Last week I posted a little "year in review" post for 2014 but, I left out all of the sewing for me I did throughout the year...
I sewed more clothes for myself last year than I think I had sewn all together in the previous years! It was a fun year of sewing for myself. I spent many, many hours working on muslins and trying to get just the right fit. I bought more than a yard of fabric at a time, because you know sewing for adults...sigh, even short adults, takes more fabric! I was really pleased with each of my made for me handmades and wore them a lot (except for my ladies caroline which only got worn once because it was so "fancy", and so very sadly I never ended up wearing my odette!!)
The problem now, after all of those hours of making, none of them fit!
Well, it is a good thing honestly. I mentioned last week that I'm not very good at making goals for myself but I did make one goal this year and I totally stuck to it! I made a goal to loose 30 pounds!
After a long summer of having to take it easy and not run while I healed from a stress fracture in my pelvis, I returned to my Saturday morning run club. It was in September, and only about two weeks back into running for me, and I was chatting with a friend/running mate about getting back into shape. She said this one thing to me and everything just clicked! She suggested that I start a food log. That sounds so, so boring doesn't it? But, that's what I did. Well, I used the MyFitness Pal app on my phone and the first few days were terrible! Clearly I had been eating way too many calories on a daily basis! But quickly it became almost like a "game"!
And, I quickly began to see results with no dieting and no insane food restrictions! I was just, for the first time, actually paying attention to what I was eating and drinking (along with exercise of course)!
I will admit two things: 1) that I am lucky because I actually really enjoy the exercise part so that wasn't difficult for me and 2) that I am also lucky because I do have a few hours each week kid free so squeezing in exercise is easier for me to do than others maybe...
As it turns out after four months I lost 40 lbs! YAY! I feel amazing! I am once again wearing all of those clothes that I "foolishly" saved from my 20s. I feel more confident than I have in a while. I am happy and healthy!
But, now my handmades don't look so happy on me anymore...
Some of the handmades are simply unwearable, some make me feel too much like I'm wearing a mumu and some aren't too bad. The one I am most upset about is my odette! I spent so much time on it and it is beautiful but, I never had an occassion to wear it and now it really looks pretty bad on me.
Yes, so good news, bad news right?
All this being said, my birthday is coming up in February and I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe I might make February a month of sewing for me! I miss reaching into the closet for that favorite handmade and the way that makes me feel.
We shall see, because you know I'm not very good at making goals! But, maybe I'll change that this year, maybe I will be a goal maker and a clothes maker!
Here's to a year filled with goals, making, exercise and good eating!