Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lovin' It...

I started this hat back at the beginning of March. I was "done" the day after I started it, but it was about 1.5 inches shorter than I wanted it, so I had to frog back on it. Because of the pattern, I couldn't find a good stopping point for my frogging, so I ended up going all the way back to the top of the picot edge. *sighs* I do know what a 'lifeline' is, why I always forget to use one is beyond me! This is an awesome pattern, very easy to work up yet not boring. However, doing it the second time, I was frustrated at myself and not as motivated so I didn't work very diligently on it, that's my ADD kicking in. I finally finished it last night and I absolutely LOVE-IT! This was supposed to be for my sister, but my husband & BFF's 17 year old cousin Michelle was in an extremely bad car accident and they had to shave her head. At first they didn't even think she would live, but she is doing good. She has a long way to go as she has some brain damage, but she is a fighter and she is going to do it! They let her see herself in the mirror for the first time this past week. She was so depressed she asked David (her dad) why he didn't just let her die. How heartbreaking is that? She told Sam (my BFF) she wanted a pink hat. So, I am giving her this one. I know it was for Karen Sue, but I know she will understand!

The pattern is found at How Stuff Works and is the Free Gull Stitch Toque Knitting Pattern. I modified it and gave it a picot edge. I worked the rest of it according to the pattern.
I used Berroco Comfort yarn.

Here is the front:
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and here is the top:
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What do y'all think?
I sure hope 'Chelly likes it.

Hugs, health and happiness,
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Progress

Hello friends!
I thought I would give you an update on my progress and show you how I keep track of it.

First, I have to say that I weigh myself every day. This is not for everyone, but it works for me. I don't pay much attention to the daily number (once upon a time I couldn't do that, I totally obsessed over it!), I just use it as a guide. I know that if the number on the scale spikes one day, I can usually look back on my food journal 2 days and see what was going on. Did I eat out with a friend that day? Did I cut loose and have too many alcoholic drinks? Did I journal that day at all (I've noticed that I don't tend to eat near as healthy, nor as moderately if I don't write it all down!)? The same goes for if the number is holding steady or dropping...I can look back and see what I was doing RIGHT! I also don't use this daily number to track my weight loss. So many things can affect that number. If you eat too much salt for instance, there's a good chance you will be retaining some water. Soda tends to have the same affect. For us women, PMS can have a huge affect. So can whether or not you are 'regular'; if you are have a bout with constipation, it does indeed show up on the scale.

So, how do I judge my weight loss? I have started averaging my weight every Monday. I didn't used to, but I needed to see that amid my ups and downs on my daily weigh-ins I was making some definite progress. Here is a pic of my line graph that I record my weights on. See the green line? That's my average weights...How encouraging is it to see that line going further and further down, and at a steady rate to boot!

**click on the thumbnail to see the full-size pic**

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Have a healthy weekend y'all!
Hugs & happiness,
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Go Me!

I have been a major couch potato. Homeschooling the kiddos, reading my emails and doing my daily computer stuff on my laptop, Knitting....you know what all of these things have in common? They are done with me sitting right here on my couch-where I am currently sitting on my derriere!

Now, keep in mind I am over 300 lbs. AND I have been a major couch potato, so I have to start small and gradually pick it up, but 10 days ago I set a goal for myself to exercise for 10 minutes every day and I have been doing it!

I started out with Leslie Sansone's Walk-kick DVD from her Walk-Fit series and have even purchased two more dance fitness DVDs featuring MaDonna Grimes.

Most days I have to really talk myself into working out, but I have succeeded and so far I have done it every day! That's a 10-day streak!

Go me!
I am so excited!!!
Hugs, Health and Happiness,
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Darlin'! Just Darlin'....



Hope this brought a smile to your face!
Hugs, health and happiness,
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Totally Awed...

My very dear blogging buddy Patt from Patt's Creations Madness has given me a couple of awards.
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I am in total awe.
Thank you Patt!

There are expectations that come with awards like these and here they are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

And so...on with the presentation of awards to 10 blogs/bloggers I love (in no particular order)!

  1. Why Patt's Creations Maddness of course!
  2. Winged Expression where you'll find my new friend Sara.
  3. Twilight Knits is a wonderful lady who dies some very pretty yarn!
  4. I love to visit Mary Anne at her blog miss woolly knits... I have worked up more than just one of her patterns!
  5. At Kitt's Krafts, you'll not only find a creative lady, but she frequently shares about her extremely talented son.
  6. Aunt Kathy's Place is home to one very inspirational lady!
  7. Armina's Ami-Nals if full of the creative and generous offerings of a very talented crocheter.
  8. I have mentioned Amy Bayliss, and how much of an inspiration she is.
  9. And a must-visit blog is Brandie's A journey of 1000 stitches begins with just one...
  10. I also always love visiting Theresa over at Kids and Dogs.
I want to thank all of you ladies so much for being such an inspiration to me creatively, spiritually, physically....y'all are great and have made my days so much fuller. I am trully blessed.

Hugs, Health & Happiness,
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Pics As Promised

Here he is, Jesse's Elephant...I think he is so cute!
Of course, I'm biased.

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And this is the hat that I made for his little brother Jacob.
He LOVES hats!
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What do you think????
I can't wait to get your feedback.

Hugs, Health & Happiness,
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oh Dear!

I so did not realize how long it had been since my last post!
I guess it is time for a catch-up.

Things are still up and down at home, but there hasn't been anymore blow-up's or tirades from Wayne. So that's good! He is still drinking like a fish. Damon informed me that he was really upset because "Dad's always drunk!" What can I say?

I have been working on another knitting project. My BFF's little boy requested an elephant. I found a free pattern and knit it up. It is knit in pieces and then sewn together. There as a few spots in the pattern that wasn't clear, but I got it; at least until the assembly part. Maybe it is just the blonde in me, but they lost me. I put it together the way that I thought and for the most part is was ok, but it was like there were parts missing or something. I really wasn't feeling it at all. So, being the obsessed knitter that I am, I had to come up with my own pattern. It is turning out sooooo cute!!! I finished it up and the only thing that I didn't like was that it appeared that the poor little guy was taking a nose dive, lol. So I am having to make just a bit of a change to the legs. I will do my best to get some pictures up tomorrow.

I have also been working on making some healthy lifestyle changes. I know that is what I need to do. I also know that it wouldn't do me a bit of good to lose weight unless I make the healthy changes needed to keep it off. So I went on an information expedition. Did you know that the nutritional pyramid doesn't have set amounts anymore? And there is so much contradicting information out there. Then I found it! What 'it' did I find, you ask? SparkPeople. What a wonderful FREE site with a wealth of information on healthy living. On SparkPeople I also found an awesome supportive community and so many tools and resources like a nutrition tracker and a fitness tracker. I just cannot say enough about this site! And I am doing it! I am really making lifelong healthy changes! This is the only thing that has clicked with me. And of course, as I suspected, I am losing weight as a result. The last time I told you all what I weighed I was at 308.2 lbs. Believe it or not, I actually gained MORE weight after that! At one point I was up to 312.0 lbs. Well, I am happy to report that I have lost 8.2 lbs since February 16! Wooo-hooo! Not only that, but I feel absolutely wonderful!
I feel so good, and so positive that I don't even mind sharing a 'before' picture with y'all!
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You're more than welcome to visit me on my SparkPeople page too!

And that is what has been going on with me!
What has been going on with you?

I'll catch y'all later!
Hugs, Health and Happiness,
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