight from God’s lips to their ears. When the sermon is over, the audience shuffles out of the church, inspired for another week. And there’s definitely no question and answer period afterward.”

A blog without comments is not a community.

A blog with only half of the comments is a white-washed community.  

Coding Horror –

“However, to deny public conversation by disabling comments right out of the gate –based on the presumption that the comments will be of low quality — is, again, awfully elitist. Have some respect for your audience. Enable comments and experiment before making the assumption that 90 percent of the comments will be crap!”

Why aren’t everyone’s opinions valid?  


What makes one person’s comments, questions and ideas more valid and useful than another?  

Is it due something we can classify, like age, sex, race, color, creed, nationality, disabilty — or is it just because You Don’t Like Her or That One, He’s Just, Weird, Delete Him.”

Who gets to choose who gets to comment — or who gets to “stay?”

I find it disgusting.  As bloggers we must find spammers and eat them for breakfast, yes, I delete ALL spam and all suggestions to spam.  I probably over delete, since I see every outlink as spam, and I do not allow ANY not-in-context of conversation sales links, MLM or other crap spread on my pages, anywhere.  

But legitimate community interaction should be not only suggested but thanked.

Stop cleansing your communities, your blog readers are NOT your employees, they do not work for you, you do not pay them, every opinion, IS VALID.  Unless someone is attacking you, let it fly.  

What harm is there in DIFFERENCE?  Try it.