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#36 Finding My Balance

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Lately, my focus is on food. What to eat and not eat. What tastes good and not so much. Pinterest has been a help but I’ve found a few stinkers along the way.

Kale chips are delicious but if you don’t follow the recipe, you could end up with something that reminds me of munching on fall leaves fresh out of the yard (not that I would know first hand, I’m just guessing here).

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If you decide to make kale chips, keep in mind they must be rubbed COMPLETELY with oil. Not drippy wet with oil, but a good coating. If you have tossed you kale with a couple of teaspoons of oil, there will be enough on your fingers to spread it around.

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This batch was sprinkled with ranch dressing seasoning. Yes, there are chemicals but I didn’t care. I needed a potato chip diversion and this did the trick! I also made a sea salt and pepper version that hubs loved. I wasn’t a big fan but they were ok.

Balsamic tofu.

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Oy. This was so gawd awful I couldn’t eat all of it. Now if you like very vinegary, sour foods, this is for you. I do like vinegar and sour but I couldn’t hang with this one. I followed the pinterest instructions to a T, even marinating overnight. The brussels sprouts were wonderful so there’s that. Also, my vegetarian chef step-daughter told me tofu will always be rubbery when baked unless is slathered in fats of some sort. Good info to keep in mind. I shall be making a new pinterest board, “Gawd awful recipes I’ve tried”. This one will be at the top!

Cauliflower tortillas.

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Looks like scrambled eggs, right? I think this one’s my fault or I just need to make a few adjustments. I don’t think I used enough cauliflower or pressed enough liquid from them once cooked. I should’ve known when I couldn’t press them into patties for baking. They were delicious and I will make them again. My intent was to make little pizza like creations.

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I ended up with something that resembled a salad. I don’t normally use cheese because I’m allergic to milk products (and have always eaten them anyway) but I needed the calories and really miss pizza. Sometimes you have to compromise to get through the tough parts! This was a tomato, avacado, spinach and feta cheese topping for my cauliflower tortillas. 500 calories of heaven for this shrinking woman!

I had the pleasure of having 2 chefs cook my dinner Thursday.

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My step daughter and her magnificent husband have moved back to Ohio! We are over the moon to have them so close. And one of the perks….

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I loved this view. Seeing artful creation in my kitchen and knowing it’s going to be delicious!

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Halibut steak with buerre blanc sauce and mushroom and asparagus risotto.

Jesse placed the sauce off to the side in case we didn’t like it. I want this sauce on everything I eat from this day forward!  This meal was to die for but sadly way over my calorie count for the day. I figured I have been strict for the past 5 weeks so one night wouldn’t undo what I’ve accomplished. I’m now down 24 pounds and steadily moving forward!

A few weeks ago, I found this fabric at Joann.

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Yes, this is one fabric. I love that its a different print on each side. I don’t know what the fabric content is, so I washed it in hot water just in case it would shrink or otherwise change before I make something with it. I need a spring and fall coat and I have just the pattern for it. A long, hooded coat made to be reverseable. Just my style! More on this later…

My sister asked me to make a quilt for a raffle to help save her friend. Sher Snedeker needs a double lung transplant to save her life and our health care here in America leaves much to be desired. This quilt will be raffled off to help her cause.

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Please visit her facebook page and consider helping my sister’s dear friend.

Awhile back, I talked about a quilt top that I found in a stash of stuff purchased through Craigslist. It was very poorly constructed and I asked you all if I should leave it as is or redo it. The consensus at the time was to leave it as is and honor the quilter’s efforts. Friends, I was going to, I really was. Then as I was preparing to make a back for it and load it onto my frame, I discovered things that couldn’t be ignored. There were huge spots of discoloration. I couldn’t remove them and they smelled awful when wet. So I removed them with the intention of taking enough rows off to replace the missing pieces. Ok, so hours later it was all in pieces. When I emerged from the seam ripper dust, I had all these little triangles! Yes, I took it all apart.

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It still isn’t perfect but it will be useable and pretty, I think. It in the process of hand binding. More pictures when it’s finished.

Today, after I record the podcast, I need to finish up this beauty for a client.

