Mar 23, 2012

Just The Facts

So, I've been getting a little slack about my last post.  I can't please everyone but I thought it might be a good idea to set the record straight and state a few quick facts....

Fact #1:  This man - this one right here....


he is actually my one true love!  My statement about Coke being my true love was a little hard for some to understand.  My post was written with a hint of sarcasm.  Most people picked up on that but some didn't, so, just in case you think I love Coke more than him - I don't.  Plus he bought be a Giraffe head today for Mother's Day how could I not love him!

Fact #2 - I wasn't being sarcastic or stretching the truth about my previous self.


aaah!  It was nice having only one chin. The first photo was taken in 1994, the second was taken just before Christmas in 2011.  I've changed a bit.  It's ok.  It's just time to change again.

Fact #3 -  Yes, I'm a Mormon.  Yes, if I choose to, I can drink caffeine.  I think I was judged a bit by admitting my favorite drink was Coke.  People, mostly people of my faith, can sometimes act a little funny, even a little self righteous, about the idea of other people drinking Coke.  It's kind of silly.  So, here's the facts.  As Mormons, we do agree, by our own choice, to follow what we call the Word of Wisdom.  It means that we don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol and we don't smoke.  There are other things too but those three types of drinks have been specifically outlined as beverages we agree to go without.  It does not state anything about caffeinated sodas. HOWEVER, before anyone bashes me, the purpose of the Word of Wisdom is for healthy living so in the spirit of it all, is Coke healthy?  No. Neither is Sprite, or rootbeer, or Seirra Mist.  But it is a personal choice.  I've chosen to drink sodas - my favorite being Coke - in the past.  I'm choosing not to drink it in the future.

Fact #4 - I did share a personal post about making a positive change for my health.  It was ONE post.  I lost a few readers with that post.  I think they left because they thought I was starting a health blog.  Not so.  My blog is about the things I make. Hence the name "Then She MADE".  So in addition to the crafty things I make I'm also trying to make a healthy body. You may see a post here and there about my progress but they will just be occasional.  And, speaking of progress, I survived day 2!  So far, it's not that bad.  I do have to have ice in my water or I have a hard time but that's just a small hiccup.

Fact #5 - I have AWESOME readers.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your words of encouragement, your personal stories and your faith in me.  I don't know you personally but I felt your love and friendship in the comments and emails I received and I really, truly appreciate that.

And, just for fun.  I'll leave you with one of my favorite pics of me and my truest, one true love....

(2010)

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Mine will be filled with crafty goodness.  I'm making curtains and a little Easter project. See you on Monday.

19 comments:

Becca said...

People are so silly! Good luck with becoming a healthier you! I don't drink soda, not because I think you shouldn't, but because I just don't really like it. My siblings on the other hand. . .! Some have tried to stop and I know from them it's tough! I'm sure you're one true love (the real one) will give you a lot of support to make it easier.

Linda said...

I've been lurking for a while. Love your polymer clay crafts:) I agree with Becca; people can be silly. I'm not a big soda drinker either. Mom always gave us milk with everything. Half a glass of Pepsi (we're from Chicago:) with pizza once a month was a real treat! Now me giving up french fries Ugh! THAT would probably drop the pounds, LOL!

Eva said...

WOW! People really jumped ship because of a personal "Blog entry?" On your blog site? again "Wow" I do understand that one though, members do become self righteous because of their own insecurities or standing in judgment of others. I feel bad for them because they have to live in their own skin with all of that garbage floating around. I LOVE <3 your blog with all it's craftiness and personal messages mixed together that is why I read them. If I wanted something impersonal I would have not joined! You do a great job, I love the open honest you! Keep up the great job you do in your small corner in this big world

MariaEmBee said...

I agree with the ladies who posted before me: This is your blog and you should feel free to think out loud. You didn't say anything offensive, you didn't denigrate anyone or their beliefs, and your criticism was constructive and directed at yourself. I think you're brave for allowing us a peek into your life and struggles, and appreciate that you have the integrity to admit to the clay feet we ALL know we have. It seems like a little thing, but thanks for standing your ground on this one.

Cindy Marino said...

I loved you post about your love of Coke-Cola--I understand as I have a Diet Coke "problem". I am new to your blog and I completely understood your humor and sarcasm. Please continue to post crafty posts as well as personal interest blogs, both are fun to read and be part of...

sllvncookie@aol.com said...

