Today is the first day of the second half of the year. My New Year's Resolutions never lasted this long. I will have to stick with this "Setting Goals" thing. This is working out so well that I may have to start a list of goals for next year. In December and January, it's hard to think about expanding the garden or redoing flower beds.
I have not done as much sewing as I thought I would but I have completed 3 of the 4 quilts I wanted to make. I have the 4th quilt selected and fabric purchased. I have been fortunate to go to sewing/quilting retreats and have one more scheduled for September. I have even made a top and dress for myself this year.
This leads me to another goal I set for this year. I wanted to lose 50 pounds this year. I have removed 22.6 pounds so far. This is not quite the 25 pounds that would be in line with half of the year being gone. I have made other major accomplishments, for me anyway. I have faithfully attended Weight Watcher meetings. I have followed their tracking with planning meals. To my surprise, I have a regular exercise program. I meet a friend twice a week to work out at a local recreation center. Three other days, I either walk on the treadmill or walk the dog. A couple of weeks ago, I started swimming three to four days a week. I also have been doing all of our yard work. All of this has been taking place in 5 days and I take the weekend off. I am going to have to start exercising at least one of the weekend days to meet my goal. I realize that the last two months of the year are the hardest to lose weight and it's harder to swim when it gets cold. In the last eleven months, I have lost a total of 60 pounds. I am thrilled with this number. It may be coming off slower than I would like, but it is coming off.
This much weight loss fuels the need for new clothing. When I lose out of the few items I have right now, my closet will be empty. I have attempted in the past to sew clothes for myself. The sewing part is not the problem, fitting myself is a whole other animal. I have attempted to purchase patterns from the fabric stores and alter them to fit with less than thrilling results. I spent too much money on the Bernina software My Label. I don't know if it was the software or me but, we were not successful. Last week, one of my American Sewing Guild friends sent out an e-mail that a workshop was going to be held last Friday and Saturday. It was a "hands-on" on a pattern drafting system that I had purchased about the year 2000 and never learned how to use. It is called the Lutterloh System.
We spent Friday and Saturday drafting the pattern pieces for a t-shirt, a skirt, slacks, and a blouse. They all fit me. I am encouraged that I can use this system to make clothes for myself. And continue to fit myself when I lose more - down to my goal weight.
So here's to the second half of the year. Let's accomplish some goals!