Sunday, November 24, 2013

Well...I'm exhausted...

I'm married! lol  Sorry I haven't posted in forever, but I was spending every spare minute working on my dress, and then the wedding happened, and then the honeymoon, and then I had to go back to work...grrr...  The dress didn't turn out how I had originally expected, but I'm very happy with the final result.  I ended up not doing full Victorian underwear due to time constraints, but that kinda turned out to be a good thing because I was able to stay cinched down the whole time without getting pressure points from crinkled fabric underneath my corset.  So, no chemise, drawers, or a corset cover.  Maybe I'll make some one of these days, but for right now, I'm never sewing again. lol

Prepare for major pic spam...

Anywho, so, I believe we left off with the petticoats...

Here's the skirt untrimmed...



TV202 - 1869 Grand Parlor Skirt
The main fabric is a cream coloured 100% cotton sateen, and the lining is the same cotton muslin that the petticoats are made of.  The hem is faced with the muslin and hand sewn down.  I extended the train about six inches, which was then extended a bit further by the ruffle applied later.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

People need to grow up!!!

Ok, people really need to grow the fuck up!  Every fucking thread about adding a breastfeeding option to The Sims 3 or 4 on the official Sims forums get deleted, because immature people feel the idiotic need to report them.  What the fuck is wrong with people these day?!  That's what breasts are for!  To feed babies!!  We're not asking for it to be uncensored/uncovered (have it be pixelated like in The Sims Medieval or have a blanket appear over the baby).  We're not asking for it to be an interaction for any other lifestage than babies (leave it to the modders to include toddlers).  We're not asking for bottle feeding to be taken out.  We're not asking for it to have any special benefits compared to bottle feeding (although it really should, but I get why it could be offensive to those who are physically incapable of breastfeeding in real life).  All we're asking is for it to be one more option/interaction for babies, which is one of the most boring lifestages in the game!  I really don't get it!  People need to grow up!  They keep saying that it's too realistic and/or inappropriate for kids....um HELLO! the game is rated T for TEEN!!  If you're ok with letting your child under the age of 12/13 play a game with sex, drinking, and drugs, but adding a completely natural way of feeding a baby makes it off limits, then that's YOUR fucking problem, not MINE!  We've even suggested it be called 'Nursing' if the word 'Breast' is really so offensive to people, but still, we get flamed so horribly that the entire thread gets deleted within hours!  We've also suggested that they put a chair in the Store that has the interaction attached to it, that way those who want it in their game can buy it and those that don't, don't have to!  It's a win-win!

Seriously about to punch someone in the fucking throat right now, I'm so mad!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ugh...

*keels over*

Ok, so a couple months ago we got a new ZM for the front end and ever since I've been scheduled like almost every day, it's freakin ridiculous!  I get that they need people and all, but I've only had more than one day off in a row once in the last two months...I'm freakin' exhausted!  So, I went and changed my availability and it dropped me down to about 3/4 the hours I have been getting lately.  I'm happy...not really looking forward to less money, but I'm definitely looking forward to more time away from that infernal place.  Also, because I've been working so much, I've barely had time to sew.  I've gotten the bustle and all of my petticoats done, but I still have the chemise, drawers, corset, corset cover, and then the dress still left to do, with only 4 months to go!!  I didn't realise just how long it would take to make three petticoats and a bustle...and they took my WHOLE BOLT of muslin!!  25 YARDS!  Sooooo many ruffles! *cries*  I also fixed the waistband on my bustle because it was way too big and wasn't strong enough to hold everything up...this weighs a ton already...

Anywho....

Here's the petticoats....

Number 1...


Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm just so confused!!

I've eaten so much crap over the last couple weeks and haven't exercised once....and I still lost two pounds!!  I don't get it!  It goes against everything I've ever known and experienced.... O__O  I mean, I'm not gonna argue with my scale, or anything, but I'm just kind of at a loss for words right now.....

Anywho....

Weight - 163.6lbs. (down 2lbs.)

BMI - 28.08

Bust - 41.25in. (down 0.25in.)

