Friday, August 27, 2010

How long till happy

There is no man or dog, leading role, pair of earrings, book publication or appearance that can make me anywhere as happy as a single day of healthy eating and taking care of myself: soul and body!!! Friends, please listen to what I have to say because I think it may have a real meaning for you!!!!!

When I left to go to diet camp on June 24th, I was so unhappy and my life was falling apart in every area. Then, after seven days of clean and healthy eating a state of happiness returned to my life!! I mean it!!!!

Did my financial troubles go away-no! did my bad relationships suddenly get healed -no! Did my apartment that I left in total disarray clean itself -no! Only one single thing happened in that week that brought back my happiness: a full week of clean and healthy eating and moving more. I am not kidding you; that's all it took. One week. Slowly but surely everything else seemed more doable. I started socializing at camp instead of taking time off to be alone. I started helping others and in turn they helped me. I talked about the problems I had waiting for me at home and great ideas were thrown my way regarding how to manage those problems. I met lifelong friends and all this in a summer. Six-short-weeks!!

It may take time to lose weight but happiness returns so quickly in such an environment that your head will spin. I have a whole new outlook on life. The things I mentioned in the first line of this blog: I love those things, but they mean absolutely nothing if I’m not taking care of myself.

Something happened in the last two days that was a real reward to me. Since I’ve been on the Oprah Show a number of times over the years, I have always been recognized and always cheered on in the streets, no matter where I went. Last year was the first time in a long time that no one recognized me and I have to admit it hurt my feelings because I knew the reason why. Not only had I gained some weight, I hid all winter in a very big coat and walked with my head hung low. Over the last two days, I’ve been recognized in the streets of Manhattan once again. One lady called out on the bus today: "Hey, you’re the women from Oprah; you look great! It made me feel very proud to be recognized because I knew it meant I had taken weight off and my head was held high again! When I weighed over 500 lbs, it took till I lost 145 pounds before anyone noticed anything and even then they were not sure if I cut my hair or lost weight. Now all it took is a thirty pound weight loss!! To me that is incredible progress.

I learned this summer that just because you gain weight does not mean you have to go all the way back! I love watching Al Roker: he gained some back after gastric bypass and he lost it again. We can be like normal people who gain some weight then lose it again. My way of thinking used to be if I even gained twenty it meant I was going to gain it back plus more! Camp Shining Stars ( is the place!! It may be for children but it sure gave me the chance and the tools to get my head back on straight. I have been looking for some time for a business venture to explore. But I really found nothing I was passionate about. When I went away this summer I found a business that really sparked my interest and I’m so excited about it. In the coming months I will be sharing about it in my blog.

As I am writing this, my new favorite song just came on the radio. Alisha Keys " New York. " I am smiling from ear to ear and my smile feels contagious. To all my friends suffering with eating issues, I promise happiness could be seven days away for you too! I dare you to eat healthy for seven days and not feel happy about what you have accomplished!
I am so very grateful! I have a new start!!!
Love, Stacey


Blogger Bringing Pretty Back said...

Stacey, THANK YOU for this post. You were speaking DIRECTLY to me. It's funny, I have to go to our first high school football game tonight and I have been dreading going . Trying to come up with an excuse not to go ... why??? I have put over 20 pounds back on since last football season and I am embarrased to go and see the people from our small town that complimented my weight loss last year . SO... what did I do RIGHT before I read your blog? Ate a cupcake. Insane.
I am so happy for you that you are in such a great place. That is the best feeling in the world when you find yourself,find your happiness. I have to say it... find your "pretty". That is what my blog is about, getting it back. I have been doing well with my eating and walking every day. But the thoughts of my weight really got me down today . That is why this post you wrote today really hit home. Thank you again for that.
My dream is to teach Bringing Pretty Back Classes, and days like this will happen. But I have to brush the cupcake crumbs off and work even harder. I am on the edge of my seat to see what your new business venture may be! Oh how I wish I lived near you and could go out for a coffee!
Have a pretty day!

August 27, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Margi said...

