I should have said Birthday Cake, french fries, steak, ham, french fries, hamburgers, pizza, french fries, ham, ham, ham..... and and and....
I did say we'll look at the Weight Loss Challenge today, huh? Gosh I hate when I put something in writing and then wish I could back out.
Today I am 5lb heavier than my last WLC report two weeks ago. Total weight loss, uhh... 2lbs? It's lame. Sad. Pathetic even? I've had good days and good weeks, and weak days and embarrassing weeks in the WLC.
In the past few days I have had the urge to give up on a few things. The first thing was growing squash in my garden. Last year I took up a lot of garden space with summer squash and got nothing from it because of nasty squash vine borers. I was cleaning the garden spot on Sunday and thought "I just need to quit trying to grow squash." I was convinced that it was a pointless effort. I really have to talk a lot of sense to myself and forget the "I want to give up" feeling during those chats.... yes, those chats with myself. I decided that I would talk to the people at the garden center about using a pesticide. This doesn't make me a quitter - I'm not sure if it makes me a winner either because I wasn't too excited about using a pesticide on my garden. But I want squash. The garden center people were more than happy to sell me some pesticide. I'll let you know if it works.
I also thought in the past few days that I would quit the public WLC because at the moment it's turning into public humiliation since I have essentially lost no weight. Sorry but 2lbs in 8 weeks is not progress of any kind. BUT. I am not quitting. This took a little longer self-to-self chat than the squash discussion.
I am intelligent. I can analyze things. I may be poorly organized (i.e. mountains of sewing and fiber and yarn around house) but that doesn't mean I can't work this out. (sorry about all of the "I's") I have come to some common sense conclusions about losing weight during my self-to-self chats. Here are the ones I can remember at the moment:
- There are two ways to lose weight:
- work - this means following a diet plan and counting calories/carbs/fat grams and exercising - essentially against my will and generally evolving into a loathing for the plan and activity designed to force myself to lose weight (this is also the no-taco option). What happens when you reach your goal with this method? I wouldn't know, it's never happened to me.
- lifestyle change - this can be initially guided by a diet plan (or nutrition education plan) but is better when it's an overall choice to make forever-changes. Changes that happen because they feel good and I don't have to think about them. Increasing regular exercise like walking, gardening, outdoor activities with the children (frisbee or ball or bike riding). Food changes - some have already happened but they need to continue, like drinking more water, quitting coffee (still trying), less red meat, more fish (occasional tacos allowed).
- Increased outdoor activity in summer is hopefully a good thing because honestly the very last thing I really want to do right now is work out at the Y. It's a winter/cool weather thing for me.
Soooo.... no chart this week. I'm looking forward to continuing with the WLC and thinking about how I want it to evolve. Overall I know that having support and cheers from friends is nice but the change has to be from within myself. I'm not quitting. Just deciding how to move forward. I will try to keep posting about my thoughts and progress on Mondays. It's still a challenge. :)
So back to everyday life.... thanks everybody for the SWEET comments about Emeline's birthday. She had fun and is still riding the birthday wave.
We do love living in this little town and we're lucky to live in a good spot that is within easy walking distance to a lot of things to do! We could walk to the movies if we wanted to. We have a choice of ohhh... several restaurants within walking distance. Also the post office, bank... (not our bank, unfortunately, but more than a few banks), hair salon(s), court house, several parks, at least one funeral home, lumber yard, real estate office, more churches than I ever realized, the upper elementary for our part of town (will have to drive the little ones to early elementary building), junior high school, and all of our doctor offices!!! The big kids have walked to the pool (just a little far for me with the stroller) but they prefer to ride bikes. Wal Mart and grocery are a little out of reach. I was telling Jeff this morning about how the Yarn Harlot rides her bike everywhere and has commented that she always has very fresh produce because she only brings home what she can pack on the bicycle! heh I couldn't do that with little ones but it's still pretty cool.
Yep. Old house in an old town. We do love it.
Ready to hear about our day in squares?
Daily Square Report:
Today the girls and I left just a little earlier than usual to walk down to the church in hopes of catching the mail man on his way in with packages! According to the church secretary, Chris, he is having a grand time delivering the packages because everyone in the church office is always so excited to see him coming!! I'm sure the phrase "Santa Clause is here!" is heard nearly every day. So we got there to find that the mail carrier had just left (it's not Christy). The girls went through their sweet fun little routine by peeking around the corner of Chris's desk and saying Hi, giving Chris a hug, then getting stickers (I hope she has a lot of stickers cause we're using them up 2 per day!). Here is Chris hugging the girls. Picking up the mail is a fun part of our day. :)
Today we received another 35 squares and 20 more cloths! Yay! This brings our total squares received to 824 and only 296 needed to reach the minimum goal! YeeHaw!! Happy happy happy!!! We also have 127 cloths now! :)
Some people tell me the fiber content or what yarn they used for their squares on notes inside their packages. It's completely unnecessary because they'll all be combined with other yarns and fibers but it's been very interesting to notice which yarns are mentioned the most. I've had several squares coming in made from Lion Brand Wool Ease, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, and Cascade 220. I've always heard that Cascade 220 is virtually the hands down favorite of LOTS of people and now I know why! Those yarns really make beautiful squares!! EVERY square is beautiful but I'm starting to recognise those most frequently used yarns. I also recognize Noro Silk Garden and there have been some of those coming in too. One acrylic yarn that's really nice and has great stitch definition with dreamy softness is Caron Simply Soft. Pretty colors in that yarn too (and oh so affordable!). I need to dig out my Caron Simply Soft leftovers from preemie knitting and make some squares with that! Always pretty. Today I think I saw some .... oh, I don't remember the brand but it's an acrylic "transitioning" type yarn and wow, so so pretty and soft.
So who wants to see some squares?
Today's squares came from the following people:
Michelle - Pinckney, MI (and 20 cloths!)
Kathy - Lebanon, IN
Margot - Vienna, VA (2nd package!)
Thank you so much for your beautiful squares and hours of work! We're so grateful to receive these squares and to be able to bring this project together for the families of Greensburg. :)
Everybody have a great week and I'll see you tomorrow with another square report! XOXOX