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Is It Luck? Or Being At The Right Place, Right Time.???

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Five years ago I had become so obese and disabled I could no longer get up the steps into my home. We talked of a ramp, and some remodeling, but in the end I wanted to sell and move into an apartment set up for handicap person.

Found the apartment I now live in. Sold most of my furniture, as it was too much for a small apartment.
Wanted to keep the living area open for we knew I would soon need an electric chair to get around in.
I moved in with a double chair and some tables, a wooden storage bench, wicket chest, both of those units can be used for storage. A few odds and ends.
Since my obesity had defined my life, I had became very much the recluse. I didn't go out much and didn't have people over.
This changed in 2010 when I embarked on my life changing journey to find myself and live the life of a normal person.
I looked at the sparse furnishing and realized I needed to decorate.
My son in law called up and asked if I wanted a couple chairs, saw them at a end of day yard sale, they wanted $50.00 for the pair. He offered $25. 00 for both,
I had two recliners. Those two chairs give me enough seating and I rearranged everything and I was more or less satisfied.
But lately had looking at sofas.. I love to stretch out and recliners just don't do it.
Some time in September,
I was headed to the gym one morning, when I went out side, saw furniture stacked up . Asked manager if it was going to thrift store. Found out it was headed to the dump. Seems a lady was moving out, she had bought a new Lazyboy recliner sofa for $2,800.00 , only to have her new Bulldog puppy chew the ends, so she was paying to have it dumped.
I looked it over, it was in lovely condition, all but a couple of chew area from little puppy teeth. But it had the arm covers and extra pieces of material., so it could be fixed. I am handy and I didn't have an sofa, Plus it was free.
April, the manager had her sons carry it over to my apartment and leave it under the stairs, I would get to it when I returned from gym.

I had to move all the furniture in the living room to make room for the sofa, it had to go on the long wall apposite the patio door.
The chest got moved to the hall.

Moved the wooden bench over to fill in that spot.

Moved the big double chair where the bench had been, next to TV and patio door. Do you see Titan in his living room bed? I used to fill this chair completely.

I then moved the two recliners to the end wall where the big chair had been, Along with a small table.

That left the wall free for the sofa. And let me tell you Lazyboy makes some heavy well constructed furniture. Even though the backs came off and later had to be slide into place. Moving that sofa was a 2 person job. But I didn't have anyone to help me. Now I used to be real strong, but that was sometime ago. I know I workout, do circuit training. Lift weight, but still I wasn't sure I could move it.
I carried the backs in, that was a job in it's self. Then I pulled on the sofa, it wouldn't budge. .I pushed, it moved a little, so with pulling, pushing, using every ounce of strength arms, legs hips, butt, I got it in the front door. But stuck. , Had to push it into bathroom, in order to shut front door. Then pull out into the hall, around living room corner into living room. Then position it against the wall ..
I sat down. Sweat was running down my face. I had the A/C on, but you would never know it. Then I had to struggled to get the backs in place and locked into the slots.
Finally I was finished. here's the FREE sofa.
It's not special, but it's comfortable. I like the high back for I have a bad back and neck , so having the support is just what I wanted and need.
The color went with the rest of my odds and ends.
My living room is eclectic, but cosy, and definitely reflects my personality.

This is a picture of the $15.00 heavy wood desk I found to use as a desk/night stand for my bedroom. I had looked all over, almost ready to give up, found it at the Goodwill distribution center. I had my grandson help me loaded into my van and get it in the house. But that was back in fall of 2010. I had only lost 100 lbs at that time and had not built up my strength yet.
Now there is no stopping me. My friend says I can start a moving business if I ever get tired of what I do now. I know he was kidding, but sometimes we don't know what we are capable of doing till we try.
I did ponder getting help. Waiting till some one was free to assist me. Asking the managers sons for help. But I am impatient. I am also very independent and I just wanted to see if I could manage myself. I found out I could.

I have mentioned knitting scarves , hats, here are a few that I have been working on. The Fall colored one has received many compliments.

