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SCALE LEANING EXERCISE. DAY 114

Monday, April 19, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

emoticon I weighed this morning and was at 180, if I leaned slightly to the left! If I leaned slightly to the right, it was a little higher but I will take the left lean results. Now, if I would just be a good girl all week, I might even see that number go down below 180. Wouldn't that be nice. I can do it. Just have to set my mind to it. I won't be home for dinner as I have an appmt but I have leftover oriental beef and broccoli and rice so that will do it. Hubby and I got invited to the grand opening of a new restaurant but the appointment came along and I need to do that instead. So he goes alone.

I got out the old sewing machine and sewed up a storm this weekend completing my first BAG!

It is a fully lined travel tote with zipper closing. The lining has pockets for your pantyhose, etc. I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself. The lining could have been a little neater but hey, first bag in years. And, I promised hubby that I would complete it and put the machine away this weekend which I did! I didn't leave it sitting out all over the place, half done. I guess I will put it up for sale at a church event but don't know. I've been trying to get someone at church interested in setting up an etsy account to sell handmade goods for a church fund raiser. Or I will just continue to make things until I get a pile of them. Since it is a large bag made up upholstery fabric and lined, I will probably ask $30. Is that too much?

Even been to www.etsy.com? Really interesting site, like E-Bay only handcrafted items. Now I will have to figure another project. Later.

  
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LKWQUILTER 4/20/2010 11:34AM

    I like that.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/20/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon I like this pic, throwing the scale out the window!

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QUILTINGB52 4/20/2010 12:54AM

    Great way to use upholstery fabric ~ making a fun bag even more durable!!

My preferred way of weighing-in...laying on my back with feet in air and scale on bottom of feet! LOL

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MUMZELLA 4/19/2010 7:06PM

    Nice bag! I love the feeling of finishing something. Sewing is so much fun. I have a hard time buying hand crafted products, although I love them, because I always think, "I could make that". Until I remember the addendum to that "But will you". Enjoy your days of sewing!

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14JESUSGIRL 4/19/2010 6:54PM

    Beautiful bag! Love it!
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JULESQUILTS 4/19/2010 4:59PM

    Love the bag.
Also done the leaning on the scale, these days I use the Wii fit so leaning doesn't work any more! emoticon

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FOOFIT1 4/19/2010 1:53PM

    Neat!!! What a cool bag. You are quite talented. I've been meaning to start some embroidery projects for the last week or so. I need to get my butt in gear and go do it! Plus, now that I know about etsy.com, I'll have someplace to sell stuff!!!

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1BEARWIFE 4/19/2010 12:47PM

    Never thought of trying to lean one way or another on the scale. Hmmmmmm another little trick?? Gotta try it. You did a beautiful job on the bag. I don't know anything about etsy; is it a place online? I agree that you need your own room for sewing. My DH is not allowed in my quilting room. I don't put projects away until they are finished.

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CLMULYCA 4/19/2010 12:46PM

    Cute, cute, cute! :)

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GCHUNG 4/19/2010 10:33AM

    Love the bag!! Great job on the weight loss.

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ANDI571 4/19/2010 10:19AM

    That is so cute. I think $30 is reasonable. I love making and buying hand crafted things. I will check out that site.

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KASEYCOFF 4/19/2010 10:09AM

    I have no idea what someone might pay for it, but it does indeed look as tho it turned out really nice! I never heard of 'etsy' so I am going to go check them out. Just browse, really, as any of those things are pretty much out of my reach unless they have a UK branch. I never buy things on the US eBay anymore, as the shipping just about triples the price.

I think you could donate some to the church sale, see how they sell, what price they sell at, etc. Gives you a good reason to work with some interesting fabrics... enables you to help out the church... and gives you some data to use in terms of price, color, etc. Thinks me! :-)

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EACHDAYAGIFT 4/19/2010 10:08AM

    Love how you appliqued the little flower from the bottom fabric onto the top band. That really takes it out of the ordinary. I think $30.00 sounds very reasonable.

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MARSHASTAR 4/19/2010 10:05AM

    That's a beautiful bag. You should have your own space where you don't have to put your stuff away. . also, yes, I've been to etsy. You should list your bag there. My sister lists her items there and she doesn't have a whole pile of them. . just one of a kind.
Way to go on the weight loss! I've been through that "scale leaning exercise". My new one doesn't allow it.

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A SHORT BLOG. DAY 113

Sunday, April 18, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

It's a lazy day today! emoticon Not much going on. I have worked on a sewing project yesterday and today and nearly finished. One thing about sewing, you never forget how to do it. I've got to add the handles and then I'll be finished. Today was not a good eating day and my stomach is growling. See, when you don't eat the right things, you get hungry and then you snack. Lesson learned once again. Tomorrow.

