Friday, February 5, 2010

Tough Decisions

Decisions... Decisions... Decisions. I have been given a wonderful opportunity, a very reputable weight loss camp has asked me if I would come this summer and help motivate the kids and at the same time help me meet my weight loss goals.

Of course, I won't go into the weight part portion, as I promised you to stay off that topic for one month and this is week number two. The owner of the camp saw me speaking at one of my engagements and came up to me and said "Did you go to weight watchers camp in Pennsylvania when you were a kid?" I said "Yes when I was 13." He said "I was your waiter!" My mouth hung open. "Are you kidding me?" I said. How did you recognize me after all these years? For some reason he did and now he wants me to be part of his camp experience.

The first thing I asked was can my dog come and he said yes. What a thrill to be given a chance to be part of a child's life that is in this weight war. It would be for six weeks in North Carolina. I thought, wow this could be a chance to get off those extra pounds that bother me so much and to have a real effect on a child's life. I wish when I went to camp, I had a woman like me to talk to. Trust me I have a lot I could share with them. For some reason I have not said a full yes as of yet. I am a bit hesitant and I cannot figure out why. I am going to take the rest of the weekend to think about it and I'll let you know.

By the way if you want to hear a fabulous story about a women who beat the odds with her weight go to bariatrics4diabetes.com , you will be amazed at this story and they will continue updates following her amazing life through this battle. Well I have some decisions to make and will keep you updated. Let me know what you think of Dana's story.

With love,
Stacey

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI STACEY, I THINK YOU ARE JUST GREAT. YOU ALWAYS GET TO THE HEART OF THINGS. THAT CAMP DEAL SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD SUMMER FOR YOU AND TUSHY AND OF COURSE ALL THE KIDS WHOSE LIFE YOU WILL IMPACT.
I HOPE YOU WILL WRITE PLENTY OF BLOGS FROM CAMP, IF YOU DECIDE TO GO, KEEP US POSTED ON ALL THE REACTIONS FROM THE KIDS. THEY WILL LOVE YOU AS ALL YOUR CURRENT FANS DO. CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR DECISION.

February 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Danny L said...

HEY STACEY CAN I COME????? LOL

February 6, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Rach said...

Hi Stacey,

My name's Rachel - it's nice to virtually meet you! I will actually be at that camp this summer (in somewhat of an advisory role), and my kitten is even coming, too.

This is your decision & yours alone, but let me simply offer this quotation: “Discourse without action is dangerous because it creates the impression that progress is taking place when in fact only the words have changed.” In order words, you've made immeasureable progress on your own, but the real value is in sharing it, through activities at this camp for example, with others who share the same struggle. While you've achieved great things & hope to strive for even greater goals, the accomplishment is lost if the process of change is not shared with youth who can relate to many, if not all, of your struggles. The most precious gift you can give is instilling youth with the tools and confidence to do what you have done.

I'm a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student at The Graduate Center, CUNY (on 365 Fifth Ave, across from the Empire State Building) & I live in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I'd be happy to meet & discuss this issue further (I'll send you my personal e-mail). In the meantime, good luck with this decision & have a lovely weekend.

Warmly,
Rachel

February 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacey i think you have so much to share with these children (and besides you are still a kid at heart) and sharing is the best tool there is in learning... plus i hope to get to see you when you come to NC
love and hugggs Carol

February 7, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have gone to the camp for the past few summers, and it has become such a huge part of my life. The director is truly wonderful, providing support for the campers throughout the year because he really cares about them and their success. I think if you go, you will be really glad you did! I will be part of Ira's staff this year, and I know it is going to be such a rewarding experience helping motivate the kids and relate to them because I was once in their shoes. I know you shared a similar struggle to that of the campers, and I think they will gain a lot from hearing what you have to say. I really hope you accept the invitation! I think you are really inspiring!

February 7, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Rachel and annonymous from camp. Wow I can tell by your letters that I would be in great company. Thanks so much for writing because it made me feel very welcome! Rachel you can e mail; me anytime at newstacey2004@aol.com

February 7, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Carol,
I would love to see u too we would laugh are asses off!

February 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

P.S. Rachel,
I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUR QUOTE AND AGREE WITH IT 100 PERCENT!

February 7, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Rach said...

I'm glad you find value in the quote, Stacey. I e-mailed you yesterday so look for a message in your inbox from rachel.manes@gmail.com :-)

Keep in touch & bring us up-to-date with your decision once you've made it.

Many thanks & warmly,
Rachel

February 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger seajoan said...

Dear Stacey,

It was inspiring to meet you at the ASMBS meeting in Dallas.
If you could pass on the message that the 7th Annual Seattle Bash and Weight Loss Surgery Conference -March 11th-14th, 2010 web site is up.
SEATTLEBASH.ORG.
We are the largest patient run weight loss surgery conference in America. Please join us.

February 10, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous IraG said...

Stacey,
I want to officially welcome you to the Camp Shining Stars, "Where Winners Lose!" family. We pride ourselves for being the most nurturing, loving and supportive weight loss camp in the country.

You will be an inspiration to many children and you will be inspired by them as well.

The answer to childhood obesity is not telling the children what they must do. Adults need to listen with an open "ear" as to what the children want to do to help themselves and to work on their game plan for after camp; from day 1.

We let campers choose their own activities each period instead of forcing them to go with their group to something they hate to do.

Just Remember: "By helping others you will reap the greatest rewards!-Ira Green

February 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous stacey said...

IRA that was such a sweet welcome and I truly look forward to working with you and your kids!

February 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous stacey said...

To Seajoan
I would bew happy to pass the word

February 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous IraG said...

Dear Stacey,
Remember we will learn so much from the campers this summer.Please read the following, Simon Kay a camper from NY wrote:

When I’m in control of my food…
I excel in academics
I advance my athletic capability
I amplify my musical ability

When I’m in control of my food…
I feel amazing
I transform into something better…something sweeter
I taste myself becoming more delicious
I wish to savor this flavor…the pure, mouthwatering flavor of happiness…of freedom…

When I’m in control of my food…
I am free
Free to trust myself
Free to make my own decisions
Free to finally tap into the confidence lying dormant in my once weighed down heart
Free to persevere in what I dream to accomplish
Free to improve to reach those dreams
Free to have the conviction to love myself
Free to have the courage to love others
I am free
To have the boldness
To be nobody else
But me

When I’m in control of my food

By Simon Kay- Camp Shining Stars’ Camper,2006-2008

February 12, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous stacey said...

Ira
now this sounds like a kid well beyond his years. he sounds like a kid who will do great things with his life. I am very impressed with his writing.

February 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

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