Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A mysterious combination of things is slowly changing my sleep cycle! Ok, maybe not so mysterious. Accidentally forgetting that I can't drink coffee after 2PM is one of them. I pretty much stay up past 11 any time I drink coffee too late in the afternoon.
Also, it's cold out! We normally keep the house at 72, but in the winter we drop the internal temp lower to save on heating. The house is usually around 70. It's mostly comfortable in the smaller rooms, chilly in the larger ones! In the mornings, though, I get lazy and want to roll around in bed for a few hours because it's warm and my husband lets me.
Rolling around in bed causes late workouts. Late workouts make me feel like I'm starting my day later! I suppose maybe this also makes me stay up later, too? Anyway, staying up later makes me sleep in later, and it's a huge vicious circle!
I remember when I used to be somewhat productive in the mornings and have my workout DONE by 10 AM! Oh, how great those days were :P
I'm still having strange joint problems, but my knee is feeling better. Thanks for all the well wishes! It's at that point right now where it feels ok, but if you turn the wrong way it feels like maybe it's going to pinch at any moment and get jacked up again. But it's not jacked up. It just feels like it might. I'm sure you guys know the feeling!
In addition to the knee stuff, though, I've had joint pain in some of my hand joints recently, namely two different thumb joints on different hands, and an index finger. Right now, only my left thumb is bugging me, but it's ALMOST worrying enough to see the doc. I had The Husband go over my vitamins with me. I was worried that maybe I was getting too much of something if something overlapped between my multi vitamin, my fiber supplement, or my calcium supplement. He said everything looked good and I wasn't anywhere near the danger zone when you add it all up together. Then he was all like "WELL MAYBE YOU ARE GETTING ARTHRITIS" and I was pretty much all like D: D: D: D: D: :(
So, I'm giving the thumb a few more days, and if my body can stop being so fail, I'll forget about it. If it's totally focused and intent on sucking the big one, I'll go get checked out and make sure I'm not developing something wacky like RA.
Chances are, I've probably just aggravated my hands from all this quilting, though, so I'm taking a break from that.
As for the workouts... I started with the bike on Monday as scheduled. Instead of doing strength today, though, I did the bike again. I think the jumping jacks in the warm up really aggravated things last week. It didn't occur to me until I was pretty much done with the bike that I could have just warmed up on the bike for 10 min and done strength anyway. Hey, I never said I was all that clever. But now I know! And knowing is half the battle.
The recumbent bike doesn't really mess with the knee all that much, so I've kept with it. Sometimes the left one (the one that initially got aggravated) pops when the difficulty ramps up for the first time. It's totally predictable. It didn't get hot or super stiff or pinch today, though, and that's a good sign for me. It felt a little uncomfortable towards the end, but I didn't overdo it.
On the food front, I'm doing horribly! I could say I'm not even trying, but I guess I'm still coming back here, still tracking everything, and still putting forth even the smallest modicum of effort, so I haven't given up. I've seriously given though to changing my food patterns up though. I still firmly believe in moderation and being able to eat whatever I want in small ammounts, but it's not really working for me right now because I'm having an awful time with portion control. Even if I measure everything out, that little voice telling me to stop and be happy with that just isn't there anymore and I go crazy with seconds or bad snacks or whatever. Back in college, I worked Atkins for a while and lost a little weight that way, but I couldn't sustain it. I also made the very common mistake of staying in phase 1 way too long. I have a very difficult time looking at Oscar meyer cheese dogs now. Let's leave it at that.
Despite all that, though, I'm thinking about digging out my book and doing a small bout of severely reduced carbs for a short while. I think that maybe changing things up that drastically may help. Part of me thinks it's a great idea, and part of me thinks it's a terrible idea! So, I haven't decided yet. I'd have to go get some ketostrips and be willing to give up some things, but it might be what I need to kick this awful sugar fixation again. It's hard to say. When did Atkins, it was my first time ever at trying a diet, and I crashed pretty hard. With everything I know about nutrition now, I'd LIKE to think that I'd do much better transitioning back to my usual reduced calorie "almost-anything-goes" lifestyle. If I got a 10lb kickstart on the last 30, I'd certainly gain a little bit of that self esteem and confidence back that snuck away.
