I used to be 200 pounds. 200 pounds may be a lot for some people, and a goal weight for others, weight is funny like that – it is relative to people individually. I don’t judge either way, every person needs to decide what they are happy with. On my 5′ 4″ frame, it felt like a lot and I was unhappy with myself. I went through a really rough patch, and food was always my source of comfort. Hurt or upset? Eat. Happy and rejoicing? Eat. Need a pick me up? Eat.
About 12 years ago I started running on the treadmill, working my way towards a more balanced life. It took me almost two years to shed 60 of those pounds, and I felt great. At 140 I felt happy, healthy and curvy…and I was loving it.
Fast forward to 3 kids later, and somehow my running lifestyle had fallen by the wayside. I kept it up after giving birth to Chloe and Madeline, but after I gave birth to Ben I never managed to start back up. 4 years went by, and I hadn’t put on my running shoes. There was just no desire, and I was simply too tired to try to ‘do it all’. I watched my eldest daughter run 5k races with my husband, and I still didn’t have any desire. Slowly my weight started sliding back up the scale, until one day I finally said ENOUGH. The final straw for me came when my kids wanted to play outside, and I was dragging my feet about being active. Say what?!! I wanted to stay inside and sit on my butt, rather than go outside to the playground in our BACKYARD. I knew it was time. I did not want to be that woman again, at 200 pounds and miserable with myself. And I did not want to be a Mother that taught her kids that exercising, or playing outside was a chore. That was 3 months ago now, and I am back down to 140 and feeling great again. I still have another 5 pounds or so to lose to reach my ‘goal weight’, but I will get there in time.
My feelings towards food remain the same (what can I say, I just love it. LOL), but I have come to the point in life where I believe everything should be done in moderation. Drinking, exercise, eating, and even sewing – when done with moderation one can live a healthy and balanced life.
All of that being said…you can start to expect a few fitness DIYs to pop up here and there on the blog. And when there is a new yoga studio opening up down the street from me…you get this.
Yoga Mat DIY.
Step One – Lay out your quilters cotton, and fold in half wrong sides together matching up the selvage edges.
Step Two – Place 2 to 3 layers of batting in the middle of your quilters cotton, and smooth out. Pin in place, and sew straight lines 5″ apart down the length of your yoga mat to secure.
Step Three – Trim excess batting from the edges, and add your binding around the yoga mat using THIS METHOD HERE.
Step Four – Cut (2) strips of blanket binding 40″ long each. Sew binding closed around all edges. Fold binding in half, and pin in place along one of the shorter edges of the yoga mat, about 5″ away from the edge. Sew in place, and repeat for other binding to create the yoga mat ties.
And you are finished!
***If you plan on doing yoga on smooth floor surfaces, you will want a sticky bottom so that your yoga mat does not slip around. To add some ‘stick’ to the bottom of your yoga mat, simply get some Puffy Paint and add lines or dots all around the bottom of your yoga mat. Allow paint to dry, and you are finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and listening to my story.
Who knows, maybe this post will help someone who just needed that final push to get moving again :).
Until next time…Happy Sewing!
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