Waist - 31.25in. (down 0.25in.)

Hips - 42in. (no change)

Arm - 13.75in. (no change)

Thigh - 25.25in. (down 0.25in.)

*trudges off confused*

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two months in....

So, two months down, six more to go.  I've lost seven pounds total so far....didn't lose any this week, but I didn't gain either, so I'm ok with it.  So, if we take these last two months as an example, I have lost an average of 3.5lbs. a month.  So, by October I should have lost about 21 more pounds, which would put me around 145lbs. or so.  This isn't bad, it's where I was before I quit the hotel.  However, I would like to weigh under 140lbs. if at all possible....guess that means I'm going to have to step up my game.  I actually think I would have lost quite a bit if I had exercised the last two weeks....I was lazy. *hides face*

Anywho, I'm almost finished with this damn petticoat...it took a lot more effort than I thought it would.  I'm hoping to have it finished by tomorrow night. *crosses fingers*  Thankfully the other two won't be nearly as annoying to make.  All they'll have is ruffles and no tucks.  I wish I had a hemming foot...this would make things go so much faster....

Stats...

Weight - 165.6lbs. (no change/7lbs. total)

BMI - 28.42

Bust - 41.5in. (no change/1.5in. total)

Waist - 31.5in. (no change/1.5in. total)

Hips - 42in. (down 0.5in./1in. total)

Arm - 13.75in. (no change/0.25in. total)

Thigh - 25.5in. (no change/0.5in. total)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lost another pound!

*does happy dance*
Just kidding...

It's more like this...


Teehee...love that gif. :p

Anywho! So yeah, I lost another pound!  I'm really excited because I ate a lot of crap last week.  It's a little confusing, but I'm not gonna argue. lol  I think it may have to do with the fact that although I may be going over the calorie goal I've set for myself, I'm eating much less than I used to.  I calculated it one day, and I used to eat 2500+ calories a day! O__O  That's a crap ton of calories....no wonder I gained 30lbs. in three months. lol  Although, being sedentary didn't help that either.  Oh well...  I'm wearing my corset again...hadn't for a week or so...but I can cinch easily to 29 3/8in, which makes me really happy.  I was only able to get down to about 30in before. :)

I've started to cut out my first petticoat...there's a lot of pieces!  All I have left to cut out is the bottom ruffle and then I can start sewing.  I've decided to make the TV170 pattern (view 1) for my first petticoat, which will go right on top of the bustle.  Then make the TV201 pattern for the final two.  It's actually an underskirt pattern, but can be used for petticoats.  On the second petticoat, I will be putting three or four ruffles on it all the way up to give my skirt a little more pouf.  Kinda like this...

http://the-aristocat.livejournal.com
She's freakin' amazing!

And then the final petticoat will have just the one ruffle on the bottom.  I may leave this one out, though, if I feel like I need to move on to more important stuff, like the dress...still deciding...I have 6 months still...

On to the stats...

Weight - 165.6lbs. (down 1lb.)

BMI - 28.42

Bust - 41.5in. (down 0.25in.)

Waist - 31.5in. (down 0.5in.)

Hips - 42.5in. (down 0.5in.)

Arm - 13.75in. (no change)

Thigh - 25.5in. (no change)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Must be the devil in me showing through....

Lol. I weighed myself this morning and did a double take.  166.6  It made me giggle.  It's funny how weird people are about that number.  Like, I've had it come up as someone's total at work a few times, and every time they grabbed something else so that it wouldn't be. lol  People are funny.  Anywho....I have no idea how I lost a whole pound this week....I ate soooooo much crap!  And only worked out once...  I'll take it, though. lol  I'm going to try to do better this week, because I'd like to keep this up and not shoot myself in the foot...

On a wedding note, I started cutting out the first of three petticoats I'm going to be making...hopefully. lol

Weight - 166.6lbs (down 1lb.)

BMI - 28.59

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I've hit the 5lb. mark!

