Food · Musings

One Size Does Not Fit All

I recently came across a video on YouTube from a person who was following a major weight loss program. Apparently (I’m only guessing) her aim with her vlog was to talk about how she was faring on the program and to share information and ideas about the program with her followers.

After watching the video, I came away with some thoughts that I’ve shared in one of my Facebook groups. I want to speak more to those thoughts here.

Let’s start with a basic. Weight Loss Programs are a Business.

Their entire purpose is to make money selling their program(s). Some provide guidelines and tools, others include food products. Many require some sort of subscription fee. Bottom line: it is the way they make money. Are they expensive. In many cases, yes. Why? Because the nature of their business is predictably cyclical. They understand that the majority of their subscribers will only be subscribers for a limited amount of time, either quitting because the plan did not work for them or they found a less expensive way to continue.

Does this mean that the programs themselves are faulty or bad? Not necessarily. Does it mean they are not nutritionally balanced, etc.? Not necessarily. To be honest, to pretty much every question that could be raised, the answer would, most likely, be “not necessarily”.

It Isn’t Just The Program

Cardboard is cardboard any way you look at it. Weight loss programs are not like cardboard. Each one is different.

The Humans who choose to participate in (follow) those programs are all unique, too.

I know of many people who have no clue what constitutes a balanced diet. They do not know what an actual serving size of anything is. And when they find out, many times they are shocked. They have heard the sound bites or read the articles about eating healthy but the puzzle pieces do not connect. Sometimes due to lack of knowledge, sometimes due to lack of education people find themselves going along with the latest fad thinking it is a good, solid option.

Many people do not realize that each body reacts differently to different foods. We know about allergies, but what about sensitivities to foods? How do they create weight or health issues?

I have friends and acquaintances who have a wide array of reaction to the same types of foods. One person, for example, has such a severe reaction to gluten that one slight mis-step will put him down for days at a time, while another has only a mild upset.

Some folks can’t eat dairy without gaining weight. Even low to non-fat dairy items.

I know of folks who need a lot of guidance on what to eat, how much, when, etc. At the other end of the spectrum, we find folks who understand portion and calorie control, know about exercise, can set limits for themselves and manage quite well without all the fancy (expensive) bells and whistles.

I don’t know about you, but I suspect that you’ve also encountered the same things I have over the course of many years. The assumption that everyone reacts exactly the same to every issue. That all it takes to lose weight and get healthy is to stop being lazy. That it really is easy.

I could go on, but you get the gist.

From what I’ve learned and observed over the years, the process is rarely ever easy. If it were, there would not be the need for more than one program out there and we’d all be fit and healthy.

My Thoughts and Suggestions

Know yourself. Do you need strict guidance, or can you manage to manage yourself? Would a group setting be a benefit to you? What are your triggers? What foods should you stay away from? What amount of exercise is reasonable for you? Do you understand portion control? Are you willing to be honest with yourself and follow whatever program or plan you decide upon? Are you willing to make changes in your lifestyle and habits to meet your goals?

You Are the Main Factor in Your Success.

At the end of the day, the only person who can answer any of those questions is you. Doctors can prescribe programs and plans. Friends and family can try to help. You can go broke subscribing to programs.

While it would be easy to make you feel bad about whatever you are dealing with, that would not be helpful for anyone. You don’t need anyone to make your journey more difficult. What I would suggest is that you decide what your journey will be, what you want success to be, and find ways to achieve that. If it is losing weight, gaining more strength, finding new foods, whatever. Or, and here’s something rather radical to suggest, maybe you choose to stop pretending that you want something you really don’t, or are not ready, to do.

Life is not lived in only one moment.

You are more than the sum of your dress size and your measurements.

One Day At A Time. One Step At A Time. If you make a mistake today, tomorrow you can start fresh.

What do you think? Leave me a comment.


Touching Base Again

This past week has been crazy. A tornado went through my town early Monday morning and my power was just turned back on yesterday. Luckily, I have little damage. Some of my neighbors were not as lucky.

As a result of being without light, heat, wifi and a few other things, I have some ideas I want to share with you and a project or two.

In the meantime, I need to get my house in order and see what needs to be addressed first.

I will do my best to continue my regular posting schedule, but don’t be surprised if there is a gap or two. You can always check in w/me via email or Facebook (links are on this site).

Miss Bella and I will be sharing with you soon!

Around the House


I often see blog posts, videos and vlogs about de-cluttering. They are often (mostly) about the house, but often they touch on how clutter creates some form of chaos in life.

Let’s face it. Quite a few of us have issues with “stuff”. If you grew up not having a lot of it, you probably tend to get a lot of it, even when you really don’t need or want it.

De-cluttering, however, can apply to more than just stuff around the house. It can be applied to the way we stock our cupboards and pantry and how we eat.

The more mismatched foods in our pantry the less likely we are to actually using them. If we don’t know what is actually in our pantry (or freezer or fridge…) we are more likely to either hit the drive thru or delivery rather than put something together in our kitchen.

