Monday, March 14, 2011
When I started with Sparkpeople last year, I weighed 188. This morning I weighed in at 188. Sigh! I worked so hard and it took so long for me to lose down to 179. And then, I just put it back on over a few months. I guess I can look at the bright side, it was only 9 pounds, not 90.
So hubby came home from the YMCA on Friday at 184. He has made a lenten promise to give up beer, snacks, and sweets. And for him it will work. I will give up all of those things too. He will probably lose 15 pounds. I will maybe lose 2 or 3 if I am lucky.
Weight just clings to me but I'm not giving up. I am going to try to eat in a healthy fashion and give up the beer and snacks and sweets as well. Try and try again.
Wed will be one week since I have shaved off a corner of the little blue pill. Side effects of that pill which I have taken for about 10 years include weight gain and constipation. I can attest to that and maybe that is also why weight clings to me. That little blue pill won't give up. I have noticed a slight headache in the mornings but other than that, I seem to be doing all right. To alleviate the headache, I've gone out to walk. I am going to continue shaving off that edge for a while and then switch to taking 40 mg a day from the 50 I take right now. Minus, the edge. Maybe if I go real slow, and my doctor and I have talked about this, it will work. Cold Turkey did not work last year.
So here I am once again. Birthday cake on Saturday coming up. Can't do without the cake on my birthday.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I'm thinking about retirement and at the same time, I paid to be in a table top show at the Relish Magazine Cooking show put on by the Daily News. Caught me at a weak moment when nothing was going on with business so I said, what the heck. I did not know what to expect or how much room I would have. It turned out I had a six foot table next to a caterer passing out food and a Modern Woodman insurance agent. I had decorated my booth with a giraffe holding a bottle of wine sitting under a palm, tree, a green animal print table cloth, some coordinating napkins and rings and a large teal plate. Then I had postcards to pass out with a free consultation on them.
Well, I was pleasantly pleased as many of the folks that passed by recognized me from my articles in the newspaper and from being around 27 years. Some old familiar clients came by and I think I had about 8 or 9 people that indicated they want appointments. So I think it was well worth the $300 fee I had to pay to be in it. And I met some new vendors as well.
At 6:00 I packed up and left to go to my quilting guild meeting. I was glad to go because this is my birthday month and I got a gift. And I also learned a few new techniques and quilts to make. All in all I had a great time. Today is stay home, work a bit, maybe clean up some and organize. Later.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today is Day one, of what you say? A lot of things, Day one of Lent, day one of pill reduction, day one of daily prayer, day one of sunshine after the rain, etc. Tuesday I had this overwhelming urge come over me telling me it was time to retire. I've thought about it but the message hadn't come through yet, until Tuesday. Maybe it is time to make a plan. After all, I will be 63 in 2 weeks. My goal would be to pare down my supplies and books, throw out the old and keep only the really new fabrics, etc. Pay off the credit card that keeps hanging over my head, stop the advertising except the bare minimum and just take what comes in. People call because they love me and my service and they are prior clients or referrals. So maybe I don't need to spend much on advertising anymore.
This thinking would not have happened had I not gotten back into quilting. I love it so much that it replaces the creative part of my job, decorating for clients. And there is plenty of sewing to do. On Saturday, there is a sewing meeting at a local church where the ladies meet and alter clothing to send to disabled soldiers and veterans. I won't go this Saturday but it is probably something I would do in the future. My quilting group that I joined is having their meeting tonight and I am going to try and make it. I'll probably be a little late as I am doing a table top demo from 3:00 to 6:00 at a cooking show an hour drive away. I think I will still make it. Yesterday afternoon I finished the small quilt I was making instead of working so more and more of that is what I want to do.
So, we will see. A few years back, my husband and I went on a mission trip to Peru with the rotary club. We were going to be building wheelchairs for disabled people out of spare parts and partial chairs. I took 2 duffle bags full of discontinued upholstery fabrics with me and they got me a sewing machine and I sat for 5 full days doing nothing but sewing. I covered foam seats, fashioned arm rests and head rests and anything else that needed doing. One girl I will never forget as long as I live. She was about 12 or 13 and she had a huge hump on her back. She also had epilepsy and she would have a seizure every 20 or 30 min. Her uncle had brought her and said she could only eat soup. These people were extremely poor and anything we did for them was a gift. Well, because of the hump, the guys had a huge piece of foam that had a hole cut into it to accomodate the hump. They handed it to me to cover. I just looked at the hole as if it were like setting a sleeve and before they knew it, they had a covered piece of foam with fabric neatly sewn into the hole. That was the last day and the next day was Saturday and we were to go shopping. Well, I was totally exhausted and woke up with nausea and vomiting so I spent the day in the hotel room sleeping and throwing up while everyone else played. My husband wanted to stay with me but I insisted he go and that I would be all right. That night, we got on the plane for home and I slept, thank goodness. It was an experience I will never forget.
Happy sewing. Later.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
We are under a tornado watch as I type here. Should not be on the computer but oh, well. Lent starts today. And I didn't know what to give up or do. Well, Editor wrote a blog with a prayer on it asking God for his divine help. I copied it and will use it everyday. Check out Editor's blog today.
I met with my psychiatrist about the little blue pill and we decided to make a reduction in the dosage very slowly so that maybe I could manage to get off it. He is closing his practice so I will be finding a new doctor. The one he suggested is a good drive away but I don't mind. I feel better and want to be better without so many meds so hopefully it will work. I could use some prayerful help.
I'm taking the rest of the day off and heading to the sewing room! Later.
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