Saturday, January 08, 2011

From Under the Smog---

That's what it feels like here.  According to the news, we have the worst air quality in the country right now.  I believe it- this California native knows smog when she sees it.  Yuck.  It is the perpetual dilemma of winter here- no snow (no storms), and look at the ugly brown inversion, the Utah name for this stuff.  If you want clean air, you better hope for successions of storms- which means dealing with all the other stuff that goes with snow.  What a choice!!

You'd never know it from this blog, but I have been working on some art.  I hope to have the last piece for the Interpret This! challenge done in a few days.  I have been working on some hand embroidery- as long as my hands cooperate, I enjoy the slower pace.  Can't show the whole piece, but here's a really close up look at what I've been doing.

I just love the texture that seed stitch can add to a piece.
And I reached another goal- the weight I was aiming for.  We'll see if it's still that way on Monday, since that's when I 'officially' weigh in.  But I am happy, it has been so much fun finding clothes I like that fit.  I even hit our local Saver's (a thrift shop) and found several tops I like. 

I'm debating going for another five pounds.  Tracking my calorie intake has become such a habit that I plan to stick with it.  It should make maintenance easier!  I've gotten some comments at work, but not a lot.  I suspect that the layers of clothes we wear in winter contributes to that.  We'll see if it changes with warmer weather.  Yes, I'm vain enough to like some comments and compliments about the skinnier me!


Sande said...

Congratulations on reaching your goal. I agree, it is very nice to have people notice even if you would do it anyways.

Quilt or Dye said...

Your IT! piece looks like my kinda quilt! Congrats on the weight loss. Did you do Weight Watchers? You are Debra are inspiring me.

Debra Spincic said...

I reached my weight goal this fall and now with this achilles tendonitis, I am not able to exercise so I have to be very vigilant that I don't overeat. So Happy Dance for you!!

tiedyejudy said...

Sorry to hear about the air quality up your way! I left L.A. almost 8 years ago, and love our clear air here in Flag! And congrats on your weight loss... wish I could get back to tracking my calories, but I just ordered a treadmill so hope to burn more now!

Kay said...

That looks just beautiful. I love the textures, and the combination of handwork and machine quilting.

I find I get no comments on my weight loss either. I think it's because I didn't look so much heavier, I just knew I was. Maybe the same is true of you.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I love the way your IT piece looks in the closeup. The greens are luscious! Can't wait to see the whole thing.

Congrats on the weight too. It is hard to lose weight after 40 so bravo!