A New Addiction

About five years ago, my husband decided to get his diving certification, and we decided to make a weekend getaway while he was at it.  My problem was, what was I going to do while he spent the entire day in the water?  Luckily there was a fiber shop in the area that was teaching a two day beginners spinning class that exact same weekend.  I always wanted to learn how to spin my own yarn, and couldn’t have been a more perfect opportunity!

The class was great and the instructor had a variety of different spinning wheels that she encouraged us to try.  Over the course of the weekend, I found myself gravitating to one wheel in particular.  The Kromski Sonata.  While I enjoyed the wheel and spinning, I didn’t have the time or funds to purchase the wheel, but I never forgot about it.

Fast forward to a couple months ago.  After five years of looking, dreaming, and fantasizing about this wheel, I finally broke down and bought it.

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It’s so pretty!!!!

The merchant I purchased my wheel from included 2 lbs of Corridale fiber for me to start using right away.  Needless to say, I dove right in and started going crazy.

Singles 1

My first singles in over five years.

Handspun 1


Handspun 2

Final product.

Overall I think I ended up with a worsted weight yarn, but not sure on the yardage.  I’ll figure that out later, I just want to have fun with process of spinning.

Some More Knitting

Below are a couple things I’ve been working on in recent months. It’s not much, but it feels good to be knitting.

Quick Update

I’ve not had much time to post as I’ve been busy with school.  But long story short; I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been losing weight even though I was doing things correctly and staying within my points.  I found out that I’ve transposed the calorie content on some foods that I was trying to figure out the points.  It’s amazing how much a difference 260 calories versus 620 calories can make.

I’m hoping this week to finally hit the 10+ pound mark.  I was about .4 pounds away on Sunday.

In other news, my husband and I also changed gyms.  It’s nice having a gym that’s open 24/7 with a pool so I can go swimming.  Swimming and bike riding are my ideal forms of exercise as it’s low stress on my knees.  Tonight I swam 36 laps doing the backstroke which is just over a half mile in just over 40 minutes.

One of these days, I’ll try to post something other than my weight loss journey, but I think that’s about it for now.

Belated Update

Consistency and I are not good friends.  I start out with every intention of trying t o do something on a regular basis.  My excuse?  Memorial Day holiday was last week, which was jam packed with things to be done.  Does that sound good?  No?  Ah, well…..I was just plain lazy.  I was to lazy too post a quick blurb on my weigh-in last week.  So, this week is a catch up from the last two weeks.

May 30, 2010:

Sunday weigh-in: 254 lbs

Weekly gain/loss: -1 lbs

Overall gain/loss: -3 lbs

June 6, 2010:

Sunday weigh-in: 251.5 lbs

Weekly gain/loss: -2.5 lbs

Overall gain/loss: -5.5 lbs

I’ve also reached one of Weightwatchers™ milestones, the first 5lbs!  WAHOOO!!!  Yeah, I know it’s only five pounds, and that might seam like a small pittance in my overall weight loss goal.  Just the fact that I’m losing weight is something to be celebrated.  It’s a small little goal.  My next small little goal is to lose an additional five pounds.  How did I celebrate my losing my first five pounds?  I had a piece of wonderful strawberry flavored cake with icing at my friend’s party for her daughter’s dedication.  It was DELICIOUS!!!

Now I just need to be good the rest of the day.  I used up my daily points already along with a coupld of my allowance points, and there’s still dinner to be had.  Looks like salad is on the menu for tonight.

Weekly Summary 5/23/2010

Sunday is the day that I’ve chosen to do my weekly weigh-in.  I plan on posting, a once a week a summary of my weekly weigh-ins, and my thoughts of the previous week along with my goals for the next week.  Small achievable goals mixed in with the larger more challenging ones, right?

Last week’s starting weight: 257 lbs

Sunday weigh-in: 255 lbs

Weekly gain/loss: -2 lbs

Overall gain/loss: -2 lbs

Thoughts:  Seeing as how I’ve only been on WeightWatchers™ for only five days, I’m not sure exactly what to think.  It’s not unusual for me to fluctuate up to five pounds during a month.  But any weight loss is encouraging and a step in the right direction.  The hardest part to adjust to is the feeling that I’m not eating enough to satisfy me.  I’ve been assured that the “always hungry” feeling will go away.  Like with any new routine, there is an adjustment period.  As long I remind myself that, I should be able to resist the urge to eat whatever is just lying around.

I’ve also been finding myself thinking more about what exactly I am eating, and putting more thought into my meals.  In general I do eat a lot of the right things (whole grains, veggies, fruit, etc.).  Where my two biggest weaknesses lie are in my lack of planning and portion sizes.  I’m a procrastinator and usually wait until the last-minute to do anything; that includes perpetually running late in getting ready for work.  As a result, I forget to pack my lunch and just “grab something” at the local fast food restaurant.  By the time I do that, I’m starving which leads me to eating more than I really need to.

My biggest goal this week is to PLAN!.  Plan and pack my breakfast and lunches for work.  Plan dinner with some more thought trying to keep portion control in mind with my cooking.