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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yesterday I saw a new doctor for my annual exam, a nice young man about the same age as my sons. He was kind of quirky, cracking jokes and putting me at ease so I liked him. I take meds for depression and we were going over them and he said that the little blue pill I take at night causes weight gain and constipation. I told my husband and he said, "Well, it's working!" Maybe that little blue pill is what keeps me from losing, last year I struggled all year and the weight just clung to me. I've been taking that pill for about 10 years and slowly put on weight over that time and can't seem to release it.
Well, last year I tried to give up that little pill all during the month of January. I was totally miserable and down in the depths again. When I realized how I had slowed down, I went back to taking it and my mood stabilized and I've been okay. Well, I see my psychiatrist next week and I am going to try again. Maybe I can cut it in half instead of dumping the whole thing. I take it at night and I think it also helps me to sleep so maybe a tylenol PM added would help.
I won't do anything unless I talk to my doctor about it. I did manage to give up 2 pills last year so I am making progress. And I'm perfectly calm about life in general.
This little blue pill is also the one that keeps me from going to a fast weight loss clinic. They turned me down because of it. So, here I am just rolling along.

Tomorrow I go to an all day quilting class. They are having a quilting retreat at the local conference center so I am so excited! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/3/2011 11:55AM

    ...just like being able to gradually work your way off of this one, is there a different medication that would be milder in its stabilizing effects (I say that because it doesn't sound as if you need the really strong one anymore) plus not have the unwanted side effects of constipation and weight gain? If they've had you on the same medication for the last ten years, maybe there's something newer that would work better, if you find you still need to have a 'booster.' :-)

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ANDI571 3/3/2011 9:38AM

    I am sure that little blue pill is hindering you from losing. I would also ask your doctor about that. It might be that you will just have to be extra vigilant with your eating to lose.

Maybe there is a team here on Sparkpeople with its members that have been able to conquer that issue. Maybe there is a way of eating that would help.

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LADYJ6942 3/3/2011 9:19AM

    Great job, medication side effects can really slow things down and mess them up. You are handling the info well and it sounds like you have a solid plan.

Keep up the good work.

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ELLEN0407 3/3/2011 8:52AM

  great job being calmer

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

You know the one, where you have to see the doctor annually and have a mammagram. Thank goodness for another year. I saw a new funny young doctor, about the same age as my sons but I liked him and he put me at ease. He was looking over my medications for depression and one of them that I take causes constipation and weight gain. Ah, ha! I knew there had to be a reason. Now next week, I see my psychiatrist so I will ask him how I can get off of it. I tried last year to no avail. Had to resume taking it so maybe a lower dose and gradually taper. That particular medication also prohibits me from going to a weight loss clinic. It's on the don't take this person list.
The weather is so beautiful here, why we wait for March to come. THis is the nicest time of year in Northwest Florida but we say that about a lot of times of the year. It will be in the 60's today and sunny. Just lovely! And spring brings out the clients. Another bonus. Got to get to work! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/2/2011 2:31PM

    Always worth it to do an evaluation about the medication and see what they say - if you need to, you know you can always go back to it, but if you can decrease it, or get off of it altogether, it may just do the trick for losing weight. I really think it helped me when I was able to stop taking it, so... you never know! :-)

Re 'the dreaded exam' - the one I dread more is at the other end, lol...

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last night I want to a concert and tried on about 6 things before I found something I wanted to wear. I've gained back the 8 lbs I lost and now I want to lose it again and more. So back on some kind of program. I hope I stick to it. I just have to make up my mind about it. I was looking at everyone at the party afterward at how thin or fat they were andI just want to be one of the thinner people. And even the 8 lbs less, I was more comfortable at. So here we go again.

I tried WW last year but somehow I don't think it is for me. I gained weight immediately on it and I try to get all my points in including the flex points and I think it is too much food for me. So right now, I am aiming for a healthy eating plan. ANDI571 went back to the weigh down workshop. I think I am going to pull out my Sonoma Diet book and cookbook and go there again. I lost 18 pounds on it and it wasn't hard except it took so darn long. I just need to get out and move and eat less and eat right. Can't be that difficult can it?

I'm going to start today and see where it goes.

One thing I am proud of is that I am an extremely good creative seamstress and I guess that is why I am a good decorator. My sister came over this morning for help from me to make her a toga for a party next Friday. She had thought to do it one way and I immediately thought of a better and easier way. In just over an hour we had the workings of a toga with 2 seams and a couple of ties and trim. Looked pretty good. I showed her some of the quilting projects I have been doing and she was amazed at all the little squares and triangles and My points even look good.

