Oh my those Triangles!

Oh yes, all those little triangles making up each quarter square triangle.

The above block is one of the newest blocks Cheri has added to our ABC block club in my Facebook group “Sew Anyways with Nancy McNally. Each month we introduce 2 new blocks that we have found in the book “501 Rotary Cutting Quilt Blocks”

Cheri searches the internet for the history behind the blocks and she also has several books she references. Once she finds the history, if there is any to be found, she writes up post for us to read. I always enjoy reading what she finds!

The latest block she posted was the kaleidoscope block. I have been wanting to make this block as soon as we chose it over a year ago.

So I grabbed some fabric, started cutting, then the sewing began.

HMMM working with these pesky little triangles, oh boy this block is going to be a little wonky, I can feel it.

I recolored in EQ8 to allow the colors and triangles to show better

Once I began piecing the triangles together and noticed they were not going to cooperate, I decided I needed to stop and take an extra step before continuing. Spray starch the fabric, then cut the triangles!

The white larger triangles that are located on the outer center’s, that triangle came from a square that measured 5.25″ cut on both diagonals. The smaller triangles, both white and bluish fabrics, came from a 3.25″ square cut on both diagonals. Once you construct the pieced quarter square triangle components…they are a little wonky! The larger white triangle should be the same size as the pieced triangle component, keyword: should be, but they were not! This drives me nuts! LOL

I had to recut the larger white triangles to 5 3/8ths” square cut on both diagonals. Did that, next, the quarter square triangle components now fit together with the large white triangle. Okay good!

The center square and the corner squares in the block measure 4.5″ so that means the pieced quarter square sections should also measure 4.5″…keyword SHOULD! NO they did not. I could not trim the units to 4.5″ because I would loose the triangle tips. I would have to cut them off. UGH!

I measured my seam allowance and I was good (1/4″ all around). So, how does this happen?! Triangles on the bias!

How do I fix this, because I had to increase all of the squares to match the size of the quarter square triangles? I cut more fabric. I am going to rework the block in a larger size so that it is easier to piece and less chance of mistakes. I love this block and I want to make more without the frustration.

If you are wondering what fabric I used in my block, the first picture, I used Kaffe Fassett. I love his fabric!

Time to get offline!

Happy Quilting everyone and watch for the rework of the Kaleidoscope block. Larger and easier sizes to work with.

Nancy McNally

Surprise, you are in a magazine…seriously

Yes, I found out I had a design in Love of Quilting magazine. I received a large brown envelope in the mail yesterday. I thought, did you order a book and forgot about it? I opened the envelope and there were 2 copies of the magazine. Well now, let’s see..what did I design? Must have been something with Sara Gallegos. Yep! Two years ago, I was asked to design a mystery quilt for Decorative Stitch Quilt shop.https://decorativestitch.com/

Magazine cover
And there is the quilt

Sara renamed the quilt Wave-washed Pebbles. I have not seen the quilt since she made the one for the magazine. Annette Huston and Ken Thompson quilted. Sara, host of LOQ tv showed how we made the quilt on the 3300 series episode 3312.

Its kind of nice when you see your name in a magazine.

Mystery Quilt: for the past several years Decorative Stitch has hosted a Mystery quilt day/weekend. They are a lot of fun. When they host mystery quilt they go all out! The provide the quilt fabric already cut into the sizes and shapes, a machine, thread and more goodies in your box. All you have to do is show up. When you walk into the store the day of mystery quilt, the classroom is off limits till the official start time.

Every machine is assigned to someone so there are name tags at each machine. You will find, but you cannot peak, a large pizza box sitting beside your assigned machine. Inside the pizza box are all the pieces and parts needed for block construction. We have a power point presentation for each step and lots of helpers in the room in case you have sewing machine issues. We go through a quick demo on the machine to make you comfortable. Then it is mark, get set, let’s Sew!

Oh and I can’t forget that drinks, snacks and lunch are provided!

When Mary & Sara host an event they do it right!

On that note, I need to get busy! I have a trunk show presentation tonight at Oakland County Quilt Guild in Rochester, MI

Teaching in Phoenix

This past weekend I finally made it to Phoenix! The original classes were scheduled for January/February…except the Polar Vortex decided to blanket Michigan and other states cancelling flights…classes were rescheduled…

My trip to Phoenix was quick. No time for sight seeing. I was able to sit outside and enjoy the warm sun, that was so needed. And of course I came home with a cold. The air on the airplane always gets me sick. UGH

I took a few pictures from my seat on the plane. The land was beautiful flying into Phoenix.

