(or ... sort of - I need a cowboy hat!)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
(or ... sort of - I need a cowboy hat!)
Monday, December 27, 2010
|The 7th Day of Christmas - a hard case wallet :)|
|The 8th Day of Christmas - a hard case picture holder :)|
|The 9th Day of Christmas - Matching earrings & necklace :)|
|The 10th Day of Christmas - Scarf & gloves :)|
|The 11th Day of Christmas - Hand Painted ornament :)|
|The 12th Day of Christmas - Willowtree "Surrounded by Love" figure|
I LOVED all these gifts from Melissa. It's like she knew me so well! So fun! Isn't she truly Fabulous?!! I definitely feel "surrounded by love" this Christmas and I hope each of those reading this feel that too. XOXO ~Margene
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
3 fluffy socks
2 scented candles
And a cookbook with delicious recipes
Today for my lunch, I had the Medifast Beef Stew. I have soup at least once a day and my favorites are the chicken noodle, Chicken and rice, and beef stew.
So my meals each day go something like:
8am - Pudding (fav is coconut banana & chocolate cake pudding)
11am - Soup (often with crackers & light laughing cow cheese)
1:30pm - Chocolate Mint Bar (my favorite!)
4pm - Honey Mustard Pretzels
6:30pm - (lean and green) - lean meat (or protein) & 3 veggie servings
(favs are chicken or salmon with salad or roasted veggies)
9:30pm - Hot Chocolate.
I drink about 24 oz. water with each meal and chew gum often in between meals as well as nibble on my yummy knox blox. I love to have my knox blox at the end of the day with my hot chocolate too. Hubby loves the Medifast muffins I make as well as the Medifast brownies and the shakes. On Sunday mornings, the hubs makes us both waffles from the Medifast pancake mix. That is our special Sunday Morning Breakfast drizzled with Walden Farms sugar free/fat free/calorie free syrup!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I love candles and I don't have these scents yet (spiced cider and cinnamon), they will be lit today. Thank you Fabulous Mom!!
Yesterday was the Eagle board of review for my son and we were all so nervous. He had practiced answering a variety of questions and going over his whole scouting career and merit badges and every time he showed leadership. Several prayers were said to help him do his best and for it to go well. And, I have to tell you it could not have gone better.
They "grilled" him for 40 minutes with just him and his scout leader, and then they asked to speak to me and the hubs for a few minutes. They were so impressed with him and spent the whole time telling us their impressions of his complete honesty and integrity. He is a very genuine person and it was so wonderful to have the board see that. It was one of those "mom is gonna start crying now" moments! So they eagerly recommended him as a candidate for the Eagle Rank and now it just has to go to National and then it will be official. Here he is posing with us after the review. We couldn't be prouder of our "miracle" son. I know when we actually have his Eagle Court of Honor, I will probably lose it, and that's okay. :) And as a side note, I LOVE that we're not the ginormous parents in this picture anymore!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
So I had to sing the 12 days of Christmas and open the first gift today and here it is - this cool recipe book:
And I have some more fabulous news... The hubs got next week off and we are going to Utah for Christmas!! I am so thrilled. For those of you who follow my blog, you may recall that we were going to Utah a few months ago for a reunion but BOTH our vehicles died and forced us to cancel our trip. I really miss my sister and brother that live there and we are way excited to go. I've got so much to do until we leave but it's all happy, fun stuff. And now, I need to put a plan in motion to stay ON PLAN for this trip and be prepared. I think I'll be making a ton of my knox blox to get me through the tempting sweets... that's been working really good for me.
I would also like to express my gratitude for those who read and have commented on our blog. I am always touched by the kind words of encouragement and how you so often share my joy as well. I have not always felt open to give hugs because I felt that no one would want to hug a heavy person... but I love to hug and would give you each a big hug if I could. Stay Strong! Stay focussed. Be Prepared! (gotta stick that Boy Scout motto in). Life is Good! XOXO ~Margene
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
We went to a Christmas party last night where dinner was being catered. There was rich soups, breads, veggies, thick brownies and creme brulee. Did we falter? Did we pig out? Not on your britches! I called ahead and inquired about the menu and we decided to have our "lean" before going and then had our "green" aka salad there. We brought our own "dessert" (knox blox) as well. And it turned out fabulous. I didn't even worry or think about the food because there was a plan in place. And today I was rewarded with a 3 pound loss and a super hot man. Good thing he's hot because I am always a Popsicle these days! Brrrrrrr... never been this cold so much of the time before!. It has me dreaming of sitting in a hot tub like all the time.
