Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The day that changed my life …

Hi my friends
I could not miss blogging today, this being such an important day in history and in my life personally. I watched the memorial on television today and still can not believe the tragedy of the whole thing. All those innocent lives lost and the poor people left behind to carry on. My heart and prayers are with them all. I sit here and think how six years ago today was a changing point in my life. Living so close to “ground zero” I remember the horror I felt not only for those people but also for myself. I was over 500 pounds and stuck in my elevator apartment building. I didn’t know if my building was next, how would I get out? If I did get out, where was I going? People were running around like crazy, I couldn’t run, I could barely walk. Something clicked that day and I new if I lived through this I had to make a big change in my life, the rest is history and an ongoing one at that.

I wanted to share two important things with you today on this important anniversary for me. The first is “let the shopper beware”. Wow, I mean wow! I know when it comes to food I am an addict. I also know that I am not cured and right now I have the “tiger by the tail” but I have to watch those addictive patterns. I mean with the shopping. In the past whatever money I had went for two things; one being food (that is obvious) and the other being my beauty. My make-up and personal things like that. Oh, right once in awhile I paid a bill or two. Very little went for shopping. Who could shop? They didn’t have drive thru shopping, (emmm an idea). I had a dress maker who once or twice a year I picked out material and she made me outfits. That was shopping. Now that I don’t spend as much time and money on eating I spend a lot of time walking and “window shopping” and sometimes that is exactly what I do… I buy the window!! I have to stop, it is like I am trying to make up for all the lost years. It is great to go into a store and buy something off the rack and on sale. Whew! What a concept. Then living in Manhattan doesn’t help… the shopping capital of world. Okay breathe deeply, I’ll be all right! Seriously I have to, we have to watch out for these substitutions of one addiction for another some can be expensive, and some can be dangerous all can be costly. Let’s keep in touch about this and talk about it.

The other thing I wanted to share with all of you especially those of you in the Tri-state area. On September 29th I will be at the NY City "Walk from Obesity" event at Riverside Park in Manhattan at 97th Street signing books starting at 9:30am for this all day event. If you are interested in walking go to www.walkfromobesity.com. You can also make donations. I have to admit at first I thought it was kind of funny (I always use my sense of humor, it has gotten me through my worst of times) a walk-a-thon for obese people. We can’t walk, where are we going? Now an eat-a-thon, now there we would raise some serious money. Seriously, it is a great cause and many participants walk on behalf of those unable to do so, because obesity has stolen their mobility, dignity, hope or life. So many people have loved ones in their family who suffer from this disease. Things have to change. More medical research, insurance attitudes and laws have to change too. This can all start with your help and participation. So if you can please help!
If possible come on down and see me, we can chat a bit, I would love to meet you!

So on this memorable day I hope that you all have a peaceful day and it too can be a pivotal day in your life too!

With love
Stacey

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey
Out of horribleness often comes good things. Out of 9/11 tragedy comes the worlds gift of you. Thank you for sharing your words and life with us you are an inspiration. I am going to make a donation in your name right now. Keep in touch with us.
Thankx
Marty

September 12, 2007 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous amy ny said...

wow no wonder you are such a good writer, i loved your book and i am going to do everthing i can to try to get to riverside park to have you sign it, i am so glad 911 ia past us but we will never forget. ive been watching you on oprah for years and you are quite a women, hope to be at the walk regards Amy G from ny

September 13, 2007 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous stacey said...

marty that is so sweet of you to make a donation in my honor, trust me it is a very good cause, i am so happy to see that the world is finally catching on to the fact that eating disorders are quite serious and they take many lives.To the people who still think its all a mattrer of will power all i can say is you have a lot of catching up to do! thanks again marty!!!!!

September 15, 2007 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous stacey to amy said...

AMY- if you make it to the walk come up to me and say i'm amy from your blog,i'll have a big hug waiting for you!!!!!

September 15, 2007 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey
Good Luck at the walk, I wish I could get there from Texas but unfortunately I do not get out of the house often. You and your story are an inspriation to me. Stacey please kkep blogging I love reading your blog. Thank You
Hope to meet you some day.
Carla T

September 16, 2007 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey
I want to first wish you good luck at the book signing and walk this Saturday. The next thing is i have enjoyed reading your blogs recently and especially this one. I think it is very kind of you to share your llife with us and I am so glad that something good came out of 9/11 for you. I hope you contu=inue to reconize your specialness and never give up on you or us.
lovingly
Jackson

September 27, 2007 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacey
Your blogs are great and honest keep writing them. How was the walk? Let us know? I tried to get there I live in New Jersey but it is not easy for me to transport, I have a weight problem. Anyway someday maybe we will meet, keep up the great work and let us know how you doing.
Karen

October 3, 2007 at 1:25 PM  

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