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Thread: January 2013 Weight Loss Adventure with a prize.

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    What is your least favorite part of quilting? I have decided mine is pressing. I'd been done with this quilt a long time ago if I had a personal presser. It's a good thing I like coral and bright scraps otherwise I'd be even more bored. I have such a low tolerance for anything repetitious. Okay, enough whining.

    Nice quiet day today. I wanted to go get my hair cut, but I talked myself out of going anywhere. I can do it tomorrow if I don't have boys to watch. I can't say babysit - they are 10 and 13 and both outweigh me. The 13 yo needs transportation - their mother works Friday evenings and the 10 yo is too young to stay alone. We are expected a lot of snow so I don't think I'll have them. My daughter isn't a confident driver and doesn't believe the rest of us don't mind so she probably won't let J go to the Y. M is gluten free and hungry for pizza, so I know what I'll be making if they do come over.

    I wish us all a clean eating 24 hours. One day at a time. J

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    How do you guys motivate and where do you get exercise when its cold? REAL COLD :-)

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    Irish, I would have to agree on that. The final pressing once all the blocks are together to get the seams to go right and all, I don't enjoy that process. Right now I have a queen size quilt that I should finish all the sewing on tomorrow but it will take me half the day to press that puppy!

    It does not get REAL COLD here, though last week in the 50's we southern Californian's froze our tails off, still I didn't go out walking cause it was too cold. I'm a wimp, I admit it!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    I enjoy the pressing process - but then, I like to do the binding on quilts as well. The pressing is rather soothing to me - I do some deep thinking (for me, as deep as I can LOL) and try to solve the problems of the world - well trying to solve the problems of why that piece of fabric is still standing up! I don't mind standing and I know some of us have problems with that. I do have problems with my wrist, so sometimes my hand is quite uncomfortable because of the pressure I put on the wrist to press. Wish I lived closer to either of you, I'd press for you.
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    I dont mind the pressing, I don't like the binding. I have several quilts to get done, have lost my motivation to get them done. My plan for tomorrow is to work on the college t-shirt quilt, get the top put together, I have the shirts framed and ready to go, now jut need to get them sewn together.

    Off to get ready for work. Have a blessed day.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    It's the repetitious pressing that gets to me like the flying geese for the mystery quilt. Blocks aren't too bad because there are fewer pieces then and the whole quilt means I get to see it together so that's exciting. Besides, if I've pressed the blocks well and then the connecting seams as I go, it means only one or two seams need pressing. My other pressed parts stay pressed.

    Cindy, isn't the t-shirt quilt a customer quilt? I'd be finishing that one though personally I'd never agree to do one.

    My friend on dialysis is ill today so I don't have that to do, but my SM tension is acting up. I may have to replace the spring. I've never taken a tension apart, but the book gives good directions so wish me luck. The first thing I need to do is pay some bills as the state very nicely put money in one of my bank accounts. When I look around, I feel very fortunate to be able to do so even if there's not much left. My ex-husband calls periodically so see if I need money. "No." I guess he finally realizes why things are they way they are. I wish there were no casinos around, but that's a whole 'nother story.

    How do I go walking? I set a cut off temp - it used to be 10 below, but now I think it's closer to 2 below with no more than moderate winds. Then I dress appropriately and go out. All that ever gets cold are my hands (if I have to remove my gloves too often) and my cheeks and chin if I don't pull up my scarf and I rarely do. My feet and body are cozy. Painiacs, you are a little colder than I am, though Cadillac is colder than the rest of the LP. It still must be above zero in the middle of a sunny afternoon. I also would join the Y Senior Fit exercises if I weren't on track for SI joint surgery (between the back and hip). That's on hold because of the contaminated steroids.Three more people in this area became ill last week. How long will it be a problem? Neither the surgeon or I know. PBS has several exercise programs depending on your ability. I'm down to Sit and be Fit, but there's more there than you'd think.

