Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pink Dress Pattern testing for Lilly Bird Studio!

Pattern Testing the Pink Dress

I had the pleasure of being a part of the testing group for this pattern.

This is such a versatile pattern. Excellent for a summer dress or tunic and also would look great with pants and a long sleeve shirt underneath for fall.
It is a simple pattern and would be perfect for a beginner who wants a slight challenge. 
This pattern works up pretty quick.

Cecilla from Lilly Bird Studio has re-released this pattern and you can get it for only $5 plus an additional 10% off if you are a newsletter subscriber. She is also providing a discount code 15OFF for 15% off her entire site plus the additional 10% for newsletter subscribers.
(Offer valid until Friday 7-25-14)


You can see more pictures of what others created over at Lilly Bird Studio's Blog.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Fast Metabolism Diet With Type 1 Diabetes - Week 4

Week 4, the last week of the 28 day cycle.

Monday Day 22 Phase 1
After so much fat on phase 3, I'm actually starting to look forward to phase 1 by the last day of phase 3. Overall I had a great day with stable blood sugars.

Tuesday Day 23 Phase 1
I woke with elevated blood sugar this morning. I did not take insulin with my bedtime snack last night. Oops.

Wednesday Day 24 Phase 2
This was about the same as before for me. I was hungry this time around. No battling lows. Yeah.

Thursday Day 25 Phase 2
I woke up with a low on this morning, but otherwise back to the normal phase 2 routine.

Friday Day 26 Phase 3
This was a very busy day and I can't say that I followed the diet to a t, but I wouldn't say that I cheated either. We were out all day and I did the best I could with what was available to me.

Saturday Day 27 Phase 3
Another good phase 3 day. Good blood sugars. I did "cheat" this day for dinner we had a birthday dinner out. I had fried flounder. Delicious! I didn't regret it and I didn't feel sick. It was one meal and I was right at the end of my 28 days, so I didn't mind at all.

Sunday Day 28 Phase 3
My blood sugars were a little elevated this day, but overall things were good.

My thoughts on week 4. I actually lost a little more this week than the previous weeks. So good. I have decided to take a break from The Fast Metabolism Diet and try some tweaking over the next couple weeks. I think the biggest things I have learned form The Fast Metabolism Diet is that I need to eat more vegetables and more protein. I will be using what I have learned as I moved forward with my healthy lifestyle. 

The Fast Metabolism Diet With Type 1 Diabetes - Week 3

Monday Day 15 phase 1
I woke up over 100 for the first time in a while. I shifted my aerobic exercise to Tuesday, because of Monday being a holiday. No low blood sugar this day. My numbers were not as stable either. I had a couple lows and then, a couple not highs, but higher than I would have liked. I'm going to fiddling around a little more with my basal rates and see what I can come up with.

Tuesday Day 16 phase 1
I woke with high blood sugar over 200 this day.  I'm wondering if it is that the night before I ate dinner late after 8 or if it has to do with the sweet potato I had at dinner.

Wednesday Day 17 phase 2
My blood sugars stayed stable throughout the day, although they were higher than what they have been. I did not have high blood sugars, they were just higher than what I had been over the past couple of weeks. I'm assuming this means that my basal rates and body are at their happy place, that or I might be fighting off the stomach virus that my kids have had for the past 2 weeks. I do not feel ill, though. This is the first time during phase 2 that I was not hungry almost immediately after eating. I was not counting down the minutes to my next snack or meal. This made phase 2 a lot easier to cope with.

Thursday Day 18 phase 2
Off to a good start. My Jay Robb egg white powder came in, this made it a little easier to get my protein in. I battled a couple lows this day.

Friday Day 19 phase 3
My blood sugar was stable, although they were a little higher compared to what I had become used to. Not too high though. Strange enough I was hungry between meals and snacks on this day. I've never been hungry on phase 3 before.

Saturday Day 20 phase 3
I woke up with a low blood sugar this morning, but the rest of the day my blood sugars were good and stable. Again this day I felt hungry between meals and snacks.

Sunday Day 21 phase 3
My blood sugar was mostly stable with one elevated count. I'm wondering if sweet potato may have a bigger impact on my blood sugar than other carbs.

My thoughts on the week. This week held a few surprises for me. Not being hungry on phase 2 was really odd, but a nice change. Likewise being hungry and phase 3 was odd. I'm assuming this is due to changes that are taking place in my body and metabolism.

Here we go week 4.

Find my week 4 post here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Fast Metabolism Diet With Type 1 Diabetes - Week 2

Week 2

Monday Day 8 phase 1
Started the day out right with good blood sugars.  I took insulin less for 20 grams of carbohydrates because of doing aerobic exercise.  My biggest surprise for the day was that although I had already been through this phase once and had adjusted my insulin several times I still battled low blood sugar this day.  I didn't have low blood sugar on my first day of week one. Never stop watching those blood sugars.

Tuesday Day 9 phase1
After once again adjusting my basal rates and keeping a close eye on my blood sugar through the night, I woke with low blood sugar. I continued to battle low blood sugar all day, always making adjustments to my insulin where needed.

