Weekly Weigh-In 4-23-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How were your week and weekend??? I hope they were good for you. Mine were ok. I indulged too much and it showed up on the scale. Not too bad, but a bit in the wrong direction. It didn’t surprise me because I knew I didn’t eat my best diet last week.

2018-4-23 Weight

Weight 4-23-2018

My progress year-to-date:

Monday 4-23-2018           172.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             16.2 pounds

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

Hmmm, I seem to have this habit of gaining a little bit at the end of each month. Do I tend to slack a bit more as the month goes along and work harder as each month starts??? Or is it just a coincidence??? Something to examine more closely, I guess. I still have a week left in this month. I’ll try to do better this week than last.

One thing I do on the side is mystery shopping. Last week I had two mystery shops in restaurants (burger joints) so I knew that was going to throw me off a bit. And I splurged on a burger another day too. I know, they’re not good for me, and I overdid it. What do you do about the “bad” foods that you absolutely love??? I was used to having a pizza almost every weekend. It was my treat for going to work when I really didn’t want to. I’ve had one small pizza since the first of the year and it’s still a temptation to order one to pick up after work—EVERY WEEKEND. How do you curb those cravings??? I’m not sure. I’ll just keep working on the willpower.

I had a couple of off days with my exercising last week too. And this week hasn’t started off well with that either. I’ve just goofed off today and didn’t get my steps in.

Ah well, tomorrow is another day and I’ll start fresh in the morning. That’s all we can do really—start over each day and do our best. I’ll take a deep breath when I wake up and go forward from there.

Have a great week everyone. Do your best and keep on keeping on. I’ll talk to ya soon. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 4-16-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How’s it going out there??? I had a good week, as far as the scale goes, but I feel like I let myself down with my exercise this past week. First, the proof and the stats:

2018-4-16 Weight

4/16/2018 Weight

Monday 4-16-2018           171.6     -1.6 pounds        Total loss             16.6 pounds

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

I’ve adapted to working out most days. That’s not to say I enjoy it, but I do feel like I’ve accomplished something when I get done. And I’m staying more active during the days than I’ve ever done. EVER. I realized today on the treadmill that I’ve improved since when I first joined the recreation center in February. That first week it pushed me to walk at a pace of 2.5 miles per hour. Today I was walking at 3.5 mph. I wasn’t able to walk at that rate for the whole time I was on the treadmill, but I did it for a while. The rest of the time, I was at 3.0 to 3.2 mph. So I know I’m improving. I even talked to my class instructor about the TRX classes. I may try one later this week, but the main prohibitive factor in doing those classes is that they are an additional cost—$5.00 per class. I just don’t have the discretionary funds for extra classes. At least not right now.

I would still like to get someone to show me how to use more of the machines at the fitness center. (There are a couple of people who come in for personal training, but there again, the funds I have available don’t allow me to pay for personal instruction.) My legs are getting a pretty good workout on the treadmill and the bike, but I’d like to get some upper body toning done too.

But last week, I didn’t do so well with the exercising. On Sunday night I stayed up too late reading and overslept Monday morning. I missed the class and just lazed around the whole day. I didn’t make the yoga class on Tuesday but did go to the fitness center and got my steps in that day. I did better on Wednesday and Thursday, both making it to classes and getting over 10,000 steps each day. Friday was another slow day and Saturday and Sunday weren’t too great either. I try to walk the halls at work on the weekends, but some days are just not conducive to getting in a lot of walking. This was one of those weekends. I’ve still got my steps goal set at 7000, but I’m going to bump it up to 8000 and see how I can do at that level.

I’m still eating ok, sorta. I still eat too much sugar and processed foods, but I do watch my caloric intake and keep that under 1500 most days. It usually ranges from 1200 to 1400 calories per day. In the past two weeks, I had two days that were a little over 1500 and only one day over 2000 calories. I keep a food journal and read labels on everything before I buy anything. I’ve become more aware of what’s in my food and while I do eat some processed food, I choose more carefully what I put in my body.

So in a nutshell, I had a so-so week. But I’m staying positive and will do better this week (I hope). Made it to class today and did my walking and biking. So it’s a good start to the week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and hope you meet all the goals you’ve set for yourself this week. I’ll talk to ya soon. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

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Burke Quilters’ Guild Show-and-Tell 4-15-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! Have you had a good weekend??? It’s almost over which means my workweek is almost over. (I work every weekend.) So that means my looooong weekend is about to start.

I thought I’d do a quick post about the show-and-tell portion of our last guild meeting. It was on March 26, 2018. One of these days I’m gonna be on time with these posts—right!!!

Our main charity project is what we call Wee Care quilts. These are baby and comfort quilts that we make for the infant care unit at the local hospital. We also make slightly larger quilts that are donated to the local police and sheriff’s departments that they carry in their cars in case they are needed. Here are some examples from the last meeting.