Beautiful horizon and canyon

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My aerial view as we were approaching Phoenix PHX airport

The first day at the shop “Mad B’s Quilt & Sew” quilt shop, the shop owner Madonna showed me this book they are going to be working out of soon. She calls it the recipe club, name fits the book perfectly. I love the book and what it teaches/offers. You should check it out

Early morning reading material, perfect for inspiration and creating something new. Break out of the mold and learn something new.

I will have to admit I forgot to take pictures of everyone’s creations, my students 🙁 I was able to get pictures of these blocks. I love seeing how everyone creates the same block in a different collection of fabrics.

The Star on the left was created using Monet fabric line, the one on the right from batiks

and here is one from Moda Grunge

My trip to Phoenix was nice, I wish I could have stayed longer. Too many things to do back at home. Matter of fact, I will be at the Oakland County Quilt Guild in Rochester, MI this Thursday evening, April 4, 2019

Now that you have seen all the pretties, let’s talk about the flight home! UGH. I flew United airlines. My flight to Phoenix was great. Except I learned something. I learned on a longer flight than usual for me, I get motion sickness….just a little sick to my stomach. great….My flight home. Well my first leg of the flight was from Phoenix to Chicago O’Hare. I don’t care for O’Hare airport…That was flight was a little over 3 hours long. About half way into the flight I start feeling not so great. Oh great…I am getting motion sickness again. I manage through it. I did not have a window seat and the gentleman sitting next to me by the windows ( we had 2 windows) kept the blinds down. We arrive at O’Hare and I make a bee line for my next gate…of course it takes FOREVER to walk there because it was 3 concourses away from where we landed. I check the board to find out which gate. Great I am off. F6 is where I need to be. I arrive at F6 and this flight is going to Grand Rapids…what?! Ok check the board again for departing flights, Ah we have been moved to F11. 5 gates away. Get to F11 and nope, not Flint…what the heck! Check the board again, my flight was moved to F16. Sheesh….walk to F16. Grab a sandwich because it is lunch time. Could not eat it, yuck….sit at a table with others waiting for the same flight. Call hubby, should be boarding in a few minutes.

Few minutes goes by and it turns into 35 minutes…hmmm what is going on? Well apparently the plane needs a little maintenance. Ok, get it down, I want to go home 🙂 Long story short, the flight was delayed longer. We did not arrive in Flint until 5pm…hour later….Guess whose luggage did not make it to Flint???? I was not happy! There were 3 other passengers that also did not get their luggage.

Almost 24 hours later, after making a claim for lost luggage, my luggage is delivered to my home. I really prefer driving. I know that sounds crazy, but I do. I have more control over my personal belongings and I am more comfortable in my truck seat than in an airplane. If I ever have to go that far away again, I will make a long vacation out of it so I can sight see along the way.

And now it is time to go sew! I hope everyone is doing fantastic! Sorry that the pictures of Phoenix are sideways, I cannot adjust them.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally

Accuquilt Fun

I have to admit I have a lot of Accuquilt dies! I do mean A LOT! 96+… yes, you read that right. 96 dies plus Qubes, Companion and Specialty sets. Yet, I was not using my Accuquilt hardly ever. I was very seriously thinking of selling all of it, Lock Stock and Barrel … all of it for a nice price… except things changed within 24 hours of having that thought.

This is what changed my thought of selling my Accuquilt. I had to piece a drunkard’s path quilt, actually I am working on several curve piecing projects. I will show pictures when I can. Some projects use Accuquilt dies and some don’t. Here is what I have found: Accuquilt is honest in their advertising: Cut better, faster, Quilt easier and precise. My curve pieces went together so fast and easy.

I was shopping at my local quilt shop (Decorative Stitch) and saw this die and had to have it!

I love these Bi-Rangle units, or Half Rectangle Triangles

I grabbed some precut fabric squares (10″) that were left over. Placed 2 right sides together, sent it through my GO cutter, and made these:

Oh so pretties!

From there, I made these!

kind of cool looking

By the way, Accuquilt prepares the corners for you so you can align easily with no guessing. You know those triangles that you have to off-set by 1/4″. NOT with Accuquilt. They prepare those corners for us. Just align the corners, sew… press towards the darker fabric.

