Monthly Archives: February 2012

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how pretty is that?? This will be part of a new top for me 🙂

un punto a la vez • one stitch at a time

Hook according to the yarn of your choice.

I used a Light Fingering / 3 ply yarn and 3mm hook.

ch – chain  •   sc – single crochet   •   dc – double crochet  •  sl st – slip stitch

Make a circle:  Ch 4 ,  join with sl st.

  1. ch 1, 12 sc, sl st  in first sc.
  2. ch 3 (this is the first dc and ch1 of the round), * dc in next st, ch1*,  repeat   * * 10 more times, join with sl st to 3rd chain of the first ch3 (12 dc and 12 ch).
  3. sl st to next ch1 space and ch 1, sc in same space, * ch4, sc in next ch1 space, ch4 , sc in next ch1 space, ch8, sc in next ch1 space*, repeat * * 3 more times but in the last repetition don’t do the last  sc, just sl…

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The measurements of success

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Over the last few weeks, but this morning more than any day, I have noticed why I am not struggling anymore with my weightloss. Simply because I have stopped stressing over it. Yes, it is still very important to me that I lose weight, but over all it’s my point of view that has to change, my outlook on life and the things in it and it already has changed considerably. I work out more, still not daily but at least three times a week, I watch what I eat etc.. What really matters though is that I measure success in different ways now. Before I measured my success in Kilogram or Pounds, now I measure success in many different ways.

For example last night I jumped into my friends mini bus and I noticed how much stronger my legs have got. Or when I walked past the fresh orange  juice in the shop ( I love fresh orange juice) and thought “nah, not worth wasting the calories on”, when I carry four bags of shopping at once and it doesn’t hurt my arms anymore because I have been doing weights… these are the things I measure my success with these days.

Just like this very minute, it’s lunch time and there is half a pizza (before I would have eaten a whole pizza by myself) and a bit of salad waiting in my fridge and you know what? They can wait a little while longer, because yes it might be time for lunch but I am not really hungry right now, so I will eat in half an hour maybe.

So when your weight loss is not going as fast as you like, or maybe you haven’t lost anything for a couple of weeks, don’t stress, stick to what you have been doing and think of all the other good things happening for you because you chose to change your lifestyle and I am sure you will find that you too are being successful loss or no loss 🙂

First results…

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I have been living the “new” life style for two months now. Over those two months a lot has changed I find. It’s not all about my weight and how I look, though that has changed a bit too, it’s also very much about how I feel and little behaviour changes which appeared all by themselves.

Today I went shopping, just a quick in and out job because my eldest wanted to go out and he was minding the other two, so as I had to go the doctors first I had to take a cab (yes I know I should have walked anyway lol). Anyway, as I got out of the taxi I quickly wanted to go to the cash machine but there were lots of people coming from my left walking towards the cashpoint, so for the first time in at least two years I actually ran somewhere lol even if it was only to the cash machine. It was only once I was sat in the taxi again, after I have rushed through the shops carrying alsorts of bits, paid for them and then sprinted back to the taxi, that I noticed what I did and that I was not even out of breath.

Also, my heart rate doesn’t shoot up anymore when I climb some stairs or do some cleaning, thanks to the cardio I aim to do at least four times a week. One of the best ones though, yes it’s a shallow superficial one but I don’t care, my legs are so much stronger and firmer now it’s great. They still are big but got a bit more shape to them than before.

Foodwise, I do try and be good, honestly. But in the last few days that hasn’t really worked for me it being the week before the week etc.. I have changed to wholemeal pasta and bread, so I am trying to make the right choices but sweets keep distracting me, though I have to say, I have cut down lots on them and can only eat a few these days as I find them far too sweet now.

Will have a week of Celebrity slim to get things in order again I think, just to get things moving and my mind focused. Will keep you posted.

Sewing machines…do I need a degree for those?

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.. Because that’s exactly what it seems like to me I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task to learn how to sew but blimey people, this is hard work for a girl with severe PMS lol I almost ended up throwing the thing out of the window. Oh and it takes so much preparation. No such thing as quickly sewing something haha. Think I am going to check out youtube for some tutorials.

Do any of you know some other good websites for total beginners like moi? If so, please post x thank you

Sorry!! So, so busy!

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First of all I’d like to apologise to everyone, I have been so wrapped up in craft projects and working out that I have been slacking big time on my blog (Don’t you find it funny how a spellchecker on a Blog highlights the word -blog- as an error, kinda tickles me. But hey, small things…etc.).

So what’s new? I have still not got to try Yoga, which I am so keen to do, but as my mat and my blocks have not arrived yet I have to carry on doing other stuff. One of those “other stuff” is my new rowing machine! which is working me nice and hard and it was a big of a bargain from Argos for only £149. I have been on it every night so far and my legs and shoulders, not to mention my abs, are absolutely killing me. This is a good thing though, so at least I know I have not been lazy.

Hopefully my yoga mat will get here tomorrow so I can finally start doing that in the mornings. Look out for some more crafty posts in the next few weeks, I have soooo much planned and hope that I will find the time to do it all. Right know I am crocheting a blanket for a friends baby, I am knitting a hat out of the most gorgeous yarn I have ever seen and I have also bought some sewing fabric on ebay (Gotta love ebay). So yes, stay tuned and see what I come up with next 🙂

Oh my god, how cute are those?!

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http://www.luulla.com/product/6264/primrose-rabbit-bunny-toy-knitting-pattern-pdf-email-pattern

Oh my, look what I have found on my online travels while I am supposed to be working! Super cute and the pattern is super cheap too. Just a shame that my knitting is not so neat so they will not turn out like this cute little thing at all.

If any of you are going to have a stab at making one, or have knitted, sewn or crocheted any other cute little teddies, dolls and the likes I would love to see them.

Primrose Rabbit/ Bunny/Toy ..