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Going On A Cruise After Having Weight Loss Surgery

Going On A Cruise After Having Weight Loss Surgery

Getting weight loss surgery was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. It’s improved my life immensely, and it’s been an incredible tool to help me with living a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been able to experience things I never thought I would be able to do before, and cruises were my perfect opportunity to try things previously impossible.

Back in February, while on Majesty of the Seas, I climbed a rock wall.

Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I’d be able to go rock climbing!

On this most recent trip on Anthem of the Seas, I tried the Flowrider for the first time doing some bodyboarding!

It was so much fun!

I also participated in a scuba “Try Dive” experience on Anthem, in which a PADI-certified instructor taught another gentleman and I the basics of diving with scuba gear. After a brief orientation, we put on all the equipment (tank, weight belt, and all) and swam laps underwater in the ship’s pool for about 20 minutes. It was such a great experience, and I didn’t even think I’d get past the stage of putting all the gear on. I thought I’d be too big and wouldn’t be able to proceed, but everything fit, and I even had room to tighten some of the straps. I finally felt like a normal human being. 

Before I started my journey toward being healthier, I would often stand on the sidelines and think “I’m too big to do that.” I then would take pictures of a lot of these activities, as a way to kind of live vicariously through those participating, but I just didn’t want to do that anymore without having those fun experiences for myself. It’s time I “YOLO’d” because after all, as the saying goes, you do only live once.

There are some unavoidable considerations though that those of us with smaller tummies will have to keep in mind:

1. There’s food everywhere.

If you’re easily tempted by a little cupcake here, or a piece of bread there, your temptations may very well have a field day with you on your cruise. But, don’t let that get you down. Always remember that being on vacation you can still follow your budget, and if you want a cookie or two, have them, but don’t have them at both lunch and dinner, for example. Let yourself enjoy food within reason, and be sure to account for it in your budget. Also, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking on ships since they’re quite big, and you’re burning off calories just getting to and from your stateroom!

2. Crew may not be sensitive to those of us who don’t eat as much.

Most crew members may not even be aware of weight loss surgeries, how they work, what they involve, and how it changes all of our lifestyles. To them, we’re just average-looking people who appear to not have much of an appetite, and then are baffled as to why our plates are still mostly full when we tell them we’re done. Don’t let that get in your way; I found the best approach was I would tell servers when they pushed, that “I don’t eat very much.” Most of them understood, and let it go after that. However, be prepared to hear it more than once. In their defense,  most of them may interpret a half full plate as coming from someone who didn’t enjoy their meal. I found that making it clear (and sometimes borderline overdoing it) helped to ease the tension there.

3. Provide feedback (don’t complain) if you don’t have a good experience.

This is a big one.  No change can, or will, be made unless those making mistakes are informed that something is wrong. If a server makes a comment, or does something inappropriate, provide that feedback to the head waiter. Bear in mind the difference between a complaint and feedback; you always catch more flies with honey. Feedback is constructive, where as a complaint is simply stating a problem and expecting something in return.

Complaining really doesn’t get anywhere at the end of the day.

I’d like to share something that happened on my last cruise. This is a paraphrased excerpt of the feedback I provided to Royal Caribbean via their survey:

“Except for dining in the buffet, whenever I had a waiter waiting on me, they would always interrogate me as to why I had food left on my plate when I was finished with my meal. I’d had stomach surgery, so I no longer have the option to eat the same amount as any normal person. I decided to do this for the betterment of my life…I chose to be happier and healthier rather than be able to stuff myself. The crew should be more sensitive to situations like this, and if a passenger says they are finished, they should not be continually pressured to eat something else, as it made for some very uncomfortable situations. In one of the dining rooms, my waiter told me I could eat anything I wanted because “He has a big kitchen.” – I’ve been a big person my entire life (weighing almost 400 lbs at my worst)… I am used to people making comments, but I shouldn’t have to deal with or hear things like that when I’m on a vacation. I’m simply going to dinner to order what I want and enjoy it, and I should not have to explain my situation to someone, or hear their commentary on how big the kitchen is. Statements like that are just unnecessary and inappropriate. I know a big part of going on cruises is enjoying foods one may not be accustomed to eating, but food is not the be-all/end-all part of a cruise experience. It would be nice to see crew be more attentive to and respectful of people when they’re done eating. Even if they take one bite of their food and say they’re done, we’ve all paid the same price for our cruise an we should be able to eat as much, or as little as we choose.”

4. Enjoy yourself: You deserve it.

Cruises are very much a vacation in which you’ll get what you put into it. If you want to go on the ship and sit by the pool while drinking an ice-cold glass of water (who are we kidding…I meant an ice-cold margarita!), do it. If you want to go on and do every activity under the sun, do it! There will always be plenty of choices for activities, and foods as well.

You may have to explain your situation to those unfamiliar with weight loss surgery, but it’s not their fault they’re untrained or unfamiliar.

I recently made a video about this very subject over on my YouTube channel which I’d highly recommend checking out. (Feel free to subscribe if you enjoyed it, as I have lots of other content there and coming soon!)

The most important thing I can say is this: Don’t let anything detract you from taking part in experiences that may have been impossible for you in your old life. You deserve it. You put in so much hard work; weight loss is a lifelong war, not just a battle. A battle can be fought and won (or lost), but a war is ongoing. Think of this as one of many battles in which you were victorious.  Go, and celebrate your victory!

