Quilt of Comments–You are all the authors!

March 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

I know my last post was a rough one.  Phew! Glad we made it through THAT week!

Felt like the time I was at Daytona beach and a big wave took me out.  All I could feel was the confusion of being thrown upside down and the sting of saltwater up my nose. Thanks for dragging me out of the ocean y’all!!  Your comments really helped me so much!

For a fun project (and to keep myself away from brownies), I decided to go through each and every comment that was left for me  on my last post in the exact order that they were left and choose something from each comment to create a ‘poem’ of sorts.  I went through them in chronological order.  No skipping around.  I would pull something, paste it and move to the next.  One by one I pulled something whether a line or a word and pasted it into a new document.  Creating a piece of writing that was crafted from the comments section!   I looked at each and every one like someone searching for gold.    I put them together like a mosaic.  Because I was writing through a sadness.  Through a frustration.  And then slowly people walked up and began to leave something at my door.  Some piece of themselves through their own words to remind me that I’m not alone.

So if you left me a comment on that post prior to today then you co-authored what is below!   I took something from every comment whether it was a line or even just a word. But it’s there! Like a patchwork quilt!  I then pasted it line by line.  I had no idea what it would say to me in the end until I had pieced it all together, stepped back and then read it through.  So consider it a group writing authored by you!  I believe these words are not just written to me.  They are for anyone that feels down. Anyone who struggles with obesity and food addiction.  Self-condemnation.   Or any other struggle that may come your way.  And imagine that each and every line was written by a different person!  So in the end you will see that not one person can relate to you but MANY!! I like that.  Every single line really was written by a different individual and yet it reads with a common theme.   That’s a lot of people who all have experienced a similar plight.  I went through all the comments in chronological order too.  I did not skip around.  It was more fun that way!  Call me crazy but this project entertained me for a bit.  I may have to do it again sometime!

The words below are not my own.  They are yours.  Thank you so much for leaving me comments.  They mean everything~!


A Comment Quilt


Concentrate on you. One minute at a time, if that’s all you can handle.

Please know you aren’t alone and there are people who totally understand.

Losing weight is effing hard!

God loves lost causes. A lot.

Death in the tomb was a lost cause that resulted in resurrection life–addiction can’t stand up against that.

It can’t.

You are strong, you are brave, you are beautiful.

I’ve been there, done that, hated myself, given up, started again, regained,  more times than I care to remember


I get it!I get so frustrated with myself!

One meal at a time, one day at a time, and don’t give up

Your voice matters.

You matter.

Live real life in the moment

You feel as if God has given up on you. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 8:1)

Love that. Just love that. No condemnation.

Good stuff.

The truth is we are good enough as we are.


to claim the promise, “I can be content in all circumstances.” Choose you! Let go of struggle.

God doesn’t ever leave us

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? …

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 38–39).

Maybe the message really is for you

I feel profoundly unlovable so often

Have faith!

It isn’t fair for anyone to say just snap out of it, just do this, just do that

What you have done before you will do again, when you’re ready.

Scream a bit into the abyss! There’s still a spark inside you that hasn’t given up yet!

I got myself pretty lost somewhere along the way, but I’m not giving up on myself.

You’re worth it.

Have a good cry if that helps

Painful though they may be

Find your true self

Please, please never forget that there are so many out here who care so deeply for you and are sending you love and compassion.

I don’t have the answers, either, all I know is that I cannot give up trying.

You are right, it can be exhausting especially during those times when you have lost your “mojo”.

Keep the faith, your GOD is mighty and he has not abandoned you.

This is a journey that only those that have gone through it know.

I know what I need to do, but after life lets you down, you get stuck

Persevere no matter what life throws at you.

Keep living your life.  Love your kids.  Be gentle towards yourself. It will click when you least expect it.

We’re born this way—so self condemning!

I am fighting with you. The struggle is real.  “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

God’s sovereignty does not depend on your feelings or failings. He loves you very much. Keep fighting. You are brave.

