Failure is a part of life. The most important part. It’s the part that teaches us things, and it’s the part that hurts. – In Plain Sight
There are several reasons someone decides to start a blog. Generally speaking, they may be for personal edification, to help others with information that might be helpful, for notoriety and fame, or for many other reasons.
Keeping a blog going for any length of time, regardless of the original purpose of said blog, is not necessarily the easiest thing. For one thing, coming up with something interesting or of note to post can be a challenge at times. Putting one’s thoughts and feelings, as well as struggles and triumphs can also paint a large target onto one’s back. And let’s face it — many of us simply do not want have the time to come up with witticisms to share with people who may or may not read and appreciate them, or wish to deal with a bullseye painted right between our shoulder blades.
So here I have sat for awhile with a number of things in my life. But the most recent, and now the most pressing upon my emotions is the Wine and Dine half-marathon that was held at Disney this past weekend. The one that I’d been “training” for since January. And the one that I did not get to complete despite the medal you see in the picture above.
It’s no huge secret that I’ve been pretty quiet in the weight loss surgery world. Hell, I’ve been pretty quiet pretty much everywhere for over a year now. I’ve had a few people send me messages asking about me, asking me to blog again, wondering what’s going on. And I’ve appreciated it. But I’ve needed some time to ponder a number of things going on in my life and in our community as a whole, and blogging simply hasn’t been a priority in the process of evaluating the things in my life.
And really, we all go through these cycles of life.. we just handle them differently. Trying to find a healthy balance of work, family, personal time can be difficult at the best of times and downright impossible at the worst. Some just handle it better than others. Throw in a rerouted digestive system that requires a bit of special care and an itch for physical exercise and things can get downright complicated schedule-wise. Adding in swimming lessons and soccer only increases the fun.
This past weekend was Obesity Help’s only land-based conference this year, and it was held in one of my favorite cities — Atlanta. Atlanta is a special place for me because one of my very close friends lives there and I always enjoy spending time with her entire family. There’s something heart-warming about Ruby-the-St. Bernard snuggles and my apparent dog whisperer abilities with Daisy, the new pup, while I try to explain the geography in a Swedish post card to one of the kids as I’m mobbed shortly inside the door. Also, they know of and indulge my pumpkin obsession with coffee, pancakes, and bread.. It’s almost like a second family in the familiarity, and I really enjoy visiting. I’m looking forward to December when I go again.
Atlanta was also the first OH conference I went to three years ago, and it was where I first decided to start blogging. So it has some deeper personal meaning for me in that regard as well.
This was the first conference since that first time that I went as myself, coincidentally, rather than as a part of a larger group. I was “just Andrea” for this conference, rather than Andrea-of-the-BBGC. When I’ve gone to other conferences, I’ve been an adjunct of something else.. and while some may have seen me as an individual, I never really saw myself as that. This time was quite the opposite. While I went with Michelle, we were not joined at the hip, and we certainly did our own things.
And because I was just Andrea, I got to see things and speak to people I wouldn’t have before.
The wait is over! Since the OAC was formed in 2005, our members have constantly asked us when we would host an event of our own and give our members a chance to come together and experience the OAC first-hand. The OAC is excited to announce that day has come, and we are officially hosting our Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention this year, October 26 – 28, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
October 26 – 28, 2012
All about the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention
The OAC is so excited to embark on this endeavor, because this is our chance to let you experience the OAC for yourself and show you what we are about – solid and unbiased education, useful and hands-on tools, and empowerment that goes beyond what you’ve experienced before. Whether you have been following us since we opened our doors seven years ago or you just stumbled on our Web site today, the OAC invites you to join us in our Inaugural Convention!
To kick-off our Inaugural year, we’ve titled the Convention “Explore. Discover. Empower.” This theme perfectly captures the essence of this annual event and sets the tone for what is to come not only this year, but the many years to follow. Our Convention is all about helping you seek-out the information you need, finding the answers you have been looking for when it comes to weight-loss and management, defying the status quo through discovering your voice through advocacy, and surrounding yourself not only with like-minded individuals, but renowned health professionals whose sole focus is to help you in your journey.
What you also will find different about the OAC’s Convention is that we literally have something for every individual who is struggling with their weight. Our overall message is to let individuals know that weight and health go hand-in-hand, and our goal is to cover fascinating general topics on weight issues for individuals at all stages. From those who are newly energized to take charge of their weight and health, to the post-bariatric surgery patient on a quest for more answers, our Convention promises to give you what you’ve been looking for in education, action and empowerment.
To sign up for emails about the convention, go here.
This is the cover to BMI, the new peer-reviewed journal for patients that is being put out quarterly by the same publishers of Bariatric Times.
Ever since I first heard about this project from the publisher (who happens to be the publisher for my book), I’ve been itching for it to come out.
What’s better? It’s free in it’s electronic format. If you want to get physical copies, you can do so.
There is absolutely NO REASON for you not to sign up.
Read the first issue here.
Unjury, the makers of oPurity one-a-day multivitamins have been campaigning hard for their vitamin, boasting updated statistics and continuing their banner of China-Free ingredients.
This morning, I got yet another one of these emails with the following:
Here’s an email from one of the large practices switching from Bariatric Advantage to OPURITY.
“I just wanted to touch base and let you know that after a lot of research with Bariatric multivitamin companies our program has decided to make the switch from recommending Bariartic Advantage to Opurity!
Based on the number of supplements our patients currently need to take and the cost of these supplements, compliance has been poor.
We then plan to stock Opurity Vitamins for our post-op patients. We will be providing our patients information on where to order these supplements from in addition to the option of purchasing them from our clinic, as we currently do with Bariatric Advantage.
I wanted to get in touch with you regarding this decision to make this change in hopes we can work closely with supplying our patients with information, resources and samples on these supplements.”
Just reply to this email if you would like more information about Recommending and Stocking OPURITY® Vitamins at your practice or facility.
Thank you all for recommending OPURITY® Vitamins and UNJURY® Protein.
So I’ve decided to revisit oPurity and examine it according to the ASMBS suggestions, what we know about vitamins so far (with citations, of course), and let you make your own decisions in case your practice is one of the ones deciding to switch.
And I’m going to let out a trade secret here.. one that I probably shouldn’t tell – your doctor’s offices get cash for selling you your vitamins from whatever company they choose to sell. I can’t tell you how much because each company has their own percentage, and it might even depend on volume, but your office selling supplements is not truly an altruistic thing for you, the patient.
Now, keep in mind that offices are struggling to make ends meet. And this is a way for them to increase cash flow. BUT is it truly the best product for you? Don’t assume that it is. Do your research before making that assumption. Several practices are now making their own products and marketing them, for them to be not-so-great products in the end. Use your noggin’ folks.
So this is likely to be long, and might get a bit technical. I’ll do what I can to keep it easy.