Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Fever

Hello Everyone!
I'm back from a week long blog break and I
am feeling great. I hope you are all the same.
The weather has been truly gorgeous here during
the last few days. Carolina blue skies for sure.
I didn't get any of the yardwork done I planned
on finishing during my break but my hubby has a
long weekend off and is planning to help me with it.
I'll share many more outdoor pictures soon.
I have spring fever going on with my weight loss and
changes and have started buying a new wardrobe. Fun!
I had to donate my entire closet full of clothes to Goodwill
last week since nothing fit me after losing the 45 pounds.
I also have fantastic news about my B/P meds as well.
I am officially off of them as of this past weeks doctors visit.
Woohoo! I am so happy and very grateful.
I am planning to post healthy recipes for you to try.
Any other questions or posts you would like to see?
I had a few questions from you all on my last post and
I am working on answering those for my next one.
What a clear blue day today.
Here is our bradford pear tree in full bloom.
If you enlarge it you can see I captured a jet
and it's trail flying by at that exact moment.
Cool!
The grass is still mostly brown.
I'm ready for a lush green lawn.
Fertilizing is happening this weekend.
Our Fancy Japanese Maple is getting ready to bloom.
Here is part of my new wardrobe!
I was craving some bright colors for spring.
A white ruffled tee from Marshalls.
A champagne colored ruffled blouse from Marshalls.
I'm loving all of the pretty ruffles that are in style.
I ordered all of these tees from the Chadwicks catalog.
The shoes were a gift from my in laws last year so I'm not
quite sure where they came from. Kristen made the beaded
necklace and they are available in her Etsy shop.
The colors all blend so well with my new cotton tees.
I'm just getting started with my new wardrobe.
I'm loving this part. It's rewarding after all of the hard work.
Mr Chestnut decided he could not resist and was laying
all over my clothes while I was trying to snap a photo.
Silly boy. Here he is looking like he's sorry....:)
Happy Easter!

56 comments:

Angie said...

Wow, what an accomplishment to lose weight! I am working on that too. You bought some beautiful clothes and you definitely deserve them!

Melody Parris said...

I saw your new post just now and I love your clothes! They are perfect for Spring and Summer. I just love the colors you picked out and the styles are really cute. I think Mr. Chestnut likes your new clothes too! :)

Melanie said...

We are all so proud of you and your weightloss. I have to say that getting off the meds is wonderful. The clothes are a great reward for the hard work.

Stacey said...

Adorable new clothes, Melissa. It's so much fun shopping when you've lost weight. The clothes that are out right now are great! I love the ruffles and embellishments. Check out Ann Taylor Loft - I'm loving some of their tops and sweaters for spring.

Love the Decor! said...

I am so proud of You!!
Can't wait for the recipes I need to be inspired t odo something about my 40+ extra pounds

Jo said...

Spring has sprung in your home ~ I can't wait for it to arrive {and stay} here in Connecticut. Love your new goodies.

Jo

Nancy said...

OH!!! FUN FUN FUN! LOVE THE RUFFLES! I am loving those clothes! I am proud of you for donating your clothes to Goodwill. I have almost all of mine in boxes and in storage. Am I a nut or what?!? I told my husband... when a year goes by and I keep it off... I will donate them! Happy Easter! Nancy

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa, Welcome back. We have the same brown grass right now. It's starting to green a little. Our Bradford's are beautiful, too.
What a fun reward to go shopping.
Love your new ruffled tops and sandals.
Happy Easter!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, Your new clothes are soooo pretty and colorful!! I love colorful clothes especially in the spring and summer. I need to wear black though, while you're loosing weight, I'm gaining it! I gained 4 lbs. over the winter. Uggg...that's why you need to post more healthy recipes...lol! I'm so proud of you for loosing all that weight!

The sky was blue here today too, I love days like this! I usually get alot done when the weather's nice.

Your arrangement is in the hallway ready to be shipped! Oh, and the necklace will look great with your new tops! I need to make more...Talk to you soon, Kristen

Always Nesting said...

Congratulations on the weight loss and making all the healthy progress. Your new wardrobe pieces look so pretty, so springy.

Shelia said...

Congratulations Melissa on loosing all of the weight! I know you must have had a blast shopping for new clothes! Love your pretty colors. Now you're going to look so beautiful in them. I'm just hoping you didn't cut your beautiful long hair! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Denise said...

