I know it’s early. I’m in shock myself to be sitting at my bazaar table in a Santa Hat the next two days instead of sporting my Halloween pumpkin antenna headgear. But the way the calendar lined up, my first Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale of the season takes place October 31—November 1 at the Peninsula Church Center in Seaview.
I love all my bazaar venues, but this one is a little nearer and dearer to my heart. For one, since I joined the Presbyterian Church more than 30 years ago, I know just about everybody there. For two, those “Church Ladies” make the best darn pie, and treating myself to a piece of strawberry/rhubarb just once a year is something I look eagerly forward to.
There’s also an opportunity to get a great deal of my “Christmas Shopping” done right here at home, and be supporting not only the local crafters, but also the Presbyterian Women’s efforts on a larger scale. I don’t make it to the meetings too often, but giving 15% of my sales to their efforts makes me feel just a little more connected.
So come on out this weekend. Say “Hi!” and have some pie, and I’ll bet you, too, can get one heckuva jump start on your gift list this year. And remember: Books are one-size-fits all, wrap easily, ship well, and won’t rot your teeth. (Tell me at the bazaar that a book is a gift that won’t rot your teeth and I’ll give you $1 off every single book you buy!)
The year was 1998. I weighed 396 pounds. My waist measurement was within an inch of my height measurement. I bought shoes with Velcro fasteners because I couldn’t manage to bend over long enough to tie my shoes without cutting off my air supply and becoming lightheaded with the effort.
I bought my clothes exclusively through catalogs, as I couldn’t find any stores that carried size 6X. When I found something that looked like it would cover the multitude of flab rolls on my belly, I bought one in every color they had. Including orange, which was not, and is not, my favorite color.
I don’t blame the kid in the grocery store who laughed and pointed at me, waddling behind my overflowing grocery cart down the aisle in my orange tent that doubled as a blouse. I don’t blame him at all for shouting, “Look, Mommy! It’s the Great Pumpkin!”
In fact, in hindsight, I’m rather glad he did. It was one more nudge in the right direction, albeit with my face flaming from embarrassment.
Today, I am grateful I lived long enough to tell the story of how I came “Back from Obesity.” I am grateful for every single nudge, even those that were mean-spirited and cruel. And believe me, living for a decade above 375 pounds, there were a lot of those rude and hurtful comments.
“Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey” was written to inspire, encourage, and motivate those “ordinary people,” like me, who thought they were too fat to ever fit into normal sized clothing again. I returned to a “buy-it-off-the-rack size without gastric bypass, lap band, liquid fasts, extreme exercise, or diet pills.
And today… today… if I should ever want to… I will wear orange without fear.
It’s finally here! My official “Back from Obesity” Book Signing Tour begins at the Long Beach Coffee Roasters tomorrow, Saturday, October 25, from 10-12, and continues at 3 Cups Coffee in Astoria from 1:30-3:30. I’m hoping to see lots of friends, old and new, and I know I’ll have a fabulous time at each place. Please stop by for some coffee, conversation, and of course, I’d love it if you bought a book or two!
“Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey” was written to inspire and encourage others to get their lives back on track. After a decade at living close to 400 pounds, I came back from morbid obesity to a healthy size and lifestyle WITHOUT gastric bypass, lap band surgery, diet pills, liquid fasts, extreme exercise, or any other “drastic” measures.
I’m not a celebrity, and I certainly couldn’t afford a personal chef or trainer, but I managed to find a way out of a definitely life-shortening situation. And while it’s not a “how to” book, inside the story of my personal journey a reader will learn the tips, tricks, and tools I used to reclaim my life. One day at a time.
I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow! Stop by at either place for a great cup of joe!
I cleaned out my DVR the other day. Deleted everything I’d watched, or didn’t care to ever watch, changed the settings on a few shows, added a few, and generally tidied things up. And when I was finished with my technological housekeeping, I had to stop to laugh at myself.
Now generally, once I watch something, it’s done, and I do not need (or have the time) to see it again. But in my cache, I saved four programs. Four very different programs. And it immediately occurred to me that my entire life could be summed up and psychologically examined by what I had chosen to keep.
And since the NSA already knows what shows I saved, my faithful blog readers may as well also enjoy the insights into how my brain works.
1) The Night that Changed America: The fabulous special on the Fab Four. The 50-year anniversary of the night The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
3) The 2014 Kentucky Derby (complete with all the pre-race back stories): California Chrome, a “rags to riches” horse, claims the roses and inspires soaring hope for the “Dumb Ass” little guys everywhere.
4) Dancing with the Stars, 2014 finale: In my opinion, Meryl and Maks dancing for the trophy is one of the most romantic and knee-swooning moments ever broadcast.
So there you have it: My brain in a nutshell.
Now I have to ask: What shows have YOU saved? Go take a look. Take your psyche for a little spin. A DVR is a lot cheaper than therapy…
And today is my last Saturday to take a deep breath before winding up and stepping to the plate, if you don’t mind mixing my baseball metaphors. I’m getting ready to plunge full steam ahead into the marketing phase of book signings and bazaars.
New on my sale table this year is “Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey,” a 272-page tome, complete with “Then” and “Now” photos documenting my progress. I wrote this book to inspire, encourage, and motivate others who would like to get their health back on track and live a happier life.
I also have many other books available, including some very entertaining “Chicken Soups” of Crazy Cat Stories, the Joys of Home Ownership, and Miracles All Around Us in addition to seven other volumes written all by myself.
But today is a day of gathering my energy and thoughts and plotting the next couple months. I’ll be dividing my time three ways: Hillsboro still taking the lion’s share of my time, then Bazaars, then maybe a few nights at home, reloading for the next sale venue.
“They say” Christmas is coming, but I may be too busy to notice!