In the depths of winter, I finally found within me an invincible summer.
---Albert Camus, author
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Blog picture of deer
I get a happy feeling between my arms when I see my blog picture. Not the one of me. The one at the top with the deer. I couldn't believe when one of my dearest friends from Troy, Michigan, sent that in an e-mail to show me what she sees when she looks into her back yard. I'll tell you...for a girl who lived in west Texas at the time, I was awestruck. I used it on my blog, but then I wrote and asked her permission, which she granted so graciously. The bad thing, I haven't invited her to read my blog. I could have lots of followers if I invited all of my friends and family to read my blog. That would be such a loss of privacy to me. For my Michigan friend, I'll probably invite her one day. We refer to ourselves as "sisters" and sometimes "sister/friends." We forget that we've never met in person. Health issues are the only things so far that has kept one of us from flying to see the other. In 2004 I first dipped my toe into the ebay waters. hahaha...now I swim in there with the sharks! My friend was one of my first sellers. She always has great buys on Coach handbags as she is also a Coach fiend. I never have to worry is one is fake. She is downsizing and has an endless supply of beautiful things that she has collected since the 50's. After 6 years, I have treasures in every room that came from her collections. But the best treasure is that I have a sister in Michigan who loves me as much as any blood sister. I have enormous blessings from God that He heaps upon me daily. It's amazing to realize the huge blessings I receive through the internet! Case in point...my little band of followers on my blog!
This blog is to chronicle my weight loss and my life in general. After breast cancer and chemo in 1996, my weight jumped from 125 to 195. I have lost and gained many times since then. Each time I've reached my goal weight, I have had a traumatic experience and gained the weight back. I am in a place that is more sane now. Or maybe just less crazy. If not normal, then approaching normalcy. I need a way for accountability, and a blog seems a good way to do it. I do better with goals if I have visuals, even though I dread seeing the numbers and the pictures. This time, when I start on my diet, I’m approaching it with care and caution….not just jumping in without much thought. I bought several great books that are true-life accounts of weight loss. I want to understand other people who have had my experiences and who have persevered and reached their goal weight. I've started learning how to write a blog, and found out that there are a lot of people like me, trying to be accountable on a blog, and losing weight for the umpteenth time. And I thought I was unique.