Yay! I've hit the 5lb mark!  I'm so excited.  I ate so much crap last week and was fully expecting to see a 7 in there, just not where it ended up being! I'm at 167.6 now.  *does happy dance*  My measurements haven't changed...I didn't exercise all that much last week and I wasn't able to wear my corset very much at all.  Work has gotten in the habit of asking people to stay late, so I haven't been wearing it...I can go a half shift with it on, just not a full one...not yet...

Anywho...

Weight - 167.6lbs. (down 1.6lbs/5lbs. total!)

BMI - 28.77 (finally under 29!)

Sorry for the short post...I'm sick...again....because people at work are fucking disgusting....

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Finally!!

I finally finished my damn bustle!  It took for bloody ever, but it's finally finished!  The ruffles were a bitch and were what took me the longest, but in the end it was worth it.  Thankfully I have that ruffler foot to help me out with all the ruffles to come.  I'm going to be making two or three petticoats, and all of them will have ruffles on them...yipee.  lol  Anywho, I'm pretty excited how well it turned out.  I made the waist into a drawstring instead of a fixed waistband,  so that I can wear it at any waist size.  I'm going to be making a bustle pad as well, so my bum will be a little fuller on top in a true early bustle fashion.


Here's the link to the pattern, for those that want to know...
TV108 Grand Bustle

Monday, March 18, 2013

One month in....

Ok, so I've been dieting for about a month now.  Haven't lost a whole lot, but you really aren't supposed to lose weight too quickly or else you get loose skin, which is really gross...

Anywho, I've been pretty much ignoring Saturdays as they are almost impossible to do well on, but I at least try....for the most part...  But I'm really proud of myself because even though I ate way too much on my birthday, I actually threw away the rest of my cake...which was a cupcake cake and wasn't that great because it didn't have chocolate frosting, but it was still good and I ate two on my birthday....  Also, I've cut my calorie goal down 50 calories to 1750...I'm trying to do it slowly so I get used to it and don't sabotage myself...we'll see how it goes, though...  I didn't update last week, I know....I gained a pound and didn't really have much to talk about, so I just skipped it.  It's ok, I lost that pound plus a little more, so I'm happy.  I found out a surprising factoid this morning....apparently my bladder can hold 1.6 pounds of pee. lol  A little gross, but I thought it was interesting. :p

I've also been wearing my corset quite a bit...not as often as I'd like, but we can blame work and my lazy ass for that. lol  But for the amount of time that I have worn it, it's shaved about 3/4 of an inch off my natural waist!  Although, it'd go back to normal if I didn't wear it for a week. lol  But that's the price you pay...it's like exercise, it only works as long as you keep it up. ;)  I just wish I could get back down to the 23.5in corsetted waist I had a couple years ago...I'm at about 30in right now....if wishes were horses....

On a wedding note, I really need to get cracking on my underwear.  I'm still working on my bustle at the moment.  All of the ruffles are on there except for the bottom one, which is pinned buts needs to be sewn.  After that, all that's left is to sew the side seams, hem it, sew on the last boning channel, and to do the waist band.  It sounds like a lot, but that can all easily be done in an hour or two if I work at it and not procrastinate....

Anywho....on to the important stuff...

Weight - 169.2lbs (down 1.6lbs/3.4lbs total)

BMI - 29.04

Bust - 41.75" (down .25")

Waist - 32 (down .75"/1" total)

Hips - 43" (no change)

Arm - 13.75" (no change/.25" total)

Leg - 25.75" (down .25")

Saturday, March 16, 2013

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....Guess whose birthday it is today!!  Guess whose birthday it is toooooday!!!

MINE!

I'll be 24 at 12:10pm today...man I feel old. lol  I know I'm not, but I certainly feel like it. ;p

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Week Three...Fell off the bandwagon a little...

So, I got sick at work Saturday and that kind of threw me off my diet for the rest of the weekend.  I ate well over my calorie limit both Saturday and Sunday and I didn't really workout very much last week...it's ok, I still lost weight...not very much, but at least I didn't gain...  I've done well so far this week, though.  I've stayed under 1800 calories and I burned 500 calories on the treadmill today.  I'm still taking the slimquick, though I bought the non-caffeine version for when I finish off this bottle.  I just hope I don't get sick again...I have a couple days off, so I'm going to try and rest and sew...and break in my new corset...

