Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey

I have decided to not attend any more Weight Watchers meetings. I know their program, have their books, point calculator, and all I need to do it on my own. I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought the same scale that they use on "The Biggest Loser", and set it up in my bathroom, and will weigh myself on the first of every month, and also every Sunday, and every day, just to be sure I see a steady downward slope in my weight. This week, since Sunday, I have lost 3 pounds. So that is pretty good. I am eating healthy, lots of fruits and veggies, a hard-boiled egg with my lunch of steamed veggies, and if I have enough points at the end of the day, then I can have a frozen Tostinos pizza (I add oregano to it, because it is pretty bland without it). On the days I don't have a lot of points available, I microwave an enchilada dinner, organic and vegetarian, and delicious. And if I REALLY don't have but a few points left, I get a raw vegetable tray and use fat free ranch dressing for the dip. My goal during the day is to eat as little as possible. This morning, I'm going to treat myself to a new cereal - an organic whole grain flake cereal with strawberries in it, and 1 cup of it is 3 points, and I put just a smidgen of milk on it (I need to find a low-fat or nonfat soymilk), and have that for breakfast, and 1 banana. And that will hold me until about 2:00. Then, I'll steam a bag of vegetables, and eat those plus a hard-boiled egg. Then, I'll decide on dinner - probably an enchilada. Oh yes, and as a snack, I'll have an apple at some point during the day or evening. Have one of those every day. And I'll drink 8 glasses of water, and have one zevia cola to help me swallow my meds in the morning and one in the evening when I have to take my nighttime meds. They are 0 calories. For some reason, they make downing my meds easier than taking them with water. Perhaps it is the fizz.

So, I am on my own now, with nobody to blame but myself if I do well or not on my diet, but I feel revved up and in charge, and want to make a chart of date and weights, to see that I go down and stay going down. YAY! for me! I can do this!

Trip to California

I had been planning on a trip to see my dad and mom on May 28-June 4, but with the death of Osama Bin Laden happening yesterday, and fears of retribution, I am reluctant to fly now. I emailed my dad, and he emailed me back and said he and mom were in total agreement with me. They will be moving this summer from Sonora to the San Clemente area, and I will come out in October to their new home there instead. Two bonuses for me are 1) that I'll be near or at my goal weight by then, and 2) that I'll have their Yosemite Quilt finished by then and can bring it out with me. I felt a huge sigh of relief that they took the news so well, and agreed with us that this is a bad time to take a flight. Because I really wanted to be at goal weight when I saw them, and I wanted their quilt to be done, and it wouldn't be either one of those by May 28th. Now I have the chance to get those accomplished.

I'll be taking a workshop on May 19 and 21st, and working on the Yosemite quilt then, finishing up the top of it, and perhaps even getting it to the quilting part of it. I'll be learning how to do upside down applique, so I am saving the applique portion of the quilt for that workshop. And trying to get the rest of the quilt ready to receive those things.

Michael and I are in a mood to clean up the house real good and to rearrange the house. Yesterday and the day before, we worked on the master bedroom, and today we'll get it done.
I've got to wash the mini blinds, then re-hang those, I've already washed the curtains and they are ready to hang back up. When we finish the master bedroom, we want to work on the living room and dining room. Of course, while we are doing that, we'll also be working on the kitchen in baby steps, because it needs some work. I want to make a chocolate silk pie, using white chocolate, for Emily and Chris, but Michael and I each get a piece of it first. Then, I'll take it over to them. I'm going to only have a sliver of it. Don't need the calories of it.

That is it for now!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I am selling almost all of my quilting books, except for about 4 that give me true inspiration. That is because I want my art coming from MY heart, not some derivative from some other artist. So I'll be working on my own, and seeing what happens. I've started dyeing my own fabric, and love that experience. It is extremely satisfying, but I need more experience with it.