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QUILTS, WEIGHT AND OTHER STUFF. DAY 258

Thursday, September 02, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I started out the day with a nice 2.5 mile walk with Pat. We kind of mozied alone, not busting out or anything but it was pleasant. We talked about weight loss and how a friend of hers is in a similar situation to me in that she doesn't lose easily and she is about to give up. I told her to go to Sparkpeople. You Sparkers are the ones who have kept me going. I would have dropped out long ago if I was some where I had to pay and the leaders fussed at me. She wondered why I thought I had lost a lb this week and I said it was because I kept returning to the program of healthy eating and making better choices. I hope the lb stays gone for a while. So I've lost about a lb a month since I started in January.

I was watching a short video on prevention.com yesterday and it said that when you eat a hamburger, you should have some frozen yogurt right afterward because it helps take the fat away. Okay, I'll buy that. I might as well get in a load of WW popsicles because I really crave that ice cream after dinner. Maybe I think I'm washing away the fat.

I have a big installation today, some very large draperies and a bedroom. I will take pics and I'm determined to get them posted on here. I downloaded the Nikon program yesterday so maybe I can get it going. I have two quilt blocks to go on my quilt. Last night I took that block I was working on apart at least 3 times. I've decided I don't like the blocks where I have to cut out little triangles and sew them together. I prefer larger pieces. I only have two more classes to go and then I will be sad as I've really enjoyed the class. I'll have to find another one to do. I'm also determined to finish the quilts I have going before I start another. The instructor said she has about 14 finished tops that need to be quilted. The store doesn't charge very much to finish a quilt for you so I may go that route. Or try it on my sewing machine. I have found out that this is an expensive hobby. I thought in the old days quilts were cheap because they were made out of scraps and old clothing. Not now. Everytime I go to the fabric store, I spend $50.

I have sat at my little sewing machine more in the past weeks than I have in 25 years. I will definitely post the photos or bust.

I had my facial yesterday and it was wonderful! She said my skin was very healthy and only had some minor break-outs. Can't wait to go back.

Thanks for everything you Sparkers! I appreciate you!

P.S. The last weigh-in for me was July 23, 2010 when I weighed in at 180. Now it is 9/2/2010 and I weigh 179. Took that long to lose 1 lb.

  
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KARENE10 9/2/2010 6:34PM

    emoticon on losing the 9 pounds:)

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SROUS1340 9/2/2010 9:37AM

    Down is down, congrats on the 1lb. I only lose about 2lbs a month and I have been getting 500 min of fitness min. a week.
You broke 180! emoticon

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KRICKET57 9/2/2010 8:50AM

    Sounds like you have busy days. Good luck with the quilt. I know how much work they are, but they are so worth it. Small quilts, single or lap size, I do on my machine, but larger ones I find are better put on the long arms. Hope you enjoy finishing them. Keep up the good work.

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HOLY COW, IT SAID 179! DAY 257

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

After griping about my no weight loss situation yesterday, I got on the scale this morning and it read 179! I got off and on 3 more times and it still read 179! WHAT! What happened! Now I am afraid to eat at all for fear it will go back up.

I did go back and track the last two days on WW. I was into flex on Monday about 6 and yesterday, about even. The trouble is, I am not eating fruits and veggies. Got really off the track with those. I had one veggie yesterday and no fruit. What's that all about? I know I have to get back to those veggies today if I want to keep that pound off. So today's healthy article from Spark is about 30 days of eating more fruits and veggies. Timely for sure. I will make a concentrated effort to do that this month and keep tracking. Thanks everyone for your support. I needed that. Later.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/1/2010 11:41PM

    All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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LJCANNON 9/1/2010 11:19PM

    Congratulations on your LOSS!! Get in to those Fruits & Veggies, they are like Magic.
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JENNY888 9/1/2010 7:35PM

    I am so happy for you. Congraulations!

