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Friday, August 13, 2010


I got the camera out to take pics of my quilt blocks and the battery is dead so you'll have to wait another day to see what I'm up to. Last night I finished my third homework quilt block. I was unsure how to proceed with it so I called the instrutor for help. Had to leave a message so by the time she called back, I had reread the directions and finished it. She was amazed that I had finished my three blocks already! And they are so pretty! I used the fun fish fabric for a piece in each block and accented with another color and the background. I promise this weekend I will get that camera up and running.

My sewing room is at the other end of the house and it is at least 30 feet of hallway from there to the garage where the iron is. Instead of setting up an ironing board in the room, I walked to and from the garage everytime I had to press open a seam, which is quite often on three blocks. So a little movement on my part. I am having so much fun and I think I rekindled my love of sewing. Now, I have nothing to work on for the weekend so I'm going to clean out that room and maybe pick out some other fabrics to make something else. I had to buy a new presser foot for my machine that is a 1/4 inch guide. What a dream it is, so smooth and easy to sew with. Funny I should get so excited about a presser foot!

I have stayed within my points ranges this week and even went out to lunch yesterday and made smart choices. And no dessert. I was really busy with appointments last week but this week I've taken off and stayed home and played. So happy to be able to do that! Have a great day! Later.

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MARSHASTAR 8/13/2010 1:47PM

    Very uplifting blog today! I'm excited to see your quilt blocks.

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KASEYCOFF 8/13/2010 10:18AM

    Substituting 'crafting' for snacking is a good idea! Keeps you out of the kitchen and if your hands are busy quilting they can't be putting food in your mouth, lol. I knit for the same reason - can't knit and eat at the same time! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 8/13/2010 9:35AM

    Good for you--you have turned a pleasure into part of your exercises.
Continue to enjoy your quilting and spending your time fruitfully.

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CARRKM 8/13/2010 9:25AM

  Great idea about the walking to press! :-) Please post your quilt blocks - would love to see them! Quilting is a pleasure, from start to finish... wishing weight loss was so pleasurable all the way around! LOL!

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RITAROSE 8/13/2010 9:15AM

  I would love to see your quilt blocks! Good for you taking that walk back and forth to the iron for seam pressing! We know those little steps do add up! Congrats on your progress!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Well, I weighed this morning and still at 180. WHOO HOO! This is good news I think. I haven't gained any weight in 3 weeks! I choose to look at that as progress, not a plateau. I have also logged my food and points this week and I'm within range, going over into flex a couple of days. And this morning I walked 45 min.

I have come to the realization that my body hangs onto weight as long as it can until something happens to finally drop a pound or two. This is nothing new for me. This happens every single time I have ever tried to lose weight in the last 10 years or so. I do okay, I lose and then I get so frustrated because nothing comes off for weeks or months and then I give up and go back to eating. The last time after I lost 18 pounds I kept it off for a good year and then slowly gained it back, never reaching goal.

This time, thanks to Spark, I am not giving up. I don't care if it takes 2 years to get to goal. I will get there, no matter how slowly. I have to accept the idea that my lifestyle of eating out a lot and networking my business after hours and going to the yacht club for happy hour is not going to change. However, what I can change is the way I eat from day to day and adjust accordingly.

Yesterday I took my mother-in-law to the doctor to see the nurse about diabetic nutrition. She hasn't been diagnosed with diabetes but she is 91 with heart disease and while we were there, her blood sugar was 246. Earlier it had been 134. So now she has to keep a record for a week after meals to see what happens. It was interesting for me because I learned some things I didn't know. For instance, if you eat a handful of nuts, peanut, almonds, or pistachios with your meal, it will lower your blood sugar. But you have to eat them with the meal and only those type of nuts. But it can be any type, salted, unsalted, sugared, etc. So now she is going to get cans of nuts and me too.

