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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bittersweet Victory

Tonight's weigh in at Weight Watchers went well, I lost 2lbs this week! This meant that I could finally hand in the Doctor's note I got at the end of May but then my weight fluctuated so I couldn't hand it in. With tonight's loss I'm one pound below the number on my note, finally I could hand it in and go on maintenance.
Since March I've been playing with the same couple of pounds, never getting any lower, I've been 8lbs within my goal weight all this time. It was time to face the facts, that my body didn't want to get within the recommended weight range I was assigned by Weight Watchers.

So about 16 months later I'm 63lbs lighter (I was aiming for 70lbs but my body just won't go there), I'm in a size 8 whereas I was never this small as a teen, I'm healthy, and active. There is just so much more I can do now, my foot is pain free, I can walk for hours, I can run 10K, I have so much energy at Taekwon-Do. I couldn't ask for more.

Now I should recap this weekend on the road (again)! Friday after work I picked up Christin at the bus stop and hit the road. We arrived at her parents outside of Kingston in time for a healthy dinner. The evening was spent stitching where I finished this little gem (and watching movies since it was raining).

Red Threads Letter "V"
c2002 Rosewood Manor
Stitched on : 28ct Opalescent Lugana
Stitched with : Carries Creations Midnight

Saturday we made up for the walk we missed out on Friday night... well Christin and her Mom walked, I ran Curl Road. This road starts with a downhill, levels out for a short while then has a steep hill at the other end. So if do this road there and back, you end up going up TWO hills.

When we went out back to check out Mom's new garden we met this little fellow... Reggie 2 or is it Reggie 3 (garter snake)??? They thought they had one snake (aka : Reggie) it turns out they have at least 3.

We then ran into town quickly where I picked up two new tops (yay!) and we had ice cream for lunch (oh we're bad!!!). In the afternoon I had to take a nap! I was pooped, all this road tripping is catching up with me! The evening was wrapped up with another healthy dinner, a nice long walk, a visit with the neighbour, a piece of cake and Peanut M&M's (my weakness).

Sunday was our true stitchy day! Christin and I had to pack the car back up (after I went for a morning walk) and head to Beth's house... this month's hostess. I have to say that Beth is the BEST COOK EVER! You never leave her house unsatisfied and hungry! Lunch was fantastic, and dinner was divine! There was of course treats in between! Oh and someone who I shan't name (REBBECCA) brought the evil, evil Peanut M&M's. So when you get to the pictures you'll see the usual suspects, and we were pleasantly surprised by Adriana being in attendance! It is always a pleasure to see my favourite almost 93 year old stitcher!

Beatrice (Adriana's Daughter)
Rebbecca the evil Peanut M&M enabler!

I would share stocking progress with you but when I ran out of a shade of red I realized I made a STUPID MISTAKE! It wasn't a counting error... it was not reading the key, it should of been a blend instead of one colour. Needless to say my stitching time was spent frogging! See... I am human (most days a stitching super hero, but the odd day, I'm like the rest of you)!
I finally finished the finishing on Flip Flops... its ready to get packed in my suitcase! Yup, tomorrow night after having dinner with Kathy (mmmm fajitas!), I'm packing my BIG suitcase. Why the BIG suitcase, so I can take it half empty in case I come across any great clothing or stitching bargains. Thursday after work I'm driving down to Syracuse, N.Y. and Friday morning I'm off to Jacksonville, FLA. to go hug my best friend. I will have my laptop with me so I will be in touch.


Kathryn said...

I understand your frustration with those last few pounds. I can't seem to get another five pounds off, even though I have already lost 70 (and have more to go). Every so often your body just takes a break; so run, and eat healthy and enjoy your friends. Those pounds will probably disappear when you aren't even looking. Have a GREAT time in Florida!

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Congrats on hitting your maintenance level at WW. Your "V" came out get and it looks like you had a great time with all your friends. CJ ok;-)

Olenka's Stitches said...

Congrats on your wait loss,
you've accomplished so much!
Great pictures from your stitchy day.
Have a great time with your friend!

Katri said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! You've accomplished a lot and are a real inspiration!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations for reaching maintenance. I've never liked the thought of being told what I should weight so have never gone to WW, I just plod along losing a ib or two every couple of weeks

Sadie said...

Congratulations on making it to maintenance! You are such an inspiration, the way you have taken control of your weight. Well done you.
Your finishes look great, sorry about the stocking though it's such a PITA when stuff like that happens. I'm sur you will be back to your usual stitchy perfection in no time at all.
Hope you have a good trip.

Anonymous said...

You've done a great job on the weight front, Dani, you must be very proud of yourself. Congrats on the little gem and on the pillow finishing - the colours are wonderful!