This project will be one I work on randomly. I cut out enough for 16 Blue Diamonds. I don’t need to piece this anytime soon. I will take my time on this one. Maybe I will add some sashing strips between the diamonds, maybe not. Just a fun project with no deadline.

So how long did it take me to cut these diamonds out? Probably only about 15 minutes max. That fast, accurate and simple piecing. After I cut out my units I had a little bit of excess fabric left over. I then took that fabric and cut it into 2″ x 10″ rectangle strips. Now I have those ready for another project. Maybe I can use them in this Blue Diamond quilt. Time will tell! It felt great using my Accuquilt! All of Accuquilt dies come with a free pattern inside. If you purchase a Qube, there is a dvd inside the set that also instructs you how to use their dies. And yes, there are also free patterns in the Qubes!

(The decal on my GO cutter was made by my bestest ever quilting buddy friend, Dale! She is awesome!)

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

Extreme cold weather…

What happens when it is extremely cold outside? I woke up to -11°F today and the wind chill makes it even colder on the skin! So, what happens in extreme cold weather? SEWING! That’s what happens!

I was going to attempt longarm quilting today…well the longarm rests along side a VERY cold wall. I have a space heater to help keep me warm, but it is just too dang cold along that wall. My backside would be on that wall! NOPE! I’m not gonna freeze. I can’t focus when I am cold.

The funny part about all this, is that for the past 5 years I have been suffering from HOT FLASHES! You know my own personal summer! Not anymore! Now I am cold, often! Having hot flashes in this extremely cold weather would kind of come in handy. Oh well, LOL

Snow drift on deck, it is about 18″ deep

Yesterday, I drove a friend to her doctor appointment. We had extreme cold temps yesterday too. When we arrived at the doctor’s office, my truck left me this message:

Kind of scared me! We are buying a new battery for my truck this weekend!

On to sewing now! Have a wonderful day everyone!

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

How to Sew that Perfect 1/4″ Seam

Have you ever wondered or struggled with sewing that perfect 1/4″ seam? Sewing that correct seam allowance helps all the shapes you sew or join together align sew perfectly 🙂

I have a video tutorial with Annie’s Creative Studio that just might help you! https://www.anniescatalog.com/studio/

               “Do you ever struggle to sew a perfect ¼” seam? Whether your machine comes with a ¼” foot with a fabric guide or not, Nancy McNally will show you several tried-and-true techniques to take out the guesswork and sew the perfect ¼” seam.

In this Quilt & Sew Tips episode, you’ll learn how to:

•             Use a ruler to set needle position.

•             Use a sewing machine foot with a ¼” foot and fabric guide.

•             Use painter’s tape to mark the ¼” as an alternative to the ¼” machine foot.

•             How to test for a ¼” seam.”

I hope my video helps you achieve that perfect seam allowance. Don’t give up, keep trying. Don’t be afraid to move your needle over, just make sure you have the correct sewing machine foot on your machine.

Give Annie’s Creative Studio a try! We want to help you enjoy your craft and Learn Make & Create!

Quick Tips & Stitches

Quilting Retreat

Oh How I needed this quilting retreat!

We traveled from afar…ok, not so far. Creative Passions Retreat Center is only an HOUR from my house! An Hour! 1 hour! The other quilters, they only traveled a little longer than me. I really needed this retreat! I had such a great time. And you know what else? I feel at home at Creative passions Retreat Center. Everything you could possibly need is there.

Our group had a fantastic time. I have a new pattern that is coming out soon, I began piecing this quilt while at retreat. I still have to piece the border and join to the quilt.

We arrived Thursday evening at 8pm. Unloaded our equipment and luggage, set up our machines, supplies and before you know it we were all conversing and sewing. I believe I only stayed up till 11pm that night. I’m not a night owl…I’m an early riser.

The beds are very comfortable, comfy fluffy pillows, bathrooms are nice and clean, bedrooms are roomy sleep anywhere from 3 to 6 people. Plenty of blankets to keep you warm on these very cold chilly Michigan nights! The kitchens are stocked with coffee pots, refrigerators for your snacks and meals…

I took a few pictures and well we went shopping at Seven Sister’s quilt shop in Carson City, MI. I love this shop! Here are my finds and I found some fabric that went along with some that I already had at home.

