I present to you: Miss Maggie
She is finally out of the box. Now I believe West Coast Elizabeth probably has guessed all the details about Maggie because West Coast Elizabeth does quite a bit of fantastic sewing. Then there is East Coast Elizabeth who cheated and just HAD to find out and couldn't wait for the post. East Coast Elizabeth happens to be married to a dear friend of my husbands. She actually had her husband ask my husband. Can you believe it? Tsk , Tsk, East Coast Elizabeth, it is a good thing I adore you.
So let me tell you about Maggie and why I had considered stuffing her into the closet until May. Shall we begin with the obvious? Maggie is a dress form. She is not just any dress form, mind you, she is made by the company Fabulous Fit. Maggie has collapsible shoulders so that she can get in and out of outfits more easily. I had considered making my own dress form , but realized it had a few drawbacks, like pinning was out. Maggie is completely into the idea of being tortured with the equivalent of full body acupuncture. Her linen body is willing to take pins anywhere.
She stands on her own and is the same height as me after a minor adjustment. She is a Misses size 14. Now a 14 might sound like a big number to many of you, but she looks like a bean pole to me. Some people will buy a smaller pair of jeans than they normally wear to encourage themselves to lose the weight that they keep saying they are going to get rid of but never do. I bought Maggie. I thought about stuffing her in the closet until I had reached my goal, after all it is kind of embarrassing to share with the world just how far I have to go before Maggie and I can see eye to eye on things. The Fed Ex guy and my husband threw a wrench into my plans; it all just unravelled from there.
Now on top of the big box was a smaller box - good things come in small packages, as the saying goes. There was a bag full of forgiveness. In the bag were all these extra pads. Each one of these pads is a little breathing room, if I may. Maggie comes with an "over suit" that will hold all these wonderful little pads of forgiveness if I don't quite make the cut. There are more pads than these (thank the Lord), but you get the picture.
Now Maggie isn't just any dress form, she is a bride. You can tell the difference because she has a little "booty" versus being flat like a pancake on her back side. Just in case you want to ask - there is plenty of "booty - forgiveness" in the bag of extra paddings. Thank the Lord again for that!
So here are the specs (in inches) that I am up against. The circled numbers are what has to go.
I have hemmed and hawed about how I should go about this. Go totally crazy and get up at 5 a.m. to exercise and eat like a bird for the rest of the day, do something radical like give up carbs., or just plain wacko-ness and buy a pedal powered TV. I have decided to go the route of accountability by blogging about it. As my finger tips pause on the keyboard I wonder just how insane this is. Scrapping the whole thing, falling off the edge of the blogosphere, and never being in touch with all of you again seems quite logical right about now. I know, though, that it is fear talking. Fear of failing - failing in PUBLIC. So ... so that I am not alone I am asking you to join me. I will be following The Ultra-Metabolism Diet. You can get the main book or just get the The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook like you see below. In a nutshell the diet goes like this - you eat only healthy, whole foods in a way that combines the foods so that you never end up eating complex carbs on their own. My plan is to eat 5 meals a day with the first three having complex carbs in them. The last two meals of the day are just protein and fiber. Just as a heads up - I have skimmed all the recipes. They are easy to do, but difficult to do consistently if you have a sweet tooth. I think the cookbook is better because it deals with the nuts and bolts of what you really need to do to end up not needing the "pads-of-forgiveness". If you notice, I bought 2 cookbooks. One is for me and the other is for you. I want some good samaritan out there to help me out. If you want to join me, I will send you the cookbook. I promise not to post your details if privacy is a sticky point for you. Leave me a comment letting me know that you want to go for it and I will send it to you. If by chance I get more than one good soul who wants to help me out, I will have to draw names out of a hat. If you are out there, needing the accountability like I do, perhaps it is worth a shot. What do we have to lose?
Now it is not all just about weight loss that I did so much hemming and hawing for. There is more. I have been thinking about starting a new blog about Maggie. Maggie would be sort of an alter ego, if you will. ... are you thinking "she is nuts"? Hold on a bit and hear me out. Lately, in any spare minute that I have had, I have been thinking about a whole bunch of "what-if" type scenarios. The other blog would be called Maggie on Marmalade Row. You see, I thought it would be cool to be somebody else. If I was somebody else then I could be or do whatever I wanted. As you know, I have a great life and a great family. There are times, though when I wish I didn't have the responsibilities that I do have. Have you ever thought your own what-if scenarios, but realized that now is not the time to act on them? That is where I am at. Let me back up a bit and give you a bit more info on Maggie on Marmalade Row. I want your opinion on it.
Maggie is a seamstress working her way up in a bridal boutique. The bridal boutique is located in a small shop next to some other boutiques in a converted factory in a small city about an hour's drive from the local port. The factory buildings used to house a canning factory that made delicious jams and marmalades before going belly up when a severe drought hit the town several years back. The town was once just rows of housing for the folks that used to work at the marmalade factory. Now the once defunct factory and row houses are entering a renaissance and new artists and craftsmen have taken up shop in the street levels of the old housing for the factory workers. They used to call it Marmalade Row and the name has stuck. Maggie shares a flat with the birds outside her little deck. The town now has galleries, gift shops, and restaurants, and there seems to be a buzzing in the air that Maggie thrives on. Now, you should be wondering where do I come in. I come in whenever Maggie goes somewhere. If she stops by a little café for a bite - you might get one of my recipes. If she goes into a children's shop, she might find an adorable little sweater for a nephew or the perfect dress for a niece of hers - obviously they would be made by me. The same at an art gallery, you get the picture. She might discuss what she needs for her flat, or perhaps what she is working on at the bridal boutique. Perhaps when she has saved her paychecks, she might splurge on something for herself - these, too, would be made by me. Each item would have a tag that said "Marmalade Row" or "Made on Marmalade Row". If you wanted to shop in the same shops, all you would have to do is click and it would direct you to my etsy shop. I have been thinking about starting an etsy shop for some time now, but I am not sure what to put in it. I thought " ... wouldn't it be great to have a whole ROW of shops? Furniture, quilts, art, restaurant, ice cream parlor ..." can you see Marmalade Row in your mind too?
I need to know if I have gone off the deep end. I need your help to clarify which way I should go. As far as time goes, there is never enough time even when one does nothing, so why not fill it to the max with Maggie and her life on Marmalade Row?
Enough. It is all out there as soon as I click on the "publish now" button. Help me out. Let me know if the cookbook diet is the way you want to go, or let me know if I have lost my marbles by coming up with Maggie on Marmalade Row. Either way, just let me know. Carolina