Saturday, February 18, 2006

Befores and Afters



Here are before and after pictures of me. The one on top was taken today, the other from January 1. I feel like I have made significant changes. I have been on this diet to hopefully get a new beginning. A new beginning in Seattle, not known as a fat girl. A new beginning with comfort. A new beginning with health. A new beginning socially. A new job. Just new beginnings all around. I feel like my life has been stagnating here in Louisiana. I want to reinvent my life...the way it should be.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Zoe's First Bib


A friend at work's wife is about to have a little girl they will name Zoe. I made this newborn-sized bib just for her from a pattern at spunmag.com. The "Z" I sewed onto the bib is my first embroidery project ever and I am quite pleased with how it turned out!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

15 Pounds Down, 100 to Go!

After a month on South Beach, I have lost about 15 pounds. I pretty much lost that 15 pounds during the first 2 weeks. I am now at the point where my diet should be normal. I haven't quite adjusted yet, but I am maintaining the loss! I am at the weight that I couldn't get below when I was working out like a fiend 5 days a week. I really hope my weight starts decreasing soon. I started measuring myself 2 weeks ago, because I cannot trust my cheap scale. I am feeling flabby, so I will be starting a weight program soon.

I am going to Seattle to check out apartments in April. I am so excited!! I really cannot wait to move there! I will have lots of pictures when I return!

Friday, December 30, 2005

My New Year Resolutions

I have to admit, I am repeating my core resolutions. Every year, I say I am going to lose the weight and it never happens. Not to say I give up after a couple of weeks like most people. I persist for at least 6 months until it is obvious I am getting nowhere. Then I go to a doctor or two who tell me the same thing. There is nothing from the usual tests that is off. No one has ever strayed from the usual tests. And no one has acted concerned that I am extremely unhappy and in pain at over 100 pounds overweight.

This year, I am trying an actual diet. I have avoided them for years since they seem to be excuses for companies to make money off of people's unhappiness and desperation. I am trying the South Beach Diet. It seems the most sensible and it seems to be something that can be followed long-term. I know a few people who have had success and they don't seem brain-washed by the diet like the Atkins people I have known. They also don't act like overzealous converts and tell everyone, "All carbs are bad, please pass the bacon!" My big problem lies in artificial sweeteners. Each one makes me sick in its own special way! People insist that they really don't make me sick, but they really do...nausea and migraines, fun stuff. I am going to try stevia again. It didn't make me sick but it tasted horrid. I have heard that the aftertaste is the result of using too much, so I will try it again.

Wish me luck. When I move to Seattle in February of 2007, I want to be under 200 pounds. I want to have a fresh start, and a fresh attitude. I haven't felt like myself for a very long time. I hope this can give me my old confidence.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

It's all about Sid!


In September, my 13 year old cat finally succumbed to cancer and died. I immediately rushed out to get another cat, so I wouldn't be lonely. That evening, I went to the house of this old cajun man and took home the first kitten he could catch! I brought home a tiny orange fuzzball that I named Sid. Within 4 months, he grew into a long french fry of a cat. He has the longest tail ever, and he is so rambunctious he keeps my hands scratched to pieces! He is going to be one huge monster of a cat, and I love every inch of him!