"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, July 5, 2010

July's Theme - Self Care

Kelly has proposed several changes to The Charming Girls Quilt Club as it enters its second year. One is to incorporate monthly themes, so that we can get to know each other better, and think and blog about things other than just quilting. Not that quilting is a bad thing! I know that quilting is a form of therapy for me, and I suspect it is for others as well.

I've actually been working on Self Care quite diligently the past few months. I've been struggling with depression, in addition to a diagnosis of Diabetes. I've been working hard on getting my eating under control in order to lose weight and get my blood sugar levels under control. I've been learning as much as I can, and have reawakened my love for cooking. I've scoured numerous cookbooks and I've found a favorite that is filled with delicious healthy low-carb recipes. What better time to start eating healthier than when you can go to the produce stand and come home with a wide selection of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables! The hubby has been tending a nice selection of herbs, which we incorporate into as many foods as we can.

I need to start exercising more - a lot more. Since it's summer, here are two pictures taken this weekend of my favorite exercise.

Next weekend we'll be heading to OBX for a week of sun and fun with my entire family. The early morning hours will be filled with long walks on the beach searching for the perfect seashell. We'll do some kayaking there, as well. Mostly, I plan to just relax, enjoy the family, and come back refreshed and rejuvenated. I love the beach more than any place on earth.

Picture me here for an entire week!


  1. Good luck to you on this journey. I know that exercise can help depression and of course also diabetes. I think we all struggle in one way or another, and knowing you have the support of friends is good for the soul....and I am a firm believer that quilting is good therapy as well!

  2. I agree with all annieb said,walking is very good for the mind. I suffer with depression as well and find my morning walks excellent.Also I am lucky to be able to walk along the beach even though it is freezing.
    Have a wonderful holiday at the beach Sunny.

  3. Great pictures! I would love to do some kayaking...one day. But for now, I'm neede to start walking to get my big-boned figure healthier.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us! And, I'm so very impressed, that in your struggles you are jumping in there, you found the joy of cooking - and are having some family fun and exercise, too! Walking is one of my goals for these next couple of months, too! Hope you have a great vacation - and keep it up! You're doing great! Hugs to you!!!!


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