Even if others try to discourage you I certainly understand your struggle

I believe in you! Please keep fighting the battle.

I feel and understand your pain, your defeat, your anger

I wish everything else had an easy answer

I am with you in your pain spiraling down the black hole that seemingly has no end.

Big big hugs! I am with you!

You are struggling so hard and life shouldn’t require white-knuckling 24/7.

You don’t have to do this alone

Give yourself some grace.  You cannot hate or belittle yourself into losing weight.

I know you feel knocked down but I know you can get back up again.

You are not a failure and God is not done with you yet

It’s about BELIEVING you are enough. That’s one foothold on the mountain back up!

But yet I cannot seem to get those hateful lies out of my brain

God is bigger than them all and He is the answer!

you need more than what you can do on your own

You know what to do –  and here we are… Stuck

Please don’t give up.

It was a very frustrating process, but when it clicked – it was SO WORTH IT.

You have meant a lot. The pain was just too much.

Life issues that are bleeding your energy

Over and over again

Self-imposed torture.

Now. Take a deep breath and let. it. go.


That God hasn’t given up on you

It’s because He isn’t relying on you. That’s why He sent us Christ!

All God asks is that we try–

When I was little I would get really down on myself

But “I know I’m somebody! God don’t make no junk!”

Please listen

there is HOPE!  you haven’t totally given up yet!

But I do want to remind you that you ARE enough.

Whether you are 300 lbs or 150 you are a much-loved child of God.

If you do nothing else today, please remember that. You ARE enough. You ARE loved.

I understand

Those of us who have been in similar situations DO understand

I feel your pain.

My only thought is you can’t give up.

Grace has stepped in and covered the gap we all have

Pray for guidance

It’s all about balance

you need to give yourself a break!

All of these heavy worries on your shoulders!

Take a deep breath. Have a moment of pause. Look at all of the GOOD that you do day in and day out.

I have been at this rodeo a hundred times before

Find something that fills your cup. Take some time for yourself

You are worth everything and you are enough!!

This too will pass and soon you will get the strength to turn things around.

Hang in there and know that God is nearby.

Just let him know you need him to take over and at this point you can’t do it on your own.

You are not alone.

Know one thing: You are not alone.

Know a second thing: God doesn’t care what size you are

His love encompasses the big and small

Our value in God’s eyes is unchanged in larger bodies.

God will walk with you and with me. He is in no rush. He’s eternal and so are we.

We’ve got time.

One day, in resurrection bodies, weight will be one of those “former things” that will have “passed away.”

Just hold on

That’s what matters. Love. Not fat. Love.

Losing the fat is just about being more alive for those who need us to be. To enjoy what we can until Paradise comes.

Let’s keep fighting the good fight for love.

Let’s cultivate faith to move a small clod of earth, then a mound, then a small hill….

Faith, hope, love

Hold onto them

The rest is history



Not bad is it??  Can you believe the above was written by at least 60 plus people one line at a time who did not collaborate with each other before hand?  It reads with some continuity doesn’t it? Perhaps because in some way we all really are connected.  I used to diligently practice always looking for the good in everything.  Not allowing anything to be wasted.  This exercise allowed me to take one piece of every comment and then step back and see how it seemingly fit together into one beautiful message.  Thank you!

Here’s to a new week with a new mindset.  Or at least the willingness to TRY!



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Carla (from Alabama) March 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm


That is amazing!
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Anita Cooper March 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm


We are all a part of God’s eternal tapestry, and as His children it’s no small wonder that we have the same heart for each other.

It was one of Paul’s earnest prayers, and a mark of the early Christian church…love for one another.

You WILL conquer this through Christ’s power, not your own. His Grace is sufficient.

Love you, girl…sister in Christ.
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Deb Willbefree March 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Oh, man, did I ever enjoy reading this. 🙂 AS you plucked out the words, God spoke in an amazing way. I’ll be reading this again. Thank you.
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Mickie Gibbs March 7, 2017 at 11:40 pm

What a beautiful post.


