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8/9/09 4:13 P

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Hey guys,

Send me a sparkmail ... there are all sorts of ways to help beside what I listed, so don't fret that.



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8/7/09 9:02 A

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I'm interested. All I know I'm REALLY good at at the present time is lurking. lol. I'd really, really, really LOVE it if NO ONE had to be overweight. It's totally miserable. And I've spent most of my life being, or working at not being, overweight.

Right now I've answered a questionnaire for that big study of weight loss. And I said I had a problem with constipation. Always had a problem with that. So they don't want my input anymore. Oh, well. :( The actual question was, "Do you ever take laxatives for weight loss?" And I admitted that, yes, I did, on occasion take one if the scale was creeping up. I still, btw, weigh every day. I think that's a big question out there, too. I think the whole thing is my attitude. Whether or not I can do that without obsessing.

BUT they did suggest that I see a gasteroenterologist and I did. She (a PA) prescribed Miralax and it's like a miracle for me. I DON'T like taking drugs but I guess I will take this.

So good came out of that venture.

Anyhoo, I'm old and currently thin AND quite wrinkled and have some time.


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8/6/09 3:57 P

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Sounds like a wonderful opportunity Russ and I would love to help in any way that I can. I don't really have any out of the ordinary skills but I would love to have the chance to help!

Amy ; )

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8/3/09 10:48 A

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No worries, like I said, this is open invite. When/if things free up or a really strong idea hits ya, lemme know!

It was more I realized I never outright said I wanted to include other people in this whole project, so I checked with Ro and figured why not?

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8/2/09 10:39 P

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It sounds really good, but at present, I am sorry, but I cannot take anything else on, I am stretched to the limit

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8/2/09 9:53 P

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Hey guys,

Second Helping is in the process of growing and I wanted to extend to y'all an open invitation.

This is a chance to do something really great and really start increasing awareness about ALL phases of weight loss – which can only be a good thing for folks.

Whoever wants to be part of it, you have any idea or skill to contribute, well, there’s a clean plate and a seat at the table.

It's my belief that should a group of post-weight folks from all walks of life band together for reasons unrelated to selling a diet, we could alter a lot of things in how weight loss is understood, perceived and achieved. Lord knows we all got determination and our own lives on our side as evidence of what we can accomplish.

Our voice can make a difference for a lot of people in ways beyond being a "weight loss success story." That's important, but increasing public awareness about the entire weight loss process is important too.

There's really only four rules:

1. People be real and honest about weight loss and life after it -- the good, the bad, and (occasionally) the ugly, even if it means you don’t think you look good in the process. The funny thing is, when you’re willing to put yourself out there, that’s what people respond to.
2. No gets picked on for how they lost their weight (i.e. folks who did it through surgical means are no less deserving of support than Sparkers or folks who did it their own way, even if we didn’t/wouldn’t chose their process for ourselves.)
3. The usual arguments of "this diet's better than that" or "diets don't work," etc. Both those topics have been talked to death and it hasn't made a difference in the statistics. The point of SH is to provide the things that other people aren't talking about, to help fill in the blanks. Do you think there’s something missing in the way the public/media discuss weight loss, that if it were present, would make a huge difference?
4. A desire to inspire people to come up with their own answers (revolutionary in weight loss, I know) and present options for expanding their lives, dealing with the challenges of management in all its forms -- not just eating/exercise, but the psychology of letting go of the past and catching your brain up to your body. Or even daring folks to actually do the things they’ve always dreamed about.

Honestly, if you have a skill of any kind, it's got a place here. We're creative like that. And I make sure I’m sensitive to people’s time and schedules. But to get the ball rolling ...

A) Folks with ideas of their own | Like I said, aside from the four “rules,” SH ain’t about me and what I think. If you got an idea you'd like to see happen and/or can help out with, lemme know.
B) Graphic design/video editing/visual stuff/talented comic artists who always dreamed of a comic strip
C) Grammar and mechanics hounds for copy editing
D) Folks savvy in the ways of PR/marketing or really clever press release writers -- could use some advice on spreading the word more, and more concisely.
E) People who understand tailoring and the way clothes are constructed (Yes, I have special plans for you!)
F) Research and/or writing. Folks interested in research, interviewing and/or writing articles featuring others would be welcome. If you've never written anything like that, that's something I can teach. And almost everything on the site goes through my eyes and one of our copy editors, so you're not alone in this. If you really just like to research stuff and have no interest in writing, that’s cool too.
G) Anything you can do, and I’m really not joking about this, we can work into the fold.

There really is a chance to do something great here. And this has been an adventure -- there are few folks out there, but largely this is an ignored topic. So we're pioneering here. Which can be scary, I'll be honest; on the other hand, you keep talking to folks that say "finally! someone's talking about this!" Like I said, this is something that just needs doing, and folks are responding.

If you’d like to put your own actions, skills and voice to use, we got a seat at the table for ya. Shoot me a Sparkmail.

Edited by: RUSSLANE at: 8/2/2009 (22:08)
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