Thursday, April 01, 2010
YOU CAN' T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
I did well on my tracking and eating until last night when I succumbed to the ice cream and a dark chocolate bar. Sigh. BUT! I weighed this morning and I lost the 2 lbs I had gained so I'm solidly at 180! Soon, I hope to see the 180's gone for ever, never to return. Fooey on my husband for buying that ice cream. I did discover though that Publix Vanilla is not as good as Blue Bell Vanilla.
Today is just a beautiful day, the azaleas are blooming in the backyard, the sun is shining. Just lovely. Good day for a walk. And to get out of the house.
I went to the Chamber of Commerce coffee this morning where they have the usual breakfast buffet from Golden Corral. I had eaten a yogurt before so I could take my pills so I went through and took some scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a biscuit that didn't look cooked all the way through. I ate some of the eggs, 1 slice of bacon, one bite of biscuit and then threw the rest in the trash. Didn't even attempt the sausage which looked greasy and the bacon was ugh. So I guess my stomach is learning what not to eat. Progress!
I went to Talbot's yesterday to look for a pair of pants. The 16's were too big and the 14's too tight so I left with nothing. I'll just manage until a 14 is perfect. The phone is ringing after the home show this weekend and a small article in the paper. Thank goodness. Got to go. Tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
I've been really lax in eating right for the last week and a half, still carrying on the birthday celebration. I had a good pep talk to myself last night and This morning I decided to shoot for a PSD, Perfect Spark Day! In other words, I would track my food and write down everything that went in my mouth. I would also revive the last few days of my Lenten vow to give up all sweets and desserts until Easter. I've got four more days and I can do this. So food tracking is a must and also adding more fruits and veggies. I've fallen down in that area. So easy to get off track. I'm glad March is over. It was doctor month and every week we had appmts for Mom-in-Law, me and hubby. Today was my last one I hope. I had a calcium scoring so we will see how that goes. I will have to redefine some goals for April.
Now to yesterday's post on what is my passion? I think my passion is working with fabric in some shape or form, thus my love of decorating as I get to play with fabrics everyday. I love decorating a room with 3 or 4 different fabric prints and have it look special. So yesterday I stumbled onto a blog written by a quilter and she directed me to several quilting teams on Spark. I've joined one called Quilt and Lose and there is lots of sharing about quilting on there. I have several books on quilting and occasionally I will buy a quilter's magazine. I even start projects but rarely finish them. That would be my goal in the future, finish the project. Trouble is, what do you do with all those quilts? There is a website called www.etsy.com where you can list and sell home crafted items. Maybe that is something I could do. I am a very good sales person and promoter in addition to being a decorator. "If you don't tell'em, you can't sell'em!" Maybe I could learn how to set up a store in etsy and help other local craftsmen sell their wares and I would earn a little as well. I could earn money for my church as churches are also hurting in this economy. And Lutherans are quilters!
A couple of years ago, hubby and I went on a mission trip to Peru with the Rotary Club. Our mission was to build wheelchairs for disabled persons, many of whom were children. I took a huge duffel bag full of discontinued upholstery fabrics with the thought of making bags for the wheelchairs. When I got there, we were building wheelchairs from scrap parts, tattered and torn cushions and arm rests. Each chair was specifically designed for the disabled person and their disabilities. They found me a sewing machine that I managed to get working and I sewed for a full week from dawn to dusk. I covered cushions, made cushions out of foam and covered them, covered head rests and arm rests. You name it, I covered it. I sewed and sewed and I went to the bathroom and had lunch and sewed some more. One of the last jobs I did was for a girl who was about 13 who had spina bifida and also epilepsy. She was so sad as she could receive treatment in the USA or any other developed country. But in Peru in her poverty, she was relegated to having a huge hump, lying down all day, eating only soup and having some sort of seizure every 30 min or so. The wheelchair makers for her had a huge piece of foam that they had cut out an egg shaped hole for her back hump to fit into. It was presented to me to cover with fabric and they wondered how I would do it. But to me, it was just like setting a sleeve in a coat and I soon had a nice cover for her. That was our last day and the next day was a free shopping and sightseeing day before we headed back to the states. I had worked so hard, that I became sick with a migraine and upset stomach. I made my husband go with the group and I stayed in bed, alternating between sleeping and throwing up. We left that evening, I took a tylenol PM and slept on the plane, all screwed up in that little plane seat. There is no place like the good old USA!
So I guess that something to do with fabric would be my continued passion. Organization is the key and the first step would be to get my sewing machine cleaned and oiled. Then I could drag out the Quilt Block a month project that I started several years ago. You make a square and you use the same patterns but each block is for a different month. I think I did through March and then I got bored with it, but it is time to get it out again. You see, that is designing for me, picking out the fabrics to use for the house and the roof and the sky and have it correlate with the month I am designing. I just pulled out three of the squares. January has a dark blue sky with white embroidered stars on it, a quilted white for snow, an evergreen tree and a snowman out of a light grey floral. February has the same light grey floral for the snowy sky and a swirly white and beige fabric for snow on the ground. A gingerbread man with heart buttons and a red house with a heart on the door and a heart in the mailbox. The next one I started as March but I think I decided it looked more like April and spring. So I've got to do another March. I think living in Florida skewed my idea of Spring but this year was so much colder and rainier in March that I could go in that route. Guess I've got a new project. Have to include my dog Panda in one of them for sure. Each design has the same house with different fabrics.
Got to get to work and stop playing.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
First thing I read this morning in my in-box was a Spark article about discovering your passion. It got me thinking about what is my passion? My business is a franchise and most of the other decorator franchise owners see it as their passion, being a decorator, but I have never truly felt that way. When I purchased my franchise (which is Decorating Den Interiors) 26 years ago, I was looking for a business opportunity, a job. There was an article in a Woman's Day magazine about a franchise owner in Illinois and I showed the article to my husband and said, "I think I can do this." I was a seamstress and I made every stitch of clothing that I wore including complicated jackets made out of plaids that had to be matched. I was a whiz at setting a sleeve. But with small children and a career in the Air Force Reserve, my sewing days were lagging behind. Then, when I purchased my franchise, I loved having access to all those beautiful decorator fabrics. I still do and I can't bring myself to throw out the old books so I donate them to quilters. And I have rolls of leftover fabrics stacked in corners around the house.
I love being a decorator and helping others to make their homes beautiful, one beautiful room at a time. But there are aspects of my business that I despise, like bookkeeping and paying the bills. And problems and challenges. I just turned 62 and I have been in business 26 years in June. So, the article I read this morning has sparked me to write down what it is that I want to do with the rest of my life. To be continued, I have to get to work.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEPT IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
The Home Show is over and I'm taking the night off! It was a successful day today and I got several good decorating leads from it. Today I gave a seminar and talked about color psychology and then showed before and after slides of newly decorated rooms. It was well worth the effort and I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter after the show. She came by the booth and took pictures afterward so that was nice.
I have got to get back on the Spark Track tomorrow. I still haven't returned from the birthday celebration. Hubby went grocery shopping today and bought more ice Cream! What was he thinking. I guess I am going to have to incorporate the ice cream into the menu. I also haven't been good about eating my 5 fruits a day and veggies. Hate to get on the scale tomorrow. But I must. See you then.
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