10/31/10 – Food

Breakfast – I made some oatmeal, but after several spoonfuls I decided I really didn’t enjoy it so I made a piece of toast and had some grapes.

Lunch – at Red Lobster – biscuit, salad, shrimp, baked potato.

Supper – small bowl of tomato soup, some crackers and a wedge of laughing cow cheese, some Pringle chips, and one small Halloween Kit Kat.

Steps – 2,176

10/30/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with an egg

Lunch – small side salad, two leftover pieces of yesterday’s pizza, two wedges of Laughing Cow cheese – the two new flavors.

The blue cheese had the strong blue cheese flavor which needed to be eaten on a cracker or stuffing a piece of celery.  It was too strong for me to eat alone.  The Sun-Dried tomato will make a good snack all by itself.

Supper – small portions of mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and stewed tomatoes.  For dessert, yogurt and wheat germ.

Steps – 4,254

10/29/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter

Lunch – out with a friend to an Italian restaurant.  We split a delicious salad of lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red pepper and artichokes.  Then we split a wonderful pizza with sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese and artichokes.  My friend not only paid for the meal, she sent me home with the leftovers!  She offered to split a dessert with me also, but I said “no”.  I just did not need any more extra calories.

Supper – warmed up the leftover half sandwich from yesterday and the leftover French fries with truffle oil.  I only ate half of the half-sandwich and just a few fries because once again I was worried about all the calories.  I had a sugar-free jello for dessert.

The supper wasn’t enough to last through the evening, so I had a snack of half an apple, a spoonful of peanut butter, and a light string cheese.

Steps – 4,145

10/28/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter

Lunch – out with friends.  I had a panini sandwich of chicken, red peppers and onions.  It was a huge sandwich, so I only ate half of it.  The sandwich was accompanied by French Fries that were sprayed with Truffle Oil.  The Truffle Oil taste was very slight, but increased the more fries I ate. They became addicting and I had to force myself to stop eating.  Then the management of the restaurant brought two gourmet desserts to our table.  (We were celebrating someone’s birthday.)  I had a taste of each dessert.

The lunch was delicious and for a while I was doing the “poor me” thought process.  I really wanted to finish that sandwich and eat all of those fries, but I knew that it was way too many calories.  “Poor me – I’m fat and not allowed to eat this fattening food.”  It is so easy to fall into that “poor me” trap and forget the progress I have made in recognizing when I am full.  Yes, I was full.  If the sandwich had been half the size, I would have been completely satisfied.  Today it was just hard to come to the “enough” conclusion in my brain.  

Supper – the leftover baked potato and veggies from last night.  I had a sugar-free snack size jello for dessert.

Snack – one light string cheese.

Steps -3,202 

Progress on the nine-patch

All the blocks, sashing and  rows are sewn together.

Here is a close-up of the applique block.

Next I will add two borders – one small red border and one larger blue border.

Today I am grateful for –
1.  Good friends
2.  An excellent lunch with included French Fries coated with Truffle Oil. 
3.  The wonderful colors of Fall.

Japanese Paper Quilting

Tonight I took a class in Japanese Paper Quilting at the local card/scrap book shop.  I made four cards for Halloween.  The class was well organized and productive.  The teacher was patient with me as I was the only one that had not taken a previous class in the technique.

I will definitely take another class at this shop again.  It was well worth the cost – plus you get a 10% discount on anything  you buy.  I bought some paper because I only have 10,000 pieces at home and I just might run out.

First Knitted Sweater – EVER

Today I finished my first knitted sweater ever.  It is by no means perfect, however, it is roomy, very warm, and will be wonderful for those cold, cold winter days when I am working in my basement studio.

I had a hard time figuring out how to take a picture of me actually wearing the sweater.  This is the best I could do.

The sleeves are too long and extremely roomy and the sweater itself is a teeny bit short.  I’m very proud of my accomplishment though, and it will get worn a lot at home.