Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (Update 2)

I haven't updated this blog because the camera on my phone isn't cooperating.  Needless to say I am fixing that situation this afternoon.

Image by Wade Kelly
I have another collage photo to post.  I realized that I like these monthly look backs on how I am changing and improving my life since the surgery.  Once again I have to thank the Amazing Dianne for her photography skills and taking another shot of me at the mall during our knit night.

Pre and Post Surgery Pictures
Go Me!

This past month was a good one.  I didn't get to the gym as often as I would have liked but when I did my trainer really put me through my paces.  I lost inches everywhere and have lost a total of 68 lbs since the surgery and since September I have lost 95lbs .  I can now do 38 squats in a minute and 18 push-ups in a minute.  Wooot!  And I also completed a mile in 16 minutes and 54 seconds.

My main gym goal is to be able to run a 5K on the treadmill.  I can do it on an elliptical/cross ramp but I want to be able to run.

As far as diet, I have been pleased with what I can eat.  While chicken and zucchini are not my friends I am happy that I can consume other nutritious foods.  I tried salad and while I don't eat a lot of it, the crunch of fresh vegetables is awesome.  I was able to eat steak as long as I cut it up into small bites.  I still rely on a lot of fish to supplement my diet but thankfully I am starting to like it.

Overall, I am really happy.  That is not something that I say lightly I am really pleased with what's happening and can't wait to see what next month brings.

<3 Heather

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Stripes!

Well then, we are back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Hope you all had a good week.

Yesterday I got all sorts of wires crossed.  I thought I had training at the gym (it's tonight) so I left work with plenty of time to get there and change.  As soon as I got to my car, my left contact started to swim around my eye and burn.  Of course I don't have any solution with me or my glasses to rectify the situation.

 I also had a feeling I was missing something and looked in my bag for the gym and realized I forgot sneakers.  So in the 40 minutes until my (supposed) session I stopped at Kohls to get another pair of sneakers and the grocery store to get contact solution and booked it to the gym.

I made it with 10 minutes to spare to change and deal with my contact.  Only to find out that I was a day early for my session. GAH!!!!!!  So I stayed and did some cardio and left.  Unfortunately, my contact was still not cooperating so I took it out.  So I drove home like a pirate with one eye closed.

In other new, things keep flying off the needles but as fast as they come off more get started so here is my crafty update.

High Tea during a Hurricane

Love the Spirals

So I have been moving along on this hat.  You have to love Aran weight yarn because everything just knits up so fast!  I am in a dilema because I passed the point to start decreasing about an inch ago but I want to use up the yarn to get the full effect of the evolution.  So I don't know whether to keep on knitting or just bite the bullet and start the decreases.  Any advise here is welcome!

Candy Skein Leftie

Back in the Saddle

So after finishing a few things, this was high on the list to get started again.  Unfortunately the reason why this project was in time out was because of some discoloration that occured.  I stupidly left this project exposed to the sun in my car in June.  The heat and the rays changed large sections of the grey to a patina green (that color copper oxidizes to).  So I had to rip out several sections to fix the problem.  Due to the heartbreak that 20 minutes of ripping back stitches that was several nights worth of work, this project went into hibernation.

Now I just want to finish it!  I have so many other things that I want to make and this has langoured enough.  Hopefully this will go faster now that I am back at work on it.

Oh La La!

I made a swatch!
So while there are plenty of project that have been on the needles for a while, a girl just needs something new to be excited about.  After finishing my Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan I have been hankering to make another sweater.  I have a few lots of yarn ready to go but have to wait because I don't want to spend months on something that I can only wear for a week due to my weight loss.
But this cardigan seems pretty forgiving.  It's constructed differently from my Shapely Boyfriend but is still seamless.  I even had most of yarn in my stash but I still needed to order a bit more.

Blue Green and Brown Sweater
In an effort to keep my excitement about the project, I made my swatch to test the yarn, needles, and fabric.  As you can see above the yarn is working beautifully.  There is a nice drape and the color had minimal bleeding in the wash.

Now to dream about my package to arrive so I can cast on.

So that's all for this week.

For other WIPs check out Tami's Amis

<3 Heather

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Err Thursday? #5

Another wonky week.  I took a vacation day on Monday and traveled to Cleveland for work on Wednesday and needless to say I have no idea what day it is.

Aside from not knowing what day it is, I am really sick of winter.  I try not to complain because I chose to bitch about the heat during the summer but spring better get here soon.  We have been getting tastes of nice weather but then it plunges back into the bitter cold and snow.  It's enough to cause anyone to go batty.

In other news, life has been pretty busy.  I have had several appointments with my trainer this month and am really starting to feel it.  Seriously, my legs were like jello after our session on Tuesday.  Plus, I just love the feeling after I leave the gym.  I feel like I can leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Seriously that's worth the effort and pain.

The awesome thing is that I have finished several project but have stalled on taking awesome pictures to memorialize the project.  Perhaps as spring approaches and the sun shines I will be able to get more pics.

Recovery Katahdin

Can't pronounce the name but love the project :)
While recovering from my Gastric Bypass Surgery, my work got me a get well gift of yarn instead of flowers.  How thoughtful is that?  Anyway, I need to get some things off my needles before I started a new project.  As soon as I finished my color affection, I decided to start this hat. 

The yarn is a beautiful brown and teal in Acadia from The Fibre Company.  This yarn is a lovely merino, alpaca and silk blend and has been a dream to work with.  As of now I am stripe set away from starting the decreases.

I had started this for a Ravellenic 2014 event but didn't finish in time.

High Tea during a Hurricane

Such a pretty purple
While I waited to start the Katahdin, I jumped into this hat as soon as the yarn came in the mail.  I had this project planned for awhile and was just waiting for the mini skeins to arrive in my Twisted Fiber Art post club order.

Super pretty!
I got a skein of Queen (Aran weight) in High Tea from the Fall Club.  The amount is just a smidge short to make a gorgeous hat so I bought 2 mini skeins to ensure I had enough yardage.  I like my hats to be big and slouchy.  Smaller hats ruin my hair and we can't have that now can we?

Anyway, I haven't started the pattern yet but the hat has a spiral in it so it swirls to the crown like a hurricane.  Can't wait to show my progress.

So that's all for this week.

For other WIPs check out Tami's Amis

<3 Heather