After 1 Week With The New 2017 Ford Explorer Sport

After 1 Week With The New 2017 Ford Explorer Sport

I’ve had my 2017 Ford Explorer Sport for a week now, and have really been enjoying it. I knew I wanted to do a YouTube video for it, but I didn’t want to do one of those typical “here’s the air conditioning, here’s the radio, it has a gazillion speakers, listen to how good it sounds (since you can really tell over a YouTube video!)”

I decided to make a video highlighting some of the features that I enjoy most, and that I think are really well thought out. I also pointed out a few observations of things I think could be better, but that aren’t that big of a deal because, as a whole, this really is a fantastic package.

Watch the video to see more!

 

Can I Ask A Quick Favor?

Can I Ask A Quick Favor?

I promise, it’s quick, and will cost you nothing. You’ll be done before you know it.  It’ll actually take you longer to read this (hopefully short) post than actually do what I’m asking. 

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve dusted off my blog over the last few months and have gotten back into it. I really enjoy it; I love creating content. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to only make YouTube videos, or only write blogs, so I’m doing both. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about or make videos about, so I’m creating my content on just about anything that comes to mind. I have many interests, and am using that as my basis for creating whatever it is I’m creating.

I’m creating this content because I deeply enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with anyone who wants to read about them or watch my videos. That being said, I want to make sure that I’m getting as much exposure as I can, and sharing my material with as many people as possible. The truth is, I can’t do that alone. 

All I ask is that you share my blog and YouTube channel with your friends and family; anyone you think might enjoy what I have to say. I cover a wide range of topics: Taking cruises, Photography Equipment, Life Experiences, Weight Loss, Product and App reviews, just to name a few. One of the reasons I love having a wide variety of material, is it will give my readers and subscribers a chance to see things they may not be familiar with or aware of. 

So, that’s it. I’d be eternally grateful if you could share this post on your social media network of choice, and encourage your friends and families to do the same if you like what I’ve got here on my blog and YouTube channel.  You can find me on all forms of Social Media with the name iamjohnbamber – I couldn’t think of anything else to use, but since this is all about things that interest me why not just be…well…me!

Going Public: My Social Media Update

Going Public: My Social Media Update

If you all couldn’t tell, I deeply enjoy creating content; whether it’s a text post on my blog, taking pictures, recording music, or creating a video of some variety.  As I’d mentioned in my previous “Love Me Some Content” post, I’ve got stuff all over the place, but there was a small problem;  my various usernames didn’t match.

Some places I was jbrecording, referencing my online identity specific to my recording studio and making music. On Twitter, I was MiniCoopJeep, an homage to being the car guy that I am, and I simply used my name on YouTube for my videos up there. There was no cohesion between them, except for one thing. I was the cohesion.

So today, thanks to the help of one of my good friends, I’ve unified my online social media presence and am known with the moniker iamJohnBamber on all of my social media accounts.

So, why the change? Well, I did this change to separate my “public” life from my personal life. I’m not an online celebrity by any means, but I, just like anyone else, have as much of a chance to become one.  Will that actually happen? Who knows? We’ll see.

I’ve even created a public Facebook page so I can keep my personal Facebook content private.  Since I’ve created the public Facebook page, I will no longer be pushing these blog updates to my private Facebook account.  If you would like to follow along with my blogs and videos, you can subscribe here for e-mail updates, or visit my public Facebook page and click the “Like” button.

It looks like 2017 will be a great year, and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

J

 

Love Me Some Content!

Love Me Some Content!

 Pictures, audio files, video files, text… so many types of content, and so many ways in which to snap, post, like, or share this content. Let’s snap a quick picture, what do we do with it? Tweet it? Facebook it? Instagram it? Do we hashtag it? Nowadays, it seems like the lines of “where to put what” are blurring. Is this a problem? Some think it may be, but I see it as a light bulb I’ve been waiting to come on for a long time. 

I have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and two YouTube channels. While I’d love to have gazillions of subscribers on YouTube, I don’t know if that’s really the avenue I want to use for delivering my content, and even more importantly, I don’t see that happening, and I’m fine with that. As much as I enjoy making YouTube videos, I also enjoy writing blog posts. I enjoy expressing myself with words, so I don’t want to abandon the idea of blogging in favor of only doing videos. 

I had a conversation with a friend of mine on the way in to work this morning and had a true “light bulb” moment: Blogs don’t have to only be text!

So, I’m thrilled to announce that THIS website… here… my name dot com, johnbamber.com – This will be where I will do….what it is that I want to do. Blogs, videos, I can’t decide whether I want to be a YouTube vlogger (video blogger), or a text blogger, so I’m going to be and do BOTH.

You can visit my page to read my posts, but they’ll auto-share to Facebook and Twitter, so you can see when my new posts hit, but even better,  You can even sign up to get my latest entries in an e-mail by visiting this link.  No spam will be sent to you as a result, I promise.  

I’ve even gone through and curated a bunch of old content… old pictures, videos, and text from all of my years of doing…this… whatever it’s called. Perhaps I’ll call it… “expressing myself” – maybe? Comment below, and let me know. 

So please feel free to enjoy my old stuff here, you can subscribe to me on Youtube here,  and you can join my e-mail list here, and you can enjoy my new forthcoming content.

So, here’s to some great new (and old) content. Thanks as always. 

-J