Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Wall Hanging and other stuff

Can't believe how long it's been since I posted.  I have been a bit busy and here is on of the things I accomplished:
Kind of hard to see the bunny in this picture.  I just love how cute the whole thing turned out and it's done in time for Easter.  Hooray.
Last week was really busy especially at the end of the week.  I met my surgeon for the first time.  He talked with CR and I about the surgery and did an exam and feels I'm an excellent candidate for weight loss surgery.  After that appointment I did what is called the MMPI - it's a 567 computerized question test with only true/false answers to questions that probably half are not so black and white as to just answer true or false.  Anyhow it's part of the psych evaluation that you have to go through for this type of surgery.  That was on Thursday.  Friday morning I got up at 4am, and was on the road at 5am for an 8am appointment back up in Spokane to meet the shrink.  Lets just say the whole experience was odd, left me scratching my head, at one point he indicated I scored "to normal" on one of the tests - when did it become bad to be just normal?  Anyhow I'm just glad it's done.  His report should be to the surgeon by the end of this week.  Then the next step is insurance approval for surgery.  After that things seem to move along rather quickly.
On Saturday I went to our local quilt show with my friend Julie.  I was so freakin tired I forgot my camera and there were some beautiful hand embroidered quilts at the show - darn it.  I did make a small purchase of a few fabrics I just had to have for my stash:
And I also found this adorable chicken wall hanging pattern at the show.  I'm not a huge fan of chickens, but I saw it made up and just loved it.  Then yesterday I went to my LQS and got fabric for it:
The green pattern will be the red squares shown on the pattern and the solid green will be the black border.  the blacks and red fat quarters will be the chickens.  I plan to hang it in my kitchen.  I was also thrilled to finally meet Ginny, whose blog is Ginnys Quilts, she lives in West Richland which is just a few miles west of me.  We keep saying we are going to get together and meet in person.  Well while making my purchases, I saw this woman at the same vendor and I was just sure it was here as I'd seen a picture of her on her blog, so I asked and sure enough, it was Ginny.  It was great to meet her and wish her a happy birthday too!!
And if that isn't enough, I'm on my treadmill 6 days a week for 40 minutes each time.  I've lost about 30 pounds and am feeling really good about myself and I seem to have more energy than I've had in a long time.
Madison and I also go for walks at a local park or around the neighborhood, however this week the wind has been blowing to hard and the dust has been flying and at times it's been raining, so we've put our walks off in hopes of nicer weather coming soon.  Naturally the bad weather hits right when it's spring break - I feel for all the parents out there dealing with the kids sitting around indoors with "nothing" to do and they're "bored".

Hugs,  Tammy

Friday, March 19, 2010

Anniversaries!

Today CR and I celebrate our 24th Wedding Anniversary.  Where did the time go I ask.  I can't believe it's been 24 years, seems like just yesterday, although we both have a few more wrinkles to show for it, so it must have been longer, haha.  We've actually been together for 26 years as we lived together for a couple of years before tying the knot.  Marriage can be work at times, it can have ups and downs, but I will never regret marrying the wonderful man I share my life with.  He is my best friend, my fly fishing buddy, the person I laugh the most with, the person I can cry the ugly cry with and be comforted by....................oh I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  He is simply the worlds best Husband, for me that is.  I feel very blessed.
So CR, If you happen to stop by my blog as I know you do from time to time, Happy Anniversary my Love!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shopping Trip

On Friday my good friend and hairdresser J and I went to Portland to shop.  We always leave at 5:30am, hit the Starbucks drive through and then stop in The Dalles for breakfast.  Sadly our favorite breakfast place - Momma Janes, is still remodeling from a fire they had.  We are hoping it will open up by the time we do our next trip.  It's about a 3.5 hour drive to Portland. We always go on a Friday that Fabric Depot has their 35% off all fabric sale.  The bonus is the state of Oregon doesn't have a sales tax, so 35% off and then we save the 8.3% sales tax we have, wowzer, it's like hitting the lottery.  I didn't really need much this trip, just mostly wanted to get out of town after a long, grey winter.  So I bought fabric for curtains and a table runner for our bedroom (I'm making a quilt also, if I ever get myself focused on it again).  Here is the fabric:


After we were done at Fabric Depot, we traveled a bit further south to West Linn to a very favorite quilt shop of both of ours - Holly Hill.  No sale there, but as always they had lots of yummy and gorgeous fabric.  I bought this fabric to make a purse or tote bag out of:
Then it was off to the Macaroni Grill (we don't have that restaurant here) for a late lunch/early dinner.  All day I behaved and stuck to my diet and it's requirements and really didn't feel deprived.  I was glad about that, sometimes it can be difficult.  When they brought us the check, there was a dessert menu with it, I noticed the dessert menu had the calories and such for each dessert.  I have always been a fan of their chocolate cake - UNTIL I read the disturbing calorie count - 1510 calories.  Holy crap batman, that's over a days worth of calories for me right now.  I was in shock.  Well I don't think I'll ever indulge in that one again, but it was good when I used to not care so much!!  We got home around 6:30pm the same day.  After all that driving my back has been killing me this weekend and yesterday I was like a tired out zombie, but all is well today. 