I am knitting and crocheting scarves, hats for most of my Xmas presents.

You all know I am the self proclaimed Queen of Thrifty Bargain shopping.
I went to Macy's on Saturday, got a NEW pair of Rampage riding boots , reg. $69.00. on sale for $49.00. But if you shopped before 1:00 would get 50% off.
So paid $24.99. I needed a flat heeled black boots. Just couldn't seem to find any at the thrift stores. Never in my size.

Value village was having a50% off sale for Veterans Day. Since I have a preferred card could pre shop on Sunday. I picked up some skinny Jordach jeans. A buckskin colored suede jacket. A rust fitted jacket, a nice cream, brown .black sweater from Dressbarn. Spent $17.00.
I saw a nice sherling vest, but it was too big, needed to be taken up in bust area.
I didn't buy, but thought about it after I got home.
Monday morning Titan and I went back to Value Village, I found the vest, and a nice new still had store tag , sweater tunic, type dress. will ware it with leggings.
or over jeans with boots. It has a cowl neckline and looks great on. I spent another 14.00.

I look at the clothes in my closet and am amazed that I have so many nice items and spent so little for them. But what amazes me even more is they are all size 8 and 10's and I look and feel like a million dollars.

I have came a long way from that picture of me taken at 335 on Dec. 24, 2009.
I look more like this these days.

It's an ever lasting journey , just because you lose weight, get healthy and fit. You don't stop. Not if you want to keep your health, fitness and look good.
That's why this is not a diet journey., there is no end. You are on this road for life. Embrace the new you.

I wish you all Peace and Love .
Be strong, stay positive.
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    I love your blogs! And the clothes look great! And so do you!
    1882 days ago
    Awesome blog! Your place looks great! You've done a wonderful job of gathering and decorating. I think we are long lost sisters! I love to thrift! Congrats on your weight loss! You're an inspiration! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1892 days ago
    Great finds Tisha! I always love finding a bargain - gotta love the thrift shops!!
    1902 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Hi Tisha!
    What a great blog! You must be connected somewhere, somehow because you manage to find the nicest stuff for almost next to nothing or free! Absolutely amazing! All of your furniture looks so nice together, as do your outfits.
    My DIL is an avid knitter, too. She made me this beautiful sage green cashmere scarf for my Christmas last year. Your scarves are beautiful. I like the one on the right - the harmony of colors is wonderful!
    Hope you are doing well, Tisha!
    1905 days ago
    Great blog Tisha! Love your scarfs. They are beautiful. Awesome find on the couch. Looks like it was meant to be. It goes well with what you have. You and I are alike on the thrift store deals. Thats all I buy. I found A St Vincent's Store that has a $1.09 sale several days a week on certain colored tagged items. I have been buying some stuff there with coins I have been saving. Money is very tight for me this year since being out of work. I really have learned how to stretch a dollar in using up my pantry items etc..... Only wish I could do the same for Cable. I'd be lost thou with out my TV and internet.
    1909 days ago
    This is exactly what I needed to read today! Discouragement be gone. If I keep working at it, I will be strong again.
    1913 days ago
    Thanks for the motivational poster at the end. This is definitely a life-long journey (dang it!). I am a size 16 and my problem is that I cannot for the life of me visualize what it would look or feel like to be a size 12. Once in a great while I get close to a size 14 pants, but then freeze up for some reason and start sabotaging my efforts. My brain is so weird. Guess it just needs a good talking to!
    Have a great weekend - we're getting some coastal rain this weekend. Close to snow, but so far just rain, which is fine by me.
    1924 days ago
    You are living like a millionaire on a pauper's budget. Your apartment looks great, and your blog is a winner.
    1924 days ago
    Nice couch! It fits right in with your other things! Love the scarves! You are very talented and I also really love the new clothes!
    1924 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I so enjoy you, and your blogs, Tisha. I am not surprised that good things find their way to you - you deserve SO much, and then some. PS love the boots and that sofa looks VERY comfy. I am happy for you.
    1925 days ago
    I just love your pictures and story ... You inspire me to keep traveling on this new, healthy journey. You are a PHENOMENAL Woman! Love, Jackie O
    1926 days ago
  • JILL313
    Tisha, You sure are the Bargain Queen emoticon . I'm just amazed at things you find cheap or are just about given them (as they're so cheap). You always inspire me that it is possible to totally change our lives for the better. You don't even look like yourself now in the picture taken when you were well over 300 pounds. What actually was the key that made you have the strength and drive to finally lose weight? If there is a secret please share it with us. Thank you for being such a Special Lady to me and many others. Your blogs are always well written and motivating. Enjoy your weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1926 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. What a good reminder to not limit our lives on our path to health. Start living today!
    1926 days ago
    Tisha...I love-love-love your blogs about your bargain finds!
    emoticon Almost as much as your before and after pictures of your amazing journey to the new you!

