Losing Sarah - A Guest Post

September 28, 2010

Earlier this month I was visiting my out-of-town family.  My sister begged asked to guest post on my blog.  After much suspense may I introduce my oldest sister Cathy - she loves wine, is the best voice teacher in Kalispell, MT, and makes a kick-ass pasta dish!  So without further ado... Losing Sarah - a guest post:

Fat little legs came to visit . . . 

Don’tcha just love the “hot stuff” printed on the t-shirt!

though I discovered I couldn’t call her that anymore. Let me introduce myself—My name is Cathy and I am Sarah’s “much older” sister—by sixteen years to be exact.

I think it would be fair to say that all of us in this family struggle with weight. I, too, am a member of Weight Watchers, losing 25+ pounds while I was in college. So, the journey has not been as intense for me as for Sarah. I also came down with an auto-immune disease related to my gastrointestinal system about 12 years ago. It’s not the best way to keep my weight in check—although I’ve learned to live with it.

But back to Sarah’s visit—Sarah loves to shop.
Sadly this was one of my suits—I can’t believe I wore this!
Maybe you haven’t figured that out yet, but she does. I also love to shop so we headed out on Saturday to the local farmer’s market and then off to a home decor store. The darnedest thing kept happening. I could not find Sarah anywhere. I would scour the aisles of the farmer’s market and then turn around and find she was right next to me all along! Sarah is a mere ghost of her former self—and I, her own sister, could not recognize her!!

So, losing Sarah . . . her weight, her baggage, her bad habits, losing her while shopping but finding she is walking right next to me, . . . I/we are so proud of her and she has truly changed into the “found” Sarah. I wish I could/would measure out my food, run miles every day, make healthy choices. She is an inspiration to us all. So, Sarah, here’s to you!!

O.K. I only drank a little while I wrote this
 And as a little extra bonus I am posting the recipe for the dessert I am making for our family dinner tonight. It will consume lots of “points” and probably kill off my diabetic brother-in-law.

Dump Cake

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9x13 pan layer a 21-oz can of cherry pie filling and a small, drained can of crushed pineapple. Sprinkle an 18.5 oz package of yellow cake mix over that. Pour 1 to 2 sticks of melted butter over that. Sprinkle the top with 1 cup of flaked coconut and ½ cup chopped walnuts. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream, ice cream, or if you are counting those points some non-dairy whipped topping.

This is why I am the “evil” sister. BAHHHHHAAAHAAAA!!

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  1. Hi Sarah,

    You sister is a crack up!! You can tell that she is very proud of you. I am too!! You are an amazing person and I'm so thankful I know you!!


  2. I Loved this post from my cousin, Cathy. And...to my cousin, Sarah... YES, we are so proud of you. I have never had a weight issue....but have for many years worked on being healthy. My husband Gary and I have been a part of the running community in Montana for years...until he was tragically hit by a car (while running) and now walks more than runs. But we cheer you on Sarah...you are so amazing!

  3. She ain't the only one proud of you. I only know you through your blog and I'm proud of you too. You're an inspiration.

    I am 11 years older than my sister...it's cool to see this kind of relationship can work!

  4. I nominated you for a blog award. Head on over to my blog for the details.

  5. Thank you guest blogger for telling our little sis how proud we are of her.

  6. I couldn't be prouder of my youngest daughter, or as I call her my baby girl! Keep up the good work, Sarah, Mama loves you.

  7. Great post. That has happened to my parents with me. I am walking close and they say "who is that so close to us" then they remember it is me!

    Isn't it fun when people haven't seen you in awhile and they are stunned! Love it!


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