11 Pounds Lost

I weighed my self this morning after working out and lost 2 more pounds. So far I have lost 11 pounds. I am so excited. I am starting to notice a difference. I have more stamina. I don’t lose my breath so quickly when climbing stairs. My clothes fit better. Yippee. I can’t believe I am going to say this, “I actually enjoy working out.” Crazy huh. Never thought I would say that.

Do you wanna know how I am doing it? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? I first started by going to the gym a couple of times a week. Then I cut out all drinks with sugar in them. I buy the flavored/carbonated water at Walmart. It is just like drinking soda. My kids and husband love it too. So you know it can’t taste too bad. I drink more water now. Milk is pretty much the only thing I drink that has calories. Think about how  much extra calories you consume in a day just buy drinking. If you are addicted to soda it is tons.

I bought a calorie counting handbook. It is small and fits in my purse. I am eating between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I would say on average I was eating and drinking at least 2500 a day. In just 7 days that is 7000 less calories. Wow. I am paying more attention to what I eat. If I want chocolate I have it but it has to fit into my calorie count. Fudge pops are the perfect fix. You can buy the sugar free ones pretty cheap at Walmart. Even the ones with sugar are less than 100 calories. I eat more fruit and vegetables and less pasta and bread. Portion size is a big thing. Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and pickles have very little calories. Andrew and I can put away some baby carrots. LOL.

Now here is the part of the plan that is keeping me motivated. I am pretty sure that most of you know that I am a Christian. I found a website that has free programs to helps you break your addictions and habits. I love it. It is called Setting Captives Free. The program I am using is called the Lord’s Table. It is for people with eating disorders. Yes over eating is a disorder. The program is for 60 days. You log in each day and read a lesson and answer questions that go along with the lesson. It is full of scripture and helps you to understand how God can help you overcome your disorder. It is awesome. I feel closer to God than I have ever been. I have owned up to what I am doing to myself, my family, and God. Of course I take it day by day. Some days are better than others. Yesterday was a rough day for me. Today isn’t. I highly recommend this program to everyone. Even if you are not a Christian. It has a lot of Great advice. What do you have to lose…check it out.

Andrews 2nd Birthday

Yesterday was Andrew’s birthday. We had a little party for him on Saturday. I accidentally put a number 1 on his cupcake. When I went to light it, I looked at it like wait am minute. I guess I just don’t want my baby to grow up. He loved it when everyone sang happy birthday. It was so cute.

My Quilting Buddies Mystery Quilt Final Clue

Here is the final step for the mystery quilt that I designed and hosted on My Quilting Buddies. It was a lot of fun. If you make one please email me with a picture. I would love to see it.

The flash washed out the color in this picture. I will take a better picture later and share it. In this picture you can’t tell that there are pinks in the quilt.

DOWN LOADABLE: Mystery Quilt Final Step

If you would like to down load  all of the instructions at once here is the link:

DOWN LOADABLE: My Quilting Buddies Mystery Quilt #1

My Fresh Flowers

My thoughtful hubby gave me a pot of Hyacinth on Easter day. Yesterday I got a half dozen red roses at Tim’s change of command ceremony. I was surprised. It was a happy and bitter sweet occasion.

My Quilting Buddies Mystery Quilt Week 4 Clue

DOWN LOADABLE: My Quilting Buddies Mystery Quilt Clue 4

My Quilting Buddies Mystery Quilt Clue #3

Here are the instructions for printing this step.

DOWN LOADABLE: Mystery Quilt Clue 3

Black and White Tote Bag

I made this tote bag for a swap on My Quilting Buddies. I loved it so much I had a hard time mailing it. I hope Deb in Montana loves it as much as me. If not please send it back. LOL. It was a very generously sized bag. Great for taking to pick up some groceries or going to the library to get some books. It is about the same size as the diaper bag I currently use. There is one pocket on the front and 6 pockets inside.