I have to admit something here, I've been exercising 6 days a week on my treadmill, I'm now up to 35 minutes at a 3% incline and a pace of a 20 minute mile (I won't even tell you the pace I started at).  Anyhow I've always hated when someone says that exercise makes you feel good - yeah right, well I must admit it has put a spring in my step, energized me a bit - Okay I admit it, I feel better and I do have more energy and well I still hate to say it or admit it, but I had to admit it just the same, but I still hate sweating!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Some great news today.

As I told you in my last update, I'm working toward having weight loss surgery.  Part of my insurance requirements for that was to lose 5% of my weight in 6 months in order to get a referral to a weight loss surgeon.  On 2/10 I have my official weight documented at the doctor's office for my insurance.  Today, one month later, I had my official weight documenting that I lost my 5% plus an extra pound.  So now I should get a referral to a surgeon.  This of course is not final approval for surgery, the surgeon will do his work up and work with my insurance to make sure this is the right thing for me.  I mainly just wanted to share the news because I have worked really hard this past month to lose the weight, get back to exercise after being sedentary for far to many years and making positive changes in my life for the better.  I'm just really pleased with myself so far.  So for my next goal, I would like to lose another 10 to 12 pounds before I have surgery and since these things don't happen overnight, I think I will have the time to realize this goal as well.  I have other goals in mind too, once I get more weight off, probably after surgery, I would love to learn to box - not a person, just boxing the bag or whatever they call it.  I'd also like to learn Tae Kwan Do - my grandson and SIL both are learning, I think it would be fun to learn as well.  I plan to blog about this journey as well as my quilting, our travels and fishing and other things that are happening in my life.  I hope y'all will continue to follow along in all those journeys with me.

Hugs,  Tammy

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Journey

I was hesitant to put this out there, to share this information, I've heard all the arguments, the good, bad, and ugly, but here it is. I am looking into weight loss surgery. I am a diabetic (runs rampant in both sides of my family), I have high triglycerides, yet my total cholesterol is under 200 - an issue that comes with diabetes. I am experiencing high blood pressure issues, and I have sleep apnea. Yeah, I sort of got it all. Late last year I took a survey for our health insurance, once done the survey, they made healthy suggestions for me to consider.  One of which was weight loss surgery. That took me back, you see a few years ago our insurance didn't cover it - I had looked into it then because I couldn't get a doctor to confirm I needed hip replacement and I was so crippled up, living on pain pills and still in so much pain that I was desperate to see if weight loss would work - and in that kind of pain, exercise is out which I need so I can lose. I'm so glad they didn't cover it back then, what I really needed was a new hip. But I spent the better part of 5 years finding a doctor to confirm and then tell me I wasn't to young to have it done, I was 48 at the time I had the replacement and had to go out of town to find a doctor that said "we do it for younger people all the time, it's a metal on metal hip and it will probably out live you." I have a lot of joint issue, arthritis started in my hands when I was 34 and I imagine it will only get worse as I age (I'll be 50 in October). So given my health issues, my age, my joints, etc............I am entertaining weight loss surgery. My insurance requires I lose 5% of my weight before giving me a referral to a WLS Surgeon. I've lost the 5%, but wanted to lose a bit extra in case my scale and my doctor’s scale don't match up, so only 2 pounds to go. A friend said, well if you lost that, why don't you lose the rest on your own too. Oh if only, I still need to lose 100+ pounds to be a healthy and normal BMI. While it's embarrassing to admit this, it's also freeing as well. I'm not perfect and food is my crutch, my addiction, and my enemy at times - especially sugar. I want to make a huge change, I want to be a healthy old lady, I want to enjoy life and packing around all this extra weight isn't going to allow me to realize those dreams. So here I go, on a journey that scares me and gives me hope. I know not all of you will agree with my method, but I sure could use the support if you feel so inclined. If you'd like I can post occasionally on my progress and what is going on, it sure won't all happen overnight, but it will take a lot of my time and attention at first as I navigate a new reality.  Thanks for listening!!

Hugs,  Tammy

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Purse

Needed a new purse, so I decided on Sunday to sit down and make one.  Other than that, just catching up on laundry, stocking the cupboards with some groceries and getting back to business after that icky flu bug.
Here's a front and back view - made with Moda's Blush line, it just says spring to me!!

Front:

Back: