Welcome to my home-cooked journal.
Here you will find my rants about every day life and things that keep me busy.
In the past I have frequently written, but there's no saying if I'll continue on that path. It all depends on how busy I am.
Have fun reading my scribbles.
Nearly ever morning Matthijs and I take a walk in the nearby Schothorst Park. We start our walk at around 07:30 and take half an hour with quick strides to make a round, a somewhat different route every day. We hear and see lots of birds. There's a great many tits (meesjes) in the park, jackdaws (kauwen), doves (duiven), blackbirds (merels), sparrows (mussen), ducks (jup, eenden) and woodpeckers (spechten). We usually only hear the latter one and seldom spot it, though we did see one a few days ago and it was a great spotted woodpecker (grote bonte specht). However, this morning we heard a mocking laughter and we just did not manage to see the owner of that voice. So I looked it up online and it is very likely that it was a green woodpecker (groene specht)!
I crocheted a pair of rainbow fingerless gloves, without a pattern (!), and it has already gotten favorited 5 times in 3 days on Cut Out & Keep (the only online community I'm in). I enjoy wearing them because their colors make me happy. They still don't prevent my hands from getting cold behind my computer but they 'warm my heart'. :p
I got a mail from Cut Out & Keep that they want to make me a featured member. So I sent them the answers to their regular questions and some photos of our crafting room in the attic. On May 26th I'll be a featured member, probably drawing more visitors to my projects. Hhmmm... this reminds me that I still need to take some decent pictures of my new belly dance outfits to post there.
Matthijs is making a new winter coat, on my insistence. The old one is worn out and faded. The new one is also made of warmer fabrics (outer layer of wool instead of some canvas like fabric) and it is black with neon green! I have assisted in making piping cord, preparing the pockets and making a matching beanie (muts). I'm going to make some matching gloves too, so he'll be completely prepared for... spring.. :p It feels really good to be sewing again, apparently I was in need of a new project.
Upcoming fun stuff: wet felting the second glove for Sibbe member Marieke (in exchange for a pair of needle bound socks), craft day for Amersical this Saturday with in the evening a meeting of some members of our Glee-watching club in Hengelo. Sunday sleeping late and no other plans. Weekend after that (1-2) a balfolk in Amsterdam and Larissa and Dennis come over for dinner on Sunday. Then two weekends of obligatory stuff (rehearsal for Amersical, NPC day Xenophobia, Xeno logistics planning day) then Xenophobia itself and the weekend after that, finally, the Dansstage in Enschede! I was in on time and we've got a room at the Logica Hotel.
I'm so pretty..
...oh so pretty, I'm so pretty and witty and gay*. * Meaning 'happy' in this case.... song text from West Side Story. And here's why I feel that way:
I'm currently still/again at 70,5 kg. I have touched the 69 but then the EE weekend happened and the Monday after that I was back at 72. Some strict dieting (and body processes) got me back to 71 on the Friday, but man was I disappointed in myself. Directly after that we had Amersical rehearsal weekend. I got myself a salad instead of going with the fries that were planned for dinner. Good thing I did that, I was the only one with a decent meal that evening. Of course resisting the snacks was rather hard. I substituted the yellow M&Ms with dates and tangerines, but it was difficult. Rest of the week saw me hardcore dieting again (below 1500 calories a day even) but I only lost 0,5 kg.
There was a time that I was aiming for 65 kg, but now I think I should try to stay around 70, seeing how much effort it costs to get below that. Perhaps this is where my body should be and frankly, when I look in the mirror I'm rather happy with how I look. Matthijs has joked that he'd need to 'stop me' or soon there would be nothing left of me. Of course there's still some fat on my belly that I'd rather loose, but that is not how it works. Everything is getting smaller and, in all my vanity, I do not want to loose more in the chest area. ;-) So, if I manage to loose more weight and drop just below 70 that would be nice, but if I don't and don't gain any weight I'd be happy too. I measured my waist yesterday (smallest part of upper body): 74 cm. That has been 86 at some point!
Last Friday was the belly dance performance for which I had set the goal 'dance with bare belly' and for which I started loosing weight. Mission accomplished: I danced with bare belly, feeling very good about myself. I received a lot of compliments, both to my weight-loss and my dancing. Yesss!!
