Tuesday, August 25, 2009

headlines

Do you think we will all survive if Paula Abdul does not go back to American Idol? Do you think we will ever get over the fact that Michelle Obama wears shorts?? Headlines, headlines, headlines!

It amazes me what people focus on and think is important. I started to laugh to myself when the media started talking about the president’s wife in shorts (heaven forbid). I remembered back to when I was over 500 lbs and I used to think, “Thank god my father is not president!” The headlines would read: “President’s daughter caught in drive thru at McDonalds!” Ha! The only bar they would report me in would have been a salad bar.

Fast forward to today, I am at the beach and enjoying all the sights and smells of the sand and water. Do I wish I looked different in my bathing suit? Yes, but I cannot let it stop me anymore from enjoying all the things that I have put off for so many years. My bucket list will never be completed if I let my body image and negative thoughts stand in my way.

When I went back to the beach I thought to myself “the last time I went to the beach, about 20 yrs ago, I don't remember as many people being overweight. “ I think I attribute that to the digital age we live in. We are more and more sedentary and everything is getting easier to do - I do not even have to get up anymore to answer my phone because it is always within my reach. I wish I were more like the overweight people I see today because years ago I would never have dreamed of going to the beach even at the weight I am now. I let my weight hold me back from everything and that lack of activity contributed to my weight getting so high at a very early age.
I am honored that I will be speaking at the ADA Expo on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Javits Center in New York City. Talking about Type 2 Diabetes is very important because it is a horrible illness, but one that can often be resolved with weight loss and, in my case, bariatric surgery.

Keep doing the things you love doing and ignore the negative messages you tell yourself over and over.

Have a great week!
With love, Stacey

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