So glad to hear camp was such a huge success for you. Help comes in many different ways, it sounds like this camp was the perfect way for you. I (re)started my weight loss journey this past February after reading your book. Some may have thought it was a little backwards to read a maintenance book before losing the weight, but for me maintenance has always been my stumbling block. I lose weight quite easily, but put it back on with bad food choices. I have made up my mind that this is my time to lose the weight and win after losing by keeping it off. I just turned 54 and have lost over 55 pounds. I would like to lose 20-25 more but I am letting my body make the decisions where it feels healthy and happy. I am no longer obsessed with a number on the scale or even a pant or dress size. I just want to feel healthy and look better in my clothes. I just had a taken of me with my new grandson and when I saw it I had to do a double take. I actually looked thin. Woo Hoo! Thank you for your motivation. I, too, would love the opportunity to meet you someday.

August 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Ira Green said...

As the only director for Camp Shining Stars, it was such a pleasure seeing you transform along with the campers. You became their mentor and friend and they helped to inspire you.
Camp is MAGIC!!! What you experienced has been going on for the past 9 years and I sensed how much camp would help you, but I never envisioned this much.
I am so glad you want to be part of my Camp Shining Stars family, joining Dr. Sharon Sarvey, the dean of the nursing school at Barton College, to help children to make long term lifestyle changes in a loving and nurturing environment.
Set small achievable goals to continue your journey.

August 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Bringing Pretty Back said...

Stacey, a little update on the football game Friday evening. Yep -never fails does it... feeling ...NOT PRETTY . ran into a guy I graduated with over 20 years ago. Emm Hmm. He looked gorgeous. Oh! He's married - I'm married, it was nothing like that! haha I came home from the game and ordered an exercise bike.
Have a pretty day!

August 29, 2010 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous FAITH said...


August 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Congratulations, Stacey! They say that helping others can be the best way to help yourself, and you're an amazing example of that. What a summer!!! XO

August 30, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Kristen
I went and read some of your blogs and I must say I am very impressed. Nobody knows better than I about dusting off cupcake crumbs as they are my favorite food. now listen kristen and listen carefully YOU MUST START YOUR BRING PRETTY BACK CLASSES!stop dreaming about it and just do it! everytime I put everything into one of my dreams most of the time my dreams came true. Its a fabulous ideas and maybe one day I could be a guest speaker. This summer I taught a class called ' CHARM AND POISE' I taught the girls how importantant it is to take care of your beauty no matter what you weigh. I was always dressed to the nines even and especially when I weighed 500 lbs! I showed the girls how to apply make-up and we even talked about hygeine. So go after your dream Kristen because it wont happen on it's own. love Stacey

August 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Margi,
what are you kidding me. Reading a maintanance book from the start shows me that you are going to be a total success. We all know how to lose weight but we sure as hell are clueless about keeping it off. Thats why almost 93 percent gain it back. You are way ahead of the game and I applaud you . much success...... Stacey

August 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Ira
You are right camp was magical, however I truly believe those who do not go to camp can have their own magic. All they need is to start eating healthy and stringing more good days together than bad. I thank you and sharon for welcoming me with open arms from day one. I miss you both......Stacey

August 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Sarah,
You are so sweet to say that and I myself was totally sutprised how good I felt when I was able to be their for the kids. It was an unexpected rush. hope all is well with you and you are continuing with your great success. ALL THE BEST ........;Stacey

August 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Dear Mom
you were always not only a great mom , you have been my greatest supporter. Whenever I'm down and worried I'll never work again you quickly reassure me and I always feel better and so far you gave been right. I love you!

August 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Bringing Pretty Back said...

Hi Stacey! Don't tease me about being a guest speaker! ( :
THANK YOU for taking the time to read some of my blog!
I am going to ponder this tonight and write you back in the morning. You made my day today! Thanks!
Have a pretty day!

August 30, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Bringing Pretty Back said...

Dear Stacey, Can I just tell you how much your message to me meant! I wish I would have been in one of your charm and poise classes! I give you so much credit that you ALWAYS looked your best. That impresses me, because the more awful I feel about myself the more I let myself go. And that is something I am working VERY hard on! Isn't that something 93 percent gain weight back... I'm one of them.
Stacey, you are so right! A dream will NOT happen on it's own!
Have a pretty day!

August 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Natalie on acai berry said...

Thanks Stacey! You inspired a lot with your post. I agree with you, it takes a lot of time to lose weight but only a second to be happy. Think healthy, be healthy!

June 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM  

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