One article I recently came across made me rethink the way I plan my shopping. The article was along the lines of plan for the meal(s) not the bits and pieces.

Or, plan for the roasted chicken and vegetables rather than having chicken and some veg in the fridge that you might remember to cook during the week.

I need to go through my food stash and see what I actually have and then begin to work a meal plan that not only incorporates it, but builds on it.

I admit, I’m not exactly thrilled about that, but it will help me in the long run. My last grocery bill was a touch prices with things I should have had on hand, but didn’t. Not smart.

If you are contemplating de-cluttering, I suggest you start with the room you probably spend more money not using – your kitchen – and go from there. It will be time well spent (no pun intended) and will start you on your way to a more efficient (i.e. budget happy) way of cooking and eating. That will make you feel better and more inclined to tackle other rooms in your home.

Win/Win, right?


Friday Update

I started to add “quick”, but thought better of it. 🙂

To our new followers, WELCOME!

To our regulars, Welcome Back!

Are you ready for the weekend yet?

Recently, I put up a Facebook post in which I mentioned the amount of craft paper and fabric in my stash and the fact that my pantry needs to be organized and cataloged. I won’t lie to you, just looking at those words stopped me in my tracks.


True, it was not an unknown thing – some items on my <cough> “To Do List” have been there for a while… But the fact of actually looking at it was a bit…much.

If you are a card maker and have a stash of cards you don’t know what to do with, why not check in your area for folks who are doing a card ministry? Maymay Made It is working with a few – you can check out yesterday’s Crafter After Show on YouTube for information on that.

If you are a quilter, but not in the mood – or up to – making a full quilt, why not check your local quilt guilds to find out if they accept blocks or might be doing a block swap? You might also want to reach out to friends and family who might be interested in taking blocks (or fabric) off your hands.

Thinking about those Unfinished Quilting Projects (UFOs) that might be living in your closets, if you can’t bring yourself to finish them, why not find them a new home?

Holiday sewing projects seem to be ramping up a bit. I’ve seen quite a few bag projects as well as table runners with matching placemats. You might also consider making fabric napkins. They are quick, easy and achievable for your holiday gifting.

Here’s hoping I’ve given you some ideas and a touch of inspiration to get you started with your holiday gifting.

In the meantime, I’ve got some work to do in my kitchen and I’m getting reacquainted with my Accuquilt Go! cutter and dies. Never a dull moment around here!

Cooking · Crafting · Food

Learning For the Joy Of It

I’ve been a long time fan of DIY shows. I started out watching PBS on Saturdays when the lineup included sewing, quilting, woodwork, and cooking – not to mention gardening. 🙂

I’ve had the pleasure of many, many different teachers who provided individual perspectives and skill sets that made me understand a concept or learn a process in ways that I might not have managed otherwise.

To this day I credit Nathalie DuPree with showing me how to use a food processor. I figured if she could make pie crust and biscuits in it, so could I.

Last week I told you about my adventures with Bluprint. Well, I’m happy to say they are continuing. I’ve enjoyed classes on candy making, bread making, quilting and a host of others – and I did it on my schedule.

I also enjoy my favorites on YouTube. We are entering Soup Season, so I’ve seen loads of ideas on some wonderful, tasty options. I can add my bread making skills to a pot of home made soup for a wonderful, hearty meal.

I’d like to encourage you to find a few minutes that you can spend relaxing and absorbing ideas, skills, thoughts that you can use in your life. It doesn’t have to be the same ones I do.

Creativity takes many roads and is different for every person. What you do to recharge your batteries after a long day’s work is as unique as you are. I know folks who prefer to pick up a book rather than a crochet hook – and that’s fine, too. The important thing is to feed that part of you that often gets neglected or put off until “later”.

Far too often “later” is an elusive idea that never actually comes. It resides just beyond the reach of our fingertips. Please don’t let that be your reality.

Crafting · Food

I’m Having So Much Fun!

I love to find great places where I can sit back and watch things and learn. You could say I have spent a lot of time watching PBS how to shows. 🙂

I was a Craftsy viewer before people really knew what it was all about. And then things got Better. Craftsy and Bluprint became Bluprint and the amount and variety of things to explore exploded.

I’ve just spent some time getting a refresher course on using my food processor. Learned some new tips and tricks and – I have to admit it – I’m more inclined to pull it out and put it to work than ever before.

I’m also taking a class about thread and stitch options that I can use on my quilts. The teacher has some great ideas and materials and I’m curious enough to drag out the sewing machine and play a bit.

There is one episode of a sewing show I saw on YouTube (Blueprint has a channel there, too) that I actually got to see all of the season episodes on Bluprint and I Loved It. The show is He Sewed…She Sewed and while I’m not a sewer, per se, this was great. See the link below and check it out.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the opportunity to explore and try things without a huge commitment of time and money. And, let’s be honest, right now money is pretty tight. The things I’m learning will help me save money, be more productive and enrich my environment. And I can do all that for a nominal cost and on my own time.

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Don’t forget – your first week is free. 🙂