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There’s nothing like waking up really early on a Saturday morning and being outside in the backyard with Sofi. Today is going to be HOT, so I enjoyed the simple pleasure of watering my garden. It’s one of the most peaceful things I do: it gives me time to think, time to live in the moment, and time to nurture my green thumb. I love the way it smells in the backyard after everything is watered, when it’s still shady.

Speaking of the heat, in an effort to try to beat it, Sofi and I have been heading out really early (think 7:15am) to get in a good walk. Thursday I needed to mail a letter, so we hit the pavement and walked to the post office. And since my parents live near there, we decided to pay them an early morning visit and get a quick water break. Then we took the long way home. All told, we walked for 65 minutes and about 3 miles. Today we did another winding, early morning walk. This time it was just meandering around the neighborhood, walking for about 40 minutes, taking the long route around. It’s quiet so early in the morning, and I love being with Sofi as we’re exploring our little piece of the world.

Yesterday I had my post-op appointment (more on that later), and it felt good to hear such good news. One of the best parts was that my blood pressure continues to be normal. Yesterday it was 123/77. I know some charts would show this as above normal, but for me, it’s a great number. I love going to the doctor and not being worried about stepping on the scale or having my blood pressure read.

Dexter-final-season-key-artYou guys know what a TV junkie I am, and one of the things I’m most excited about for this weekend is the season premiere of Dexter. This is going to be the final season, and I can’t wait to see what kind of Big Bad they have in store for us this year.

Today my mom and I are hitting the mall to escape the heat, but also to go shopping. Nothing especially glamorous, but after 56+ lbs, I’m in desperate need of some new panties. And I wouldn’t say no to a couple of new sleeveless tops to take me through this part of the summer. Yesterday I bought a few new sports bras at Target, because I have to double up on my current ones just to get a little bit of support. Retail therapy is so much more fun when I’m finding myself with more options.

Finally, the thing that’s making me smile the most lately is that I’m fitting into tons of smaller clothes! As a girl who loves fashion, and always tried to look my best, no matter what my size, it is fantastic that I’m moving on down the rack. At my heaviest, I was wearing pants in size 28 and tops in size 26. Now I’m wearing size 22 pants and tops in size 18/20. The scale might not be moving quite as quickly as I would hope, but I’m thrilled with the way clothes are looking on me. And the inches are just as important. Here’s a sample of some photos I’ve been posting on IG lately:

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Top: Size 3 from Torrid. I bought this and could never wear it because it was too tight around my hips. Now it flows over them nicely.
Pants: Size 22 Se7ens from Lane Bryant

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I bought this tshirt from SkinnyEmmie.com over a year ago, and it was skin tight. Actually, past that. Now it fits really well, especially after a few alterations. (I had to cut it so it was shorter, I cut the neckline because I don’t really like crew necks, and I cut off the sleeves.

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I bought that blinged-out Giants tank from Bling Circus (Etsy), and it was way too tight just a few months ago. Now it’s form-fitting, but nicely hugs my curves.

I hope you have a wonderful day, full of things that put a smile on your face.

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I have a business trip coming up that I am not looking forward to (more on that later), but one thing that I was looking forward to was that I needed to go shopping to get some new outfits that are dressier than I normally wear to work.  I actually like dressing nicely for work, but lately I’ve been doing the jeans and a nice sweater thing at work.  It works, but it doesn’t exactly make me feel like a fashionista.

To be honest, I went to Lane Bryant with the intention of only buying tights, because I had figured out a few outfits that might work for the trip.  But you can already figure out where this is going.  I walked into the store and saw 3 awesome dresses that I “had to have.”  🙂  I tried them on and they were so flattering, and what’s better than looking skinnier than you are?  The new dresses just put me in a great mood as soon as I tried them on.  Love that!

So, in addition to 2 pairs of black tights,  1 pair of brown tights, and some Spanx, I got these:

This one looks awesome!  I’m going to wear it with a turquoise shrug/sweater that has 3/4 sleeves. This is my favorite dress that I bought today.

This one looks a lot nicer in person, and I love the magenta colors with the brown dress.  I’m going to pair this with a lightweight brown duster that’s the same length as the dress. I also have a great necklace that will look so nice nestled right above the draped fabric.

This dress is so comfortable.  It comes down longer on me, since I have short legs (I’m only 5’4″).  I’m going to wear a cami under this (either black or red) and a red shrug/sweater.  I love putting a pop of red with black and white.

The other outfit I’m going to wear is one that I bought last year.  It’s a brown and turquoise skirt, a turquoise blouse, and the long brown duster.  It looks really nice, and I feel comfortable in it.

All of these outfits are going to make me feel even more confident than I am already.  They’ve also inspired me to start wearing nicer clothes on a day-to-day basis at work.  I hate feeling shlumpy, and although jeans and sweaters/sweatshirts are comfortable, they definitely aren’t flattering.  I’ve been avoiding buying new clothes until I lose weight, but this was a great excuse to get some new items that I can wear well into the summer.

Because I spent so much (I won’t even tell you how much I spent, but it was all well worth it), I also got a free t-shirt:

It’s pretty bold, but I figure I can always wear it under a cardigan or while working out.

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