Saturday, December 10, 2011

Found!

Last time I posted was Halloween, as life has been very full lately. Lots of added responsibility at work and many paid sewing jobs, along with making time for more exercise... I have been sewing goodies, but Blogging about it has fallen lower on the list of priorities. Do me a favor? If you like what you see, whether it is here or someone else's blog, please take a moment to just comment briefly. Feedback keeps me blogging, and I don't know about you, but no response makes me feel like either no one likes it, or one cares. Just a few words can really make all the difference in the world.

I will photograph the newest goodies very soon, but for today I will share my proudest accomplishment of the year: I am 20 pounds lighter since August 1st!

Before:


After:


I know they aren't the greatest before and after, but I'm definitely NOT posting the swimsuit before shot! Started in a size 12, and now wearing a size 8 (RTW).

Counting every calorie (www.sparkpeople.com), making smart food choices, and exercising 3 times a week (45 minutes of cardio and strength training) were all integral, but what really kept me on track was having DH doing it all alongside me, (reminding, nagging, and cheering each other along) kept me heading in the right direction. He's lost 20 pounds, too, and we are still working together to see where we end up.

Ok, time to get back to other responsibilities... Pants to hem, papers to grade, and cookies to bake!

34 comments:

LisaB said...

Wow! Your weight loss is very inspiring! You give me hope that my own workouts 3-4 times per week will pay off.

I enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are up to, but I totally understand that blogging takes time and effort and isn't the highest priority in life.

Wishing you continued success!

Sally said...
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Sally said...

You look great Kristine! I am going to have to try the sparks plan! I am so happy to see you blogging again!

debbie said...

Your workout's are definately working in you favor. You look fab!

My weight's at a good place but I definately need to tone up. Problem is is I absolutely hate exercising! I try and it lasts about a week or so and gets forgotten.

Lisa said...

Great Job!

The Hojnackes said...

You look fabulous! How inspiring.

Emily M said...

Congratulations on the weight loss - I've been working on that too!

I always enjoy seeing your sewing projects - maybe when summer comes you'll have more time to share.

BeeBee said...

Dang, girl! You look good! I've been a Spark for a while but never make it far. Can you find me over there? BeeBeeSew.

Kyleigh said...

I love reading your blog, Kristine, and watching your weight loss progress has been inspiring. I can relate on that on so many levels. Like you, I have had the best results when my husband joins in the fun.

I've been a terrible sewing blog haunter I'm afraid, since I haven't had much to add to the community lately. I'll be sure to speak up more. I've especially enjoyed seeing the outfits you have made for The Little Princess this year.

alethia said...

Congratulation on your weight loss, I understand about blogging and readers not leaving a comment. When folks leave commnets it fuel our blogging effort.

marysews said...

Good job on shedding the weight. I wonder why you said "found" - is it related to why I don't say "lost" in hopes that the weight will stay away?

You're right about having a buddy. DH and I go the the gym 2-3 times a week. My favorite part is doing "peak 8" on the treadmill -- 90 seconds of slow, 30 seconds of very fast. I'm up to five sets at a time, using 2 mph and 5.6 mph.

Laury said...

You GO GIRL! You must be so proud...weight loss, oddly enough, takes time (and energy) too...you have to stay on top of everything you eat and it's like work at times. On the other note. Sometimes I don't comment because so many others have said the same thing I would say, but I'll be more inclined to put in a few words in the future.

Bunny said...

You look fabulous and healthy and beautiful. That is quite an accomplishment and to think both of you shared the goal and results shows what two great minds can do.

I know you are working hard. We miss you and really value your blog. All the pressures will slow down after the holidays, I'm sure.

Gorgeous Things said...

Woo Hoo!!!! Congratulations. You always look good, but that after shot is GREAT!

KID, MD said...

Woo-hoo!! You look great!!

I've not been commenting as much on blogs lately, and I think that has been a combination of reading blogs in reader on my iPhone (PITA to leave comments) and the fact that there are just so many great blogs out there that I get overwhelmed sometimes. I wonder if I am not the only one with this problem...

Linda said...

You look fantastic. I need to shed some pounds and have of late not gotten to exercise as I need to. Seeing these kind of results are inspirational. Keep it up!

Margareaat said...

Congratulations on your weight loss. You are an inspiration to me because I need to lose at least 50 pounds to achieve my goal weight, I love your blog and you make such beautiful garments. Happy Holidays to you and your family. You are outstanding and you just motivated me to start exercising again, and to find time to sew,Thank you.

gMarie said...

Wow! Look at you go! That is amazing. I'm looking for inspiration for weight loss - wonder if I could get my hubby involved. g

Anonymous said...

You look great! and I like your creations very much! Xoxo fm Brazil Carina

judidarling said...

Cowabunga girl! You look smashing. I can't wait to see how your sewing takes advantage of your new shape. Well done.

Carrie said...

Congrats on the weight loss! Counting calories really is the key.

Elle said...

Like everyone is saying, you do look great! I wish I could get my husband on board for a team weight loss challenge... congrats for that, too!

Rosie said...

Wowsa! Congratulations!!!

Irene said...

You look wonderful! And ... I do look forward to seeing what you've sewn!

Dana said...

I think your title should be "Lost!" Wow, you look great. I signed up for Sparks but that's about as far as I got - lol!

angie.a said...

I think you're beautiful in BOTH photos... :)

Julie said...

Kristine, I thought you looked lovely as you were! But wow that is a big weight loss. Congratulations.

Vicki said...

Well done! Quite an achievement.

CaCOYOTE, Las Vegas said...

Congrats on your new look! I'd love to see some new creations on that new bod...

CaCOYOTE, Las Vegas said...

Congrats on your new look! I'd love to see some new creations on your new bod...

Janet said...

I've missed your postings. I check back every week or so looking for updates. Your daughter is always adorable showing off your creations.

Congratulations, you look better than ever. It looks as if my missing puzzle piece is my husband joining me.

Kimster said...

You look great! I have been struckling with my weight for the last 10 years. You inspire me to continue my fight against the pounds, and make the best of it. Thanks!

Delzerado said...

Way to go! You look great. Keep blogging!

Stephanie C said...

Yeah for you! That is fantastic :)