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Thoughts on Whole30 and Custom Croqui

Saturday was a happy Halloween for me, for sure. I got some yard work done, I got some sewing done, and I got my croqui done! I love them and already have sketches on several of them. I left blank space on each page so I could write notes or attach swatches, and included a front, 3/4, and back view. Yay! I’m also really excited because, looking at them, I feel like I have a nice figure. For years I have felt like I look better naked than clothed, but after having a baby I had my doubts. I’m getting a little body confidence back and these figure drawings certainly aren’t hurting.
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Also, Saturday was the first day after completing my whole30. Last month, after hearing great things about it from Olivia at Mid-Century Modern(ization)
I decided to do a whole30 month with my husband. In addition to the 30 or so (40? Who’s to say?) pounds I wanted to lose, I also suffer from Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis (a common autoimmune disorder in which my body attacks and damages my thyroid, leaving it underactive) and PCOS (which affected me so great in the past, my toddler was a miracle to have conceived) and was hoping for a little hormone regularity. Parentheses aside, we took the plunge.

It was a good month. It started hard, I got into the swing of things and adjusted. I think the hardest part for me (aside from my husband never really being on board with the whole thing and making daily comments about all his cravings and how hungry he was because he kept skipping lunch, against the rules) was the balance of it all. Trying to eat this way isn’t convenient. You can’t just make a quick sandwich or bowl of pasta. You can’t just go out to eat if you are feeling lazy. Trying to adjust to that and also make time for exercise and anything at all you enjoy is hard. There’s enough time, it is just mentally and emotionally draining. If I was working now, I’d probably be pretty depressed with the perceived lack of balance, but I imagine it isn’t such a big deal if you are used to it.

The cooking, though! I vowed at the beginning to use my crock pot finally, but I never did. My husband, it turns out, it’s a much pickier eater than I, and all meals, even simple egg and veggie scrambles, took a lot of prep and a lot of dishes. I found it was much easier to not stick to a meal plan at all but just make sure that we always had ingredients on hand and try to mix up the variety regularly so things could be somewhat simple without being too boring. I definitely feel like I live in the kitchen these days, and I enjoy food less because of it. I like how much more flavor depth you experience when you strip everything down, but I no longer actually enjoyed sitting down and eating, which was pretty depressing. And, I still hate black coffee, but am glad because I drink a lot less coffee overall now (even though I do like coconut milk in it).

That said, it was a great experience, and the best way for me to transition to a paleo – type, whole food, grain – free diet. My hormones have been all over the place, so I’m interested to see how things are at my next endocrinologist visit. I didn’t experience the same physical or emotional reaction that is typical of people on the whole30, probably because we already ate pretty darn clean, but I think my cycle is already more stable.

I plan on continuing to eat very close to the whole30 plan even now that I’m done, and I think I’ll get better art the balance of kitchen time with the rest of life, eventually. And I’ll start running again, and yoga practice again, and all that. I definitely feel healthier than I have in a long time, even without much exercise. And, I lost 8.5 pounds. So there’s always that. 🙂

And I was totally the mom who tried giving out non-candy Halloween treats. I found these awesome spooky temporary tattoos at target, and apparently no one liked them as much add the candy my husband decided to supplement my treats with. Oh well.


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The Dress that Almost Wasn’t (aka Colette’s Wren that I TOTALLY Love)

Every sewist has a few projects that nearly don’t see the light of day for whatever reason. This dress was that project for me. Not only was this THE DRESS that really got me sewing again, it wasn’t actually difficult to sew, so it’s near incompletion is just because I am so severely out of practice.

Imagine, if you will: It is about 10 pm. My toddler is asleep in his room, finally, and I want to finally sew something! His room is on the other side of one thin wall away from my designated sewing space. I unplugged my machine and took it into my bedroom to rest on my bedside table. I moved the table in front of my reading chair, set my coffee underneath and got to work. I finished the bodice, and got up to try it on for fit, and dunked the bodice into my coffee. Instead of trying it on, I got to handwash it, with clips still holding parts of it together. The next day, after it was dried, I tried it on, basted it, and went to work attaching it to the skirt. The skirt is a six gored styled, and I managed to fully finish the elastic and waist sewing to realize (this time closer to midnight) that I had misaligned to side seams and the whole thing was crooked. So, after a bit of effort to fix it, I was able to finish the whole dress. Well, except the sleeves. I had the brilliant idea to draft tulip sleeves, but since I was working with a longer-sleeved pattern, I forgot to account for the underarm length difference and had a TON of extra modifications to do. All in all, I’m so glad I shook the rust off with this dress. It is really comfy and beautiful, and feels exptremely feminine while still being completely practical. And I’m glad I did the tulip sleeves. They are perfect, in my opinion.IMG_7081 (2) IMG_7073 (2)IMG_7074 (2)