Rachel Hubbard March 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

I am so happy to see the encouragement you found. This was beautifully written. Hang in there and have a beautiful week!


Lori March 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Wonderful! Hope you’re feeling better this week.


Bonnie March 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Wow. That was powerful. Thanks so much for doing that and sharing it with us.


Rhonda March 9, 2017 at 12:55 am

The mosaic of words just blows me away… Beautiful and such truth.


PrincessDieter March 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

That was a wonderful, creative thing to do with comments. Wow. I loved that. Yes, yes, yes.
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Barbara Bennett March 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Keep writing, keep sharing, keep fighting. I enjoyed reading your quilt of many positive thoughts. I did something similar to this after Jase died. I searched the internet for people like me who lost a child. I read their blogs, stockpiled journals quotes and poems that comforted me . . . I did everything I could to try and balance out my emotional pain with positive words and thoughts to help me feel better . . . and I still do it, although not quite as intensely as I did 21 years ago. I think it’s pretty much the same for all things we struggle with. Self care comes from within. We are each the captain of our own soul. It helps to know we’re not sailing rough waters alone.


amber March 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

WOW that was touching and beautiful. Happy you posted. I have been waiting on you…. I was worried!! (((HUGS)))


Holly from 300 Pounds Down March 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Thank you Amber!!! That is sweet! Love your name 🙂


Anneli Byrd March 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

So much goodness everywhere! You are so loved!


ErinK March 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm

This makes my heart so happy! I have been praying for you. Every. Single Day. I believe in you, I know you can do it! Never give up, never surrender.


Michele March 10, 2017 at 3:13 am

What a great, creative post. Really enjoyed it.


Margaret Wolfinbarger March 10, 2017 at 3:29 am

I read that poem and just soaked in all the warm and fuzzy goodness. Thank you for putting that together. Keep fighting the good fight!
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Karen P March 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Here’s to abstaining, take it meal by meal, hour by hour.
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Dee March 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Oh my goodness me Holly what a fabulous cradle of support that has brought for you! Glad you’re climbing out of the low point, sending lots of hugs xx
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Kellie March 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

I got chills reading the poem and all of the words of love and support! What a wonderful thing you did by creating a poem out of it all!

This kind of thing strengthens my faith in humanity and the knowledge I feel deep in my spirit that God speaks through us.


Christy L March 16, 2017 at 1:14 am

I was feeling so down and l stumbled on this blog and saw the quilt quotes. I know that God led me here to be encouraged and to not lose hope. The moment of breakthrough will come for me with weight loss. This was so powerful. Thank you for taking the time to do that! Wonderful gift…


Brian March 16, 2017 at 12:04 am

Wow! What a great idea. It was very inspirational. I too am a guy who has struggled with food and weight for most of his life. Only through the grace of God did I have victory over my addiction to food. Thank you for doing this and I pray many find comfort in these words.
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Susan March 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm

You are beautiful… we all struggle…but we can over come… I struggle with anxiety and depression and it’s hard to deal with that and my weight…

I do care for you as I see how amazing you are and please keep going…

You have beautiful kids who love you and a lot of us here sincerely care ..
You are not alone…


Christi March 19, 2017 at 3:26 am

Found your blog because I was searching how to plan a workout at planet fitness since I just joined. Love your blog, your writing and that you put it all out there! Authenticity is rare now days. Don’t ever give up the fight! We all are always a work in progress and God never wants us to quit! Hope this week is a good week for you!


Kat March 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

I just found your blog today, but I’ve read through a lot of your posts. WOW, you are such an inspiration. You are such a beautiful, strong woman and you’ve accomplished SO MUCH, don’t ever let that nagging voice in the back of your head tell you otherwise. Life isn’t fair, but you’ve made the best out of many situations that would have left other people down and out.