I would be looking at a bit more concentration on menu planning since I'd need to cook more to keep things interesting and full of variety. I can't fall back on pork rinds, hot dogs& cheese when I'm hungry and don't know what to cook. That was certainly part of the massive fail last time. The other part of massive fail was starting to buy Atkins products like breakfast bars, etc. That whole "net carbs" thing seems like kind of a scam to me. I had a really hard time once I added those products in. Hell, I was doing better on Oscar meyer and chicharrones! (pork rinds)
It's something to think about at any rate. I'm thinking... not acting yet. XD I'm so lazy.
Cosplay news: It is too cold for me to get primer on my sword, so I can't get more sanding done! I need to prime it to help emphasize areas that need more sanding. The primer needs at least 52 degree weather to set properly. It's been in the 30s!
I've been asked to run the cosplay event at a convention this year. It sounds like a lot of trouble. They also want me to run panels. I haven't done that in ages. I told the con chair that it sounds like a trap. Then I told him I'd do it. lol. That's in Feb. We'll see how it goes! I'm definitely not making anything new for that convention. I will bring 2-3 costumes to that convention. Since I'm driving up Friday morning, I'll want something for Friday afternoon. Something for Sat.. possible a Sat morning/ Sat evening costume. I leave on Sunday. If I wear anything Sun morning, it must be comfortable enough to drive in if I have to check out of the hotel before I'm ready to go.. otherwise I'm changing into street clothes in the bathroom! So probably only 3 costumes. Hikaru (Rayearth), Kefka (Final Fantasy VI), and Yumichika Ayasegawa (Bleach). Though, I'd almost much rather wear Kirio Hikifune (Bleach) since I only wore that one once last year. HOWEVER.. My Madarame Ikkaku (Bleach) will be at this con, and it's always better when Yumichika& Ikkaku are together. They are BFFs!
Anyway, enough cosplay rambling. I couldn't sleep, so I thought I'd post. Now I'm cold, and I'm going to try to sleep again! I got this really cute panda hot water bottle from Japan, but the damned cat is sitting on it and stole the warm spot for my feet. I need to spread the cat and the bottle out, so I have maximum warmth!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
It didn't snow last year. I was sad about that! I'm excited to see it snowing this year. I still have fond memories of living up in Des Moines as a child, and waddling out of the house in a huge fluffy snow suit. It was this purple abomination that was puffy and kind of like overalls? I'm sure you can still get them for kids nowadays if you live up north, but it's not the thing you'd ever see down here. Anyway, I still remember how awful it was to get snow around your wrists inside your gloves, and what it was like to wade into the backyard after it'd been snowing all night and be up to your chest in snow. I was pretty short when I was little, so it didn't take a lot of snow for that :P
Anyway, since moving down to Texas, I've always missed the snow a little bit. Now that I'm an adult.. I don't miss it AS much, because I realize I'd have to be shoveling and scraping ice off my car and whatever else you have to do with snow as an adult. So, pining over it and getting a little snow every other year is ok, I guess! We haven't even had an inch, but it's still exciting!
I did the bike yesterday without too much discomfort, but the knee started stiffening up afterwards. I'm taking aleive in the morning and at night, and the pain is gone, but I realize I need to rest the joint for it to heal up completely. I think trying to do to much on it is making it heal more slowly. I'm going to change my workout schedule up a little bit, and take a few days off if I need to. Sunday is a rest day, and Sat is a weight day, but today is a legs/back day... so I have to skip the legs half and maybe just do my chinups and back work. The important thing for me to remember here is to be really strict with my food, because I can't be taking a break from both. I still need to be on top of things there, but it's tough in December!! :O Hopefully I can hit it again on Monday with no stiffness. I think I would go crazy if I had to go a full week away from my regular schedule!
... actually, I know EXACTLY what would happen! I would enjoy it way too much, use it as an excuse to overeat, and just totally fall off the wagon for who knows how long!! Which is why I must be vigilant with my food! The good news is that there is currently no candy/ chocolate/cookies/pie/whatever in my house. The worst snacks I have here right now are some veggie chips (sunrise's freeze-dried veggies.. great in moderation!), and the bailey's coffee creamer in the fridge. The only ice cream I have are a few 80cal yasso strawberry greek frozen yogurt bars, and some Dreyer's sugar free fruit popcicles (25 cal a pop!)
