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IDEA - Day 69: Feeling like a Juggler

Monday, August 27, 2012

Well, I'm starting out this blog with a special thank you to all my SparkFriends - All of your comments and notes have been fantastic as I feel like my world's been set on fire!

Last week I mentioned about all the issues I've had with non-scale-movement and stuff at work and of course everything with DragonCon continues. Well, let's heap on my parents and their new house. The 'rents purchased a beautiful Victorian-style home that they have just moved into. Long story short, they're still moving into it. Lots of stuff to pack and clean.

My mother, god love her, has been working her tail off and winding herself too tight. I've been pretty sure that she was going to drive herself into a health issue - and she did. On Saturday she was taken to the hospital with chest pains. My mother has something live five stents in her heart. Mom's back home today; but, she's still wound too tightly.

I wish she'd just let us take care of everything.

All that remains is to hem my coat and to do my quick and easy guantlets.

And Pack.

Thank you again everyone for all of the support. I'm not sure if I'll have much time to blog between now and DragonCon - See you all on the other side!


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SKEETOR 8/29/2012 9:47AM

    I hope your mom is better! emoticon

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AWESOMEKATY 8/28/2012 8:40AM

    You can make it through!!!!

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FATHINSN 8/28/2012 3:07AM

    I hope your mom is feeling better now, perhaps it's time for her to let go some of what she do to others, for her health :)

Have fun at DragonCon! If you meet Acheron and Simi (characters from Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon), say hi for me :D

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GINGERLY4 8/27/2012 2:34PM

    Have fun and take lots of pictures! Did you ever find out about the modeling gig?

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POMATOJUICE 8/27/2012 1:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Hopefully things calm down soon and she can take a load off.

Don't forget to make your checklists before you pack! I swear I'd forget something if I didn't make a list of every little costume peice and clothing article.

One time I went on vacation for a weekend and forgot underwear because I had no checklist! D:

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Idea Days 67-68: Sewing Mayhem

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Scale FINALLY goes down.

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GINGERLY4 8/26/2012 1:53PM

    Happy Sunday and no jumping off! Glas the scale finally moved for you!

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POMATOJUICE 8/26/2012 9:14AM

    Gah! Stop with the countdowns! lol I'm going crazy! 4 full days of sewing until I leave to go stand in line for badges on Thurs! (Though, I will probably freak out even more on Mon)

Plus, I decided at the last minute to start something new. A simple dress& bolero (with tentacles) to match my freind. If you've played FF6, she's got a Celes costume she's bringing, so I decided to make a ghetto ultros costume. Tentacle dress+ bolero hoodie with his face on it. SUPER simple, but I know it will make her insanely happy :D

I'm trying to figure out D*C food too. I think it'll be do-able, though. Bring protein bars! I found a tasy meal replacement protein bar... I think it's Marathon brand or something? I don't know. But they partnered with Snickers and they are pretty awesome. I plan on picking up one or two in case everyone does con food for lunch. I'm also packing beef jerky and clif bars! Hopefully we'll get a chance to get something good and fresh at least for dinner, yo!

The jacket's getting there! The collar looks nice :D I'm looking forward to pics!

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IDEA - Day 66 Long rambly blog...

Friday, August 24, 2012

I have to admit, I'm having the sort of day where I'm feeling frustrated.

I'm the kind of girl who sets goals. Big goals. If you're going to dream, dream big I say. So, I aspire to lose weight and run a 5K. I aspire to feel comfortable in my own skin. I dare to dream that I will advance professionally and personally.

Today's a hard day because I'm looking at stagnation in the face. I've been in the realm of 204.4 and 204.5 for 10 days now. I've been keeping my calories in check and I've been running further and longer than I ever thought I could. (25 minutes of running! Two miles!) Yet, here I am, and my weight isn't shifting even a little bit. I tell myself that it's better to be sticking where I am than going up, but it doesn't make me any happier - it just makes me wonder at what part in my life do I need to work harder.

I've been working at my company for a little over a year. Long story short I have an issue of perceptions of my attention to detail, work ethic, and organizational skills that go completely against pretty much my own self perception. Things that I am assessed with and I think "How can you have this impression? Does that really even sound like me?"

It's just two blows in one week. It's two things I know I need to work harder at that I almost think I want to curl up and let win.