Vonna said...

I'm so proud of your weight loss success Dani! Hurray for you! Let's hope that I have the same luck ;)
You are such a dear sweet friend, I hope your vacation goes well with your friend. I know she has to be struggling.
and HEY, I thought Kathy was trying to find someone to feed her supper, not fix it for you! :)

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations hon! I knew you could do it! I am so very proud of you.
Flip flops looks gorgeous. I am sure Claire will love it.
See you tonight.

ollie1976 said...

Dani-Congrats on the WL. I'm sooooo proud of you!

~Tammy said...

WOOHOO on the weight loss.

I seem to have lost my desire to stitch lately (months actually), but reading about your retreat has me thinking about it. Thank you for that!

Silverlotus said...

Congratulations on reaching maintenance! You've done something that is very difficult; something most people don't even try. Way to go!

Have a great holiday!

Jenny said...

Congrats on 63 lbs lost - that is an awesome acheivement! Go you! :)

Erica said...

Congrats on your weight loss! That is an amazing achievement! I started off great in mine, and then it just stopped! I lost 9-1/2 pounds and dead stop! I can't even get to that psychological 10 pound loss! Grrr!!!

Sara said...

Congrats on your weight loss! I'm hoping to have a similar victory eventually, right now I'm 9 pounds down and 80 more to go.

Have an awesome trip!

Julie said...

Well done on your achievement, its been fun to support you along the way, through the good and the bad weeks.

Your trip will be lovely and i'm sure you will feel happier after a hug with your friend.

Flip flops looks real groovy!

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

I'm so proud of you for getting to goal and you are an inspiration to the rest of us.
Your stitching looks lovely as always :-)
And I promise, no peanut M&M's next time.

Carolyn NC said...

Wow Dani,
Congratulations on your weight loss - that's fantastic. Girl, you have been busy. Looks like a wonderful time. Love your flipflops. Run, run, run! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations again on your huge loss and for feelings significantly different thanks to it. Have a safe trip! Ann

Carla said...

Congratulations on your weight lose, Dani! I'm so happy for you :)

Love the flip-flop pillow ypu finished!

Wendy said...

Congratulations, Dani! That's a huge accomplishment and you have every right to feel very proud of yourself :-D

Christine said...

Congratulations on your weight loss!
Enjoy your trip

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! Have a great holiday!

Lauralness said...

Congrats on going on maintenance! That is awesome!! You are a huge inspiration.
Your finishes are great too. Have fun on your trip.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your weight loss, you should be so proud of yourself!

My brother bought some Peanut M&Ms back from the US for me and I agree they are evil. Once you start you can't stop till their all finished. Lucky I can't get them here.

Love your Flip Flop finish, it looks great.

Have a great holiday!

claudia said...

Your sucess with WeightWatchers and your excited with the no pain and the energy level being up and all has me encouraged! Thank you! Now I just need to get my arse in gear and do it. My foot pain had dwindled, but now it is back with a vengeance. (I don't think my little stint as a plumber this weekend helped, oh my! the positions I had to be in to do that job!
It's nice to see your stitching buddies. Everyone looks so happy and content, just stitching with friends.
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Dani, Congrats on hitting your goal weight! Sometimes our bodies tell us what they want & I'm sure yours is right there now. I'm doing WW myself and have lost 11kgs & have another 30 to go.

Margaret said...

Congratulations - well done
Hope maintenance goes well too

Jo said...

Congratulations on your victory - I don't think it was 'bittersweet' at all - you've made a huge difference to your life and your health, and you look FABULOUS!

Lovely stitching, as ever. Have a great time in Jacksonville

***Jon**** said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Congratulations of getting your weight down. Your stitching are lovely. It always nice to be able to get together for stitching sessions. Though I don't do any myself, I try to join my stitching friends for the company.

Cindy F. said...

WooHoo!! That's awesome news! A HUGE Congrats on hitting your maintenance program! A size 8 is so exciting!

I know you ladies had a fabulous stitching day together...sorry about the frogging visiting you:(

Pretty "V" finish and love your "flip flops" pillow!! Too cute!!!

Beatrice said...

Good for you. I'm so proud of you.!!!!!
The flip flop pillow is sooo pretty!
sorry you had a run in with the frogs .Great photo's we sure had fun!

Sharon said...

You guys are always having a great time! It's a great thing to see. Love the flip flop pillow-too adorable.

Wanda said...

I'm so glad you are on maintenance are awesome. And you are ALWAYS a stitching super hero in my mind!!

Brigitte said...

Your complete weight loss is fantastic. Congratulations! I wish I were there already ...