Total weight loss last Friday was 13 kilograms. I'd like to drop even more. I want to go below 70 kilograms. Some people seem to be afraid that I'll become a stick figure, but they do not have to worry. I'm not striving to weigh as much/little as I did when I was 16 (60 kg if I remember correctly, BMI bottom is 59) but I want to be completely happy* when I look in the mirror at my naked self. (* As completely as any woman will ever be about herself, that is. Let's be realistic.)
Aside from just loosing weight I want to keep working on my muscles and shape by continuing my sports and morning exercises (weight lifting, sit ups and taking a 30+ minute walk). There's some hard weekends coming up however. This weekend the missionweekend of EE and the weekend after that rehearsal weekend with Amersical. Both means snacks, semi-unhealthy food (someone thought it wise to have fries as an evening meal at Amersical...).
Work is going slow at the moment, lots of request from customers but getting a 'go' for a formulated workplan takes ages. And I won't start on something without a 'go'. Between work and sports/Amersical I'm doing 2 Coursera courses at the moment: "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution" and "Dino 101". Just for the fun of it. The first one is quite a challenge with lots of material per week and no feedback on how you did on the quizzes until after the deadline. Before the deadline you can try a 1000 times, however. The Dino course has all it's material online already and gives you feedback on your quiz directly after submitting, but you can only try a quiz twice. The Dino course is more about learning definitions and facts while the Genetics course is definitions and understanding of how/why certain calculations are used.
Well, enough to keep me busy. Tonight we'll watch the video footage of the belly dancing of last Friday. And after that I really hope we have a lesson with some new stuff. Last weeks have, naturally, all been about the performances and I could do with a bit of variation.
Have a very nice new year!
Now with al the parties over I can concentrate on my diet again. I only gained 0.5 kilogram after Christmas and nothing after New Year's Eve, though I did not loose any weight either. Not bad for about 6 splurge moments in 2 weeks and no sports.
Now I have to get back on track again and see if I can drop to 70 kg before January 17th (belly dance performances), that's 2 weeks to drop 2 kg... but it is no hard goal with consequences if I don't make it. It would just be really awesome to have dropped 14 kg total since my last performance. I'm looking forward to comparing photos.
No specific 'good intentions' for this year, just don't get over the 74 kg again.
Hurray! This morning the scales told me that I have dropped from 84 (September 10th) to 71,5 (December 20th) kilograms. That meant my BMI going from 28,6 to 23,9! I have had one week of no weight loss at all which worried me, but the week after that I dropped 0,5 kg, so that was a relief. And this week I dropped 1,5 kilogram. This has to do with my period. It's a pattern I've come to recognize. Ah, those hormones (natural or from the pill). Hah, and I survived the first Christmas dinner (gourmet and ice desert) at Matthijs' old flat.
It is so satisfying to try on some clothes that have been hanging in the closet for a while and finding that they are almost too loose now. I need to wear a belt in most of my pants too. This weight loss is still only accomplished by keeping the calories (kcal) to about 1500 a day and keeping up my normal life style of sitting behind a computer all day and 3 evenings a week cycling to Amersical or dancing. And whenever possible I take the bike (that means nearly everything within a 15 km range of my house). Aside from that I do exercises for my arms every morning (weight lifting) and I have added exercises for my abs this week. Let's see if I can get some shape into that belly. But not too much; I think a six-pack looks ugly on a belly dancer. I am very happy with how my arms are looking at the moment (lot less wiggly and chubby) so I hope my belly will follow.
There's a whole week of temptations coming up. A birthday (bring your own food to share) tonight, tomorrow we go to my dad's to cook together, on Sunday an early Christmas dinner at Matthijs' parents. Then Monday and Tuesday a normal day. On Wednesday we go to Verik for boardgames (and Chinese food, if we decide to eat there), on Thursday (second day of Christmas) we do tapas at my grandparents' house. After that a couple of normal days again and then New Years Eve at friends in Hengelo (so happy they invited us! I had been worrying about an awfully boring evening at home) which will probably mean lots of snacks too. And in these weeks there's no dancing (but there is Amersical) so less exercise.
Well, I'm off again. Need to put up some Christmas decorations, work on a belly dance costume (the bra is progressing nicely! Ordered some more sequins online today), practice the choreography of my solo's, crochet some lovely snowflakes as gifts (deadline on Sunday... eek), clean the house, have lunch and prepare stuff for that birthday tonight. Perhaps squeeze in a bit of Plants versus Zombies, it's so addictive!