DragonCon is six days away. I finished up my prototype jacket last night and with a bit more effort I should be able to get it pretty close to where I want it to be. I wrapped up gauntlets last night and still need to finish boot covers.

We're almost over the hill with just one more week to push things out. This weekend I'm going to knock out the bulk. (I hope.)

Keep on sparking, everyone!

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/25/2012 4:05PM

    Don't forget to make small, manageable goals as a way to get to the big ones. I get frustrated if I take things in too big a chunk. emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 8/24/2012 6:02PM

    When I hit a frustrating plateau a while back, there were 3 things I did to get me out of it.. and I think only 2 of them helped :P

1) I obsessively googled STUFF about plateaus. I don't think this helped at all! I got a lot of conflicting information. The "good stuff" pointed to needing to change something up, be it exercise, food, or whatever.

2) I started calorie cycling. I think this helped a lot, but it's been difficult for me. I eat between 1400-1500 cal 5-6 days a week, and then one or two days, I'll eat like 1800 cal. I say two days, because I INTEND to only have one high calorie day, then have trouble reining it in the next day and usually go over and eat like 1600, or even 1800. Especially if my high-cal day is when I'm out of town :P But I do think it's helped.

3) changed up my exercise routine- I was biking about 5 miles (30 min at a moderate pace) x6 days a week. One option was just to do this.. MORE. 45 min x6 a week. I decided instead to try P90x. For about 1-2 weeks, I worked through the disks and picked out the stuff I liked, didn't like, and put me in danger of hurting myself. lol (Kenpo bad! Great cardio workout.. disc goes too fast and gives you a great opportunity to mess your knees up if your form is bad) In the end, I pretty much picked out all the strength discs. Instead of the sporadic strength training I was doing for 15-30 min 2-3x a week before, I was doing 1hr discs 2-3x a week.

So now.. I try to cycle as well as I can, but I only hit up the bike x3 a week. The other 3 days are P90 discs! Tues= core, Thurs= upper body, Sat= lower body.

It's worked out well for me! If you are just running and only running, but enjoy it, I would suggest adding some strength training in there in addition to what you are doing, or sub out a day or two a week to do some heavy lifting.

I've also heard it's possible to push yourself into starvation if your deficit is too high, but I'm not expert on that. You'll have to use some google-fu if you aren't sure your calorie intake is in the right place for you.

I can break through this! It's temporary, I promise! :D When all else fails, just start trying random crap, provided it isn't unhealthy :P

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AWESOMEKATY 8/24/2012 4:24PM

    Keep going strong! Scales are stupid and don't know how awesome you are!!

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GINGERLY4 8/24/2012 11:31AM

    Are you eating at the high end of your calories? I ask because, you may not be eating enough right now and may need to up your calories a little to jump start your body. I'm not an expert, but I have heard this from a lot of people.

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ELLISH 8/24/2012 11:29AM

    Hang in there. Just might be that your focus is on Dragoncon and your kind of blinded with passion right now!! Stay true and in 7 days things may be so much clearer!! :)


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IDEA - Day 65: Me the Fashion Model

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Welcome to Thursday and day 5 of my weighing 204.4.

There's a thing about being a woman losing weight that our male counterparts don't get to experience - that one week a month were the scale means absolutely nothing and persmission is given to ignore it while focusing on some amazing non-scale-victories.

My non-scale-victory for this week has already been mentioned: the magically disappearing inches. I sew costumes and often have costumes sewn for me so I need to have accurate measurements taken every so often. Well, inches are going away. Two from my chest, one from my waist, and another two from my hips. I'm liking it, and it just means all of my costumes are going to fit even better.

So, the one marginally disappointing thing this week is that the finish line photos were published from the Liberty Mile. There's that one picture out there on the internet of "What I think I look like when I run / What I actually look like." Well, it's been confirmed, I actually look as ungraceful and uncoordinated as I imagine I do. No big deal, the look on my face says I'll run anybody over that gets between me and that line.

So, onto the topic at the title of my blog - Fashion Model.

DragonCon hosts a lot of different programming at the yearly con - and one of the tracks is costuming. I love to sew and be creative with costuming, so the track is right up my alley. Yesterday there was an all-call out for models. They wanted two average women, one plus, and a male. Well, I volunteered to be their plus. Sent in my measurements and I'm waiting to hear back. It's a fun opportunity because I have the confidence of the sun and love to play dress up. Given the option, would any of you guys be willing to be a 'Fashion Model?' why or why not?