So here I go, diet, eat more veggies, and sew. And walk. Later

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BLUECHEESE1 2/26/2011 11:27PM

    You can do this. Choose what is best for you. Look at what you could handle for the rest of your life, because this is a lifetime choice, a different way of eating and living. Being thin is something that I've strived for, but now I'm choosing healthy, not necessarily thin. Thin is in the mind of each of us a different way. So, don't give up. Not every program is for you. Personally, I just make the food I eat work for me, and choose exercise I know I will actually enjoy and stick to.

You go girl. :)

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SANDY92308 2/26/2011 8:01PM

    Hi, It sounds like you got a great plan and I know you can do it, I started a new team called W8W points+plan and we have three leaders so please stop by and check us out. It's a great new team that we put together since the new plan came out...

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TURTLETALK 2/26/2011 4:58PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan. At this point I can't even visualize being thin. My current goal is to get to "overweight" and lose the obese title.

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KASEYCOFF 2/26/2011 2:33PM

    Attitude is half the battle: if you're determined to succeed, you WILL! And it doesn't matter how slowly you go or how long it takes. Don't worry about what other people are doing or how they look. All you need to do is focus on YOU!
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NOMUFFINTOP3 2/26/2011 1:04PM

    I've found this site so much fun and motivating. I've been at a party and have been the heaviest person there! That is no fun! Keep on sewing and decorating and drop those lbs!

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MAMACAT2_3 2/26/2011 12:37PM

    I think I was on here about the same time last year and doing ok for a little while. I gained back whatever few I had lost though and am now back at it again. I'm just trying to eat healthy and move more, same as you. We can do this!!


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Last night, I talked about the UGR Quilt I had made for my friend Pat at the Cultural Awareness committee meeting at the chamber of commerce. We showed my quilt and I talked about how I got into it, etc. It is Black History Month so it fell right in. I'm attaching a the article I wrote and presented most of, talking not reading.


A griot (pronounced GREE oh) is a West African Storyteller who is trained to memorize records and tell stories about births, deaths, marriages and cultural traditions in the African village. We all became familiar with the Griot when we watched Alex Haley’s ROOTS and saw Alex meeting with the griot in the village of his ancestor, Kunta Kintah! It is through this century’s long tradition that we learn about the Underground Railroad and how quilts and the messages they conveyed, helped the slaves to escape to freedom.

I have always loved to sew and have been interested in quilt making for a very long time. I have dabbled in the craft and I collect books and magazines featuring articles on quilts. In the late 90’s, I was cruising around on Amazon.com looking for something to read on quilting and sewing when up popped this small book, HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW; A secret story of quilts and the underground railroad! This got my attention because I’ve also been interested in slavery and how life was for people in those days.

The book HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW describes the author, Jacqueline L. Tobin, and her encounter with an African American woman named Ozella McDaniel Williams in Charleston, South Carolina. Ozella had a booth full of quilts at the local street market and while Tobin was looking at them, Ozella said, “Did you know that quilts were used by slaves to communicate on the Underground Railroad?” From that point on, Tobin researched and wrote this book. I devoured it, was fascinated by it and tucked the information away until it came back and spoke to me last summer. I decided to take a quilting class at the local store, Sewing Center Around the Block. While looking around the shop at the beautiful fabrics, a pattern book caught my eye. It was called UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SAMPLER by Eleanor Burns, a dedicated quilter, a white woman. In the introduction she describes her encounter with the book HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW and how she had always been interested in the Underground Railroad as well. I picked up that pattern book and went home with it.

I loved my quilting class and I rekindled my love of sewing and quilt making. I decided that I would attempt to make an Underground Railroad Quilt for my friend Pat. It just seemed like the next logical project for me. I would hone my quilting skills and create a meaningful gift as well. Once in November, while taking our neighborhood walk, Pat and I were talking about quilts and she said that maybe I could make one for her some day. Little did she know that I was frantically working on the Underground Railroad Quilt, managing to finish it on Christmas Eve, just in time!

There has been some consensus from scholars about the validity of this legend, whether quilts were actually used as messages for escaping slaves. But going back to the traditions of the griot, and how African Americans learned by talking to each other about legends and lore, it is not hard to believe that this could actually happen. There are few surviving quilts from that period as proof. However, it is known that slave women were skilled seamstresses who helped their mistresses with quilting and sewing for the household. They would make quilts for their own families out of feed sacks, worn out clothing and fabric scraps. Quilts were necessities for warmth and shelter and after being washed many times with harsh lye soap, they would fall apart. There is history about an African American woman, originally a slave named Harriet Powers. She communicated with the world through an oral and visual history of quilts, using narrative themes of events in her life. (taken from STITCHED FROM THE SOUL by Gladys-Marie Fry)
Harriet was skilled in the art of appliqué, which is a technique where small pieces of cloth are sewn to another piece of cloth to create a figure or story. This technique was brought by male slaves from Africa who were skilled in the art of appliqué and the slave women continued this type of needlework. It is through Harriet Powers’ quilts and history that we can understand how the oral tradition of telling stories is recorded by slaves who were not taught to read and write.
There are fifteen quilt sampler blocks in Eleanor Burns quilt pattern book. These blocks were derived from the oral history knowledge and story of Ozella Williams. Each block gives a message to the escaping slave on where he should go and what he should do next. This history derived from HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT goes like this:

