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lesliegail

Support is Not Just For Bras and Blue Dots are Evil

Then
Now

About 11-12 years ago I lost 67 lbs and got down to a decent size. I felt I had more to lose, but the awesome thing is, I maintained much of that loss for a rather long time. Two weeks ago I weighed and I’ve gained all but 25 of that back.

I know how to lose weight. I’m rather good at it. (Obviously, I’m good at gaining weight as well.) So, that morning  I sat down and made a list of everything I needed to start doing again to lose it.

  • Drink more water
  • Move daily
  • Eat more fruits and veggies
  • Don’t take a second helping of anything
  • Soda only once a week: one on Saturday
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Make better choices when eating out
  • Don’t starve myself
  • Snack healthy
  • Treat occasionally
  • Be good to myself
  • Don’t give up
  • Find support.

It’s the last one I got stuck on. Back in the day, I found my support system in my blogging friends. I belonged to a rather busy blogging community. Not so much these days. I miss that, but had to find another type of support. Some online friends had joined Weight Watchers and it hit me: double the support! Support from my friends and support in weekly WW meetings. I joined that morning.

My first week I lost 7.6 lbs. My second week nothing. What the actual Fruit Fly?? I am doing everything right. I even ate less than I did the week before! I barely even used my weekly points. Why aren’t the scales moving? I considered not even staying for the meeting. I sat down and messaged my friends and cried on their virtual shoulders. I never got the courage to speak up in the meeting, but it was as if others read my mind because two other ladies shared stories similar to my situation. After the meeting I talked to one of the leaders. Her verdict: I was eating too little. Who knew? Truthfully? I did. Like I said, I’m great at this. But substitute the word great with obsessive. When I set my mind to something, I go a bit nuts with it. Determination is a great thing. Obsessiveness, not so much.

I’m the youngest of three girls. I feed off praise. Tell me I am doing a great job and I will double the work I am doing to get even better. I was the kid at school who read and reread every “great work!” my teacher would write on my tests. Give me a gold star and I’d work myself into a joy frenzy. The blue dots* on the WW app are my gold stars. 7.6 lbs was my “great work!”. My thinking was this: I did good with my eating the first week, I can do even better the second week. So I ate even less and watched my blue dots continue to accumulate. Sometimes I would click on the progress chart just to stare at my blue dots.  Ob. Sess. Ive. I knew I wouldn’t lose another 7.6, but I was hoping for a 2.3 to make it an even 10. Nope. Try 0.000000000

The thing is I KNOW eating too few calories is bad. I KNOW the body thinks you’re about to be stranded on an island with nothing but bugs and coconuts so it holds onto every last calorie it can find. I thought I was eating enough. The blue dot told me I was. I thought weekly points were just for those who couldn’t get satisfied after eating the dailies. I was satisfied. The growling tummy was just my body getting used to not eating half the kitchen in a day, right? Wrong. My body had already packed the sunscreen and was in line to step aboard the S.S. Minnow.

So… What now?
Now, I will remind myself this isn’t a race. It took me 3 years to lose the 67 lbs.
Now, I will jump off the train to Obsessivetown and get on the slow boat to It’s Gonna Happen, Just Not Tomorrow.
Now, I listen to my body. I continue to move. I continue to draw on the support from my friends and my WW group and most importantly, I don’t give up!

 

*You get a blue dot if you stay within a few points of your daily goal.

Heading South

img_8439The last quarter of 2016 brought about rather big changes for our family. Our only born left for college, we moved 6 hours south to Austin, and I closed my store.

We had dreams of moving to Maine once Frodo graduated High School, but he decided to stay in TX for college, and with in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates being what they are, we put those plans on hold. We still wanted to move out of our small though and considered Dallas, but after a few visits to Austin, we were sold! So here we are.* We still dream of Maine, and probably will even more once summer comes around again, but are enjoying life here for now.

The closing of my store has been somewhat harder. It was my identity for so long. I was the soap lady. It was where I lived 7 days a week. I still have my business and am still making soap, but on a much smaller scale and with a few more challenges. Although it is quite nice to be home more with The King.

 

*”Oh so you followed your son to college? People have actually said that to us.”
No, we found a town we love that happens to be near his college.” As a mom, of an only child, I’m certainly not hating the fact that he’s just a short ride away, and as a “starving college student” he’s not hating the fact that he can come home on the weekends and be fed.

Toes in the Sand

I’m not able to make my yearly pilgrimage to Sweden with The King, so instead I took the Frodo and his girlfriend on a mini vacation to Galveston. We visited Schlitterbahn where I spent most of my time in the not so lazy river. It’s my favorite lazy river in all of the waterparks I’ve visited. We hung out on the beach the second day but I spent most of my time under the shade of the pier after getting a sunburn the day before. IMG_5793

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One of the best parts of my trip was finally being able to dig into this awesome book! Review to come when I’m done!

T-Shirt Quilt

I’ve been saving Frodo’s T-Shirt’s for years with the intention of making a tshirt quilt. I read tons of tutorials, gathered all of my supplies and a few months ago finally decided to dive in!

IMG_2994I started by placing my template over each t-shirt to see which ones would be too big (the design would get cut off) and which were too small (would include the seams) and eliminated both. Once I found which designs fit perfectly for the size I wanted, I began cutting them out with a rotary cutter, using the whole tshirt so that the back of the tshirt could be the back of my quilt.

IMG_3041I also cut out white flannel pieces with the same template and sandwiched them in between each front and back. Once I had all of my shirts cut and “sandwiches” made, I sewed an X on each one to stabilize the fabric.

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Once all of my Xs were sewn, I set out all of my squares to decide how I wanted them placed. Then I began sewing them into rows. Since this is a rag quilt I sewed “wrong” sides together, so that the seam stuck up on the right side. That’s the part that will be clipped later to achieve the “rag” look.

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My seams aren’t prefectly straight here but this kind of quilt is very forgiving, so it’s ok!

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And this is how it looks when all the rows are sewn together. One last sewing part is shown in the next photo, sewing a seam all around the edges of the whole quilt.
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After all of the sewing is done, you clip the seams each half inch or so. I didn’t get a photo of that, but below is a photo from a flannel rag quilt I did a few months ago. I’ll post that full tutorial soon!IMG_2810

#1 tip on this part is get sharp, quality scissors. Also, be careful you don’t cut all the way to the thread. I had to go back and sew up parts I accidentally cut on this one. Once that step is done, just throw in the washer and then the dryer. This helps fray the edges. T-Shirt Quilts will just kind of ruffle and won’t fray and create the puffy edges cotton or flannel rag quilts make.

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This is the finished product. The kid is very happy with it. It contains years of memories and keeps him warm at night! Now I want to make myself one!

One final bit of advice. A walking foot makes this project a bit easier so that the fabric doesn’t pull and stretch while you are sewing.

 

One Chapter Ends…

IMG_5342Where did time go? Didn’t he just leave for his first day of Kindergarten?

Where are his Bionicles and Legos? Where did this handsome young man come from?

I am so very proud of Frodo! He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted into his first choice University – UT Austin.

IMG_5538The day after graduation we left to go down to Austin for his orientation.

He stayed in the dorms for the three day orientation, and I went and explored the area after my day of parent orientation.

I have such mixed feelings about this new chapter in his life. I am so excited for him to go on this new adventure, but sad too because I will miss having him around every day.

But as a famous southern belle once said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Or better yet, in August!