Checking in

With goals and stuff.

I have stopped weighing every day, or even doing a weekly weigh-in. I hope to someday move away from weighing at all, I think? I’m not sure. For now I’m just doing it when I really want to. I have started taking pictures and measuring too. Since my goal is more of a recomp thing, I figure that pictures and measurements will help to see progress more than weighing. Last time I weighed I was down a pound in 13 days or something. And my measurements were down half an inch. I keep telling myself I want to go slow, and it is working. Working on my impatient brain is the real trick here. That’s what usually leads me to last chance eating/drinking before I start my next new plan! And then fail again :lol: SO do not want to do that again.

Also, still booze free. I wanted January to be over so badly, and now it is. I can count one month done instead of days, which seems easier because, less counting. I still don’t feel amazingly awesome and like life is perfect, but that may never happen. I am glad I’m not drinking.

I’ve been doing the Train to be Awesome workout, though I missed a couple of days last week due to working too freaking much and zero desire to do more than that! I am back at it this week though. Today I am doing workout #6, only 18 more to go.

I am still off and on with the Spanish. Actually I was doing pretty well logging into Dueling every day until I started working too much. I just need to start logging in again. But where I left off is so confusing! It is past tense stuff and I just don’t get it yet.

No crafting to speak of, well except in the kitchen. I’m always busy doing something in there! But I haven’t been knitting or sewing or anything. I’m thinking about it though, and that’s a step, right?

Some hats I never showed you

Just trying to catch up with some knits that never quite made it to the blog, or even Ravelry!

This one is a slouchy beret made from my own handspun. More details on Ravelry, made way back in 2011.

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This one is the Hedgehog hat from Knitty.com, made from Noro Kureyon in a really different colorway. It turned out to be quite a hat! I made this one in December 2013.SAM_1690

The last one is another from my handspun yarn, the pattern is Sugar Maple Hat. Apparently I finished knitting it in just one day! I started it on the 23rd and finished it Christmas Eve. I really like it.

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There you go!

WIP – Drachenfels

I have been knitting, even whipped up a couple hats in a week.  The hats need blocking and modeling so I’ll show you those when they are done.  This is the newest thing on the needles, a shawl called Drachenfels.  I don’t exactly have enough yarn to do the pattern as written, so it will be a bit smaller. But I am using one size larger needles too.  I’m just trying to use up stash yarn and be productive! Here it is so far.

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I’m going to keep doing the stripes until I use up most of the yellow/green yarn and then use up most of the red yarn and then do the edging. I like how it is going! Since it isn’t going to be just like the pattern, I’m thinking I might do another in a lighter weight with more yarn, still using up the stash and sticking to the pattern.

November Goals Update

It’s December already!  The time has seriously just flown by this year!  I didn’t do fantastically amazing with my goals, but I tried and I did do well with some things.  Here we go:

  • Exercise – this one I did great with!  I have stuck to my plan of 3 days weights and 3 days running, and last week I even added 1 more day of running on top of weights.  I think I maybe only missed one day of working out!  Go me :D
  • Meal planning – We have done this every week.  Whether or not we stick to it 100% is another story.  But it has helped in cutting down unnecessary purchases and in using up stuff we already have.
  • Not eat out – We didn’t at all!  The only place we went was TCBY and I don’t think that really counts ;)  But I’m also kind of over TCBY now so that’s good.
  • Lose 5 pounds – Not quite, but close!  As of this morning I’m down 4.4 pounds from November 1st.  I’m losing inches too, I’m down 2.25 inches since October 6.  My body fat (according to my scale) has also gone down 2.5% this month.
  • Crafting – I did work on the shawl I’m knitting but still not done!  I ran out of yarn, so I got more this past week and I’m going to get back at it again.  I did now sew at all.
  • Money – I am actually getting behind a little and decided to skip my car payment this month and I didn’t put any money into my HSA.  I’m just not going to worry about it until later this month and see how things are.  If anything, I will just get back at it in January.  Not really a huge deal right now, so I’m not sweating it.
  • Boozing – I also did not drink any alcohol in the month of November.  Well, last night I had half a glass of beer that didn’t fit into a bottle.  I made a small batch of beer for a friend a couple of weeks ago and it was time to bottle it yesterday.  I’m not even counting that since it was such a small amount.  And it wasn’t really ‘boozing’ at all!