So, I just need to work on controlling quantity.
Next weekend, I'm going up to a club in Dallas to see the DJ BT. The next day, we'll probably do meat parade for brunch. I LOVE MEAT PARADE T..T At least I know I'll have high protein counts next sunday! LOL. And I may only eat one meal all day and feel like a lazy lion the rest of the afternoon! I don't know. Meat parade is so awesome.
The week after that is when my grandmother comes down from Wisconsin. I know she's going down to mom's house in the valley for a while. Sometime around Christmas, they will all pile on up here. The Husband's mom will also come down around Christmas, and maybe mom3 and WLBFF. Too many moms in one place for one child to deal with. They will be telling all sorts of embarrassing stories and fauning all over me since my brothers won't be here at the same time D: IT sounds horrific. I'm looking forward to it.
Other things on my to do list:
Get the Christmas tree up
scoop cat litter
clean all the things
go shopping later and pick up primer/stuff to finish Hikaru sword
sort through cosplay stuff so the guest bedroom is clear
Oh man, the last thing is so freaking depressing. I KNOW I have to get rid of some stuff. I made too many costumes this year, and there's not enough room to put it all away nicely. I KNOW that I should be getting rid of the stuff that is too big and would be too much of a pain to take in. But... ugghhh!! I am having so many feelings about all of that! WLBFF told me to pick out the stuff I knew I was getting rid of, and she'd help me try to find buyers. I've tried selling in the past, and it just doesn't work for me. There are so many limiting factors:
First and foremost!
1) They have to be the size of the costume. I would say the vast majority of cosplayers aren't the size I was when I made those costumes
2) They have to be interested in the costume. I make a lot of obscure geeky stuff just for myself. I dont' expect tons of people to recognize the costume, but the people that do totally make my con. I would say the number of people that fall into both categories 1&2 are almost 0
3) They have to have money. I think I price my old stuff very reasonably. I take into account that my older stuff isn't my best work, so you aren't paying premium prices for quality. The older stuff just isn't THAT quality! LOL Also, it's used. So it's like 25% of what I would have changed for that costume brand new. Still, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask like 75 bucks for the nicer stuff and 50 bucks for the older stuff. The people that fall into categories 1&2 are very small. Of those, the people willing to pay for a used costume are even smaller.
Still, WLBFF thinks she can find some people. She said she's sold some of her older stuff for like 25 bucks. I'm going to be a little snobby here. I think I'd almost rather give it to goodwill or toss it in the trash than sell a costume I still kind of care about for 25 bucks. That's usually a quarter to an eighth of the material price, depending on the costume!
Making costumes is like working on your car, though. You will NEVER get back what you put into it if you are selling used costumes. I realize that, and I'm ok with that. I guess the problem is that I still kind of don't want to part with some of them! Even if they don't fit right anymore! :( How sad! I really have no choice, though. If I dont' sort through everything and get rid of some old stuff, my house will start to look like some crazy costume hoarder place. Everything has it's place, and a house can only hold so much stuff. I don't need all the stuff I have, so I need to get rid of some stuff!
Having to get rid of some costumes really forces me to face how much this hobby costs, though, and it makes me feel bad. I've become more efficient over the years, so I don't "waste" as much money on costumes as I would have in the past.. but one can debate the whole hobby is a waste of money :P Still, I enjoy it. The Husband says if I enjoy it and it takes up time, it's a hobby, and it's ok to spend money on hobbies if they make me happy. I'm thankful he's so supportive and awesome. Sometimes I wish he'd tell me "no" every once in a while, though :X I'm totally spoiled!
In quilting news, I got to move the hoop! It's starting to look pretty cool since there's a decent amount of stitched stuff outside the hoop now. The Husband has to work this weekend. I'm thinking about getting some housework in, then working on the quilt some more! He won't be home to notice me getting ahead of him with Dr. Who, right?? And I don't mind watching the episodes over again.... :X
Have a great weekend, guys!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
This is so frustrating!! I've taken it easy on the bike since it was moving that joint a lot. I started P90x last week because a lot of the ST wouldn't involve the knee, and hopefully keep me working out while it healed up and the inflammation went down. I did core last Sat, and it was fine, but I tried my DVD today and it stiffened up and started pinching by the end of the jumping jacks. I thought it was better! I guess I didn't give it enough time to heal or something.
