Monday, July 13, 2015

Ten Months and Counting!

Wow--two posts in a month--I'm on a roll now! hehehe

It's morning here in south east Kansas, and it's a hot and humid one.  We're supposed to have a heat index of 108 this afternoon, and it is well on it's way at 8am.  I think summer finally made it.

This past week I hit another milestone in the weight loss journey.  It's now 10 months in, and down another size!

Hubby had me order some skirts from Woman Within, as they have these really comfy knits and drawstring denim skirts that I like.  This time I was able to order a 14/16 knit and 16 denim (non stretch).  I haven't been able to get into a 16 denim since 1999, when I was a correctional officer and had dropped from a 28 to a 16.  This time the adventure started at a 34W top and 36W+ bottom, so to make it down to a 16 bottom in non-stretch is exciting to me!  I wore the 14/16 to church yesterday and it felt great!  I wore the other 14/16 the day before while working around the kitchen and spending time with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law (hubby's brother's wife), nephew, and sister in law (hubby's sister).  Even though it wasn't noticeable to them the size, it felt good to be at the smallest clothing size I've been in in 16 years, and have the energy to do the things needed done.

As far as I know I'm still at 70 pounds gone.  If it slowed down to a halt today, I'd be fine with that.  I'm still over 300 pounds, though, which really bothers me, so I'll keep on slowly whittling away at that.  The doctor will still be on my case when I go back for a diabetes check up in a month or two, as I'm still considered way obese according to their charts, but I'm wearing an off the rack XL and able to go 5 miles without stopping and lift heavy weights and you can feel my ribs and joints in most areas and see outlines of bone structures--surely they'll take the large build in to account, but then again maybe not.

We're finally done with camp season, praise the Lord!!  Hubby did his last week of it in the past week, and brought oldest child home with a broken foot and a walking boot.  We have no idea how the child pulled off a broken bone in the upper part of his foot right on a joint, but he sure did it.  The camp was muddy from 5 or so days of torrential rains, the soccer field flooded, and there were other issues that hubby was very upset about that he will not be returning next year.  This one was one that is has looser standards than we are accustomed to, so it will be fine sticking with one that has the more conservative standards that we have at home and church and no more culture shock for him or any of our kids that go.  Now that camp season is over, we can get back into our routine and put away all the luggage.

Hubby got to come home to see his brother and his family here to visit.  He was very happy, as they have been here most of the week.  They live down in Texas, and come up yearly or so.  Their son is a year older than ours, and he is mature for his age, to where I thought he was a few years older.  He's a good kid, I like him a lot.  This year I've gotten chance to get to know sister-in-law better, as in years past we've not had much chance to chat on visits.  It's been great seeing the brothers spend time with each other and family from the area come in and spend time with everyone and congregate at Papa's house.  I'm not used to seeing that in my own family, we're more the distant type, so this is fun having the gatherings with hubby's family.

This week is probably close to the hottest we've had this year, if not THE hottest.  We're expecting upper 90's for highs, but 106-110 for heat index.  Last week we barely got out of the mid 60's for highs.  We had at least 5 inches of rain last week, and now the humidity this week.  The upside, the crops and grass and flowers have been well hydrated.  With all the rain comes lots of yard mowing to keep the prairie from reclaiming the yard.  Today I am working on Papa's hopefully before it gets too hot.  Inside baking and cooking is down to a minimum.  It's too hot to really run the stove more than necessary, although I do need to process herbs that have grown tall and full for all the rain.  That will have to be an early morning thing so the AC doesn't have to work so hard later in the day.

I've taken a few moments here and there to not only work on bible reading (today was Isaiah 35), but work through a series called Elm Creek Quilters.  I am really enjoying the series and am on book 7.  I started it a few months ago.  It's nice to get lost in a book from time to time, especially when it involves a subject you enjoy.  :)  Last night I also started back to making fabric flowers to adorn French barrettes and alligator clips to most likely put in my Etsy shop.  The poor shop has been neglected for a long while, as family needs have taken precedence.  I'm itching to bring out my tub of Christmas fabrics and start making ornaments and stockings and such to add to the shop as time allows.  The only time I've had lately to work on sewing or reading is after the children are in bed, when I can turn on a sermon cd or listen to a show on cable while working.  I've worked my way through my hexagon quilt to get it to about a twin size now working in the late hours listening to sermons or tv.  I've been designing a wall hanging quilt that can go down small enough for postage stamps (1 inch pieces) or as large as one would like to make it, and can't wait to put design to fabric and see how it works out.

Well, enough of my rambling, there is work to be done outside before it gets too hot.  You all have a great day and hope to see you again real soon!

Shared at:  Darling Downs Diary, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

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  1. Hey Angie, I love reading about your life and what you are up to. You are such an inspiration and I am so happy for you with your weight loss, motivation and new clothes, what a blessing. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays too, I appreciate that as well. Glad you could get to know your sister in law better and enjoy your extended family. Blessings to you and big hugs.

    1. It's great to see you! I love reading all your posts early Sunday mornings when I get up before the tribe to get the day started. It's a good way to start the morning. :)

      ((lots of hugs))

  2. What a lovely post! I am so proud of you for losing so much weight! Every time I come by here and read your words, they inspire me to try to do better. I need to lose weight SO badly, and it just seems that I lack the is so terrible...I am motivated internally, but just don't put forth the effort like I should. Shame on me. Anyhow, I wanted to thank you so much for coming by and leaving such precious encouragement on my blog today. It truly meant more to me than you will ever know. God bless you, sweet sister! :)

    1. Thank you Cheryl! I was just over at your blog yesterday, didn't realize that was you! :) BTW you have very insiteful posts there!! If you don't mind I'd like to put you on my "stalker" on the left that updates each time a new posts comes out.

      I'm not doing too snazzy on the motivation either, but it will come back. Fake it til you make it, right? :) God loves you no matter whether you're a 4 or 40, and I do too. :)


  3. Hey Angie, just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I am thinking about you often and wondering how you are going. I understand that when you aren't blogging you are extremely busy and I accept that but I just want you to know you are in my thoughts. I hope you are well and all your family also. Blessings to you dear friend. xxxx


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