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Excited! Excited!

I always get excited when I see tracking numbers. 

Last year we did this:

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#1 and #2?  That was us.  I promised those who donated a chance to win MY PRIZES from the Obesity Action Coalition - because YOU helped our Team raise more than SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!  


If YOU donated to Team MMBBGC in 2012 are entered to win -

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  • We are doing it AGAIN for 2013!  
  • Donate NOW to Team MMBBGC for the Walk From Obesity and you are automatically entered to win my prizes if we reach the prize threshold for donations!  
  • YOU can really make a difference in the lives of those touched by obesity. While advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of obesity, more remains to be done. It is estimated that nearly 93 million Americans are affected by obesity and that number is predicted to climb to 120 million in the next five years.  There is hardly a family anywhere that hasn't in some way been affected by obesity related illnesses. TheWalk from Obesity combines an enjoyable event with the potential to raise significant sums for the fight against obesity.  -OAC

BBGC Tees - 20% off! Ends today!

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If you were waiting to order a BBGC tee-shirt for your
WLS event this spring or summer, now is the time!  
  • Enter code:  PATSHIRTSALE  at checkout in the "Zazzle Coupons/Gift Certificates" box
  • 20% of the shirt net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying shirts are purchased and the coupon code PATSHIRTSALE is applied at checkout. The net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes).  This offer does not apply to screen printed apparel. Offer is valid through March 6, 2013 at 11:59pm PT. This promotional offer may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers.  If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. 
  • Offer valid on only.

2012 Walk From Obesity Wrap Up + Prizes!

This year, I was very involved with the Walk From Obesity with the Obesity Action Coalition.  With the help the good people on the internet, we raised $7,139.00 for the OAC.  Thank you for all of your help.   AMAZING. 

The OAC just sent out this newsletter - we did a great job!  Thank you!  Watch for the GIVEAWAYS coming soon for those who DONATED -

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OAC - Your Weight Matters Magazine - Online - and saving a piece of history

I received my issue, issues (two, because we have two memberships!) of Your Weight Matters Magazine from the Obesity Action Coalition today.  I got a little bit excited because the recap of the National YWM Convention was in there, and yes, that's me up there, OAC Advocate of the Year.  This is my digital-clipping of said event!  
It's all online -  get into it -  to view a full PDF version of this issue, please click here.

Obesity and the Immune System
by Stephanie F. Deivert, RD, LDN, and Mildred K. Fleetwood, PhD
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

“Why am I struggling with my weight? I am doing everything right!”
by Walter Medlin, MD, FACS
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

2013 – Time to Make Some Noise!
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

Dear Doctor – I’ve had bariatric surgery. Will I ever get to normal weight?
by Lloyd Stegemann, MD
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

YWM 2012 – A Look back…
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

Kid’s Corner – Winter Fitness Fun
by Sarah Muntel, RD
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

Deciphering What Really Works for Treating Childhood Obesity
by Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

Obesity and Heartburn: What is the link?
by Nancy Kushner, MSN, RN, and Robert Kushner, MD
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

by Audrey Turner
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013 

Set a SMART Resolution for 2013
by Marie A. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013

Greek Yogurt – What’s the craze all about?
by Pam Helmlinger, RD, LDN
Volume 8/Issue 2 – Winter 2013

BBGC Meets Al Roker and Forces Him To Sign A Book. <3


(This would have been a super time to try out my brand-new Nikon, so as not to take a iPad shot of a mobile phone photo?)

My good friend Wendy heard that Al Roker had a live book signing near her hometown last night, so like a good Bariatric Bad Girl, she went!  

I didn't see her Facebook message to ME until the moment she was Sitting In the Bookstore With My Name On A Sticky-Note For Mr. Roker To Sign when I realized what was going on.  (This is partly because I am without cell-plan, and only see messages when I am near the computer now.  So, sorry?!)  When I saw this I was like like, "Why is Wendy at a party with resin lawn chairs in January -- with a book -- wai -- wha??"


And then I remembered the proximity of her stalkery locale to New York City (no comment from the peanut gallery) and this happened.


Wendy had a brief opportunity to talk to chat with Mr. Roker about the BBGC Bariatric Bad Girls Club and discussed fundraising we've done with the Obesity Action Coalition.  Thank you, Wendy -- and thank you Al!

Atkins Frozen Meals in WalMart

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Hey, Atkins?  How did I not know about THESE?

Please to HAVE THEM IN MY WALMART, yesterday.  Or delivery?   Yes please?


