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.
I’m sure most people have seen this out there already, but I’ll still post it anyway.
These are the conferences I’m planning on attending in 2011:
WLSFA Meet and Greet
May 13th and 14th – Las Vegas
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons
By invitation only -
June 12th-15th (leaving early) – Orlando
Obesity Help Regional Conference
July 15th and 16th – Bellevue, Washington
Obesity Help Regional Conference
September 9th and 10th – New Orleans
Obesity Help Regional Conference
October 21st and 22nd – Long Island
I’ve not been blogging. This is my mistake, life has been in the way with my parents moving from Kentucky to North Carolina, some personal issues involved in that, their house being built apparently on an ancient VooDoo burial ground, and my inability to cope with it all.
Oh. And my deciding, randomly, to take much of the information that I know about lab draws and tracking laboratory trends and writing a book. 9 days before the Houston OH event. Yes, you saw that. Nine. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. And I did it. But that’s another blog post. Coming. And yes, they will be for sale. Once I figure out how much to charge for shipping, etc. Not the point, MOVING ON.
So, this weekend, the OH peeps were able to listen to the wonderful Connie Stapleton (who I REALLY think needs to do a segment on transfer addictions… PLEASE folks? Please tell her this? It’s a severe problem in our population with “current” numbers at 1 in 3 people being alcoholics and I think the number is VERY soft), the hilarious Mary Jo Rapini, and Bariatric Chef Dave Fouts (who, by the way, is ONE OF US).
But. But. But.
She’s done wondering what it’s like to be liked by everyone, and like everyone be just like anyone, and just wants to be so just like anyone, and wondering what they mean do they just mean to mean to be mean, and thinking about the scene do they just want to be seen, and try not to seem so just like anyone. – Soul Asylum
I’m back from the ObesityHelp Cincinnati Conference and I can safely say that of the now three events I’ve attended? This was, by far, the most fun I’ve had.
And I place the blame squarely upon the shoulders of the BBGC – those bitches.