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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Its Been a Good Day!

First we'll start with the exciting stuff... stitching! Since the class has now been taught I can share with you A Dragon's Lullaby by Dragon Dreams! This was a lot of fun to stitch, it will eventually be released on Patterns Online



Dragon's Lullaby
c2008 Jennifer Aikman-Smith
Stitched on 28ct Lugana
Stitched with DMC, Kreinik #4 Braid, Caron Waterlillies, Mill Hill Beads


Next I went shopping for something to wear this Saturday night at retreat. Saturday's dinner has traditionally been dress-up but its not mandatory. I was hoping for some cheap little black dress but I didn't really want to spend the money on something I won't be able to fit into a few months from now (perhaps next year?). I ended up finding a nice pair of black slacks and a top. Get this... the top is a SMALL!!!! I'll get someone to take my picture... I got my hair cut two weekends ago and I haven't shared that with you either! Tomorrow night I get to pack my bag so I can leave after work on Friday!!!


Today I finally made the call to join one of the gym franchises. Through my employer I get a corporate rate to one of the gyms. The memberships run for a full year ending January 31st. So this way I was able to join for 3 months (since all memberships expire Jan 31st) at a reduced rate. This way I can try out a gym without throwing away too much money if I don't like it. My membership starts on November 1st, I hope I like it.


Now here's the truly exciting news! I am officially TKDchick once again!!!! I went to my first Taekwon-Do class in a year and a half! So far my foot has held up very nicely. The true test will be tomorrow when I get out of bed... will it hurt or not. The class was great and my dobok (uniform) is too big! It was GREAT to be back and so nice to be welcomed back!

Oh and the not so good news. The scales were not kind to me at all this week, I gained 2.5lbs! I know last week's loss was abnormal. But its still a little disappointing. I can only hope that this weekend's extravagance won't lead to another gain at the scale.

26 comments:

Karin said...

I love the new sampler. Congrats on your return to TKD - I'm sure with the healthy lifestyle you've been living, you'll be fine in returning.

mercy said...

Congrats on retuning to TKD! I've been reading about your weight loss and I think it's so great and inspiring...I went back to weight watchers and hopefully I can stick to it like you are :-) Hope you like the gym!

Tama said...

OMG - I *want* that pattern!!! Hope it's released soon! and congrats on returning to your TKD. Sounds like fun!

Christine said...

The dragon sampler is really sweet.
Hope you enjoy the gym, and congratulations on getting back to your Taekwon-Do

Stitchingranny said...

I am so looking forward to seeing a picture of the "New" you.

The picture is really great, will have to think about purchasing this chart as I know a six year old boy (my darling gs) who will think that is absolute magic.

Also congratulations on getting back to your martial arts class, enjoy.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend with Kathy, give her a hug from me.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your size! And don't worry about the temporary gain of weight. Seeing that your restarted TKD and start the gym, no doubt you will lose more (taking into account that muscles weight more than fat) and get a leaner figure. Go for it Dani and have fun this weekend! Ann

vEr0n!c@ said...

What a cute sampler. I love the verses on it!

riona said...

Congratulations on so many fronts: TKD, weight loss, smaller sizing, a retreat to look forward to, a new look ... and a great sampler just to round everything out. It's just great when everything comes together like that. Enjoy!

Ginnie said...

Lovely sampler - enjoy your weekend.

Becky K in OK said...

Great sampler. Have a fun time this weekend.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

I can't wait to see this new outfit! I would think that a 2.5 gain wasn't so bad, that would be a 2.5 lose for two weeks.
I was down another pound on Monday, not bad considering the weekend I had just had!
Enjoy TKD - I know you were excited to start back.

WhizGidget said...

That. Is. AWESOME!

All of it - the Dragon's Lullaby, the clothing, and getting back to TKD.

Don't worry about the weight - when you're at the gym you will put some on, but it should be muscle and not fat. :)

Louanne said...

Your Dragon is great!!!! How adorable! Kudos to you on the size lost! AND on being TD Chick again!!!! YAY! Hope you foot is fine in the morning. Don't worry about the scales, it's how you FEEL that matters!!!! You go girl!

Karoline said...

The dragon is gorgeous Dani and congratulations on getting back to TKD

Ranae said...

Fabulous sampler, Love the poem.
Congrats on going back to TKD.
A small? wow! what a great feeling huh?

Sally said...

Oh I love that sampler Dani! It's a lovely finish!

Congrats on getting back to TKD.

Karan said...

Oh I LOVE the DD sampler - gorgeous! Good start on the RR & the braiding looks interesting too. :0)
Looking forward to seeing a pic of the new you. Guess you may have regained some of the fluid etc you lost whilst ill. a small glitch - you're still very much on track with your losses. :0)
Have a great time at the retrest. :0)

Needlearts Kelly said...

What a week you had. The sampler is gorgeous. The TKD sounds like great fun. I would be happy with just buying a smaller size - even without the TKD and stitching. Congrats to you.

Kathy A. said...

Oh hon - I know how much you missed your TKD. I can hardly wait to see the new you.

Lauralness said...

Great model finish! Congratulations on your shirt NSV!!

Wendy said...

Cute little sampler! And how exciting to buy a smaller size in clothes. Your hard work and perseverence is really paying off for you - congrats!

Julie said...

A nice sampler. WTG on the small size, what a confidence boost! Enjoy the weekend, looking forward to seeing a pic of the new you.

Carol R said...

Cute sampler.
Have fun at the retreat!

tkdquintmom said...

Hey Dani that is GREAT! I'm so glad that you've gone back to your Dojan! Yippee! Hopefully after 5pm tomorrow I will be in the ranks of a black belt as well. I'm not nervous about the test and I'm not sure how to take that! Keep your fingers crossed and I hope the foot will hold up for you! :0) Remember, nobody likes a whimpy kiop! LOL

stitcherw said...

The sampler is adorable, what a cute model you got to stitch. Congrats too on getting the all clear to start back with your TKD, that must feel great. Hopefully all goes well and you're totally back up to speed in no time. Have a wonderful time at the retreat.
Sue

Sharon said...

Beautiful sampler finish! Congrats and congrats too on returning to TKD!