A Quilting Update

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I am enjoying the quilting process on this quilt!  Because I’m home for awhile recuperating, I’m getting in a lot of stitching time. I hope you can see where the stitching is completed.  Because of the solid fabrics, the feathers show up so nicely.  It is being quilting in the same blue as is in the quilt, even on the orange areas.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

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You’ll be seeing less of me…

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Over the next year, my friends, you’ll be seeing a lot less of me.   And a lot more. 

Say what?

I mentioned recently that I had weight loss surgery.   On October 18th, I had the Roux-en-Y procedure.  There’s a fantastic explanation on this procedure here, but I warn you it’s pretty graphic. 

Why would someone do something this drastic?   For many reasons.  First, let me dispel a few myths.

  1. People get fat because they choose to.   Absurd.  Nobody wants to be overweight.
  2. Genes don’t make you overweight.  They sure do contribute to the mix!
  3. All you have to do is stop eating.   Guess that explains why at 1000 calories I still gained weight.
  4. Emotions have nothing to do with weight gain.    Also absurd.   They have so much to do with being overweight.
  5. Having weight loss surgery is the easy way out.   OMG, no it’s not!   This is certainly not easy!   This is major surgery, and life-changing.

Let me explain.

I was adopted at 6 months by a loving, thin couple.  My weight became a problem in my junior year of high school, when I worked at a Girl Scout camp in Michigan.  I over did it on peanut butter and honey sandwiches, eaten during times of stress.  I gained 5 pounds that summer.  Then, when I became a mom, it really hit and was a life-time struggle.

I should tell you that I know my birth parents.  On my maternal side, everyone is large, and has been for generations. 

I’ve been on every diet you can name and have gone in and out like a yo-yo,  I’m tired of being overweight, tired of being unhealthy, and anxious to be more active in my older years.  I opted for this surgery to give me a chance at life.  Someone commented recently on this blog that the surgery was “just for weight loss.”  It’s not.  It’s for so much more. 

My surgery was on October 18th.  And already, I feel so much better!

Until you stand in someone else’s shoes, you can’t understand what makes them tick.  Why am I posting this personal information on this blog?  For only one reason.  Somewhere out there in blogland, there may be someone who desperately wants help losing weight.  They may need to talk with someone who has been in a similar situation.  And I’m happy to talk with anybody who is looking for options and help. 

Periodically, I will post my stats so that those who are curious can see how I’m doing.  Also, each month, I will post comparison pictures of my loss.  I’m so excited about this!  And I’m anxious to see the changes that are coming. 

If you know someone interested in going this route to help them become healthier, please send them to this link:

www.ThinnerTimes.com

It is the website that has been my lifeline to information that is going to transform my life.