    Thank you again for sharing and motivating so many of us! emoticon
    1926 days ago
    LOVE this blog...so awesome, motivating and inspirational! Not to mention your
    fabulous scarfs! Just beautiful! The colors of the one on the right is awesome! You are so talented! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Love & Hugs,
    P.S. I saw little Titan...so cute!
    1926 days ago
    LOL what a wonderful blog

    I go to bed with a smile to night

    Thank you
    1926 days ago
    Tisha, you give me hope that when I get to my goal, I'll be able to find really stylish clothes that fit me. I have lived in stretch pants and shirt to cover my stomach and hips for too long. I'm beginning to wear some different things that have been given to me and stored for a long time. But after 14/16 I will be on my own to find clothes. After reading your blogs, I know I'll be able to find some great bargains. Thanks!
    1926 days ago
    Love love love the blog, the photos, the sentiment and your determination...you ROCK!
    1926 days ago
    It's a good blog about being at the right place at the right time--but you also did a lot to be looking around so you would be in the right place. Good for you, Tisha! Keep up the good work that you have been doing.
    1926 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Tisha, what a beautiful story!! You are truly amazing and an inspiration to all of us!! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend!!
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    1926 days ago
    Love the way you changed your whole life around! You are an amazing woman!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1926 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    emoticon Tisha, there is only one word for you and that is AMAZING!!! Leave it to you to find the Lazyboy!! That is a deal that cannot be beat and you are right it fits right in with your color scheme including the recliners. I remember when you found the breadmaker in the trash area for free. You are one lucky lady who is in the right place at the right time! Tisha, I love your scarves and hats particularly the coloring of the one on the right. Your desk needless to say was a very good deal and I do like your new boots, Junie and I got a pair last winter at Kohls on sale for a great buy. You really made out like a bandit with the clothes. I can see where the clothes would look very attractive on you with your red hair. The last good find I found was a brand new Karen Scott pull over sweater with a design down the front, its so warm and cozy. Found it at the new Goodwill about 10 minutes away. Tisha, you take the prize. emoticon emoticon emoticon June
    1926 days ago
    You sound like you are having so much fun! Congrats to you on getting that couch into your apt without help! I have some Lazy Boy recliners and it is quite the chore to move them around to clean now and then. So you definately have my admiration for a job well done! Hope the couch is as comfortable as it looks! Your place looks great by the way!
    1926 days ago
    Thank-you for this terrific blog!
    1926 days ago
    Tisha -
    You definitely got some great deals! I love the sofa and the way you decorated your apartment. You were also in the right place at the right time in order to get all those great clothes for such a small amount of money! I love your scarves and hats too!

    1926 days ago
    What a wonderful accomplishment you have made!!! I admire you and your determination to get yourself in shape. That's great...

    Your furniture looks really nice too - I love shopping at the thrift stores and do it most of the time. I get so much more satisfaction by getting a "deal" there than I ever had at a department store.

    Your blog tonight was quite the inspiration!
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    1926 days ago
    I always enjoy your blogs! You're the best bargain hunter I know - looks like some very nice clothes you found! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1926 days ago
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