Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nettie bodysuit

I made something for me! It's the Nettie top from closet case patterns. Love it! Instructions were very clear and fit is awesome! I'm planning another one that should be sewn this week. I have a few days off this week so I've got projects lined up now that I am excited to sew again!!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Halfway through to my fitness goal!

Feeling pretty good this morning. I've been trying to get this extra weight off and making it half way through feels amazing. I have lost 15lbs! I feel like I can make it to the end! I've never lost this much weight before. It has taken a long time but initially I wasn't as strict about it. Since last 2 - 2.5 months I have been more focused on weight loss and am seeing great results. Hopefully the next 15 will go faster. Here's what I'm doing that is working. I will write it here so if I get back to being unmotivated or start gaining, I have a record of what works for me.
  • No sugar or artificial sweeteners. This means no soda of any kind, no sweetener in tea, no desserts except occasional treat. Occasional drinks are ok too.
  • Green tea 3 times a day.
  • Reduced intake of wheat products. This includes pasta, pizza, breads, etc. I initially made whole wheat substitutions for refined flour but found it still makes me bloated and hang on to the weight. As long as I reduce it to once a day, I see some results. 
  • More protein. This is a big one for me as I tend to go back to my vegetarian lifestyle automatically. I started eating chicken last year. It fills me up and is a good source of protein. I just need to be consistent with it.
  • Portion size. I can eat whatever portion for lunch, it's usually ok. Dinners have to be very small or else I get bloated and feel too full. I have seen great progress since reducing dinner portions. Many days I've just been having watermelon for dinner and it's so satisfying and yummy! Again, occasional dinner out with family is ok.
  • I get bloated around middle of my cycle and also before my period. I drink plain warm water or warm water with lemon to reduce the bloat and it seems to work. 
  • Most important of all, walking! I've been walking at least 1 hour brisk walk each day. If I can do it more, I do it. This really helps get the fat burning. I like having this time to myself and look forward to it every day. I take my music and tune out everything else and just enjoy walking.
So there's all my secret weapons to weight loss. Hopefully I'll keep going like this and reach my goal weight before the end of the year.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Missing home


Girish and Mehul are going to India next week but Aanya and I are staying home. It was my decision to not go this year as it's so expensive to go consecutive years but just about now I'm kicking myself. We plan to go next year as a family and hopefully stars will align for my little sister's wedding at the same time. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed! I will miss them so much..I'm already dreading the next 2 weeks. I have filled my Netflix queue with all the chick flicks I want to watch while he's away. He always makes fun of my selection in movies. I will be sure to go in great detail with him on the phone while he's away and he will have to listen. Haha. Sweet revenge.

No pics today. I added a sidebar nails slideshow that I will update periodically. I'm not 100% happy with the way the blog looks currently. It has been so long since I updated the template html. I will need to figure it out again. Also might make up a banner if I feel extra creative.