It's really awful because I was all jazzed up about working out today. That usually doesn't happen! I had all my stuff for the DVD laid out, but it was too painful to do the proper stretches in the warmup, and I knew there was a lot of bending over& stretching up with this workout. The husband says I should take it easy a few more days. All I can think about is how this won't help me lose weight. I know it's just as important to keep my body in working condition, but I'm pretty frustrated!
In other news, my car should be coming back today. We qualified for the reunite program, so they are sticking my car on a flatbed and driving it back down. Guess what was wrong with it??
THE EXACT THING THAT I THOUGHT WAS WRONG WITH IT! ANGRYFACE!
A crush bolt on the tension chain worked it's way loose and the pressure of the engine forced oil out all over the place. Why did I know this was the problem? Because I'm a mechanical genius!! (Not really)
...Because when you google "2010 mini cooper clubman oil leak" you see dozens of people with the same exact problem. Luckily, our warranty covered the work and the damage was not bad. Some unlucky people had the tension chain actually slip off and start whacking around in the engine, tearing crap up. Some of these unlucky people also had difficulty getting the dealership to cover this well-known problem with warranties that were clearly still in date. I guess I'm glad this happened now, and not next June! My warranty runs out in April. I'm very seriously considering an extended warranty on this vehicle. I've never considered it on any other car we've owned, but since we have no mini dealership here, it might be best.
I love my little car, but I'm sad that it's such a pain to get it up for service. We knew it would be, though, so no one is at fault there. The dealership has been very good to us with getting things taken care of, so we have no complaints about them. It seems like there should have been some sort of recall on these minis for this tensioner bolt problem, though. Oh well :X
This means that very soon, I'll be able to go to the grocery store again! Yay! It'll give me something to do since I can't workout :/
Christmas shopping is nearly finished, but I still want to go shopping around town before then. It's kind of fun to get all dressed up and pretend I'm Christmas shopping, even if I just window shop. I'm a dork, I know.
I'm getting ready to move my hoop today on my quilt. Considering I have probably around 30-35 "hoops" worth of stitching to do, it's a big deal! I'll be moving to hoop #5 or so. lol.
Soon, I'll have to stop with the quilting, though, and get back to cosplay. I have no current plans for new costumes, but Ushicon is coming up in Round Rock in Feb, and I have a little bit of work to do to make some of my current costumes better. I'm going to be working on my Hikaru sword some more, and get that ready to go. I'm excited about wearing it again and getting to pose with the huge sword! We worked so hard on it last summer, and the disappointment of not getting the armor done is still fresh. I don't know that I'll try armor again. We'll see. I feel like maybe I'd have a better shot at it if I taped my dummy back together again. The foam might work better? And if I sculpted the armor out of clay instead of carving it out of expanding foam, I might be able to get a smoother surface for the mold? And I know a lot more about the molds now, so I might have better luck with that, too.. but it's so much work!
First thing's first: The sword.
I may or may not work on my Kyoko costume some more. I never finished it completely, but I got really close and wore it anyway. Thinking about putting some finishing touches on it, but the boots hurt my feet like crazy so I don't know. I wanted to make some boot covers to put over a more comfortable shoe.
I'm still on the fence about panels this year. I kind of want to, but I'm also kind of lazy. Life is tough :P
Speaking of tough.. still working on food. I'm back to tracking everything, and I had a pretty good day yesterday. Under 1700 cal is a good day for me lately :( I haven't been able to get a good weigh-in since I started P90x back up again, though, because I'm sore and inflamed as heck. I'm not getting enough water, and I'm retaining like crazy! I should be able to get a more accurate weigh in a week or two after I'm able to complete all 3 strength DVDs all the way through. It may take a while! Especially with this bum knee. That'll teach me not to wear house slippers and a sweater in the future! You can't just curl up tightly on the couch without pulling something in a weird way, I guess :X The depressing thing is that I couldn't even put my knee brace on and continue, because my old knee brace doesn't fit over my fat thigh. Boo!
