Thanks for taking a picture of me Jana! You are amazing!



Well, it's me of course! Hi, I'm Scott, just an ordinary guy who loves life and all the little nuances that it brings! Simply put, I'm a father to a wonderful son, a husband to a beautiful wife, and an amateur photographer who enjoys looking at the world through a piece of glass! I took up photography a couple of years ago, after having gastric bypass surgery. Since 12/07, I have lost 180 pounds, but found a real passion for documenting life with my camera. I could say that the big names out there have inspired me, and they have, But my true inspiration comes from the people I meet everyday who share the same thoughts and zeal I have for photography. We are truly blessed with some really great photographers around Nashville. So, what are you waiting for.... ...grab a camera, snap some pics, and enjoy life to the fullest!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nashville Walk From Obesity~ Update!

Well, it's been a week since I last blogged, and I guess that's the norm around here! This last week has been just like the week before, and the one before that! I guess even the one before that to!

I have been extremely busy with a project for the Nashville Walk From Obesity. The Chairperson for this last years event asked me to be the official photographer for the event, and since I love my hobby, I agreed! Well, she then asked me if I would put together a video slide show of the pics. Once again I agreed!

One day I will learn to say no! Do ya think? When it comes to friends, I can never say no. But maybe one day. Anyway, the above video is the finished project. Feel free to watch if you would like, I will tell you though, it is 9 minutes long!

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Walk From Obesity...1 month later!

Wow, I can't believe it's been a whole month since The walk From Obesity in Nashville! We had a pretty good turn out this year. Anyway, here are a few pics from the event.

This years event was held at Nashville's Centennial Park. Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C.

I think this years walk was pretty successful. At last count, we had raised over $25,000. Funds generated from the event support the ASMBS Foundation and its research and professional education initiatives, and the patient and general public educational and advocacy programs of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

This year we also tried to involve corporate and non-profit organizations into the walk. The booth displayed above is the organization where I work. The Regional Intervention Program (RIP), is a non-profit organization that teaches parents positive behavior management. I usually refer to it as a way to shape your child's behavior without beating 'em to death!

This is just me reading the proclamation from our great Governor declaring September 20, 2008 as the Official Bryan G. Woodward Walk From Obesity for Children's Health.

And the walk begins. this year we had over 200 registered walkers.

And of course, the team I walked with...The Lunch Bunch! We are a group of people who have had, or working on having some type of weight loss surgery. We welcome all people, no matter which surgery, which Dr. or which hospital you come from. Our main agenda is getting together once a month for a support group over lunch. We also do clothing swaps at these meetings, in turn saving everyone a little money!

If you would like to see all of them, click here!

Have a great day!

Today is about...

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That's right! Today is about me and laundry. No football games to attend, no pressing video or photo projects that have to be done. Well, OK, they have to be done, but it ain't' happening.

It seems like every time I get caught up, another project rears it's ugly head. But not today, I put my foot down and said no! Today is about me and my blog. Catching up on my photos, my life, and my sanity!

I attended a funeral yesterday for a friend! Someone I met only 2 months ago. His wife was scheduled for Gastric Bypass a week after I met them. He was so concerned at what he needed to do to take care of his wife. I totally understood where he came from! When his wife had surgery, he emailed me about 20 times asking what he needed to do to make sure his wife was OK. I admired him, even though I only knew him for 2 months! Life is just too short!

So, today is about watching movies with my son, working on my blog, and doing laundry!

And of course any other thing my wife wants done...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The many faces of RJ !

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Walk From Obesity 2008

The Walk From Obesity is fast approaching. Are you ready! If not, you can sign up at this website. Also, please click on the logo above to hear one of my best friends (Shelia Bess) talk about weight loss as well as the Walk From Obesity!

Bryan G. Woodward Walk from Obesity For Children's Health

Walk Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008

Walk Location: Centennial Park

Nashville, Tennessee

Time - 10:00 a.m.

Presented By: Albert T. Spaw, MD, FACS

Event Leaders: Sheila L. Bess

Walkers: You may seek pledges using the online tools after registration. To collect pledges in person, a printable pledge form is available here.

Event Sponsors: Please contact Shelia L. Bess directly for local Walk sponsorship information and opportunities.

For more information, or to volunteer your services for the Walk, please contact:

Sheilia L. Bess

Sunday, July 20, 2008

May I introduce...

...Miss Priss!

As much as I would like to say this was my idea, I can not tell a lie! Beth was going to get this dog and then beg forgiveness. I knew it was coming, I just didn't know how I was going to handle it.

So, my thought was to call the girl we were gettin the puppy from and tell her that I would pay for it as a birthday gift. Just tell Beth Happy Birthday from her husband!

Anyway, she has acclimated to the family very well. Chi Chi has not barked at her once, well maybe one time when Prissy was going for Chi Chi's bone!

So, welcome our newest addition!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July 2008

Well I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We did! Beth has been house sitting this week, so RJ and I have been hanging out by ourselves. I will tell you this though, we have had a better time that the last. Boys night out (click here) was not too fun!

Beth cam home around 4 and picked RJ and myself up and we spent the afternoon and evening with some dear friends! We have known Shelia and Todd for exactly 1 year and they are the coolest and best Friends we have right now! Whats real cool is they have a son who is 1 or 2 years older than RJ. If you did not know better, you would think they are twins separated at birth by 2 years!

We cooked out, shot fireworks, swam and played card games all afternoon! In fact if you looked at all the food we had, you would think we were feeding an army. Really, how much food can 3 gastric bypass patients, 1 normal eating adult, and 2 children can eat in one sitting? Not this much, thats for sure!

Anyway, we had a blast..firework joke! And we hope you did too!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A day in the country!