I. live. on. frozen. meals.  

I am entirely serious:  

I purchase 2-3 meals for consumption 5-7 days a week, I am for about a 1200-1400 calorie intake.  I am not supposed to cook, unsupervised. <---- the link explains.

I am your target customer.  I spend days looking for lower-carb options.


Thanks!  *skips away*

CLOSED - Bariatric Vitamins Building Blocks Giveaway, Times THREE!

Thank you!  CLOSED.  Picking winners now.

  1. Michelle M -
  3. Carrie P. -

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Obesity Action Coalition Honors Extraordinary Members at 1st Annual OAC Awards Dinner

Obesity Action Coalition Honors Extraordinary Members at 1st Annual OAC Awards Dinner

On October 27, during the Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention, the OAC recognized some of our outstanding members at the 1st Annual OAC Awards Dinner. The OAC presented six members with the following OAC awards based on their service and dedication to the OAC:

Advocate of the Year

This award is given to the OAC Member who has lead the charge in taking on and engaging others in advocacy initiatives. This individual is a tireless advocate advancing the cause of fighting obesity and representing individuals affected.

The recipient of the OAC Advocate of the Year award was Beth Sheldon-Badore, of Plymouth, MA. Beth is a long-time member and supporter of the OAC, and she continuously advocates for those affected by obesity.


OAC President Joe Naglowski and I with my award


Community Leader of the Year

This award is given to an individual who continually works in their community to advance the cause of fighting obesity. The recipient is an individual who actively engages their community or with their constituency in spreading awareness of obesity and encourages others to get involved in activities that further the mission of the OAC.

The recipient of the Community Leader of the Year award was Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, BC, CBN, of Dallas, TX. Tammy, a long-time OAC member, is extremely involved in fighting obesity in her community through the OAC as well as the Walk from Obesity.

Outstanding Membership Recruitment by an OAC Member

This award is designated for the individual OAC member who is an active membership recruiter in the OAC. The individual is a regular membership promoter and continually encourages membership in the OAC.

The recipient of the Outstanding Membership Recruitment by an OAC Member award was Michelle Vicari, from Temecula, CA. Michelle continuously works to raise awareness of the OAC, as the positive impact of membership in our organization.

Outstanding Membership Recruitment by a Physician

This award is given to the Sponsored Membership Program participant (physician) that recruited the highest number of new members in the OAC in the 12 months prior to the Convention month.

The recipient of the Outstanding Membership Recruitment by a Physician award was Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians. Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians is a leader in the OAC’s Sponsored Membership Program. Through the Sponsored Membership Program, they purchase memberships in the OAC for each of their patients. To date, they joined 268 members in the OAC during 2012!

Bias Buster of the Year

The OAC’s Bias Buster of the Year is awarded to the individual who has lead the charge to put the OAC on path to effect change in mindsets, policies and public perception of weight bias. This individual is both proactive and reactive in responding to weight bias issues and is an example to others on how to get involved as a Bias Buster.

The recipient of the OAC’s Bias Buster of the Year was Rebecca Puhl, PhD from New Haven, CT. Rebecca is a member of the OAC’s Board of Directors and is the leading expert on weight bias. She is also the current chair of the OAC’s Weight Bias Committee. Her profound knowledge on weight bias allows the OAC to tackle a variety of bias issues ranging from entertainment to healthcare and more.

Member of the Year
This is the OAC’s highest honor and is awarded to an OAC member who goes above and beyond to help the OAC in its efforts to achieve its mission and goals. This individual is an exemplary OAC member and continually represents the OAC in impacting the obesity epidemic.

The recipient of the OAC Member of the Year award was Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, of Pittsburgh, PA. Ted sits on the OAC’s Board of Directors and is also a member of several OAC committees. His extensive knowledge in the field of obesity has continually assisted the OAC in advocacy efforts, combating weight bias, developing educational resources and more.

The OAC National Board of Directors and staff congratulate these individuals and recognize them for their continued support and dedication to the OAC, our mission and goals.


A very sideways look (Facebook won't let me fix this...) at a very frozen Walk From Obesity last weekend. We walked, ran and huffed through an hour of laps with blue fingers and frozen, wet toes. Team BBGC brought in $7050 for the Obesity Action Coalition! Woot!

Be there next time.

Walk From Obesity Final Update, Team Melting Mama + BBGC Raises $7050 and Awareness!

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The Dallas Walk from Obesity was held in conjunction with the OAC Event, and Team BBGC ROCKED IT with the highest Team Fundraising with over $7050 brought in so far, and I had the highest individual amount also raised.