I can’t wait to go back to CPRC and Seven Sister’s Quilt Shop. Enjoy the pictures and I need to get to sewing!

My simple route, only an hour away!
Beautiful entrance to our room
Total of 5 beds in our room, this picture only shows 4 beds
New fabric! Love this panel!

Another Panel, fell in love with these!
Sewing pretties
No, these fabrics are not going to be used in the pattern. These fabrics just had to come home with me
More Precuts
Love those precuts!
Love those precuts!
I had purchased these right before I left for retreat. I am in love with this line. The threads? I was given those threads by Jim at YLI Corp. I plan on using them in this quilt. I don’t know what I will do, I just know I want to.

Have you seen any of those fabrics at your local shop? Do you have any of these?

Happy Quilting! I can’t wait to cut this fabric up and start working on my new patterns!

Nancy McNally

Playing with Fabric!

One of my favorite things to do in the world of quilting is to play with fabric..playing meaning designing. Here are a few blocks I designed, a quilt I am working on (waiting on fabric to arrive to complete)

No name yet for this 8 pointed star. In making this star, I teach you how to trim the units and join them so that those little green triangles align.

Another 8 pointed star, Easy peasy to assemble. Imagine the white being a different color. OH hey, what if each red star point is a different color?

Moroccan Lantern, I took the color out of the picture. Why? The colors I used were so bright they did not look nice in the picture, LOL Hot pink center, orange gold and dark gray. Still working on this block so that rulers that you and I have in our tool bin 🙂

This was a gift for someone. I love the negative space. The quilt is gone. I want to make another one and do some custom quilting, some amazing ruler work!

Now, this one is so cool! I ran out of the white batik fabric. Believe it or not, the quilt top is not completed. I have another round all the way around the quilt before it is complete. This quilt makes a bold statement and I can’t wait to longarm quilt it!

So that is what has been under my needle for weeks! I should be back to longarm quilting soon. The neck is almost healed. Can’t longarm quilt when your neck hurts, not a good thing to do to your body.

Happy Quilting everyone!!

Nancy McNally

I’ve Been a little Quiet

Yes, I have been a little quiet lately. When “life” is happening, I get quiet and focus on what is important. It is the new year, 2019, 10 days into the new year and I am finally getting back to my old routine.

What has been happening? Well, we sold our old home, finished the move. That was a huge undertaking. I’m glad the move is over…now to figure out where everything is going to go. You see, we downsized. Sold the big house and now live in a smaller home…the home I have showed with the pond in the backyard. Love it! Can’t wait to go fishing and plant some flowerbeds around my sewing room deck.

Winter on the pond, half frozen pond

The other part of “life” that happened, Christmas! I was so busy that I did not put up my Christmas tree till Sunday before Christmas. Christmas was on Tuesday. Decorating the tree….I was still decorating the tree Christmas Eve! As the kids (sons) showed up with their girlfriends, they took over decorating the tree so I could finish cooking our dinner. Phew! And they did a wonderful job!

“Life” well, I lifted some heavy items that I should not have and I had to “pull” myself up into my husband’s truck…the running boards are gone…he has not installed the new ones 🙁 . What happens when you do things to your body that you don’t normally do? You injure your neck, shoulders. I could not believe the pain I was in. The odd thing is that all started on the day we closed on the sale of the house. I was so excited about the closing that I ignored the pain..that little twinge. That little twinge got worse. We thought it was our memory foam mattress topper. So we took that off of our bed. Also I began sleeping on a new pillow. Seriously, thought all was related to those two things.

My friend, Cindy, was over for Bible study group Crosswaves. After study we were all just chatting and I mentioned how much pain my neck and shoulders were in. Cindy said she knew what was wrong, explained and well did a maneuver on my neck and head. My neck pain went away, but I had this odd headache going on. I went to bed and woke up and everything was back to normal!!! Can you stand it?! It worked!

Back to the Christmas tree. My youngest son John began putting the tree up in the living room where I asked him to put it. I was laying on the couch wrapped in a blanket in pain. I hear, “Mom, can you come in here?” One eye opened and I said, “sure”.

John: Mom, we have a problem.

Me: ok, what?

John: the tree is too tall.

Me: What?!

John: I can’t put the top portion of the tree on. Our ceiling is too low.