That's all that is happening in the world of Becky right now. Nothing exciting.. just dealing with a few inconveniences and getting ready to put the Christmas tree up. I hope everyone else is having a good week so far! Mine can only get better :)
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Unfortunately, all the family that was scheduled to visit this week& last week cancelled in some form or another. It left me with everything I needed to make two large family meals.... all to myself and the husband :( Just another little frustration for me to get over.
My father didn't make it down for thanksgiving because he can be really dumb sometimes. I love him, and I take after him. I can be really dumb sometimes! But this time, Thanksgiving was not my fault!!! He said he was going to try to visit sometime over his break. (He is a teacher). He did not say when. I never got a phone call from him saying when! Instead, I checked my answering machine on Thursday to find that he'd left me three messages BEFORE 8:30 AM on TUESDAY saying he was driving up to visit. TUESDAY MORNING. I slept in that day! My knee was bothering me and it was cold and I slept in past 8:30. Dad told the answering machine that since I wasn't answering, he was just going to turn around and go back home... after 1 1/2 hours into the 3 3/12-4 hr drive.
All I can really say is.. WTF dad.
I mean, it doesn't surprise me, because that's totally like him, so no blame was cast, and we weren't angry with each other. Just a bit sad. I was home all day, so he could have come. He also could have called the night before. His reply? Yeah, I guess I could have called the night before, but I didn't know it was going to be a good day for driving until Tues morning. So, I should have just done what I ususally do and drive all the way over there and then call and ask where your house is.
Good one, dad. Except, when you do that, I usually know you are coming. -..-
So, I was really bummed out about that. I'm still swimming in thanksgiving leftovers. He wasn't going to try any other days because he had other plans with a friend. I'm cool with that. We usually don't spend holidays with all the family together because everyone is poor and spread out. I'm just kind of bummed about not seeing dad at all this year.
I suppose some people may think it's strange that I only see my dad once every year or two, (same with my mom, though they are divorced and living in different cities) and I only see my youngest brother every 4-5 years or more. I see my middle brother every few months, and that seems like a lot. It's not that we don't get along. I couldn't really explain it. If I don't hear from them, I know everything is going well. I kind of freak out every time one of them calls, though, because something must be wrong if they are calling me!
So, I made thanksgiving dinner for 4-5 with only two people partaking. All the sides were healthy, and they are gone. I did corn and potatoes. There is still a ton of ham leftover, but that's like.. my favorite leftover. I made ham soup later that night, but it didn't turn out that well. It's salvageable, but I was kind of surprised at how salty it turned out this time. Not like usual at all. I can just add some water to dilute it a little bit, but I want to get some split peas or something to put in it so its not just salty ham broth and ham and a few onion slices and some leftover beans from last month. LOL
The other person that cancelled on us was my mother in law. She was going to come down for thanksgiving, too, but wanted to go shopping with me. Since we both wanted to go shopping but NEITHER of us wanted to go on black Friday, she decided to come down this week instead. Unfortunately, her dog got sick and has to be on some special meds for the next two weeks, so she decided to stay home to take care of him. I was bummed about that, too, because I was really looking forward to going shopping with her!
So.. big dinner #2... bone-in beef ribeye roast. It was awesome. To combat the leftovers, I invited my old workout partner and her husband over to help us eat them. I made Yorkshire pudding, maple glazed butternut squash, green beans, and the last package of freezer rolls and the second pumpkin pie. I didn't really think things through, because no one wanted the rolls with the Yorkshire pudding, but it's ok.
For days later, we made ham sandwich sliders with the tiny rolls and it was awesome.
I used up the last of the family meal stuff yesterday to make a pear/cranberry tart with a marscapone filling on a phyllo/macadamia nut crust. I thought it came out pretty good. The Husband doesn't like it. I'm eating my way through it now, but it's definitely not healthy.
I'm still working out, and even doing my P90x, so I have lots of soreness all the time now. T..T It's the good kind of hurt, though, and I'm hoping once I can get my sh*t together with the food, I'll start seeing a little bit of progress again. At this point, I'd be happy quitting after the next 20lbs!
I haven't tracked food in the last 3-4 days which is practically like the end of the world for me. Even when food and exercise fall apart, I'm tracking. So, it's really weird that I'm going at the exercise more vigerously than usual but not tracking and eating poorly. I've been skipping meals and overeating on the ones I do eat. I've been eating things I cannot track. It's been bad. I'm hoping that the next 2-3 weeks will be back to awesome before family comes for Christmas....
