Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gained Weight?

Not sure what happened with this weight gain, it was only .2 but it was still a gain.
Hopefully tomorrow nights weigh in will be better!

Working on Woven Headbands to take over to the store and more Korker Bows, haven't updated my store items in that area in awhile.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weight Watchers

I have finally started taking care of myself, maybe I am selfish but I don't think so. I get pulled in so many different directions by my kids and grandkids that if they want me around for awhile I need to start taking better care of me!

I joined Weight Watchers with my oldest son's girlfriend/wife (they have been together a long time and have a almost 5 year old son, so I consider her his wife). She wanted to join but wanted someone to join with her. I had thought about joining myself over the last couple of years but I too did not want to go alone, lol. Ever since I "retired" and got married 4 years ago, the weight has slowly been adding on, I know it is due to not getting the exercise that I did when I was working and running the floor all day.

We attend the weekly meetings on Thursday evenings together, and that is our top priority for that day and time. No matter who calls and wants or needs something, sorry but that is my "me" time and I love it and am not giving it up. We started on March 12th and we both have been doing great! My average weight loss to date has been about 2.4 pounds per week, with a total weight loss of 12 pounds. I posted a weight ticker at the bottom of my blog so it will show my progress, I will update it every Thursday when I also go online to the Weight Watchers site and update my weigh in results.

We both purchased the monthly membership option, so we are automatically billed each month and don't have to worry about paying money when we attend the meetings. I just love the recipe builder they have online for members, it is great, you can put in your ingredients and it calculates the points for you.

I received a free elliptical machine from a local freecycler, my sons and I picked it up and brought it home, before I started weight watchers I used it occasionally but kind of gave it up. Now that I have joined WW I am on it every day, at least twice a day for 30 minutes each time. When I first started I couldn't even go 3 tenths of a mile without stopping. We also bought a basketball hoop, I loved shooting baskets with my sister when we were younger and I know my sons especially like to shoot so it seemed like a easy and fun way for us all to play together and get some exercise. I am even able to run again, not having hardly any back problems and the numbness in my foot and down my leg hardly bothers me at all.

Went to the Dr and had all that female stuff done, even went and had a mamogram done. Everything came back great! I had them also do some blood work to see what my numbers look like there, the last time I had my blood checked was probably when I was pregnant for my now 15 year old daughter. The only problem there is that my bad cholesterol is a little high, I told him to give me 6 more months of WW and it will probably be good by then, he isn't giving me 6 months, he is giving me 3 months, lol. But I am sure the number will fall into the good range by that time.

Just wanted everyone to know that I haven't been keeping up with my store stuff and other sewing projects due to my focusing on myself and getting healthy. I think I have it down pretty good and am looking forward to at least another 50 years with my wonderful DH especially. Looking forward to seeing my kids, kids have kids of their own!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cricut Expression Machine

DH bought this for me for x-mas, at my request. I have only gotten it out and played around with it a few times. I decided the other day I wanted to try the glass etching, I wanted to make a plate for my parents 25th Wedding Anniversary. I had purchased 2 plates, one to play with and experiment on and the other for the final gift. I had to purchase some black vinyl luckily my local Wally World carries some Cricut stuff. Mission accomplished and I am for the most part happy with the results.
I already have 6 of the Cricut cartridges for designs and fonts but wanted something a little fancier. In my search on, looking for tips and tricks on using the Cricut, I came across information for another site that for $75.00 you can use any free font or dingbat designs and send them to your Cricut to be cut. The site is Craft Edge and the program is called SureCutsAlot. I thought about it and compared the cost of other cartridges and decided to go with this program. Downloaded it and ran it and it works like a dream. Will save me so much money! They even have a forum for help and where other kind generous souls share designs they have created. Thank you so much for an affordable alternative!!
Since my Cricut sat for so long it was a little dusty. I decided it needed a dust cover, I knew I had seen places where people were selling these but knew I could make one myself. I started to design the cover then decided to make it a tote with handles so I could move it from one place to another easily. Here is a pic of the final product.
Not totally happy with it though, lol. After I completed it I started having ideas on how to improve it. If I were to make another one I would add a pocket on the end to store the cord. Also the first run I put the zipper across the whole top, when I went to insert my Cricut, I had a heck of a time getting it in. So I slit one end and added another zipper. On the next one I would start the zipper down near the bottom on one end and run it across the top, the zippers I have are 21 inches, so they would work fine. Then I can just slide the Cricut in. Also I would use or make some pre-quilted fabric, especially if you wanted to haul your Cricut out of the house, would definitely offer it some protection.