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Hi, there.

I just want to let you all know about the business I have started called

Karen Stenback * Health Coach to Quilters .   Quilting and Health are my two great passions - I have gone back and forth between the two for so many years - and Finally - I have found a way to bring them together!  I have a website and a blog, and a Facebook page, so I would really love it if you could check it out and tell me what you think.  I have just set them up, so any suggestions from you would be helpful!   My focus is on helping quilters find quick and easy ways to get and stay healthy, so they have more time and energy to Quilt!  lol.  


In the meantime, I am trying to finish making a couple of quilts that I designed, that I have been procrastinating about for a couple of years!  I get about 2/3 done and then I let them sit....


I hope it is okay that I give my web addresses here:  website:  www.karenstenback.com  and

blog:   www.karenstenback.wordpress.com  and Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Stenback-Health-Coach-to-Quilt...


They all contain different information.   Again - I would love to get feedback on them!





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Comment by Laurie on June 24, 2011 at 12:05pm
Wow! Thanks Karen, I never knew that lemons could do so  much for you!  If life gives you lemons, sounds like you'll be healthier, if you use them.  I really don't like lemons because they make me so thirsty, but sounds like the benefit may outweigh that. I plan to give it a try.  Never thought about the sitting so much part of quilting, I sit way more driving this truck.  It's not practical to take breaks real often and it's too hot to walk around outside much.  Not much space in this truck to try and do excersizes either.  I try to do some bending and stretching when I get out of the truck but usually feel uncomfortable because of the audience..(other drivers).  I know I need to figure out some solution that will work for me, when I am home I get tired (not like I need to sleep) just trying to do simple housecleaning.  All my muscles have gotten lazy.
Comment by Karen Stenback on June 23, 2011 at 10:48pm

I want to thank you all so much for your comments and support!   I am trying to find my way here, so I really do welcome your comments and suggestions.   Two 'exercise' tips that I recently learned and think they would really work for quilters - I, for one, do not do exercise, much :  

1.  As you start to sit down in your chair in front of the sewing machine, start to sit - then stand up - then start to sit again - stand up again - do this how many times you want before actually sitting down - you are doing 'squats' !  

2.  Stand about one to two feet away from a wall/closed door that you are facing.  Put your hands on the wall in front of you  - lean in to the wall, push back out - repeat as many times as you want - you are doing 'push-ups' !  


The first exercise will help you always be able to have the strength to sit and get up from the 'commode' in your later years; the second will help upper body strength and also is firming.


My attention span is short when it comes to anything besides quilting - so this is what I mean when I say 'quick and easy', lol.  


Thanks again, everyone!  I am liking this group a lot!



Comment by Boo on June 23, 2011 at 10:23pm

Karen, I apologize if my response was out of line and made you uncomfortable.  I went to your site with best of intentions, but once there I was shocked to find it was a for profit business.  I am so grateful to Connecting Threads for providing this forum, that I became protective and may have over reacted.  I own a forum and this issue has been an ongoing problem.  We want to protect our business, protect our members from spam and phishing, and ensure a positive experience for all who enter.


As far as your site and the concept of quilters and their health, I think you hit the nail squarely.  We as quilters tend to be more sedentary, use our hands and bodies in a different way than other groups. We have different needs both nutritionally and  physically.  The information you offer should be quite useful and well received by the quilting community.


Again, please excuse my spontaneous reaction and subsequent post.  I now realize my zeal to be loyal to a business, was premature.  I wish you well with your endeavor and will visit your site again in the near future.  

Comment by karenthequilter on June 23, 2011 at 9:24pm
I found your post to be a topic for any or all of us, and you tied it nicely to quilting.  I spent some time on your site and found it very interesting.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 23, 2011 at 2:04pm

Just spent a bit of time on your website and blog. They are done very well. Your website is easy to navigate, which is a big plus and your graphics/pictures are fabulous.