That's about it from over here. Diet and exercise are going well. Yesterday was my day off and I spent it helping my parents pack. Today is C25K Week 6 Run 2. Tonight is more sewing.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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SKEETOR 8/24/2012 9:53AM

    Modeling? For swimsuits right now... emoticon... dresses are okay.
Do you have a picture of your costume?

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    The fact that you have a picture crossing a FINISH line is a win win win! And it's a good thing you can sew because, you may need to take in your costume a bit if you keep melting away. Last but not least, YES I would be a Fashion Model and pretend to be one everyday. I even like to dress like one when I attempt to run. Have you not seen my SparkPage, LOL???!!!!


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POMATOJUICE 8/23/2012 9:32AM

    Awesome job on the inches lost! I really need to take my measurements again and plug them into spark. It's been quite a while! But seriously? 5 inches??? Amazing!

But hey, at least we're all getting the TOM bloat out of the way before the con, right?? I feel like I need to seal my face in some sort of magical chamber for a week so I can avoid the inevitable last-minute breakout.

I hope your sewing goes well!

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GINGERLY4 8/23/2012 9:02AM

    I would do the modeling if I knew the clothes were sewn to my measurements (it makes a huge difference in how the clothes fit)! I kow what you mean about running pictures...I like my mental pictures so much more than I like my "real"!

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    Maintaining beats gaining.

make today a great day!

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BICKEY11 8/23/2012 8:54AM

    Yay! I hate the scale, LOVE the tape measure, its so much more accurate and so much more fulfilling!! Sometimes I see no loss on the scale, but I love a 1/2 an inch all over. That is when I promptly walk back to the bathroom and stick my tongue at the scale. Hey it deserves it!

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IDEA - Days 64: Costume Sneak Peak

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's been a BUSY past couple of days!

Really, I'm just sewing my heart out. I've finished 3/4 of my Gambit costume and I'm pretty darn happy with how it's come out. I need to pull the armor in by about an inch (hooray!) so that it will sit correctly and finish the jacket. I'm hoping this is the first DragonCon where I don't have to bring any sewing down with me :-P

It's dark and grainy, but you get the idea.

Tonight was the meeting of the FKC, and I'm growing more and more tired of these lessons. People complain about how their weeks went and then complain about how they can't do wht they're supposed to do - and I feel sort of guilty for having had a fantastic week. I ran a race! RAN a RACE. No, aint none of these people going to make me feel bad.

I also ran to FKC today - which was a total of 30 minutes. 2 miles at a 13 minute pace - not so bad! Slowly but surely I'm building up to my 5K distance!

Well, I need to get some sleep, I hope you all are having a great week so far!


And, just for fun, some previous years costumes;

Lady Deadpool

Star Fleet Officer

The Doctor (In the real set!)

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AWESOMEKATY 8/23/2012 7:59PM

    Awesome!!! I missed all of your blogs and it's great to know you're having a lovely time!

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    Star Fleet officer has the naughty librarian feel but, I like it!! Very Sexy :) As for the Gambit costume, I'm luvin the strappy black cut outs with the pink peeping through. The platform silver boots give it a nice touch. I'm going to have to do a lil' more research on DC- looks like a party!!!!

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CKMATHERLY 8/22/2012 9:37AM

    So jealous, I wanted to go to DC this year. I have no cons till next year. So sad. It looks great! Having to alter a costume to make it smaller has to feel awesome! Send a little DC fun my way!

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POMATOJUICE 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    Wow, that Gambit costume is starting to look awesome! I can't wait for more detailed shots. From here, though, you get a good idea of your silhouette and the color blocking, and it all looks great from here!

My eyes started from the top, and until I saw the rest of it, I thought it might be a new running outfit. lol. Gotta be that pink& black top.

Anyway! I'm excited to see more pics! D*C is huge, so I probably won't get a chance to see it in person, so take lots of pictures!

Also- It's really really cool that you got to snap some costume pics on a real set :X

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GINGERLY4 8/22/2012 7:49AM

    Woot! You are going to look awesome in your costume!

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DIET_FRIEND 8/21/2012 10:55PM

    My daughter likes "cosplay" and emulates characters from anime. Feels good to cinch in that costume!

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