Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cando Day 6: Read

I CAN read and continue to learn.


Here are three books that I CAN read to help me along the way.
The plan will somewhat be based on concepts from each of these books;
 hence, creating a customized program that CAN work for me.
The first book was recommended by "Little Bug", the Health Educator.
The second book was recommended by "Precious", our daughter in Louisiana.
After reading this book at the beginning of this year, we attended an awesome seminar,
 by the authors of this book, and implemented their 30 day plan and felt awesome.
And the third book was recommended by the Nurse Practitioner, at my doctor's office,
upon hearing my complaints about "this phase" of life.

This morning's stats and thoughts:
145.8
Up .6 from yesterday.
That's OK - it happens so today I can:
Drink water
Snack Check

Tonight will be a challenge as we are meeting friends for dinner and a holiday parade.
I have checked the dinner menu at the restaurant and I have a plan: the steak salad sounds really good.
Looking forward to spending time with friends.

Charted weight-loss:

Goals are set at 5 lbs loss the first week and 1.5 lbs per subsequent week.
Weigh-ins are daily for one week and then weekly until goal is reached.
Adjustments along the way may be needed, as I suspect that 120 may be too low for me.
I won't know until I get close, so until then I will follow the doctor's advise and forge on.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Cando Day 5: Eat until 6:30 PM

I CAN eat until 6:30 PM everyday.

Whatever tempts me after 6:30 PM, I tell myself I CAN eat it in the morning.
I rarely feel like it in the morning.

Then after 6:30 PM I CAN relax and crochet until the wee hours of the morning.
(Just ask the NVO. ;-) )

This is a chevron infinity scarf in hdc; I work on it and several other scarves just like it in different colors,
 during the evenings, as an me alternative to eating and thinking about food after 6:30 PM.
(I will post this free pattern and the completed scarves next week. :-))

Yesterday's festivities included lots of youthful energy as well as a healthy meal:
That's Chris, Little Bug, Maegan and the NVO. :-)
Delightful company, for sure.

This morning's stats and thoughts:
145.2
The first Thanksgiving with a loss....ever!
I can't believe it - thank you reader friends, you really help.

Charted weight-loss:
Goals are set at 5 lbs loss the first week and 1.5 lbs per subsequent week.
Weigh-ins are daily for one week and then weekly until goal is reached.
Adjustments along the way may be needed, as I suspect that 120 may be too low for me.
I won't know until I get close, so until then I will follow the doctor's advise and forge on.

What do you do for fun and relaxation in the evenings?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cando Day 4: A Healthy Meal for Guests

I CAN plan and prepare a healthy meal for guests on the biggest food day of the year.


 Today's CANDO Menu:

Acorn Squash soup with smoked paprika infused turkey.
Turkey is substituted for chicken from this recipe.


Sweet Potatoes:

A favorite summer fruit salad/combo,
clementines, strawberries and mint from this post.

Deviled Eggs:
and
Coconut Ice Cream with Macaroons:
(Coconut Ice cream, a birthday gift from neighbors. Score!!!)
And I'm trying this recipe for the macaroons.

Brussels Sprouts will be provided by #6 Little Bug.
She has a recipe that she loves and I can't wait!

We have a small group of five, this year. 
The three guests are all in their twenties so we are hoping to glean some youthful energy from them. :-) 

*Every effort has been made to use as many whole unprocessed foods as possible.
A fresh organic free-range turkey and homemade ice cream made with cream from grass fed non-injected cows roaming freely would have been nice and preferred; however, this is the year of the "resigned from my job budget" and the final exam for my accounting class deadline was yesterday. I have adjusted based on budget and time.

It is in the forefront of my mind; however, to figure out how to pull off the *above type of food plan on a budget, as I believe the money spent will offset health care costs in the future.
 More posts to come regarding this subject; it's a tricky one.

This morning's stats and thoughts:
145.6

The below chart will be updated with each weigh-in.
Please note, I have allowed for a stable weight over Thanksgiving versus a loss.

Goals are set at 5 lbs loss the first week and 1.5 lbs per subsequent week.
Weigh-ins are daily for one week and then weekly until goal is reached.
Adjustments along the way may be needed, as I suspect that 120 may be too low for me.
I won't know until I get close, so until then I will follow the doctor's advise and forge on.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate this holiday!