“The monkey wrench turns the wagon wheel toward Canada. With help from Jesus, the Carpenter, follow the Bears’ Trail through the woods. Fill your baskets with enough food and supplies to get you to the Crossroads. Once you get to the crossroads, dig a log cabin in the ground. Shoofly told us to dress up in cotton and satin bow ties. Follow the flying geese and birds in the air; stay on the drunkard’s path. Take the Sailboat across the Great Lakes to the North Star above Canada.”

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LKWQUILTER 2/25/2011 10:17AM

    Thanks for sharing the quilt and the story. Both are beautiful.

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QUILTINGB52 2/24/2011 8:25AM

    Thank you for sharing your quilt and the history behind the Underground Railroad.

My parents were in West Africa when Alex Hailey's book came out. My parents actually knew some of his ancestors and had easy access to the villages. It made his book even more meaningful to them.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 2/23/2011 10:39PM

    The quilt is beautiful and the story is touching. I love the thought that you can communicate in a "language" that is plain but no one understands unless they know the words. It just looks normal unless you understand. I'm sure they did.

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ILLINITEACHER52 2/23/2011 5:41PM

  Very interesting! What a wonderful quilt to receive as a gift!

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ELSEEBEE 2/23/2011 4:42PM

    Ever since I read your first posts some months ago about Underground quilts, I've been thinking about buying the book you mentioned. On Saturday I was visiting a little quilt shop I love in a town I don't get too very often. There was that little book! So now I have it and can't wait to get started on it. I have Eleanor Burn's pattern book, so that's on my "to-do" list! I loved your speech- wish I could have heard it in person! Thanks for sharing!

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GCHUNG 2/23/2011 2:26PM

    Great job!! Love the story - thank you for sharing

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ELLIE381 2/23/2011 1:58PM

    Very interesting. Love the quilt.

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1BEARWIFE 2/23/2011 1:48PM

    I wish I could have been there with my Great-Grandmother's Diary. I know I would have been terribly moved by your talk and presentation. emoticon

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Hard to start again!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I decided to eat sensibly yesterday and I did but I sure blew it in the points category when I tracked my WW points. Close to 40 for the one day and I thought I was doing well. Too many carbs and not enough fruit, veg and protein. I'll try and do better today. That's all I can do, better each day. I did go out for a walk this morning for about a mile. Pat didn't show so I turned around and went home. I was hungry last night and wanted a pop tart in the worst way. My stomach was growling but I was good and said no. This morning, back to the raisin bran muffin. I've got to get my fruit in today.

Not much else going on.

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REJ7777 2/16/2011 6:01AM

    I agree that it's hard to start over. But you can do it! The only way to fail is to give up. (I'm talking to myself here too.)

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IRENEHUD 2/15/2011 8:40PM

    It's easy to go over your points when you don't eat fruits and veges. Your on the right track though you can do it! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 2/15/2011 9:56AM

    remember this is not a race, but a journey. Everyday is a new day to begin again.

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KASEYCOFF 2/15/2011 9:20AM

    I think it will help that you're working to be more aware of what you're eating and where you need to add things, like the fruit and veg. Baby-steps, 'cause ALL progress is GOOD progress--!!!

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BUGGYS 2/15/2011 9:08AM

    Every day is a new start. I'm on WW too and tend to use those extra 49 on the weekend although I have never gone over those points yet...I love the new program because I am getting in my fruits and veggies...I usually have them for my snacks and by doing so, I am satisfied between meals. I've only been on WW since the beginning of the year but have found that my cravings have subsided a great deal! Good luck and good for you for getting back on track today! emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/15/2011 9:07AM

    4dognight. First off congrats on tracking, on getting out for that walk this morning and for not having that pop tart. All these are positive things.

One thing I really like about the new points plus plan with WW is fruit is free. Fresh fruit, free, canned fruit in its own juices free, unsweetened frozen fruits free. So when that ''I want something hits," go for the fruit.

You can do this and you are worth the effort.


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