If they don't cancel -..-
Mom& Grandma B (Mom's mom) are currently planning to visit for Christmas. Mom2 (Husband's mom) says she'll visit for Christmas, too. WLBFF wants to see me over Christmas. I told her to get Mom3 to drive down with her and we can all get fat together for the day.
Oh yeah.. I still have most of my cheese platter stuff leftover. Ugh. I went all out for fancy entertaining and it was a bunch of no shows. I'm still pretty bummed about that. With all the company we'll have around Christmas, though, it looks like I'll be able to pick up that free turkey and use it after all. Turkey soup!
It's been a while since my last update, so I wanted to get a few things down. Then again, I need to go do my arms DVD, so it's probably more me procrastinating than anything else!
I have most of my Christmas shopping done already. Not many people are getting gifts this year. I usually gift the people who have been present& important to me in the past year. I actually haven't seen many people at all this year, so there aren't many I feel obligated to gift! I don't know why I get so stressed out about my gift lists every year, though. Most of my friends sure as hell don't feel obligated to gift me, so it's just a bunch of awkwardness when I do show up and hand them a little something.
I am still struggling to find things for The Husband. He buys himself everything he wants, and he really doesn't want much.. so it's difficult. I end up buying him a Tshirt and something dumb& pointless every year.
I have everything for The Brother, Mom, The Brother's (old) Roommate and one or two things for WLBFF. I feel like I should find her one or two small, dumb things, though, because that's what she does to me every year. Like 10 individually wrapped things from the dollar store! It's fun because there's a lot of stuff to open. Also, it's usually silly so I get a laugh out of everything. I feel like it's almost a competition now to see who can get more small silly things for the other person. I have one cool thing for her and one weird thing. I have 0 silly things. I'll need to look a little bit more.
I think that's about it. I don't want to get anything for workout partner this year because it's always awkward. They're pretty much continuously having financial problems, so I know she can't get me anything. I don't ever really care about that, but I think it's making her feel bad every time I get her something for birthday/Christmas. I certainly don't want her to feel bad, so I don't really know what to do. I usually get her something small but awesome. Like, the year she was talking about cleaning her house up and entertaining, I found a really nice bottle opener on clearance from pier 1 for super cheap, so I got it for her! The next year, I got her a Pirates of the Carribean themed makeup pallet from a nice makeup company.. also on sale XD I always feel like I'm cheaping out when I get clearance items for people as gifts, so I don't think she should feel bad! So, I don't know. Maybe I'll just invite her over for another big dinner and ask her to bake something good to bring. That seems like it could be an acceptable compromise! I end up spending a good amount on the big dinners anyway because 5lbs of beef ain't that cheap XD
Oh yeah, and I have to order that fitbit for grandma for Christmas. I keep forgetting. Going to run out of time if I don't do it soon!
I plan to get the Christmas tree set up sometime this week, and hope that Nugget doesn't pull it down like she did last year. Usually cats are good for ONE tree takedown, then they learn to be afraid of crashing trees and never do it again. Nugget is pretty stupid, though. She's seriously the least intelligent animal I've ever owned. She's very sweet and loving and not smart. She might try for a twofer. No glass ornaments for now. :X
Oh! And I forgot to mention the other exciting thing that happened this weekend! My car had to get towed to Arlington! WHOHOO! -...-
My poor car started bleeding oil quite badly for no good reason, so we had to get it towed up to the dealership in the DFW area, an hour and a half away. It's still covered by various warranties, so that's awesome! The not awesome thing is that I have no vehicle until whenever the car is fixed. I'm hoping they'll bring it down to us, but we may have to go get it. I'm going up to the Lizard Lounge in Deep Ellum on the 14th to see BT dj, so I might have to get my brother to take a detour and take me to pick my car up. So much for not having to drive anywharz during that trip! I 'm excited to see BT, though, because he's awesome. If you haven't heard of him, youtube "Flaming June." He's all trance techno and whatever, but I love that piece. I'm excited for his set in a week and a half, at any rate. :X And, I'd be excited about hanging out with my brother if he wasn't bringing his girlfriend along! LOL I probably won't see them over the holiday season, so I'd better get her a small gift and get everything ready to go for that weekend so he can take some stuff home to open on Christmas.