Me: (Laughing) Oh my, I never thought of that when I chose this room for the tree! (Still Laughing!!) The only room we have that has a taller ceiling is the dining room. We have to move the buffet and the table, plus all the boxes in the corner…ugh..ok let’s do this

Hubby now gets involved. They don’t let me move anything. Both of them handle all of it. Tree gets moved into the dining room, living room gets vacuumed. The tree is finished, assembly. Now to decorate. I get inspired now, so I begin adding the lights. Plug each strand in and find that all of the stands only half of each strand actually works…what?! LOL I had no time to go buy lights. So I fiddled with the strands and was able to get them to light up completely. Great! I get the strands on the tree, Turn the lights on and guess what?! Only half of each strand work! What the heck?! LOL I gave up at that point. As I stated earlier, the kids finished the tree when they came over on Christmas Eve. LOL

As of today, January 10…the tree is still decorated in the corner of my dining room. Maybe I need to take it down, LOL I usually take the tree down before New Years day. I think maybe I can this weekend? We will see, LOL

Near the bottom of the tree, half the lights went out, LOL

Another interesting “life” event happened when I was standing at my bathroom sink putting on my makeup. My husband and I were about to go somewhere, don’t recall where, but our plans changed immediately. As I was standing there all of sudden there was this very loud scraping noise down our closet wall and a loud thud and everything hit the floor in the closet!! What in the world?! Yep! My husband’s side of the closet had collapsed! Needless to say we had our first “home project” in the new house. For the next 3 days, my husband built us our new closet organizer. Poor guy! That was not his plan. Oh and he had to install our new garage door opener in the freezing cold garage.

Needless to say, Life always happens and takes us in a direction that was not our plan. You learn to go with the flow and keep on trucking! I’m almost completely back to normal with the neck and shoulder pain.

Happy Quilting everyone!

I hope you had a great Christmas, New Years too!

Nancy McNally

Not completely Quilt related

So, Yes, today’s blog is not totally quilt related, yet it is quilt related.

For a couple of years or maybe even longer, kind of loosing track of when this all began, my health has been slowly going slightly down hill. Nothing major, don’t panic! I began noticing that the weight I had lost was coming back on with a vengeance! Thinking back, this started over 3 years ago. I had that little feeling, that little voice in the back of my head that said, “you better start paying attention to me or I am going to give you a big wake up call!” I did not listen, I just kept going and doing as I always did.

I know that most of you who read my random blog posts and know me personally have noticed that I complain about the aches and pains of growing old. I’m not happy with what happens to ones body once you hit 50! I’m 4 years into this over 50 bit.  Here are my aches and pains, just in case you have not heard or heck, maybe you are starting to feel them too. And yes, these aches and pains affect my love of quilting!

Arthritis: hands, ankles, hips

Menopause: just UGH!

Hashimotos (thyroid): my body is apparently attacking my thyroid, yet my endocrinologist continues to tell me my thyroid is functioning normal. I do have a large goiter that is currently hidden in my neck. If I loose the weight you will be able to see it. I have had to have 2 needle biopsies to make certain it is not cancerous and to have it drained. The goiter can grow or fill up with this unknown substance. When it becomes uncomfortable for me (affects my swallowing) I must go in and my doctor drains it with 5 to 6 needles. Again UGH! And yes, it hurts!!

On top of the 3 listed above a few things have changed that are related to family. Out of 5 children only 1 lives at home. The two oldest moved out and one of them moved out of Michigan. I get it, but none the less it is so sad when they grow up and act like you raised them to be: ADULTS. I said nothing negative to them, I encouraged and supported both of them! I did want them to feel independence. Another child moved out, and one married (and they moved out of state). 4 out 5 gone, almost empty nesters. Yes, we helped all of them to their new homes/lives.

Next came the new plans husband decided we were going to do: downsize. We no longer needed the 4500+ sq. ft. home. He was right, but I was not ready. That plan was put in place last year, Thanksgiving of 2017. Wow! It has been a year. We began our search for a new home in the Carolinas. That was fun and exciting. We live in Michigan…long long drive to the Carolinas. We have family there so we wanted to be near them and escape Michigan winter. No, my husband has not retired, but soon. Trying to plan ahead. Plus, we wanted our own place to stay when we travel down to South Carolina.