Wednesday Day 10 phase 2
Blood sugars were good and stable. Phase 2 is the hardest phase for me and I am always tempted to quit during this phase, but I will stick with it.

Thursday Day 11 phase 2
Surprisingly this day wasn't as bad as Wednesday.  I didn't struggle with hunger as much. Blood sugars were stable.

Friday Day 12 phase 3
Yeah! I feel so satisfied on phase 3.  The fats really help to keep the hunger at bay.  I had to push some of my snacks to 4 hours apart because I was so full I just couldn't eat. My blood sugar was very stable.

Saturday Day 13 phase 3
I have learned the quinoa in my morning smoothie is not a good thing. It tends to raise my blood sugar more than when I use steel cut oats. I had to eat out this day and was very nervous about it, but was able to stay on track with the diet and felt full and satisfied.

Sunday Day 14 phase 3
I had a late start to this day so I ended up eating breakfast, snack, dinner, snack and then bed.  I did eat every 3-4 hours during my waking hours.

My thoughts on week 2. It was easier as far as prep and flow goes.  I knew what to eat for different phases for the snacks and meals and didn't have to check my book or notes near as much. I did lose again this week, although I am not losing a lot fast like some are. I think I am going to be a slow and steady loser, but that's okay. I keep reminding myself that this is about health not just weight loss and it will happen in time.  I have noticed that I sleep better at night and that foods have more intense flavors. ;-)

Gearing up for week 3.

You can find my post from week 3 here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Fast Metabolism Diet with Type 1 Diabetes - Week 1

After a friend mentioned The Fast Metabolism Diet and how it was helping her feel so much better, not just weight but health. I decided to borrow the book from my local library and see what it was all about.  I am not a big dieter. I don't like fad diets or weight loss pills.  I prefer a healthy alternative. I have type 1 diabetes and so that factors into all my decisions especially diet related one. Reading the book is what convinced me to give this a try.  I highly recommend reading the book.  In the book Haylie explains the science behind the diet and how she discovered it.

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

Haylie's website and blog

Haylie's FB page

The diet has 3 phases. Phase 1 is full of complex carbs, phase 2 is high protein and phase 3 focuses on healthy fats. Please read the book or her website for an explanation on the phases.  I decided I want to give this a go.  I do have some weight that has crept on and plopped on after having 3 kids and turning 30. Yikes! But I was also very much impressed with the health benefits and figured that even if I didn't lose weight this would be very good for my health. Once I told The Man about it, he decided to do it with me. Yeah! A partner! I decided I wanted to blog each week so that others, especially type 1 diabetics could read about another type 1 diabetics experience.  Haylie does have some modifications for diabetics listed on her website here.

Monday - Day 1 phase 1
I started off my day with the oatmeal smoothie.  I took a little less insulin than what I would normally take because I was planning on doing my aerobic exercise.  I was pleasantly surprised that even though I was having a lot of carbohydrates my sugars were not only stable ,but good levels as well.

Tuesday - Day 2 phase 1
No aerobic exercise today.  I took my normal insulin doses.  My blood sugar did rise after breakfast, but I forgot to eat my protein and vegetable. The rest of the day my levels were good and stable.

Around midnight I had a scare.  I was up taking my toddler to the potty and decided to check my blood sugar to see where my levels were.  I was feeling fine.  Before I could check my blood I started feeling dizzy, lightheaded and sick.  My first thought was my blood sugar was dropping really fast.  I started around the corner to the kitchen for some juice, but lost my balance and fell before I could get the juice.  I think this scared The Man a bit more than myself. Immediately after drinking some juice I checked my blood and my level was 66. I'm assuming that my blood did not drop extremely low, but rather dropped extremely fast. Just a good reminder to watch your blood sugar levels very closely.

Wednesday - Day 3 phase 2
I made some slight adjustments to my basal rates (I'm an insulin pump user) to accommodate for the lack of carbs for this phase.
My blood sugar levels during the afternoon (lunch, dinner) were slightly higher than the rest of the day, not too high, but this was due to me playing around with my insulin to prevent low blood sugar.  At bedtime my blood sugar was 65. I decided to deviate from the diet and eat an apple before going to bed.  I did not want to have  low blood sugar through the night, but I did wake up the next morning lower than I would have liked. I probably should have had some protein with the apple. I felt fine all day and wasn't really hungry, but come evening time I had some intense fat cravings.  I was craving nuts and nut butters pretty bad.

Thursday - Day 4 phase 2
I continued to adjust my basal rates as needed.  I woke lower than I would have liked this morning and felt that I needed a little carbohydrate to prevent a major low later in the morning/day.  I opted for fruit.
I'll be honest this phase made me want to quit! I am not a big animal protein person and although I ate vegetables before starting this diet, I never ate this many and rarely for breakfast.

Friday - Day 5 phase 3
I woke with low blood sugar again.  I once again made some adjustments to my insulin. Phase 3 is my favorite phase.  I had so much energy I cleaned out the garage and if you knew what my garage looked like you would be impressed. ;-) My blood sugars stayed stable the rest of the day.

