Monday, July 02, 2007

Shorter, Lighter and Overwhelmed

I know, I know it has been awhile. If anyone is still out there and interested in what is going on At my Hearth..thanks for hanging around!

Shorter....on a quick note I cut my hair. May not be a big deal for some, but the back of my neck hasn't seen daylight in over 15 years, unless you count ponytails. I used to let my hair grow long and cut it short on a regular basis...then I met RacerDad and I met him in a long hair phase. What is it with men and their obsession with long hair??? He always told me that my hair was one of his favorite things about me. How could I cut it off with that thought? Well lately I have been in major "Mama overhaul" and the hair had to be redone. So it is now in a "stacked bob". Rather cute if I do say so myself. I have received several compliments on the cut...makes you look younger (gotta love that one). I also had a visit with the color artist. Unfortunately she translated my "I'd like it light brown with natural red highlights" to "copper penny". It was definitely shocking at first. RacerDad likes it and most of my friends that have seen it like it as well. It is beginning to grow on me. One of the things I have a hard time with is looking in the mirror and seeing my grandmother. This is the exact color her hair was.

Lighter...I began Weight Watchers on Saturday, May 26. A very big deal for me. I like to eat. I love chocolate, breads and comfort food. Of course these items to not lend themselves to a thin, svelte form. I saw a picture taken of me on Mother's Day and needless to say it was the impetus to begin. It has also been the motivation to continue. As of Saturday, June 30th I have lost 17.2 pounds. Not too shabby...people are beginning to notice. My clothes are fitting better and the double chin is going away. I have a long way to go, but I didn't put this weight on overnight...I also want to keep it off, so slow and steady is the way to go. I am also doing Leslie Sansone's Walk away the Pounds. These are two major changes in my life diet and exercise which leads me to....

Overwhelmed....the rest of my family is very proud of me for sticking with the changes, but they do not necessarily want to change the way they eat. So I am having to come up with two dinners, two lunches, etc. Double the work! Exercise has taken up a lot of my computer time. But I figure if I am moving my whole body as opposed to just my fingers, I have to be burning more calories...right??

Then again there is the sweet new puppy. I am not sure why I didn't remember that a puppy is a lot of work. I guess for the same reason moms don't remember childbirth. If we had strong memories of these things the popluation would be much smaller and little boys would not grow up with puppies! Actually, Muttley (RacerDad won) is a very sweet dog and he has also encouraged me to move more. Someone has to make sure he goes to the bathroom outside and I KNOW that I actually watch and verify the procedure, unlike my dear sons.

I have been doing (read that attempting) alot with my mother's embroidery sewing machines. I have learned quite abit. But for everything I learn there is SOOO much more. It is fun, and you can definitely complete a project much faster than knitting, but it is not my passion. RacerDad is chomping at the bit for me to be able to turn projects into profit....just not sure I want to do that.

I have been knitting up a storm. I have finished some Mason Dixon bibs, a Baby Genius burpcloth, begun a purse and MS#3, and worked on socks.

I would love to post pictures of all these things, but I am working on my desktop and do not have the capabilities to publish pictures! I will try to be better about posting. Things are beginning to settle into a more normal routine. But then again...I am headed to Wichita Falls to help my MIL after her cosmetic surgery and then my son is playing in his division of the World Series and finally the cruise the end of July.


Becca said...

Hey Julie!

Don't know when I'll see you next! You should post a picture of your new hair on your blog so we can all see!

Glad to hear you're still alive and well. I was starting to wonder if you had abandoned your blog.

Congratulations on the 17.2 lbs. You go, girl!


eduininck said...

Great job on the new you! Wish I could find the motivation. Hope to see you knitting soon.

Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

Good for you! It sounds like you're really busy and doing well. Wish I were losing as quickly as you are.

Happy July!

Scribbit said...

Glad to hear you're still out there and getting along.

You'll have to post some pictures of what you've knitted.

Anonymous said...

I do hope you will be posting a photo of the "new you" in the near future. It sounds like you are doing great with your diet, and a new hair-do is always uplifting. I too have had very long hair for decades, and in January went VERY short. I love the compliments, especially the "you look 10 years younger" ones. LOL

Also looking forward to seeing more of you knitting projects.

Take care and enjoy your day. :)