I’m an artist who works in fiber, a magazine editor, and a writer. You can see my artwork, my studio, and our sailboat at http://www.clvquilts.com
I like indie movies and all water sports. I enjoy a causal bike ride and a walk, but dread sweaty workouts.
My husband and I have been dancing for the past two years since we went on a cruise around the world (I was the onboard art/quilt teacher). He took ballroom classes while I taught. We went to 40 ports in 25 countries over 4 months and had the time of our lives. This past year, I went back for a second trip and he joined me for the African segment.
Since we’ve been home, we’ve gotten into swing dancing and can do East Coast, West Coast, and as of Saturday night, Shag.
Doughnut asked some great questions in her post, so I thought answer them.
Are these last few pounds the last few from a much greater weight loss or a few spare that have always been just a few?
Last week I learned of 3fc by reading an article in the March 2007 O magazine. I decided to join the featherweights because I was within pounds of my current goal. Plus, since I’m so little (5’1” ~110 lbs) I thought it would be a good category. I’ve taken off 49 pounds since mid-Dec 2005 due mainly to a switch in medications that changed my eating habits for the better.
As the weight came off, I became more motivated to lose more. So initially I hoped just to lose some of the weight that a former med had contributed to putting on. (I still take full responsibility for eating the food, the med just dramatically increased my appetite.)
Over the months, I came up with small goals of fitting back into a favorite dress or pair of pants. Now I’m at the point were everything’s too big and I’m going to have to go shopping.
How long have you been battling with them for?
It took me 4 years on the old med to gain 50 pounds.
What fab tips can you share?
I’m not dieting. I’m eating extremely healthy. Mostly whole vegetables and whole grains with some fish. I’ve cut down on meats and sugars no longer appeal to me because of the change in meds. (I know, you all want my ‘magic pills’, but trust me, you have to have a serious medical condition to be prescribed this one.)
What made you finally decide to get to grips with your weight?
At first, it wasn’t my decision. It was a ‘side effect’ of medications. But as I saw the weight coming off, I started getting motivated to eat a healthy way. Since my cravings switched from carbs and sugars to salads and vegetables, I started watching Christina Cooks, a whole foods cooking show on PBS. It taught me a lot about how to prepare quality meals. Though I don’t plan to become a vegan like her.
How has 3fc helped you?
It seems to be a friendly and supportive community.
If you've reached goal how has your life changed?
It’s easier to get around without lugging an excess 50 pounds. I look a lot better so I feel a lot better. It’s easier to be active. Other than that, I’m still the same happy person I was when I weighed 160 lbs.