I have been doing WW online and one of the reasons this will work for me is that I am my own policeman. When I have to weigh-in and not lose or gain a bit, and subject myself to being fussed at or told what to do, I don't like it. Now, if I don't enter a food or fudge on portions, I'm only lying to myself. Who am I kidding? I can lie to the instructor but I need to be honest with myself or else. So that is where I am at. My son and his wife and grandkids come next Friday. And I hope I show some progress by then. I will be diligent in my efforts this next week. I haven't been to the grocery store for 3 weeks and that is a real problem as we have a very empty refrigerator! I need to stock up this weekend! Later.

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KIMSTUTZ 8/13/2010 9:54AM

    Very good thots on monitering yourself! it definitely is a lifestyle change and it is NOT about perfection but progress. that has taken me a looooooooooong time to learn!

so last night after my WW weigh in i went out with girlfriends for buffalo wings and beer. only ate half and had a great time catching up! life is good~ keep doing what you are doing and it will be so worth it! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 8/12/2010 11:55AM

    New affirmation: NOT gaining is a GOOD thing! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 8/12/2010 11:12AM

    you have a wonderful attitude and you have embraced this as a lifestyle change.

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MARSHASTAR 8/12/2010 10:38AM

    I THINK that you are making progress just because you are maintaining your weight and not gaining. You are so busy!

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LADYJ6942 8/12/2010 10:02AM

    It is definately progress but could be beginning of plateau, I would suggest mixing up your routine a bit. I find when I am steady for more than a few weeks I need to increase cardio to get things moving again.

My favorite thing to do is 10 min cardio, weight circuit, 10 min cardio, weigh circuit, 10 min cardio, weight circuit and end with 10-15 min of cardio.

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SDTALLY 8/12/2010 9:53AM

    I would say that since it is Day 237 that the answer to your question is that it is progress. Sticking in there that long shows that you are serious about your journey.

I also had fairly long plateau's. Like you though, I just kept sticking in there - doing the right things - and eventually the weight did come off.

Stick in there!


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I had my first quilting class last night and I had so much fun! I took a class in 1976 and made a quilted pillow and ever since then, I've made quilts but with a lot of corner cutting and shortcuts. I decided in my later life that I would like to learn how to do them correctly and I did learn a lot last night. There are six of us in the class and all have made quilts before except one lady who is a complete novice. We have homework tonight to make 3 blocks, a 9 patch, Oh, Susanna; and Shoo-Fly! All pretty simple I guess.

I had lots of fat quarters (18 by 22" squares) of fabric in my stash so I used half of what I had and bought some coordinates to go with. I have this bright fabric with small fish on it that I am using as an accent and pulled the colors from there. I will attempt to post a photo later.
The instructor told us not to worry about buying our backing fabric until we had nearly finished our blocks. Of course, me being the decorator, I spied the perfect fabric already and nothing would pursuade me from waiting on that. It is white with little 'bubbles" (circles) all over it of yellow and teal which are the colors in my fish. In fact I bought several fabrics to use that have bubbbles or swirly things that remind me of the sea and sealife.

Early on she said that we would want to keep these first quilts we made to show how we improved later on. After making all my purchases of things I "needed" I decided that the first quilt was so expensive, that is why we had to hang on to it. I'm really excited and anxious to get started.

Now if I get hungry I can pull out the fabric and start cutting instead. I will have to set up my sewing room in a better situation and clean off some tables to work on. Later!

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THIAGRAM 8/11/2010 12:26PM

  Wow! What fun! Quilts are so awesome! I would love to see your photos! It's a good trick to sew (for me it's knit) instead of eatting, but it only lasts a little while. Soon you need to eat anyway!

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LUCICAMP 8/11/2010 11:28AM

    Sounds like you're a natural for this. My Mom used to make some beautiful quilts. Now my oldest daughter makes them (the creative gene skipped a generation!). Can't wait to see the pics of your quilt evolving!

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BACONLADY 8/11/2010 10:28AM

    Woohooo! You're on your way!!

