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2014 Goals

January 16, 2014

So, as we enter a new year, I always like to make some goals for the year. I don’t always achieve them, but I do like to make them as I find it more motivating than if I don’t. Here is what I would like to achieve this year:

  • Pay off my credit card by the end of July.
  • Go to the gym 3 times per week for at least 30 minutes each visit (at least 20 minutes cardio, with some strength training thrown in)
  • Do more work at work so I don’t bring so much stuff home with me to complete.
  • Explore more local places (mostly Sydney and surrounding areas such as the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands).
  • Develop a more regular sleeping pattern, well, at least during the week!
  • To use up as much of the skincare and makeup stuff I have before buying anything new.

That’s  it for now. I may or may not add more as the year goes on, but I’ll see how I go with these ones first!

 

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This photo was taken at Secret Beach, Oahu on my recent trip to Hawaii. The sand here was so soft. It was a great way to spend the first week of 2014!

 

 

Kwik Sew 3830 Skirt Pattern

October 19, 2013

I finished my first sewing project in ages the other day. It felt so good to sit down and sew something, especially something that actually fits! 

 

The pattern was Kwik Sew 3830 – a skirt with pleats in the front, curved pockets and an elasticised waistband to give a slightly gathered look. The pattern was easy to sew and came together really quickly. In total it took me two nights to trace the pattern (I don’t cut the master patterns, always trace them onto tracing paper), cut the pattern & fabric out and sew it all together. I used fabric I already had, so I only had to buy matching thread and the elastic for the waistband, so a very cost effective sewing project. 

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It would be a great sewing project for someone new to sewing or someone wanting a quick and easy project.  Now to think of what to sew next . . . 

Feel good moment

October 16, 2013
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I started sewing a skirt today. I haven’t sewn anything in a while and it’s been a long time since I’ve sewn clothing. All I can saw is it felt good to get back to it! Photos and details to come 🙂

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Seeking Indie Sewing Designer Patterns

October 4, 2013

I am putting together a Pinterest board of sewing patterns I would like to make eventually. I love the idea of supporting independent designers and making their patterns, and would love to hear your suggestions of which independent sewing designer patterns you like! It can be clothing, accessories or anything else sewing related. So have a look at my board and comment below with your suggestions!

Sewing patterns pinterest board

A little about my weightloss journey . . .

October 3, 2013

So, I need to lose weight. For too long I’ve been blind to how much weight I’ve put on over the years through putting work and other things ahead of my health. Well, not any more. 

 

Earlier this year, I joined a gym. This isn’t something particularly new for me. I’ve had a gym membership before. It was around the time I finished high school and I had a lot more time on my hands and not as much weight to lose. I was also a lot fitter than what I am now. To start off I went fairly frequently, but it eventually tapered down till I stopped going. Looking back, there are a few reasons I didn’t stay committed to the gym. I was paying pretty much next to nothing for my membership, so if I didn’t go, I shrugged it off as only losing a couple of dollars. I also didn’t structure my workouts – yes, they had a program for beginners to follow, but I didn’t enjoy a lot of the exercises so I either skipped them, or substituted them. And lastly, I wasn’t as motivated to lose weight and tone up as I am now. 

 

So come to today. I’ve been a member of the gym for around 3 months now. I go on average twice a week (I’m aiming to up that to 3 times a week). When I go to the gym I do the same cardio, but vary the weights and try to focus on a variety of muscle groups (no, I don’t have legs days etc). I try to do something for my legs, something for my arms/shoulders and something for my abs.  Sometimes I will just do cardio if I’m running low on time. If I’m just doing cardio, I aim for at least 30minutes (including 5 mins warm up and 5 mins cool down) and try to aim to burn 120 total calories. I’ve just bought a heart rate monitor to try and help track more accurately the number of calories I burn during my workouts, but haven’t used it yet. I plan to go to the gym tomorrow to test it out. 

 

When I started this journey, I was at my highest weight (89kgs – yikes!). I can remember times in recent years where I told myself not to let myself get above 70 kilos, then it became 80 kilos. At least I’m slowly getting my weight down. I’m now at 85.9kg (3.1kg down). I’m hoping to get down to 80kg by then end of the year. 

 

I’ve also been using MyFitnessPal to help keep track of the amount of calories I eat each day. This is one area I know I need to get better at, but I’d rather make small changes that I can sustain in the long run, than make more drastic changes that I’d only be able to sustain in the short run. But don’t they say “slow and steady wins the race”? My progress may be slow, hopefully it will be steady, but in the end, I will get there! I will be healthier, fitter, slimmer, more confident and happier. 

Welcome to a new chapter in my life!

October 3, 2013

I have had a few blogs over the years. At first it was a crafting blog, then it was more of a personal, life style blog. Over the years, as I’ve gotten older and started full time work, I haven’t had as much time for crafting as I would like, and for a while, it was fairly non-existent for me. Now, it is starting to make a bit of a come back in my life. 

 

So, as I learn to better manage the work-life balance, I thought I would start a blog documenting all aspects of my life, not one area. I honestly don’t know how often I will post here, I suppose it will be when something blog-worthy comes along.