I wish you all of the best. Don’t give up! <3


LHA March 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Hi, Holly. Just writing here to say I’ve been thinking of you and I hope things are going better. You’ve got a lot on your shoulders. Be kind to yourself no matter what!


tb March 27, 2017 at 7:11 am

Dear Holly,

Sorry, this is a long post. Hope things are okay. You know, I used to seek out advice and comments and so on from people out there, most of whom I knew a bit but maybe not very well. This was twenty years ago or so, before we had blogs in existence. But I was basically doing kind of the same thing. Putting myself and my challenges out there, and inviting comment and maybe support. So essentially I went around chatting with all the people I knew, hoping for insight and maybe advice, and maybe their life experience, perspective and feedback. Unfortunately I was not dealing with a very nice crowd. They were all haters, even before people started using that word. I would share with them my hopes, dreams, goals, and hurdles in life. They would then more or less tell me that I was doing something wrong, and that the problems belonged to me, so they had to be my fault. When I spoke of a brighter future, they said I was not ready for it, and that I did not deserve it. Apparently being not ready was a permanent state of affairs, i.e. I would never be approved to be ready, or good enough. Meanwhile, many other people around me did in fact qualify for the grand prize of happiness and success, but for some reason, I never did, apparently. It was always my fault, they said. They never told me what was wrong or what was needed to improve. I felt as though I had to be absolutely perfect, or I was not good enough. The people wanted me to have magical thinking, i.e. if I just did this or that thing, everything would magically fall into place. The suggestions sounded all wrong to me, the ones that they made. They wanted to believe that the world was fair, just, and a great place to be. I made them feel that the world was scary and very unfair. So they wanted to believe that if I just did this or that, something great would happen. Or else it was clearly all my fault because we cannot blame anything else out there in the world, making it seem like a bad place to live in, with unfairness and sadness. I am not sure exactly what people say to you because I do not always read all the comments, but I am happy that the majority of your readers have nice things to say. Please don’t read negative comments if you get some. Here I am twenty years later, and I am finding I still cannot forgive those negative people from so long ago for failing to be supportive of me in even a very small way. Please just read the nice things. The haters don’t deserve your time at all. They are worthless. As for the mean people who did not support me, if their opinions were so important, then where are these people today? I had thought back then that they were friends, but they drifted out of my life, and clearly were not friends at all. This had been such a hard lesson to learn. I regret so much listening to any of them for even one second. It bothers me more than it should. So that is why I suggest you don’t read anything unkind. It could still upset you years from now, maybe, like it did with me. Anyways I like your blog and you have lots of people who love your blog. So just surround yourself with nice things if you would like to. It might be the best thing. Keep on writing, I enjoy your blog entries. And so do many others too. Sorry again for the long post. Best wishes!!!


Shay from Trashy Blog March 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

LOVE that I was a part of this poem quilt. What a fun idea!
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vana favre March 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm

You are so strong and lovely too!
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Mickie Gibbs April 2, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Checking on you and hoping you’re doing OK. It worries me that we haven’t heard from you in almost a month, but I pray you’re well.


Jo-Ann C April 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Hi Holly

Just wanted you to know that I pray for you and to let you know you are cared about. It has been awhile since you posted. No pressure just loving concern. Wished I lived closer so I could give you a hug and a good friend to talk to. Wouldn’t mind one myself. Sending you lots of good thoughts


K April 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

You are in my thoughts lately. Hoping all is well!


Maegan Jones April 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Hi Holly,

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Lou April 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

what an inspired idea (and life philosophy!)! I loved it, felt so encouraged after reading it. Bless you, have a beautiful week.


Lou April 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Holly, just a thought that popped into my head: what would you think of starting a Facebook group for the folks that have gotten encouragement from your blog? it would allow us to “speak” to one another and reach out for help when we feel we’re going under It just seems that so many of us need support and we’re all here, many of us wishing for that kind of support. Just a thought and completely understandable if you did not want to take on that kind of project right now. Thanks for your wonderful blog!


Jo-Ann C April 24, 2017 at 1:42 am

Lou’s suggestion for a Facebook group sounds wonderful I agree with her about the help some of us need not to go under. Holly we are still out here walking with you whatever you decide. I hope you are well and truly fine. Bless you and your family


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