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KASEYCOFF 8/11/2010 9:37AM

    Oh, the colors sound lovely - I can't wait to see the photos! :-)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Or is it the other way around, feed a fever and starve a cold. Anyway, I noticed that when I don't feel well with a cold or otherwise, I want to eat comfort food. Ice Cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. etc. I just want to eat. Why is that? It is kind of like having stress and eating to resolve the issue.
Right now I feel better in the chest but my head hurts and I want to eat something to soothe the pain. But will it soothe the pain? No. So I think I will lay down instead. I didn't walk this morning either. At least I am not coughing much.
My sewing class is tonight so I'll just take it easy. My granddaughter is here today and I have to deliver a chair at noon so I'll just take the rest of the day off. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 8/10/2010 11:48AM

    Starve a cold and feed a fever: fevers burn up calories, but they also use up nutrients and especially fluids we need. Of course, part of the problem is it's often difficult to keep things down if we have a raging fever! 'Starve a cold' = slow and sluggish metabolism, so don't eat much as it will just sit in your intestines and make you feel bloated. But be sure to keep up with the liquids, so your body can flush out the germs. (Got this info from a RN - we will assume she knows her stuff!)

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ANDI571 8/10/2010 11:10AM

    I am the same as you. Whenever I don't feel well, I eat and eat. I don't know what that is about. That's the reason I am trying a different approach today, a pedicure. We will see if it works. But that is also spending money, which I am good at when I am eating right.

Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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AMBUDMAN 8/10/2010 10:39AM

    I am just the opposite. When I'm not feeling well I don't want to eat.

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Monday, August 09, 2010


I've been experiencing some cold symptoms, specifically coughing, especially when trying to sleep. So I've slept with a bag of cough drops next to me the last couple of nights and when I wake up coughing, I put one in my mouth to quiet me down. This morning I still had a partically dissolved piece left over and blah! Doesn't make the coffee taste real good. I hope I'm near the end of it.

Last week, I had lots of upheavel in my life and so I didn't pay attention to tracking my food or points. I think I did okay but this week, my goal and my pledge to AND1571 is to track every morsal that passes my lips and do my best to get out for an early morning walk on Tuesday and Thursday. WE have to be accountable to ourselves and also to others so she and I have a challenge going to keep it up! I'd like to lose 2 pounds by Aug 20 when my son and his family come. He has lost 22 pounds at WW and I want to show some progress. Today it is essential that I get to the grocery store. STill didn't get there this weekend and I have no fresh veggies and limited fruit to eat.

Tomorrow night I start my first quilting class to relearn some skills and make a quilt the right way. I've been cleaning out the cupboards and found some fabric stash I can use without buying too much and I had most of the supplies already. I'm looking forward to it!

A home tip, I consulted with a mortgage broker about refinancing our home loan and taking out some equity to do some improvements. The interest rate for a 10 year mortgage is 3.7%! My goodness that is almost free! We can refinance, take out 20 or 30,000 dollars and lower our payments. If we keep making the same payment, we can still pay our loan off in a timely fashion and be out of debt! Oh, how wonderful that sounds. And have new windows too!

Goals for this week!

Track all food and points consumed!
Walk 3 times with Pat.
Cook at home 5 out of 7 nights.
Continue to clean out closets.
Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies daily.

I can do this. It's basic maintainence. Anyway who wants to join me this week, let me know! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 8/10/2010 6:37AM

    I once saw a bumper sticker that said 'Whoever dies with the most fabric - WINS!' Amuses me no end. Not that I'd accumulate fabric or anything... emoticon

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 8/9/2010 3:55PM

    I don't know what I like more, your user name or your background picture on your spark page. If that is at your home, what kind of flowers are those that are pink and climbing the tree? They are so gorgeous.

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DONNAEDA 8/9/2010 10:14AM

    Hooray for you and your new financing. Awesome. Now is the time to do that. When you are through with your quilt take a pix so we can see the finished product.

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