Sunday, January 17, 2010

As Promised ... Weight Loss Pictures!


Sorry it's taken me so long to update my blog but life just happens sometimes, doesn't it! So, the weight loss is still coming off ... although a little slower. I'm down 101 pounds, weighing in at 156. I don't think I've weighed this less since I was a senior in high school. Seriously!

Just for fun I bought a size 12 jean thinking that they would be an incentive for me to lose more weight so I could wear them. Got them home, tried them on, and they zipped right up, without even pulling and tugging. Amazing! Crazy amazing! Haven't worn blouses tucked in my pants or belts since I was a toddler. Now it's fun to tuck and actually look at belts to buy. I've always been told to have a goal, end in sight, mental image in my mind while losing weight. This is my mental image. I see myself in a pair of boot cut jeans with a tucked in tailored white shirt and a black, rhinestone studded belt, and either a pair of cowboy boots or black high-heeled dress boots. My daughter Laurel said that she bought me a rhinestone studded belt. I can't wait to see it and try it on! Yippee Ki Yay!!

What else? Oh, I started my new job last week. I like it and I really enjoy the owners. Basically it's my job to run the office. But before I can run it, there's a lot of organization that needs to take place. And I've got to figure out how to do payroll and tax stuff. For the World Joy side I will be organizing the annual fund raiser dinner in the fall which will be held at the Joseph Smith Memorial building. It's a beautiful facility and we are planning for 200. On the Hospice side I was just asked to be the volunteer coordinator. We are in desperate need of more volunteers to visit our clients. You don't have to sing, dance, or play the accordian, just a visit would be wonderful. But if you do sing, dance, or play the accordian, we can definitely use your talents. Please contact me if you are locally and would like to donate an hour of your time a couple times a month. I'm sure I can find you a client close to your home so there wouldn't be much travel involved. The benefits are the best and can't be beat!

So, am I missing my mom? Yes. Sometimes the feeling overwhelms me but then I have to stop feeling sorry for myself and remember where she is and how happy she is. And soon the 'missing her' passes. I really miss my Dad. He's enjoying being with my sis in Montana but he misses his home and the Dieter dog!

Want some laughs? The day before Mom's funeral the girls and I were horsing around trying to be sexy. I'm definitely not sexy ... that's all there is to it. No matter how hard I try, I just look like a doofus. Check out these pics and have a good laugh!











I need some great project ideas, preferably 3-d and home decor. So, here's the deal. If you send me pics of your ideas, I'll enter you into a contest for a free pass to UStamp with Dawn and Friends 2010. I'll be giving away two free passes. So hurry fast and send me your projects via e-mail to sumatragal@gmail.com. (the catch is ... I get to CASE your projects!)

Have a wonderful Monday and know that I think of all of you every day and am so thankful and grateful that you are a part of my life.










43 comments:

eurekastamper said...

oh my goodness Linda...... methinks you might want to delete the first comment (the chinese one)..... it is referring people to a 'not so nice site' but one where your sexy pics might be right at home [smile]..... on a nicer note, you look AMAZING!!! I can't believe the transformation and in such a short space of time. I have been thinking very seriously about having this operation, and have been watching your transformation with eager eyes to see how you went ('cos I am a little scared). Your amazing success has inspired me to go and see the specialist and ask all the relevant questions....thanks again...by the way, did I say you look AMAZING?!?!?!?!?!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

oh Linda you are sexy just standing still! You look amazing, and I am feeling like such a frump right now. Oh what a dream it is to be able to like as glamorous as you do! You have done an unbelievable job and look amazing. But best of all you still ahve that wonderful shine that you have always had! Blessings and lots of hugs!~Donna

Annette said...

Linda - what a transformation you have gone through. You seem so happy and look absolutely gorgeous! I am so happy for all that you have accomplished and how you are an inspiration for others.
May your life be filled with many blessings. Thanks for also sharing so openly your highs and lows. For sharing your family with us and all your wonderful artwork and creations. You are one amazing lady! Keep shining!
Hugs
Annette

bcyhand said...

My dear you look Marvelous! I just love steping into you life and home when you grant us a look see. I still Pray for you and yours as you learn to live with your loss....Yep she's in a far GREATER place but still the missing is present, your only human.
Keep on keeping on.......
Much love, Deb

Charlene said...

You look FAB!!!!! I am so proud of you!!

frombootstostamps said...

Oh my goodness, Linda!!! You just make me smile. Thanks for sharing your sexy photos with us, and definitely your progress pictures. You look SO FABULOUS!!!! I am so happy for you!!!

Marie

Jenn Greeley said...

Dang! Lookin' good!

Mickey Roberts said...

You look marvelous!! Congratulations!

Connie said...

Ooo! You sexy lady!!
Patti said that you look awesome!
Way to go . . . .

Sylvia said...

You simply look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I'm glad your new job is doing well. Do I get to see you sometime soon?

Sabrina said...

Don't sell yourself short there Linda. You are smokin' hot! Great job on your continued dedication to the weight loss.

Holly said...

You look great!!!! Congrats on that size 12.. You look like you are really happy in those pix..

Connie said...

WOW, Linda! You look absolutely AMAZING! You should be SO proud of yourself! Way to go, girl!

Mrs.Lumpy said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!! I am very proud of you and don't even really now you...meaning we have never met. :)
....Sharon

fern said...

you are a hilarious doofus though!! and fabulous-- first sign of nice weather and we will go cruisin with the top down (and the heat up!) love you!

Shelly in the NW said...

wow Linda you look so fantastic! i'm so happy for you and so glad you are sharing your journey! :)

love your 'sexy mama' photos - looks like it was a fun time.

Will your dad be back soon (for the Spring and summer?)?