    I am losing weight and becoming healthier.
    Judy

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    Okay, so it took 2 weeks for me to get started(sort of) and I still haven't started exercising again yet so I'm no threat to anyone this month. No idea why, I actually like exercising and have plenty of DVDs and weights at home plus a $10.00 a month gym close by. Soooooo...I will have to kick my own butt to get moving again. This is the first I've been on the thread this month and I read it from start to finish. I will have to start checking in more often for February. Sorry to hear your having to cope with some new health issues Cindy. It sounds as though some of you are doing really well this month-keep it up. I am determined to get back in the groove for February.
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    I am going through withdrawals today. For years I have gone to the Road to California Quilt show. None of my friends could go this year. I don't really have any money to spend and since I can't walk or be on my feet all day, I couldn't really go alone in a "chair". Sniff.... sniff....... I love going to that show. But I always spend a couple hundred between the show, gas to get there and food for the day. Maybe I should try and get in a couple hours of sewing.

    Just whining and feeling sorry for myself!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    yes the t-shirt quilt is for a customer, she is very patient and understanding. I could use the rest of the money that is owed on it, so I need to get it done quickly so I can get paid. My own fault.

    I understand about not being able to go to your favorite quilt show, I missed mine last year, the Dallas quilt show. I was working and now that I am not working weekends I will go this year. Need to see when it is, sometime in March, I think.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    Shadowirish - I'm soooo jealous!!!! My Ravens will be there....give a cheer for them from me!!! I'll be there in spirit, but watching from my couch at home.

    Love all the piles of "skinny" quarters. I probably won't be winning them this month. Kinda stuck!! This weather has been bitter cold, so no walking outside. And with the flu bug going around we're shorthanded at work, which means I get OT, but screws with my schedule for "me" time. Oh well. I'm doing good on the wise choices, just need to get my butt moving again. Guess I better drag the treadmill out.
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    Got my top done!!!! I have it laid out on the living room floor, it is about 97 x 108. Huge!!! I'm going to give it a good look over then stay stitch the edges at 1/8" before I press. I don't normally do this, however this does not have borders and there are a million seams coming right up to the edge. I don't want any of them to come apart, ever!!
    It will take me a long long time to press.
    I cannot afford to send this thing out to be quilted. I'm contemplating FMQ'ing a rose type design all over the thing. It will be a killer on the shoulders, that's for sure. Just glad to finally have the top done!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    OK, happened onto this thread yesterday and backed out when I read that it was a FQ challenge.
    I have a slow metabolism and I am not a competitive person anyway.
    However, I need the support.
    I have not had time to read all the pages, so my question is: can I be a part of this just for the support, bc while I expect to lose weight, I don't expect I will be winning any races.
    What is required of me other than reciprocal support and honesty?
    I have tons of support to give. I'm a great cheerleading mousie
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    You bet Mousie. You sure can join us. I have been participating for a while and though I have not "won" any of the FQ's I have lost weight. That makes me a winner!

    If you want to send in a FQ to participate that is great, but if you just want to participate in the discussions and tips and support that would be great!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    Welcome, Mousie, you can participate with or without the FQ part.

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    Wow lots of chit chat on here today. Judy your babies are cute. They are good companions to make you walk everyday. I have been jumping on my elliptical most mornings. It makes me feel so much better. The Fq's are so pretty. I really need to get my butt in gear so they can be mine sometime.
    I came home from work yesterday with the most awful stomach pain. It was really weird. I was fine one minute and not the next. I wasn't even sure I could drive home. I debated if I should go to the emergency room. I decided to give it an hour and decide. It felt like someone was ripping my stomach to shreds. It disapeard as quickly as it started. I was completely fine by 2:00. I guess if it happens again I will go to the doctor. No other symptoms. Very strange.
    I am not a big fan of ironing either. I started a quilt for my new grandson last night. I have a stash of precious light colored batiks I was saving for something special. I had a hard time allowing myself to cut them. They are some of the fabrics I was hoarding and could never bring myself to use.I am using 4 of them to make a convergence quilt for the background them I am going to machine applique on top of it. I am half way designing as I go. I sure hope it works out like I envision it. I will have to sketch some of it out tomorrow.
    Healthy eating and exercise to everyone.
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    Just found this thread. Would like to join in Feb. When do you start? What's a good DVD for exercise for a beginner?
    I missed Road too. The first partner's DH had a detached retinae and had to nurse him. The second partner's making an emergency trip to S Illinois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Just found this thread. Would like to join in Feb. When do you start? What's a good DVD for exercise for a beginner?
    I missed Road too. The first partner's DH had a detached retinae and had to nurse him. The second partner's making an emergency trip to S Illinois.
    I will post the link on this page of the new thread around the 29th or 30th of this month. Would love to have you join us.

