Saturday, October 27, 2007

Not much

has been happening. I'm continuing to study for the CLA exam, working out on a daily basis, and looking for a job.
I always look forward to attending my Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday mornings. The leader, Connie, is very nice. She is a lifetime member, as is all of Weight Watchers' staff. I was hoping I would lose two pounds this past week to make it 40 pounds. However, it was .4. I'll take that!
#53 on my list of 101 Things is to change my hair colour and get a new style. Last night I changed my hair colour from Ľoréal Féria
#51 Brazilian Bronze (a medium brown) to #36 Chocolate Cherry (a dark burgundy). I love this colour! I've been looking for just the right shade of red and I finally found it. The Brazilian Bronze looked red on my hair, but it wasn't red enough. I do LOVE red hair! I've decided not to change the style any time soon and keep it long.

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I went to Joann's for their pattern sale this morning. It was crazy, as is usual during their pattern sales. They had Simplicity and McCall's on sale this weekend. I got Simplicity 3684. I love white blouses with jeans. There were other patterns I wanted, but didn't have time to check the catalogs, and I didn't have my wishbook with me. I did get the new issue of Martha Pullen's Sew Beautiful magazine. I love this magazine and the childrens clothes. Although I think it's a little unrealistic for most children to dress like this, even for "dress-up". Because I don't have any young children in my life I'm planning (it's on my never ending list of things to do) to use these lovely patterns to sew for my much loved size two walker doll and my preemie baby doll.

I've been sewing a pair of boxers for Walt. He got fabric with the Dale Earnhardt logo on it and the number 3. He was a huge fan. Now he's a fan of D. E. Junior. I am still in the dreaming and planning stage for myself. Stacy and Clinton from TLC's What Not to Wear say that you should dress the body you have, not the one you want. But I don't want to spend a lot of time fitting clothes to a body that is ever changing. I still have about 35 pounds before I get to goal weight. Until then, I'll just spend a few dollars to get a small but functional wardrobe. Burda World of Fashion has gorgeous patterns every month. Two that I love, are this dress (even though I'm not a "tall") from the November issue and this top, although not in this color, from the October issue.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

100 posts??

According to my blog archive I have 98 posts and according to my dashboard I have 99 making this my 100 post.
I obviously stopped blogging my diet and exercise routine on a daily basis. I held myself accountable and have not missed a workout or strayed from my diet. Here is the result of the past month’s hard work. Comparison pics can be found here.
Date 7-October-2007
neck 14..........hips 41
U chest 39.75.......R thigh 23.5
bust 46.5..............R knee 14.75
L chest 37.25......R calf 15.25
R bicep 13.75......R ankle 8.5
R wrist 6.75........L thigh 23
L bicep 14.......L knee 14.75
L wrist 6.5........L calf 14.25
waist 37.25..........L ankle 8.5
abs 44.25............Weight 182.4
Overall, I lost 8.5 inches and 7 pounds. I'm very pleased with my progress. People who have done Body for Life has said that there usually isn't much progress made that is visible to the eye the first four weeks. In fact, quite a few people don't see dramatic improvement until their eight week or later. Most of it is noticed as increases in strength, flexibility, increased energy and a general feeling of improved wellness. I'm looking forward to seeing the gains and loses (LOL) I make in the next four weeks.

I evaluated my workout plan a little early. I plan to hit my abs and triceps hard for the next four weeks. After seeing the photos, I realize I should be working my back and abs. I will keep this in mind for next months routine and wait until I have taken photos to see what I should attack first. There is always a body part that can be improved upon. Here are links to my new upper body program, my new lower body, abs workout, and my aerobics routine. Some of the weights are missing because I've yet to do the first workout. Tomorrow after my workout I'll add the missing weights.

I went to Joann's after Weight Watchers yesterday. I got McCall's 5529, jacket with peplum. I loved this style when I was younger and I'm happy they are back in style again.

In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, the true neighbor will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968, American Black Leader, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1964)