Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slow Stitching!

I curl up on the floor at the foot of the couch and hand quilt.  I am working on this block today. It is coming along!! Someday, it will be completed.  I am linking with Kathy for her slow stitching Sunday!         http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/


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You know...let's make lemonade out of lemons!!  I have shared about my health problems going on...but there are good things too.  I have stopped gluten...and sugar too.  I am taking my vitamins, every day, and my medications.  I have given up DIET COKE!  (this one was hard)...and am drinking fresh water with lemon every single day.  I have lost 8 pounds.  SO!!!  There are many good things about this illness too.  I walk every single day, at least 10,000 steps.  And the best thing is that friendships are strengthening and bonds are forming!!

So...there are good things too!!  I am going to concentrate on all of these, with an attitude of gratitude, each and every day!


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Have a great day, all!!

Julie

26 comments:

Sherrill said...

WOOHOO!! Drinking your water and walking 10,000 steps? That is AWESOME. And the weight loss is an added benie! Keep up the great work!

Loris said...

You are doing such great things for yourself. The consequences are going to be good and worth it. Hang in there. Maybe you can hear the cheers coming through the computer :-) And your quilt is pretty!

Prima Donna said...

That is fantastic, Julie. There is quite a history of autoimmune diseases on both sides of my family. I have been one of the fortunate ones, so far. However, if I sat on the floor to quilt, I'd never be able to get up again. LOL.

Quilter Kathy said...

Such a beautiful quilt to be enjoying today!
I would have a hard time giving up diet coke completely, but I have cut done a lot and do try to drink more water.

Lori said...

Awesome! I'm proud of you for taking the bull by the horns!
Love the quilt too!!

Leeanne said...

You go girl! be that ray of sunshine!

Janet O. said...

Beautiful quilt--it will be such a treasure hand quilted!
Kudos to you, Julie. You are a wonderful example of doing everything you can and trusting God to help you through.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

That quilt is going to be fabulous ... and it definitely deserves the time and effort you're putting into it to hand quilt it.

How awesome that you are doing what you can to ensure good health while trusting that God will take care of the rest.

Julierose said...

Oh good for you--10,000 steps EVERY day is amazing! I am trying to up my movement each day, too--and it is too easy to just sit and knit, or sew etc. Are you using a fitbit or other band to count?? Hugs, Julierose

Kyle said...

In every cloud their a silver lining and it sounds like your health is improving inch by inch. Keep up the good work!

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Julie,
sounds there is nothing going to take you down, wonderful, drinking water and walking is so good for you.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Shannon said...

Not drinking soda is hard. I had a heart scare about two months ago. On that day I stopped drink any caffeine. One of the hardest things I have ever done! Ha Ha Good for you for the attitude of gratitude. It will make all the difference!!

Texan said...

I love your quilt. I am sorry to read your having health issues. All of the things your doing will pay off ten fold in your health. I had some serious health issues early in life that made me take a hard look at my health habits. I have since been on a journey of learning and changing things. I don't think we ever stop learning ways to improve our health habits. Making the changes in your nutrition, exercise, supplements, its just huge really as to the impact it will have on your health. Organic/non gmo food will impact your health enormously!
Sending you a big hug girly (((())))

Tired Teacher said...

It's important to make lemonade out of life's obstacles, and it sounds like you have done that. Kudos on the healthy changes you've made.

Vic in NH said...

Sending prayers for you to continue to do well by yourself and that your body responds well to treatment.

Do you feel like a linky party for May's Binding Blitz, or did I miss it? No problem!

Chantal said...

I read something today and although I thought it was cool, I didn't have the necessary time to really think about it. As I am reading your post, it is coming back to me. What I read was this: "When a problem has a solution, you don't need to worry. When there is NO solution, worrying won't change a thing." So keep taking care of yourself and don't worry. This too will come to pass. Hugs ;^)

belarmina said...

Me alegra ver que estas muy positiva!!!
beber agua, caminar y no te olvides de coser,
y compartir tus progresos
abrazos

O'faigh said...

Hello Julie love the quilt you are working on especially the colour way take good care of yourself kind regards lyn

Karen said...

The applique quilt is o so pretty. Looks like you have a lot done on it.
Giving up Diet Coke would be oh so hard for me. I mostly drink the one without caffeine. I was wondering if the Diet Coke is harmful for your condition or you just want to be drinking lots of water.

Linda O said...

Way to go, Julie!!! All those positive changes are such a gift to yourself Awesome that you are already reaping benefits too. Keep up the great attitude!!! Such a blessing to be able to stitch too..so relaxing.

Megan said...

Yaaaay Julie. Maintaining the optimism and upbeat attitude takes effort, but it can make a huge difference to how you live. I've been a two 375ml cans of (full strength) Coke a day person for 40 years, and have only recently cut back. I'm now drinking one of those tiny 200ml cans each day. This represents a huge change for me. I'm not ready to give it up entirely - it might send my dentist bankrupt if I did! - but I'm pleased that I've been able to cut back to such a large extent, and I'm hopeful that I'm building my 'self restraint muscles' so that I will be able to reduce consumption further in the future.

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Good for you for finding the silver lining in your health problems. Hope all of that helps in many more ways, than just losing weight. Keep up the good work.

Missy Shay said...

I am trying to do the same thing, concentrate on the good. I can't remember, what is your illness called again? I'm praying for you!

Rebecca in AK said...

That is a gorgeous quilt Julie! And you are hand quilting it too! It sounds like you are on the right path! Walking is very therapeutic, physically and mentally!

Anonymous said...

You are wise, Julie, to focus on the positive. Especially so when health issues loom so large. In '92 my thyroid was removed, hypothyroidism, and since then it has been a slow cascade of health issues - stress, stress, stress, and no education from the local medical establishment. Now retired, things are better, but still lacking in good medical care. I'm going to take a page from your book and focus on the positive: I'm safe, comfortable, still able to care for myself, and quilting! You've inspired!
Neame

Kalicocreations said...

Your attitude is so uplifting! It reminds us all to trust God in all aspects of our life. Your quilt is so pretty!