I have also been working on the habit of doing Duolingo every day.  I want to learn Spanish but never do anything about it.  So this is at least a step.  Instead of surfing the web in the evening I have been turning on my app.  I’m learning a lot!  Retention is another story :lol:

Working on my goals

I was looking at my goals I set for November this morning and so far I am behind!  Well, not on everything.  I have been doing great with working out!  I think I have maybe only missed one workout this month.  Otherwise I have been lifting weights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  I have been making each workout take an hour.  I take Saturday completely off.  In fact, this past Saturday I took a nap after work and didn’t even hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.  I also had to take a nap on Sunday after my run.  I’m thinking I might be on the verge of overdoing it, so this week I’m going to scale it back, sort of.  Weights will be not so heavy, and I won’t do ‘finishers’ after every workout, maybe just one.  I will really try to run ‘easy’ instead of trying for time.

I’ve also been counting calories again this month, which is actually working out pretty well.  I track either beforehand for the whole day if I know what I’m going to eat, or I just do it at the end of the day.  I’m getting a pretty good feel for how my meals should be.  I am doing my best to just eat 3 meals a day at regular-ish times.  I’ve been averaging around 1900 per day.  And I am losing a little weight.  Just under 3 pounds so far this month.  My scale also says I’m down 2% in body fat?!  I know this isn’t completely accurate but I’ll take it all :lol:  I’m going to eat a bit more this week in addition to lower volume workouts, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

I have been working on the shawl I’m knitting and I’m nearing the end.  Except I will run out of yarn.  I can’t decide if I will go get another skein of the same kind or just try and substitute a color that is close.  I’ll probably end up getting another, except I don’t even know what color way it is I’m using at this point :lol:  Hopefully the yarn store still has it!  I’ll try to share a WIP pic before it is done.

I’ll update on the rest after the month is over.  So far so good!

 

Throwback and new knits

I was perusing my old blog posts and came across this photo.  M was only 3 1/2 back then.  She is so adorable, and it just gets even better with all of the hand knit socks ;)  I kind of miss my blue bedroom too!

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I haven’t done much knitting in the past, oh, 4 years or so?  But I caught the bug today.  I managed to finish two hats today!  They are both gifts for friends.  The stripey number is the Turn a Square pattern, and the pink one is just a basic hat.  I love them both!  I’m calling the pink one the Cotton Candy Beanie.

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I hope that the bug stays and I keep on knitting.  It was quite enjoyable.

I took the weekend off from tracking because I was having too much fun.  We had friends over on Saturday night for Monopoly and Cribbage, and I had a few too many gin and tonics.  Oops!  I made sure to workout in the morning so at least I wasn’t skipping anything on Sunday.  Although today I did not work out either and I should have :(  Oh well.  I will try and get it done tomorrow.  M has been sick for a few days too, which doesn’t make things any easier.  I hope the kid gets better soon!  And that no one else comes down with it.

January Goals revisited

How did I do on my January Goals?!  Here’s what I wrote:

  • Finish M’s curtains.  These have been ‘in progress’ for a long time, over a year!  I actually only have to add binding to it and then it will pretty much be done.  That and figure out just how I am going to hang a huge quilt on the window.
  • Finish hemming all of the curtains I made when we moved in this house, and start on the ones for the bathroom.
  • Start knitting Different Lines.  I bought the pattern last week and I really like it and want to be knitting again.
  • Do weights 3 times a week and run 4 times a week.
  • Hopefully lose 5 pounds?!
  • Make this roasted corn pudding in acorn squash.
  • Get a weaving book from the library and set up my loom for a project.
  • Read a non-diet book.
  • Have more fun :)

Well I did not, once again, finish the curtains.  I didn’t even work on them?!  Oh well.  I really just need to sit down and get it done one of these weekends.

