I've tried on numerous occassions to get more involved on Spark as a writer, coach, etc... As Laurie noted below, SP IS very anti-surgery. While they don't dismiss it, they are far more interested in those who have lost weight the "normal" way (i.e. diet / exercise), or ideally the "perfect" way (i.e. following the words of "The Spark" down to the letter).
I won't even begin to express my anger and frustration at that. I've sent enough nasty emails to the SP staff and management that I'm surprised they let me still be here on SP. Suffice to say, anyone who thinks that "diet and exercise" is the "normal" way to lose weight is just plain ignorant. Anyone who realizes that we drive cars instead of ride horses, use Google instead of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, or who uses electricity for lighting instead of candles will realize that WLS is NOT a cop-out, it is simply the world moving forward. WLS is the "state-of-the-art" in weight loss techniques. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise!!
Hopping down from my soapbox ...
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"
"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."
My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.
| current weight: 197.4