I miss my car! I miss not being able to go to the grocery store when I realize we are down to one egg and I don't know what to feed my husband! Maybe the next time I bum a ride to the store, I'll pick up some deep dish pie crusts, 8 more kinds of cheese and lots of eggs and make some ham& cheese quiche. yum! Quiche is on the danger list, though... it's so high in calories that you can't really eat as much of it as you'd like to and feel sastisfied, so it's tricky.
In other news, I'm still procrastinating and now it's almost lunch time. I've got to go start my workout and get my weights done. At least I'm doing strength training again, right?? I'm still getting quilting done! (haven't had the chance to move the hoop in a bit, though ;( )
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This week, I've been feeling really aggravated. I thought it was for no reason, but then THAT THING happened. You know what I mean. THE WEEK THAT DOESN'T COUNT. ... Which, you know.. would totally also explain why I've been grumpy and irritable!
So, I'm going to try my grumpy best to get over myself and get through the holiday season! I'm a Halloween person. Thanksgiving isn't a real holiday and Christmas is insufferable because they just won't stop with that awful holiday music!
I'm a real scrooge, I know :P
I'm keeping busy right now, but the colder weather has caused me to injure myself in a most peculiar way, and it's disrupted my workout schedule. I'm doing a lot of quilting right now, which keeps me warm since I can spread my project out on top of me. I need breaks sometimes, though! During my breaks, I get up, stretch, drink water, walk around, and then huddle on the couch. Apparently, I was tucking my legs in too tightly and somehow messed up a knee! OOPS!
It's not a big deal, because I think I just hyper extended it or some crap, but in the meantime I need to give it a few days without the bike to let the inflammation go down. I was kind of freaking out about it a little bit because even though I'm doing WAY WAY WAY better with food this month, the scale hasn't really moved much. I know this is partly because there are way too many 1600-1800 days and not enough 1300-1400 days. At least there are 1300-1400 days!
Initially, I chalked the lack of movement up to the diet. I know that's a huge part of it. Another part is the fact that frankly, my body is used to the bike. I knew I needed to change things up and get back into the strength training, so the knee gave me a good excuse to start P90X up again.
On Tues, I started with the shoulders/ biceps/ triceps dvd. It was appropriately brutal, andI skipped the bonus round and ab ripper, but I finished the basic workout. It is absolutely no surprise that it's a backslide from where I was, but it's also better than when I first started, because I couldn't even get through a whole workout on my first week or two. hell, probably more!
Afterwards, I think my arms liquefied into very heavy gelatin and I had problems shampooing my hair& brushing it after the workout :X
Today, they are gloriously sore. Today was also a cardio day, though, and I ended up doing absolutely nothing. No workout today.
The knee is feeling a lot better, and I'm going to continue with P90 tomorrow provided The Dad doesn't call and say, "Guess what! I'm only an hour away from your house now!"... in which case I will freak out, shower, dress up, and get my barefoot ass into the kitchen.
Food's been pretty damned fail is week, too, but I'm trying not to think about it too much. I feel like I should just give up and pick it back up on Monday, but we all know that way of thinking is not healthy. I'll continue to do my best and not give up, even if it's for only a few days. I'm having some serious motivation issues with the workouts lately, though. I think it's because it's just so nice and warm in bed and it's finally cold enough to run the heater all day. I've been waiting all year for this weather, but now I just want to stay in bed!!
So hey, do you guys remember that T-shirt quilt I started last year? I have some pictures!
The story as of last year was thus:
At 250lbs, I was pushing 2x unisex T-shirts and not wearing much else. I was shoving myself into 2x girly shirts and denying that it was more comfortable to sleep in men's 2x than XL.
70bs later, I decided it was time to get rid of T-shirts. I'm an adult. I can still have T-shirts, but they should not be 85% of my wardrobe. Also, most of them didn't fit well anymore.
I kept about half a dozen of the large ones just for sleeping in, and I'm at a point where I'm seriously thinking about retiring those, too, and wearing my 2x girlies for sleepwear, which I think is pretty amazing in it's self.
