A different kind of sweetness

I have been a Very Good Girl.

I’ve got all the blocks for Floribunda quilted, in my usual freehand wavy line pattern.

I’ve also sorted out fabrics for the sashing front and back. It will be the same green as the green block backgrounds on the front. On the back it will be a goldeny-orange batik fabric with spiral swirl patterns and a tiny touch of metallic gold.

It’s really satisfying to have this bit done. Tomorrow I shall start cutting the sashing strips for front and back, and if time permits, I shall start assembling. I’ve got an appointment with the Diabetes Educator at 11.30am, which promises to be quite an intensive session.

I’m also continuing to be a Very Good Girl in other ways.

My lunches these days are nearly as colourful as the quilt, don’t you think? In the past 18 days, I have lost 5kg (11 pounds).

So, progress on the quilt, and progress with improving my health.


59 thoughts on “A different kind of sweetness

  1. Told you you would ace it … and now that you will have professional help as well it’s going to be so much easier ( tho quite frankly I think you are just too good & don’t need too much help)…. onwards and upwards and looks like u will be needing a new wardrobe as well very soon πŸ˜€

  2. Wowsers Kate! When you set your mind to something you are invincible! Two whopping Gold Good Girl Stars from me! Ha! ❀

    • katechiconi says:

      Bwahahah! You mean I don’t get a nice dog biscuit? Ooops, perhaps not, bickies not being on the menu just now. I do miss my usual sandwich, but a pretty plateful is also quite rewarding πŸ™‚

  3. cedar51 says:

    Congratulation “VGG” – I would imagine the “educator” will be a great asset as you work out what is good, and what isn’t … and I guess if you are still a VGG, there will be some treats at times.
    Take Care, Be Brave, ride the waves when you can…

    • katechiconi says:

      I think the most useful thing I’ll be learning is how to balance the intake of food with the output of energy. The cooking, I can work out for myself, I think, especially as I have discovered a website where I can get nutritional calculations for any given recipe. I’m feeling quite hopeful, really!

      • cedar51 says:

        okay, that’s great – of working through what is needed. I think initially we are okay with it all, but then we have to accept…you can do it πŸ™‚

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, I agree. The learning curve may initially be quite steep, but if really quite young people can get their heads around it and manage satisfactorily, then I think I probably can too.

      • cedar51 says:

        A bit like me an my new ailment that is basically sorted with tablets and a change of how I eat. Not exactly what I eat, more related to a timing factor with instructions on the pill packet! But also a small change in eating habit which has taken me nearly 3 months to sort that out!

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes…. it’s hard to break the habits of a lifetime. I hadn’t realised quite how much I grazed until I had to pull up short and register that stuff.

  4. tialys says:

    Will this mean redesigning your whole wardrobe and coming back over to the dark side of dressmaking? Your ZW dress is never going to fit you now 🀣

    • katechiconi says:

      It will hopefully mean I can rediscover old friends still hanging hopefully in the wardrobe. Some pairs of pants are already falling down, hurrah! The ZW dress is probably doomed to become several different things, but there’s a mountain of unpicking to be done first!

  5. I love your positivity and determination Kate! Over the shock and making the necessary changes and no whingeing on the way. Losing all that weight is a huge achievement in itself. I hope the educator proves helpful and suggests treats you can safely eat – we all need treats and if bikkies and cake are removed we need an alternative.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, believe me, I’m madly searching online for treats, for when my weight is considered in the safe zone for insulin resistance. While in this early weight loss phase, my current favourites are sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon (the brain thinks it’s apple pie) and skimmed LF milk/chia/cocoa pudding, which my brain thinks is sweet because of the intense chocolate hit, but contains no sugar at all

  6. kymlucas says:

    I am Very Impressed with both achievements!

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    11lbs in 18 Day? You are a marvel, and an inspiration to all.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve been greatly helped by the fact that the weather is very noticeably cooler, so much longer walks with Mouse are now not only possible but pleasant. We are working our way back up to the longer ones. He is no longer trudging along complaining that he’s hot, and nor am I!

  8. Well done Kate! Pricks aside, life can be good! πŸ˜›

    • katechiconi says:

      It can. And in fact, the finger pricks are barely noticeable so long as the lancet is still good and sharp. Once it starts to hurt, it’s time to move on to the next one! Much less painful than a pin prick while sewing.

  9. Dayphoto says:

    YAY! YAY! YAY!!! on all fronts and everywhere! πŸ™‚

  10. Chris S in Canada says:

    Ask you diabetes educators about steak and kidney pie. There could be a way to finagle that vacation quest you have been on. Maybe just skip the crust. Yes I know, the crust is my favourite part too. But it’s worth asking.

    • katechiconi says:

      I expect I’d be allowed to eat the contents with a spoon 😦 But the puff pastry top crust is so yummy… Also, part of the pie’s charm was that it was an unscheduled pleasure, a very large snack rather than a planned meal. That will definitely have to change.

