Johanne's Journal, 08 September 2011

OMG! I finally broke 210. I'm finally home. I'm finally in the zone and working at several things I've been putting on the back burner. I'm finally back . . . ME! I said I would get busy with all the things that have gotten behind on as soon as I got back from the August 27th weekend. It was an SCA event and a very nice one. I got back late Sunday. My DIL called me the next morning to say she had entered us in a "sheep to shawl" contest at a fiber event over Labor Day weekend, in Bethel, MO. What that means is taking a raw fleece and, in this instance, turning it into a 20"x70" shawl. Boy, talk about jumping in with both feet. I spent last week preparing the loom at her house (I was actually able to fit it into the back of my SUV) with gorgeous Icelandic thread Lorry had spun and we left Friday morning for Bethel. We set up Lorry's (my DIL's) shop in the intense heat and did the merchant thing all day (HOT, HOT, HOT) Saturday, which ended in storms and tornado warnings. We spent that evening at a "spin-in" at Bethel's tornado shelter (and community center) eating lots of pizza and doing spinning competitions. It was quite fun. Sunday, promptly at 9 a.m., we started the "sheep to shawl". Thank goodness, a cold front had moved through and it was much cooler. We had two hours to spin and weave, 1 hour for lunch, and 2 more hours to spin and weave. It was fun and funny. My DIL and two more ladies she had recruited decided to spin "from the locks", rather than carding the wool first. The thread she had spun for the loom was perfect. Not a single thread broke during the process. The thread they then spun from the locks was so much fun. It had bumps and curly ends sticking out. What a hoot! Anyway, we ended up with the right dimensions, but our "shawl" looked more like an Indian rug. It's quite pretty, but not what it needed to be. We took 2nd prize. (Did I mention that there were only two teams? LOL!) Anyway, we had a lot of fun, met some great new people and ended up with a really pretty (very strong) piece that we're not sure what to do with. It gave me a great jump start for what I need to get done here at home, and even with all the food I ate and the fact that I had no way to keep track of my calories, I lost a little weight. I'd call that a successful week. :-)
209.6 lb Lost so far: 69.4 lb.    Still to go: 9.6 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 08 September 2011:
3110 kcal Fat: 115.19g | Prot: 104.66g | Carb: 423.14g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Scrambled Eggs, Smart Balance, Almond Milk, Simply Orange High Pulp Juice, Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Diet Cranberry Juice, A Spike Day - eat anything I want, Truvia, Dried Apricots. Lunch: Truvia, Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter, Smart Balance Omega, Tomato, Dried Apricots, Nonfat Cottage Cheese, Uncle Ben's Natural Whole Grain Brown Rice, Raw Honey, Dole Sliced Strawberries. Dinner: Orange Shrimp, Spring Roll, General Tso's Chicken, Crab Rangoon, Chinese Chicken with Brocolli, Vanilla Ice Milk Cone, Diet Dr. Pepper, Fortune Cookie, White Rice, Cherry Cobbler, Rice Noodles. more...
2366 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 30 minutes. more...
on diet You: On a Diet   losing 0.2 lb a week


Awesome!!! I am glad you had fun it looks like it was exactly what you needed!!! 
08 Sep 11 by member: pixidaisy
It was Pixi. Thanks. How are YOU doing? 
08 Sep 11 by member: Johanne
I am still kicking... gave up the scale habit 7 days ago (according to FS) in reality it was 8 days ago so I am ignoring it completely and just going by how I feel - if I lose anything this month it will be amazing, although I do plan on losing some inches! 
08 Sep 11 by member: pixidaisy
Way to go. I'm betting on you! 
08 Sep 11 by member: Johanne
Congrats on second place! 
09 Sep 11 by member: abbadabba
Sounds like you really did have a fun time..congrats on 2nd place...Glad your back and hope to see you on here more...have a great day.....Bren 
11 Sep 11 by member: BHA
Hi ya doing girl?? miss the heck out of our soon..... 
19 Sep 11 by member: BHA
Wahoooo for under 210!! I remember how that felt!! I'm struggling to get under 200 now - have been since June or July - I will use you for motivation! 
22 Sep 11 by member: mollyallen1982


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