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Chapter 27, Day 14

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I've been On Plan for a full 2 weeks. I'm getting more used to eating lean proteins and fruits and vegetables, and very limited starches. Every time I start to think, how about a plate of pasta, or a refined sugar something, I think, "you can go ahead, but it will make the journey to goal weight much longer....do you really want to string it out? You can have it, but are you sure you really want to do this? And for that?" And I think, "No, it's really nothing special. I can have it another time, probably after Dec. 31 would make most sense." Got to keep on, keepin' on.

Yesterday, my 6 yr. old granddaughter and I began her first sewing project. She's been wanting a child's sewing machine for about a year now and her mother won't get her one yet. I know how to sew, having been taught by my mother, and I own a sewing machine. To granddaughter's delight, I took her shopping to pick out a fabric for an easy sundress. I steered her toward the Disney fabrics, and she was like a kid in a candy store. I was excited to see bolts of already finished edge fabrics with an elasticized gathered top. Perfect for a first sewing project, i.e., DIY dress in 30 minutes, and so ideal for a 6 yr old. Granddaughter learned how to measure herself and her fabric, cut, pin, sew and press her backseam (first time with an iron). We have straps to cut, sew, and affix to dress, and voila, a sun dress! Or a jumper, if she wears a tee underneath with leggings. After looking on Pinterest, I found a couple of easy DIY projects for her to sew a Christmas gift for her mom if she wants to. If she is interested, I will teach her more. I remember as a child my mother taught me to sew my own clothes, embroider, and knit. It was kind of typical for a young girl for the times, but it seems like much of this has died out, replaced by ipads, a plethora of children's television shows, and activities like dance, swim, soccer, and school clubs.

I wonder if home economics is even offered in the high schools any more? Even my boys were required to take that and learned how to sew a button on, make an easy pair of shorts, follow a recipe and cook something, and learned about nutrition and proper eating etiquette.

This blog today, has taken a turn for the unexpected trip down memory lane and a reflection of how the times and family life has changed over the years.....

Grateful for my ongoing streak
Thankful for a good weigh in this morning, shedding another 4#
So appreciative for an inner discipline I didn't know was even in me anymore
So proud of my kids, who just closed on their first home this week
Blessed to have my children and their families living within 2 miles of us

Plan and track food, drink 8 cups of water, exercise 10+ minutes each day
Complete more client work
Enjoy some family time today at my niece's son's birthday party

Wishing you a peaceful, relaxing weekend. Got to keep on keepin' on!

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    That is so nice! Quality time with Arden! My mom taught me how to sew too, many, many moons ago, I wish I had kept up with it. I still hope to someday buy myself a machine and give it another shot! I can't believe she's 6 already!! emoticon Momma mia, lol!
    420 days ago
    Times have changed, for sure.
    So glad to see that you are continuing the traditional skills and teaching them to your GD. I too was brought up that way and have already started teaching cooking skills to my GD, 3. I'm eager to teach her all the other skills, sewing and knitting at least, when she shows an interest, if ever. If not, that's ok too.
    Keep up your good work with keeping on track. Two weeks is great!
    420 days ago
    How great to be teaching your grandaughter to sew. My Mom taught me, as well as both my sisters. Boys were not interested then. I remember some fun times of us sewing together for a kind of marathon thing using those elasticized fabrics....using them for skirts in the 60s. I still sew, but it is a lost art for so many. Good for you to help encourage the younger ones!
    421 days ago
    Teaching grandchildren anything has to be wonderful. Mine all live so away I don't get to see them very often, so I never got to teach them anything special.
    421 days ago
    Aww, I loved it Vicki, so glad you are teaching your granddaughter to sew, great memories. I too miss the old times, time together to create something to be proud of. Was always so much more fun to give a handcrafted gift than one from the store. I use to make so many things. I figure of piece of me will always be out there. LO.
    Wishing you continued success on your challenge. You are doing a super job of it. emoticon On your weight loss. emoticon
    Happy weekend Vicki emoticon
    421 days ago
    Have a fun weekend
    421 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    421 days ago
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