The Carolina home idea did not work out. We needed to find a home here in Michigan first, South Carolina second. I began searching for homes here in Michigan: January 2018 the search began. I searched till April. I found our new home. Meanwhile we had to prepare the big house for the market. Till this day it is still on the market. We have moved out of the big house and into our new home. I love the new home! But moving ourselves was awful! And the updating that we did to our old home was a lot of work that I personally was not prepared for.

Back to my ailments.

Having arthritis affects my quilting. I was working on my longarm machine stitching custom designs and I was starting to hurt more and more. After 3 hours I had to stop working. I felt that pain in my hands, elbow and shoulder for 3 days.  I tried to working on the longarm the next day…no way did my body allow that! I was in pain! oh my, this is not good. I had to have the longarm machine moved in my sewing room. After the guys moved my machine, I forgot to have them level it. I could not use my longarm till it was level. As of 2 days ago, it is level…phew! Hopefully I can get back to longarm machine today.

Arthritis affects quilting whether you are piecing, quilting, cutting (and currently typing and my finger tips are telling me to stop) The pain in my hands is pretty bad. Yes, I have medication…I am currently waiting on it to arrive in the mail.

I made the mistake, because I was working on a project with deadline, of having my sewing machine, cutting mat and iron station all together. I set it all up in a U so I could not waste time. BIG BIG Mistake. Once I finally got up out of my chair I could not believe how much pain I was in! Don’t do this! Set your sewing room/area up so that you have to get up to cut, get up to iron. Walk across the room! Stretch! Get out of that chair!

Living in a 2 story house with a basement (3 levels) can be challenging when one has arthritis. I stay down stairs in my sewing room pretty much all day so I do NOT have to walk UP stairs. This is going to change.

I’m finding that walking is painful. My ankles, knees and hips are hurting…not fun people, not fun!

If I have to sit in my truck for more than 5 minutes driving to just the grocery store, I’m in pain when I try to get out of my truck! It hurts to walk. I have to take tiny steps to get my joints to loosen up. I’m not liking this at all.

Menopause: not funny, hot flashes….enough said..lol actually I have had these wonderful personal summers for about 4 years now. I will have months where the hot flashes hit me fast and hard! Then I will go for about 6 weeks of nothing…kind of makes me think I’ve beat the system. Then it rears its ugly face in the middle of the night. Wakes me up with the feeling of a thousand needles in my neck and my back is on fire..yay…..oh guess what is back…sigh..deal with it as best as you can.

What am I doing about all that ails me?

I took control on Monday, November 12, 2018

What did I do?

I took gluten out of my diet and began exercising.

Have I noticed a change? Yes, in my ankles and hips. It is easier to walk and my gut feels better. Am I going to stay gluten free forever? No, I like pizza and pasta. LOL  I will allow myself to have pizza and pasta on occasion. I know there are gluten free recipes and restaurants have gluten free options.

It is day 5 of my gluten free diet. It is a slight challenge to figure out what to eat for every meal.  It is called vegetables, lol…I’m working on it.

Last night for dinner I did not know what to cook. I found 3 T-bone steaks in the freezer…hmmm I thought…should I thaw these out for dinner? Absolutely! What else can I make with them? Well, I had 3 sweet potatoes that needed to be used.

I peeled and sliced the sweet potatoes, melted some butter and added a little bit of salt, sugar and cinnamon. Placed the sliced sweet potatoes in a casserole dish. Poured the mixture on top, covered with tinfoil and baked for 1 hour.  Honestly, I would have been happy with just the sweet potatoes. They were delicious! If you don’t know, sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables for your body. Especially if you are woman in menopause. First they are high in vitamins A & C, potassium, fewer calories, and the list goes on!

We had T-bone steak and sweet potatoes for dinner. A salad would have been nice too, but I had eaten salad every day since Monday. I needed a break from salad. Next time I decide to have sweet potatoes for a meal, I will not peel them! There are nutrients in the skin.

I am hoping that with my diet changes that I can get back to feeling normal. I have lost 3 lbs since Monday. I checked yesterday, I am not going to check each day. I will wait several days before I check again.

Next food to take out of my diet: Salt. I don’t generally salt most of what I eat. I do use salt when I am cooking, but I never over salt. I don’t like a lot of salt. Salt is also a contributor to my swollen fingers. Sugar is too…baby steps

Am I the only one with these aches and pains? If you are also feeling these, what are you doing to help your body heal?

Nancy McNally