We use a couple of therapy days each year to make up kits with donated fabrics and squares and backing to make the quilts. We switched from three-layer quilts to two-layer quilts a few years back, using flannel for the backing now. Members can grab a kit or two from the cabinets to make as they have time. We have one member who consistently makes 5 or 6 quilts per month. A very productive lady.

Then there are the quilts that are made by our members that we love to ooh and ahh over.

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As you can see, there is a lot of talent in our group. I missed a year and a half away from this group of ladies but am glad I rejoined the guild this year. Now if I could only find my sewing mojo again. Sigh. Maybe if I look around the house a little more, it’ll show up. I sure hope so, and soon.

Have a good Sunday evening and stay safe. Early happy Monday to you too. I’ll be back tomorrow with my weekly weigh-in. Take care all, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Weigh-In 4-9-2018

Hey, ya’ll!!! How’s it going??? WOW, can you believe it??? I had a wonderful week as far as the scale goes. A big loss. The photo evidence:

2018-4-9 Weight

4-9-2018 Weight

And that makes an even 15 pounds lost since January 1st. An average of almost 5 pounds per month. That has been my goal, so I’m feeling good about this. The stats:

Monday 4-9-2018             173.2     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             15 pounds

Monday 4-2-2018             175.8     -1.2 pounds        Total loss             12.4 pounds

Monday 3-26-2018           177.0     +0.4 pounds       Total loss             11.2 pounds

Monday 3-19-2018           176.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             11.6 pounds

Monday 3-12-2018           179.0     -2.6 pounds        Total loss             9.2 pounds

Monday 3-5-2018             181.6     -0.6 pounds        Total loss             6.6 pounds

Monday 2-26-2018           182.2     +1.0 pounds       Total loss             6.0 pounds

Monday 2-19-2018           181.2     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             7.0 pounds

Monday 2-12-2018           183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 2-5-2018             183.4     No change          Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-29-2018          183.4     -1.0 pounds        Total loss             4.8 pounds

Monday 1-22-2018          184.4     +0.8 pounds       Total loss             3.8 pounds

Monday 1-15-2018           183.6     -2.4 pounds        Total loss             4.6 pounds

Monday 1-8-2018            186.0     -2.2 pounds        Total loss             2.2 pounds

Monday 1-1-2018             188.2

The exercising and walking have been good so far. I’ve had a couple of days when I haven’t made my goals, but that’s ok. I can’t do it every. single. day. Overall, I’m satisfied with my progress. Today was another story though. I’ve been a total vegetable, sleeping late, no exercise, a nap, and very few steps. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day. And I will do better again.

In my therapy session last week, my therapist asked what I was gaining from the new routine of exercising, especially at the recreation center. I was able to give her the three things she was hoping to hear—confidence, accomplishment, and more social interaction. I have gained in all three of these areas. I feel much better about myself and what I’m able to do in my life. I haven’t made any “friendships”, but I’m talking to new people and don’t feel so anxious about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still dealing with a great amount of anxiety, every day, but it’s easier to say “Hi” or “Good morning” to a stranger.

Progress. Getting a little stronger each day. Losing a bit of weight and watching what I eat more carefully. Continually working toward those goals. I suppose that’s what a lot of life is supposed to be about. If so, I’m winning.

Have a good week everyone. Keep working toward your goals. Share with me what is going well and what isn’t working for you. I’ll talk to ya soon. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

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Burke Quilters’ Guild Program March 26, 4-7-2018

Hey, ya’ll. I told you almost two weeks ago that I’d post about the guild meeting that we had on March 26th. Well, I thought about it a few times but just never sat down to do it. So here it is, at least, the program part. I’ll do the show-and-tell in another post.

I hope you read all the way to the end; it’s a photo heavy post today.

We had Ineke Thomas of Blowing Rock come with some absolutely gorgeous quilts, wall art, and recycled clothes to show us. All her quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted and the quality of her work is astounding. She has made many quilts with silk ties. She started making these with her late husband’s ties. He was a businessman and had many ties for her to work with. She now scours the thrift stores to add to her collection. She also makes wall art from found items and rejuvenates clothing that she finds at thrift stores.

This first group of quilts aren’t made from the ties but are hand pieced and hand quilted. Aren’t they wonderful???

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There are a lot of pieces in those quilts. I can’t imagine working on a quilt like that.

These are the silk tie quilts. Her designs are exquisite.

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Sorry about the cup in most of the pictures. It was just there on the table where I was sitting.

Ineke told some poignant stories of her memories of making these quilts. I just know there is a lot of love stitched in each and every quilt.

She also makes wall art of found objects. There is a lot of dimensional to her art.

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She also takes thrift store clothes and recycles them into new works of fiber art. She adds a little here and a little there and creates stunning pieces.

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Each of these tops and the jean jacket, including the top she was wearing, started out as plain janes, but her embellishments make them one-of-a-kinds. One of our guild members even bought the last top shown.

Ineke was a delight to listen to and her creations were a sight to behold. I’m really glad our program director found this lovely lady to visit us and share her love of creating with us.

Thanks for sticking around for the whole post. I’ll talk to ya again soon. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

 

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