Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I am shrinking

I have just got back from my diet weekly meeting and am amazed to report that I have lost 9 & 1/2 lbs in two weeks. On every other diet I have done (and I have done dozens) I would have had to work really hard to loose that in 4 weeks. On Monday I wore a pair of trousers to work which the week before were too tight to wear for more than five minutes. Currently I am feeling very positive about this diet. It is by no means easy to stick to but I am now feeling confident that I can reach my goal weight by the end of this year.

While in a positive frame of mind I have been thinking about my enormous cross stitching stash. It is not the largest collection of stash in the world but it does bother me that I have so much stuff just gathering dust. It also worries me that by not buying new stash I might miss out on getting the chance to stitch some of the wonderful stuff that is available. I swing from being more bothered by the amount of stash I have and the need to buy stuff just in case it gets discontinued. So I have decided to set myself a limit of owning 20 stitching projects, once I get below that level I can buy new stuff to keep the total at 20. This means that I need to finish 30 plus projects before I can indulge in shopping. This may cause a slight problem since I need to stitch a birth and a wedding sampler next year - neither of which are already in my stash. In order to quickly reduce the number of projects I have decided to order my projects by the number of stitching hours which I estimate it will take to complete each project and to then work down the list starting with the quickest to finish piece. I will work on each piece till it is finished and then pick a project from the next three on the list. This way I should be able to finish several projects by the end of the year (fingers crossed).

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