• Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    On Being Old Fat Female and Visible

    I have spent too many years trying to blend in and not be noticed for both traditionally good and bad attributes. If a man at church never got the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" message, I won't carry shame with me anymore. All this to say, I have decided to accept and even embrace being visible

  • Books,  Uncategorized

    My June 2019 Reading List

    June was a fairly light month in my reading life. I started a couple of classics on audiobook that I just couldn’t get through, including Little Women, which was just badly produced, and Lord of the Rings, which I think I wasn’t ready to tackle. I seemed to bounce between light palette cleansers and deep meaningful selections. Should you wish to purchase these titles I have linked to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you from qualifying purchases. Let’s dig in! Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Laymon writes about weight, being a black man in America and his relationship…

  • Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    Weigh-in, Binges and Shame

    As I mentioned last week, I turned sixty on the first of this month and that led to a great deal of introspection. Ugh! Frankly, I’d rather just stumble along without too much thought about past screw ups and future danger zones, but at least a couple of times a year it’s probably wise to look a little closer at where I’m at emotionally. I’ve struggled with binge eating disorder my whole life and, while I’m in a good place right now, I always have an underlying fear of flare ups and falling down that rabbit hole of self-loathing and shame.  Normal Behavior I think most people would enjoy a…

  • Books,  Uncategorized

    May 2019 Reading List

    May 2019 was a great month for reading at the Sweet Orange Cottage. I’ve enjoyed a nice mix of nonfiction, fiction, heavy, light, ebooks and audiobooks. I checked all of these books out through my local library on Overdrive. Should you wish to purchase these titles I have linked to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you from qualifying purchases. Let’s dig in! Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer * I love Krauer for his well-researched and compelling non-fiction writing. Into Thin Air is high on my list of favorites. I listened to this…

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    Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    Some Plateaus are Victories

    The Results This week I stuck to my to my “develop strong habits” plan and while no actual weight was lost, I’m feeling positive. It’s my birthday today and there was a little celebrating last night with a couple of glasses of wine, half of a delicious roll with butter, a shrimp taco and half a glorious(and large) ice cream sundae. I refuse to feel bad about any of it. A person doesn’t turn 60 every day and Lord, some solace was necessary! Staying the same this week feels a bit like a win. Not exciting for blog readers but fine by me. Sticking to the Plan The strategy to…

  • Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    My Goal Problem

    So…… things went off the rails fairly quickly this week. I’ve gained 2 pounds back and have been experiencing, what I call, disordered eating. I started off carefully following the plan I’d layed out but when I had a little bump up in weight, I decided to be strict with myself and that’s when things went wrong. I skipped some meals and then ended the week with what I’d call a “mini-binge.” I went to the movies by myself yesterday and ate a small popcorn and an entire package of red licorice. When I came out, I was disgusted with myself and ready to throw in the towel. It was…

  • Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    May 18, 2019 Weigh In

    I had a two pound loss this week. I stuck to the plan I made last week by tracking my calories and walking every day. I had committed to exercise 5 of 7 days, but I find it’s easier to stay on track if I just do it every day. There’s no room to backslide that way. My food choices were very boring. I have an Egg Beater breakfast with homemade salsa every single morning and a Trader Joe’s salad for lunch on the days I’m working. I’ve been eating Lean Cuisine for dinner which I realise probably isn’t the best choice nutritionally. I’m okay with that for now, since…

  • Crafts,  Home Projects,  Sewing,  Uncategorized

    Simple Plant Hanger Tutorial

    I created this simple, cloth plant hanger in under a hour. It’s a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps and add a bit of a fresh touch for summer. Here’s what you need: 1 Yard of non-stretch cloth cut into four 3 inch wide strips 1 Brass Ring Matching thread Sewing machine Step 1. Sew together 2 strips width wise creating a 72 inch strip. Repeat for 2nd strap. Step 2. Fold strap in half, right sides together and sew together long wise with ½ inch seam. Repeat with 2nd strap. Step 3. Turn each strap right side out. (I use the safety pin method) Step 4 Cross the…