I am so sorry that some people were so negative to your post. You stated the intent of it very nicely. We don't all have to agree about things, but there is a nice way to disagree or share our views. 

I will be looking into your site some more and consider contacting you. Healthy eating is so important. Thank you for sharing your passions with us.

Comment by Margo in Maine on June 23, 2011 at 1:59pm

My heart is grieved for some of the response you received...we have been patient on many things that were not quilting....animals...vacations....surgeries....personal things ....and on and on and am amazed that we would be so unkind when all you did was ask for input....Not all of us feel the same way.....thank you that you felt you could share...I personally bookmarked your site and will check back...it is very tastefully done...

Comment by Karen Stenback on June 23, 2011 at 12:45pm

Thank you for your nice comments, Laurie.  My health information can be used by everyone, but because I am a quilter and spend most of my time with quilters, I have chosen to focus on quilters, lol.  Yes - lemon juice or lemon water does help your body absorb nutrients, in addition to other benefits - here is some information from another source for additional benefits:

Antioxidant Power

Lemon juice yields over 90 percent vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, according to Cheung. Vitamin C helps to boost immunity, facilitate the production of collagen for skin, scar tissue and blood vessels, and is necessary for the healing of wounds, MedlinePlus reports. Not only can the addition of vitamin C help to improve weight loss, but it can also help to inhibit free-radical damage caused by metabolic activity and the environment. The quercetin bioflavonoid present in lemons is also a super-antioxidant that can bolster the immune system by stimulating the production of insulin and may have antiviral, anticancer and antiallergenic qualities, according to Jean-Jacques Macheix, Annie Fleuret and Jean Billot in "Fruit Phenolics."

Calcium Absorption

Adding lemon to your water helps your body absorb calcium, the body-building mineral . Weight-conscious individuals who are lactose intolerant are at risk for calcium-deficiency; thus, drinking lemon water can help replenish calcium levels in the body by encouraging absorption, Cheung notes. It's also a healthy alternative to high-fat dairy products.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/314507-benefits-of-putting-lemon-...
Comment by Laurie on June 23, 2011 at 12:22pm

I think it would be great to have them separate, but then a link between the pages.

Comment by Laurie on June 23, 2011 at 12:19pm

I looked at your links... I don't find anything offensive about the info on them or that you posted on here about them.  I would say that if CT doesn't think you have done anything wrong with your post here, I wouldn't worry too much about that.

From what I read, quilting and the info on your health site aren't really connected....well, I didn't make a direct connection, because it's info that isn't exclusive to or more likely to affect quilters than anyone else.

Am I correct in my understanding that lemon juice aids in the body's absorption of nutrients from food?   I am much more in favor of homeopathic remedies than chemical (drugs).  Being a truck driver, it is REALLY a challenge to eat healthy.  Now that Love's carries fresh cut fruit (watermelon, canteloupe, pineapple) and bananas, apples and oranges at least that is a help.  Salad stuff from Wal-Mart, keeps in the fridge fairly well.  It's very small, so limitations there.

Comment by Karen Stenback on June 23, 2011 at 10:15am

I was not really soliciting for my business, on this site - I am sorry if you feel that way - I was actually wanting to just get some objective feedback from quilters about what I was trying to do - from people who are not already my friends - again - I lost a dear friend to cancer and I do not think she had to die - I am trying to find ways to help people - and I am a quilter - I am 66 years old and retired - still do teach at our local community college on occasion but have no interest in working full time or even part time, anymore....  I have been on this site for several years, now,  but have not made comments - I am sorry if it seemed like I just jumped in with an intent of 'selling my business'.   I pretty much share what I know, 'for free' - and even as I envision how I might do this, it takes more of the form of sharing at guilds to give 'quick and easy ways to improve their health'.   

Again - I have just set up my sites and had wanted some independent feedback from quilters, and I just happened to belong to this group, and always get emails of peoples' comments.   I did not expect to be greeted with such hostility.  I am very sorry that I used what appears to be poor judgment about this.  

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