  11. magpiesue says:

    That has to be one of the prettiest plates of food I’ve ever seen! Kudos on the progress you’ve made on the Floribunda blocks. Sometimes it does feel very good to be a Very Good Girl. (Other times it’s just annoying.) πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      Wasn’t it vivid and appealing? Lots of strip cutting ahead, 1 inch and 2.25 inch strips for the QAYG sashing, 694 linear inches of each. I think I’ll have to break that up a bit…

  12. Susan Nixon says:

    I’m glad you are eating better. The loss is great, but so fast! The blocks are gorgeous, of course!

    • katechiconi says:

      It doesn’t feel that fast, nor do I feel especially deprived, and of course, the diabetes is a major incentive to modify and keep my diet as healthy as possible. I’m enjoying my brightly coloured meals!

  13. I love the ways you are looking on the bright side!

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, you know me. And of course, food that looks interesting is always more fun to eat. It could be just as healthy, but if it was all grey or beige I wouldn’t feel too motivated – just like with the qulting!

  14. Love the waves on the quilt and dinner looks delicious. I stab myself a lot but get so little blood that it’s hard to get a reading. I’m very stingy with my blood even when I go in to get it drawn. They don’t let me donate because I don’t fill the bag. ;( You will do fine and the weight loss will be worth it. Giant squishy hugs.

  15. Cas says:

    Bugger! Sorry to hear this Kate! I did battle with the dreaded finger-whanger thing with both pregnancies. I was getting on to pre-diabetic range before my current set of challenges, but having T2 heaped on top I have fortunately avoided so far. Silver lining to current challenges – I’ve lost 11ish kilos. My appetite has only just reappeared in the last week or two, so the trick now will be to KEEP it off now that I’m actually feeling hunger again… All I can say is heaps of salad in multigrain sandwiches is good for fullness. I did use sweeteners for a long time, avoiding them like plague at the moment though. Apples, nuts, carrots and hummus dip good for afternoon munchies. Alas bananas, mangoes and grapes not so good. I’ve only just got my dairy tolerance back properly, trying not to resume eating my body weight in nice cheese (which was also I something I had to be careful of with sugar ussues)…. i’ve really missed nice cheese….

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, my sister had the same problem with all 3 of hers, but as she’s the ‘food is fuel’ type, it didn’t bother her apart from the last couple of months when she was confined to bed and had to survive on hospital catering – eek! I’m actually not suffering at all; I signed up for Noom a couple of weeks before diagnosis and it’s working a treat. When I was on chemo I craved bitter, salty and smoky tastes because everything was bland or tasted spoiled to my palate. I should probably revisit some of that territory! I hope you’re making good progress; a return of appetite is a good sign. Hugs xxx

      • Cas says:

        Thanks Kate. Past the worst (finished RT 2 days ago) but having some issues with the mop up drugs. Time and patience….. but glad to be interested in food again.

      • katechiconi says:

        Hopefully now the RT is over you’ll have a bit more energy. It sounds as if you’re feeling more positive, so I hope some tasty food will help to build strength and resilience. Hugs from us both xxx

  16. Kate, I’m incredibly impressed with your weight loss. Good for you. It took me four months to lose 25 pounds, and here you’ve lost 11 in 18 days. Wow! Your quilting is gorgeous.

    • katechiconi says:

      It may not be for everyone, but Noom is working well for me. No meal plans, no deprivation, lots of encouragement and psychology. It’s also incidentally extremely good for the diabetic way of eating πŸ™‚

      • I looked at Noom earlier this year. I even downloaded the app. I think I just wasn’t ready at that time. I’m happy to hear it’s working for you. I’ve used WW in the past, so it was all familiar to me. It’s also got a handy app. You can eat what you want, but like Noom, you learn better eating habits. It’s nothing new, really: fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, healthy fats like avocado, etc. It feels great having finally stuck with it and losing real weight. I’m technically .9 pounds from my goal but almost there. Then the real work begins: staying in the healthy eating zone.

  17. Debbierose says:

    fabulous floribunda quilting, and congrats on the healthy eating and starting to combat the T2

    • katechiconi says:

      So glad you like it! The healthy eating continues; I haven’t had cake, chocolate, cream, pie or chips for weeks. And you know what? I’m not really missing it that much…

  18. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Your lunch is looking as good as your quilts πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend !

    • katechiconi says:

      It does look yummy, doesn’t it? Helps to keep me motivated πŸ™‚

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        It does yes. We taste with our mouth but also with our eyes. Soe dishes look as if they were already eaten, they might be delicious ofcourse but you are less motivated to try it.:D

  19. I can’t decide which is more colourful, your plate of food or the quilt. But excellent, positive news on all fronts. You go, girl xx

  20. you are doing great, changing eating habits accumulated over a lifetime takes courage, determination and will power. Well done. My Mom always said “where there’s a will, there’s a way. Keep up the good work.

    • katechiconi says:

      In my family, the saying was “where there’s a will, there’s a lawyer cashing in”… lawyers in the family, so it was an in-joke. But I find it’s amazing what you can do when threatened with heart disease, kidney failure and amputation!

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