23 April 2012

Wrangling BAPs.

I haven't been stitching the last week or so as much as wrangling large UFOs. For some reason I can't explain, I just haven't felt like working on ornaments lately. These big ones are much more my speed, at least for now. Give me a few weeks, I'll get over this, I know it. This is my Moby Dick, White Willow Stitching's Arab.
I need to explain that statement. I love this piece, I can tell it's going to be amazing when it's finished. I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't think that. BUT . . . I started this wrong when I started it in 2006, and I am spending time trying to fix it. And that ain't easy. Look, it doesn't even photograph right. I want to get it to a point where I can do the 10X10 square method on it. Hopefully, I can make some progress on it this year, but don't count on it. This is the Summer Ball update.
I tried to work on the edge to get it to match yesterday, but that didn't happen. It's OK. I am happy with my progress. Every stitch is one closer to the finish! In other news, I have started the gestational diabetes control program. All in all, it's not insufferable. I do have to test my blood 4 times a day, but that's not bad. I normally don't promote non-stitching products on this blog (because that's not cool, and they don't pay me), but I can say the OneTouch Mini the diabetes educator gave me to use to test my blood is as painless as they come. And I have given quite a few blood samples the last few weeks, so I am becoming an expert on the topic. It is pretty much the most pleasant part of this whole thing--I'm still adjusting to the food situation, but I have eaten so many hard-boiled eggs for snacks and breakfast that I gagged on the one this morning. And I had to have Crystal Light today--I've been drinking nothing but water since the meeting with the educator, and I wanted some flavor. But I'm going to get through this. It is "only" 10 weeks or so, and it's what it takes to get Baby Girl here safely, and I'd do anything for my girl. We did eat a smidge of a protein bar this afternoon, and, judging by her reaction, we will not do that again--so nasty! But she enjoys peanut butter; I see a future of us bonding over peanut butter eggs and pumpkins. And I am learning why exactly I am obese. Everything I love to eat is high in carbs; some of my favorite cereals have the same number of carbs in one tiny little bowl that I am allowed for an entire meal. I nearly flung my expensive, freeze-dried strawberries after finding out one serving is the same carbs as my cereal, and I've been eating them on cereal like crazy. Arrggh. Needless to say, I've lost 4 pounds since Friday, just by reading labels. I'm sure the nurse will be upset at my doctor's appointment tomorrow, but I'm following the diet. It's time for me to get my evening snack, so have to leave. I will try to post more pictures this week, since I've been remiss in posting. This is a start. Have a great evening. Stay away from protein bars. Read labels. Keep stitching!


Daffycat said...

Doesn't it feel good to put stitches into a BAP? Even though you don't see the progress like you do on small ones.

My DH is diabetic and we limit carbs in our house too. If I set my mind it's the easiest way to lose weight, that's for sure. Can you have Atkins brand protein bars? Those are a lifesaver for us some days ~ the peanut butter one tastes very near a Butterfinger candy bar! And it's only two or three carbs a bar.

Good luck with your new diet! Take heart knowing it's only for a little while ~ Dash & I are on it forever!

Stitchinowl said...

Your BAP WIP's look beautiful. It feels good to stitch anything, even if it's fixing an error. It will keep your mind off all the waiting over the next 10 weeks.
I know how you feel about getting frustrated reading food labels. I have been dieting since January and it's amazing the crap that is listed on the labels of supposedly "healthly" foods. Good luck.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls