Knitting News first:
Here’s one of my latest finished yarn projects, Easy Lace Shrug: pattern available here.
I made this in KnitPicks Serrano Shine Worsted and it really came out beautifully. I’m rather amazed that I knitted something that looks this complicated. It wasn’t really that hard to do, just had to keep focused (and Mr. Cheddar away!) on the pattern rows. I don’t know if I’ll ever make another shrug (thought it would be a bit more “coverage” in the front) but I do like how this one turned out. I think it will be very nice in the summer too, over lighter clothing. For now, I’m living in my “winter uniform” of black turtlenecks and jeans! LOL
Close-up of the pattern:
On to Blogging News:
I’m continuing to add/ build my review archives over at My Real Life Reviews. I have a lot of ideas for posts in the works, for a wide variety of products that I’ve personally used. I am really enjoying this new blog and I hope it will be a valuable resource for readers looking for all types of product reviews. Slowly but surely, the stats are going up! It takes a while, doesn’t it? In the meantime, what a great learning experience it continues to be. I am pumped about blogging once again. And it’s great having 3 blogs on the go!
Two new reviews posted today at My Real Life Reviews. Actually one for me and one for Mr. Cheddar. Hope you’ll stop by again soon.
And for Thursday…. some diet news:
Wishing you all a wonderful and productive week.🙂 I know mine’s off to a good start!
In case you aren’t familiar with that particular diet lingo, a “turkey” in diet-speak is 20 lbs. I have now lost over 10 lbs. and feel really good about how my new eating plan is evolving and progressing. As I explained before in these previous posts:
Diet post #1 and Diet post #2 this is by far the easiest weight loss plan I have ever found. It simple, effective and doesn’t require any extreme measures to succeed. My weight loss is slow by some diet standards but I know it’s going to be sustainable and that’s the real deal, in my opinion.
Some tips that are helping me along the way:
1. Think about the “add ons’ that can really add to calories taken in. I now measure oil, butter, margarine, mayo, peanut butter etc, when I’m cooking, no more “eye-balling” portions for these. It is very easy to add 400-500 calories a day if one is sloppy in measuring heavier/ calorie-rich foods such as these.
2. Not snacking much at night. Maybe an apple or a small chunk of cheese but that’s about it. With this diet it’s been very easy to cut out night-snacking because I am NEVER HUNGRY! The very best part of the Shangri-La diet. Amazing but true.
3. Plan the for the day, in terms of what I’m going to be eating for the whole day. Nothing too rigid but if I know we are going to have a heavier supper, I lighten up throughout the day on what I’m eating. Again, easy due to the no-hunger factor. I actually am enjoying food more now because I think about what I’m eating and savor every bite.
4. Making a real effort to choose healthy foods. As I said before, we’ve always eaten quite well and for the most part, healthy foods. In my case though, the portions were just getting out of hand. Too yummy can have it’s price!
5. Have an accurate scale and use it! I weigh myself once a week now and I know it’s going to help to keep me on track in the future, having a weekly weigh-in. It so easy to chose the bigger clothes in the closet, wear casual, looser clothing and forget about the weight that is slowly but surely creeping up year after year. That is not going to happen again!
6. Plan to be physically active in ways that again are sustainable. I take a LONG walk or exercise at home for 30 minutes, at least 5 times a week. I’ve gotten slack in this respect as well but no more.
So there’s my Diet Update 3. I am sooooo happy I’ve found the Shangri-La diet and I am so glad that Seth Roberts wrote such a wonderful, user-friendly diet book. If you need to lose weight, it is definitely worth checking out. Until next time! 😉
It’s been three weeks yesterday that I started following the Shangri-La diet. So far I’ve lost 6 pounds! I am very happy with how things are going. I am never hungry, don’t feel deprived and have plenty of energy to take on each day.
Slow and steady stays the course. As I said in this previous post I have never followed an easier weight loss plan. I think that many people after reading about the Shangri-La diet think that it can’t work because it is so easy to follow. It can and it does.
The only scary part so far was finally getting on a scale after a long, long time of not even owning one. The reality check is what I needed though, to stay on track and motivated. Being tall (5’9″) doesn’t help when it comes to weight loss. With more height to distribute excess weight, it’s easy to get complacent. As so many people have said to me: “you don’t look fat, why would you need a diet?” Again, the reality of stepping on a scale is what I needed. That and my “skinny jeans” waiting in the wings. 😉
A few points that have really made an impression in the past three weeks. I realize now just how large the portions were getting around here. For Joe it’s fine, he’s very thin and fit. And isn’t it always the case with men, they can eat a lot more and get away with it. I also enjoy every bite so much more now, I notice the flavors in foods more. I eat slower. I’ve almost quit snacking completely (a big problem previously). I don’t think about food all day long anymore. All pluses!!!
Well that’s about it for now. I won’t have any before pics to share but I will share an after pic (skinny jeans perhaps???) when that happy day of reaching my goal gets here. I don’t know how long it will take to achieve but it will happen.
Wish me luck! 🙂