I am grateful for all my reader friends!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cando Day 3: Walking

I CAN walk a 5K in less than an hour 5 days per week.
I CAN walk more than that if I want.
I CAN even add a little running if I feel like it. (Maybe)

Nearly two years ago I purchased running shoes, they were $109 and they were awesome.
They are worn out and I'm walking now instead of running.
This year, since I am having fun being on a budget, I reverted to purchasing a controversial shoe that served me well in the past. "Someone" claimed that the health benefit claims, the manufacturer presented were not valid, but I liked them and they were comfortable so I felt lucky to find them again...
...and check out the best part:
Yup, that's what I like.

I CAN listen to the "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins as long as I am walking.
(I love the "Hunger Games" books and the movies, and that movie "Catching Fire" was so good!)
This listening rule while walking has been one of my best fitness motivators.

Hey, remember this "Crochet Addicts Dangling Carrot Running Headband"?:
It's from this post.
It was a really good motivator, as well.
I wonder if it would work for walking?
In fact my awesome friend, that made this for me, 
was willing to celebrate my birthday with me by going for a walk together.
What a terrific friend! 
I wish you were all here and we could walk together too!

This morning's stats and thoughts:
147.2
(Still looking for better lighting in the morning.)

The below chart will be updated with each weigh-in.
Please note, I have allowed for a stable weight over Thanksgiving versus a loss.
Goals are set a 5 lbs loss the first week and 1.5 lbs per subsequent week.
Weigh-ins are daily for one week and then weekly until goal is reached.
Adjustments along the way may be needed, as I suspect that 120 may be too low for me.
I won't know until I get close, so until then I will follow the doctor's advise and forge on.

See you tomorrow for the biggest food day of the year here in the USA!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cando Day 2: Water

I CAN drink 64 oz of water

I CAN fill this 32 oz mug up twice and drink it in one day, everyday.
(Mug cover from this post).

This morning's stats and thoughts:
148.2
(I must find better lighting in the morning.)

The below chart will be updated with each weigh-in.
Please note, I have allowed for a stable weight over Thanksgiving versus a loss.
We are hosting this year, but we CAN provide a healthy meal for our guests.
Goals are set at 5 lbs the first week and 1.5 lbs per subsequent week.
Weigh-ins are daily for one week and then weekly until goal is reached.
Adjustments along the way may be needed as I suspect that 120 may be too low for me.
I won't know until I get close, so until then I will follow the doctor's advise and forge on.

Hey, I discovered that if I create a really narrow chart, 
like the one above, the weight loss looks very dramatic. ;-)

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and support. 
I have replied to all of you unless you are a no-reply commenter.
Please know that all comments mean so much whether I can reply via email or not!

Again THANK YOU!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Cando Day 1: A New Year-A New Plan

Today is my birthday :-)

SO...I got to thinking, it's a great time to renew my
commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to blog about it.
A New Year's resolution of sorts.
And a birthday present to myself. :-)

I want to share my new plan with you.

I'm calling it the "Cando" plan, not to be confused with the "Candy" plan,
which is the last plan I tried. It did not work. ;-)

It's the "Cando" plan because the emphasize will be on what I "can" do instead of "can't".

I will be focusing on many different aspects of health; however,
 my first goal for this plan is to get into a healthy weight range.
This was my weight this morning.
(Yes, I had to take a deep breath and publish it.)

 As per the below excerpt from this book,
 recommended by the Nurse Practitioner
 at my doctor's office, I do not fall into this range. 
I'm 5'4"...that's means my healthy weight is 108-132 with a goal of 120!!!
It was a rude (SO rude) awakening, as you can see from my weight this morning I do not fall into this "range"
...but I believe it is something I "can" do.

So as part of this plan I will make lots of little changes and post about them.

I will post my weight for the first (next) 7 days of my new lifestyle.
We all know it goes fast that first week with all that water loss and enthusiasm and all.
After the first week, I will post my weight every Monday.
I understand that the scale is not a good indication of health, but for a numbers gal like me it works.

And for you readers that are more interested in the other things I blog about, 
I will continue to post about those next week. 
I've got a great crocheted chevron infinity scarf coming up!

This first week, however, will be all about this plan.
After this first week, Monday weigh-ins will continue until I reach my goal weight.
Once I meet my goal, a monthly weigh-in, as "they" say maintenance is the most difficult part.