*PS - You can STILL donate if you missed out!  The donations are still accepted until the end of the year and you will be entered to win prizes!

Thanks to all who donated to the cause this time around, as always.

The OAC needs your voices.


I am a little crazy - let's get it done.

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Our Team goal was $5000.00.  I upped it.  Because I am a little crazy.

Help us reach $6000.00 before Dallas?  We got this.  It's only $630ish to go.  (A lot of eyeballs see this post.  Donate your $2 coffee money today?)

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  • If your business would like to GET ON Team BBGC - yes, I said it - you can!  Get us to goal or more -- throw some tee shirts/backpacks our way -- and we'll wear your swag during the Walk.  Totally at my discretion, however.  Thank you.  
  • Email me ASAP and get the stuff to my hotel. Email [email protected] like yesterday, now.
  • Thank you!
  • Donators -- You could win a great prize, while helping a great cause!   The fundraising levels are: Raise $100 for a chance to win an iPod Nano, $500 for a chance to win a Wii Game System, $1,000 to receive an iPod Nano, or $2,500+ to receive an iPod Nano and Wii Game System.  Remember also -- there's still CLICK, and Proteins I've yet to pick winners for.
  • I'll be GIVING AWAY whatever prize I get, as usual.  Thank you!

Time is running out! #OACYWMconvention #WLS

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Registration for the Your Weight Matters National Convention closes this Friday, October 12 - so this is your last week to get registered for what is shaping-up to be a historical and ground-breaking event that you won't want to miss!

  • One-day registration, which only includes the educational sessions, is available for just $35/day (price goes up to $50/day on-site).
  • Full Convention Registration for OAC members is $125 and includes all educational sessions, tickets to all social events, as well as the official Convention T-shirt, souvenir tote bag and Convention Program Book.
  • Nurses and Health Professionals can earn CE credits by attending the educational sessions of our Convention starting at just $60/day.

We are excited to host the crowd of the more than 200 attendees already fully registered to attend - will you be there? Time is running out, so if you have been thinking about attending the OAC's Inaugural Convention, now is the time to register!






  • Convention Dates: October 25 - 28, 2012
  • Location: Hilton Anatole - Dallas, TX
  • For all the details on the OAC's Inaugural Convention, please visit

#OHATLANTA2012 Wrap-up! #WLS

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Some of the bestest BBGC girls and a very Slim Sister-boy.

Thanks once again to Obesity Help for putting on a terrific conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend!


John from Building Blocks Vitamins

 Even with a few miniature traumas  (Toni Lee + a curb = broken toes, although that's the story we are making up...) all-in-all it was another great event and lots of lifelong memories were made.



Bariatric Advantage


 â€œWe don't heal in isolation, but in community.” â€• S. Kelley Harrell


I had a fantastic time speaking on the grads and pros panel, although I was a bit more than terrified and I might have cried.  (You'll have to ask the BBGC.)

Pretending I knew what was going on on the grads and pros panel.

And of COURSE I adored helping out my pals at Building Blocks Vitamins and CLICK Espresso Protein.  Did you get you some?  Buzz, buzz, buzz!

Getting the CLICK on the OH Event!  Watch for a GIVEAWAY tomorrow!
The BBGC &lt;3's CLICK.

 Thank you all for making the trip to Atlanta to see us -- and thank YOU for being there.  A good time was had by all and absolutely worth it.

Yes, I am that small. Sorry.

Sam, the man! Throwing some glitter, making it rain!

Absolutely innocent.

At the fashion-show + masquerade party. I heart my BBGC.

5150 - BBGC Style.

Thanks again to Obesity Help, to the good people of Atlanta, to the ATL POPO (no, really...) the Waffle House and various caffeine reloading location, also Target Pharmacy! 

See y'all in Dallas, Texas in two weeks!  BBGC Road-trip 2012!


#OHATLANTA I'm on my way! #WLS Obesity Help Event!

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By the time you read this I should by the transportation security admininstration and getting a little lovin' and scanning and running through Logan Airport on my way to Atlanta by way of Washington for the one-and-only Obesity Help Event of THE YEAR.  

I love traveling.  O-o  

PS. No, no, I don't.  I love airports, I loathe planes.  I have to sing soft kitty and force naps to get in the air.  It's bad.  But, I've done it All By Myself for five years now, I think I have beat the monster!