    Not sure which DVD is a good one to start with. Maybe someone else does.
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    Welcome Mousie......you do not have to send in a FQ fro the encouragement. Anyone is welcome to join in and share. We all need some encouragement.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    Hi all..
    Just had to stop in to see how all are doing. Sounds like you all are doing well at staying on program to be healthier
    I wonder which will be the winner of those great looking Skinny Qtrs.
    I have been working on the baby quilt for our neighbors daughters shower on Feb 2nd. Wish I could get the knack of posting from my mac but so far no luck. It's a 3d pinwheel with two borders it measures about 36 x 48.
    Good luck to all
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    Gail I am not good at computers but I do have a Mac. I always have to take my pictures at a smaller size. I have never figured out how to make them smaller on my Mac. My camera will let me take them in a size that it says are the size for email attachments. When I load them on my computer I have the best luck just dragging them to my desktop. I can't get the tree icon to work. I use the go advanced tab below this text box and upload the file from there.
    We are having company for poker tonight so I am baking. I hope they eat a lot because I don't need these goodies hanging around here. I made nutella brownies. It is a recipe I have been drooling over for months. And a buttermilk pie, that is an Amish recipe i have. Also making bean soup and cornbread. I can stay out of the pie but not too sure about the brownies. I love , love nutella.
    I have tried a couple of exercise DVD's that are for beginners before. They always have things that just don't work for me. I just use whatever DVD I have and modify it down to my level until I advance to the level of the DVD. I have bad knees so I can't do the jumping on most DVD's so a trainer I know suggested i just kinda bounce up and down on those parts. It is easier than trying to find a DVD at your level. And cheaper than trying multiple Dvd's.
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    Thanks Pat, I'll try that or end up waiting for our son to visit and see if he can help. He doesn't have a Mac but does pretty good at working things out.
    I'm with you on the workout DVD thing. I have a bad back so jumping and twisting is out. Just get a middle range workout and start out easy and work up at your own pace. Whatever you do with the workout is more than you are doing now..right?
    I still have the three pounds from the holiday eating on me so I must still be eating more than my body needs,Grr.
    Welcome pethefabric and Mousiest the more the better to keep our spirits up. I need to go check what FQ color I need to send in Feb. Off to play in my fabric starch.
    Hugs to all
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    No overeating for me today. I have on a pair of high waisted jeans that don't have any spandex. I didn't know I still owned such a thing. I made a small pineapple upside cake this morning. This way, I will make it last a few days. I should call daughter #4, she's not totally gluten free, but she loves that cake. I make her one in August for her b'day.

    My body will be happy to have a day off from exercise other than walking because my legs were sore last night. I do think I'm going to buy a Sit and be Fit DVD to have for days I can't be home at 2:30. There are so many to choose from it will be hard to decide which one. Arthritis? Fibromyalgia? Etc?

    Have a clean eating day, y'all. Move your body, drink your water and think good thoughts.
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    Stepped on the scale this morning. I'm not going to be the one to win those beautiful fabrics. sigh....... Maybe next month!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    Good afternoon ladies......well I have been productive this morning. I have been working on the t-shirt quilt. it is up on the design wall, am making some progress with it. I hope to have it done by the end of Feb.

    Blood sugars are slowly getting better, go back to the doc on the 7th.

    back to work on the quilt now.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    Good Afternoon! Glad your blood sugars are improving!
    I stay-stitched at 1/8" around the edges of my quilt. I have finished pressing the seams of about 1/3 of it. This thing is huge. Once I have pressed the back to make sure the seams look good I will flip it and press the front. Just needed to sit down and cool off a little!
    My son came home so I had a terrible breakfast. 2 pancakes, 4 pieces of bacon and two fried eggs. I just hope that by the end of the month I have not gained weight.
    We did go for a 20 min walk this morning. I really need go get out and walk every day, but I don't.


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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