DinaPEA said...

Just wanted to also say you were BEAUTIFUL when I first met you!! You are stunning - that picture of the studded belt and white blouse and jeans - with heals! WOWZA! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks here in Toronto!

Terry Molineux said...

Linda....Wowsa!!!! You look awesome....and your pictures are sexy!!!!!!! Love it. Congrats on the weight loss, new job...and a happy face!

Love ya girl...when are you coming to New York?

van der Wekken said...

Linda you are such a hottie-tottie!!

stampersim said...

Linda, WOW, you look fabulous. You have made such a incredible transformation. You look so healthy and so happy !!!! What an inspiration you are to so many !!!! I'm currently battling my weight ... having gained back 35 pounds in the past 18 months (after having lost 50). It's so frustrating.

I can totally relate to your feelings of loss and missing your mom. I lost my mom 7 years ago (Jan. 6) and this year seemed to have hit me harder than previous years. the night before the anniversary of her death, I made a slideshow of some of my favorite pics of her. although it made me cry like a baby, it is nice to have so when I need to see her pictures, it's right there. It's on my blog if you want to take a peek.

Love the sexy pics. They are so funny.

Sue said...

You look FANTASTIC!!!!!! You go girl!!!
Sue

Sam said...

HAHAHA! I LOVE your pictures! You know, so often when people loose weight they change in personality. And I have to be honest I was wondering a little if you had experience any such changes... until I saw these pictures! Now I know you are the same wonderful Linda that we all love! Congrats!! Although I won't be able to do the surgery, I started a blog about my own weight loss journey. Would love for you to check it out. www.believeinyourself1.blogspot.com. Thanks for all your inspiration, you rock!

Jan said...

oh wow, Linda...you don't have to TRY to look sexy, all you have to do is stand there and smile. My gosh, you look INCREDIBLE!!!! And those size 12 jeans? wow! I am so proud of you....I'm sure it hasn't been an easy journey and I will never forget you telling the story of trying to shimmy into a pair of Spanx (shared at Leadership in Memphis, I think) which had me rolling but now who needs Spanx, right? You look GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures....you rock! Jan

Melissa said...

Linda, you look amazing!!

Angie said...

Linda - you look amazing!

Tammy said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! You look amazing!

Latenightstamper said...

You are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. May your family be blessed knowing that your dear mom is in God's hands. Love, Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com

Martha said...

You look amazing!!

Janice RR said...

Linda - what an inspiration you are to all of us . . .in many ways . . . the weight loss is amazing; the spiritual way you are handling your mom's death; and the attitude you've had losing your job . . . and congrats on the NEW one! Thanks for sharing for all of us to see . . .

CathyP said...

OMG, Linda! You are amazing!!!! One of my demonstrators just sent this link to me! We think of you so often! I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Your attitude is inspiring. God bless you and your family and your brave son!

I'm so happy you're doing well. I knew you would! You are truly a special lady and I hope you know you are loved my MANY!

I miss you!
Cathy Parlitsis

Shiozaki Beach girls said...

Linda, YOU LOOK FABULOUS DAHLING!!!

Love your pictures and the enthusiasm that you have...keep being the ray of sunshine!

cjbrasher said...

Are you kidding? You ARE sexy! So now that you have the "look" - own it! You look like a model out of a Chico's catalog....I'm pea green with envy! Congratulations on your job and many other accomplishments. You are an inspiration.

stampinwithblythe.com said...

OOOOOhhh Linda! Thank you for reminding me of what always just tickled me PINK about you! JuST YOU AND that infectious laugh and smile. Love love love the 'sexy' pix. And I also am so proud of you for what you've been doing for yourself. What an inspiration you are going to be for others, me right at the top of the list. You look fabulous dahlink! And you must just feel so good too.

I miss you but am delighted to see that your life is just marching right on full steam ahead. Thanks for continuing to share yourself with your fans. :)

Hugs from Blythe in little Mi-Wuk Village, CA.

carolm said...

you look amazing. the 'sexy' pictures are a hoot. you have a beautiful smile.

xoxox ~ carol.

Lois Folla said...

You look GREAT Linda! Congratulations!!

katwoman said...

you look marvelous dahling
what an inspiration

Adriana Benitez said...

Congratulations on everything, Linda! You look amazing and I'm so happy to hear how you are loving your new job. Big hugs re: missing your mom. (Yes, she's in a better place, but you can still miss her 'til you see her again.) One last thing: my husband says there's nothing sexier than a happy smiling woman :)

ellie said...

Hi Linda~we met at Diana's September to Remember event last Fall. You look incredible! Ed and I have passed all the "tests" and should be having our surgery in two to three weeks! I can hardly wait to see me in 6 months or a year from now! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
ellie :)

Tara said...

You are SUCH an inspiration in so many ways...love you, Linda.

Patsy said...

Linda,

You look wonderful, but then I always have thought you are a beautiful person with an amazing smile and warmth. Looking forward to seeing you in Minnesota in May at the leadership Stamp & Share.

Hugs from MN
Patsy Waggoenr

Roxie said...

Linda
You look absolutely marvelous! Congratulations on your weight loss. You are an inspiration!

Roxie Nitti
IGH MN

Mommy Shar said...

WOW... my jaw dropped!! I think you need to quite your job and become a model. You look amazing I coudn't be happier for you. I told it's hard to explain. It's a hard long jorney but sooo soo worth it. p.s. your new grandbaby is a doll!

Smiles, Laurie said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Mom.
I'm thrilled to hear and see you getting rid of all that extra you!
You always were gorgeous, now it looks like you're healthy and even more vibrant! You crack me up, those photos of you are great! Continued blessings in your life, take care.