Good morning from South Texas! Well, not sure if it is Spring, Fall, or maybe some Winter! I do not expect the weather to settle in until May! The trees are finally budding out here on our hill and I am really loving the green! We keep missing the rain and heading into another dry time. San Antonio and other areas have had rain, but we have been left out! Our turn will be coming though as this happens regularly!
I have been working on what I thought was Block 8 for A Bountiful Life. So when I finished it last night I brought it to the Studio for pressing and setting it aside with the other blocks! Much to my delight, I had just finished Block 9! I had already decided to just make 9 of the 20 blocks (did not like the circus, etc blocks anyway) so I am a very happy happy camper today! This is the last block I completed.
Here are all the blocks – ready to be squared and sewn together. I am not pleased with the picture as the fabric is a little more brownish. If I used the other one, the colors do not stand out!
I will now begin work (April) on the border. I am going to use the border pattern from A Civil War Bride. It will go better with my blocks! In the beginning (about 2016) I was going to make all 20 blocks. Life got in the way and I began to become bored with the project. Last year I prepped 4 blocks which would have made 10 completed. I am thinking the last block will make a nice wall hanging as a gift!
As you all know, I was advised on 3 October 2018 I was a diabetic (without medication). I immediately went on a diet of lower carbs (no more than 40 a day) and have lost 23 pounds – 7 more to go! How about a before and after pictures! Here is a picture of me in Tombstone Arizona at the age of 69 – November 2013.
In 2014 the beginning of 4 highly stressed years came to us and this is what comfort food will do to a person under stress! I have never been this heavy in all my life! I kept telling myself I was not overweight! Well, I was! I had gained 35 pounds since 1996 – 20 pounds of that from 2014 to 2018! I weighed in at 200 pounds! I have never been that heavy!
As of this morning, this is me! I now am now 74 years old and down to 177 and my goal is 170. A good weight for me is 165, but I may be dreaming on getting back to that weight. I am blessed that I am 5’8″ and have a very strong will! Do I miss all those pizza’s, cobblers, and chocolate Kisses – you bet – but I can find comfort in walking everyday, spending time with Clay, and sewing! I am so blessed (even if I sometimes forget that fact)!
Have a blessed week-end! I am praying that I can stay on my journey to more weight loss feeling even better. In addition, Clay has kept his weight down to 180 also. Between us we have lost 50 pounds!
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