Hon,you know you are not going please everybody no matter how you try.Just be yourself like you are.I've said it over &over I don't care what you do there is going be someperson so angry I don't care what anyone does they not going be happy.Stay away from those kind because after while it can effect you. By way you two cute couple....

Terrellee said...

All I can say is good for you!! My love is Diet Pepsi and maybe someday I can give it up! I too am Mormon and I caught your sarcasm because I am the same way! Love your blog and enjoy it very much! Thank you!! Keep us posted on your progress!!

Vikki said...

oh my goodness, It's really hard to believe that people can really be that...hmmm....thick... obtuse... unsophisticated ... literal? I'm not criticizing mind you, we all come from different places in our lives, different backgrounds, faiths, lifestyles and cultures. This I understand, but the post was so tongue in cheek it's hard to believe anyone could miss that.
Good luck with your changes. I wish you the best and I'm sure God will help support you in them.
I have a hard time with water too, a few things that help me are 1rst and foremost a good water filter. I keep jars or pitchers of water with a little fruit in them, citrus is especially nice, cucumber too. Berries can be divine. Just put a hand full of choice of fruit in a 1/2 gallon jar top with filtered water and let hang out in fridge overnight. The next day the fruit will have imparted its essence into your water for a light fresh flavor. You can leave in if you choose or strain and use the fruit in something else or do like I do and just eat it. It's kind of watered down, but so cold, wet and yummy in the summer.

Shannon said...

Well...whatever to people who didn't like it. I love crafts. All of them. I have a difficult time settling on one in fact. But you know what? Crafting isn't my WHOLE life. I have two kids and a husband. I have a dog and a cat. I have issues in my life (one including that I need to get healthy). Sometimes, it is refreshing to see that there are others out there (especially sister crafters) that face some of the same challenges. I don't feel so alone then. And, perhaps I even have a person I can go to with questions or triumphs of my own. I appreciate you sharing your love of coke and your resolve to leave it behind. I need to do the same thing. You keep being you and that might mean not always writing about crafts you've made, but other things or changes you've made along the path of life and crafting. You may lose some readers, but you'll gain some too!

Eileen said...

wow---people went a bit nutso i think! good for you to choose to not drink coke--i love it, too (cherry type) but agree it's not the best thing in the world to drink. actually, love water and drink that constantly. good luck in your efforts to get more healthy--i've found if i truly keep track of what i eat, it works well. just don't always remember to do that. happy to read your blog no matter what you write about. have a great day

Michelle said...

Well, your last post inspired me. I was a first time reader of your blog, and I came to look at the crafts ... but I found the Coke post instead. I completely related to your "relationship." I have added your blog to my "bookmarks bar" in the hope that I it will be a constant reminder that I should follow your lead. Good luck and thanks for the inspiration (on the Coke AND the crafts).

Donna Huisinga said...

I cannot believe you would lose followers over that post! But--I do wish you would turn off word verification! My eyes are getting worse and it is getting harder and harder to read these things. Do you find it really necessary?

Lula said...

good luck with your health changes and i still love your blog!

Lindsey said...

There's no reason you should have to explain yourself for anything. Your blog, your life, your decisions. If people have issues with you, screw 'em. My heck, people think because they CAN judge and comment that they SHOULD.

More power to you! I love your blog, and your honesty!

Doris said...

I'm still chuckling from the humor of it all. Come on, people, just because she puts her blog out there for all of us to read, it doesn't mean we have to analyze it all! I love your blog! Keep it coming! And good luck with your Coke endeavor. Anyone who can create such amazing things can create an amazing bod!

Deneen said...

It's your blog, you should post what you want. I got your sarcasm! Keep posting whatever you want. I enjoy your blog.

Bluefunk said...

I loved your post about Coke. I got it. :) It never even dawned on me to think that you were discounting your husband or your religion. Yikes! I love that you share tidbits of your life outside of crafting. Women love to be able to relate to each other even if they've never met.

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Anonymous said...

I just popped over here from Craft Gossip - LOVE the tutorial on your little "Courage" clay pendant. I hope your ladies enjoy good health soon!

I'm guessing you're trying to drink more water, and not use caffeine? Crystal Light makes a truly delightful decaf tea with lemon mix. I am very anti-fake sweetener cause I'm fussy, but they use Splenda and it really, REALLY tastes lovely! And no caffeine and just a few wee calories - maybe 5? - you can burn off lifting some heavy boxes of craft stash. :) Good luck with your healthy living goals!