16 Jan

Your Time to Transform

Whether you realize it or not, you already possess everything you need to transform your body, but it all starts with taking responsibility for the body that you have today. You have your current body because until this moment you’ve been OK with it.

Oh sure you aren’t thrilled with it, and you even talk about losing weight and getting it, but you haven’t changed what you’ll accept. Here’s how to transform your body in 3 steps:

Step One: Get Disturbed

You’ve heard it said that emotion creates motion. This is essential when it comes to losing weight. Just like those folks in the before pictures, to transform your body you must decide that you can’t live another day in the body you currently have.

It’s time to get your emotions stirred up. Make a list of all the reasons that you must lose weight and get to it. Get disturbed!

Step Two: Get Focused

Without clarity it’s very hard to get where you want to go. Now that you’re disturbed with the body you have, it’s time to decide what the body you can accept looks like.

I want you to think in concrete and specific terms. Just like the captions under those before and after pictures—“Suzy lost 25 lbs,” “Mike lost 8 inches from his waist,” “Jenny went from a size 18 to a size 6.”

Get a clear picture in your mind of what you’ll look like in your after picture and visualize what the caption will read.

Step Three: Get Moving

The time spent between your inspiration (now) and your action determines whether you will succeed or fail. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck between inspiration and action—there is always something that you can do right now.

Don’t you agree that you’ll be happier living life in a healthy, and attractive body, rather than the body you have today? Of course you’ll be happier.

I am are here to take you from your before picture to your after picture; however, you need to bring something to the table – you need to make up your mind about what you’ll accept of yourself.

What will you accept?

16 Jan

The Secret Behind ‘Before and After’ Pictures

Allow me to pull back the curtain for you on something that the diet industry doesn’t want you to know. You’ve seen countless before and after pictures documenting weight loss as a result of a diet product. Well, there is more involved than just the diet product. No one can take a simple product and presto have the perfect before and after picture. There is much more involved that the diet industry doesn’t share.
Look into the eyes of any person in their before picture and you’ll see that they are disturbed.
The body they have is no longer in sync with the body they can accept. You can see some amazing transformations on my website tonystephandietitian.com for examples.
They changed the body that they accept.
Now look into their eyes in the after picture – see the sweet satisfaction? They now own the body
that they decided they could accept; and what a great feeling that is.

15 Jan

The Blame Game

Whose fault is it that you’re out of shape?
If you go by what you hear in diet ads then you believe that it’s anyone’s fault but yours.
The big diet companies think that if they put the blame on you then you wouldn’t buy their bogus pills. So they put the blame on your cortisol levels, your modern diet (i.e. fast food), or your busy schedule instead of where it belongs—which is squarely on your shoulders.
Sure, you have obstacles that get in your way – your schedule, your job, your kids, the weather, your knee injury from college…but ultimately you have the body that you accept.
I’m going to repeat that so it will really sink in.
You have the body that you accept…But you can change it.
Embracing the blame for your current weight is not a bad thing – it’s empowering.
Think about it. If it really wasn’t your fault, if it really was due to a long list of variables that you have zero control over, then you’d be stuck. You’d have no way to change.

12 Jan

Down 30 lbs. and still working it: The Stubborn Fat Blues

I have been doing these weight loss challenges on FB from a local dietitian for the past six weeks and he he had some words of wisdom that I think everyone should hear. Too bad I don’t have much if any exposure… so really this is just for me to reflect on.

There’s one thing that will determine whether you end up at your goal weight or not.
One simple, powerful thing that you are in complete control of.
Your mind.
Before you begin your fat loss journey, it is vitally important that your mind is prepared for success. Continue reading for tips and strategies to get into a fat burning mindset.

Do You Have the Stubborn Fat Blues?