SEE YOU THERE!  I know I'll see YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and YOU!  And I am SO HAPPY!  And even some last minute joiners!  



Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clothing Exchange Drop Off
Savannah Room

9am - 11am
Clothing Exchange 
Open to Public, Savannah Room
Friday Registration
Chattahoochee foyer

Professional Workshop, Chattahoochee A

Understanding the Obese Patient 

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals, Chattahoochee BC

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr. Paul E. Macik 

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991. His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options. Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery atEmory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running. With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity. He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004. Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plasticand reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon. In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

Colleen Valentine, LE, MA

Celebrity licenced medical aesthetician and make-up artist. Beyond her celebrity clientele, Colleen also works with Plastic Surgeons and Dermatoligists' patients that have skin challenges due to weight loss, scarring, burns and victims of domestic violence. 

Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Break for Dinner
with your friends!
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet and Greet
Sponsored by NewWhey
Welcome Coffee

7:00pm - 10:00pm

TOPIC: Nothing Succeeds Like Success 
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker 

7:30pm - 8:30pm

TOPIC: Post-Op & a Doc LIVE!
Post Op and a Doc!

A POST-OP (Cari De La Cruz. Bariatric After Life) 
A DOC (Dr. Connie Stapleton, Author, Speaker)

8:45pm - 9:45pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Registration & Exhibits, Grand Salon Prefunction Area
7:30am - 8:15am

Meet the Speakers & Vendors,Grand Salon Main Session
Bo McCoy

8:15am - 8:30am

TOPIC: WLS and ALCOHOL:Facts and Folly
Connie Stapleton, Ph.D,
Clinical Psychologist

8:30am - 9:30am

TOPIC: Exercise, Myths and Realities
Jeremy Gentles, Ph.D Candidate 
Exercise Physiologist

9:40am - 10:25am

Professional Q & A Panel

10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS.

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery. A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Dennis C. Smith

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique.

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.

Safa Nooromid, RD, LD

A Registered Licensed Dietitian in the state of Georgia for the past 9 years. Guest speaker for Georgia State University Food and Culture Diversity Group, Life college, and for many companies for their health fair and wellness programs. Also a preceptor for Georgia State University, Huston University, UGA, Life College and Emory University.

Jeremy Gentles 

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist.

Lunch Buffet & Prizes
Premier Nutrition is sponsoring Lunch!

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Exhibit Visits
Get your Swag Bags & talk to vendors!

12:50pm - 1:15pm

Breakout Session #1 Options:

1:15pm - 1:55pm

Session #1, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: DS Nutrition
Dr. Dennis C. Smith
Bariatric Surgeon

Session #1, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Alejandro Quiroz
Plastic Surgeon

Breakout Session #2 Options:

2:05pm - 2:45pm

Session #2, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Colleen M. Cook
Motivational Speaker

Session #2, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Every Thing You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to AskDr. Michael W. Blaney
Bariatric Surgeon

Breakout Session #3 Options:

2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session #3, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: Optimizing the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Long Term Success
Dr. JacomeBariatric Surgeon

Session #3, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Taming Your Inner Critic: The Connection Between What You Feed Your Head & What You Feed Your Body
Jill Temkin, MAMotivational Speaker

Breakout Session #4 Options:

3:40pm - 4:20pm

Session #4, Option 1 in: Grand Salon A

TOPIC: No Shame in Revisions 
Charlie Brown

Motivational Speaker

Session #4, Option 2 in: Grand Salon B

TOPIC: Spending Your Money Safely and Wisely For Body Contouring After Weight Loss 
Dr. Lincenberg, Plastic Surgeon

Exhibit Visits OR Optional ZUMBA Class
Great vendors that support the wls community

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Dinner Break 
with Your Friends!

6:00pm - 8:00pm 

The Grand Finale:

Member Fashion Show with designer clothing options sponsored by Gwynnie Bee, Clothing without Commitment.


Masquerade Party with a DJ & Free Unlimited Photo Booth Photos from3:00pm until 10:00pm Sponsored by Premier NutritionAND

Bryson Bmoney Jenkins performs LIVE for you!

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Breakfast for Registered OH Leaders! 
Location TBA within our hotel.

9:00am Sunday


Getting on the big train to fitbloggin' 2012!


...and I cannot wait to go.    I went to fitbloggin' in 2010 for it's first year, missed last year ...

And, thanks to Big Train, I'm able to get there this year!  Woot!  

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re·lent·less (r-lntls) adj.

  • 1. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  • 2. Steady and persistent

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