Today I got the name of my blogger buddy for the 12 Days of Christmas!! She is the gal over at "The Fat Mom Blog". I've been having fun reading her blog and sharing info. via email so we can get to know each other. I even went shopping today and have some great ideas. So fun!
Friday, December 3, 2010
I’ve joined a 12 days of Christmas Swap hosted here.
Check it out. You have until Friday night to join if you want to. I’m excited!
Today something fun happened. I went shopping, alone as usual, and found myself wandering into a nearby Fashion Bug store. I have shrunk out of my thrift store pants and I’m down to two pairs of pants that fit me (size 16). So I thought I’d just see if any pants were on sale. So I grabbed several size 14/16 pants to try on and an associate of the store offered to take my clothes into the changing room, and she added “you do not look like you wear size 14’s or 16’s”... I patted my belly and nodded a ‘yes I do’. So as I was trying on the pants, I found that the 16’s were quite roomy. The same associate came by and asked me how I was doing and she ended up running and grabbing me some size 14 and size 12 pants. She was so nice and helpful and interested in my weight loss, and oohed over my before and after pics that I keep in my purse. She got even more enthused and brought me all kinds of stuff to try on, camisoles & sweaters & pants, which was so awesome since I really have no fashion sense. She told me what tops would look good with leggings and what pants are best for my body shape. She was like my BFF for the hour I was in the store. I loved it! She made me feel so good and seemed to genuinely be excited for me in my journey. And guess what? I totally fit into size 12 now!!! Yes, they are tight, but they fit! I was smilin’ so big in that changing room - I even did a little Margene Happy Dance which I’m sure the angels watching got a giggle from! And I walked out with 2 new pairs of pants (yes, I paid for them first). She even ran to me as I left the store to share something else with me. To her I’m sure I was one of her many customers but to me, she made my day!
Also, another NSV happened yesterday was when I ran into my old HS Life Skills class I used to work with just a few months ago. As I was approaching one of the teachers I had worked closely with, she looked at me with confusion. She was like... “I know you somehow...” Then she recognized me and she went on to be astounded at my weight loss. She really made a big deal about how much thinner I look. I haven’t had anyone notice to the extent that she did... it was so cool because all the teachers I worked with there knew I was on a weight loss program, and then to run into her after having dropped over 115 pounds just amazed her. It’s fun to be successful... finally!
I have been making Roasted Veggies again. Dang, these are so good!
This batch I have chopped up cauliflower, broccoli, zuchini, yellow squash, red and green peppers, and mushrooms. Then I drizzled some olive oil, salt, and a dash of garlic powder and mixed it up well. They smelled and tasted so good before I even put them in the oven. I roasted them at 425 for 12 minutes, then turned and another 5-10 minutes. I shake just a bit of balsamic vinegar on them after they are out of the oven. Soo good!
Here’s a couple of my Lean and Green’s lately. Using a mixture of ground turkey breast and lean ground beef, I made these patties on the left with some Walden Farms sugar free BBQ sauce and a dash of grilling spices. They were tasty without needing any condiments. I had them with roasted veggies.
Upon finding that the only vegetable I had left were tomatoes, I made the meal on the right with left over turkey and 3 Roma tomatoes and a wedge of light laughing cow cheese (tomato and basil flavored). Very satisfying actually!
Here's to making healthy food choices even when temptation is all around us. I learned today in that changing room that feeling good about myself and my body feels SO MUCH BETTER than giving in to eating a ton of cookies or fast food or other foods that really aren't healthy for me. Life is GOOD.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I don’t know if it was my openness about letting go of my doubts but I sure feel like I’ve been “attacked” by the adversary.
The last two days have been hard for me. I feel so lonely. I feel so friendless. I feel so alone. I have put myself out there and reached out so much. Yet I have been struggling with still feeling unwanted... just like I did 116 pounds ago. It stinks! Maybe it’s all a deception from the adversary but it sure feels real, ya know? I sometimes wonder when it will be my time to feel better and to have relief. The Lord knows the effort I’ve put forth...
I guess I hoped deep inside that losing weight would change some of my turmoil. Maybe my extended family relations would become closer, maybe I’d find those cherished friendships I seek, and maybe my heartaches would go away... finally!
I’ve been missing my mom and dad lately. They’ve been gone 18 years... which is how old my son is turning today. He has come a long way since he was diagnosed as a toddler. We were told he would probably need speech therapy his whole life and would always have a hard time communicating. He has surpassed everything we were told. I know my parents can see all that but how I’d love to share it with them. How I wish my son had them here to hug him and be proud of him. I ache for what he doesn’t have!