Are you stuck in a body you aren’t happy with? Does it seem impossible for you to lose weight? Do you get heavier each year? So what do you do about the stubborn and seemingly permanent  fat? Sink into a depression? Well, the easiest thing to do is to throw a pity party. Then before you know it your feelings of self-pity begin to snowball into a full blown case of the Stubborn Fat Blues. How do you know if you have the Stubborn Fat Blues?

  • Your pants are tighter today than they were a year ago.
  • You’ve tried to lose weight only to fail.
  • You feel trapped.
  • You’re close to giving up on yourself.

If you can relate to any of the above statements then you have the Stubborn Fat Blues—quite an unpleasant condition to have.
Fortunately, there is a cure.
It all starts with your mind. The thing about the Stubborn Fat Blues is that it affects your mind more than anything else. You see, your mental state is critical in determining your shape and size. When you focus on all of the things that you hate about your current body like the size of your thighs, the shape of your butt, or the way your belly looks then you’re putting all of your energy towards the negative. The more you think about how unhappy you are, the unhappier you will become. Makes sense, right? So instead of wallowing, use the following techniques to conquer the Stubborn Fat Blues:

Take it one battle at a time.

You may have 20, 50 or 100 pounds to lose before you reach your ideal weight—and that can be overwhelming. The truth is, weight loss like this won’t happen overnight—it takes months of dedication. So, it’s no wonder so many people simply give up.
Don’t worry about winning the entire war today. Instead focus on conquering one battle at a time. Take it one meal at a time, and one day at a time. A healthy meal, a good workout, and you’ve won a battle. Remember, 100 pounds is broken down into 350,000 calories. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but all you have to do is focus on burning more calories than you take in today and in the end weight loss will be inevitable.

Use a trigger.

How many times throughout your day do you find yourself plagued with negative thoughts? I’m too fat. I’ll never look as good as I used to. I’m not attractive. Yikes! Thoughts like these will ruin your chance at regaining your swagger—they are total momentum killers.
Here’s what I want you to do. Whenever a negative thought enters your mind instantly do the following:

  • Breathe out and squeeze your abs for 5 seconds – 3 times.
  • Throw away any junk food within arms reach
  • Plan to exercise
  • Make negative thoughts a trigger to take positive action toward your goal—the results will amaze you.

See what you want.

If you have weight to lose, mirrors are a nightmare. Every lump and pouch seems to jump out with alarming illumination. And it doesn’t help that most of us see things as worse than they really are. When was the last time you closed your eyes and pictured the body you wished you had? It may sound hokey, but I’m serious. Your mind is very impressionable and when you bombard it with only the negative then you will be stuck on that image. Take time each day to visualize your ideal body. Close your eyes and put yourself in that ideal body – feel what it feels like to be fit and attractive. This exercise is a powerful way to fixate your mind on your goal in a way that will leave you no room for failure.

Get serious.

Sooner or later you will decide that you are fed up with the Stubborn Fat Blues. You will decide that your health is important. You will decide that you deserve to look great. And you will do what it takes to achieve amazing results.

Then you can say goodbye to the Stubborn Fat Blues—forever!
31 Mar

Sewing Machine Cover



 I made the most kickass sewing machine cover using some Reily Blake fabric and some great buttons I found on fabric.com.  

  It took a long time to create, I cut the fabric one week, went back and sandwiched it together and quilted it, two more weeks passed before I got around to sewing it together. It sags in the middle which I might try to fix with some see in boning. 

30 Mar

Water Bottle Sling

My Sweater’s Beau has his birthday within a couple of days of hers. He is sunshine, that man. I wanted to make him something that he could use on their excursions. He is the wielder of the pens when they cache. I had seen a picture of a water bottle sling that someone had made for their kid, and thought that would be a great idea! He is a big kid.

I sacrificed a pair of green cargo shorts that will be too big for me to wear this summer. The lining fabric was from a cache of stuff from a friend and was just like something he would wear. A simple rug twill tape shoulder sling and we were golden!

I free handed the pattern to fit the most awesome thermos ever made, which was stuffed inside when he received the present.

