So Much to Share: Recipes, Weight Loss & Stories

We love to read about involved grandma’s, like today’s Featured Blogger, Vicki. Vicki can be found at Gram’s Made It, a blog with recipes, patterns, instruction, opinion, and pictures.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in September of 2009, so I’ve been blogging just under 2 years. In 2006 I had walked away from a job I had held for 32 years as the Director of Special Events for a local nonprofit fundraising organization. The organization had undergone a management change and there was a definite clash between me and the new management. So I resigned with no idea what I was going to do next. Then for about 2 years after that, I worked part-time as a project manager for an independent business consultant. After I got laid off from that job, I kind of didn’t know what to do with myself. I was over 50 years old and unemployed for the first time since I was 15 years old. Blogging became a way for me to connect with someone outside of my living room where I was spending lots of time alone. When my mom died and we cleaned out her home, I found the journals that I wrote as a teenager. That reminded me that I once dreamed of being a writer. Yet the only writing I had done for the past 30 years had been professional solicitation letters and promotional brochures. Several friends had been encouraging me for years to write about raising my children, particularly about their teenage years. So blogging provided an opportunity to reclaim my dreams of writing. In addition, we had our first granddaughter and I wanted to share stories about her.

It looks like you’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight and have blogged about it.  Has writing about your weight loss helped in the journey?
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and subsequently lost 125 pounds. For the first few years I went to monthly support group meetings. But, as time passed, the meetings were geared more for patients who were newly post-op and didn’t really meet my needs. I have found that it’s very helpful for me to write about my experiences. Like I said, blogging has become therapy. I have also discovered a fairly large group of other bloggers who write about their own experiences with weight loss surgery and encourage each other. Many of the recipes I share on my blog are “weight loss friendly” recipes. It’s also interesting that I didn’t learn to cook until after I had weight loss surgery. I had to learn to eat healthy and the best way to know what I was eating was to cook it myself. Bloggers have been great resources in learning to cook and to eat healthy.

You have experience as a mother and a grandmother.  What is one piece of advice you’d give new moms?
My advice for new moms is … take all the help you are offered and, if nobody offers, ask someone. If your mother, mother-in-law, sister, best friend, or neighbor offers to come and cook and clean, put your pride away and take the help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Everyone needs help the first few weeks. Sleep deprivation alone is formidable. Add to that a new mother’s nervousness and postpartum hormones and you’re going to need some help.

Let me likewise offer some advice for friends and family of new moms … don’t just take a gift for the new baby, take a casserole. It will be appreciated more than you can imagine.

If you could have one day to yourself, what would you do?
Since I’m semi-retired I have lots of days to myself, sometimes more than I like. The most perfect days for me are not spent “to myself” but rather with my husband, my kids, and my granddaughters. We love to head out into the Texas Hill Country, visit a few antique stores and craft shops, and then stop for dinner at a winery or one of the German restaurants.

Favorite Posts:
The Sunday Funnies: Having “THE” talk with kids can be funny.
Big Granite Dome or Milestone?  You’ll love this inspirational story that took place at Enchanted Rock.
The Meatloaf Incident:  It may have taken 35 years, but she finally made meatloaf like the “nuns” did.

About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Virginia wedding photographer based out of Lynchburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.
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  2. alex d says

    I told my mom i loved her after seeing this. Healthy eating means maintaining a nutritious diet. I believe it to be important to every one. I stress a healthy life to my family and friends and I try to show them the benefits to it. I think the greatest benefit most of all is that it makes you feel and look great. If your not eating healthy, then you are not helping your body. You are filling it with what it does not want, instead, help your body out and eat healthy. The turn out is awesome. I have been eating healthy for years and I have never felt better in my life.

  3. says

    Your weight loss is really inspiring. I need to lose, but I’m not ready to do it (other than exercising). I hope next year when my youngest is in school I’ll feel more ready.

  4. says

    What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing and for reminding us that it’s never too late to make a positive change in your life. Congratulations on being featured here (and special congratulations for your weight loss). You look amazing! :)

  5. says

    “Take a casserole” – Best. Advice. Ever.- My mom in law stayed with us when I had baby number 4 – she was a dream, cooking, cleaning – it was more help that I could have ever asked for. Off to check out the FB!! x

  6. says

    Great story! And awesome on such a great weightloss journey! Congrats and enjoy those days to yourself, I wish I could take a few!

  7. says

    Congrats on being featured today! Looking forward to reading your blog and hearing your perspective as a grandmother. Heading over threre now…

  8. says

    Happy SITS day. My husband and I wanted to experience everything with out new baby when I had my son and said no to any help. If I had to do it all over again, I will not way NO today but “YES please I am desperate.”

    Your weight loss is truly amazing.

  9. says

    Made it to Friday – it’s been a long and unusual week. Managed two blog posts, but am behind in my marketing class. Enjoyed the meatloaf story from today’s FB.

    Have a great weekend.

  10. says

    Congrats on your weight loss, you look great!

    I love trying new recipes, looking forward to checking yours out.

  11. says

    I love weight lost stories as I have my own. That is wonderful that she was able to find an outlet with her writing passion.

    Great post!