Friday, October 26, 2012

Back from the dead!

Boy have I been sick!
Dead sick!
Snow is officially on the ground here.
I seem to get really sick every time the seasons change.
So weird.

I finished my Scrap Vomit!!!!!!
This is a huge celebration for me because I lost momentum for a bit.
I may or may not have been avoiding my sewing room because of it.

The ironing, oh the ironing!
I truly don't know how Katy has made 4 of these already!

But I managed to power through
and I'm so happy I did!
This quilt means so much to me!
I love every single little 1.5" square that's in it.
Each piece has meaning or memory to it.

I'll be sending her out for proper quilting.
I wouldn't dare mess this one up myself.

I will treasure this quilt for all of my days!
Go herehere and here for more posts on this quilt.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A boy and his balloon...

Remember this guy?

He finally got his fancy photo shoot.
Katie does such amazing work!

Isn't he the cutest thing ever?

For this prop I made the wrap around the balloon and the quilt that he's laying on. 
It was really fun to work on!  
Katie always has the best ideas.

Aside from that, I did not attend the Sewing Summit this year
but I did pop in to see a few friends.

First, I grabbed Amber from the hotel and we went to 
lunch at the Blue Lemon and wandered around
This girl is funny! She basically knew her way around downtown better than I did!
I'm so happy that we got to play.

Then I had the pure pleasure of hanging out with Diane and Cindy 
who I met last year at the Summit.

I love these two ladies so much!
And I've gotten to know them both much better in the last year.
Visiting with them made me so sad that I wasn't going this year.

Now it's back to life as usual.
I am finishing up my Scrap Vomit Quilt Top today.
I decided it wasn't big enough so I added extra rows.

And I'm cruising on my Whole 30!
I have made it through 2 weekends without any slipping.
It's been tough for sure.  
Especially when I smell the cookies baking on Sunday.
But I'm feeling so incredible that's it's worth the sacrifice!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Commitment and Accountability

Let me just start by saying that this is 
completely off the subject!
Back story: several months ago I posted a bit of a meltdown 
about my food allergies and eye hemorrhage and other such nonsense.
If you dare, go here to read more.

To make a long story short, I have become obsessed with food.
I can't really eat anything that is prepared by anyone else but me because 
my allergies are complicated, to say the least.

I have always loved to cook but now this regime is really quite easy for me.
I won't lie, in the beginning I might have grieved a little bit.
But life goes on.

After several months of being allergen free my blood work 
still wasn't coming back ideal.
At this point, my Dr. told me I really needed 
to cut Gluten out of my diet.  
But wait, Gluten is in everything!

So I said to myself, "Okay fine!  If I'm going to go Gluten Free 
then I am just going to go Paleo!"
So I grabbed a copy of this book and got started...

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

First of all, I'm not writing this post to sell you on this book.  
But I will tell you that it's hands down amazing!  
And it has really changed the path I'm on.

For the last 8 weeks I have been eating in this style and 
have seen some changes that I was dying for.

My blood work is coming back so great!  
My eye doctor was beyond pleased that the swelling in my eye has all but subsided.
Apparently, I'm in "remission" so he says
 whatever you're doing, keep doing it!

Other nifty little places I've seen change are as follows:

*I lost a lb. a day for the first week or so.  Now I'm at my ideal weight.
*I have more energy than I have ever had before, ever!
I used to feel if I sat down in the middle of the day I would slip into a coma!
*I sleep like a baby all the way through the night
*I am never bloated or gassy (TMI, this was a real problem before)
*My mood is stable and all symptoms of PMS have subsided

Okay, so that wasn't really a long story made short.
But it was the best I could do.

Here's where the commitment and accountability come in....

I'm taking the Whole 30 challenge!
I am not doing this to lose weight, although sooooo many people 
have experienced remarkable weight loss 
through this 30 Day Challenge.
It is my goal to clean up my immune system so I can 
start trying to bring back some of the healthier foods 
that I'm allergic to, like Olive Oil, Red Grapes and Apples.

This means no more reaching for a handful of chocolate chips 
after every meal, 
or eating a chocolate chip cookie (or two or three) 
on Cookie Day (Sundays) 
or indulging on Sushi on the weekends 
(the white rice is killing me)
for 30 Days!

Now that I've sad it out loud there is no going back.
If you've read this far I thank you.

This post is already a novel so I won't go into the details of the Whole 30 Challenge.
But you can check it out here, here and here

How's that for totally random!?!