My fiance said he's going to buy me a ruffler foot for my sewing machine, so hopefully I'll be a little more motivated to make the underwear for my dress...it's taken me waaaay too long to make this damn bustle having to make all the ruffles by hand.  I'll put some pics up when I finish it. :)

On to the stats....there was absolutely no change in my measurements, so I won't post them, but here's my weight...

Weight - 169.8lbs (down 0.6lbs)

BMI - 29.14

I want chocolate...

Ugh...I hate being sick...

*sigh*  So, I have this weird unexplained illness that pops up once in a blue moon.  I went to my doctor when I was still working at the hotel last January or so, and he couldn't figure out what it was.  I thought it might be stress from working nights, but it's been happening to me since I was about 17 or 18...although I was extremely stressed in highschool, so it still might be stress-related....  Anywho, so it starts out where I start to heat up and get the sweats.  Then my heart starts to pump really hard and deliberate which causes me to breathe harder.  Then I get light-headed which makes me nauseous.  I've never actually passed out from it, but I know I would have if I hadn't sat or lied down when it's happened...  It's weird, it used to only happen in the shower, but then it started happening when I wasn't, so yeah...  My doctor took my blood pressure lying down and then again after standing up and it dropped really low which scared him a little.  So, apparently my heart has a hard time regulating my blood pressure.  But he checked my cortisol levels (the hormone that regulates your blood pressure) and they were normal, so he couldn't figure it out....  Salt seems to help, I think...it could be completely unrelated...dunno...  As long as I can remember, I've craved salt...like I eat it out of my hand....  He checked my sodium level and said it was fine, but I think he thought I was dehydrated, because he told me to drink gatorade...I hate gatorade, so I tried pedialyte...even worse. lol  So, I just started eating green olives and I was fine for awhile.  Then randomly about a month ago, it happened at work.  And then again on Saturday at work.  Apparently I looked horrid because the CSMs could tell something was really wrong.  One of them said that my lips were completely white...not fun.  Another symptom that's happened these last two times, is that my fingers started to tingle...kinda scary.  I wish I knew what was wrong.  It sucks being sick and not knowing why...or when it's going to happen...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Week Two...Let's see if I can keep this up....

Yay!  I have to say I'm really proud of myself for this past week.  I set my calorie limit at 1800 a day and only went over once! And only by 10 calories!

The reason why I chose 1800, was because I calculated my BMR, or the amount of calories one needs to consume to stay at their current weight, and mine came out to 1912.  And in order to lose one pound a week, you need to consume 500 calories less a day than your suggested BMR, either through eating less or exercising more, or both.  So, I chose 100 less in general, so I have a bit of a head start, and have so far eaten an average of 376 calories less a day...not including Saturday, when I went over....

I exercised twice and burned 350 calories on Wednesday and 500 on Friday! And that was all on the treadmill.  As I said in my previous post, I'm a walker.  I love to walk...I could walk all day long!  I always walk at an incline, but this time I upped it even more and walked faster from the start.  This enabled me to burn more calories in a shorter time.  Hopefully, one day I will work my way up to jogging in short spurts, but that might be a while....again, as I said in my previous post, my boobs are too big and my lungs can't handle it...

Now, let's see if I can keep it up...I usually start to falter after the second week or so, so....here's hoping my resolve will stick....  My hubby-to-be has been very supportive and even wrote me a sweet little note of encouragement on one of the pages in my food diary.  Anywho, on to the stats...

Weight - 170.4lbs (down 2.2lbs)

BMI - 29.25

Bust - 42" (...I think I measured wrong last week...)

Waist - 32.75" (down 1/4")

Hips - 43" (no change)

Arm - 13.75" (down 1/4")

Thigh - 26" (no change)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wedding Goal Weight....