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MARSHASTAR 9/1/2010 2:09PM

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COLBERGL 9/1/2010 11:39AM

    way to go!!!! Sounds like you are doing an awesome job!!!

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DONNAEDA 9/1/2010 10:18AM

    its not the fruits and veggies you ate, its HOW MUCH you ate that can put the weight back on. Continue what your doing, your body is adjusting.

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LEFTSOX 9/1/2010 10:09AM

    I have had to up my intake of fruits and veggies too, I get more veggies than fruit so I bought a few of those small fruit smoothies from naked, and odwala, and WOW they are good!

They give me a ton of energy and the odwala mango tango is only 4 points for the whole (small 10oz? size) bottle and I can make that last for a few hours! I think it is about two full servings of fruit too!

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JP6262AMY 9/1/2010 9:51AM

    Congratulations! Way to go!

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DRB13_1 9/1/2010 9:41AM

    More good news to follow - eat those vegetables!
Have a great day! emoticon

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ANDI571 9/1/2010 9:37AM

    Did you get off and back on like three times to make sure it was right? I do that everytime I lose, just to make sure. My husband is always saying only do it once.

I knew you could do it. YAY!

I am horrible at eating fruits and veggies. I know I need to eat more, but they usually don't come into play.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2010 9:12AM

    Did you move the scale from place to place, too, to check out your weight?? LOL That's what I do!

Congrats. Eat those fruits and veggies . . . you'll be glad you did! Continued success on your journey.

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OKAY I'M DOWN TODAY. DAY 256

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I'm just going to vent. I'm still at 180 and watching others around me lose. This is typical of my weight loss patterns. I stall big time and then get so discouraged, I figure why bother. Then I start veering off the path and eating peanuts at night, after 100 calorie cookes and a WW fudge bar. Stopped tracking too. Just don't lose no matter what. This has always been a complaint of mine and that is why I go so far in weight loss and then give up.

A couple of years ago I lost 18 lbs on the Sonoma Diet, 10 lbs in the first week. I had started after a vacation and probably a lot of water and short gain. Then it took about 6 months to lose the next 8. Then I got discouraged, bored with it, went on my own and slowly gained it back. Now I've lost 8lbs since January. Nothing happens. Nothing happens. Nothing happens.

Okay, I will probably maintain 180 for a while more. I'm not going to gain it back. I just want a little progress. I might even still be 180 at Christmas. My son now weighs less than me at 178. My hubby weighs the same as me. My next step might be to join an actual WW meeting. I'm just not geared up to do that. I might join curves. Maybe that will motivate me to get out and move. This morning my alarm didn't go off and I didn't get up to walk with Pat. I think subconsciouly I deliberately did not set it because I didn't want to go. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Part of my downness is due to 2 difficult clients I have at the moment. Sometimes they are so wearing on me. And I have to smile and be nice. This too shall pass. I'll be walking on Saturday as we go to the first FSU football game and it is a several mile walk to the stadium and up and down several flights of stairs. Probably be hot as the dickens too. As long as it isn't raining. Yesterday I was in and out of the van several times carting in big handles of fabrics, in and out to no avail. Then this morning I had to move stuff around again and put some other things in the van. I have deliveries this week and a big install so I'll be carting stuff again. Isn't that a form of exercise?

Pity party is over. Got to get to work!

  
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LJCANNON 9/1/2010 11:23PM

    It is probably true that I am prejudiced, but I think that Curves is the BEST thing that ever happened to me.
emoticonIf it wasn't for them I would never have been able to turn my Life around like I have.
Try checking to see if your Curves will give you a free week to try it out. If you LOVE it, you can join.. If it turns out that it isn't your cup of Tea, you haven't lost anything.

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MARSHASTAR 8/31/2010 3:20PM

    I'm always surprised that you haven't lost weight. You are the most active person! Well, your life seems exciting and busy. Yes, I think heavy lifting is definitely exercise.
I know you'll eventually drop a lot of weight in a short amount of time. It's bound to happen.