We had a great day on Saturday. My family, almost all of us, went to Ardmore, TN to visit some relatives we had not seen since 2000 when my grandmother died. It was a fun day to reminisce and update each other on how our lives have changed over the years. Can you tell we were in the country? I thought everyone had indoor plumbing by now.

It was also an opportunity to update our 6 month picture (my wife, sister and I). all together we have lost close to 500 pounds in a one year time frame. I think it's a great idea to take pictures of any journey. We do it when we go on vacation. So why not this type of journey also!

Christmas 2007

Easter 2007

June 2008

I did have a "light bulb" moment. You know, when the light bulb goes on and you are illuminated to all that is happening. My Aunt & Uncle wanted to make sure there was plenty of food that my sister, wife and I could eat. All of the sudden, I figured out something that I have known all along, but just now put into play. You see, this surgery I had is a life style change. When you go on a diet, you only try to eat certain types of foods. Or maybe certain foods only, like the dreaded beet diet! I would rather eat dirt than beets! Anyway, I told my Uncle not to worry about us, we would find something to eat, and we did! Every once in a while, even a blind squirrel finds a nut!

We ended the day at the cemetery where a lot of my relatives are buried. I think this is a tradition every time we go to Ardmore. We of course took lots of pictures there also!

It was a very enjoyable day and I hope it's not another 8 years before travel down that long country road!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pics from Saturdays Walk !

My faithful walking buddy! Chi Chi!

I just thought this was an interesting note about todays society. Why do we hate?

Just a chillin!

Purple Beauties!

A sea serpent in East Nashville? Who would a thunk it!

This rose just found a cool place to grow.

Purple and white!

Just beautiful!

I hope each and everyone of you get out, take a walk, and just enjoy the beauty of your neighborhood!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival

It’s May in Tennessee and that means just one thing. It’s time for the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. This is the first year that I have attended. Beth and I have wanted to go for years, but because of the weight we carried, we felt we were just unable to make it. Maybe we were just afraid to try. Anyway, today we took to the road with 7 friends and went. All I can say is, WOW, why did we wait so long.

We had a blast! It was a lot of walking but worth every minute! From the moment we arrived at the parking lot, to the moment we left, we were transported to a land of mystery and merriment.

When we exited the car, we ran into a rouge of sword wielding people who could have walked right out of King Arthur’s round table. The sights and sounds of renaissance! Huzzah!

We tried on silly hats, rode man-powered rides, and even attempted archery! It seems everyone else is better at bow and arrows than I! In fact, I even have the bruises and welts on my arm to prove I suck at this sport! But that’s OK. You see, as long as the corner market is still around, I can still place meat on the table.

The jousting match was phenomenal. The knights of Coventry Glenn put on a well rounded performance that made you think the Queen was actually right there!

One of the benefits of weight loss surgery is the return of energy. Without this surgery, I never would have seen my wife at a place the Renfest. In fact, she never slowed down and actually set the pace for the whole day. At times I think I had WLS just so I could keep up with her! LOL! We all know that’s not the reason.

Anyway, we had a blast and plan to return next year! Oh yeah, the big treat of the day…a turkey leg, but that’s a story for the next time!

If you would like to see more of my pics form the festival, click here!

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Like OMG, we survived Prom '08!

Well, I can't believe we survived. If it wasn't for the coffee, I might have gotten in trouble. At least I got my fluids in for the day...8 cups of decaf later! LOL!!

I will say this, it was one of the nicest proms I have been to. Everything was gorgeous. The food was actually WLS friendly. OK, maybe not! But at least I found some chicken tenders that fit the bill. Did I mention the 8 cups of decaf? Just checking! Both Beth and I opted not to go for the chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. See, we can make good choices!

We had tables set up in the corner for the teachers, as well as our own food tables. The speakers were pointed away from the old fogies, at least it wasn't too loud!Now I will say the DJ was pretty cool. He played golden oldies before the prom started, then switched dover to a lot of "bump and grind" music. Now I did not get up to dance. I only got out of my chair for coffee, remember 7 cups! Now, if we had some of our resident table dancers from the Lunch Bunch there, I'm sure the party would have really gotten started!

Anyway, we had a real good time. I will say this, we were a little over dressed, but that was OK!!! They had real good coffee at the Maxwell House. I think the coffee was Folgers! Maybe thats why it was so good!

Here is a comparison picture from prom 9 years ago and now. I think there is a little difference. The pic from last night is a scan of the picture Bill (Susan's husband) did. Thinks for keeping us in your prayers...we survived! Oh, I forgot...Bill did take a picture of us sitting in our chairs...I was drinking coffee !!!!!

Have a good day, I know we had a good night!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Oh the weather outside is.........

.....frightful! but the snow is so delightful! Wouldn't you agree? OK, maybe not! But I love snow! The fraility of it. It's here one minute and gone the next. To me, snow is so clean...but don't eat the yellow stuff! Anyway when snow happens around here, which is rarely, Nashville just shuts down. So, what did I do? Thats right, I pretended I was 10 years old again and played in it. RJ and I had a blast!

We made snow devils. He refused to make snow angels, he's said that was to childish! What do I know, I'm just papa.

I will tell you this, the weight loss has made these days more enjoyable. I was able to climb a hill after sledding, and was not winded. It took a lot longer for me to say it was time to go in because I was tired. I never got tired, I got COLD!!!!!!

But things change! I realize I am not 10 years old anymore! and at the rate my son is going, he won't be that age for long either!

We went from this... this is less than 6 hours!

At least I've got my pictures to remind me!

Have a great day!

Oh yeah! Mama Jo, this one's for you!