Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. We slowly gained a lot of that weight back and we're now on another journey for weight loss and better health using Bright Line Eating. This is the story of our continuing Journey. .
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Week 47 - New Year and Recap

Happy New Year!!  2011 WOO HOO!!  Bring it on!

Weigh in was today and we did not have any losses.  In fact, I believe that the Utah scale from last weeks weigh-in was off from our scale, so I don't believe we truly had 3 pound losses last week, but more like either a 1 pound loss or stayed the same. Today my weight was 154, and the hubs was 202.

So to recap one of the most amazing year in our lives.

Just 10 months ago, we started February 2010 like this:
5'3" / 280 pounds / BMI 49.6
5' 11" / 300 pounds / BMI 41.8

Here we are at the end of the year December 2010 - 10 months later:
154 lbs BMI 27.3 ----- 202 lbs BMI 28.2

Margene:                                        The Hubs:
Head Lost 1 inch                                             Head Lost 1 inch
Neck Lost 5 inches                                         Neck Lost 3 inches
Bust Lost 7 inches                                          Bust Lost 13 inches
Waist Lost 15 inches                                     Waist Lost 18.5 inches
Hips Lost 18 inches                                       Hips Lost 10 inches
Thigh Lost 8 inches                                       Thigh Lost 4 inches
Knee      Lost 4.5 inches                               Knee Lost 4 inches
Calf Lost 3 inches                                          Calf Lost 2 inches
Arm Lost 5.5 inches                                      Arm Lost 3.5 inches
TOTAL: LOST 67 inches                             TOTAL:         LOST 59 inches

BMI:        Now 27.3 LOST 22.3 points           BMI:      Now 28.2 LOST 13.6 points
Weight:          LOST 126 lbs                            Weight:        LOST 98 lbs

2010:  We drastically changed our lives:
Began our lifestyle change & lost 100 lbs each
Moved from bigger home to a smaller
Got two completely different vehicles (now just one)
Got completely new wardrobes
Started a new business (health coach)
Rejuvenated an old business we love (Mobile DJ)
Made huge leaps in putting our negative past behind us
2011:  Our continued Journey goals:
Reach our weight loss goals by the end of Feb. 2011
Begin our transition & maintain goal weight within 5 pounds
Begin our training and toning regime 2-3 times a week
Run a 5k
Run a 10k
Buy our own home
Get pets for our family
By the grace and blessings of our God, we have a new lease on life.  We still have incredible trials and struggles, like everyone, but we can face them with less weight on our bodies and with more energy and grateful hearts.
If you don’t like your life, then it’s up to YOU to CHANGE IT.  If you don’t know what to do to change, then find someone who has been successful and see how they did it.  Above all, pray every day for guidance and direction on making the changes you desire.  I believe we are carefully watched over and guided by our Creator but WE must make the effort to seek Him and Do what He prompts us to.  We CAN change our life and our direction!  My husband and I are living proof of two lives drastically changed!   God bless you on your journey... LIFE IS GOOD!!


The Fat Mom said...

You both look so much happier! I love pictures like those. Great work you two.

Christine said...

Wow, oh Wow!!!!
I can not believe my eyes!
Those pictures are totally awesome!
You both have done so much in changing your lives....so, so AWESOME!
I am glad to have found you and now consider you my friend!!

Much blessings!

Rhonda said...

Wow, what an accomplishment! I wish you continued sucess in your weightloss adventure and maintance! I hope to find out how you did this! I too need to lose at least 100 lbs. and it is such a struggle! I will be praying, praying, praying for the Lord to show me the way!

Julie said...

You guys did an awesome job. Two more months to go before it's time to maintain. WOW, the work you've done. You've come so far. You are amazing. Your commitment has been awesome. Keep it up.
Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments. This will be the year.
Take care and God Bless!!!

dawne said...

So amazing and inspiring. I love that you have done this together. It's amazing the time frame you have lost this amount of weight in. Congrats beautiful lady and Happy New Year!

Debbie said...

OMG you guys look amazing. You are so inspiring. Happy New Year.

Lucy said...

Absolutely incredible! And so motivating!! You are so right - If you don't like your life, then it's up to YOU to Change it. I think I needed that reminder just about now, seriously...thanks.

And YES-life IS good!!!!

spunkysuzi said...

Wowsa's you guys look amazing!! What a year you had. Can't wait to follow your journey again this year.

D said...

You look AMAZING in your after photo. Wow you both just have done such a great job. You continue to inspire me.
PS I changed my google identity

Me, Only Better said...

Holey cow! You guys are amazing! And so very inspiring!

Joy said...

Holy SMOKES!! You guys are amazing!!! So inspirational!!!

