This starts my last day at WebMD, so a farewell note.
I do promise to get a regular member name and stop in from time to time. It won't be Louise--they retire mod names like beloved sports players or something.
The thing that I want to remind you as I head off to a new adventure--YOU are the community, the heart and soul of the community. You each lead every time you post. You welcome, you show empathy, you share views, you share your lives, and those actions make this community truly wonderful.
Be good to one another. Welcome the new members. Be gentle with the overwhelmed. Communities belong to the members--that's you. Keep this place great for each other, for the new members that come along, and for me to visit.
Take care of yourselves and each other. Don't try to change everything at once. Make those baby steps. It might seem slower, but I can tell you nothing is as slow as drastic change followed by falling back into the poor habits fast and gaining that weight back and starting over again.
Use the tools. Journal. Love yourself and remember that no matter what you weigh or how bad your day, you ARE Drop-Dead Gorgeous--inside and out. Don't make me come back here and have to repeat it or drive Byroney nuts telling her to tell you.
I don't want to stop by and see you putting yourself down. I don't care if you ate all the way down the hometown buffet and back again five times and then stopped for a sundae.
You recognize a choice you made. You thought enough about it to be accountable, share your struggles, and make a new plan for the next time that challenge comes your way. Do you know that's an incredible post? That post where you bare your soul and struggles helps others--many of them silent--turn their own lives around and work toward their healthy lifestyle.
That's your power and the power of community. Own it. Use it.
(And a special note to all of you that have lost the weight and keep sharing on this community and keep encouraging each other--I have appreciated you more than I could ever say.)View Thread
It is never too late to take up knitting! There are some great online tutorials and the women at yarn shops and "Stitch and Bitch" meetings are incredibly helpful to new knitters. Really. They will let you knit with them, they will show you new techniques, they will help with dropped stitches and frustration.View Thread
I need to find some activities for my mother. She really needs some social stimulation. I can't see her seriously dating ever again. My father was her heart and since his death, she has been on a couple of dates but nothing serious. She definitely is a mushroom woman, since she is dependent on us for transportation. (She won't brave the accessible bus)
I generally only take her to the nursing home to see my sister and the occasional breakfast out. It is hard when the kids are home because our car only seats five and there are six of us. Saturdays are errand days and we can't take her along for that in any case. Weekdays, I am home with her but busy working. I can do her doctor appointments but even that can be tricky.View Thread