Congrats on your weight loss Melissa and even more importantly getting off the meds - well done. You deserve such a treat as a new wardrobe. I love those shoes, adorable and the clothes are lovely. It's heating up here and my new flip flops are already in use ;)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Aren't you proud of yourself? I am. How fun to get to buy new things in smaller sizes. Your pear tree is beautiful!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Melissa - congrats on your weight loss and b/p! I would be interested in you sharing some of your recipes. I started working out again this week after a very LONG break.

Love all your fab new tops! The necklace is so pretty too.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Kathysue said...

Melissa, I am grinning from ear to ear, just thinking of how you must of have felt to be able to buy all new clothes in a small size. I am so proud of you and all of your clothes looks so fun and Springy, great colors. Congratulations, Enjoy this moment you deserve it!! Kathysue

Debbie said...

Hi Melissa, I too am on a bloggy break, but sneaking some comments in and wanted to let you know:) I love all your tops, and the colors are fabulous!~ I did not realize you are in the Carolinas too oh it has been so wonderful,and I am taking my break and using it wisely:) See you soon. Happy Easter and many blessings to you and your family.

Debbie said...

P.S. Cheers to the weight loss and no BP meds!!~ AWESOME!

Sandra said...

Wow, what pretty clothes! The bradford pear tree is stunning as well. Mr Chestnut looks happy. :)
Melissa, congratulations on our weight loss, girly. I need to get my you know what in gear and start exercising again. ugh. I just bought a treadmill too. It's time. It's time. Have a great evening.
Sandra

Tara G. said...

Shop away, girlfriend! YOu'll look darling in those ruffle blouses!!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Yay for you! What a fun reward for all your hard work:) Love that gorgeous tree! It's snowing at my house today, so no blossoms here!

Jenglamgirl said...

That first tree is beautiful! glad you got a break, and are feeling great. You SO DESERVE A NEW WARDROBE!!! so happy for you. Love the flowy tops!!! and of coarse I love MR. Chestnut... I could squeeze him and cuddle him. Hugs, Jenn

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am so proud of you and determined to follow you....have been walking...now I need to know what you ate......

Have a blessed Easter

Liz said...

~Hi Melissa~

Wow, I love your new wardrobe and all of the lovely spring/summer colors. I love ruffles and those shoes...adorable! I have to admit, I really love that necklace too!

I am very proud of you and your accomplishments. I am down 25 pounds as of yesterday, thanks to you and your inspiring story and words of encouragement. I have recently purchased a new wardrobe myself...isn't it fun? =) Wonderful news, Melissa! =)

Also, I want to thank you so much for your advice on my kitchen. I have a lot to think about now, but I love your suggestions.

~Happy Easter~

xoxo ~Liz

PAT said...

Welcome back Melissa.

I'm loving all your wardrobe additions. Those shoes are right down my alley, definitely.

Good news about your bp meds!

Sherri Blum, CID said...

I bought that same ruffled blouse in black! It's so pretty! Glad you had a great week off and I'm loving the new wardrobe. I wanted to get some bright coral shoes this spring since the color is so hot and your sandals reminded me to begin my hunt! Give Chestnut a squeeze from me...he's so sweet!

"Blossom" said...

Hooray for you! wow that's wonderful on the weight loss and the cloths are so colorful and I love their stuff. Those sandles are so cute (wish I had a pair).
Blue skys here and 80 today and next couple of days. Have a wonderful easter.

Morgan said...

I am so proud of you and glad that you are now getting to enjoy all of the benefits! Love the new clothes. Congrats on getting off the meds! I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Easter!

Joy said...

That is awesome to be able to reward yourself with a whole new wardrobe and how fun too. The tree looks beautiful against the clear blue sky. Happy Easter Melissa!

Melissa said...

Welcome back! Congratulations on your BP Med news! I look forward to your next post!

Many Blessings,
M.

xinex said...

How fun it is to get a whole set of new smaller wardrobe. I am so happy and so proud of you. Melissa! I know how much willpower it takes cause I can't seem to do it. Your Bradford pear is gorgeous and I am so loving that champagne silky blouse.....Christine

Lisa said...

Lucky you! A whole new wardrobe!!! I'm so glad you were able to get off the BP meds. What a huge accomplishment. Enjoy your shopping spree.:) I love all your beautiful choices so far!

Jenny said...

Oh hooray. And I see you dress yourself as beautifully as you dress your home. I am not surprised.

And I am very, very happy for you!

Happy Spring!

But where was the thong bikini?

Twilight40 said...

Hi Melissa!! I know that losing the weight, getting off your meds and buying a new Spring wardrobe must make you feel so satisfied. I can't wait myself. I started working out again and trying to watch my diet. We will see. Anywho. I'm so excited that Spring is here as well. It's nice to have windows open and the sun shining and the birds tweeting. lol. Have a blessed Easter.