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The baby isn’t born yet but when he is, he will be sleeping with Dr. Seuss. The blocks are all cross stitched by his family and friends of the family.  The grandmother bought the blue fabric but I thought it needed a pop of Dr. Seuss color. I haven’t decided yet whether or not the binding will be black or red and white. Maybe a darker blue? I’ll post it when finished!

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I designed the label using an appliqued hat. (those are water spots from my crappy, dying iron)

Toodles!

Diets, Twilter Swap and Bowling

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I started a diet on pi day. I didn’t chose the date on purpose, but that’s how ironic my choices can be. It all made me laugh when I realized it half way through the day. At first, I thought the interwebs were out to get me, with all the delicious pies plastered everywhere.

I chose a Monday because I’d be at work where temptation could be limited, and it seemed a fresh start. I’d also seen all the wonderful pictures and posts about Quiltcon 2015. Something sparked in me and I just had to start making plans to go next year. After all, it’ll be on the eastern side of the US, so much closer to me!

Then I realized a lot of different things all at once. My back pain in the beginning of this year and last. How hard it’s been to walk any sort of distance or even tie my shoes without a giant struggle. I was starting to feel the need to buy larger jeans *again*. Sigh.

But here was the kicker. I’d have to fly to Savanah. I’ve never flown before and I’ll be doing it alone. And doing it fat. Ack. I’m terrified of driving in snow although I’ve done it most of my adult life. There’s usually a lot of snow in February you know, and that’s when the next Quiltcon is. So I have to fly.

I’m a big girl. Most of my life I’ve fought the battle to lose weight. In my very early 20s, I had Grave’s disease and lost 80 pounds in 6 months without trying. I went through treatment for it, got healthy and maintained that weight for a decade. Gradually, my weight climbed until about 7 years ago when I was asked to be a bride’s maid in a tight, strapless gown in a wedding party full of skinny chicks. That’s some amazing motivation right there! I ended up losing 50ish pounds and felt pretty good about where I was heading. Another 50ish and I’d be thin again!

Then my dad died.

I’m now working on losing 125 pounds. I’m also working on loving who I am at each stage. It can always get worse, and it will if I don’t proactively push myself in the opposite direction.  I’m all for self love and loving your larger frame and living in the moment. You do you, baby. I’ll cheer you on and dance it out with you. I’ve been very comfortable with my plus size and it took me years to get there.

But now, things are different. I’m in physical pain and I’m uncomfortable. I know my first plane ride will be uncomfortable at my size and humiliating as a result. Once I get to Quiltcon, I’ll be winded in a short time, my feet will hurt and my back will ache.  Diabetes and heart disease killed my dad and maternal grandmother. Odds are I’ll follow in their footsteps and in my 60s as well. I figure if I can quit smoking, I can lose an average sized, grown person. Piece of cake! Ahem.

Today closes the first 5 weeks of my new lifestyle. I had fried pickles at  Melt 2 weeks ago and felt horrible about it, but haven’t stepped off track other than that. This morning, my new friend Mr. Scale told me I’ve lost almost 24 pounds. I’m using the Lose It! App to track my calories and what I’m eating. If you use the app, you can friend me through my email weezyworks at yahoo.com.  Fitbit tracks my steps and syncs to the Lose It! App.  There have been a few days where I’ve gained a few pounds back but usually a lose those and more within a few days. I know there are people who believe you shouldn’t weigh in every day or at all, but I need to. It’s helping me gauge what’s working and what’s not. And it’s damned encouraging most days!

So, as of this moment in time, I’m pretty sure I’ll fly for my first time like any normal sized person. I’ll stroll through Savannah and Quiltcon with ease and have a fabulous vacation to celebrate. I may not be to my goal by then, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be a lot closer than I am right now.

Hubs and I have started going bowling with our children on Sunday morning. They’re all so busy but this seems to be a great time to go for all of them. Plus, it’s great therapy for Larry as he’s still recovering from his spine surgery a little over a year ago.

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In fact, he bowled the sole right off his bowling shoes. Can you believe this happened after 4 games, and just as he returned from his final frame of the day? The man is lucky, I tell ya. Don’t worry, his new shoes are on their way! (Along with a new bowling bag because it has to match his shoes)

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Lastly, the Twilters are having a go at this block swap in honor of Frances Dowell’s new book “Birds in the Air”.  I’m hosting this one and so far, we have 37 ladies participating. In July, I’m going to be up to my ears in blocks!