I didn’t work on any of the other curtains either.  Fail!!

I did start and finish Different Lines!  I need to sew in the ends and block, and then get a picture of it.

I didn’t end up doing weights 3 times a week, and the running didn’t happen because of all of the pollution in the air here.

I didn’t lose 5 pounds.  From my weight as February 2nd, I only lost .6 pounds.  I was doing better before we went to Vegas, but oh well.

I made the corn pudding in acorn squash.  It was good!

I didn’t get a weaving book and set up my loom.

I did read a non-diet book – The Happiness Project!  I loved it and want to re-read it again and do my own happiness project.  Maybe I will re-read it this month.  I also read most of another book I picked up at the library on sale that looked interesting, These People are Us.  It is a bunch of little stories about different people, very quirky and weird and I like it.  I hope to finish it this month.

I would say that I had more fun.  We went to Vegas, always fun!  We had friends over for a game night that was a blast.  We played lots of games just by ourselves.  I tried to be happier and just generally enjoy myself more.  Success!

I want to make some goals for February but I need some time to sit and think about it.  I will post it when I come up with some, even though there will definitely be some repeats :lol:

Got any goals for February?!

In progress – Different Lines

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I have finished the stripe sections! All done with the backstabber colorway and ready to finish the last section. I’ve been knitting on this here and there and in the evenings, and I’m shocked at how far I’ve gotten so quickly. I guess I still got it :)

I know it’s a really bad pic, thats what I get early in the morning with the iPad!

On Knitting

I was looking through my stash on Ravelry last night and realized I have a lot of single skeins of yarn.  Too many!  So I think I should make an effort to use them up.  Since I tend to lose my focus and drive in the recent past when knitting, I think this will be an achievable goal for me – one skein wonders ;)  I’ve been queueing away, and I have decided to start first with the Feather Duster Shawl.  I’ll be using a skein of Lost Valley Alpaca Ranch.  I think I picked this up way back when when we went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

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A few more I picked:

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Corn pudding and Different Lines

Well I have already completed two of my goals for January!  I started the Different Lines pattern on the New Year’s Day.  It would be a bit farther along if I hadn’t cast on with the wrong color at first.  Oops.  But now it is going smoothly and even though mine may be a little smaller since I’m getting 6 stitches per inch instead of 5, I think it will still turn out great.  I’m using Socks That Rock lightweight in colorways Backstabber and Spinel.  I wasn’t sure about the colors together at first, but they are growing on me.

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I also made the Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash recipe.  It was pretty good!  I roasted some squash for soup while roasting the acorn squash, and when it was done I turned off the oven.  So when I put the acorn back in I could not figure out why the pudding wasn’t setting up.  I was about to give up when I noticed I hadn’t turned the oven back on!!  Duh.  Finally, 30 minutes later we had dinner.  My squash wasn’t big enough to put all of the pudding in so I just buttered a dish and cooked the rest on the side.  I liked it with extra, so I think this would be a great recipe for a squash that has a bigger cavity.

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I have decided I want to try at least 1 new recipe per week this month.  So far I have already done 2!  This morning I saw a friend’s pin for baked oatmeal and it sounded really good.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to try since K will need a replacement for his instant oatmeal he’s been having at work.  I found this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal and decided to try it out.  It worked great!  I had a little too much oatmeal mixture for my pan though, so I put the extra in another smaller dish.  I’m excited about trying other flavors out!

I will probably have another two new recipes made by the end of the week since I’m making whole wheat roti for dinner tonight, and then going to try some asian meatballs tomorrow.