Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Drumroll Explained!!

HOLY COW...I can't believe I left ya'll hanging!! The DRUMROLL was all about me working up the courage to actually say these words out loud...


Although, my family cringes when I use that term...and maybe "Fitness and Wellness Training" is a much more politically correct way of saying it.

But here's the deal. Like everybody else in America, I KNOW HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT. Eat less and move more. Duh.

In 2009, I got a click in my brain -- and started walking on a treadmill. Soooo slowly at first....a quarter of a mile was a victory for me. I also started to eat better, avoided snacking, and totally gave up eating candy bars in my car.

Slow but sure....after about two years, I'd lost almost 100 pounds and I never felt better.

But, unfortunately, I've gained back over 50 pounds of that HARD FOUGHT weight loss.

I know I need to get serious again, but I've had a very hard time getting back on track. My treadmill has been gathering dust...and my late night television/snack habits STINK.

So -- when this opportunity came up -- to spend a week away from my normal life -- in sunny, beautiful Florida,  at a beautiful condo with an ocean view, and participate in intense 90 minute workouts three times a day with a personal trainer, while eating gourmet meals (1500 calories a day) prepared just for me....

WELL -- I JUMPED AT IT...(okay, there was no actual jumping...)

Although it is costing me a lot of money (AND my fall vacation with Marion!!) -- I know I need to do this.

AND IT'S ALREADY WORKING!! I've put myself in pre-fat-camp training!! I'm determined to build up my stamina, and today I did one mile on the treadmill!!

Because it would be pitiful to spend all the money, and arrive in Florida only to discover I CAN'T ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING.

One of the challenges is that I don't have any actual "work-out clothes" that are suitable for public viewing. lol. Kate Hudson and her beautiful line of workout clothes -- Fabletics -- are not big enough for me!!
Her XX size is supposed to fit a size 18 woman. The reviews say NO WAY...!!

That's okay. I didn't want to spend any money on work-out clothes anyway...because I COULD MAKE THEM INSTEAD.

And won't that be SO MUCH MORE FUN??!!

So, this sewing challenge has two rules.

1. I can only use fabric and/or clothes I already have...

2. Every garment must be super-washable!!
This is my first outfit.
The teal top has been hanging out in my closet for years, because the neckline was one of those huge dinner-plate things. It was ruched on both sides (which I hated) -- so I took that elastic out, and cut one side off to add to the other side -- for the asymetrical look I love. THEN I added a layer of fringe.

Hey -- I'm off to a good start!!  And maybe blogging about this will make me accountable.  Next week, I'm going to write about the PANTS element to this challenge!!


  1. Good luck!! Maybe I'll get motivated to drop the 10 lbs I gained over the past 6 years.

  2. Good for you!!! It cost me a lot of money to lose the 55 pounds I lost almost 2 years ago.....& I have gradually put over half of it back on....Keep us posted!