What to do with all the shirts, though? I found a tutorial online for a T-shirt quilt. Queen size called for 36 shirts. It was a little harder than I thought it would be, just because I wanted to get a good range of colors and prints and not just all black shirts, but I picked some out and pieced the top together. I also made the bottom and bought the batting.
A while after that, I managed to get my mother in law to help me lay everything out and pin it all together. I didn't know anything at all about quilting, so she gave me one of her old hoops, showed me how to use it, and showed me how to quilt.
I don't have pictures of the process, but I laid it out on the couch about 10 min ago and took some pics for you guys :P
(Yes, there are a LOT of Venture Brothers shirts in there. 13 in fact. All of the first T-shirt club's shirts)
I immediately decided it was the most tedious thing in the world and dropped the quilt for a year! :O I mean, look at this nonsense I attempted! Grey pattern on black field for the back, and all curlyques! With black thread! It's so dark you can't even see the pattern in this photo! You can, however, see the book light that I clipped onto the quilt hoop to help me see... lol
I also had a lot of costumes on my plate this past year, so there just wasn't time for the quilt.
Since things quieted down, though, I've really enjoyed working on it. I haven't made much progress, and I'm not very good, but it's good busy work and it keeps my hands productive and away from food/ my mouth. It may sound totally boring, but it's the most amazing feeling finishing a hoop and getting to move it over. When MISHA commented on my blog the other day and said she thought only Amish people hand-quilted, I seriously cracked up. Like, really laughing out loud for real. XD I don't know why it tickled me so much, but my husband gave me a weird look.
Some of The Husband's Magic: The Gathering and D&D shirts are in here just because I was actually having trouble balancing out my patterns, and he had a few shirts that he didn't want anymore that would work. It's also filled with other ridiculous things like a very generic Sailor Moon shirt and Hawaiian punch! These are not shirts adults should wear on a daily basis.
Here was part of my first hoop. Experienced quilters will probably laugh. I am still learning, though, and it's coming out ok!
It's really hard to get a picture of the stitching. It doesn't really help that every single stitch is a different length. lol. Here is the hoop that I'm working on right now. The stitches are looking a little better in places. There are a few swirls here and there that I need to fill in, though. I can see a few gaps in the middle that should have been filled in already. IT's easy enough to go back and fix it, though.
I can tell you one thing about this quilt, though. This sucker is heavy! It's also WAY bigger than I thought it would be. I mean, I really didn't know what to expect, but I was following a guide for a queen bed, so I was expecting something similar in size to what my mother in law gave us. All the quilts we have from her fit on the bed, but are much narrower than this monstrosity. It's ok, though, because The Husband likes to roll around and make a husband-blanket taco leaving me in the cold! It's usually not too bad, but I notice it more when it's cold like this!
When this quilt is done, none shall escape. It will be far too wide XD
I would like to set some sort of goal on this monster just like my fitness goals, because at this point, there is no end in sight. I would like to have it on the bed by next winter, and that would mean finishing three hoops a month. I don't think I could stick to a schedule like that, though, so this thing may not be done for a few years. I hope my mother in law is patient! I'll need her help after I finish. Someone has to teach me how to bind the edges! I suppose I could treat it like gigantic bias tape, but there's probably a proper way to do it.
Anyway, it's 11pm. Late blogs are so strange for me, I know! I just wanted to say thank you to you guys for being there for me. I was feeling so grumpy earlier and I immediately wanted to take to my blog and complain about everything. Instead, I caught up on blogs, did a bunch of positive commenting, and felt way better. So, if you have a 2-3 day old blog entry, there's a chance I left a long rambly comment on there for you!
I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving has a great day! I will be spending most of the day in the kitchen cooking an awesome meal, myself. My dad may even show up from Houston! Or he may show up some other day! It will be a surprise! (He got 2 invites. One from me, and one from a buddy of his out in the country. His family is having a thanksgiving BBQ, and I think he really wants to go.) I figure.. it's just me and The Husband here, so if he wants to go we can always have another meal afterwards. I feel some sort of obligation to prove to him that I ended up being a good wife that can cook, so I'll have to make SOME sort of multi-course meal when he visits...
But it's all good. I just got a 5lb bone-in beef roast that will work for that :X BEEEEEF
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