Monday, November 3, 2014

Practiced Practicing Joy

This weekend, there were two blog readers who cautiously offered an opinion hoping not to offend me. Please know that I am not offended by caring comments designed to help not harm. There's a vast difference between a caring comment and a spiteful one. I love receiving blog comments and enjoy the interaction. It's one of the fabulous things about this community of sewing blogs - the way in which we can support and encourage one another.





One comment was around which styles of clothing make me look slimmer. That's a REALLY hard thing to assess by yourself. I know that I can be biased by preconceptions and perhaps be thinking about the body I used to have and not the one I'm actually wearing so please let me know which garments you think look great on me and which ones are not so friendly - especially if I have it the opposite way around. I definitely want to know when I have lipstick on my teeth, my fly is undone, and I'm being totally delusional BUT... sometimes I'll wear something less than best just for the fun of it. Our best look - lines - can get old at times.





The second comment - sent privately - was about a way to lose weight. I'm researching all kinds of possibilities to find the one that I think will work with the how I move through life. I don't want a lot of restricting rules, to weigh and measure foods, or to have to eat a certain number of meals a certain number of hours apart, or a whole host of other things that haven't worked for me previously. I want something doable - a life style as "they" say. Currently, I'm researching Secrets of 5-HTP. If you have any experience with that supplement, I'd love to hear about it.





One of my very creative friends - who I never even thought could possibly have slumps - told me that when she's not feeling at all creative she organizes something in her studio. I've been wanting to move the work island for quite a while so on Saturday, I asked my oldest son to help me and we moved it from over by the window to the foreground of the picture above. Previously, I've had the couch in front of the window and the sewing desks to the left. This time, I reversed them and I like seeing the view while sewing and if I can figure out an attractive way to make the couch higher, I'll have a better view from there as well.





To move the island, I have to empty it which makes quite a mess. It's amazing how much stuff is stored in there. Yesterday, everything was back in order and I started on Burda 8157 in a non-stretch denim. For fun, I used a silver and black striped fabric to line the pockets and to create the fly extension. Again, on the advice of some friends, I slowed down, took care at every step, made careful decisions, and practiced practicing joy at every step of the process. It was a fun day. I have fitting the side seams, the waistband, and the hem to go.





Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. When I talked to my daughter, they had 2-3 centimeters of snow on the ground and it was gloomy. We had blue sky and sun warm enough to wear just a sweater... on the 2nd of November... SO not normal and SO wonderful.





Up above our complex, the city is building a new park. This past week, they paved a two kilometer meandering circular path. The orange cones cover the base of pending lights. I'm not sure when they're going to put those in but eventually the entire walkway will be lit.





It's a climb from our house up to the path and then the path is up, down, an d around. It's lovely. Miss Chloe, our drama queen dog, and I walked it every day last week and on Saturday and Sunday Howard joined us. Hopefully, he'll come again today. He says it hurts but everything hurts so he may as well enjoy the walk - a positive change. Chloe has certainly been good for getting both of us out more. LOL - she's losing weight.





As you can see, the views are spectacular. The roofs in the foreground are not our condo complex but the one next door. From here, we continue walking to the left the distance of six or seven houses along a city block and then down five levels of condo units to ours. This morning, when I get back from journal writing, we're having breakfast with our youngest son and then we'll walk the walk and after that, my plan is to finish the jeans and think about my next project.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - concerned and caring feedback

Tenacity is when you follow your heart - when the whole world is screaming to get back into your head. 
- Sonia Choquette

12 comments:

  1. Great advice, as usual.

    Love the progress on the jeans and the beautiful pics. It was near 60 yesterday in Minneapolis; complete anomaly but I enjoyed it!

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    1. Today is so not sunny and so not warm so I'm glad I took the time to thoroughly enjoy yesterday AND... today is a perfect work in the studio day.

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  2. I agree that constructive criticism is a very good thing, especially when one is open to it. Also agree that a steady diet of the most "flattering" clothes can start to feel a little stale and then something fun and out of the ordinary, even though it may not be though of as flattering in the conventional sense is called for.Losing weight when you've passed your 20's is a real challenge. I yo=yo dieted all my life and don't think it did me much good over-all. I don't want to get caught in that revolving door again. I'd rather maintain where I am (larger than I'm happy with) than bounce around, getting larger with each rebound and wreaking havoc with my metabolism!
    cheers,
    Helen

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    1. Yes... Yes... and Yes. I don't want to yo-yo either and until this sudden surge I had - like you - been holding steady at a higher than I'd like but better than the up and down roller coaster weight. Even though this is medication induced weight gain, it's still on my body so I want to at least get back to what I was. The rest would be a bonus but I'm not willing to turn myself inside out or become fixated on it.

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  3. The contrast fabric is gorgeous! I never considered doing the fly extension in a different fabric, what a joyful element! I will definitely do that next time. Thanks so much for the idea!

    I have no experience with supplements, I think the best 'rule' is to have as much variety in your diet as possible, as much fresh and freshly prepared food as you can (avoiding processed) and as many bright, fresh, inspiring colours in your food: they are not just great for the eye but also full of the really good stuff that's so very beneficial. I ought to exercise more and eat less (so much easier said than done!) because I have been overeating recently. I need to listen more to the signs that I am full and then leave the remaining food til later, that seems to work very well for me. But everyone is different: what is useful and easy to do for one person might not be for someone else. Consider it a journey of discovery!

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    1. Linings of any kind are great way to have fun and to use up little bits. It's not my original idea although I'm not sure where I learned it from either. I'm happy to pass it along though.

      I agree with your eating plan. I'm definitely leaning in that direction. What I want to know about this supplement is if it's claims to fame are real in which case it covers a few of my issues and may be more productive than a pharmaceutical. Definitely a journey of discovery. Thanks for the feedback.

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  4. What a great walking resource you have. Any time you add incline, you're doing very good things for your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. You'll be losing weight right behind Chloe before you know it.

    I have a two friends who are also researching 5-HTP as an alternative to anti-anxiety meds, but I don't know anyone who has taken it yet. I'm interested in what you find out and decide to do.

    I do know three different women who have used HCG, one who got injections and two who used the drops. They all lost an amazing amount of weight in a short period of time, and they've all kept it off for at least two years. Using HCG requires strict calorie restriction, but my friends said they didn't even notice it, because they had little to no appetite. They are all still compulsive now about how little they eat. This may sound like sour grapes, but I think they are all a lot less nice than they were previously, too. My own doctor, prevention-minded down to the cellular level, refused to let me try the HCG - mostly because of my own hormonal and endocrine history - and she will not do the injections for any of her other patients, although she allows a homeopathic version of the drops.

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    1. LOL - I think right now those hills are helping me hold steady. I'll weigh myself next Monday and we'll see what's happening. I hadn't heard about HCG although strict calorie restriction does not match me so I doubt there's much point looking AND... I'd rather stay more nice.

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  5. Hi Myrna ,I am having success with a programme called Advocare. It has supplements and a list of food choices. I am down 40lbs since Jan. It is very similar to a Paleo diet. I have cut wag back on Carbs and it is working for me. Slow but working. I also go to the Gym. My friend who is a Life Coach(coachdorothy@comcast.net) introduced me to it. I don't use a lot of the products but some help. Dorothy is working on the mi d body connection with me and we really can train our Brain to make better choices. My ten cents.

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    1. Thanks Mary Glen. CONGRATS. Slow is usually good. It tends to stay off that way. Paleo is similar to Clean Eating and along the lines of what I'm considering. The 5-HTP helps to deal with a host of things including appetite. I never knew Seratonin levels affected appetite.

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