  
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JULESQUILTS 4/19/2010 4:53PM

    I was going to begin over again today and eat properly but had lunch too late and have been eating junk ever since. You just gotta plan what you are going to eat and stick to it. I also try to eat fruit when on a bad day coz its less bad than the junk I've been eating today.

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2010 4:00PM

    Yep, I know what you mean: I ate too much today. Oh, not in terms of going overboard calorie wise. I ate too much of the good stuff - which only means I will be hungrier than usual before next mealtime. Sometimes I need a lot of practice before I learn the lesson, lol...

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A CHALLENGE! DAY 112

Saturday, April 17, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

I love writing my daily blog but I've often wondered how many people actually read it. I know one for sure so I'm issuing a challenge and a request. If you read this blog today, send me an emoticon! Inquiring minds want to know!

I've had a change in exercise plans today. Hubby and I were going to do a 5K walk this morning but it isn't until 9:00 a.m. and he has a meeting so I'm walking with Pat around the neighborhood. She can't go too far from the house because her mom is ill but we can go at least 3 miles around the block. And I like walking with Pat. We get our vibes going. And it is a beautiful spring day and we will get to see all of the azaleas blooming!

I picked up my sewing machine yesterday and learned that I will probably be getting a new one sometime this year. It's on it's last legs. That is a goal to set, make some money so I can get one. Now I have a project I want to sew which is a tote bag. I have it partially cut out but I vow to not start sewing until I have it all cut out and ready to go. That has been my problem of not finishing things in the past so I am starting fresh this year with a renewed passion. When I was at the quilt store yesterday, they had a big sale going on with bolts of fabric out. I looked and left. I'm not buying more fabric until I organize what I have and get my projects in line. I'm going to get my exercise clothes on and then do some cutting until it is time to go to walk.

I've started drinking protein shakes for breakfast this year. I take a cup of skim milk, protein powder(have herbalife right now) and a cup of sliced fruit, usually strawberries and blend into a shake. It's very satisfying and I usually add a slide of toast with a bit of peanut butter for flavor. It's a change from a bowl of cereal and a banana which is my other usual choice. I'm hoping my walk this morning will loosen up a pound or two. Later and thanks for reading!

  
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MAMOOAUG 4/17/2010 3:03PM

    You hit the nail on the head. You have to change yourself to make anything stick. My sons are trying to get me to do protein drinks as well. Maybe I'll try.

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 4/17/2010 1:16PM

    Hi, I just joined the turtle team and I like your blogs!
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4DOGNIGHT 4/17/2010 11:45AM

    Thanks Guys so far! Just finished a 5K walk with Pat!

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KASEYCOFF 4/17/2010 11:45AM

    Okay, you KNOW I can't just leave an emoticon and not SAY something--! I think your protein-shake breakfast sounds like a great idea. I'm going to see what I can find around here to do something similar. I usually have yogurt and have my bran cereals at night, before bed, but the shake idea would fit into breakfast really well. :-D

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MARSHASTAR 4/17/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon Thank you for your encouragement.
Your blogs are positive and uplifting. I know exactly what you mean about not buying more fabric. . I buy other items thinking I'm going to do this or that, and I then become overwhelmed with all the piles of stuff I need to store.

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IDENTIFYING TRUE HUNGER! DAY 111

Friday, April 16, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

What is true hunger? Do you know what it really feels like to be truly hungry? My Dad knew. He was a POW in Japan for 42 months during WWII and I can imagine he was pretty darn hungry for 42 months. I participated in the Weigh Down Workshop years ago which was a Bible Based WEight loss program. The idea was that there were lots of verses in the bible that dealt with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle and we studied them and prayed on it and we lost weight. I did lose too, at first but then it always came back. Anyway, one of the first things we had to do was FAST until we felt true hunger. That empty growling in the stomach that signals we need to eat. Some people would go 2 days without eating until they really discovered true hunger. When your stomach started growling, you were supposed to drink water and delay eating to see if it would go away and it usually did. Until you discovered your true hunger set point.

I don't think I ever got far enough to identify true hunger. I liked to eat too much. But lately, I have been listening to my body to see if I am truly hungry or if it is just a gurgle in my gut. I just don't eat as much as I used to nor do I want to. Yesterday, I finally broke down and went to the grocery store and loaded up on the fruit. I also bought some snacks that my husband questioned, like cheese balls. But, I read the calorie count and there are 140 calories in 48 cheese balls. I cannot imagine eating 48 cheese balls but if I wanted something crunchy, 12 of those balls would do it and at only 35 calories. Silly me, I never ever bought those things so why on earth? It's an experiment.