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DONNAEDA 8/31/2010 10:29AM

    make sure you drink plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated at the football game. Don't give up you know the story when you do. Try going to WW and see what the leader tells you to do. There is nothing like professional help. She will know, maybe you aren't eating enough. Go and see what you can do.

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JENNY888 8/31/2010 10:25AM

    I suffer from slow losing also. I figure if I live long enough and I keep up the work though sometime before I die I might be at the weight I'd like to be. I know it's tempting to give up when weight loss stalls but we can't. I read something on Indygirl's page yesterday about making every day better than the one before. That is what I am going to work at. Come on, you can do it. Don't give up and I will be celebrating a loss with you soon.

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POSITIVE VIBES WORK! DAY 255

Monday, August 30, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Every month this year I have earned perfect attendance and 500 participation points. This morning I still need a little more than 100 points for participation and only 2 days left. So when the wheel was spinning around I kept saying 10 points, 10 points, and it stopped on 10 points! Wow, maybe I can get those 100 points! I wish they had points for quilting as I have rekindled my love of sewing and I have to credit Spark People Quilting groups for the motivation. I haven't sat down at a sewing machine for any length of time in years and now I am. My quilt is coming along and looking reallly cute. I need to figure out what I have done wrong to my computer and get some sort of program on here that will let me transfer pictures. I've screwed it up somehow so I guess I need to reload Kodak Easy Share or some other program.

I went to hubby's computer yesterday to load my celebrity pics but I don't want to keep doing that. My weight is still at 180 this morning. How many weeks now? 5 is it? I'm happy that I've arrived at that level and I'm wondering if it will ever move south again. At least it is not going up. I've not been realy strict with any diet but I'm plugging along. Maybe if I really tried this week, who knows.

Fall is shaping up to be a busy time of year for us. First FSU football game is on Saturday and we'll be driving over to Tallahassee. Hopefully it won't be raining as it has been for the last few days. And I mean it has poured. Later.

  
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DONNAEDA 8/30/2010 10:49AM

    you might want to shake up your program. Try the filling foods option to WW. After several weeks of that, you might want to go back to counting points. That might move the scale

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/30/2010 10:09AM

    Great! Keep on track and you will eventually lose another lb.
Linda

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LUCYMAVIS1 8/30/2010 9:42AM

    Congratulations on getting 10 points! Isn't quilting fun? I had planned on making several this summer, but I got too busy. I only got one made. I love your advice about being calm. I am battling high blood pressure and am trying to find that calm state. It's a great goal :)

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VTSKIER805 8/30/2010 9:39AM

    I need 144 points for a new trophy, and I am determined to get it today! 10 points on the wheel certainly helped me too :) Now I have to go do some crazy cardio so I can max that out :) Good luck with your plateau! The view from mine is lovely but I'm ready to climb down.

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CELEBRITY PHOTOS. DAY 254

Sunday, August 29, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Thought you would like to see our photos from Armed Forces Appreciation Day! First is my hubby and Kimberly Locke, second runner-up in season 2 of American Idol. She was delightfully nice!

The second is me and Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol season 7. Look very very closely at Taylor Hicks. Does he look stiff?

The concerts were fabulous. Unfortunately the rain showed up and it was a downpour. The limited crowds were still wowed but it was not a moneymaker for the chamber unfortunately. The best band was 1964 which is a Beatles look alike band. And they were fabulous!!! Paul McCartney even played a left hand guitar and John Lennon looked like himself. FAB Four for sure! Enjoy!

  
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KATHRYNLP 8/29/2010 11:03AM

    Oh I'm so envious of this fun time you had. I'm an avid fan Of American Idol, and of course The Beatles!! Looks like Taylor Hicks is a bit dehydrated though.. heehee! emoticon

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KARATE_KID 8/29/2010 10:42AM

    Hmm - he does look kind of shallow! emoticon

Good job!

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MEANCARLEEN 8/29/2010 10:29AM

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