Saturday - Day 6 phase 3
I woke really low this morning and once again made an adjustment to my insulin.  We went out and were out over half the day this day.  Unfortunately my blood meter didn't make it in my purse. Yikes! I did feel as if my blood sugar was going low between my morning snack and lunch.  I ended up eating applesauce (no sugar added) as that was all I had at the time.  I did pack snacks and lunch, but left it in the car.  I had lunch at my normal time and so on for the rest of the day.  I also had my first cheat or not following the diet on this day, not intentionally though.  We were supposed to be home before dinner and ended up staying out late.  I grabbed a lemon-pepper roasted chicken from Publix, not the best thing, but not the worst either.  I didn't end up eating my vegetable either. When I got home and before bed I did have a snack of Ezekiel Bread and almond butter. My blood sugar was good.

Sunday - Day 7 phase 3
Woke at a good level this morning. Yeah! I also had my first high blood sugar since starting this diet and I am honestly not sure why. My levels came down and were stable the rest of the day.  I got started later this day and ended up not eating dinner. I didn't need to as we went to be before it would have been time to eat.  I followed the meal/snack schedule for while I was awake.

My thoughts on the past week.  I am surprised at how level my blood sugars stayed considering how many carbs I was eating at times and all the adjusting I was making to my insulin. The first thing I noticed was my tummy wasn't as bloated.  I never did have any major detox symptoms.  I didn't feel amazingly different one way or the other really.  Just about the same. There were times I couldn't eat all the food as in if I take one more bite it's all going to come back up and there were times that I was hungry.  I know Haylie says never to be hungry, eat a vegetable, but honestly there are only so many vegetables one can eat.  I usually would just drink water and wait for my next snack or meal (usually only about an hour off), if I was really hungry I would grab the vegetable the sounded the best to me. I didn't have any trouble drinking my water and there were a few days I drank more.  I was a big drinker (un-sweet tea and water) before the diet.

Just a reminder if you are diabetic, talk with your doctor before starting and watch your sugars closely!

I'm excited to see what the next week holds. I am also curious to see the final results this diet has on my overall health and diabetes. Here we go Week 2!

Here is a link to my week 2 post.

Friday, April 11, 2014

We Have Our Winners!

Our Petite Kids giveaways have come to an end and we have our winners.
The Lucy Skirt winner is Alison S. I have sent you an email. Congratulations and Happy Sewing!
The Anya Dress winner is Jill F. I have sent you an email. Congratulations and Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Petite Kids Boutique Sewing Pattern Review and Giveaway - Lucy Skirt

Another giveaway! I was given this pattern in exchange for my review and blog post. ;-) You can find Petite Kids Boutique on Etsy and on facebook.

I chose to review the Lucy Skirt for girls sizes 2y-10y. Before I even got started one of the things I loved about this pattern was it's wide size range, I could make this skirt for both my girls and only needed one pattern. This skirt comes with a secret, built in shorts underneath.  This helps your little girls keep it modest without limiting their play.  The pattern is quick and simple to sew up up.  I made the size 8 for my 9 yr old.  I did add 1" in length to the 2nd and 3rd tiers for a total of 2" added to the finished length.  I am very pleased with how the skirt turned out, cute enough to wear to church and comfortable enough for play.  Upon trying it on, Princess immediately loved it.  She was so excited and told me I needed to make her several more.  She normally wears bike shorts under her skirts and dresses, but she said she much prefers the Lucy Skirt with the attached shorts underneath.

We are giving away one Petite Kids Boutique PDF pattern of the Lucy Skirt. Please check out Petite Kids Boutique on their FB page , Etsy shop, and Craftsy shop. You can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. When you're done if you haven't already hop over and read my review of the Anya Dress and enter to win the pattern as well. :-)

I am pleased to have the opportunity to review and share this pattern designer with you.

Petite Kids Boutique Pattern Review and Giveaway!

I love giveaways. I think just about anyone likes to win something. First things first. I was given this pattern in exchange for my review and blog post. You can find Petite Kids Boutique on Etsy and facebook.

I chose the Anya Dress in sizes 12m-8y. This is a wrap style dress with 3 sleeve options (sleeveless, short and long). I made this dress for my 2yr old in a size 2.  I was very impressed with how quick it all came together.  Bug loved it.  She loves it when I sew for her. The dress fit very well. I was worried that it might run a bit big, as I have had this problem with many patterns in the past. I was very pleased with how well it fit.  I also like that since it is a wrap dress you can adjust how snug of a fit you get depending on what you desire.

Li Sian, the pattern designer, is giving away the Anay Dress pattern to one lucky winner.  Please visit her FB page, Etsy shop, and Craftsy shop. Enter below with the Rafflecopter widget.

I made my girls matching outfits, each using one of Petite Kids Boutique patterns.  I am very pleased with how they turned out. Hop on over and read my review of the Lucy Skirt. We are also giving away a free pdf pattern of the Lucy Skirt.