Anyway, I started out yesterday with a bowl of shredded wheat and bran and skim milk. Then at Winn-Dixie, I got some cottage cheese and a cup of assorted melon balls for my lunch. It was delicious! And then I had a 50 calorie slice of Nature's Own Round Bread with a dab of peanut butter on it. I was totally happy. At around 3:00 my stomach started to growl and I listened to it, wondering if it was telling me I was hungry or not. I ate some delicious red grapes I had bought. Then we had the tea party rally at 4:00 and then hubby and I went to a local restaurant for (oh horrors) a beer, onion rings and I ordered a roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread and ate half of it. The other half is in the fridge for lunch today. Let me tell you, I was sooo full last night, there is no way I was heading for those cheese balls or anything else. Now, I know onion rings aren't on the list but I think I can eat something like that occasionally and I certainly stopped when I was full. That is the sign of a thin person, eat until you are full and stop.

I am happy with my progress and listening to my body tell me what it wants. I can visualize the pounds falling off! Eventually. I have 3 weeks before we go to Washington D.C. on a mini vacation with our son, his wife, and 2 grandsons. I think I can drop a few pounds by then. Need to leave off the beer and onion rings. The next week is our Decorating Den conference and I want to look fabulous! I'm looking forward to a 5K tomorrow morning to start off the week! Later!

  
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FOOFIT1 4/16/2010 4:18PM

    I definitely agree that you can enjoy something like onion rings once in a while and it will be ok!!! People around Spark are always saying it's an 80/20 rule. If you're good 80% of the time, 20% of the time you can splurge a little and still reach your goals!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/16/2010 2:52PM

    The azalea is (as you promised) gorgeous! Definitely a good reason to live in the south, lol...

Isn't it nice when you can just listen to your body and know that you are on track? Makes me think of the 'mindfulness' exercises, the ones that teach us to be in the moment. If I am 'mindful' of what my body says, I think I will be a lot healthier, permanently!

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PEE THE POUNDS AWAY! DAY 110

Thursday, April 15, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

I weighed this morning and am back close to 180 again after peeing the pounds away this week. Seemed like I was in the bathroom every 30 min. When I travel I retain water and then lose it the next week. It is good to understand this process or else I would give up.

Here it is 110 days perfect attendance on Spark. Amazing! Who knew! We have the most beautiful pink azaleas blooming outside my window. I am going to post a picture for you this weekend. I've stopped tracking my nutrition which was so important to me. I think it is because I'm eating sensibly and don't feel the need but I know it is there when I do need it. I still need to go to the grocery store but will do that this weekend. Missing my banana in the morning. It's not like the store is across town or anything. In fact, I drive by several grocery stores all the time. I've got a one track mind when I'm heading towards a destination. And usually on the way home, I have to pee so I just keep going and don't want to stop. It's hard to concentrate on shopping when you have to pee.

Last night, I was going to fix fish, broccoli and rice but when the time came, it just didn't appeal to me. So we decided to have spaghetti instead. I fixed the normal amount of whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce and 5 meatballs each. Half way through, I was completely full and put my fork down. Hubby was too and we both through half our spaghetti away. My stomach has really shrunk and I'm noticing that I cannot eat near the amount of food I once shoveled in. This is progress! I can't wait to get to the grocery store for more fruit and yogurt to snack on.

Tonight is the Tea Party meeting at our downtown. I'll be there so no clue about dinner as it starts at 4:00. It is at a place called the Landing, a city park with lots of amenities, right on the water. And Saturday, I am looking forward to the 5K walk for diabetes to be held at the same place. Maybe I'll walk some tonight. Maybe I'll go to the grocery store which is right there too. Isn't it nice to have options? And beautiful weather and flowers everywhere? Have a great day!

  
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LJCANNON 4/17/2010 10:25AM

    emoticonYou are doing GREAT!! Keep up the progress, and keep writing these wonderful blogs.

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MARYALINE 4/15/2010 11:10AM

    I LOVE the title! And, yes, when I'm drinking all that water, I'm running back and forth to the bathroom. Luckily, at work, it's just outside my cube!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/15/2010 9:23AM

    I love reading what you're up to and what's on your agenda - and I agree that you get to a point where you only need to use the tracker now and then, just to make sure you're on track. The meeting place, the Landing, sounds wonderful! Seems like more cities and towns are really putting effort into their parks.

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CAROLYNVIL 4/15/2010 9:07AM

    great blog! Have a great,full day. carolyn

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