So, I haven't posted in a long time...I've been busy with work and trying to chillax when not working...which seems to be impossible lately...  Anywho, I seriously need to lose weight for my wedding in November.  We've set the date for November 9th.  I really wanted it to be the 7th because that's the day we met back in 2010, but it's a Thursday and everyone bitched...so we decided to do it on the 9th, which is a Saturday.  So, I guess now we can say we met on the 7th, got engaged on the 8th, and then married on the 9th.  It's cool, I guess....  My goal weight is to be at least to where I was before I quit the hotel a year ago, which was hovering between 140-145lbs...we'll see. lol

Soooo...weight loss...yeah, I have absolutely ZERO will power when it comes to food and exercise....  I tried that Fitness Blender plan, but it was just too much...I can't move like that...at least not right now.  Maybe in the future if I get in better shape, but don't hold your breath. lol  I'm a walker, by nature, I don't like jumping around and crap like that...my boobs are too big and my lungs can't handle it.

So, I decided to buy Alli because I heard it really works, but after reading the info that comes with it, I got scared and decided against it.  For any of you that are thinking of trying it, basically it works by keeping your body from absorbing some of the fat you consume and pretty much forces you to eat a low fat diet or else it'll make you shit yourself...yes, shit yourself....  And with my inability to control myself sometimes when it comes to things like sweets and cheese...yeah, no thanks....  However, if I worked at a place where I could go to the bathroom at the drop of a hat, then maybe I'd be willing to give it a go, but I don't, so I'd rather not risk eating a gram or two more fat than allowed and then shit my pants in the middle of Walmart.... Wasted $50...

Now, I'm going to try Slimquick.  It's supposed to be for women specifically and, hopefully, doesn't have as grotesque side effects as Alli.  One thing I'm worried about, though, is that the reason why it works for women is because it's partly a mood stabiliser...and I've had bad experiences with things that are supposed to make you feel better.  I have horrible depression and every time I try something that's supposed to stabilise me, it just makes me worse.  Evening Primrose Oil made me extremely anxious and made me cry profusely and St. John's Wort made me mean...and I mean MEAN!  But, I'm going to give it a try and see what happens.  It comes with a food plan, but I'm going to ignore it, for now, and see if I can just limit my calorie intake.  I find it extremely difficult to follow plans that make you cut stuff out, like fat or carbs, so I'm going to try to limit them on my terms.  It also comes with an exercise plan that starts out really slow and simple...not the kind that Fitness Blender tries to pass off as slow, but real slow, like for people who never exercise!  THAT I can handle. lol

You know, one thing I've noticed about all these diet plans and stuff, is that they're geared toward single people...I could easily follow most of these plans if I were single and only cooking for myself...however, I'm not, and I have to cook for two, and my fiance won't touch anything healthy unless I hide it well...and I refuse to cook two different meals or even let him cook for himself, because all he'll eat would be ramen and mac & cheese....

Anywho, so I really am trying to get healthier.  I'm trying to drink lots of water, and I'm taking a multi-vitamin every day.  I was trying to take prenatal vitamins for a long time, but I kept forgetting.  They say the body has a hard time breaking down and absorbing large pills, so I got some of the gummy vitamins.  I was going to get prenatal ones, but then I looked and the regular ones have a lot more stuff in them, so I got the regular ones. I've been pretty good about taking them every day.  They don't taste like vitamins, which is a plus.  I really need to start remembering to take magnesium again, though, because it helps keep you 'regular', and my restless legs are getting worse...I'm wondering if it's because of stress or the new birth control I'm taking...it has Iron in it, which is supposed to help restless legs, but I dunno...anywho...

Also, I bought a corset in a decent size...had to stop kidding myself.  I got a 26" one, but I really need to return it and get a 24" because I can almost close this one.  I think once I start wearing it on a regular basis again, then I'll start to really lose weight...*fingers crossed*

So...stats...I've amazingly kept from gaining anymore weight, thank the Gods! But I haven't been able to lose more than a pound or two a week, and then gain it back the next on my own...so here goes...

Weight - 172.6lbs.

BMI - 29.62

Bust - 43"

Waist - 33"

Hips - 43"

Thigh - 26"

Arm - 14"