Manuela@TPOH said...

Welcome back! It must have been so much fun to go shopping for new clothes!! I love the colors you picked out. I'm looking forward to your healthy recipes - I'm always looking for those.

Manuela

April said...

Happy Easter to you, too, Melissa! Love all your bright, cheery colors! Your weight loss story has been so inspiring for all of us! Keep up the great work!

Gigi said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! That is awesome!!!! I have been working out in my yard all day which makes me very happy! My mom said she would never let me play outside when I was little because she didn't want me to get dirty! Wonder if that is why I LOVE working outside now! haha I can't wait to see pictures of your yard. I'm sure it is gorgeous if it is anything like the inside of your home!

Gigi

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh my! Even though I have a long, long way to go...this is such an incentive to keep on trying! Your new clothing is just beautiful and all those Spring colors! Sigh! You are going to look just beautiful for Easter Sunday! JUST beautiful! Have a photo taken so we can all see! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. those little sandles are just too darned cute!!

Rue said...

Hi Melissa :)

I'm so glad to hear how happy you are! You deserve all the happiness in the world sweet friend :)

Thank you for your sweet words during my issue. They meant the world.

xoxo,
rue

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

YAY for beautiful days!! And Mr. Chestnut is adorable. I have a "Mr." too . . .Mr. Big! ;)

Tardevil said...

Pretty clothes, Melissa! Glad you had fun on your week off! Just wanted to wish you a happy Easter. I'm headed out of town for a week. Will catch up w/ you when I return.

Featherbed said...

You've done such an awesome job - congrats!!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Easter!

Richella said...

Oh, Melissa, I'm so happy to hear about your victory over your blood pressure troubles! Hallelujah!

And what fun to collect a new wardrobe. A fitting reward for all your hard work. It certainly paid off!

A very blessed Easter to you!

Cathy said...

Wow! Love all of your beautiful new clothes and goodies! How much fun did you have shopping?! I am so happy for you and all of your success with your new healthy lifestyle...you are an inspiration!

I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Easter!
XOXO
Cathy

Pat said...

You totally deserve being rewarded! I'm so happy that you're off the BP meds ~ way to go! I know it's fun and exciting to choose a new wardrobe. Loving all the bright colors you've chosen!

I look forward to more of the recipes & methods you've used. I really must concentrate on my cholesterol/triglycerides.

Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you have a very blessed Easter.

xoxo
Pat

Lori said...

Melissa
I am 100% dancing with joy your off those meds!! You know how worried I was about you! Now girlfriend, who couldn't love new clothes! And ruffles OH MY!! Love it! have to check out Chadwick's haven't thought of them for awhile. Oh please give my snuggle bug Chestnut a big hug! And yes, he'll be positioned on my sidebar!!LOL Have a glorious Easter and congratulations on the weight loss! Love to you, and kitty too! Lori

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your shopping trip with us. It looks like you found a lot of cute things. I really like the champagne ruffle top.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

The clothes are beautiful colors! Wow, 45 pounds is a huge accomplishment. You made it happen, the meds going away is excellent. I'll be looking forward to the recipes, I've been scouring the internet for new things to try. My weight loss has been slow, 16 pounds since November but at least the scale is going down instead of up like it was before. Plus my family is eating healthier as a result so what more can I ask for?

I have spring fever too, I love these first warm days. So much fun!
~Michelle

jenjen said...

I'm glad you had a nice break! Your weather looks just beautiful. How lucky!!! And what cute clothes. I love them colors! So great.

Have a wonderful Easter!

XOOX
Jen

becolorful said...

Jen,
I recently found your blog and look forward to your posts. I am passing along a sunshine award to you.
Pam @ Becolorful

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh yes, clothes shopping indeed is in order for you! Yeah!!.... on your B/P coming into the correct range! You are an inspiration for many and proof that it can be done with proper diet and exercise (under a Dr.'s supervision). Bravo on all your hard work! I'm starting to get geared up for spring/summer too...my favorite time of the year! Your tree is gorgeous....my Star Magnolia is blooming right now and a sure sign that spring is here! Have a blessed Easter celebration today!

Lisa said...

Lovely!! I hope you are having a super blessed Easter!!!
Hugs, Lisa

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

Congratulations for your weight loss and getting off the BP medication.
That is so neat that you have been able to go and buy a new wardrobe ~ well done!
Happy Easter.
Hugs
Carolyn

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What darling new outfits!! Congratulations on getting off your meds, too!! Way to go.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

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So sweet of you to drop in, loved your comment! I'll be back to see you! Hope to see you again too.

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