I hope to hear from you along the way and I am looking forward to some "tough love" support. :-)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Poinsettia Heart Wreath

Would you like to make your own poinsettia heart wreath?

Like this:
or 
like this:
or this:


If so, the step by step pattern and tutorial for "Poinsettia Crocheted in-the-round",
 complete with videos can be purchased at Etsy here.

And the wreath can be made like this:

 First acquire heart form.
I ordered mine from Amazon here.

Then sc the width and length of heart,


sew sc strip onto heart like this:

It should/could l look like this.

Add some wire to hang it:
Or it can be hung from the bow:

Crochet bow with two rows of ss to desired length:
And place poinsettias and bow in desired position with straight pins,
this gives the wreath a lot of flexibility to change and even change with the seasons!
I found straight pins with yellow heads for the poinsettias and a red one for the bow.
The lighting is not good in this photo; however, I hung mine in the middle of a boxwood wreath above some little wood stabburs on our book shelf.

This project was made with the beautiful
 cotton blend Tilda Yarn from My Rose Valley.

Happy Season All!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

'Tis the Guessing Season - Reveal

The answer to the guessing game from the previous four posts is:

POINSETTIA HEART WREATH!!!


And the winner is:
Mum from the Mum's Simply Living Blog 
Congratulations Mum!
The magical third word I was looking for was "heart".

Mum won with the following comment on the third post:

I'm still thinking wreath with poinsettia, bow and holly decoration but the white crochet from yesterday's post has me stumped. Maybe it's a Christmas cover for something with the aforesaid decoration. The 'wreath ring' now doesn't look round, maybe it's a heart shaped wreath. Oh my. I'll have another go tomorrow.
Love from Mum
xx

Mum will receive the following three prizes:

1) 3 balls of Tilda yarn of your choice with free Priority Shipping Worldwide generously donated by Annette of My Rose Valley . Since Annette will be shipping the yarn from her shop in Switzerland, she has also extended the following offer:
- You can also take the chance to purchase up to 5 more balls of Tilda yarn (4.90 USD/ball) of your choice and add to your parcel with no extra shipping fee. (Thank you so much Annette!) Click here to see all the fabulous colors.

2) The .pdf pattern to make her own project from the guessing posts.

3) A heart wreath form. (The secret prize...now you know why it was a secret until now. )


I would also like to extend the offer of a free .pdf pattern for the poinsettia to anyone who wrote "Poinsettia Wreath", in the comment section, as this was very close, the only word that was missing was "heart" or guessed "Poinsettia Heart Wreath" after Mum guessed.
Please email me at digger.lizzie@gmail.com and I will reply with the .pdf attachment.


A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated.

Stay tuned tomorrow for instructions on 
how to make your own heart wreath!
In the mean time, the "Poinsettia Crocheted in-the-round" pattern complete with a photo tutorial and videos can be found on Etsy here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

'Tis the Guessing Season - Post 4

It's "Day Four" of the holiday themed guessing game.

A "what is it?" game, that is. :-)

Two photo clues will be posted each day for four days.

The first person to guess the item, in the comment section, of any of the four posts, 
will win the *three glorious prizes described at the bottom of this email.
In order to spread the fun throughout the week,
the clues will continue to be posted
even if there is a winner before the days are up.
The project and winner will be revealed on the weekend.

The winning guess must include three specific words that I am thinking of that describes it, although you can submit more than three words and you can guess each day if you would like.

Here are today's two clues:



Any ideas?

The guessing closes tomorrow, Friday 11/22/13 at midnight.
With the reveal on Saturday morning.

Oh and here's an extra little clue:

This project was made with the beautiful
 cotton blend Tilda Yarn from My Rose Valley.

*The winner will receive the following three prizes:

1) Annette of My Rose Valley has generously donated 3 balls of Tilda yarn of your choice with free Priority Shipping Worldwide. Since Annette will be shipping the yarn from her shop in Switzerland, she has also extended the following offer:
- The winner can also take the chance to purchase up to 5 more balls of Tilda yarn (4.90 USD/ball) of their choice and add to your parcel with no extra shipping fee. (Thank you so much Annette!) Click here to see all the fabulous colors.

2) The .pdf pattern to make your own project from the guessing posts.

3) A really cool supply that will help you make this project. It's a secret until the reveal as it would give away the answer.

 Good luck and stay tuned for the reveal tomorrow!