Keep up the great work ~ You will achieve your goals. I have no doubt!!

Keep focused!!!!!!!!

ladyofthehouse said...

Wow - amazing!!
Praise God for your wonderful accomplishments this year and thank you for sharing your testimonies with us all. You really are such a blessing and inspiration!!!
Wishing you a wonderful new year and looking forward to cheering with you as you reach your goals!!

blessings ~ diane :)

thinspired said...

You look amazing!! Congrats on all your success :-) And I wish you luck on the remainder of your journey!

Lesia said...

great post. Awesome picture and accomplishments! smile

Bob and Julie said...

Hooray for you both!! So, I don't know what kind of ipod you have...but if it's the touch...there is an "ap" that I just downloaded that is totally fun for your 5k training...it's the "Couch to 5K" ap. Call me if you have questions :) Love you guys and am soooo proud of you!! :)

Ann-Marie said...

WOW, those before and after photos are incredible. It's so nice to see that you both succeeded. What a great year 2010 was for you.

Michele said...

You two look amazing. What a gift to EACH other that you set out on your journey only 10 months ago. Absolutely fantastic!

Julie Lost and Found said...

WOW! amazing!!!! Congratulations!

Ann (-51 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

Margene, that post just takes my breath away!

Inspirational, certainly.

Motivating, aboslutely.

But mostly, it is joyful!

I celebrate your successes with you both, and send my heartfelt congratulations! I know how hard it was. And I know how it has changed your family.

I started near the end of July. My "10 months" will be the end of May - almost Memorial Day weekend. Where will I be in 10 months? You've made me wonder ...

Well done, both of you, well done!

Lisa said...

My gosh! You two look like completely different people!! Keep up the great work!!

Anonymous said...

Those are unbelievable pictures. You both look like different people! Weight aside, the massive difference in your body language alone shows what a positive change this has been for you.

gracies tough journey said...

Just amazing. What an inspiration.
There are only two ways to live . . . one is as though nothing is a miracle. . . the other is as if everything is.

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

WOW! Amazing amazing amazing! You guys don't even look like the same people. Congrats on changing your lives.

Tamzin said...

I was pointed here by Ann from another blog and your success is amazing and inspirational!! I can't wait to get home tonight and give your blog a good read through!

Congrats to your and your husband both on making such an awesome change in your life.


teri-free2bme said...

WOW! Just hopped over here from "REAL FAT". You and your husband look awesome. Great job! Love your blog!


Veronica said...

Hi, I found you through Sarah's site. Praising God I did. I literally burst into tears when I saw your before and after picture. Today has been a difficult day for me. I feel so discouraged and like "it's never going to happen."

I'm 32, a state-side missionary in and out of country through the year, weight somewhere between 239 & 241 depending on what time of day... I started Weight Watchers in Decemeber and have lost about 6lbs. I also started the Couch to 5k program. I'm discouraged with the loss right now, which sounds ridiculous when I type this. I'm not sure if it's the enemy or my flesh and years of habitual negative thinking of myself that I'm struggling today. Reading your post really uplifted my spirits... I hope and pray God will continue to take me through this journey of weight-loss and bring healing and freedom in my life. I want to do this for His glory and so I can serve Him more fully and serve others in His name in a healthier and easier way. (Being overweight and flying long flights, climbing mountains, treking through the bush - not easy)... Anyway. thanks again and I hope to keep reading through your blog. I saw your on a different system, which I can't do but I'm still grateful to read your testimony. Thanks for your prayers. Praying for you all and eager to hear the blessing God gave through your brother! :)

Heidi said...

You are AMAZING, Margene! Both you and your husband have climbed mountains to get where you are today and I applaud you for all of your hard work, dedication, and spirit! Your journey is definitely one that I know will be encouraging for so many people (I am one of the first in line).

I just started blogging my journey (again) after re-gaining most of the weight I had taken off! I'm tired of living in this body that is not healthy. I feel weak. I love when you said, "If you don't like your life, then it's up to YOU to CHANGE IT." And, that's what I want to do so desperately.

I have put my blog to private as I go through some emotions on my own of forgiving myself in gaining back the weight I had lost, but I hope to be able to share with others soon and have you join me and encourage me on my journey.

P.S. I did not realize that you live in Oregon. I do, as well...just 30 minutes south of Portland.

Blessings to you and your family!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

I would love to follow your journey and cheer you along when you are ready! It is an amazing journey when we do learn to forgive ourselves and realize our own potential. You can do this. The beginning of the rest of your life is beginning RIGHT NOW and the only thing that holds us back in ourselves.

Thanks for your comments and kind words. Best of luck to you and God Bless. Cool that we both live in Oregon too!!