Sunday, November 27, 2011

Did it! The four-peat is complete!

It's the wee hours of Sunday morning and I am done! Phew! I love Nano!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

IHSW--November Edition--Before & After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



HAED Eternal Promise(Stewart--retired)

Before:



After:




I will be keeping this piece out unti I finish this page. I seem to have an amazing talent for choosing HAED charts that are chucked full of confetti--it is a good thing I enjoy a challenge.

I am also competing in National Novel Writing Month this month which takes up almost all of my free time, I am at 26,208 words of my 50,000. I am a little behind but I am quickly gaining ground. I hope to be done by next weekend.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chalean Extreme--Month 3--The End!

CLX--finished it today and jotted down my final thoughts.

Pros:
--I love the weight work in CLX. The three month program changes up each month to keep things fresh and keep results coming.
--The workout length is great. Each workout is between 30-45 minutes.
--The program is set up on a 5 day per week schedule (as opposed to 6 for most of the other BB programs I've done).
--I love the results I am getting. I definitely feel the drop in body fat and and I can really see a difference in my arms. All three times I went through P90X I noticed amazing strength gains but CLX has given more of the results I am looking for.
--Best nutrition plan--this program and Turbo Fire have had nutrition plans that really work for me. I love the food choices and most are not too labor intensive(I hate it when you need about 50 ingredients for one meal).
--The program comes with a motivational CD that I have been playing in the car and, though some people might not like it, it has been extremely helpful to me. It's helped keep me focused on what I want.

Cons:
--You need equipment--lots of dumbbells or resistance bands. I have 5,8,10,12, 15, 20,a nd 25 pound dumbbells and I will need 30s if I run though it again.
--Only two cardio days per week. I combated this by either adding a cardio on one of the weight days(just remember the phrase 'steps before reps' because if you don't do cardio first you'll be too burnt to give it your all afterward) OR using one of the off days for a cardio of my choice.

Other:
--I really feel that Chalene's programs are geared more towards a woman's body and they really mesh with my personal goals.
--Before I started the program I was given this advice: Go as heavy as you can every weighed workout. I did that and the results are coming faster than with anything else I have done.

So now I am going to take it easy this week, I have only scheduled workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Then I may do the 5 Day Inferno before Thanksgiving and then I will start the Turbo Fire Chalean Extreme hybrid in December.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Currently Stitching

I am going to be working on Eternal Promise(Stewart). It is a retired HAED artist piece, it is one of the first I started, and it drives me crazy because back in the day when I started this--it was my first HAED design--I started it 1 over 1 instead of my currently prefered 2 over 1. I do NOT like 1 over 1 I have decided BUT I need to finish this at some point before I die SO I am suffering through.

If anyone has any tips for starting threads 1 over 1 please share. Thanks :)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Stitching Mojo has returned!

I haven't had the urge to stitch in a long time but lately that has changed and my desire to stitch has come back with a vengeance. I am testing out a rotation in preparation for the WIPacolypse in January. I finished the second page of this piece last night. That ocean floor is riddled with confetti but then again most of this piece is--lots of detail=lots of different colors :)

QS swimming with dolphins 3Nov11 by KnitterinProgress

Pattern: Heaven and Earth Designs, QS Swimming with Dolphins (Tate)
Fabric: 28 count evenweave
Threads: 2 over 1, tent
Pages complete: 2

In other news, Nanowrimo 2011 is off to a slow start for me. 2600/50000 words complete. Looking forward to some writing time tonight.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It's About That Time. . .

Yeah, that's right, because I don't have enough to do---HA!---I am going to try and get through Nano again. For anyone keeping track this will be my fifth time and, God willing, fourth finish! I was a finisher in 2005, 2006, and 2007, I tried in 2008 but didn't finish(I wasn't feeling it with my story by mid month so I bagged it).



1700 words per day!