Normal is just a Setting on your Dryer

I’m feeling like this week I made some steps towards living a normal life.451321 Whatever normal is. Years ago Patsey Claremont wrote a book entitled “Normal is just a Setting on your Dryer” and I am incline to agree. I guess I would say this week was some steps to “my normal”.

I had to get my iPhone fixed, and instead of being a victim and find someone to take care of it for me, I took the initiative myself. After being on the phone twice over an hour with Apple, I made the arrangements to get my phone sent in and a new one to replace it. All under warranty. So this created a chain of events, waiting for the Fed Ex truck to arrive so I could sign. Taking my new phone to the Verizon store so I could get the info transferred. This took a good hour and a half in the store. Then driving to the Fed Ex place to send off my old phone. I was delighted to see this morning Apple had already placed the deposit back into my account. I was amazed!

But the beauty is, I am living again, and taking care of myself! The confidence that is restored each and every time I become my own hero, is really satisfying.

Wednesday my friend Diana came over and worked in the hot sun to get my back yard cleaned up. I wish I could have been better help, but I stayed in the back yard and broke up a  few twigs and kept her company. It had been a few years since I spent any time in my back yard. I have a shed that I have not even looked into in at least 10 years. I know it does not sound like much to most of you but these are big strides for me.

I have also finished my courses to become a Certified Life Coach! I am now able to add a few letters to my name. Coach Kathleen Miles CPC, boy does that feel good! I am also about to receive my Associates Degree from WIT. I complain a lot about how modern technology has created a less personal society. But it has enabled me to educate myself through internet classes, and telecommunication classes to achieve these things. So I guess during the time I checked out on life and was in my “Fat Coma” I did make some progress in my life.

I am currently open for business to do weight loss coaching. I am so excited to be able to help others regain their health, such as I. My prayer is to be able to coach anyone who wants to lose weight. including the morbidly obese, who seem to get lost in the shuffle of all the weight loss help out there. My long term goal is to teach the health care workers how to coach the morbidly obese. We are living longer these days but the obese are not living better, so many are simply existing. We deserve better.

I got some really beautiful produce from my local Hy Vee Grocery store yesterday. It was so beautiful I took a picture of it. My friend Pat helped me washed it and put in the fridge right away so I will have access to it immediately. IMG_0059I spent about $7 on a couple of pounds of green grapes and a very large box of the sweetest strawberries I have had in a long time. All this produce for less than a Pizza, or fast food. I never feel guilty spending money on good produce.

I will go to church tomorrow. I am committed to being open minded, and not critical. I think I get this way when I get frustrated with my body and the pain it is to get myself anywhere in a world created for skinny people. I am not very proud of those time I turn my frustration and shame into defense, and criticisms. I have a lot of apologies to make to the people around me who I spewed my frustrations to. God has been so merciful through it all. I have acted like a spoiled whiny child having a tantrum and he seems to gently love me through it all. God’s grace is something I will never truly understand, but I accept it gratefully.


Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

3 thoughts on “Normal is just a Setting on your Dryer

  1. Pam


    You have really practiced the “keep on keeping on” theory of life. I really admire that. I have a lot of respect for your journey. I am considering talking with a diet coach for a few sessions because I am lost right now. I don’t know if you take clients from our group but if so would you consider talking with me? If not, no problem at all. 🙂 Live the fruit pics. We could never get that here for $7!!

  2. What a wonderful long term goal! So needed. I hope you get to include doctors, and help them see how to better communicate to the morbidly obese.

    I once had to go in for a gynecological exam (yes, that one). Had never met the Dr; met him wearing nothing but a little paper gown, with my feet in the stirrups! As he did his work, he told me “you’re just too damn fat!”, and other inappropriate (and these days, sue worthy) remarks. I was mortified, beyond ashamed, and was stunned into silence. I cried all the way home. That “communication” did absolutely nothing to help me make a healthy change. Quite the opposite.

    There is a lot of educating needed, and I just know that you could make a huge contribution in that area. You have the personal experience, the heart for it, and the compassion. Now you have the certified training. Congratulations!

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