I also remembered to put in the tag I had made, a pic follows.


Finished with Thermos


Inside fabric with tag


Pocket Detail


29 Feb

Sweater Present

i have challenged myself to create some sort of gifts for each family birthday this year. I don’t know how difficult this is going to be come December. There are a lot of male birthdays that month. Anyway. This will likely have been my biggest challenge.

i have to make the perfect bag for my Sweater.

Obviously it has to be right. It has to have cats. And it should play to our personality. She has a tendency to choose country when I know there is rock and roll in her soul. I decided to play it a little safe and go English. She likes English stuff too. British murder mysteries most of all. What better than some cats in bow ties?

And manacles, with mustaches.

And monocles, with mustaches.

the damn fabric is discontinued, but I found a source on Etsy, thank god.  Coordinating was easy, just needed a small red polka dot fabric and some scraps for the inside pockets.

The pattern was from Emmaline Bags. It’s the free retreat bag pattern and it was so well written! DH’s dice bag was supposed to have the zipper grips on the outside like this does, but the pattern was hard to understand, and I was unable to figure that part out. I didn’t put the frame in it, because I wanted to ensure the bag would open really wide.

I created the appliqué design and the name in Embrillence, and it stitched well, with a couple of places the design was very dense and my machine struggled just a touch. All in all pretty good stitching that laid flat after ironing.

Here are final pics.

Front closed with appliqué

Front closed with appliqué

Back closed

Back closed

Front open wide

Front open wide

A peek inside, I remembered the penny!

A peek inside, I remembered the penny!

Closed from above

Closed from above

The happy recipient

The happy recipient

29 Feb

FTF Prizes

after a discussion with my Sweater and her beau, I followed through on a FTF prize idea they inspired. This is on a blue Marine Vinyl from JoAnn Fabric and some stitch patterns I found at the Etsy shop Designs By Little Bee. I added the text in Embrillance. It was an easy stitch out and it’s backed in the hoop with some acrylic felt. I used KamSnaps to fasten, and away we go!

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29 Feb

Cord Wraps

These cord wraps were inspired by the Blog Life at Clover Hill. I have two large cookie tins that belonged to my mother filled with all sorts of buttons. Likely my sister has a better idea where they came from, but I have the pleasure of having them in my possession. It’s nice to have something of my mothers to use and update into newer crafts.

My new machine has buttonhole capabilities, as do most machines these days. I used this project as an opportunity to learn how to use that capability. The instructions out of the manual were pretty straightforward. It didn’t take very much time at all until I had it figured out.  The pattern used scrap fabrics, and I tried a quilted look on one of them though it ended up just as a design to tack the layers together.

This was also the first time I used interfacing in any real manner. These wraps really do not need it at all. I will make more cord wraps to help wrangle the household appliances, and I can’t wait to dig into Mom’s buttons again.

Cord wraps

15 Feb

The fabric stash

I wanted to take a look at what I had in stock, this is most of the fabric I have not including three projects I have fabric set aside for already. What I did notice when sorting was I have a lot of interfacing that I had no home for. I had to do something about that too.

Here’s the stash pic, it’s a horrible panoramic I took with my iPad. but it gives a small idea of what is in those totes.

The Stash

The Stash

The interfacing was another problem. I keep moving it from one place to another trying to decide what exactly I should do with it… I decided to make a basket. Off to the trusty discount fabric store that BF4E and I discovered a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a semi-stiff fabric that didn’t clash with the livingroom decor….

This doesn't clash.

This doesn’t clash.

The fabric ended up being even lighter than I wanted, but it was all I could decide on. I had to interface it to make it stand up, and that used some of the pieces I intended to put in it. Here’s the final project.


It was horrible to sew, not easy at all since it was so large and unwieldy. If I ever make a box this large I will not use the pattern that I attempted. My fault for not thinking it through. I also made a smaller box that fits inside to hold the scraps of interfacing in case I need something small for any reason.