I imagine my mom seeing me lose all this weight and how happy for me she would be. She walked that hard path of obesity too. She knew! She had lost her mom too. We could share so much if she were here. I miss my dad’s turkey carving and silly jokes and inspirational stories. My kids would LOVE his humor. My parents were that soft place that I could fall. Where I knew I was loved and not mis-judged. It’s been so long. I forget what that feels like. How I wish I could go home to them for Christmas in Utah, if they were still here. I know we’d be welcome with open arms. What a change that would be for us right now!
But I do have a new life now. I have a new body - practically. I have an improved and even happier marriage. I’m closer with my kids. I have a whole new set of blogger friends. I have a whole bunch on NSV I’m enjoying. I am learning to see all the good in myself and in what the Lord has given me. The mantle is on us now, to provide that unconditional love for our kids and to help them learn to rely on the Lord. I want them to know where to turn when they struggle. I think of the saying “There is no heartache that heaven cannot heal” How I pray to be healed of mine.... I’m still trying to LET GO of my doubts!! I’m Letting Go.... I’m Letting Go...
I know life is so good.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
It was sweet and simple. Just our family. Simple delicious food. Lots of rest and lounging. Then a jaunt to the movie "Megamind" at the theater later on. Nice. Lovely. Quiet.
I tried brining my turkey this time, and it was so tender, moist and delicious. My daughter helped me form some Rhodes dough into rolls and they rose overnight (they got so big!). For the kids I had the rolls, gravy from a can (since I don’t know how to make my own), and stuffing. We also had roasted Veggies.
We snapped a couple of pics. I love how I can sit on My Man's lap now... and not destroy him in the process!
I stayed on plan... But I did eat a little more than 6 ounces of turkey breast... it was so good! I also snitched a couple bites of the cooked carrots that were under the turkey in all that yummy juice. They were so good. Carrots are not on plan right now but I will add them in later. I enjoyed my snitching. No pie. I had my Medifast pumpkin pie pudding (vanilla pudding w/ pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon - Yum!). I also enjoyed some knox blox and crunchy Medifast pretzels in the theater. I did not feel like I missed out on a single thing - food wise at least. :) Wonderful day!
Roasted veggies are my NEW FAVORITE!!
They are so easy.
I cut up the veggies into 1” cubes or so. I used broccoli, Cauliflower, zucchini, and yellow squash. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in middle of the oven at 425 for 12 minutes or so. Take out and flip them over as needed. Bake another 5-8 minutes as needed for that sealed roasted glaze. Then toss with just a splash of balsamic vinegar. SO delish!!!
I was reading yesterday over at Sam’s Believe in yourself blog and her post “It’s time to let go” really spoke to me. I know that letting go is really my theme of this whole journey. I’ve talked about this before especially when I first started back in February. Sam talks about a dream she had and the questions that came to her: Are there things in my heart that need to be set free? Things that daily cause me pain? That cause others pain? Things that cause this to be a painful life?
I have to say YES. I know that the pain and heartache I feel are things I need to let go. I get hung up on my lack of understanding. Why things turn out so differently, what was the purpose of certain events, are hurtful things said to me in the past still true, what is so horrible about me, and my list of questions can go on and on. I’ve recognized my need to let go. To move on. To have faith in my future. Yet, there are those times that a snippet of that heartache pops back into my life and I stumble and fall and fight it all over again. I have this song I love by Michael McLean that’s called “Let it go”. I love to just listen and soak in the words. Here are some of them:
“Letting go, opens up the heart. There is a new day hungry to start. You can’t change what has hurt you so, but you will heal, if you can let it go. All that’s wrong in your life, let it go. All that is worth saving..... is love. Love will hold you tight. Love lifts the burden and love shines the light. Only love nourishes a soul. If it’s not love, simply let it go.”
So Sam talks about letting go and embracing joy. She challenges her readers to find ONE THING to let go for today and to encourage our blog readers to do the same and to think of how much better this world would be if we all removed one of the painful things from our heart and replaced it with a feeling and action of gratitude. Grab this button too, and post about it if ya want! :)
So my one thing to let go of today is my DOUBTS. My doubts in things being positive, doubts in my relationships with others, doubts in truly trusting the Lord. I want to let them GO and replace them with FAITH. Faith in trusting the Lord. Faith that my family and friends are true to me (this is huge), and Faith in things turning out for the best. I know this seems huge, but it boils down to little thoughts.. and I want to LET GO of my little doubtful thoughts that lead me to so much pain. Whoooosh....... gone! Letting them go!
What do you want to let go of today?